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CHRIS KING TO LEAD MIGHTY LION BAND

Event Dates and Times

1/23/2018 - 2/6/2018
East Mississippi Community College
CHRIS KING TO LEAD MIGHTY LION BAND
New director wants band to participate in more community events

SCOOBA — Chris King has been tapped to fill the position of director of East Mississippi Community College’s Mighty Lion Band and its various subsets, which includes the marching band, the EMCC Symphonic Winds, a jazz band, a rock band, a percussion ensemble, a dance team and the color guard.
King, who is in his sixth year at EMCC, served as assistant band director before his recent promotion.
“I am really excited,” King said. “Sometimes you choose the job and sometimes the job chooses you.”
After graduating from Aberdeen High School, King attended Itawamba Community College. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Mississippi and a master’s degree in music from Auburn University, with an emphasis in jazz.
His first job in the music field was as assistant director of bands for Vanderbilt University in Nashville.
“A lot of people thought I was at the pinnacle of my profession at Vanderbilt but I really wanted to give back to my home state of Mississippi,” King said.
After two years at Vanderbilt, King accepted a job as band director at a high school in Mississippi. He served at high schools across the state for 15 years before accepting the position at EMCC.
At Vicksburg High School, he grew the band from 125 members to 260 members. At Quitman High School, the 70-member band nearly doubled in size to 130 members under King’s leadership.
Membership in the Mighty Lion Band grew from 25 students to an average today of about 135 students under the guidance of King and former band director Stephen Stringer. That number fluctuates each year, with a recent high of 150 band members.
King credits much of the band’s growth at EMCC to the support of administration and a generous scholarship program.
“We probably have one of the best band scholarship programs in the state, which has really helped put us out in front,” King said.
King also spends a lot of time on the road developing relationships with students and band directors at high schools throughout EMCC’s district, which is comprised of Lauderdale, Kemper, Noxubee, Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Clay counties.
“We have band members from every high school in our district,” said King, who sees the band as an ambassador program for EMCC. He would like to increase the band’s presence in the communities served by the college.
“Every year we participate in the Scooba Christmas parade. I would like us to also perform in the Meridian parade each year and rotate our participation in parades in Starkville, Columbus and West Point,” King said. “Our jazz band, rock band and percussion ensemble also perform at area high schools throughout our district and I would like to do more of that as well.”
King also wants the band to give back by volunteering for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and LOVE’s Kitchen in Meridian.
“That is where my heart is and I think it is important to open our students’ eyes to the needs that are out there,” King said.
King is married to Christy King, an accomplished flute player who holds two degrees in elementary education and a minor in music. Christy King is currently employed as the Clarke County Extension Agent for the Mississippi State University Extension Service. The couple resides in Quitman with their two sons, Jackson, 5, and Jones, who is six months old.
“I am a family man when I get home,” Chris King said. “I tell my band students if this job is important enough for me to be away from my family, then like it or not you are my family too. They buy into that because they know how important my family is to me and they know how important they are to me too.”
Michael Stewart, publications coordinator
Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (601) 701-1490

Rocky Higginbotham, director of public information
Office: (662) 476-5013 Cell: (601) 604-2056

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City of Meridian - One way at the MAX

Event Dates and Times

1/23/2018 - 2/14/2018
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The City of Meridian announces that beginning Wednesday, January 24th Front Street from 21st Avenue to 22nd Avenue will become one way going west for approximately three weeks for The Max construction.
You will not be able to turn right onto Front Street from 22nd Avenue during this time.
Sorry for any inconvenience, we hope to convert back to two-way traffic as soon as possible.

For more information Contact: Hugh Smith, City of Meridian
hughsmith@meridianms.org

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Annual Chili Cook-off

Event Dates and Times

2/3/2018 - Starts: 11:00 AM - Ends: 1:00 PM
Wesley UMC 1501 8th. Ave., Meridian, MS
34th. Annual Chili Cook-off. Last Cook-off due to church closing.
3 Feb. 2018, 11:00 to 1:00 PM
Wil Ortlepp, 601-604-1094, wilortlepp@ gmail.com

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3rd Annual Governor’s Job Fair

Event Dates and Times

1/22/2018 - 2/8/2018
Meridian Community College’s Tommy E. Dulaney Center
Meridian is “Job Ready”! The 3rd Annual Governor’s Job Fair is happening on Thursday, February 8th. Admission is Free and will be held at Meridian Community College’s Tommy E. Dulaney Center, doors will be open from 9 a.m. till 1 p.m. You’ll meet employers with opportunities in many different fields. Be sure to come with a positive attitude, dress for success, and bring plenty of resumes. Contact the Win Job Center for help with your resume at (601) 553-9511 so you’ll be Job Ready on February 8th.

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EMBDC - Upcoming Events

Event Dates and Times

1/18/2018 - 3/1/2018
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Upcoming Events

EMBDC Bridal Show
Saturday, February 10th
9am-3pm
MSU Riley Center

Haven Salon
Ribbon Cutting
Monday, February 12th
10:00am
2900B North Hills Street

Palate to Palette
Thursday, March 1st
6:30pm
MSU Riley Center

Tourism Business Before Hours
Tuesday, March 27th
7:30am

EMBDC Home & Garden Show
Thursday, April 26th
MCC Tommy Dulaney Building

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Online cybersecurity training offers scholarship opportunities for Mississippi high school girls.

Event Dates and Times

1/15/2018 - 2/20/2018
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Governor Bryant, MS Office of Homeland Security Announce Innovative Cybersecurity Partnership for Students
Online cybersecurity training offers scholarship opportunities for Mississippi high school girls.
Jackson, MS. - Governor Phil Bryant announced Friday a new, innovative cybersecurity training partnership between the SANS Institute and the State of Mississippi called GirlsGoCyberStart. This training is a free online game where every Mississippi high school girl can discover her talents in cybersecurity and learn about the field.
"Cybersecurity is the new frontier for protecting infrastructure, personal information and financial data. Mississippi needs a pipeline of talented cybersecurity professionals to help protect our way of life." said Governor Phil Bryant. "I am excited that Mississippi is able to bring this type of training to our high school girls and encourage them to explore this cutting edge field."
Participants do not need prior cybersecurity knowledge and can come from grades 9 through 12. Students from Mississippi who excel in the GirlsGoCyberStart game will have the opportunity to win prizes including: Dell Chromebooks, Raspberry Pi computers and other cool techie things as well as gift certificates. Each member of the top teams, nationally, will win all expense paid trips to the Women in CyberSecurity Conference (WiCyS) in Chicago along with a parent for each winner.
In addition, the three schools in the state that have the most participants will win awards of $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000.
"The GirlsGoCyberStart program is an excellent and fun opportunity for students who think they may be interested in cybersecurity to determine if they have the passion and aptitude to pursue it as a career,” said Governor Bryant. “I hope young people all across the state take advantage of this great opportunity.”
Each player in GirlsGoCyberStart begins as a “cyber protection agent" responsible for protecting an important operational base. The student chooses and solves challenges, earning points along the way. A cyber protection agent field manual provides answers to questions that may arise and hints help when players get stuck. When the player has solved a sufficient number of challenges at one level, a new level opens up and new challenges appear - for a total of 31 levels. Students may participate from home or from school.
When asked why SANS is making this investment, SANS Director of Research, Alan Paller, said "We discovered that those who have mastered the topics taught and measured in the GirlsCyberStart program do far better than others in the advanced cybersecurity courses that prepare the critically needed people. By opening GirlsGoCyberStart to hundreds of thousands of students we may be able to help the nation identify the next generation of talented people who will excel in this critical field.”
Sign-up begins on January 29th and ends on February 14th. Students will play and complete the training from February 20th through February 25th. There is no cost to the students who compete in this game.
An introductory web site with answers to other questions, a fuller description of the game, and sample challenge may be found at: www.girlsgocyberstart.com

Warren Strain
Communication Director
Mississippi Department of Public Safety
P.O. Box 958
Jackson, Mississippi 39205
Office: 601-987-1390
Cellular: 601-850-9310

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AmeriCorps NCCC Team Assists with Veteran Home Repair ...

Event Dates and Times

1/15/2018 - 2/6/2018
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AmeriCorps NCCC Team Assists with Veteran Home Repair
MERIDIAN, Miss. – An AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team, Delta Five, is serving with Lauderdale County Habitat for Humanity (LCHFH) in Meridian, Mississippi, for four weeks. The NCCC team of 10 members from the AmeriCorps NCCC Southern Region campus in Vicksburg, Mississippi, is working to assist in repairing and remodeling veterans’ homes.

The team is helping LCHFH assist veteran homeowners who struggle to maintain their homes. The team is there to do exterior home repair services, such as painting, minor exterior repairs, landscaping and exterior clean-up as well as extensive interior or exterior work to alleviate critical health, weatherizing, life and safety issues or code violations for the veterans.

“It is cool to give back to people who have given so much for us. My grandpa is a veteran as well, so it is awesome to help people who have been through the same things as him,” says team member Ashley Kallhoff, from Salem, Oregon.

Habitat for Humanity’s vision is having a world where everyone has a decent place to live. They build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. Their goal for the program is to assist those who need weatherization or critical repair by helping low-income veteran families in their community have safer homes to live.

AmeriCorps NCCC’s mission is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team-based national and community service. In partnership with non-profits (secular and faith based), local municipalities, state governments, federal government, national and state parks, Indian tribes, and schools, members complete service projects throughout the region they are assigned.

The NCCC team is based out of Vicksburg, Mississippi, but consists of members from around the country. After completing their service in Meridian, Mississippi, the members of the team will travel back to Vicksburg and remain there for several days before deploying to their next service project.

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MCC Calendar of Events

Event Dates and Times

1/10/2018 - 2/10/2018
Meridian Community College
Calendar of Events January 2018

MCC Basketball, Jan. 11: MCC vs. East Central Community College, 5:30 p.m., women; Jan. 16: MCC vs. Southwest Community College, 5:30 p.m., women; 7:30 p.m., men; Jan. 29, MCC vs. Jones County College, 5:30 p.m., women; 7:30 p.m., men. Contact: Sander Atkinson, 601-484-8707.

Adult Basic Education, High School Equivalency Class Registration, Jan. 8, 5:30 p.m.; Jan. 9, 9 a.m.; Jan. 10, 1:30 p.m.; Jan. 11, 5:30 p.m.; Jan. 12, 9 a.m., Ralph Young Center. 601-484-8796.

Spring classes begin, Jan. 8.

Re-scheduled Associate Degree Nursing Program and Practical Nursing Program pinnings, Jan. 9, 4 p.m., McCain Theater, 601-484-8710.

MLK Birthday Observance Celebration, Jan. 11, 1 p.m. MCC McCain Theater, Ivy Hall.

College closed in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 15. Classes resume Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Workforce Development session, Forklift Training, Jan. 19, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 601-482-7445.

Workforce Development session, ServSafe, Jan. 20, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 601-482-7445.

Workforce Development session, HVAC I-Part II, Jan. 22-May 7, 6-9 p.m. 601-482-7445.

Workforce Development session, HVAC II-Part II, Jan. 23-May 8, 6-9 p.m. 601-482-7445.

Workforce Development session, Basic Welding - Day, Jan. 26-March 23, 7 a.m.-noon. 601-482-7445.

Workforce Development session, Basic Life Support/CPR Certification Class, Jan. 26, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 601-482-7445.

Workforce Development session, Basic Life Support/CPR Certification Class, Jan. 26, 1-5 p.m. 601-482-7445.

Workforce Development session, Basics of Computers, Jan. 26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 601-482-7445.

Re-scheduled fall commencement, Jan. 26, 6 p.m., Temple Theater. 601-484-8627.

Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) Leadership Conference, Jan. 27, 8 a.m., campus wide. Lori Smith, 601-484-8771.

Workforce Development session, Basic Plumbing, Jan. 29, 6-9 p.m. 601-482-7445.
Personal Enrichment class, Stained Glass Beginners and Intermediates, Jan. 30-March 6, 10 a.m. to noon or 5-7 p.m. 601-482-7445.

Personal Enrichment class, Ballet, Jan. 30-May 10, 601-482-7445.

Workforce Development session, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel for Beginners, Jan. 30-Feb. 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 601-482-7445.
-- Kay Thomas
Director of College Promotions
Meridian Community College
910 Highway 19 North
Meridian, MS 39307
601-484-8689
kthomas@meridiancc.edu

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(MORA) has announced that the agency’s 2018 scholarship application process is now open

Event Dates and Times

1/10/2018 - 2/6/2018
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Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) has announced that the agency’s 2018 scholarship application process is now open. For the fourth straight year, MORA will present $6,500 in scholarships in May to high school seniors who understand the need for organ, eye and tissue donation in Mississippi and across the country.
Eleven $500 scholarships will be awarded in the spring, as well as a $1,000 Gift of Life scholarship, that will go to the top student applicant.
After a record number of applicants (265) from a record number of high schools (94) in 2017, MORA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kevin Stump, expects the list of applicants to be even higher this year. “We have seen interest in donation rise among young people through the recent years,” said Stump, who is in his 24th year as the agency’s CEO. “We feel this is because either a young person has been touched by donation through a personal experience or that they are becoming educated about the need of the lifesaving gifts of donation,” Stump added.
Seniors applying for the MORA scholarships must meet certain criteria. First, they must be a graduating senior from an accredited Mississippi high school. Those seniors must also must have been accepted by a community college or university in Mississippi, or have intentions of 2018 fall enrollment. They must also have a grade point average of 2.5 or above, include two letters of recommendation one from a teacher and one from an adult of the student’s choice and include an essay of 300 to a maximum of 750 words about their connection to donation, why they are registered donors or the importance of encouraging others to be donors.
For more information concerning these scholarships, you can contact Susan Bonds, Community Outreach Coordinator, via email at sbonds@msora.org or by phone at 662-841-1960.
Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered no later than Wednesday, February 14, 2018 to:
Susan Bonds
Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency
Midtown Pointe
499 Gloster Creek, Suite F1
Tupelo, MS 38801

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The EMBDC is hosting its first annual Bridal Show on Feb. 10th

Event Dates and Times

1/5/2018 - 2/10/2018
MSU Riley Center
The EMBDC is hosting its first annual Bridal Show on Feb. 10th . It will be held at the MSU Riley Center. This is to give businesses a chance to become vendors before the deadline along with promoting it to the public. I have attached our save the date, invitation and information sheet. If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call or email.

Apryl Leggett
Administrative Assistant
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation
200 22nd Ave.
PO Box 790
Meridian, MS 39302
Phone: (601) 693-1306
Website: www.embdc.org

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New Salem Pastor's 14th Year Anniversary Celebration

Event Dates and Times

2/3/2018 - Starts: 6:00 PM
2/4/2018 - Starts: 11:00 AM
New Salem M B Church - 5065 Whynot Alamucha Road - Meridian, MS. 39301
New Salem Pastor's 14th Year Anniversary Celebration
Event Dates and Times
2/3/2018 - Starts: 6:00 PM
2/4/2018 - Starts: 11:00 AM
New Salem M B Church - 5065 Whynot Alamucha Road - Meridian, MS. 39301

Blessed and Highly Favored

To: All Churches, Groups, Choirs & Soloist in the Meridian and surrounding area,
We the members of New Salem M B Church of Whynot, are extending an invitation to you to join us for our
Pastor Willie A. Thompson and First Lady Sherry Thompson's
14th Year Pastoral Anniversary Celebration to be held the weekend of Saturday, February 3, 2018 @ 6 P. M. which will include a Musical Celebration of Songs, Dance, Groups, Choirs and Soloist.
Some of the Featured Guest: The Nu Gospel Aires, The Gospel Silvertones, & Others
The Anniversary Celebration will continue on on Sunday, February 4, 2018, @ the 11 a. m. hour Reverend Smith Butler, Pastor of Greenwood M B Church, Decatur, Ms., will be the Guest Speaker.
At the 2:30 p. m. hour, the Reverend Herman Evans, Pastor of the St. Peter M. B. Church, Emelle, Alabama, will be the Guest Celebrant.
The theme for this special event will be: "Celebrating the Laborer that Dwells Among Us.”
I Thessalonians 5:12-13- “And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves.”
A tribute based on the theme, “Celebrating the Laborer” (I Thessalonians 5:12-13) will be given among the many presentations from church ministries, friends and family as we extend our thanks and appreciation to them for their service at New Salem Missionary Baptist Church of Why-not- Ministering to the People of God, and “Continuously Laboring in the Lord.”
We look forward to sharing this joyous occasion with everyone.
New Salem M B Church 14th year Anniversary Committee
Bro. Clarence Willis, Pastor Aide Chairperson
Sis. Jasmine Harbin, Corresponding Secretary
Pastor Anniversary Fellowship Following Celebration


Telephone / Fax: 601-644-0308




Telephone / Fax: 601-644-0308








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Repticon Jackson Reptile & Exotic Animal Show

Event Dates and Times

2/3/2018 - Starts: 10:00 AM - Ends: 5:00 PM
2/4/2018 - Starts: 10:00 AM - Ends: 4:00 PM
Wahabi Shrine Center, 4123 Interstate 55 S. Jackson, MS 39212
Repticon Jackson is a reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for coveted prizes. Exciting, educational, family-oriented fun for everyone!

Hours:
Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm (VIP Entry at 9:00am)
Sunday: 10:00am-4:00pm (No VIP Early Entry)

Admission:
Adults - $10, Children (5-12) - $5, Under 5 - Free
Visit our website for special offers on 2-day and VIP tickets
(February 3 & 4, 2018)
Repticon Staff (863) 268-4273


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