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ECCC Announces Annual HEADWAE Honorees

Event Dates and Times

1/10/2018 - 1/21/2018
East Central Community College
ECCC Announces Annual HEADWAE Honorees
Sophomore Reagan Gorgas and sociology instructor Michelle Lee, both of Decatur, will represent East Central Community College in Decatur at the 2017-18 Higher Education Appreciation Day: Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) program scheduled Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in Jackson.
The annual HEADWAE observance was established by the Mississippi Legislature to honor academically talented students and faculty members from each of the 36 public and private member institutions of the Mississippi Association of Colleges.
A sophomore pre-physical therapy major, Gorgas is a President’s List Scholar and a graduate of Newton County High School. She serves as co-president of the Warrior Corps, president of Catholic Campus Ministries, president of Students Against Destructive Decisions, vice president of scholarship for Phi Theta Kappa, co-editor of the Wo-He-Lo yearbook and is a member of various other clubs and organizations.
She is the daughter of Dan and Lisa Gorgas of Decatur.
Lee has served as a full-time sociology instrutor at the college since 2014. Prior to that, she taught as an adjunct instructor at ECCC and East Mississippi Community College. She is also a former adjunct English instructor and taught 5th through 8th grade Spanish.
She is a 1998 graduate of ECCC, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in social sciences in 2008 from Southern New Hampshire University and her Master of Arts in Teaching with an emphasis in sociology in 2013 from Mississippi State University.

In addition to her teaching duties, Lee serves as sponsor of the pro-life club, ECCC Students for Life. She is also active in the auxiliary of the Gideons International and is a member and Sunday School teacher at Beulah Baptist Church in Little Rock.

The program begins at the State Capitol and will be followed by a luncheon at the Jackson Marriott Hotel in downtown Jackson, during which each student and faculty honoree will be recognized in front of their guests, institution leaders, corporate sponsors and legislators.

Maria McLeod
Assistant to the Vice President for Public Information
East Central Community College
P.O. Box 129
Decatur, MS 39327
Fax: 601-635-4398 | 468637043

NFPA and State Farm announce the start of funding award application period ...

Event Dates and Times

1/10/2018 - 1/18/2018
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NFPA and State Farm announce the start of funding award application period
for fifth Wildfire Community Preparedness Day 2018 event
January 8, 2018 – Every year, brush, grass and forest fires burn across the U.S., and more people are living where wildfires are a real risk. It’s not a matter of if it will happen, but when will a community experience a wildfire threat.
To help address this wildfire challenge, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and State Farm® are announcing the launch of the project funding awards application period for its’ fifth national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on Saturday, May 5, 2018, which helps communities prepare for and reduce their risk of wildfire damage.
State Farm is providing funding to NFPA for the Preparedness Day event and a portion will be awarded to 150 neighborhood wildfire risk reduction projects being implemented on Saturday, May 5. Preparedness Day gives people of all ages a chance to plan and participate in a risk reduction or wildfire preparedness activity that makes their community a safer place to live. A free webinar, “Completing a Successful Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Funding Application,” will be held on Thursday, January 18 at 2:30 p.m. Register today. Project applications can be submitted through March 2. Apply for an award.
During Preparedness Day 2017, more than 400 projects were undertaken in 37 states and 150 recipients received funding from State Farm for activities that helped make residents and firefighters safer when wildfires happen.
According to reports, on average, wildfires burn twice as much land area each year as they did 40 years ago, and the threat continues to increase. In 2017, California saw its largest fire in history, the Thomas Fire, burn over 273,000 acres and claim the lives of two people, including a firefighter. Wildfires once described by “seasons” are now burning earlier and later in the year across the U.S.
"NFPA is pleased to be working with State Farm on our fifth Preparedness Day campaign," said Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. "For the last four years we have watched participation continue to grow. In 2017 we saw devastating wildfires affect communities across the U.S., but we are encouraged and inspired by the number of residents who feel empowered to take the necessary action with regard to wildfire safety."
“State Farm finds it important to inform and encourage homeowners and communities to adopt effective wildfire mitigation programs that produce stronger, safer homes where lives are saved and a family’s largest investment is better protected,” said Vickie Hodges, Underwriting Analyst.
For more information about national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, funding awards, project ideas and free resources to download, please visit | 468636503

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 | 468636143

Registration now live for MSU’s 2018 ‘Academic Insight’ events

Event Dates and Times

1/10/2018 - 1/28/2018
Mississippi State University Starkville, MS
Registration now live for MSU’s 2018 ‘Academic Insight’ events

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University is announcing Academic Insight 2018 to give admitted students a closer look at the academic colleges that house the majors they are interested in pursuing once enrolled.
The events are free to attend; however, space is limited and seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration may be completed at
The schedule includes:
—February 2: Bagley College of Engineering, morning session at 9 a.m. or afternoon session at 12:30 p.m.
—February 3: College of Arts and Sciences, 12:30 p.m.
—February 17: College of Forest Resources, 8 a.m.; College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 8:30 a.m.; College of Architecture, Art and Design, 9 a.m.; and College of Business at noon.
—February 24: College of Education, 8:30 a.m.; pre-veterinary medical technology program in the College of Veterinary Medicine at 12:30 p.m.
For more information, visit the website listed above or contact MSU’s Office of Orientation and Events at
MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at | 468635713

Fresenius Kidney Care Hosts Open House

Event Dates and Times

1/10/2018 - 1/16/2018
Fresenius Kidney Care Lauderdale County 1300 38th Ave E. Meridian, Mississippi
Fresenius Kidney Care Hosts Open House
at New Meridian Dialysis Facility

Public Invited to Tour Clinic

Meridian, Miss. – Jan. 4, 2018 – Fresenius Kidney Care, the dialysis division of Fresenius Medical Care North America and the nation’s leading network of dialysis facilities, invites the community to attend an Open House celebration on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at its new clinic in Meridian. The clinic, which can treat a maximum of 100 patients a week, enables Fresenius Kidney Care’s local team of expert medical professionals to better serve the Lauderdale County area’s growing dialysis community.

WHAT: Fresenius Kidney Care Hosts Open House at Fresenius Kidney Care Lauderdale County

Local experienced medical professionals available to discuss:
– Patient services and the latest dialysis treatment options, including in-center dialysis, which provides the reassurance of staff-assisted treatment and labs all in one place
– How the center’s care team meets patients’ physical and emotional needs by individualizing their care
– How Fresenius Kidney Care Lauderdale County strives to empower people to thrive on and live the healthiest, fullest way possible – with kidney disease treatments that fit in with life, not the other way around.

Tour the clinic and:
– Meet the treatment team and see the treatment rooms
– Learn about other services offered at the center, such as hemodialysis travel services, pharmacy services and ongoing educational programs

Light refreshments available.

WHO: Open to the public

WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 16
4 – 6 p.m.

WHERE: Fresenius Kidney Care Lauderdale County
1300 38th Ave E.
Meridian, Mississippi 39301

COST: Free

CONTACT: For more information, please contact Clinic Manager Lillie Knox, RN at or 601-482-4808. | 468635383

MSU online programs receive high marks in U.S. News & World Report rankings

Event Dates and Times

1/10/2018 - 1/27/2018
Mississippi State University Starkville, MS
MSU online programs receive high marks in U.S. News & World Report rankings

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Four of Mississippi State University’s distance education programs are recognized in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report online programs rankings, with two programs ranking in the top 50 nationally in the analysis released Tuesday [Jan. 9].
The MSU College of Business’ Distance MBA program remains one of the best in the country at No. 22 in U.S. News’ Best Online MBA Program rankings, once again achieving the highest ranking of any online MBA program in Mississippi. The ranking also marks the fourth consecutive year MSU’s Distance MBA program has ranked in the top 25 nationally.
“Having nationally ranked programs by U.S. News illustrates that Mississippi State is providing a challenging and supportive online educational experience and preparing our distance students for success,” said MSU Center for Distance Education Executive Director Susan Seal.
“Additionally, students across Mississippi and the U.S. are recognizing MSU as a leader in online education as we are experiencing substantial enrollment growth in our online degree programs,” Seal added. “The MSU Center for Distance Education is working hand-in-hand with our faculty and staff to create a culture of quality and innovation while we expand opportunities by adding more academic degree programs to our online campus. It really is exciting that we provide students, regardless of location, the opportunity to earn a prestigious Mississippi State degree.”
MSU’s online graduate program in the Bagley College of Engineering continues to rank among the nation’s best, coming in at No. 49 in the 2018 rankings. The college offers seven online graduate programs. For more information, see
The College of Education is once again ranked for its online graduate program. The 2018 rankings have MSU at No. 83, the highest ranking of any public institution in Mississippi.
The College of Business also was recognized for its Distance Master of Science in Information Systems (non-MBA), achieving a No. 87 ranking in 2018.
Established in 1933, U.S. News & World Report releases annual rankings of universities and individual academic programs from across the country and is in its seventh year of collecting data from distance education programs. To see the full rankings, visit
For more on the MSU Center for Distance Education’s 33 online degree programs and four certificate programs, visit
MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at | 468635183

(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 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 | 468634903


Event Dates and Times

1/10/2018 - 1/29/2018
East Mississippi Community College

SCOOBA — T-shirts, jerseys and jackets emblazoned with East Mississippi Community College’s name and logo could soon begin showing up at major retail stores around the world.
London-based apparel company Park Agencies Ltd. has signed a contract with EMCC to design and distribute EMCC merchandise.
“The retail groups we work with are based in different countries but they can be spread out across the globe,” Park Agencies Director Tony Park wrote in an email. “Key groups such as Primark, River Island and Next are based in the United Kingdom but have stores in 12 countries. Zara, Bershka, H&M and Best Seller are European-based but can be in 60-plus countries. We do sell into these groups but we are never 100 percent sure what (clothing items) they will select.
“We also sell to various online etailers such as ASOS, Zalando and Boohoo, for example. Most of our other clients have online sales as well.”
Instore product trials could begin as soon as March, with the EMCC apparel line to officially launch this summer or this winter, Park said.
EMCC has already been selling apparel internationally since the July 29, 2016 release of season one of the gritty Neflix docuseries “Last Chance U,” which follows the college’s football team during the 2015 and 2016 years.
The series that provides an unfiltered look into the lives of the players and coaches quickly garnered worldwide acclaim. Apparel sales through EMCC’s bookstore quickly rose that first year by more than 200 percent. After season two of “Last Chance U” debuted last year, sales increased by more than 1,500 percent over the previous year, with orders coming in from all over the U.S., the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia, the Netherlands and New Zealand, to name a few places, EMCC District Bookstore Manager and Athletics Social Media Coordinator Ginnie Cody said.
“That first night when the second season came out, I didn’t sleep,” Cody said. “I stopped processing orders at 5 a.m. the next morning, slept for a couple of hours at my desk and went right back to it. I remember thinking to myself, ‘This is going to be bigger than we thought it would be.’”
The uptick in sales was generated from viewers who discovered EMCC’s bookstore online. Cody is excited about the partnership with Park Agencies.
“They will have a much bigger audience than we have on our website,” Cody said. “They can make it more of a brand, a cool thing to sell. We are not marketing in the UK or Europe and this is something they can do much better than we can.”
EMCC will get a small percentage of the royalties from the agency’s apparel sales.
“This won’t cost us anything and it could actually generate some revenue for us,” EMCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner said. “What is really exciting is the global expansion of the EMCC brand. As far as we know, we are the only community college in the world with an apparel contract like this.”
Park Agencies designs its own brands and specializes in high fashion street clothing. Park said he would like to create a separate label for EMCC apparel that could include jerseys, hats, T-shirts, sweats, leisure wear and jackets.
“We are delighted to work with EMCC,” Park said. “We feel that we will be able to offer a brand that will reflect the values and hard work of the staff and students at East Mississippi Community College.”
EMCC Executive Director of College Advancement Marcus Wood, a former assistant football coach who was featured in the Netflix documentary, said he is pleased with the collaboration as well.
“This is a win-win for us,” Wood said. “The Park Agencies have a broad reach and know the fashion industry. Not only will this provide us an opportunity to get entrenched in other markets, it will help us benefit from their experience as we learn the ropes of the game.
“It is exciting to know there are people in other countries who are interested in our merchandise. We are a small college in a small town and people all over the world are interested in our product. It is kind of amazing, really.”
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 | 468633943


Event Dates and Times

1/10/2018 - 1/22/2018
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Who knew classes could be so delicious? The Queen of Southern Resorts - the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa – announces a year-long series of culinary weekends that offer hands-on learning, exceptional tastes and sophisticated fun. The 12 culinary weekends start with a Beverage Academy on a Friday night and teach everything from making classic Grand drinks to tasting tequila, scotch and whiskey options. The next morning Grand chefs will teach culinary classes appropriate for both novice and advanced cooks. Enjoy insight into great drinks and fine food while enjoying your stay at the Grand Hotel.

The complete list of classes and descriptions are attached. Let us know if you have any questions or could like to schedule an interview with our chefs. The Grand Hotels massive transformation is scheduled to be complete in May 2018 and will become part of Marriott's Autograph Collection. We will be happy to provide information on that, as well.

Bill Lang
Public Relations Director, RTJ Golf Trail & Resort Collection including the Grand Hotel
205.965.9574; | 468633673

Public Service Commission Opens Inquiry Into Possible Rate Reductions Due To New Tax Law

Event Dates and Times

1/10/2018 - 1/19/2018
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Public Service Commission Opens Inquiry Into Possible Rate Reductions Due To New Tax Law

Jackson, Miss. - The Mississippi Public Service Commission has requested that the Public Utilities Staff investigate possible rate reductions available to Mississippians due to the reduction in corporate income taxes as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Investor-owned utilities pass their federal income tax charges along to their customers as a cost of providing service. With the reduction in those costs as a result of the new tax bill, rate reductions could flow to Mississippi customers. The utilities’ tax rate was reduced from 35% to 21%.

“Mississippi utility customers deserve to see their power and gas bills reduced when utilities’ costs are reduced. These dollars rightfully belong in the hands of Mississippi’s working families and businesses,” said Chairman Brandon Presley.

“Simply put, this tax reduction means a rate reduction for ratepayers,” Southern District Commissioner Sam Britton said. “And keeping more money in the pockets of Mississippians is a good thing.”

The Public Service Commission regulates telecommunications, electric, gas, water and sewer utilities. The agency is charged with assuring that rates and charges for services are just and reasonable, that the service rendered is reasonably adequate, and that any facilities constructed or acquired are required for the convenience and necessity of the public | 468324363

Meridian - Downtown Details ... Jan. 8th - 14th

Event Dates and Times

1/8/2018 - 1/14/2018
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EMBDC Bridal Show
Saturday, Feb. 10th-9:00am-3:00pm
MSU Riley Center

Tuesday 9:00 am - 10:00 am: Looking Back with Richelle Putnam
Wednesday 9:00 am - 10:00 am: Behind the Scenes with Richelle Putnam and Leslie Lee
Thursday 9:00 am - 10:00 am: Local Focus with Lindsey Hall
Friday 9:00 am - 10:00 am: The Pre-Game Show with Lindsey Hall
Call 601.693.1103 for more information

Monday 11:00 am: Activities for Adults
Tuesday 10:00 am: Baby/Toddler Story Time 4:30 pm Chess Club
Wednesday 4:30 pm: (7th-12th Grades)
Thursday Special Showcases
Call 601.693.6771 for more information

12:00 pm every Tuesday (except 5th Tuesday)
Rush Hospital Private Dining Room
Call 601.938.6409 for more information

12:00 pm every Tuesday
Red Lobster Restaurant
Call 601.479.3954 for more information

11:30 am every Thursday
Rush Hospital Cafeteria
Call 601.917.1968 for more information

6:00 pm every Thursday
Vino and Van Gogh
9:00 am every third Saturday
Artists Group
Call 601.693.1501 for more information

5:30 pm Every First & Third Monday
The Daily Grind
Call 601.701.3470 for more information

12:00 pm every Tuesday
Western Sizzlin'
Call 601.693.2336 for more information

Dining Out/Night Life
Open 11:00 am - 9:00 pm Monday-Friday with Daily Specials! Call 601.484.5858 for more information

Mon - 7:00 pm - Craft Beer Club
Tue - 7:00 pm - Name That Tune
Wed - 8:00 pm - Live Trivia
Thu - 9:00 pm - Karaoke with the Party Animals
Sun - 3:30 pm - Buzztime Sunday Funday Trivia
Call 601.490.5242 for more information

Open 11:00 am -2:00 pm every Monday-Friday
Call 601.483.3354 for more information

Closed on Sunday
Call 601.227.0616 for more information

Mon - 11:00 am - 2:00 pm - Open for lunch
Tuesday-Saturday: Happy Hour 4:30 pm-6:00 pm
Tue - 5:00 pm - Surf n' Turf/ Happy Hour
Wed - 4:30 pm - Half off Bottles of Wine
Thu - Night Only - $1 Oysters
Call 601.282.5069 for more information

Mon - 4:00 pm - Video Game Night
Tue - 7:00 pm - Audio Book and Art
Wed - 6:30 pm - Tai Chi
Thu - 6:00 pm - Poetry/Singer/Songwriter Night
Fri - 6:00 pm - Game Night
Sat - 10:00 am - Game Day
7:00 pm - Free Live Music featuring local talent
Call 601.485.1363 for more information

Open from 6:30 am to 3:00 pm every Monday-Friday
Call 601.482.5414 for more information

Open 7:00 am -7:00 pm every Monday-Friday
Open 8:00 am -2:00 pm Saturday
Closed Sunday
Call 601.286.3527 for more information

Monday-Saturday: Happy Hour 4:00 pm-7:00 pm
Mon - Half off Bottles of Wine
Tue - 8:00 pm - Trivia Night
Wed - 7:00 pm - Ladies Night, 1/2 price drinks for
the Ladies
Thu - 7:00 pm - Mississippi Night! Discounts on
MS craft beer and liquors
Fri - 9:00 pm - Live Music
Sat - 9:00 pm - Live Music
Sun - 10:00 am-2:00 pm: Jazz Brunch with Live
Call 601.581.5770 for more information

This Week In Retail
It's a brand new year, time for new clothes for your kids.
Call 601.693.5253 for more information

It's all about the layers. "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 228.860.9589 for more information

New t-shirts are in stock. Get them will supplies last. "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.484.0200 for more information

New Old Field Fine Goods belts- they are all hand cut, punched, riveted, stamped and edged "Like" us Facebook and Instagram
Call 601.207.5072 for more information

Start the new year off right with our new merchandise. "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.2721 for more information

New sounds for your ATV ‘s. "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.2715 for more information

Come in and let us help you design your living room, den,bedroom or office with beautiful Norwalk Custom Furniture! "Like" us on Facebook
Call 601.453.2149 for more information

For those born in January, the garnet is the perfect gem to represent their birthstone. "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.6071 for more information

Love the Melissa Panapana ! Such a fun version of a classic. "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.5331 for more information

These ridiculously comfortable True Grit Fleece Pullovers will keep you super warm. "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 800.432.7615 for more information

Because you can't have enough ruffles! New shipments in!. "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.934.1414 for more information

Start the New Year off right, with a healthy crop of Greens that are low maintenance and require little space. "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.2684 for more information

Come get a suit today to start off the new year looking good.
Call 601.693.2731 for more information

Shop in style in one of our monogrammed shirts. "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.286.5495 for more information

We have new sewing machines in stock. Come by today and check them out. "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.1863 for more information.

We’ve got the gear to keep you warm in this weather!
Call 601.693.4111 for more information | 468311833

Center Ridge Baptist Church January 2018 Announcements

Event Dates and Times

1/8/2018 - 1/31/2018
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS
Center Ridge Baptist Church January 2018 Announcements

Wonderful Word on Wednesday
January 10, 17, 24, & 31, 2018
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting , Wonderful Word on Wednesdays, January 10, 17, 24, & 31, 2018, @ 7:00 pm. Phone Contact: (601) 776-3649; Email Contact: Pastor Lorenzo Carter.

Mission Program
January 21, 2018
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta MS, will be hosting a, "Mission's Program," on Sunday, January 21, 2018@ 11:00 am. Phone contact: 601) 776-3649; Email Contact: Pastor Lorenzo Carter. | 468311033

East Central Community College Board of Trustees Re-Elects Leadership

Event Dates and Times

1/8/2018 - 1/17/2018
East Central Community College
East Central Community College Board of Trustees Re-Elects Leadership

Dr. Jimmy Hollingsworth of Lake has been re-elected as chairman of the East Central Community College Board of Trustees, while Jerry Smith of Philadelphia will again serve as vice chairman and Alan Rhea of Carthage as secretary.

The three were re-elected by acclamation to two-year terms at the December meeting of the ECCC Board of Trustees held on the campus in Decatur.

“I am honored to be re-elected as chairman of the ECCC Board of Trustees,” said Hollingsworth, who will be serving his fourth two-year term as board chairman. “It is a pleasure to serve alongside of board vice chairman Jerry Smith and secretary Alan Rhea, as well as our full board. The entire ECCC Board of Trustees works diligently to provide the best leadership for all aspects of the college.”

Smith, who was recently honored for 10 years of dedicated service to the college’s Board of Trustees, will be serving his fourth two-year term as vice chairman. Rhea is serving his second two-year term as secretary.

Bill Wagnon
Associate Vice President for Public Information
East Central Community College
P.O. Box 129
Decatur, MS 39327
Office: 601-635-6242
Fax: 601-635-4398
Cell: 205-540-0515 | 468132633

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: | 468132223

ECCC Workforce Development Offers Office Proficiency and Certification Beginning Jan. 30

Event Dates and Times

1/5/2018 - 1/29/2018
East Central Community College ... Bradford J. Tucker Applied Technology Building Decatur campus
ECCC Workforce Development Offers Office Proficiency and Certification Beginning Jan. 30

The East Central Community College Workforce Development Center will offer a course in Office Proficiency Assessment and Certification (OPAC) beginning Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, on the Decatur campus.

Classes will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Bradford J. Tucker Applied Technology Building for eight consecutive Tuesdays. Cost is $75 per person. Christy Ferguson will serve as instructor.

The OPAC System is a comprehensive office, clerical and software skills testing and certification program. The software tests for skills & abilities in all of the Microsoft Office word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. The following are the different areas in which a person taking this class could receive an OPAC certification: Windows, Basic Word, Basic Excel, Intermediate Word, Intermediate Excel, PowerPoint, Database, and QuickBooks.

For more information, contact Ferguson at 601-635-6292 or by email at, or Chris Clark, workforce development coordinator, at 601-635-6245 or email

Maria McLeod
Assistant to the Vice President for Public Information
East Central Community College
P.O. Box 129
Decatur, MS 39327
Fax: 601-635-4398 | 468030383

Southern Pine Electric wants members to be prepared

Event Dates and Times

1/4/2018 - 1/16/2018
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Colder Weather Corresponds with Increase in Usage and Higher Bills
Southern Pine Electric wants members to be prepared

TAYLORSVILLE – Winter has brought record-breaking cold temperatures that will force home heating systems to work longer and harder. Even if your system is not all-electric, you may still experience an increase in usage. Increase in usage will cause higher electric bills. Considering the mild weather we have been enjoying throughout south Mississippi until now, these increases could be significant.
Southern Pine has not increased rates. Any increase in your bill will be a direct result of increased usage. If you know you will have difficulty paying your bill, we urge you to contact us when you receive your bill.
Southern Pine Electric recommends the following in helping lower your winter bill:

1) Though it may not be the ideal temperature when it is freezing outside, Southern Pine recommends that if you need to conserve costs, that you set your thermostat at 68 degrees or below and dress appropriately.
2) Check your attic and crawl space for adequate insulation.
3) Install weather stripping on doors and windows.
4) Check for air leaks. Use calking where two building materials meet on the house exterior.
5) Set the fireplace damper when not in use.
6) Keep draperies closed at night to reduce drafts.
7) Open the blinds or curtains during the day to let the sun in.
8) Turn off lights when not in use.
9) Lower your water heater temperature. The Department of Energy recommends using the warm water setting (120 degrees) during fall and winter months.
10) Replace incandescent light bulbs with LED’s, which drastically less energy.

Additionally, members can sign up for a MyPower account on our website at MyPower lets you track your usage history per billing cycle, which helps in understanding months of greater use and preparing means to lower your bill during those higher months.

Members can get updates and tips on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Southern Pine Electric is a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative that distributes electricity to more than 66,000 members in 11 counties in central and south Mississippi. It is headquartered in Taylorsville and has offices in Brandon, Newton, Hattiesburg and New Hebron.

**A member of Southern Pine management is available for interview upon media request.

Brock Williamson
Communications Coordinator
Southern Pine Electric
PO Box 60 | Taylorsville, Mississippi 39168
601-678-3230; | 467151903

Anderson Regional Health System honors John Newell

Event Dates and Times

12/29/2017 - 1/10/2018
Anderson Regional Medical Center 2124 14th Street Meridian, MS
Anderson Regional Health System is proud to honor John Newell as our 2017 Volunteer of the Year. John has been a faithful volunteer at Anderson Regional Cancer Center for six years and has donated more than 445 hours of service. John is dependable and can always be counted on to help someone. “He has a calming presence,” said Tiffney Spence, Volunteer Coordinator. “He helps the patients in the resource room and provides the information they need. He always knows when a patient needs special attention.” Mr. Newell served three years on the Volunteer Auxiliary Board. He is a retired Veteran who served 24 years in the military. Anderson is grateful to have John Newell as a volunteer and appreciate his faithfulness to Anderson Regional Health System.
Ann Weddington
Communications Manager

Anderson Regional Medical Center
2124 14th Street
Meridian, MS 39301

W 601-553-6894
F 601-553-6144
E | 467140083

2017 World Champion!!!! UWA Graduate & Louisville Ms. Native

Event Dates and Times

12/29/2017 - 1/15/2018
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Good afternoon, my name is Daniel Poole and I'm the assistant rodeo coach at the University of West Alabama. Former graduate of UWA and native to Louisville MS, Tyler Pearson, recently won the PRCA World Championship in Steer Wrestling. Most do not know much about rodeo, but this is a huge deal. To professional rodeo athletes this title is similar to winning the Super Bowl.

The National Finals Rodeo (NFR) takes place during December every year in Las Vegas and is also broadcasted nightly on CBSsports. The top 15 cowboys with the most money won for the year compete every night for 10 nights in hopes of becoming a World Champion. Tyler was victorious in this, as well as his horse who won "Horse of the Year". The top four cowboys in the world rode his horse, named Scooter, in Las Vegas. They ended up winning over $518,000 in 10 nights, while competing off him. Tyler not only won a pile of money & a trophy for his outstanding horse, but also a Gold Buckle that is engraved "2017 World Champion Steer Wrestler."

Scooter has a Facebook page (scooter - canted plan - professional steer wrestling horse) and so does Tyler Pearson. One may also gather some information off University of West Alabama Rodeo Team's Facebook page as well. I will attach some informative links in hopes that y'all may consider doing a story or some sort of cover on Tyler. To the best of my knowledge a PRCA World Champion has not come out of Mississippi in over 20 years and it makes it even cooler that he is from right in our backyards. Thank you for your consideration and please let me know if I can do anything else to help. Below will be Tyler's & my contact information, though he may be a little tough to get on the phone right now. Have a good day. Daniel.

Daniel Poole- 601-527-6576
Tyler Pearson- 601-416-9413 | 466604923

East Central Community College Named Military Friendly® School for 6th Straight Year

Event Dates and Times

12/26/2017 - 1/13/2018
East Central Community College in Decatur
East Central Community College Named Military Friendly® School for 6th Straight Year

East Central Community College in Decatur has been designated as a Military Friendly® School by Victory Media for the sixth consecutive year.

ECCC is one of only four community colleges in Mississippi to earn the Military Friendly® designation for 2018.

Now in its 16th year, Military Friendly® Schools provides a comprehensive guide for veterans and their families using data sources from federal agencies, veteran students, and proprietary survey information from participating organizations.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey completed by the school. For the first time, student survey data was taken into consideration for the designation.

More than 1,300 schools participated in this year’s survey, with 849 earning the designation.

The newest Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the December issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at

Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer), and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

Victory Media’s Chief Product Officer Daniel Nichols stated, “Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to colleges creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages colleges to invest in programs to provide educational outcomes that are better for veterans.”

ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart said he is “extremely proud and humbled” the college has again earned recognition as a Military Friendly® School.

“East Central Community College has a strong commitment to our country’s men and women in the military as evidenced by our continued presence on this prestigious list of colleges and universities,” said Stewart. “To be one of only four two-year colleges in Mississippi and one of only 10 among all colleges and universities in our state on this list is a testament to the high-quality programs and services ECCC provides to assist military personnel in meeting their educational goals.”

For more information regarding services provided military veterans at ECCC, contact Dr. Stacey Hollingsworth in the Office of Admissions at 601-635-6406 or

Bill Wagnon
Associate Vice President for Public Information
East Central Community College
P.O. Box 129
Decatur, MS 39327
Office: 601-635-6242
Fax: 601-635-4398
Cell: 205-540-0515 | 466604443

Mothers’ Milk Bank of MS Partners with Anderson Regional Medical Center

Event Dates and Times

12/26/2017 - 1/12/2018
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Mothers’ Milk Bank of MS Partners with ARMC

MERIDIAN, MS – December 20, 2017 – Mothers’ Milk Bank of Mississippi has added Meridian to its growing list of depot locations around the state with a newly established drop-off location at Anderson Regional Medical Center’s Lactation Center.

A non-profit organization, Mothers’ Milk Bank of Mississippi accepts, pasteurizes and dispenses donor human milk by physician prescription, primarily to premature and ill infants.

“Mississippi has the highest prematurity rate in the country. That means that we have many premature babies who need life-saving human milk. Often, the moms of these babies have difficulty producing their own milk at first. That's where we come in. We screen moms who have extra milk by interview, medical record review from their healthcare providers and blood tests. The donated milk is then pasteurized and tested for safety before being dispensed to the NICUs around our state. Donor moms are vital to our mission. Without the donors, there is no milk,” said Linda Pittman, RN, BSN, IBCLC, executive director of Mothers’ Milk Bank of Mississippi.

Anderson Regional Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit cares for premature, underweight or sick babies who require the highest level of care. Human milk is important for premature infants because it provides both nutrition and immunities that cannot be matched by formula.

“Human milk is life- changing. It is full of immune system boosters, infection-fighting factors, and unique proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and enzymes necessary for preemies to survive,” said Reba Lee, RN, IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant).

Infants who weigh less than three pounds require as little as 1-2 ml of milk per feeding. Even in these small amounts, donated milk makes a big difference and helps premature babies have a healthy start.
Babies who are given human milk have:
• Less risk of SIDS, illness and infections
• Lower hospital admission rates
• Less gas, diarrhea and constipation
• Less asthma and allergies
• Less rashes
• Less childhood cancers
• Less diabetes and obesity
• Better oral development, brain development and motor skills
• Better response to immunizations
• Better protection against diseases that last into adulthood
Mothers who pump extra milk—more than what their own babies can consume—undergo a brief screening and blood test to become a donor. Frozen milk can be dropped off at the Lactation Center at Anderson Regional Medical Center, or women may call 601-553-6034 for information about shipping milk to Mothers’ Milk Bank of Mississippi headquarters in Flowood.

About Anderson Regional Health System
As the most comprehensive health system in East Mississippi and West Alabama, Anderson Regional Health System is the established leader in offering premier medical services. With two hospitals, a cancer center, and a network of clinics, Anderson’s healthcare professionals are committed to the mission of providing a heritage of healing and improving life for the people they serve.

For more information: Elizabeth Wiggins, Director of Marketing, | 465463943

Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library January 2018 Events

Event Dates and Times

Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library 2517 7th Street Meridian, MS 39301
Monday, January 1st...Closed
Tuesday, January 2nd...Baby/Toddler Celebrate 2018 New Year 10:00am
Wednesday, January 3rd...Games for Young Adults 4:30pm
Thursday, January 4th...K-6th Grade National Bird Day Craft 4:30pm
Monday, January 8th...Bingo for Adults 11:00am
Tuesday, January 9th...Baby/Toddler Snowman Craft 10:00am
Wednesday, January 10th...Teen Talk/Snow Day for Young Adults 4:30pm
Thursday, January 11th...K-6th Grade Dr. Martin Luther King Day Craft 4:30pm
Monday, January 15th...Library Closed Dr. Martin Luther King Day
Tuesday, January 16th...Baby/Toddler Hot Cocoa Craft 10:00am
Wednesday, January 17th...Young Adult STEM (Making Snow) 4:30pm
Thursday, January 18th...K-6th Grade Penguin Footprints 4:30pm
Genealogy 2-3
Monday, January 22nd...Adult Craft (DIY
Stress Balls) 11:00am
Tuesday, January 23rd...Baby/Toddler National Penguin Day 10:00am
Wednesday, January 24th...Games for Young Adults 4:30pm
Thursday, January 25th...K-6th Grade Decorate Canvas Tote Bag 4:30pm
Monday, January 29th...Games for Adults 11:00am
Tuesday, January 30th...Baby/Toddler STEM 10:00am Chess Club 4:30pm
Wednesday, January 31st...Young Adult STEM (Tornado in a jar) 4:30pm
*****Calendar is subject to change*****

Phone Number: 601-693-6771
Storyline Number: 601-482-4444
Website: | 460765703

JCJC is offering an 8-week welding class in Ellisville

Event Dates and Times

11/29/2017 - 1/10/2018
Jones County Junior College ... Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville
JCJC is offering an 8-week welding class in Ellisville

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Workforce College is offering a welding day class at the JCJC Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville in January. The course will meet Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., beginning Monday, January 22, 2018, through Friday, March 23, 2018.

This 8-week welding class will cover welding safety, Oxyfuel cutting, basic metal preparation, weld quality, SMAW (stick welding), steel prep and basic fabrication. A workforce certificate will be issued to successful students upon completion of the course. The cost of the class is $350. Students are responsible for their own personal protective equipment.

To register and pay for the welding class please come to the JCJC Advanced Technology Center or call Carmen Sumrall at 601-477-4114 to register and to pay for the cost of the class with a credit card.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032

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