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EMCC NAMED ONCE AGAIN TO ASPEN INSTITUTE’S TOP 150 LIST

Event Dates and Times

10/12/2017 - 10/29/2017
East Mississippi Community College
EMCC NAMED ONCE AGAIN TO ASPEN INSTITUTE’S TOP 150 LIST

SCOOBA — For the third time since 2014, EMCC has been named to the Aspen Institute’s Top 150 Community Colleges in the Nation.
Released Wednesday afternoon, the Aspen Institute list recognizes institutions for exceptional student outcomes in four areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings, and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students.
The colleges were selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 public two-year colleges nationwide.
The designation means EMCC is eligible to compete for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, which is worth $1 million to the winning school. The prize, awarded every two years, is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges.
The top 10 finalists for the 2019 Aspen Prize will be named in May 2018. The Aspen Institute will visit each of the colleges to collect additional data prior to naming the grand prize winner in the spring of 2019.
“Our faculty and staff are dedicated to ensuring that the quality of the education our students receive at EMCC is among the best in the nation,” EMCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner said. “That EMCC has been included in the Aspen Institute’s Top 150 Community Colleges in the Nation list in recurring years shows that our commitment to excellence is paying off. I am proud of the efforts of so many and particularly pleased for our students, who are the beneficiaries of the EMCC team’s hard work.”
EMCC was selected for inclusion in the list in 2014 and again last year.
Estimates from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce suggest that out of the 11.6 million jobs created in the post-recession economy, 11.5 million require at least some college education.
The vast majority of students who enroll in community colleges do so because they believe that postsecondary education will provide them a path to rewarding work, stable employment, and family-sustaining wages, an Aspen Institute press release states.
“Especially in the current social and economic climate, it is exceptionally important that our nation's community colleges develop the diverse talent needed to fuel democratic engagement, social mobility, and economic opportunity and growth,” said Josh Wyner, executive director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. “Through this competition we’re working to inspire other institutions across our country to ensure more students succeed in college and their lives beyond those campuses.”
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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JCJC picks Eddie Lee Endom, Robert & Jennie Landrum as 2017 Honor Alumni

Event Dates and Times

10/12/2017 - 10/21/2017
Jones County Junior College
JCJC picks Eddie Lee Endom, Robert & Jennie Landrum as 2017 Honor Alumni
ELLISVILLE- Jones County Junior College’s 2017 Honor Alumni have contributed a lifetime of service to the institution in numerous ways. Ironically, the Ellisville residents are also neighbors. Eddie Lee Endom, a 1968 JCJC graduate, along with1967 JCJC graduate, Robert Landrum and his wife, Jennie Landrum, who transferred from Jones in 1967, will be honored at the annual JCJC Alumni Luncheon on Homecoming Saturday, October 21, at 11:30 p.m. in the A.B. Howard Gymnasium. Reservations for the luncheon can be made through the Alumni and Foundation Office at 601-477-4145 or by emailing jcjcalumniinfo@jcjc.edu.

“Each of the three Honor Alumni has poured their heart and soul into working or volunteering in various ways at JCJC. Robert and Jennie dedicated their lives here as educators and volunteers. Both Eddie and Robert played football in 1966, with Robert also playing on the 1965 team and Eddie playing on the 1967 team. Jennie started her elementary education degree at Jones and met her future husband here. Eddie has contributed his time and business wisdom as a JCJC Foundation Board member and President of the JCJC Alumni Association. Eddie and the Landrum’s bleed ‘maroon and gold,’” said VP of Advancement and Executive Director of the JCJC Foundation Inc., Charlie Garretson.

Endom continued his education at the University of Southern Mississippi, graduating in 1976. He began Endom Trailer in Ellisville in 1970 with two people. Currently, he employs 25 people. The entrepreneur has served his community as President of the Ellisville Rotary Club, twice-President of the Association for Educational Excellence, and a board member of the Jones County Economic Development Authority. The JCJC Lifetime Alumni Association member and his wife Beth, have five children, Katye Howard, Joshua Endom, Matthew Endom, Chad Williamson and Cade Williamson, and four grandchildren, Anna Kate Howard, Andrew Howard, Abby Howard and Liza Ray Endom.

The Landrum’s served in the JCJC Alumni and Foundation Office for nearly a decade after they retired from their professional careers. Robert was one of the first graduates of JCJC’s Data Processing program in 1967. The Magee native continued his education at Mississippi College earning his bachelors of science in business management in 1969, his MBA in business administration in 1972, and later in 1990, he earned his master’s in education in computer science. After teaching at Holmes Junior College for five years, he returned to JCJC in 1974 to teach and lead the Computer Science Technology division. Robert moved to the Career Resource Center to plan and assist in the development of the Advanced Technology Center until he retired in 2002 after 41 years at JCJC.

His wife, Jennie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from USM in 1970. While her husband finished his education, Jennie Landrum taught at Hinds and Holmes County school districts, and Durant Separate School District before the couple moved back to Jones County in 1977. Jennie taught one-year in Petal before joining the Jones County School district in 1981 as a remedial reading teacher and in 1995 as one of the county’s first computer discovery teachers. In 1990, the Mize native earned her master of education in computing science. For three years, she was a National Science Foundation computer networking workshop instructor at JCJC along with her husband. In 1999, she was one of the two Certified CISCO Networking Academy instructors.

Robert and Jennie Landrum are the parents of one son, Josh who was born in 1977, and a student at Ellisville State School in 1983, until 2000 when he passed away. The couple has worked in various capacities with the State Board of Mental Health over their lifetimes. Jennie served as president, past-president, and secretary of the Ellisville State School Parents Association as well as a member of the five-year Educational Planning Committee for the Ellisville State School. Robert has been appointed by five successive governors to the State Board of Mental Health where he has served as Chairman of the Board in 1998, 2004, 2011, and is the current chairman. Both are JCJC Alumni Association Lifetime members.

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

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“Treats in the Streets” at JCJC on Halloween

Event Dates and Times

10/12/2017 - 10/31/2017
Jones County Junior College ... on the front lawn area of Jones Hall
“Treats in the Streets” at JCJC on Halloween

ELLISVILLE- Jones County Junior College’s Student Government Association along with campus clubs and organizations, and the city of Ellisville will be hosting the annual “Treats in the Streets” night of activities on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. The trick-or-treat trail event will be held on the front lawn area of Jones Hall. Admission is free, unless otherwise noted, and the public is welcome to attend to all events. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

From 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m., JCJC clubs and organizations will have treats and games available in front of Jones Hall. This event is for children ages 0 to 12 years, and all children must be accompanied by an adult to attend. Also, the JCJC all-you-can-eat cafeteria will stay open for dinner. The cost for children ages 4 to 9 years of age is $4.50, and children ages 10 and adults is $7.25 (tax included). Taco Bell will be open until 9 p.m. & the Bobcat Grill will be open until 8 p.m.; both are located behind the A.B. Howard Gymnasium.

The costume contests will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the center of the grassy area of Jones Hall for kids ages 0 to 12. At 6 p.m. a costume contest for JCJC students will begin.

The annual Treats in the Streets celebration is an outdoor event and may be canceled or modified, if it rains or if the weather is not conducive for children. For more information call Bonnie Warren at 477-4170 or Sonya Davis at 601-477-4229.

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

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Breast Cancer Awareness - Dog Walk

Event Dates and Times

10/10/2017 - 10/28/2017
San Antonio Field San Antonio Street Hattiesburg, MS
Breast Cancer Awareness - Dog Walk
Oct. 28th
9:00 am
Everybody come out an take your dog for a walk.
Registration begins at 8:00 am
Come out and support those who are currently dealing with breast cancer and also the survivors.
Proceeds will be donated to the local Relay For Life.
(601) 678-7153
(601) 678-7153

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Chris Evans Ministries 9th musical celebration

Event Dates and Times

10/9/2017 - 10/22/2017
El Bethel Baptist Church 2300 St Blvd. Meridian MS
Chris Evans Ministries 9th musical celebration October 22,2017 @ 5:30 pm.. El Bethel Baptist Church 2300 st blvd meridian ms

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EMCC’S LISA SPINKS RECIPIENT OF HUMANITIES TEACHER AWARD

Event Dates and Times

10/9/2017 - 10/20/2017
East Mississippi Community College
EMCC’S LISA SPINKS RECIPIENT OF HUMANITIES TEACHER AWARD

SCOOBA — East Mississippi Community College Art instructor Lisa Spinks is the college’s recipient of this year’s Humanities Teacher Award.
“Lisa is dedicated to sharing her passion and knowledge of the arts with her students,” EMCC Vice President for Administration Dr. Paul Miller said. “We are fortunate to have a gifted artist of her caliber on staff. She is well deserving of the award.”
Each year the Mississippi Humanities Council presents the award to humanities faculty at each of the state’s colleges and universities. The recipients will be recognized at the Mississippi Humanity Council’s annual Public Humanities Awards ceremony at the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson next spring.
Faculty at the college vote each year to select the award recipient.
“I am tickled about the award,” Spinks said. “This is the first award my peers have given me, which makes it even more special.”
Spinks resides in Scooba with her son, Jordan; mother, Dr. Audrey Berry, a retired chiropractor; and their dog, Iggy. She has another son, Reed, who is in Texas.
Spinks has taught at EMCC for 10 years. After graduating high school from Mclaurin Attendance Center in Star, Miss., Spinks enrolled at the Mississippi University for Women, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Interior Design. She completed her master’s degree in Visual Arts, with an emphasis in two-dimensional art, at Mississippi College.
Spinks’ original plans included using her degree in interior design as a springboard to open her own business.
“I just thought that would be really cool,” Spinks said with a laugh. “The television show, ‘Designing Women,’ was popular at the time and I wanted to be Julia Sugarbaker and tell everybody off. For some reason, I thought you could do that.”
Although her professors said she had a knack for interior design, Spinks found herself drawn to art and later decided she would like to teach the subject.
Spinks is also an accomplished artist in varying mediums with an eclectic palette that runs the gamut from the abstract to the realistic. In 2015, Spinks garnered first place in the drawing category during the Meridian Museum of Art People’s Choice competition for her work titled, “Sneakers.”
The colored pencil and marker drawing depicts a woman’s feet clad in blue sneakers. The drawing is one of a series of shoes intended to portray the various roles in a woman’s life.
“The series is really a self-portrait,” Spinks said.
The subject will be the topic of a presentation by Spinks titled “Sole to Soul: A Walk Through Self Portraits.”
Each recipient of the Humanities Teacher Award is required to prepare and deliver a public lecture during October, National Arts and Humanities Month, or in November. Spink’s lecture has been scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 2:15 p.m. in the student union on the Scooba campus. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend, as are the college’s students, faculty and staff.
Some of Spinks’ artwork will also be on display at the presentation.
“I encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the afternoon,” Spinks said.

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Center Ridge Baptist Church October 2017 Announcements

Event Dates and Times

10/9/2017 - 10/25/2017
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS
Center Ridge Baptist Church October 2017 Announcements

Wonderful Word on Wednesday
October 11, 2017
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting, “Wonderful Word on Wednesday,”on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, @ 7:00 pm. Phone Contact: (601) 776-3649; Email Contact: centerridgebcinc@yahoo.com. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.


Musician's Appreciation
October 15, 2017
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting, "Musician's Appreciation," on Sunday, October 15, 2017, @ 10:50 am. Phone Contact: (601) 776-3649; Email Contact: centerridgebcinc@yahoo.com. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.


Church Anniversary Pre-Celebration
October 25, 2017
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting a , "Church Anniversary Pre-Celebration," on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, @ 7:30 pm. The Guest Speaker will be Rev. Richard Hales Sr., Pastor of East Baptist Church in Pachuta MS. Phone Contact: (601) 776-3649; Email Contact: centerridgebcinc@yahoo.com. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.

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Christian Women’s Job Corps of Philadelphia ... Mystery Theater Fund Raiser

Event Dates and Times

10/5/2017 - 10/29/2017
Philadelphia Senior Center 100 Burt Drive off of Hwy 15 North Philadelphia, MS
WHO: Christian Women’s Job Corps of Philadelphia a Biblically based Job and Life Skills program for women
WHAT: will be having a Mystery Theater Fund Raiser “ A Death on Hysteria Lane” Directed by Laura Thrash
WHERE: Philadelphia Senior Center 100 Burt Drive off of Hwy 15 N Philadelphia, MS 39350
DATES: Saturday October 28, and Sunday October 29
TIME: the doors will open on Saturday at 6:30 PM show starting at 7:00PM, on Sunday they will open at 1:30PM show starting at 2:00PM
MENU: Sugarees Cakes and like Desserts, and Fruit Cups for those not wanting to indulge, as well as your choice of Coffee, Tea, Iced Citrus Water
COST OF TICKETS: $15
HOW TO PURCHASE: You may reserve tickets by calling 601-575-2207 or 601-481-4065 – preferred
Some tickets will be available at the door. Seating is limited so call early.

Our program is a Ministry of the Women's Missionary Union open to all women, it is without cost and offers training to women that are unemployed and underemployed.
We are a National program and also use the National Curriculum "Jobs for Life" as our training tool with a Career Assessment based on skills and preference.
We offer help with typing skills, resume preparation, vocational plans, online job search and applications, computer skills
with introduction to most applications used in business environments, such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Power Point and Publisher.
We also assist with obtaining GED's.
Included in our other offerings, we have a Life Skills class that covers Budgeting, Budget Meal Shopping and Prep,
Sewing Basics, some of our Alternate Classes include; Minor Auto repairs, Home Repairs, Container Gardens, Etiquette.
A hand craft is also done for each topic to teach creating crafts for fun and profit.
The program offers training in interview preparation and an actual Mock Interview to help them be a more polished job candidate.
Our program strives to help women gain skills required to obtain a job that can help them in support of their families.

You can call Sandi Lewis to reserve tickets or program information at 601-484-4065 or e mail sandicwjc@gmail.com, also see our FB page Christian Women's Job Corps of Philadelphia

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Soule' Live Steam Festival ...

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10/9/2017 - 11/4/2017
Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum .. at Soule' Steam Works Meridian, MS
Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum ...
Nov. 3rd & 4th
Historic Factory Open For Tours !
Demonstrations ...
Machine Shop
Blacksmithing
Letterpress Print Shop
Spinning
Weaving
Broom Making
Steam Engines
ALSO ...
Hear The Happiest Music On Earth from the Carousel Organ Association of America
A must for the entire family !

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Professional Baseball Coming to Laurel, Mississippi

Event Dates and Times

10/5/2017 - 10/22/2017
See Schedule
Professional Baseball Coming to Laurel, Mississippi

We are pleased to announce that the National Urban Professional Baseball League will be bringing a Professional Baseball Team to Laurel, MS in the spring of 2018. Wooten Legion Field in Laurel will serve as the home field for the team. This league in its initial conception will consist of four (4) teams with plans for expansion. The creation of this professional Baseball League is designed to provide family entertainment, promote diversity in baseball and to honor the history and memories of past African America baseball players (the same as the Negro League Museum in Kansas City, MO). “Baseball in our inner-cities is dying and the NUPBL will be giving African American baseball players a new hope to live out America’s past-time. This league will offer minority baseball players the opportunity to play the game they love on a professional level, an opportunity many have been denied.

“A few years ago a little league baseball team from the Southside Chicago by the name of Jackie Robinson West captured the hearts and soul of the nation. Most importantly they captured the heart and soul of the African American community around the world. We want this league the NUPBL to capture the heart and soul of the nation and mostly importantly the hearts and the souls of the African American community. We are looking for excitement, enthusiasm and support from the African American Community for this league from the East, the West, the North and the South. This league in “NO WAY” will be limited to only African American players. We are seeking the best baseball players from across the United States and the World regardless of their ethnic back round. (Said Coach Mayden)”

All baseball players interested in trying out for a team should visit our website for registration information at www.urbanbaseball247.com or call (972) 546-8894.

Upcoming Texas Tryouts
October 21-22
Wooten Legion Field
Laurel, Mississipp

GENERAL LEAGUE INFORMATION:

Ninety game schedule
May through August in addition to league play-offs
45 away games/45 home games
6 games per week
15 three game home stands
Teams located within 250 - 350 miles

TEAM INFORMATION
Team (s) will consist of
1 team manager
2 coaches
24 players per team
The league is open to baseball players 17 years old and older
All participants will receive monetary compensation
Thanksryouts for each team will begin in May, 2017
We will offer an six week winter league in Arizona
The league starts in the spring of 2018

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JCJC’s “Madrigals & More” concert hosted by Laurel’s First-Trinity Presbyterian Church

Event Dates and Times

10/4/2017 - 10/24/2017
Laurel’s First-Trinity Presbyterian Church
JCJC’s “Madrigals & More” concert hosted by Laurel’s First-Trinity Presbyterian Church
ELLISVILLE –Jones County Junior College’s Fine Arts Department invites the public to enjoy an evening of Renaissance music with the JCJC music department at its annual “Madrigals and More” concert, free of charge. The various small ensembles of JCJC students and faculty will be performing at First-Trinity Presbyterian Church in Laurel, on Tuesday, October 24, at 7 p.m. This special event spotlights a diverse group of performers from student ensembles and solos to faculty solos, and faculty-student collaborations featuring music from composers such as Orlando di Lasso, John Dowland, Pierre Certon, Thomas Morley, Hans Leo Hassler, Santiago de Murcia, Domenico Scarlatti, Tomas Luis de Victoria, Thomas Greaves, John Wilbye, John Farmer, and others.

The evening of Renaissance and Baroque music will begin with a stately trumpet fanfare played by JCJC high brass instructor, Dr. Patrick Richards. Following the fanfare, JC Voices, under the direction of Dr. Susan A. Smith will perform a variety of selections from the Renaissance period, like the processional, Pastyme with Good Companye, and recessional, Innsbruck, I Now Must Leave Thee. This year, in addition to popular tunes of the 16th century, the madrigal singers will highlight a few lesser-known madrigals, including Saccia na cosa, which will be accompanied by new faculty member and JC Voices accompanist, Dr. David Goldblatt on the harpsichord, guitar instructor, Dr. Michael Boyd on the lute, and JCJC flute instructor and assistant director of bands, Lindsey Keay on the flute.

The concert will include solos, duets, the women’s ensemble, and small group madrigals and motets. JCJC sophomores, Addison Nelms of Brandon and Amy Champion of Lafayette, Louisiana will be accompanied by Boyd and Keay as they sing the beautiful duet Fuggi, Fuggi, Fuggi da questo cielo. Boyd will also accompany JCJC sophomore, Katie Hovan of Hattiesburg, performing O Death Rock Me Asleep, ascribed to Ann Boleyn.

In addition to the choral selections, JCJC piano instructor, Dr. Victoria Johnson, will perform Sonata in E Major, K. 380 by Domenico Scarlatti, and Boyd will perform La Guastala by Santiago de Murcia. New faculty member, Dr. Mackenzie Edgley will conduct the JCJC Brass Ensemble in three traditional madrigals, Come Away Sweet Love, Flora Gave Me Fairest Flowers, and Fair Phyllis I Saw.

Also performing will be the flute choir, conducted by Keay, and saxophone ensemble, directed by the director of JCJC bands, Dr. Ben Burge. The saxophones will play the hauntingly beautiful O Magnum Mysterium, traditionally a six-voice motet, and the flute choir, in contrast, will delight the audience with folk songs and an arrangement of a four-voice madrigal, Il est bel et bon.

For more information about “Madrigals and More,” or to find more about JCJC Fine Arts, call the JCJC Fine Arts Department at 601-477-4094.

2017 Members of the Chamber Choir and Madrigal Singers:

Kenneth Anderson, Sand Hill
Raegan Barber, Ellisville
Ella Barker, Hattiesburg
Brandon Broome, Sumrall
Harrison Bryant, Prentiss
Jorge Castillo, Ellisville
Kassidy Chandler, Laurel
Amy Champion, Lafayette, LA
Sarah Conn, Roxie
Natalie Davis, Pearl
Kaylee Green, Mobile, AL
Matthew Haight, Mobile, AL
Katherine Hovan, Chalmette, LA
Melody Howard, Long Beach
Nathan Lucky, Meridian
Davonzell Moncrief, Montrose
Addison Nelms, Brandon
Caleb Pearce, Ellisville
Corintha Sanson, Laurel
Kendra Stevison, Lucedale
Joseph Welch, Moselle
John Wieland, Taylorsville
Sydnee Yates, Pisgah






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

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EMCC’S COMMERCIAL TRUCK DRIVING COURSE REVAMPED FOR QUICK COMPLETION

Event Dates and Times

10/3/2017 - 10/20/2017
East Mississippi Community College
EMCC’S COMMERCIAL TRUCK DRIVING COURSE REVAMPED FOR QUICK COMPLETION

MAYHEW — East Mississippi Community College’s Commercial Truck Driving course can be completed in half the time it used to take.
In the past, it would take students eight weeks to finish the program. Now, they can complete it in four weeks.
Offered at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus, the course has been transferred from the Career Technical division to Workforce Services and students no longer have to take the ACCUPLACER or ACT tests.
“We will concentrate less on classroom work with textbooks and more on providing students the skills they will need on the road, such as driving and backing,” EMCC Commercial Truck Driving instructor Mark Dodson said.
EMCC Workforce Specialist Carey Butler said moving the Commercial Truck Driving program under the Workforce Services division makes sense.
“The program is a natural fit for our noncredit classes that are designed to provide students the skills they need as quickly as possible so they can begin work,” Butler said.
Classes for the four-week course will run Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration is under way now for the first class and there is still room for additional students. Dodson said it is important for students to register now even if they don’t plan to take the course right away.
“There are some things students will need to take care of before class begins, such as completing a WorkKeys certification, obtaining their learner’s permit for Commercial Driver’s License and filing an application for their CDL with the Department of Motor Vehicles,” Dodson said. “Students who plan to take the course can go ahead and get that out of the way so they can hit the ground running when the next course begins.”
To be accepted into the program, students will need a regular driver’s license and a high school diploma or equivalency.
The course includes use of an EMCC semi-truck by students when they take their Commercial Driver’s License road test. The students will be accompanied by Dodson during the exam.
The cost is $1,800 for the course. Tuition assistance is available for qualified students.
Students will get a lot of time behind the wheel during the four-week course and will learn skills such as parallel parking, straight-line backing, offset backing and alley backing. Students will also learn about safety, rules and regulations, driving practices, air brakes, hazardous materials and emergencies. The course includes vehicle inspections, coupling and uncoupling trailers and driving a tractor-trailer truck under varying road and climate conditions.
“And then, of course, we will have some road time and teach them how to drive a truck with a manual transmission,” Dodson said.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual pay for a truck driver in 2016 was $41,340. Dodson said the demand for both long-haul and local drivers is high.
For more information or to register for the course, email Dodson at jdodson@eastms.edu or call (662) 243-2686.
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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JCJC celebrates Homecoming 2017

Event Dates and Times

10/3/2017 - 10/21/2017
Jones County Junior College
JCJC celebrates Homecoming 2017

ELLISVILLE – Plans are underway to make Homecoming at Jones County Junior College a special event. The weekend of activities will incorporate the Homecoming theme, “Once a Bobcat, Always a Bobcat” beginning with the student Homecoming pep rally on Thursday, October 19, at 8 p.m. at the lake. The “glow pep rally” is sponsored by the Student Government Association and will provide glow-necklaces and glow-sticks for everyone in attendance. This event will be canceled if there is inclement weather.

On Friday, October 20, the Homecoming festivities begin at 8 a.m. on the Laurel Country Club golf course for the annual Homecoming Golf Tournament, benefiting the JCJC Lady Bobcat Basketball team. For more information, contact Coach, Missy Bilderback at 601-477-4090. The JCJC Class Reunion of 1955 & 1955 Football Reunion Dinner will be held at 5 p.m. in the C.L. Neill Student Center’s Banquet Hall. At 6 p.m. in the Faculty Dining Room, the 50-year Reunion Dinner honoring the JCJC Class of 1967 will gather in the C.L. Neill Student Center’s Faculty Dining Hall.

Homecoming Day, Saturday, October 21, is slated with numerous activities for a day of fun for all ages. Events will begin at 9 a.m. with a reception for alumni and friends at the Terrell Tisdale Library. Members of the Ellisville High School Reunion for the 1960-1965 classes are invited to register during the brunch.

At 10 a.m. the JCJC Homecoming Parade will wind through the streets of Ellisville and the campus. The parade will feature floats made by the student body incorporating the theme, as well as the Maroon Typhoon Marching Band, JCJC cheerleaders, Touch of Gold, and of course, the 2017 Homecoming Queen and her court. Parade Marshal is Ellisville native, Mary Jo Wedgeworth who is a member of the JCAHS class of 1943 and the JCJC class of 1945. She is also a lifetime JCJC Alumni Association member and associated with the establishment of three, JCJC Foundation Scholarships for JCJC students. Wedgeworth is also a recipient of the “Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson Award” for her lifetime of service to others through the Red Cross, Keep America Beautiful, the Southern Heritage Garden Club, 4-H and Mississippi Extension Homemaker Clubs.

At 10:45 a.m. the public is also invited to join the Jones family for a pep rally following the parade in front of the C.L. Neill Student Center. At 11:30 a.m. the JCJC Alumni Luncheon will be held in the A.B. Howard Gymnasium. During this luncheon, three JCJC alumni, Eddie Lee Endom, of Ellisville, and Robert and Jennie Landrum of Ellisville will be honored. Reservations for the luncheon can be made through the Alumni and Foundation Office at 601-477-4145 or by emailing, jcjcalumniinfo@jcjc.edu. Additionally, the Ellisville High School Reunion Classes of 1960 through 1965 will meet “Under the Tents” at the Sim Cooley Football Field, near the Tennis Complex. General Tailgating under the Tents will also begin at 11:30. The cost is $10 per person with a reservation deadline of October 13, by calling 601-477-4049.
The Homecoming pre-game festivities will begin at 1:30 p.m. with the marching band’s pre-game show on the Sim Cooley Football Field at Bobcat Stadium. The game against Hinds Community College will begin at 2 p.m.
At halftime, the Homecoming Court will be presented with the crowning of the 2017 Homecoming Queen, August Parker. Also during halftime, the JCJC and the Ellisville High School honored classes, and the 2017 Honor Alumni will be recognized. The festivities will end with a performance by the Maroon Typhoon and Touch of Gold. For more information call the Alumni office at 477-4049 or email jcjcalumniinfo@jcjc.edu.

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

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Chunky River Harley-Davidson HOG Toy Run

Event Dates and Times

10/17/2017 - 11/18/2017
Chunky River Harley-Davidson Meridian, MS
Chunky River Harley-Davidson HOG Toy Run
Event Dates and Times
11/18/2017 - Starts: 12:00 PM
Meridian, MS
Chunky River Harley-Davidson HOG Group will have their annual toy ride on Saturday, November 18th, 2017. This year we will be collecting toys for :Cans for Kids". Bring one new unwrapped toy, this is an open ride all bikes are welcome. Register at 11am, safety meeting at 11:30, kick stands up at 12 noon. Let's make this a ride to remember.
Jan Cade 601-482-4131

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Drive Safe through Deer Season Danger

Event Dates and Times

10/2/2017 - 10/28/2017
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Drive Safe through Deer Season Danger
JACKSON, MISS. — One fall night while driving down a Mississippi road, a driver spots two eerie green eyes staring back into the glare of the headlights. What should a driver do when a deer merges onto a lane of the road that they are traveling in? How can drivers reach their destination safely with the threat of hitting a deer? The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) wants to answer all questions on how to drive safely during deer season.
When summer finally winds down and fall begins, deer start to move around and become more visible throughout the state’s roadways. The increase in vehicle-deer crashes in the fall and winter months is partially a result of higher traffic volumes, higher vehicle speed and shorter daylight hours.
“Mississippi averages over 3,000 deer-related crashes per year,” said MDOT executive director Melinda McGrath. “Hitting a deer can be a very costly expense and sometimes it can be a life-threatening accident.”
There is no way to control deer movement, but there are steps to take to minimize the chances of a collision while driving. MDOT offers these tips for all motorists:
• DO NOT SWERVE if a deer runs in front of a moving car. Swerving can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicle, causing an even more serious accident.
• Deer are pack animals. Take extra caution for deer lingering around in the same area.
• Pay attention when driving at dawn and dusk. About 20 percent of crashes occur in early morning, while more than half occur between 5 p.m. and midnight.
• Always buckle up for safety and drive at a safe, sensible speed.
• At night use high beams, when no traffic is approaching, to illuminate the eyes of deer near the road. Make sure both headlights and high beams are cleaned and aimed correctly.
“No matter if a driver is traveling rural roads or busy highways, the threat of hitting a deer while driving is very real,” said McGrath. “All motorists should take extra precautions during deer season to ensure their safety while traveling.”
MDOT urges motorists to avoid distracted driving and buckle up for safety when traveling Mississippi’s highways and roadways during deer season.
For additional travel safety tips, visit GoMDOT.com/drivesmartms or follow @MississippiDOT on Twitter.

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JCJC announces Homecoming Court 2017

Event Dates and Times

9/29/2017 - 10/21/2017
Jones County Junior College
JCJC announces Homecoming Court 2017

ELLISVILLE–Jones County Junior College recently elected its 2017 Homecoming Court. Students chose the following ladies to represent them during Homecoming.

Queen: August Parker of Laurel is an occupational therapy major. The JCJC sophomore is a member of the tennis team and she was the recipient of the “Hustle” award for her efforts. She is also a member of the Student Government Association, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, English Honor Society, Sigma Kappa Delta and the international honor society, Phi Theta Kappa. The Northeast Jones High School graduate was an active member of many clubs, including Beta Club, Serteens, student council, FBLA, Key Club, Future Leaders of Jones County, Crown Club, Mu Alpha Theta and she was a member of her high school tennis team. She served as cheerleading captain and class president at Northeast Jones and graduated summa cum laude and as a Mississippi Scholar. Parker’s future plans include being accepted into Mississippi State University’s kinesiology program and the University of Mississippi Medical Schools’ graduate program for occupational therapy. Her parents are John and Destiny Parker.

Escorting Parker will be Jedidiah Slover of Laurel. The mechanical engineering major earned the “Hustle” award as a member of the JCJC tennis team. Additionally, he is also a member of the Engineering Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The Northeast Jones graduate played football and tennis for the NEJ Tigers, and he was a member of the Beta Club, First Priority and Serteens. He intends on furthering his education at Mississippi State University. Slover’s parents are Shannon and Lisa Slover.

Student Body Maid: Kaylee McLaurin is a Laurel native majoring in elementary education. At JCJC, she is a member of the tennis team, SGA and FCA. McLaurin also plays intramural volleyball, and she received the Marcus L. “Bud” Moore and Billy Burnette Memorial Scholarship from the JCJC Foundation. At Laurel Christian, she was involved in the Teenage Republicans club, student council, Key Club, FCA, and the Honor Society. She also played tennis at LCS and served as a Diamond Doll and basketball, Lionette. McLaurin has aspirations of being a teacher after earning her degree at the University of Southern Mississippi. Her parents are Dr. Sammy and Leslie McLaurin.

Escorting McLaurin is Cameron Calongne who is currently residing in the Landrum Community of Jones County and is a native of Houston, Texas. The business major was active in high school playing football and he was a member of the Sporting Clay Shooting Club. Calongne’s future plans include earning his degree at Louisiana State University. His parents are Dr. Kevin and Tara Calongne.

Sophomore Maid: Clara native, Laken Freeman is majoring in elementary education. Her JCJC activities include being a member of the Charles Pickering Honors Institute, Student Government Association and PTK. Freeman is also the recipient of the Charles Pickering Honors Institute Scholarship and the Arleigh & LaRue Waldrup Read Scholarship from the JCJC Foundation. While at Wayne County High School, Freeman participated in Beta Club and student council and she was a member of the softball team. Some of the honors she earned in high school include being a Mississippi Scholar, a member of the Teacher Academy and Prom Queen. Her future plans involve graduating from USM with her master’s degree and teaching elementary school children. Freeman’s parents are Brentley and Tabitha Freeman.

Freeman’s escort is Reed Windham of Stinger. The business administration major earned the Bobcat Scholarship and is a member of the international honor society, Phi Theta Kappa. Windham was active in high school playing on the varsity baseball team. He was also a member of Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta, and Peer Council and he earned the Presidential Community Service Award. Windham hopes to earn his degree at Mississippi State after graduating from Jones. His parents are Randy and Jessica Windham.

Sophomore Maid: Chelsea Newell is a Laurel native majoring in physical education. While in high school at Northeast Jones, she was captain of the basketball team for three years, and was voted as class favorite and Miss NEJ. She also made the honor roll throughout her high school years. Additionally, Newell was a member of the track team all four years of high school. Her plans for the future include earning her degree in physical education with a minor in mathematics from the University of Mississippi. Her parents are Sandra Stevenson and Kendrick Patternson.

Newell’s escort is Hattiesburg resident, Raymond Tubby Brisco, who is majoring in psychology. The North Forrest High School graduate was a member of the band in high school. He was also voted as a class favorite. Brisco’s future plans are to earn his psychology degree from the University of Mississippi and open his own practice. His parents are Raymond Brisco, Jr., and Latonya Hopkins.

Freshman Maid: Lakelyn Bohannon of Hattiesburg is a nursing major at JCJC. The Sumrall High School graduate was a member of the basketball and volleyball teams, Beta Club and she was the senior class secretary. The class salutatorian also earned honors as a member of the Hall of Fame, the recipient of the Coca-Cola Scholar Athlete award and she made the All “A” Honor Roll. Her JCJC activities include being a member of the Student Government Association. Bohannon hopes to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and becoming a nurse practitioner, specializing in psychiatry. Her parents are Jarrod and Lori Bohannon.

Bohannon’s escort is Wit Robinson of Hattiesburg. The banking major was active at high school as a member of the Young Republicans and president of the Gamma Psi community group. Robinson graduated with honors from Oak Grove High School. His plans include being the Chief Financial Officer of an oil company. Jeff and Portia Robinson, and Dena Robinson are Wit’s parents.

Freshman Maid: Haley Smith of Ellisville is majoring in biology. At South Jones, Smith was active in show choir and the dance team. She was also selected by her classmates as Homecoming Queen, Most Beautiful and Miss Congeniality. Recently, she was chosen to represent her hometown as Miss Hospitality of Ellisville. Smith’s academic honors include being a Mississippi Scholar, Hall of Fame and graduating magna cum laude. At JCJC, she is a member of the Bobcat Brigade, a student recruiting organization, and SGA. Smith has plans to become an orthodontist after completing her studies at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Veonica and Undrell Covington are her parents.

Escorting Smith is Jakeilon Kendrick of Ellisville. The South Jones High School graduate was a member of the Band of Braves. At JCJC, Kendrick is majoring in commercial truck driving with plans to become the owner of a trucking company. His parents are Abby and Steven Jones.

The JCJC Homecoming court will also have represented as the flower girl, Caroline Knight, the daughter of Keith and Dana Knight of Laurel. The seven-year-old is in second grade at East Jones Elementary School. Luke Brownlee, the 2017 Homecoming Court crown bearer is a first grader at East Jones Elementary School. The seven-year-old is the son of Grant and Danielle Matthews and Justin Brownlee.

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

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Brothers Osborne Bring Blue-Collar Country to MSU Riley Center on October 20

Event Dates and Times

10/20/2017
MSU Riley Center
Brothers Osborne Bring Blue-Collar Country to MSU Riley Center on October 20


MERIDIAN, MS – No frills, just a lot of great music. That’s what to expect when Brothers Osborne, one of the hottest up-and-coming acts in country music, perform at the MSU Riley Center on Friday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m.

TJ and John Osborne grew up in the hardworking fishing town of Deale, Maryland. Those blue-collar roots give an unmistakable authenticity to everything from party anthems like “Let’s Go There” and “Rum” to the more poignant “21 Summer” and “Stay a Little Longer” – as well as the rousing clap-along concert highlight “It Ain’t My Fault,” which showcases TJ’s warm baritone voice and John’s virtuoso guitar work.

The brothers learned to play as kids at all-night family jam sessions that ranged across just about every musical genre. In concert, they’re liable to toss in cover versions of rock songs as well as country.

Still, “Country music has always been honest,” TJ told Rolling Stone magazine. “And when country music is real, there is not a genre cooler than it.”

For fans of: Chris Stapleton, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church

Tickets are $39 and $33 at the MSU Riley Center Box Office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets can be purchased online at www.msurileycenter.com or by calling the box office at 601.696.2200.

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17th Annual Run for Hope

Event Dates and Times

10/20/2017 - 11/11/2017
Bonita Lakes
17th Annual Run for Hope.
This year’s Run will be held Saturday, November 11th at Bonita Lakes and includes a 10K Trail Run, a 5K Road Race, a 2 Mile Walk, and a 1 Mile Fun Run.
Register in person at Anderson Health and Fitness Center.
Online registration is available at www.southernracetimeing.com
All proceeds benefit Hope Village for Children
Race Director Kim Monsour at 601.934.2851

Thank you,
Kim Waters
601.479.6221

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JCJC is offering non-credit computer courses in Ellisville

Event Dates and Times

9/11/2017 - 11/4/2017
Jones County Junior College ... Whitehead Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville
JCJC is offering non-credit computer courses in Ellisville

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Workforce College will be offering eight, non-credit computer courses through December. The classes meet on Tuesday’s, day and night, and Thursday’s, day and night, at JCJC’s, Whitehead Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville. Tuesday and Thursday day classes meet from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Night classes are offered from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. Pre-registration is required one-week prior to the start date and CEU’s are available upon request for an additional fee upon successful completion of the class. All classes cost $55 and materials used in the class will be provided. For more information and to register for classes, contact Kelly Robinson at 601-477-4169 or 601-477-4169.


Tuesday Day Classes:
Windows 10 September 19 - October 24 1.5 CEU’s
Microsoft Word 2016 Basic November 7 – December 12 1.5 CEU’s

Thursday Day Classes:
Microsoft Publisher 2016 September 21 – October 26 1.5 CEU’s
Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 Basic November 2 – December 7 1.5 CEU’s

Tuesday Night Classes:
Microsoft Excel 2016 Basic September 19 – October 24 1.5 CEU’s
Microsoft Excel 2016 Intermediate November 7 – December 12 1.5 CEU’s

Thursday Night Classes:
Using Google Apps September 21 – October 26 1.5 CEU’s
Windows 10 November 2 - December 7 1.5 CEU’s

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

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Come have BBQ lunch

Event Dates and Times

10/5/2017 - 10/29/2017
Church of the Mediator
Come have BBQ lunch
Church of the Mediator
Sunday, October 29
11:00 - 4:00
Famous Bake Sale
Casseroles to desserts and eclairs
Bake sale also Saturday, October 28
10-00 - 2:00
Children's Fun - Pumpkin Patch - Quilt Drawings


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