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EMBDC Recognizes May Ambassadors of the Month

Event Dates and Times

5/27/2016 - 6/3/2016
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EMBDC Recognizes May Ambassadors of the Month
Meridian, MS - The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation (EMBDC) recently presented its May Ambassadors of the Month awards to three very deserving participants. In first place was Mary Atterberry with Rush Health Systems, second place went to Derron Radcliff with MSU Riley Center, and third place went to Casey Hendricks with The Montgomery Foundation. Also, winning the red ticket drawing was Heather Woodall with MSU Career Center. The red ticket drawing is from the pool of ambassadors who have attended EMBDC events over the past month.
This committee of dedicated volunteers assists with numerous membership activities and events throughout the year including ribbon cuttings and ground breakings conducted by the EMBDC. They work to secure new members and increase membership retention by building relationships and maintaining communication with existing and prospective members. This group consists of a limited group of people. The EMBDC would be unable to do all that it does without these dedicated volunteers. To find out more about becoming an Ambassador for your community, contact the EMBDC at 601-693-1306.
The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation is a private, not-for-profit organization committed to improving economic vitality and quality of life for our citizens. The EMBDC serves as the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development organization for the community. The EMBDC is located at 1901 Front St., Suite A/ P.O Box 790, Meridian, MS 39302, or on the web at www.embdc.org.

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JCJC family mourns loss of Gene Tullos

Event Dates and Times

5/27/2016 - 5/30/2016
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JCJC family mourns loss of Gene Tullos

ELLISVILLE-The Jones County Junior College family is mourning the loss of alumnus, Gene Tullos of Raleigh. The 74 year-old died Tuesday evening. Tullos graduated from JCJC in 1962 and played basketball for Coach A. B. Howard in 1960 and 1961. He was also named by his peers in 1962 as “Mr. JCJC” and Tullos was selected by the JCJC Alumni Association as the 1999 Honored Alumnus of the Year. In 2008, the Smith County native was inducted into the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame and was a 2009 Mississippi JUCO Sports Hall of Fame Inductee.

“We will truly miss Mr. Tullos and his strong leadership and love for Jones County Junior College. We want to express our deepest sympathy and love to his wife, Mrs. Nada Tullos and other close friends and family,” said JCJC Chairman of the Board and friend of Gene Tullos, David Garner.

Since 2008, Tullos has served on the JCJC Foundation, Inc., Board of Directors. The Tullos’ showed their deep commitment to education and helping students from their area by funding several scholarships in honor of their family members. The Gene and Nada Tullos Suite in Jones Hall was named in their honor and in recognition of their generous support. The suite serves as a venue for special forums and hosting individuals and groups visiting campus.

“Tullos loved Jones and he especially loved playing basketball for Coach A.B. Howard. His generosity was always focused on helping others. Each and every time we use the Tullos Suite, named in honor of Gene and Nada, we will remember him and the impact he had on the college and its students,” said VP of Advancement and the Alumni Association, Charlie Garretson.

Funeral arrangements include visitation from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, at the Smith County Circuit Courthouse in Raleigh, Mississippi, and from 9:30 a.m. until funeral services at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 27, at First Baptist Church in Raleigh. Burial will be in North Raleigh Cemetery.

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

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Vacation Bible School

Event Dates and Times

6/20/2016 - 6/24/2016
New Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church Old Hwy 45 Loop Rd. Waynesboro, MS 39367
New Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church will hold its Vacation Bible School beginning Monday, June 20-24, 2016 at 6-8:30PM.

The theme for this year is:
The Ultimate Climb : Hiking Up to Meet God! Exodus 34:2b

There will be classes for all ages ranging from youth to adults. Refreshments will be served each night. Everyone is invited to attend.

Sis. Brunette Jones, VBS Director

Rev. Ecclesiastes Goodwin, Sr-Pastor
601-938-8903
newpilgrimchurch@gmail.com

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Men & Women's Day Program @ First Enterprise M. B. Church

Event Dates and Times

6/26/2016
First Enterprise M. B. Church Enterprise MS
Men & Women's Day Program @ First Enterprise M. B. Church, Enterprise MS will be held on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 2:30PM. The guest speaker for the occasion will be Rev. Darius O. Edmonson, Pastor of Savannah Grove Baptist Church located in Meridian MS. Everyone attending is asked to wear something BLUE (shades of blue).

Thanking you in advance,
Rev. Aaron Heidelberg Jr., Pastor
Mrs. Anita Lowery, Secretary
First Enterprise Baptist Church
P. O. Box 175 / 156 County Road 3332
Enterprise, MS 39330-9307
Office: 601.659.3441
Email: firstenterprise156@att.net

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Retired Circuit Judge Marcus Gordon died May 26th, 2016

Event Dates and Times

5/26/2016 - 5/27/2016
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Retired Circuit Judge Marcus Gordon died May 26

May 26, 2016
Retired Circuit Judge Marcus D. Gordon of Union died on Thursday, May 26, at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson. He was 84.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Milling Funeral Home in Union is handling arrangements.
Judge Gordon retired almost three months ago, on March 4, from the Eighth District Circuit Court of Leake, Neshoba, Newton and Scott counties.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. said that at the time of his retirement, Judge Gordon was the longest serving circuit judge in Mississippi. He served as Circuit Judge of the Eighth Judicial District for about 37 years.
Chief Justice Waller said, “Judge Gordon served with distinction in many capacities throughout his long career. He will be missed by all. He courageously presided over many very difficult cases, including the trial of Edgar Ray Killen.”
Neshoba County Circuit Clerk Patti Duncan Lee said, “He was an amazing man. He’s going to be missed terribly – has been and will be. He ran a firm courtroom but a fair courtroom. He treated everyone the same. By his presence, he commanded respect. If he thought you needed to do something differently, he sure didn’t mind telling you so. He was just one of a kind.”
At the time of his retirement, Judge Gordon said, “I thank the people who let me have this office and stay in this office as long as I have. They gave me their trust, and I am confident that in no fashion did I ever let that trust be violated.”
Judge Gordon submitted his resignation on the anniversary of his appointment to the bench. Gov. Cliff Finch appointed him as circuit Judge of the Eighth Judicial District on March 4, 1977, after Judge O.H. Barnett resigned. Judge Gordon left the bench briefly to return to private law practice with his nephew in 1987. He was reelected in 1991.
Judge Gordon previously served as district attorney for six and one-half years in the Eighth Circuit District. He was county prosecutor for Newton County for four years.
He was admitted to the bar in 1959. As a lawyer in private practice, he represented the Newton County Board of Supervisors as well as municipalities, school boards and hospitals.
He attended East Central Junior College in Decatur, now known as East Central Community College. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Mississippi and a law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law.
He served four years in the U.S. Air Force as an airplane mechanic assigned to the Strategic Air Command.

Beverly Pettigrew Kraft
Public Information Officer
Administrative Office of Courts
Jackson, MS
601-576-4637
bkraft@courts.ms.gov

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Annual Senior Choir Day Program

Event Dates and Times

6/12/2016
Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church 600 11th Ave. Meridian, MS
Annual Senior Choir Day Program
June 12th 6:00 pm
Dorothy Hudson
(601) 485-5816
Rev. Zacary Finley is the pastor of the church

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Pack Your Pew

Event Dates and Times

5/29/2016
Jerusalem Temple Church
Pack Your Pew
May 29th
11:00 am AND 7:00 pm
Music and Preaching

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EMBDC - Upcoming Events

Event Dates and Times

5/25/2016 - 6/11/2016
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Upcoming Events

Mitchell Distributing
Business After Hours
100 49th Ave.
Thursday, May 26th
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

City of Meridian Splash Pad Ribbon Cutting
Highland Park
Friday, June 3rd
2:00 p.m.

Leadership Lauderdale Graduation
MSU Riley Center
Thursday, June 9th
8:00 a.m.

59Twenty Music Festival
City Hall Green
Saturday, June 11th
www.59twenty.com
for tickets

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/380772481.html | 380772481

Southern Cross Animal Rescue ... inaugural Brews for Bullies

Event Dates and Times

6/12/2016
Slowboat Brewing Company in Laurel
Southern Cross Animal Rescue will hold its inaugural Brews for Bullies event June 12 at Slowboat Brewing Company in Laurel.
All monies raised throughout the day will go toward SCAR’s vet bills. Fundraisers include pulled pork plates, t-shirts, a special event glass created for the event, and several raffles. One raffle is for the chance to win one of two guns: a Henry Classic Lever Action .22 or a 9 mm Smith & Wesson M& P Shield. Gun raffle tickets are $10 each, and the drawing will be held at the event (Winner must complete a background check before receiving the gun).
In addition to the fundraisers, live music will play throughout the day with guest musicians and bands donating their time and talent to the cause. The lineup includes Chad Knight, Ryan Hughes & AmyLynn, Phat Alley and The Strays.
Slowboat Brewing Company will provide tours of the brewery. Samples of all Slowboat beer (to those of legal drinking age) and a special event glass will be provided for a small donation to SCAR.
The day’s events will be held from noon – 6 p.m., and is open to all ages. Slowboat, Mississippi's artisan brewery, is located at 318 W. 5th Street in Laurel. For more information, contact Slowboat at slowboatbrewco@gmail.com or SCAR at 601-433-5807.

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Business After Hours ... Mitchell Distributing

Event Dates and Times

5/25/2016 - 5/26/2016
Mitchell Distributing 100 49th Ave. Meridian, MS
Business After Hours ... Mitchell Distributing
May 26th from 4:30 - 6:30 pm

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Annual Youth Day Program

Event Dates and Times

6/19/2016
St. Mary United Methodist Church Hwy 10 East Butler, AL
June 19, 2016 2P.M. St. Mary United Methodist Church Hwy 10 East Butler, Al. Guest Speaker Rev. Leon Hampton Montgomery, Al. Rev. Pianapue K. Early Pastor 1-205-459-3561

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Boil Water Notice

Event Dates and Times

5/24/2016 - 5/31/2016
Majority of the Town of Quitman
A major break coming from the Industrial Park Well occurred this morning. Boiling water notice will affect the majority of Quitman, with the exception of homes served by the North Jackson Well. Boil Water for all of Quitman with the exception of homes north of Lynda Street and across the reservoir. Boil water notice expected to last up to 12 days.

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MSU professor pens book on Shubuta Bridge lynchings

Event Dates and Times

5/23/2016 - 5/26/2016
Phil Hardin Foundation Library MSU-Meridian’s College Park Campus
MSU professor pens book on Shubuta Bridge lynchings

MERIDIAN, Miss.—A Mississippi State associate professor of history has released a new book chronicling events in a small Mississippi town that is home to a tragic monument to racial struggle.
Written by Jason Morgan Ward and published by Oxford University Press, “Hanging Bridge: Racial Violence and America’s Civil Rights Century” examines decades of racial tension in the Clarke County town of Shubuta, where a bridge that crosses the Chickasawhay River served as the site for lynchings. Morgan will sign copies of his book at 5-7 p.m. Thursday [May 26] in the Phil Hardin Foundation Library on MSU-Meridian’s College Park Campus.
Ward, who joined MSU’s faculty in 2008, said the book focuses on three major events in Shubuta, two of which involved the steel-framed bridge. In 1918, a mob lynched four young blacks, including two men and two pregnant women. Twenty-four years later, in 1942, two black teenagers were lynched there.
The book also recounts the height of Shubuta’s civil rights movement in 1966 and highlights the efforts of local civil rights activists.
“This story is told over such a long period of time, so you see different characters, events and themes elevated,” Ward said. “There are lots of communities in Mississippi that have their own stories like this that haven’t been told. I would like for this to be a model for seeking out these stories and thinking about new structures for telling them.”
Both Shubuta bridge lynchings occurred in an era of world war, when Ward said bubbling social conflicts and anxieties reached new heights. Membership to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People grew during both world wars, he said, and pressure on the government to make social changes increased on many fronts.
Also, economic shifts brought by the wars allowed blacks opportunities for higher paying jobs, which Ward said challenged the prevailing class structure and helped people leave a system of debt and credit that had kept them in a cycle of poverty.
Challenges to economic and class themes re-emerged in Shubuta in the late 1960s, Ward added, especially when the Head Start anti-poverty program offered jobs to African American women that paid three times more than common subservient labor.
Time Magazine has published an excerpt from the book’s introduction, and Ward has talked about it in interviews for National Public Radio and Vice Magazine. He said what he thinks makes the story so unique is having the bridge, which is still standing, as a physical device tying it together.
“Every town is famous for something,” he said. “You just don’t necessarily get to choose what that thing is.”
This is Morgan’s second published book. His first, “Defending White Democracy: The Making of a Segregationist Movement and the Remaking of Racial Politics, 1936-65,” was released in 2011.
MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

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EMBDC - Upcoming Events ...

Event Dates and Times

5/20/2016 - 6/11/2016
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Upcoming Events

Mitchell Distributing
Business After Hours
100 49th Ave.
Thursday, May 26th
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

City of Meridian Splash Pad Ribbon Cutting
Highland Park
Friday, June 3rd
2:00 p.m.

Leadership Lauderdale Graduation
MSU Riley Center
Thursday, June 9th
8:00 a.m.

59Twenty Music Festival
City Hall Green
Saturday, June 11th
www.59twenty.com
for tickets

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Lovin' the Skin I'm In ... Women's Conference

Event Dates and Times

5/20/2016 - 6/3/2016
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Friday, June 17th - 7:00 pm Evening Service
Love City Fellowship
2800 11th Street
Meridian, MS

Saturday, June 18th - 10:00 am Ladies Brunch - Fashion Show
Brunch $20 - Must RSVP by June 3rd
MSU Riley Center
Meridian, MS
(601) 553-8150
1-888-598-5683
www.bondsoflove.org

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Fundraiseing Event at Squealer's ...

Event Dates and Times

5/20/2016 - 5/24/2016
Squealer's North Hills Meridian, MS
Presented by the Philadelphia - Neshoba Career Technical Center ...
Donation of $7 will get a pulled pork, bread, potato salad and baked beans
Proceeds will benefit an upcoming trip to San Diego.

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First Union Missionary Baptist Church ... 125th Anniversary Banquet with Rev Dr. Jerry Young

Event Dates and Times

6/3/2016
Temple Theatre Ballroom Meridian, MS
125th Anniversary Banquet.

Guest Speaker: Rev Dr. Jerry Young, President of the National Baptist Convention, USA.

The banquet will be held at the Temple Theater Ballroom
June 3, 2016 at 7:00pm.

Tickets are $35.00 per person.
Thank you for your continued support. For further information, please contact me at 601-604-4162.
Respectfully,
Dr. Melvin J Hendricks, Pastor

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Wheeler Drug Store Captures 15th Annual Warrior Golf Classic

Event Dates and Times

5/19/2016 - 5/23/2016
Dancing Rabbit Golf Club
Wheeler Drug Store Captures 15th Annual Warrior Golf Classic
Golfers representing Wheeler Drug Store in Decatur claimed top honors in the championship flight of the 15th annual East Central Community College Warrior Golf Classic held May 12 at the Dancing Rabbit Golf Club, located on the Pearl River Resort in Choctaw.
Sponsored by the ECCC Alumni Association, the four-person scramble netted $10,132 for student scholarships, according to event coordinator David LeBlanc, director of foundation and alumni relations at ECCC in Decatur.
“Thanks to all the sponsors, teams, and volunteers who made the 15th Annual Warrior Golf Classic an incredible success,” said LeBlanc. “With a record setting number of team sponsors this year, the tournament continues to grow and provide much-needed financial assistance to deserving students at East Central Community College.”
The Wheeler Drug Store team posted a 22-under par 50 in the 18-hole event, held on the Azaleas Course. Team members included Hal Thompson, John Rohrer, Scott Hinnant and Joey Hayes.
Finishing second with a 53 was the Community Bank team, whose members included Tim Leitaker, Matt Gregory, Steve Gibson and Tristan Hernandez.
Tyson Foods placed third with a 55. Team members were Eddie McDill, Eddie Hollifield, Michael Worrell and Chad Hall.
FIRST FLIGHT
Bank of Forest team members Drew Kenna and Lee McDill, along with individual participants T.C. Cannon and Zack Hammons, took top honors in the first flight with a 58.
The combined teams of Brown Bottling and Educational Furniture & Equipment finished in second, also with a 58. Team members included Rodney Stephens, Tommy Griffin, Ben Webb and Ken Stringer.
Finishing third with a 59 was Prince Oil Team 1, which included team members Michael Graham, John Graham, Ben Peeples and J.B. Ware.
SECOND FLIGHT
Ross & Betts took top honors in the second flight with a 62. Team members included Shirell Betts, Michael Betts, David Love and John Bodey.
Mississippi Power finished second with a 63. Team members included Mike Easterwood, Kevin Thrash, Melanie Reed and Donna Monsour.
McLain Plumbling finished third and carded a 64. Team members included Phillip McLain, Trent Cumberland, Ralph Marbel and Alan Marbel.
For more information, contact David LeBlanc, 601-635-6327, or call toll free, 877-462-3222, ext. 327. The email address is dleblanc@eccc.edu.

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“The British Invasion of Natchez”

Event Dates and Times

5/19/2016 - 5/20/2016
Natchez Performing Arts Center
“The British Invasion of Natchez”
Music of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Other Brits that
Changed the World!


The British Invasion of Natchez is having a second go at it on Friday, May 20, at the Natchez Performing Arts Center at 7:00 p.m. In 1763, Natchez came under British rule and remained so until the American defeat over Great Britain in the Revolutionary War. That period of British control and influence was an integral part of what makes Natchez an international city to this day.

Well, there back! But, this invasion is all music—the music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and other Brits. It is guaranteed to be a phenomenal tribute to the “Music that Changed the World!”

The arrival of the Beatles in the U.S. in 1964 marked the start of the British Invasion, a phenomenon that occurred in the mid-1960s when rock and pop music groups from Great Britain became popular in the United States. Groups such as the Beatles, the Dave Clark Five, the Kinks, the Rolling Stones, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Herman’s Hermits, and The Who were some of the groups that dominated pop music all over the globe during that era.

Artists bringing these classic British sounds to a fun-filled evening of entertainment include: Joseph Britain, Music Director, piano, and vocals; Lowery Hicks, bass; Andy Gilstrap, drums; and, Peter Lake, Miles Doleac, and Joe Vanzandt, vocals.

The Natchez Performing Arts Center at Margaret Martin is located at 64 Homochitto Street in Natchez. Come enjoy the cash bar in The Grape Escape Club room beginning at 6:00 pm, prior to show time at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $25, or $10 for students K-12, adult with K-12 student, college and active military with current ID.

The Natchez Festival of Music is celebrating its 26th Season with events Tuesday thru Saturday weekly during the month of May. As Natchez celebrates its 300th anniversary, there is no better way to celebrate that rich heritage than with music that represents the four nations that have flown flags over this great city. Four Flags Over Natchez – A Tricentennial Season – covering French, Spanish, British, and American music. “Come for the music, stay for the experience!”

For this event, ticket information, as well as a schedule of the rest of the Festival’s tribute to the Tricentennial, visit www.natchezfestivalofmusic.com and/or contact Natchez Pilgrimage Tours at 800.647.6742. As well, for specific details about this event, please contact Katie McCabe by calling 601.748.3355 or via email at katiejmccabe@gmail.com


Contact: Katie McCabe
Phone: 601.748.3355
Email: katiejmccabe@gmail.com

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JCJC’s Dr. Mark Taylor selected as Distinguished College Administrator Award

Event Dates and Times

5/18/2016 - 6/9/2016
Jones County Junior College
JCJC’s Dr. Mark Taylor selected as Distinguished College Administrator Award
ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Dean of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Charles Pickering Honors Institute, Dr. Mark Taylor was selected as a Distinguished College Administrator by Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at its annual convention. This award is given to college vice presidents, deans or directors who have demonstrated a strong level of support for Phi Theta Kappa during their tenure. Taylor is one of 25 Distinguished College Administrators to receive this honor from nominations across the nation.
“I was completely surprised when I learned of this award, and I am truly honored to be selected. It is a privilege to represent the college and the administration at the PTK annual convention,” said Taylor.
Julie Atwood, one of the advisors for JCJC’s Rho Sigma chapter of the academic international Honor Society Phi Theta Kappa, explained Taylor is involved in numerous aspects of PTK. Without his support, she said, the chapter would not be able to thrive and be successful.
“We are greatly appreciative of his efforts with our Honors students and his continual support for scholarship recommendations and interviews. Without his assistance, we would be hard pressed to identify our strongest candidates for internships, scholarships and other accolades,” said Atwood.
Taylor provides opportunities for students to be exposed to leaders to help with personal leadership development through the Honors College. Many PTK students are a part of this advanced educational and leadership class at JCJC, which has a history of producing excellent and prepared student leaders. Atwood also sites his involvement in promoting the arts on campus and offering international travel as other ways he helps students understand and see a “bigger picture” of the world. Ultimately, Dr. Taylor helps to better equip students to compete globally.

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

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/379952871.html | 379952871

Christian Football Camp

Event Dates and Times

5/18/2016 - 5/21/2016
Raleigh High School on the practice football field
Event: Christian Football Camp

Where: Raleigh High School on the practice football field

When: May 21st

Time: 9:00 am - Registration

Camp runs from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/379938441.html | 379938441

Pastor’s Anniversary

Event Dates and Times

6/12/2016
Spring Hill Baptist Church of Union, MS
Pastor’s Anniversary
The Spring Hill Baptist Church of Union, MS will be celebrating their Pastor & Elect Lady Ola Jones 8th year anniversary on Sunday, June 12th beginning at 2:30 p.m. The guest speaker will be Rev. Eric Hill, Pastor of Union Grove Baptist in Union, MS. Everyone is invited to attend.

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JIMMIE RODGERS FOUNDATION ... WREATH LAYING CEREMONY

Event Dates and Times

5/18/2016 - 5/26/2016
OAK GROVE CEMETERY Meridian, MS
THE JIMMIE RODGERS FOUNDATION INVITES YOU TO ATTEND A WREATH LAYING CEREMONY AT OAK GROVE CEMETERY AT 6:00 P.M. IN MERIDIAN, MISSISSIPPI ON THURSDAY, MAY 26th IN MEMORY OF JIMMIE RODGERS, THE FATHER OF COUNTRY MUSIC ON THE 83RD ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH IN NEW YORK CITY AT THE TAFT HOTEL ON MAY 26TH, 1933.

THE BRIEF CEREMONY WILL HONOR THE TRADITION OF “REMEMBERING JIMMIE” WHICH WAS STARTED IN 1953 BY HANK SNOW AND EARNEST TUBB, FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND DEVOTED RAILROAD MEN. THE CEREMONY WILL INCLUDE TRIBUTES TO JIMMIE AND OF COURSE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC.

PLEASE HELP US “ REMEMBER JIMMIE RODGERS AND HIS OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF AMERICAN MUSIC.”

For more information please contact: Betty Lou Jones, bebestuartjones@comcast.net, 601-917-4344
www.jimmierodgers.com

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JCJC graduates encouraged to make right choices for history

Event Dates and Times

5/17/2016 - 6/6/2016
Jones County Junior College
JCJC graduates encouraged to make right choices for history

ELLISVILLE - Jones County Junior College history instructor Wyatt Moulds encouraged graduates to stay on the right side of history and move Mississippi forward during the spring commencement ceremonies held May 13 in the A.B. Howard/Bobcat Gymnasium.

His speech, The Importance of Being on the Right Side of History, shared stories of people who made unpopular choices that eventually proved to be the right choices.

“As we speak, there are historical forces at work, and most of the time those forces will move civilization forward, and if it involves moving civilization forward, JCJC graduates need to be in the middle of it,” he said. “It’s not always going to be easy or popular.”

Since 2006, Moulds has been working with Hollywood director Gary Ross on the movie “Free State of Jones,” a Civil War movie based on farmer Newt Knight, starring Matthew McConaughey and set to release June 24. Moulds explained to the audience how Knight was on the right side of history.

A Jones/Jasper County Mississippian, Knight was opposed to the institution of slavery, the secession of the south and the war that followed. In 1864, he and his men overthrew the local Confederate government and established the Free State of Jones. After the war, Newt became an activist during Reconstruction. He distributed food to destitute people, he rescued children from slavery, and he fought to protect the civil rights of slaves.

“A lot of people considered (Newt Knight) to be the Robin Hood of the Piney Woods,” said Moulds. “Come June 24… America is going to see first-hand that there once was a man from Mississippi -- whose descendants I might add are now attending Jones County Junior College -- who was fighting for truth, justice and the American way. JCJC graduates, we need more people like Newt...”

Moulds shared a personal story of growing up in the South and watching his father, a county superintendent of education, have the responsibility to integrate the public schools in 1966.

“Some people did not think that was a good idea,” he said. “Some were so displeased they thought they needed to burn a cross in our front yard one night. I witnessed that when I was 12 years old. But I also saw my father’s resolve strengthen. He became ever more determined, and he was successful. And events would prove he was on the right side of history.”

Moulds told the graduates that much has been accomplished since the 1960s,
“but as the events of the last few months show, we still have a ways to go,” he said. “We don’t need hate in our state.”

Moulds pointed out that there are many good things about Mississippi, such as people joining together during natural disasters or in times of crisis. Another thing that has been great for the state is education, which he calls a great equalizer because it put the poor and the rich on the same level.

“As President Bill Clinton said on this very spot in 2008, ‘There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be fixed with what is right with America.’ JCJC graduates, you are what is right with America. …Your choices are to stand still and go backward, or go forward. JCJC students, make the right choice. Take your state forward.”

Brayden Hodge, a sophomore participating in the graduation ceremonies, had a special connection to the part of Moulds’ speech about Knight, as Hodge portrayed both a Union and Confederate soldier in the upcoming movie.

“The part that stood out to me the most was him telling us about the history of Newt Knight and how we as graduates could be like Newt and stand up for what is right,” said Hodge. “We can be the generation on the right side of history.”

Luke Tucker, another participant in the day’s ceremonies, was able to relate to the message of doing the right thing although it may be difficult or unpopular. When he graduated high school he wanted to go straight to a university, but his parents, both Jones graduates, insisted he attend their alma mater. He said he was unhappy about the idea, but once he got to Jones his perspective changed.

“I discovered a whole new world of opportunities that I never even thought about in high school,” said Tucker about joining several clubs and activities. “But the biggest thing that happened is that I discovered my major and future career here. Because of Tim Ishee’s teaching and influence, I am majoring in agriculture-business and truly loving it. Coming to Jones was not in my original plan, but it was definitely the best and right decision for me.”

Jones had a combined total of 623 candidates walking in the two spring commencement ceremonies held May 13. Students received an Associate in Arts degree, Associate in Applied Science degree or a Vocational Certificate.

Classes for summer begin May 31.

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

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/379816121.html | 379816121

JCJC graduates encouraged to make right choices for history

Event Dates and Times

5/17/2016 - 6/6/2016
Jones County Junior College
JCJC graduates encouraged to make right choices for history

ELLISVILLE - Jones County Junior College history instructor Wyatt Moulds encouraged graduates to stay on the right side of history and move Mississippi forward during the spring commencement ceremonies held May 13 in the A.B. Howard/Bobcat Gymnasium.

His speech, The Importance of Being on the Right Side of History, shared stories of people who made unpopular choices that eventually proved to be the right choices.

“As we speak, there are historical forces at work, and most of the time those forces will move civilization forward, and if it involves moving civilization forward, JCJC graduates need to be in the middle of it,” he said. “It’s not always going to be easy or popular.”

Since 2006, Moulds has been working with Hollywood director Gary Ross on the movie “Free State of Jones,” a Civil War movie based on farmer Newt Knight, starring Matthew McConaughey and set to release June 24. Moulds explained to the audience how Knight was on the right side of history.

A Jones/Jasper County Mississippian, Knight was opposed to the institution of slavery, the secession of the south and the war that followed. In 1864, he and his men overthrew the local Confederate government and established the Free State of Jones. After the war, Newt became an activist during Reconstruction. He distributed food to destitute people, he rescued children from slavery, and he fought to protect the civil rights of slaves.

“A lot of people considered (Newt Knight) to be the Robin Hood of the Piney Woods,” said Moulds. “Come June 24… America is going to see first-hand that there once was a man from Mississippi -- whose descendants I might add are now attending Jones County Junior College -- who was fighting for truth, justice and the American way. JCJC graduates, we need more people like Newt...”

Moulds shared a personal story of growing up in the South and watching his father, a county superintendent of education, have the responsibility to integrate the public schools in 1966.

“Some people did not think that was a good idea,” he said. “Some were so displeased they thought they needed to burn a cross in our front yard one night. I witnessed that when I was 12 years old. But I also saw my father’s resolve strengthen. He became ever more determined, and he was successful. And events would prove he was on the right side of history.”

Moulds told the graduates that much has been accomplished since the 1960s,
“but as the events of the last few months show, we still have a ways to go,” he said. “We don’t need hate in our state.”

Moulds pointed out that there are many good things about Mississippi, such as people joining together during natural disasters or in times of crisis. Another thing that has been great for the state is education, which he calls a great equalizer because it put the poor and the rich on the same level.

“As President Bill Clinton said on this very spot in 2008, ‘There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be fixed with what is right with America.’ JCJC graduates, you are what is right with America. …Your choices are to stand still and go backward, or go forward. JCJC students, make the right choice. Take your state forward.”

Brayden Hodge, a sophomore participating in the graduation ceremonies, had a special connection to the part of Moulds’ speech about Knight, as Hodge portrayed both a Union and Confederate soldier in the upcoming movie.

“The part that stood out to me the most was him telling us about the history of Newt Knight and how we as graduates could be like Newt and stand up for what is right,” said Hodge. “We can be the generation on the right side of history.”

Luke Tucker, another participant in the day’s ceremonies, was able to relate to the message of doing the right thing although it may be difficult or unpopular. When he graduated high school he wanted to go straight to a university, but his parents, both Jones graduates, insisted he attend their alma mater. He said he was unhappy about the idea, but once he got to Jones his perspective changed.

“I discovered a whole new world of opportunities that I never even thought about in high school,” said Tucker about joining several clubs and activities. “But the biggest thing that happened is that I discovered my major and future career here. Because of Tim Ishee’s teaching and influence, I am majoring in agriculture-business and truly loving it. Coming to Jones was not in my original plan, but it was definitely the best and right decision for me.”

Jones had a combined total of 623 candidates walking in the two spring commencement ceremonies held May 13. Students received an Associate in Arts degree, Associate in Applied Science degree or a Vocational Certificate.

Classes for summer begin May 31.



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

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/379806621.html | 379806621

MPSD Events this week

Event Dates and Times

5/17/2016 - 5/20/2016
See Schedule
Poplar Springs Elementary Hosts Celebrate Arts
Thursday, May 19 – 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Poplar Springs Elementary will hold its annual school wide arts festival, Celebrate Arts, from 9-2:30 on Thursday, May 19. This is funded through a matching grant from the Meridian Council of the Arts. The MHS Lamplighters will perform at a Brown Bag concert/lunch in the auditorium from 10:45-11:15 and then again from 11:30-12. Local artists and art groups will be set up in stations across campus demonstrating and creating all forms of art with PSE students. This event is always so much fun and the students learn so much and love it.

MHS Graduation
Friday, May 20 – 7:00 p.m.
Ray Stadium

Elizabeth McDonald
Public Relations Director
Meridian Public School District
601.482.0423
emcdonald@mpsdk12.net

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/379789461.html | 379789461

EMBDC will host a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Velma Young Community Center

Event Dates and Times

5/18/2016
Velma Young Community Center 2400 16th Avenue Meridian, MS
What: The EMBDC will host a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Velma Young Community Center.

When: Wednesday, May 18th at 2:00 p.m.

Where: 2400 16th Avenue
Meridian, MS

Why: The construction on the new Velma Young Community Center will begin.



Casey Holladay
Events Coordinator
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation

1901 Front Street, Suite A
Meridian, MS 39301

601-693-1306
601-693-5638
www.embdc.org

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Huey Lewis and the News Come to the MSU Riley Center on June 21

Event Dates and Times

6/21/2016
See Schedule
Huey Lewis and the News Come to the MSU Riley Center on June 21

MERIDIAN, MS – Huey Lewis and the News will bring “The Heart of Rock & Roll” to the historic heart of downtown Meridian for a concert at the MSU Riley Center on Tuesday, June 21, at 7:30 p.m. Concertgoers can also enjoy a pre-show party with free refreshments in the Grand Lobby starting at 6 p.m.

Lewis and his bandmates mixed blues, soul and rock ’n’ roll into a sound that generated hits throughout the 1980s and into the ’90s: “Do You Believe in Love,” “Workin’ for a Living,” “The Power of Love,” “Stuck with You,” “Hip to Be Square,” “Jacob’s Ladder,” and many more. The horn section, Lewis’ harmonica and his resonant, raspy voice helped the band stand out among the synthesizer-based new wave music that then filled the airwaves.

Huey Lewis and the News have kept touring all these years and continue to add an occasional new song to the concert mix, depending on Lewis’ whim. He says he never plans out a set list: “I just make it up nightly.” Even now, in the YouTube era, the band likes nothing better than performing in person for its fans. “Playing live is what we’ve always done,” Lewis said. “It’s what we’re best at. It’s what we love to do. And by the way, we’re still improving.”

For fans of: Kenny Loggins, John Mellencamp, The J. Geils Band

What critics say: “Lewis had as much drive as he did three decades ago. Even better, his band – many of them originals – still sounded like the reason a kid would say he wanted to be in a high school band.” – Bruce R. Miller, Sioux City Journal

Tickets are $80 and $74 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 by visiting www.msurileycenter.com or by calling the box office at 601.696.2200.

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/379388551.html | 379388551

Newton Municipal School District ...Summer Food Service Program

Event Dates and Times

5/13/2016 - 6/30/2016
Newton High School
JOIN US FOR MEALS THAT ROCK!

Newton Municipal School District will participate in the Summer Food Service Program.
This Program runs thru the month of June 2016 ...
Monday thru Thursday. Meals will be provided to children 18 years of age and younger without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. There also will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Breakfast and lunch will be served at Newton High School as follows:
Breakfast 8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Lunch 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
601-683-2186
Newton Municipal School District
205 School Street
Newton, MS 39345

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/379375391.html | 379375391

Three JCJC students receive prestigious Lyceum Scholarship

Event Dates and Times

5/13/2016 - 6/2/2016
Jones County Junior College
Three JCJC students receive prestigious Lyceum Scholarship

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College sophomores, Ethan Davis of Laurel, Natalie Beth Seales of Hattiesburg, and Cady Smith of Raleigh, each received a prestigious Lyceum scholarship to the University of Mississippi. They were three of only 15 community college students to receive the full tuition Lyceum Scholarship.

“We are extremely excited these three talented students and campus leaders chose the University of Mississippi to continue their education. This is the largest and most prestigious full tuition scholarship offered by the University. All three JCJC students are also invited to participate in the Chancellor’s Leadership Class,” said Associate Director of Admissions at UM, Jody Lowe.”

Lyceum Scholarship recipients must have a 3.0 GPA, 48 transferable community college hours (at the time of transfer) and an exemplary record of academic achievement, leadership and service, to be considered for the Lyceum scholarship.

Davis plans to double major in English and philosophy and has served as the Phi Theta Kappa international academic honor society president and the opinions editor for the JCJC newspaper, The Radionian. Seales is majoring in English and law and was recognized as one of 20 students on the All-USA Community College Academic Team, she is the recipient of the Guistwhite Scholarship, and Seales is a New Century Scholar, as well as PTK VP of Service and Student Government Association senator for the Humanities division. Smith served as the SGA president and is majoring in forensic accounting and minoring in Spanish.

“I’m really excited about this opportunity. It has opened new doors for me and has totally changed my educational future,” said Smith.

The Lyceum Scholarship was created to recognize some of the most outstanding community college transfer students across Mississippi. These students will receive full-time tuition for two years which is an estimated value of more than $15,000.

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

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/379375161.html | 379375161

Wesley House Community Center hires new Executive Director

Event Dates and Times

5/13/2016 - 5/30/2016
Wesley House Community Center Meridian, MS
Wesley House Community Center hires new Executive Director
Meridian, MS, After an exhaustive national search, Meridian’s Wesley House Community Center is pleased to announce that Mrs. Elizabeth Graham has accepted the position of Executive Director. Mrs. Graham comes to Wesley House after serving the last few years as Outreach Director and Director of Depot Operations for the United Methodist Committee on Relief Sager Brown Supply Depot in Baldwin, Louisiana.
Sager Brown is a regional disaster relief center providing humanitarian relief and disaster response in the United States and internationally. Specifically, Sager Brown coordinates thousands of volunteers packing relief supplies for disaster victims.
Prior to her service at Sager Brown, Mrs. Graham taught school for over 30 years. Mrs. Graham is also a United Methodist Deaconess.
“The Wesley House Board is very excited to have Mrs. Graham leading the day to day operations of Meridian’s Wesley House” says Bill Cole who serves as President of the Board. “Mrs. Graham will bring renewed voice and focus on this 100 year plus charity.”
“Mrs. Graham’s official first day was Monday, May 9 2016. In the weeks ahead as she gets more acclimated to new policies and procedures, we’re looking to host a meet and greet.”

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/379204961.html | 379204961

Encore Dance Company - Summer Registration

Event Dates and Times

5/20/2016 - 5/21/2016
Encore Dance Company 4837 Highway 39 North Meridian, MS
Registration is dates ...
May 20th 3:00 - 5:00 pm
May 21st 9:00 - 11:00 am
(601) 282-5728
(601) 282-5728

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/379182631.html | 379182631

ECCC Announces Summer Registration Sessions

Event Dates and Times

5/12/2016 - 6/10/2016
East Central Community College
ECCC Announces Summer Registration Sessions
New and transfer students planning to attend 2016 fall classes at East Central Community College are encouraged to attend one of three remaining registration sessions scheduled this summer on the Decatur campus.
The three sessions will be held Friday, June 10; Friday, July 15; and Thursday, August 11, announced Dr. Randall Lee, vice president for student services.
“We encourage students to attend the earliest session possible in order to get the classes they want for the fall semester,” Lee said.
Prior to attending registration, students should have on file in the Office of Admissions a completed ECCC Application for Admission (available online at www.eccc.edu); ACT or COMPASS scores, which will be used for placement in English and mathematics courses; and official high school/college transcripts. Transfer students must have all college transcripts on file before they can register.
“As in the past, students may arrive anytime between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. to register,” Lee said. “Students who have completed the admissions process and have been accepted for admission should have received a letter in the mail instructing them how to proceed on the day of registration. Students who have not completed the application process are welcome to attend if they have the ACT or COMPASS score report and transcripts turned in and they will begin the process in the Eddie M. Smith Student Union on the west side of campus.”
On the day of registration, students will complete their fall class schedules, have photos made for identification badges and the college yearbook, and apply for a parking decal. Students who will be applying for a parking decal should bring the license tag number of the car they will have on campus in the fall.

Students also will receive information on ECCC’s first-ever orientation course that can be completed over the summer or fall.
Students who have not taken either the ACT or COMPASS test should be prepared to take it at 8:30 a.m. on the day of registration. The cost is $20. To reserve a seat for the COMPASS, contact Ms. Mary Boulton at 601-635-6346 or email mboulton@eccc.edu.
Fall classes begin Monday, August 15.
For more information, contact Student Services at 601-635-6205 or email rlee@eccc.edu.

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/379181781.html | 379181781

Meridian Public School District is hosting the annual Retirement Reception

Event Dates and Times

5/12/2016
Kahlmus Auditorium on the Meridian Campus of Mississippi State University
The Meridian Public School District is hosting the annual Retirement Reception on today, May 12 to honor district personnel that are retiring after years of hard work and dedication to the students of Meridian.

“Over the years, these individuals have played an important role in the Meridian Public School District, and they have made a tremendous impact on the lives of so many students,” said MPSD Superintendent Dr. Alvin Taylor. “I want to personally thank them for their dedication and service.”

The Retirement Reception will be held on Thursday, May 12 in the Kahlmus Auditorium on the Meridian Campus of Mississippi State University from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

In all, the Meridian Public School District has 21 retirees that represent over 605 years of experience in education.

The 2016 retirees are: William Barnes, Jr., Carver Middle School; Nancy Chisolm, Ross Collins Career and Technical Center; Shirley Coleman, T.J. Harris Upper Elementary School; Jack Collins, Central Operations; David Covert, Carver Middle School; Vickie Davis, West Hills Elementary School; Willia M.J. Booker Donald, Carver Middle School; Deborah Ewing, Northwest Middle School; Donna Freyaldenhoven, Food Service Director; Shirley Gibbs-Hale, T.J. Harris Lower Elementary School; Rosie King, Northwest Middle School; Robin Miles, Assistant Superintendent; Dorothy Nelson, West Hills Elementary School; Michael Robertson, Transportation; Bernice Scott, Poplar Springs Elementary School; Leslie Snowden, T.J. Harris Upper Elementary School; Dr. Alvin Taylor, Superintendent; Patricia Teer, Carver Middle School; Johnny Valles, Meridian High School; Andrea Walker, Ross Collins Career and Technical Center; and Betty Williams, T.J. Harris Lower Elementary School.

About Meridian Public School District: The Meridian Public School District prepares all students in a parent and community partnership to be literate, self-directed learners with the confidence and character to compete in a complex and ever-changing world. MPSD serves six thousand students on 13 school campuses.

Elizabeth McDonald
Public Relations Director
Meridian Public School District
601.482.0423
emcdonald@mpsdk12.net

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/379003491.html | 379003491

Make-A-Wish Foundation ... 2-Day Garage Sale

Event Dates and Times

5/20/2016 - 5/21/2016
10165 Lynwood Drive Tanglewood Estates
Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21, from 7 AM to 2 PM will be our next Make A Wish Garage Sale at 10165 Lynwood Drive, Tanglewood Estates. All cloths, purses, shoes, hats galore .50 each. Baby cloths .25 and .50, prints and frames from .25 and .50, nice 7 ft Christmas tree 20.00 and Christmas decoration .25 each, toys .25 and .50 household items and whatnots.25 up, books and vhs galore .25 each, old records and cassette .10 each, patterns and fabric .25, and so much more, please bring your recyclables with you, old locks and keys, aluminum cans, and inkjet cartridges. New items each month.

Brenda Golisch
MAW Volunteer, Sharing the Power of A Wish

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/378999521.html | 378999521

JCJC nursing student earns prestigious Mississippi Nurses Foundation Leadership Scholarship

Event Dates and Times

5/11/2016 - 5/30/2016
Jones County Junior College
JCJC nursing student earns prestigious Mississippi Nurses Foundation Leadership Scholarship
ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s associate degree nursing student, Christen Nash recently received a big surprise from the Mississippi Nurses Foundation. The Executive Director of the Foundation, Rosalyn Smith-Howard recently presented the School of Nursing Leadership Scholarship to one JCJC nursing student from Laurel. Nash said to receive the $1,000 scholarship was a big blessing.

“I’ll use it use for tuition, books and other bills as I complete my degree this year,” Nash said.

The full-time, undergraduate nursing student was eligible for the scholarship based on her GPA of greater than 2.5 in her second year, and because she exhibits professional character, leadership, scholarship and service, and because of her community service. Being a recipient of other awards and honors and participating in School of Nursing activities also helped her earn this prestigious scholarship. Nash is expected to graduate in December of 2016.

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

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/378984611.html | 378984611

A Celebration of ARTSMART

Event Dates and Times

5/11/2016 - 5/12/2016
MSU Riley Center STUDIO THEATER
A Celebration of ARTSMART:
MSU Riley Center Arts in Education Schools
at the MSU Riley Center
STUDIO THEATER
on Thursday, May 12
4:00 – 5:00 pm

****Here are the DETAILS of the program these teachers and schools were a part of since last August. SCHOOLS and teachers who participated are listed BELOW! ****
All children deserve the arts… the arts help make our kids smart.
Artsmart: From the MSU Riley Center for our Partnership in Education Schools (becoming a Riley Center Education School)*
GOAL: Build a Professional Learning Team focused on arts integration as a classroom instructional tool to make a positive difference in the school
OBJECTIVES:
• training more teachers in arts integration
• follow-up to training with mentoring/coaching in classroom (support teachers to transform their teaching practice through arts integration)
• more arts in the school; document the power of learning through the arts.

Program details: 2015 - 2016
1. Teachers are selected and agree to participate by…
a. Attending 3 days (24 hours) of professional development at the MSU Riley Center during the 2015-16 school year (two workshop/ training days in the fall, one in spring; all presenters/workshop materials/snacks and lunch will be paid by the MSU Riley Center; school district pays for substitute teachers (three full days in all). If a sub is paid $65 per day, the total is for each teacher is $195.
b. Plan one lesson for 2 of the 3 training days and experiment/try lesson in own classroom; each teaching artist who is in town to do the training will visit various RCESs as a guest in the classroom the afternoon of the workshop to do demonstration lessons.
c. Work with Dr. Tabereaux before/during/after lesson for mentoring and coaching if needed.
d. Submit the final two lessons for MSU Riley Center web site sharing (with pictures/artifacts).
e. Participate in a blog with other teachers about the experience and use each other for ideas/sharing.
2. Teachers will receive many resources from the Kennedy Center with a possibility of attending the Kennedy Center Arts Integration Conference in Washington, DC, June 27-29, 2016; CEU credits offered if needed; thirty (30) free student tickets to an educational Riley Center school day performance during the school year (teacher must use study guide & teachers resources with class & complete a short survey/evaluation form afterwards). Dr. Tabereaux will assist the schools that participate with writing arts grants, choosing teaching artists to bring in, finding fund raisers for art supplies, mentoring/coaching, etc.
3. Principals support the teacher and the arts integration program by
a. Hiring substitute teachers for the 3 days of training
b. Support the student educational trip to the MSU Riley Center for a performance
c. Allow Dr. Tabereaux to visit the participating teacher’s classrooms when invited
d. Provide time for teachers to share success with others at the school
e. Encourage and support any teacher who wants to take students to MSU Riley Center school day performances
f. Complete survey with feedback on the program.
4. District Superintendent signs agreement to allow the program; encourages principals and teachers to participate; advocates for more arts in all schools.

5. At the end of the year, those teachers and their representative schools that complete all requirements will be recognized in the media (newspapers, TV stations, MSU Riley Center face book, etc.) as the FIRST Riley Center Artsmart graduates and RCE schools; they will receive a special certificate and other awards at a special awards ceremony.
6. The MSU Riley Center’s education department will concentrate its efforts on the schools that have an Artsmart participant. These will be our RILEY CENTER EDUCATION schools. These schools will receive special recognition, a logo, a sign for designation, and will be the schools that may receive special guest artists, discounts, etc.

SPONSORED BY STRUCTURAL STEEL SERVICES, INC.

Artsmart Participants 2015-2016 16 schools
participated

Name SCHOOL
Jones, Mary NEE Northeast Lauderdale Elementary
Ashcraft, Courtney NEE
Kercheval, Karen NEE
Wilson, Wendy NEE
Leake, Shea NEE
Cole, Beth NEE
Boyette, Jennifer NEE
House, Jennie NEMiddle Northeast Lauderdale Middle School
Goldman, Mandy WLE West Lauderdale Elementary School
Clymer, Melody WLE
Crawford, Sandra WLE
Mabry, Rhea WLHS West Lauderdale High School
Satcher, Paige CMS Clarkdale Middle School
Adcock, Vicki CMS
Johnson, Daniel CHS Clarkdale High School
Greer, Lisa SEE Southeast Elementary School
Avera, Beverly SEMiddle Southeast Middle School
Little, Tenika St. Pat St. Patrick’s Catholic School
McPherson, Lindsey St. Pat
Meng, Bob TJHarris Lower TJ Harris LOWER Elementary
Walton, Nancy Pop. Spr. E Poplar Springs Elementary
Dennis, Abby Pop Spr E
Guise, Linda OH E Oakland Heights Elementary
Adams, Hope Carver M Carver Middle School
LaCoste, Heather NWMid Northwest Middle School
Haycox, Cary NWMid
Iverson, Marsha MHS Meridian High School
Kyler, Evelyn West Hills E West Hills Elementary School

Charlotte B. Tabereaux, Ph.D.
Education Director
MSU Riley Center for Education & Performing Arts
2200 Fifth St.
Meridian, MS 39301
Ph: 601-696-2204
FAX: 601-696-2300
www.msurileycenter.com
ctabereaux@riley.msstate.edu

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JCJC sophomore art students show off work

Event Dates and Times

5/11/2016 - 5/24/2016
Jones County Junior College
JCJC sophomore art students show off work

ELLISVILLE – Four Jones County Junior College sophomore art majors were allowed to set up the Eula Bass Lewis Art Gallery to show off their work before graduation. The experience of preparing an exhibit in a gallery, which includes deciding what work to display and working with other artists, was all a part of the graduating students final art experience on campus. Sophomores included in the final art display were Nicole Hebert of Oak Grove, Dana Baker of Silver Creek, Jarius McBride of Laurel and Nathan Breland of Hastings, Nebraska.

The Sophomore Art Show is an opportunity to gain some experience showing their work according to JCJC art instructor, Melanie Eubanks. As a visual artist, Hebert said she appreciates her teachers being able to provide individual attention and preparation. Painting her favorite subject, the human body and gestures can only improve with this experience at Jones.

“Jones’ art teachers do a really good job of teaching color theory. I have a much better understanding of how to incorporate colors and I feel prepared for my next step at USM,” said Hebert.

Comic books intrigued and inspired Baker to become an art major. Her goal is to be a part of the emerging trend and demand for graphic art, especially comic books. The Lawrence County native plans on transferring to USM to finish her degree.

“Even though I love graphic art, Jones taught me to broaden my skills and it has allowed me to discover who I want to be and what I want to do,” said Baker.

McBride said he enjoys the looseness of painting with an impressionist style. The focus is on the overall painting and not the details, he explained. “My favorite artist is Mary Cassatt. Jones exposed me to different art and continuously broadened my horizons,” said McBride.

For more information about the JCJC art show contact the gallery at 601-477-4148 or visit the gallery which is open Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The gallery is closed for lunch daily from 11:30 until noon.

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

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/378984151.html | 378984151

ECCC ADN Graduates

Event Dates and Times

5/11/2016 - 5/22/2016
East Central Community College
ECCC ADN Graduates

East Central Community College graduates honored Tuesday, May 3, 2016, during the college’s annual Associate Degree Nursing Pinning Ceremony held in Huff Auditorium on the Decatur campus. Mississippi First Lady Deborah Bryant was the keynote speaker.
Tanesha Barham, Faith Anderson and Ashley Lawrence, all of Philadelphia; Kelsey Porter of Morton, Laken Fulcher of Louisville, Jamie Mathis of Meridian, Kelsey Cox of Forest, Quanaeqa Hunt of Louisville, Krystan Bolton of Walnut Grove, Kelly Buchanan of Jackson, Maya Cole of Yazoo City and Shelby McKelvaine of Meridian;
Letecia Rome of Carthage, Leighanne Powell of Little Rock, Kristen Dowell of Carthage, Madison Herrington of Union, Taylor Smith of Noxapater, Christian Little, Anna Lewis and Christina Lewis, all of Philadelphia; Ashley Seals of Laurel, Jeannie Triplett of Philadelphia and Brittany Thrash of Sebastopol;
Sarah LaRochelle of Brandon, Heather Hayman of Pulaski, Ashley Barber of Sebastopol, Ashley Dickerson of Louisville, Jennifer Burns and Madie Pigg, both of Carthage; Lanna Parker of Philadelphia, Erin Thornton of Sebastopol, Miranda Clark of Philadelphia, Kayla Covington of Louisville, Adriana Alderson of Union, Nashima Thompson of Choctaw and Lindsi Coleman of Ellisville; and
Shavonda Fields of Terry, Peggy Sims of Forest, Ivey Commer of Philadelphia, Colby Amis of Decatur, Alexey Danilov and Danny Ware, both of Lake, Aaliyah Smith of Meridian, Kristen Hawks of Union, Jennifer McCraw of Philadelphia, Savannah Glover of Decatur, LaShandra Carter of Noxapater and Pilar Lyas of Taylorsville. Porter was also honored as Associate Degree Nursing Student of the Year. Denita Thomas serves as Dean of Healthcare Education.

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/378983881.html | 378983881

First Lady Deborah Bryant Speaks at ECCC ADN Pinning Ceremony

Event Dates and Times

5/11/2016 - 5/21/2016
East Central Community College
First Lady Deborah Bryant Speaks at ECCC ADN Pinning Ceremony

Mississippi First Lady Deborah Bryant was the keynote speaker for East Central Community College’s annual Associate Degree Nursing Pinning Ceremony held Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in Huff Auditorium on the Decatur campus. Approximately 50 students received their pins.

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/378981091.html | 378981091

Operation Kidsafe Safety Event in Meridian

Event Dates and Times

5/20/2016 - 5/21/2016
John O'Neil Johnson Motors 2900 Mississippi 39 North Meridian, MS
Operation Kidsafe Safety Event in Meridian MS area May 20-21, 2016

Operation Kidsafe Free Child Safety Events are happening all across the U.S. and Canada. An event has been scheduled for your area.

Operation Kidsafe is Free and private for families. Parents take home the only record of the visit….(a Bio Document) that is ready to hand to law enforcement in an emergency. Safety tips to start a family safety action plan are also included.

Operation Kidsafe founder Mark Bott is available for interviews. Your listeners and readers will long appreciate your efforts to let them know about this free and potentially lifesaving Child Safety Week program.

The Event is free for every family. No special information is needed, as there is no data basing. Parents take home the only record of the visit.
Brought to you by John O'Neil Johnson Motors

Event locations and times are:
John O'Neil Johnson Motors
2900 Mississippi 39 North
Meridian, MS 39301
Phone:(601) 485-1620
Phone:(601) 621-5100
johnoneiljohnson.com

KIDSAFE HOURS
Friday, May 20th
1pm-6pm
Saturday, May 21st
10am-4pm

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Boys & Girls Club - currently registering children for their Summer Enrichment Program

Event Dates and Times

5/11/2016 - 5/27/2016
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SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM

The Boys & Girls Clubs of East Mississippi is currently registering children for their Summer Enrichment Program at the Administrative Office located at 1717 45th Avenue, Meridian; ages 5 to 18 years old for all locations – West End / Administrative Office, Northeast, Southeast, Velma Young Center and Neshoba County (Philadelphia Elementary School).
• Registration Hours: 8:00 am to 5:30 pm
• Food Services: Breakfast and Lunch will be provided
• Summer Program begins May 31st and ends July 29th
• Please register now as CLUBS are filling up quickly . . .
I want to thank you for giving the Boys & Girls Club the opportunity to work with you and your child or children. We realize the importance of you choosing the CLUB to be your summer program of choice.

For more information, please call
the Administrative Office at 601-482-2544.

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We are Fund Raising for much needed Equipment!

Event Dates and Times

5/10/2016 - 6/10/2016
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We are Fund Raising for much needed Equipment!

In the ever evolving world of technology and record keeping, it is often hard to keep up,
especially when operating with limited funds. As a hybrid agency comprised of a not-for-profit corporation and a county department with a small budget which covers mainly salaries, the finical impact can be quite substantial when updates are necessary.
Currently, we are without a Microfilm Reader/Printer leaving us no way to view our 500
rolls of microfilmed data, ranging from Census Records, School Records, Court Records,
Newspapers, and so much more. Leslie Joyner, our Desktop Publisher, Webmaster, and Microfilm Technician has been researching the current options in today’s market. This equipment will allow us to not only view and print images from microfilm, but to transfer the microfilmed images to computer formats. Thus, providing another back up system for the preservation of important documents from our past. This system will also allow for quicker retrieval of documents that have been filmed!


Below is a link to items we have our Auction Page, you can also donate at this page as well!

The items listed so far are Paintings, and Pyrography Pieces. We have books on the way from Julie Cantrell, Anne McKee, Hewitt Clark, and Richelle Putnam! So keep an close watch on the Auctions!

https://www.32auctions.com/projectdigitize

If you have items you would like to donate to the auction sale drop them by the office at 410 Constitution Ave 2nd Floor Annex Building, Meridian MS 39301
Feel free to share the above link to your friends and family in email, twitter, facebook, word of mouth, any method you choose to help us complete our goal!

If you have questions you can email me at webmaster@kithandkinofthesouth.org or archives@lauderdalecounty.org

What is Lauderdale County Department of Archives and History, Inc.?
“The LCDAH was first conceived in 1983 as Lauderdale County was observing its sesquicentennial. By January of 1984, the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors had established the Archives Department and appointed Jim Dawson in March, 1984, to develop the department, utilizing volunteer contributions of time, effort and funds. Under Dawson's direction, members of the Re-tired Senior Volunteer Program were enlisted, their initial work focusing on indexing and abstracting county records, some of which dated back to 1835. The young organization received a Phil Hardin Foundation grant for planning purposes. As a result of the grant, a group of knowledgeable persons from across the state gathered in Meridian in September of 1985 to map out a plan of action for the Archives, setting three goals: the establishment of an Archives; the establishment of a museum; and the writing of a factual county history. Paths to the Past, which covers the history of Lauderdale County from its roots in the eighteenth century through the Great Depression, represents yet another accomplishment of the Archives, one that fits into the overall plan for the growth of the organization. The history, written by Jim Dawson and Nan Fairley and edited by Mary Jennings, is only one of many publications sponsored by the LCDAH. Profits from the sale of the book will go towards making the future of the organization even brighter...
Throughout its existence, the key element to the success of the LCDAH has been the cooperation of Lauderdale Countians and others with connections to the county.”
Excerpt from Paths to the Past
The Lauderdale County Department of Archives and History is a hybrid agency, both a department of county government and a private, not-for-profit institution. The generosity of patrons has enabled us to offer valuable services to the community at nominal cost. Donations enable us to acquire equipment and supplies, and are accepted with gratitude. IRS No. 64-0703130
Thank you all for your support of the Lauderdale County Archives.
Leslie M. Joyner
Webmaster, http://www.lauderdalecountymsarchives.org/
You can call Ward or Leslie if you have any questions:
Ward Calhoun- 601 482-9752
Leslie Joyner—601 482-9859

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ECCC Wall O’ Sound Announces New Auxiliary Members

Event Dates and Times

5/10/2016 - 5/28/2016
East Central Community College
ECCC Wall O’ Sound Announces New Auxiliary Members

The East Central Community College Wall O’ Sound Marching Band recently announced new members of auxiliary units including the Centralettes dance line and the Color Guard, as well as a new feature twirler.

The announcement was made following auditions held on the Decatur campus. Ed Girling serves as director of bands. Steve Moffett is assistant director.

Selected as members of the 2016-17 Centralettes are Hailey Clark, Leake Central; Paige Johnson, Kalie Parks and Hayden Hudspeth, all of Winston Academy; Deanna Brown and Alexus Evans, both of Newton; Karley Andrews, Reagan Gorgas, Makaeya Brock, Kiersten Johnson, Taylor Fulkerson, Abby Reeves and Sylvia Thames, all of Newton County; Chandler Posey and Emily Duncan, both of Philadelphia; Kayla McKinion and Mayson Ables, both of Neshoba Central; Makenzie Byrd, Samantha Sistrunk and Brady Thrash, all of Sebastopol; Belle Yarbrough, Lake; Mackenzie Gray, Mendenhall; Paden Horton, Morton; Ashley Young, Louisville; Emily Dykeman, Forest; and Taylor Hardy, West Springfield (Va.).

Members of the 2016-17 Color Guard and their respective high schools include Aleaya Corothers, Ana Chapas, Coco Porter, Kelcy Burrage and Tommy Burnside, all of Neshoba Central; Alex Evans, Destiny Snapp, Harliegh Embry and Makayla Weaver, all of Newton County; Amber Gill of Louisville, Amberlynne Ratcliff and Jessica Leach, both of Union; Andie Adcock, Baylee Buckley, Destiny McClendon, Elizabeth Crotwell, Jessica Gates, Katie Boone and Taylor Bone, all of Lake; Breanna Charley, Kaitlyn Bell, Skyla Bell and Christen Jim, all of Choctaw Central; Mayra Sanchez Ruiz, Leake Central; Natorious Ousley, Scott Central; and Syndey Luvene, Northeast Lauderdale.

Hayden Neal of East Rankin Academy will serve as the feature twirler.

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Registration Underway for ECCC Summer Online and On-Campus Courses

Event Dates and Times

5/10/2016 - 5/30/2016
East Central Community College in Decatur
Registration Underway for ECCC Summer Online and On-Campus Courses

East Central Community College in Decatur is offering a variety of courses this summer both online and on the Decatur campus, as well as its locations in Carthage, Louisville, and Philadelphia.

The college is offering courses during three terms: Summer Online Term, Summer I (June) Term, and Summer II (July) Term.

Registration for all three terms can be done online at www.eccc.edu.

The Summer Online Term begins May 31 and ends July 21. Among just some of the courses available are Accounting, General Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Microcomputer Applications, Introduction to Business, Business Statistics, Computer Applications I, Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics, English Composition I & II, American Literature I & II, World Literature I & II, Western Civilization I & II, American History I & II, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Trigonometry, Statistics, Spanish I & II, Music Appreciation, General Psychology, and Public Speaking I.

Summer I (June) Term begins June 6 and ends June 29. Among just some of the courses offered on the Decatur campus include General Biology I & II, Anatomy and Physiology I & II, General Chemistry I, Intermediate English, English Composition I & II, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Public Speaking I, and Theatre Appreciation. English Composition I & II will be offered in Carthage. Computer Applications I, Human Growth and Development, English Composition I, and Intermediate Algebra will be offered in Philadelphia. College Algebra will be offered in Louisville.

Summer II (July) Term begins July 5 and ends July 27. Among just some of the courses offered in Decatur include General Biology II, Anatomy and Physiology, General Chemistry II, Computer Applications I, Intermediate English, English Composition I &II, Fitness and Conditioning Training, Basketball Theory, Baseball Theory, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Spanish I & II, and American National Government. English Composition II will be available in Carthage and English Composition II and College Algebra will be offered in Philadelphia.

A full list of all courses being offered during all three terms and the locations can be found by clicking on the myEC icon on the front of www.eccc.edu.

For additional information about summer courses at East Central Community College, contact Dr. Randall Lee, vice president for student services, at 601-635-6375 or rlee@eccc.edu.

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

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EMBDC - Upcoming Events

Event Dates and Times

5/9/2016 - 5/26/2016
See Schedule
Upcoming
Events

Dixie Supply
Ribbon Cutting
7730 Hwy 45 N
Tuesday, May 10th
10:30 a.m.

Young Professionals Beignet Breakfast
Temple Theater front steps
Friday, May 13th
7:00 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Mitchell Distributing
Business After Hours
100 49th Ave.
Thursday, May 26th
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Leadership Lauderdale Graduation
MSU Riley Center
Thursday, June 9th
8:00 a.m.

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Bronze Bobcat “unveiled” at JCJC

Event Dates and Times

5/9/2016 - 6/1/2016
Jones County Junior College ... See Schedule
Bronze Bobcat “unveiled” at JCJC
ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College now joins the list of major universities who have a bronze mascot on their campus in effort to create school pride. When the bronze bobcat was unveiled in front of students, faculty and staff at a pep rally, VP of Advancement and the Alumni and Foundation Executive Director, Charlie Garretson explained getting the bronze bobcat was a group effort. Alumni and the Student Government Association have been fundraising over the last year to purchase the $7,800 dollar mascot.

Sonya Dykes, SGA coordinator/sponsor explained, “Having a bobcat statue on campus will add to the tradition and pride that students have for JCJC. It will be a focal point for pictures for students and alumni, and it will be a lasting landmark for the campus.”

The new bronze bobcat is currently housed in the Terrell Tisdale Library and will become a permanent fixture in the Student Center Plaza in front of the cafeteria, after the pedestrian plaza renovations are complete.

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

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Pace Encourages Fellow ECCC Graduates to Continue with the ‘EC Way’

Event Dates and Times

5/9/2016 - 6/1/2016
East Central Community College
Pace Encourages Fellow ECCC Graduates to Continue with the ‘EC Way’

Addressing his fellow graduates at East Central Community College’s 87th Commencement held Friday, May 6, 2016, at the Neshoba County Coliseum in Philadelphia, Ben Pace encouraged his fellow graduates to make the “EC Way” a part of everyday life.

“I believe that East Central has instilled in us a way of life in the EC Way,” said Pace of Philadelphia. “From the moment many of us stepped foot on campus, we were taught to practice this motto as a way of representing this institution. Now, we can adopt this motto as our way of life so that every decision will be made with the EC Way, Excellence with Class, in mind.”

Dr. Teresa Houston, vice president for instruction, presented the candidates for graduation, and ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart awarded degrees and certificates during the ceremony.

Nearly 650 students applied to graduate, which would be a record graduating class. Included in the total were those who completed degree requirements following the spring 2016 and fall and summer 2015 terms. The final number of students who met all criteria to graduate will be determined next week.

East Central had its largest graduating class in history in May 2015 when 568 students received diplomas or certificates.

Pace began his remarks by recalling the friendships, memories and opportunities experienced at East Central and by thanking those who had influenced his education.

“I am so privileged and humbled to stand here tonight. These last two years have flown by. Whoever said time flies when you are having fun was sure right! My time at East Central has been honestly the two best years of my life.

“I want to thank, first of all, my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for blessing me with the opportunity to attend East Central Community College. To my parents, words cannot truly express what you mean to me. Thank you for your love and support and raising me up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Also, I want to say thanks to a supporting and loving family.

“I sincerely want to thank members of the Board of Trustees, college administration, faculty, and professional and support staff for the countless hours that you put in on a daily basis to ensure that East Central is the best possible place to gain a great education. Also, thank you for working every day to make East Central what it is and what it will be for years to come, and that is a community college where individuals are working together to make East Central the best that it can be!”

Pace, who was recently inducted into the ECCC Hall of Fame, continued by congratulating fellow graduates and challenging them to trust in a higher power no matter what the future holds.

“Finally, to my fellow graduates, congratulations on making it to this moment of new beginning in all of our lives. It has taken a great deal of determination and countless hours of studying and preparing for our classes, but this day is now upon us where we can reflect on the past, celebrate the present, and anticipate the future.

“No matter what the next step is in each of our lives, whether it is an institution of higher learning, or to join the workforce, I wish each of you nothing but the best. I am sure both of these paths, whichever one may be for you, will lead to some uncertain times, but I am reminded of the words of King Solomon: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths.”

He concluded with the words to “My Wish,” made popular by country recording artists Rascal Flatts, which he said was his wish for fellow graduates.

“My wish for you is that this life becomes all that you want it to. Your dreams stay big your worries stay small. You never need to carry more than you can hold and while you’re out there getting where you’re getting to, I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too. Yeah, this is my wish.”

In addition to Pace, other graduating sophomores participating in the commencement program were Pashien Kelly-Johnson of Diamondhead, invocation, and Elias Jimmie of Choctaw, benediction. Presenting the musical selection “You’ll Never Walk Alone/Climb Every Mountain” were graduating sophomores Louise Berryhill and Kirk Griffin, both of Union, Taylor Lott of Forest, Hannah Mitchell of Lawrence, Ryan Mott and Kaylee Yates, both of Decatur; Madelon Taylor of Louisville, Anna Claire Webb of Noxapater, and Pace. Nina LaBlue of Conehatta played the trumpet.

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Pace Encourages Fellow ECCC Graduates to Continue with the ‘EC Way’

Event Dates and Times

5/9/2016 - 6/1/2016
East Central Community College
Pace Encourages Fellow ECCC Graduates to Continue with the ‘EC Way’

Addressing his fellow graduates at East Central Community College’s 87th Commencement held Friday, May 6, 2016, at the Neshoba County Coliseum in Philadelphia, Ben Pace encouraged his fellow graduates to make the “EC Way” a part of everyday life.

“I believe that East Central has instilled in us a way of life in the EC Way,” said Pace of Philadelphia. “From the moment many of us stepped foot on campus, we were taught to practice this motto as a way of representing this institution. Now, we can adopt this motto as our way of life so that every decision will be made with the EC Way, Excellence with Class, in mind.”

Dr. Teresa Houston, vice president for instruction, presented the candidates for graduation, and ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart awarded degrees and certificates during the ceremony.

Nearly 650 students applied to graduate, which would be a record graduating class. Included in the total were those who completed degree requirements following the spring 2016 and fall and summer 2015 terms. The final number of students who met all criteria to graduate will be determined next week.

East Central had its largest graduating class in history in May 2015 when 568 students received diplomas or certificates.

Pace began his remarks by recalling the friendships, memories and opportunities experienced at East Central and by thanking those who had influenced his education.

“I am so privileged and humbled to stand here tonight. These last two years have flown by. Whoever said time flies when you are having fun was sure right! My time at East Central has been honestly the two best years of my life.

“I want to thank, first of all, my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for blessing me with the opportunity to attend East Central Community College. To my parents, words cannot truly express what you mean to me. Thank you for your love and support and raising me up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Also, I want to say thanks to a supporting and loving family.

“I sincerely want to thank members of the Board of Trustees, college administration, faculty, and professional and support staff for the countless hours that you put in on a daily basis to ensure that East Central is the best possible place to gain a great education. Also, thank you for working every day to make East Central what it is and what it will be for years to come, and that is a community college where individuals are working together to make East Central the best that it can be!”

Pace, who was recently inducted into the ECCC Hall of Fame, continued by congratulating fellow graduates and challenging them to trust in a higher power no matter what the future holds.

“Finally, to my fellow graduates, congratulations on making it to this moment of new beginning in all of our lives. It has taken a great deal of determination and countless hours of studying and preparing for our classes, but this day is now upon us where we can reflect on the past, celebrate the present, and anticipate the future.

“No matter what the next step is in each of our lives, whether it is an institution of higher learning, or to join the workforce, I wish each of you nothing but the best. I am sure both of these paths, whichever one may be for you, will lead to some uncertain times, but I am reminded of the words of King Solomon: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths.”

He concluded with the words to “My Wish,” made popular by country recording artists Rascal Flatts, which he said was his wish for fellow graduates.

“My wish for you is that this life becomes all that you want it to. Your dreams stay big your worries stay small. You never need to carry more than you can hold and while you’re out there getting where you’re getting to, I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too. Yeah, this is my wish.”

In addition to Pace, other graduating sophomores participating in the commencement program were Pashien Kelly-Johnson of Diamondhead, invocation, and Elias Jimmie of Choctaw, benediction. Presenting the musical selection “You’ll Never Walk Alone/Climb Every Mountain” were graduating sophomores Louise Berryhill and Kirk Griffin, both of Union, Taylor Lott of Forest, Hannah Mitchell of Lawrence, Ryan Mott and Kaylee Yates, both of Decatur; Madelon Taylor of Louisville, Anna Claire Webb of Noxapater, and Pace. Nina LaBlue of Conehatta played the trumpet.

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ECCC Practical Nursing Students Donate Canned Food To Happiness Hill

Event Dates and Times

5/9/2016 - 5/28/2016
East Central Community College
ECCC Practical Nursing Students Donate
Canned Food To Happiness Hill

East Central Community College Practical Nursing students recently donated canned food items to Happiness Hill Home in Union as part of the group’s community service project:
Hope Parker of Morton, Haley Taylor of Union
and Ashley Devine of Lena.

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Thirteen JCJC employees celebrate retirement

Event Dates and Times

5/9/2016 - 6/1/2016
Jones County Junior College
Thirteen JCJC employees celebrate retirement
ELLISVILLE – Thirteen Jones County Junior College employees recently announced their retirement from the institution and took part in the college’s annual Retirement Tea. When combined, these employees provided nearly 263 years of service to JCJC.

The 2016 retirees include the following individuals who are listed with their positions held at Jones and years of service at JCJC.

Linda Abercrombie worked 23 and half-years in the Office for Disabilities Accommodations and the College Readiness Office as Administrative Assistant. Kim Bridges was the Commercial Truck Driving instructor for eight and three-quarters years. Caren Griffin of Hattiesburg worked for 25 years as an instructor of political science and psychology. Deborah Cooley taught for 22 years in the practical nursing department, along with Raleigh’s Dianne Henderson who taught 23 and three-quarters years in that same department. Jeannie Howard worked for 21 years in the JCJC Library. Spanish instructor, Carlos Juliano taught for 17 years at JCJC. Diann McCoskey worked in the Information Technology department and at the Advanced Technology Department for 29 years. Petal’s Meri Newell taught music education and woodwind studies, and was an assistant band director during her 27 years at JCJC. Rebecca Patrick filled various roles during her 32 and a-half years at JCJC, including secretary to the president, sports information director, public relations director, publications advisor and humanities instructor. For nearly 11 years, Gary Suddith served in various roles such as small business development director and regional director, career resource center director, assistant dean of career & technical education, and the Jasper County Center director. Lori Tally of Louin was the practical nursing program director and instructor over the last 10 years. Taylorsville’s Lynn White was a math instructor at JCJC for 13 years. (Unless otherwise indicated, employees listed are residents of Jones County.)

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

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First Chair, First Band Honors During ECCC Band Clinic

Event Dates and Times

5/9/2016 - 5/20/2016
East Central Community College
First Chair, First Band Honors During ECCC Band Clinic

First chair, first band honors during the East Central Community College 38th annual District Band Clinic held recently on the Decatur campus. Honorees and their respective schools include:

Tori Ferguson (mallets) of Newton County, Courtney Smith (clarinet) of Philadelphia, Matthew Smith (trumpet) and Tyler Greer (trombone), both of Philadelphia, Kaitlyn Morris (oboe) of Sebastopol and Jenna Vining (flute) of Neshoba Central, Diana Buitrago (alto sax) of Morton, Duncan Kenny (tenor sax) of Neshoba Central, Eduardo Rosas (bari sax) of Forest and Jacob Crout (French horn) of Lake; and Taylor Goss (euphonium) of Morton, Javonis Adams (percussion) of Neshoba Central, Emmaly Wilcher (bass clarinet) of Leake Central and Caleb Jones (tuba) of Newton County. Ed Girling serves as ECCC Director of Bands. Steve Moffett serves as Assistant Director of ECCC bands.

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How To Do Business With LOCKHEED MARTIN

Event Dates and Times

5/26/2016
Mississippi State University - Meridian | Kahlmus Auditorium 1000 Highway 19 North Meridian, MS
How To Do Business With LOCKHEED MARTIN
May 26th, 2016
Mississippi State University - Meridian | Kahlmus Auditorium
1000 Highway 19 North, Meridian, MS 39307
Lunch provided by Lockheed Martin
12:00-12:30 Lunch | 12:30 Welcome | 12:45-1:45 Lockheed Presentation/Q&A
1:50-2:00 Break | 2:00-3:00 Business Matchmaking
To register, visit www.mscpc.com, click on “Events Calendar” and then “May 26, 2016” for a direct link to registration.

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MPSD Events Calendar

Event Dates and Times

5/11/2016 - 5/14/2016
See Schedule
T.J. Harris Lower Elementary School “Between the Lions” Program Recognition
Wednesday, May 11 – 12:15 p.m.
The Rotary Club will be recognizing T.J. Harris Lower Pre-Kindergarten students for completing the “Between the Lions” reading program.

MPSD Retirement Reception
Thursday, May 12 – 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Kahlmus Auditorium – MSU Meridian
*I will send you a press release with more details on the retirees next week.*

Magnolia Middle School Red Carpet Affair
Saturday, May 14 – 5:00 p.m.
The First New Hope Baptist Association Building (278 23rd Street Hawkins Crossing)
This is such a fun, annual event for the Magnolia students. The Red Carpet Affair recognizes students for good grades and behavior. Students dress up and are presented on the red carpet. They also have a program to present students with special awards and recognize community organizations that have partnered with the school throughout the year. The students who earned all A’s get to ride in a limo to the event and get a special city tour in the limo. Students with excellent behavior get to ride the city’s trolley to the event.

Elizabeth McDonald
Public Relations Director
Meridian Public School District
601.482.0423
emcdonald@mpsdk12.net

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EMBDC will host a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Dixie Supply

Event Dates and Times

5/10/2016
Dixie Supply 7730 Hwy 45 North Meridian, MS
What: The EMBDC will host a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Dixie Supply.

When: Tuesday, May 10th at 10:30 a.m.

Where: 7730 Hwy 45 N.
Meridian, MS

Why: Dixie Supply has recently become a member of the EMBDC and we will host a ribbon cutting.

Casey Holladay
Events Coordinator
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation

1901 Front Street, Suite A
Meridian, MS 39301

601-693-1306
601-693-5638
www.embdc.org

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Choctaw Central High School Announces Top Scholars 2016

Event Dates and Times

5/6/2016 - 5/25/2016
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Choctaw Central High School Announces Top Scholars

CHOCTAW, Miss. – (May 2, 2016) – Choctaw Central High School announced the top scholars for the Class of 2016. Once again the valedictorian was also named the STAR Student. The salutatorian is a young woman who is both a scholar and an athlete.
“It is always exciting to witness the extraordinary accomplishments our Tribal students have made,” said Chief Phyliss J. Anderson. “Nicholas and Emilee and their peers demonstrate the type of exceptional academic excellence that is a long-standing tradition in the Choctaw Tribal Schools.”
This year’s Valedictorian and STAR Student honors go to Nicholas Raymark McMillian. He is the son of Lee and Sunni McMillian of the Pearl River Community. Nicholas had an active high school career. He served as President of the Pow Wow Committee, secretary of both his Senior Class and the Beta Club, is a member of the High School Green Team, Solar Car Team, ACT 20+ Club, is an active member of the Chahta Alla Youth Council and was named Philadelphia Rotary Club’s Student of the Month for November 2015. Nicholas also received many awards during his four years at Choctaw Central. This year alone he earned awards in AP English IV, Spanish II and Forensics. Academics and clubs aside, Nicholas was a four-year member of the CCHS Boys soccer team. The team made it to post season play for the first time in school history this year. This fall Nicholas will attend Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. In recognition of his academic achievements, Nicholas has received a General Dartmouth Scholarship and the ACT Tuition/Room Board Scholarship.
Nicholas also serves as this year’s STAR Student and named student favorite Jamie Franklin as STAR Teacher. This is Franklin’s second consecutive year being named STAR Teacher.
Salutatorian for the Class of 2016 is Emilee Ann Thames of the Pearl River Community. She is the daughter of Anthony and Sharon Thames. Emilee is a member of the Beta and ACT 20+ clubs. She was also named the Student of the Month for September by the Philadelphia Rotary Club. Emilee received the Calculus, U.S. Government and Spanish I Awards for her Senior Year at Choctaw Central High School. This fall Emilee will stay close to home and attend the University of Mississippi.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians as high school principal,” said CCHS Principal Fred Hickmon. “As shown through the accomplishments of these young people, college and career readiness is being achieved at high levels by our students"
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The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, under the leadership of Tribal Chief Phyliss J. Anderson, has an enrolled membership of more than 10,000 people and is the only federally recognized tribe in the State of Mississippi. Headquartered in Choctaw, Miss., the Tribe has emerged as a leader in economic development. The tribe provides a range of governmental services including schools, a hospital, medical clinics, police and fire protection, courts, and a center for the elderly, among many others. Phyliss J. Anderson serves as the first female Chief in Mississippi Choctaw history.
Misty Brescia Dreifuss
(601) 650-1613
Email: misty.dreifuss@choctaw.org

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COLUMBUS TO HOST STATE’S LARGEST SOCCER TOURNAMENT MAY 13-15

Event Dates and Times

5/13/2016 - 5/15/2016
See Schedule
COLUMBUS TO HOST STATE’S LARGEST SOCCER TOURNAMENT MAY 13-15
Estimated Economic Impact of Tournament Nearly $2 Million

Columbus, Miss. - May 13-15, Columbus will host 120 teams from across the State of Mississippi for the President's Cup Soccer Tournament. This tournament, the largest in the state, is expected to draw between 5,000 and 6,000 participants, spectators, officials, staff, and volunteers to Columbus over the weekend. Columbus and Lowndes County residents are invited and encouraged to come out and show their support for participants.
Tournament play begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday and will continue through Sunday. Athletes in u9-u12, u18, and u19 age divisions will compete in games at the Columbus Soccer Complex, Joe Cook Soccer Complex and Columbus High School. An awards ceremony will be held at the Columbus Soccer Complex in the afternoon of Sunday, May 15.
“This tournament is a great opportunity for us to share the beauty and warmth of Columbus with thousands of guests from around the State. Our $5 million soccer complex will be showcased as will our city,” said Nancy Carpenter, executive director and CEO of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau (CCVB), noting that the tournament’s positive economic impact extends beyond overnight stays.
“While tournament participants, supporters, staff and volunteers are in Columbus this weekend, they will also dine in our local restaurants and shop in our stores,” Carpenter continued. “In total, we anticipate the economic impact will be nearly $2 million. It will be a great weekend for the City of Columbus, and we are grateful to be selected as the tournament host. The CCVB is proud to partner with the City of Columbus, Lowndes County, and Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority to sponsor this major event.”
“This tournament is not only a great economic boost, it is a great opportunity for us to distinguish Columbus as a city that truly has something for everyone – whether it’s athletic events, outdoor recreational activities, dining, shopping, or historic tours,” said Mayor Robert Smith. “We look forward to hosting many more tournaments in the years ahead.”
“We are excited about the opportunity to showcase our new complex and to play host to the thousands of soccer participants that will visit our city and county,” said Greg Lewis, executive director of the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority. “This is one of the greatest quality of life events in the State of Mississippi and we are privileged to be a part of it.”

About the Columbus-Lowndes County Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau (CCVB) is dedicated to building a positive image of Columbus through tourism, convention development, major events, and through marketing the community to a national audience. Stay up to date on what’s happening in Columbus and at the CCVB by visiting our website, and by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


For more information:
Nancy Carpenter
Executive Director and CEO, CCVB
Cell: (662) 574-2036
Office: (662) 329-1191
nancy@visitcolumbusms.org

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NAS Meridian among Navy bases preparing for hurricane season

Event Dates and Times

5/9/2016 - 5/20/2016
On board NAS Meridian
NAS Meridian among Navy bases preparing for hurricane season

U.S. Fleet Forces Command, headquartered in Norfolk, Va., and Washington, D.C.-based Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) are conducting a natural disaster preparedness exercise, Hurricane Exercise/Citadel Gale 2016 (HURREX/CG 16), May 9-20.

Naval Air Station Meridian will be actively participate in HURREX/CG 16 which will involve two simulated storm systems developing and intensifying to hurricane strength, threatening the Gulf Coast and East Coast regions.

"Training conducted during the exercise allows Navy installations and tenants commands to ensure we are prepared to address the ramifications that come with severe weather conditions," said NAS Commanding Officer Capt. Scott Bunnay. "NAS Meridian personnel will use this training event to maintain our prescribed level of readiness and determine if there are any needing improvement should we need to respond to a natural disaster."

All Navy commands with personnel in these regions will participate by reviewing and exercising heavy weather instructions and procedures and accounting for Sailors, Department of the Navy civilians, and Navy families in the affected regions through the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS).

There will be no U.S. Navy ship movements associated with HURREX/CG 16.

For more information about HURREX/CITADEL GALE 16, contact the Public Affairs office at 601-679-2602.

--end--

Penny Randall
NAS Meridian
Public Affairs Officer
255 Rosenbaum Avenue
Meridian, MS 39309
601-679-2602-office
601-679-3670-fax

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Three Dog Night Brings the Sound of the ’70s to the MSU Riley Center on June 16TH

Event Dates and Times

6/16/2016
Pre-show Party in lobby at 6:00 pm Show at 7:30 pm
Three Dog Night Brings the Sound of the ’70s to the MSU Riley Center on June 16TH


MERIDIAN, MS – Three Dog Night, which scored 21 consecutive Billboard Top 40 hits from 1969 through 1975, will bring the exuberant sound of that era to the MSU Riley Center on Saturday, June 16, at 7:30 p.m. A pre-show party will offer free refreshments in the Grand Lobby starting at 6 p.m.

The band dominated the airwaves with such classics as “Mama Told Me (Not to Come),” “Joy to the World,” “Black and White,” “Shambala,” and “One” from such great songwriters as Harry Nilsson, Hoyt Axton, and Randy Newman. Co-founder and co-lead singer Danny Hutton heads the latest lineup, helped by new vocalist David Morgan, hired after the recent death of co-founder Cory Wells.

Three Dog Night has also been recording new songs recently. During concerts, “we try to keep it fresh, so we’ll switch the set up,” Hutton said. “We try to go a little deep in the album cuts and then sneak one or two new songs in.” But only one or two. Audiences love to hear their old favorites. And with Three Dog Night, there are a LOT of old favorites.

For fans of: Blood, Sweat & Tears, America, The Doobie Brothers

What critics say: “While the current tour is aimed at baby boomers who grew up with the music, there’s plenty of room for newcomers to enjoy some huge songs from rock ’n’ roll’s Golden Age and get a taste of where some of today’s bands have drawn their acoustic-harmony-infused influences.” – Jacob Uitti, New Times Broward-Palm Beach

Tickets are $55 and $49 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 by visiting www.msurileycenter.com or by calling the box office at 601.696.2200.

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Top of Class Honored At JCJC

Event Dates and Times

5/6/2016 - 5/24/2016
Jones County Junior College
Top of Class Honored At JCJC


ELLISVILLE- Jones County Junior College recently hosted WDAM-TV’s annual Top of Class recognition program. Valedictorians and Salutatorians from 47 schools participated in this year’s celebration.

WDAM-TV news personalities Karrie Leggett-Brown, Lauren Coleman and Jacque Massey awarded the area’s valedictorians and salutatorians with a certificate of achievement. The group of nearly 100 high school students was honored with a day of entertainment, speakers, breakfast and a little fun doing the traditional “Hat Toss” on the lawn of the President’s House.

The WDAM-TV production crew videotaped the event to be featured during WDAM-Sunrise at 5:58 a.m., beginning May 16 through June 20, and on the WDAM-TV web page. WDAM-TV and Jones County Junior College are sponsors of this event to honor the academic achievements of the Pine Belt’s top students.

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

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Bonita Walking Track Open

Event Dates and Times

5/6/2016 - 5/11/2016
Bonita Lakes lower track
Bonita Walking Track Open
May 5, 2016 (Meridian) – The lower lake walking trail at Bonita Lakes is now open for public use. City of Meridian officials recently completed the needed repairs to the lower lake walking track.

For more information please contact:
Laura Carmichael 601-485-1944 lauracarmichael@meridianms.org

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Mayor's Cup Golf Tournament June 25, 2016 Lakeview Golf Course

Event Dates and Times

6/25/2016
Lakeview Golf Course
Mayor's Cup Golf Tournament June 25, 2016 Lakeview Golf Course. Tee time 9am

Three person scramble $120.00 per team. Corporate Sponsor $150.00 includes (3) players and a hold sign

James Dillard 601 692 3922

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The Ribbon Cutting for SuperTalk MS has been postponed.

Event Dates and Times

5/5/2016 - 5/12/2016
SuperTalk MS 613 22nd Ave. Meridian, MS
The Ribbon Cutting for SuperTalk MS has been postponed.

Casey Holladay
Events Coordinator
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation

1901 Front Street, Suite A
Meridian, MS 39301

601-693-1306
601-693-5638
www.embdc.org

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36th Year - Pastoral Anniversary

Event Dates and Times

5/15/2016
Center Ridge Baptist Church Shubuta, MS
36th Year - Pastoral Anniversary of Rev. Lorenzo Carter.
May 15th at 11:00 am
Guest Speaker: Rev. Everett Heidelberg, pastor of the
White Stone Baptist Church in Lawrence, MS
(601) 776-3649

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EMBDC - Upcoming Events

Event Dates and Times

5/5/2016 - 5/13/2016
See Schedule
Upcoming Events

Dixie Supply
Ribbon Cutting
7730 Hwy 45 N
Tuesday, May 10th
10:30 a.m.

Young Professionals Beignet Breakfast
Temple Theater front steps
Friday, May 13th
7:00 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Mitchell Distributing
Business After Hours
100 49th Ave.
Thursday, May 26th
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Leadership Lauderdale Graduation
MSU Riley Center
Thursday, June 9th
8:00 a.m.

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How to Appeal a FEMA Decision

Event Dates and Times

5/5/2016 - 5/24/2016
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How to Appeal a FEMA Decision
RIDGELAND, Miss. – Some survivors, who registered for federal disaster assistance after the March storms and flooding, may have received a letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that says they are ineligible. However, the reason for the decision may be something that can be easily fixed, such as providing insurance documents or new contact information.
Applicants can appeal any FEMA decision.
The first step is to look at the specific reason the letter was sent. If it isn’t clear, or more information is needed, a specialist at the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711, video relay service) can help. TTY users can call 800-462-7585. The toll-free lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Information is also available online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
Appeals must be made in writing and sent by mail or fax to FEMA within 60 days of receiving the letter.
Mail appeals to:
FEMA National Processing Service Center P.O. Box 10055 Hyattsville, MD 20782-8055
Appeals and documents can be faxed to 800-827-8112.
Information on how and where to file an appeal is included with the letters and in the "Help After a Disaster" booklet, which can be downloaded at FEMA.gov/help-after-disaster.

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2016 Spring Commencement exercises

Event Dates and Times

5/4/2016 - 5/6/2016
MSU Riley Center
2016 Spring Commencement exercises this Friday, May 6 at 11 am in the MSU Riley Center.

9:30 am (May 6) Students arrive

10:15 – group photo in Charles Young Exhibit Hall

10:30 – line up on 2nd floor of Riley Center


The first of eight Kinesiology students will be the first to walk across the stage at the MSU Riley Center having earned their kinesiology degree at MSU-Meridian. The Kinesiology program with a clinical exercise physiology concentration was first offered in Meridian in the fall of 2014 and due to the generosity of The Riley Foundation, moved into its new state-of-the-art home, the former Kress building in downtown Meridian, in January 2016.
Students are: Brandon Ward (Meridian), Trevor Ayllon (Newton) Holly Stevens (Philadelphia), Meghan McPherson (Union), Cody Lewis (Meridian); NeyJimmy Rodriguez (Meridian), Alex Weir (Philadelphia), and Matthew Griffin (Union).

Also first two graduates in the Bachelor of Applied Technology program will be graduating as well. Addison Swink, Meridian (member of the 186th ANG Air Refueling Wing and Antonio Deshawn Brown of Marion.


Four outstanding graduates for 2015-16 will be among the 110 candidates to walk across the stage during Mississippi State University-Meridian’s spring commencement Friday [May 6] at the MSU Riley Center.

Newton resident Rayanne Craven will be recognized as Outstanding Undergraduate from the division of Arts and Sciences. A member of Phi Theta Kappa at East Central Community College and a recipient of the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Meridian Scholarship at MSU-Meridian, Craven earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology.

Brazilian native Luiza Dos Santos Dobbins will be recognized as Outstanding Undergraduate from the division of Business. A member of the Honors College and Phi Theta Kappa at Meridian Community College and a Riley Scholar at MSU-Meridian, Dobbins earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting.
Tyler Vick of Collinsville will be recognized as Outstanding Undergraduate from the division of Education. Vick transferred to MSU-Meridian from Meridian Community College where he was a member of Phi Theta Kappa national honor society. An honors student at MSU-Meridian he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education.

Suzanne Porter Stokes will be recognized as Outstanding Graduate student from the division of Education. A resident of Ocean Springs, Stokes earned a Master of Science in School Counseling from MSU-Meridian and her undergraduate degree in Communications from MSU Starkville.

Lisa Sollie
Project Coordinator
Office of Public Affairs
601.484.0113 (office)
601.484.0339 (fax)
lsollie@meridian.msstate.edu

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Fourth annual Chunky River Raft Race & Festival

Event Dates and Times

5/4/2016 - 6/4/2016
Chunky Shoals Fish Camp ... on the Chunky River
CHUNKY, MISS. - Chunky Shoals Fish Camp will be hosting the fourth annual Chunky River Raft Race &
Festival on Saturday, June 4 on the Chunky River at 10:00 a.m.
Many events will be held including a 5K charity float, rubber duck race, festival auction and the river raft
race. With this year’s theme of Rafting Rocks, the day will be filled with fun and fellowship for the whole
family. In addition to the events on the river, there will be other activities for families to enjoy such as the
kid’s zone, arts and crafts, and live music.
“With the support of our sponsors, we are proud to once again host the Chunky River Raft Race & Festival
with the first ever Chunky River 5K Race for charity benefitting Alzheimer’s Mississippi and The Wounded
Warrior Project,” said Rick Lewis, co-owner of the Chunky Shoals Fish Camp.
The Chunky River Raft Race & Festival will begin at the Chunky Shoals Fish Camp and end at Point Road
Landing due to the Tatum Landing in Chunky being closed. The float is approximately three miles, and,
depending on the paddler and water levels, will take one to three hours.
The Chunky River Raft Race & Festival mission statement is to promote outdoor family fun in their natural
environment setting. The goal is to raise awareness for the environment and local watershed while promoting
two great charities - The Alzheimer’s Association and the Wounded Warrior Project.
In the last three years, the Chunky River Raft Race & Festival raised over $8,000 for local non-profit organizations.
This year, a goal of $8,000 in donations has been placed to be raised from the raft race, 5K river
race for charity, rubber duck race for the Wounded Warrior Project, festival auction for the Alzheimer’s Association
and promotional item sales.
A grand prize trophy of $200 will be awarded to the most creative and innovative raft. First, second, and third
place trophies will be awarded for each class - kayak, canoe, and raft.
The Chunky River Raft Race & Festival is proud to support local first responders such as Lauderdale and
Newton and Clarke County Emergency Management Agencies, Volunteer Fire Departments, and Volunteer
First Responders.
“This year, we are hosting a tri-county multi-agency first responder training effort during the raft race,” Lewis
said. “These are the men and women that we never see until disaster happens. Training and cooperation
between agencies will enhance the public safety when disaster hits.”
The 5K river race will begin at 10:30 a.m., and all proceeds will go to participants’ charity of choice, Alzheimer’s
Association or Wounded Warrior Project.
The mission of the Alzheimer’s Mississippi is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of
research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia
Chunky Shoals Fish Camp to Host Fourth Annual Chunky River Raft Race & Festival
through the promotion of brain health.
Alzheimer’s Mississippi, Inc. provides care and support for Mississippians affected by Alzheimer’s disease
while advancing statewide research in pursuit of a cure. We provide vital services and support to individuals,
caregivers, and families in all 82 counties in Mississippi. For more information on Alzheimer’s disease, visit
www.alzms.org.
The profits from the rubber duck race as well as part of the 5K river race will benefit the Wounded Warrior
Project whose vision is to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wouded service members
in our nation’s history.
The purpose of the Wounded Warrior Project is to raise awareness and to help with the needs of injured
service members. Thanks to the support of people who donate to the cause, 100,000 warriors and their
families will be served. For more information on the Wounded Warrior Project, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.
org.
“We want to thank our sponsors, customers and the community for their continued support,” Lewis said.
“Without the support of local business, we would not be able to give back to the community.”
Premier sponsors for the Chunky River Raft Race & Festival include Bank Plus, Magnolia Beverage Company,
and WTOK-TV.
“We want to make this the most successful event ever and show support for these great charities as well as
respecting our environment and recognizing the first responders,” Lewis said. “We are passionate about
each of these organizations and what they represent.”
For more information on the Chunky River Raft Race & Festival, visit www.chunkyshoalsfishcamp.com, or
call 601.655.8311
Contact: Rick Lewis
601.655.8311

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Kids Wish Network’s Holiday of Hope On Tour, a groundbreaking

Event Dates and Times

5/4/2016 - 5/7/2016
North Sumter Junior High School in Panola, Alabama
WHAT: Children’s charity Kids Wish Network and Sumter County, Alabama, unite to bring joy to local
children in need through Kids Wish Network’s Holiday of Hope On Tour, a groundbreaking
program designed especially to help at-risk children facing life-altering challenges such as abuse,
neglect, illnesses, homelessness or poverty.
ABOUT THE EVENT:
Kids Wish Network’s Holiday of Hope On Tour will arrive in Sumter County with a truck filled to
the brim with more than $300,000 worth of new toys, school supplies, baby items and other
necessities. During a day of festivities, these necessities will be placed by local law enforcement,
firefighters and other county officials directly into the hands of 2,000 at-risk children affected by the
02/10/2016 tornado in the Aliceville area and facing life-altering situations. In addition to bringing
smiles to the faces of deserving local children, this event will foster better relationships between the
kids, their families and their community. Letting these families know that the Sumter County officials
truly care will make a positive impact on their relationships in the future.
WHO: Kids Wish Network, County Commissioner Drucilla Jackson; Panola Outreach Coordinator Lovie
Parks; Sumter County Sheriff Department; volunteers; and 2,000 local children and their families will
be in attendance.
WHEN: Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The opening ceremony will begin at 9:45 a.m.
WHERE: North Sumter Junior High School in Panola, Alabama
GPS ADDRESS:
3835 Panola Parkway
ALICEVILLE, AL 35442
SPONSORS: Sumter Co. Board of Commissioners, Commissioner Drucilla Jackson, Panola Outreach Coordinator
Lovie Parks, Sumter Co. Schools, Sumter Co. Sheriff Department, Am Star Emergency Medical Service, Sheriff Tyrone
Clark, The Lodge at Cameron’s Quail Preserve, Chemical Waste Management, Supt. Dr., Tyrone Yarbrough, Principal
Melissa Woods , Coca Cola Bottling Company, McInnis Mortuary, Sumter Co. Opportunity, Inc., Zion Valley Missionary
Baptist Church, Greater Salem A. M. E. Zion , St. John Baptist Church, Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Panola Church of
God, St. Paul A. M. E. Zion, Galilee Baptist Church, Mt. Tabor Baptist Church, Panola United Methodist Church, Rome
C. M. E. Church, Cluster Baptist Church, Hardaway's Funeral Services, Pizza Hut Livingston, Sumter Co. Dept. of
Human Resources, U. of West Alabama Outreach Program, Sumter Co. Board of Education, Sumter Co. Retired Teachers
Association, Sumter Co. Record Journal, North Sumter Day Care Center, Inc. , The Salvation Army, and Alabama
Cooperative Extension System.
ABOUT KIDS WISH NETWORK:
Kids Wish Network is a national charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy
memories, and improving the quality of life for children facing life-altering circumstances. For more
information on Kids Wish Network, visit us at www.kidswishnetwork.org.

Every child deserves a chance at happiness; a wish is a way of bringing them that joy. If you would like to sponsor a child’s wish or if
you know a child who is suffering from a life-threatening illness and may be in need of Kids Wish Network’s wish-granting services,

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Beignet Breakfast

Event Dates and Times

5/4/2016 - 5/13/2016
Temple Theatre

9th Annual Beignet Breakfast
The Young Professionals of Meridian will have their annual beignet breakfast on Friday, May 13th from 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
at the Temple Theatre
(601) 693-2139

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JCJC holds two Spring Commencement Ceremonies ...

Event Dates and Times

5/4/2016 - 5/13/2016
Jones County Junior College
JCJC holds two Spring Commencement Ceremonies with Wyatt Moulds as keynote speaker

ELLISVILLE - Jones County Junior College will be holding two Spring Commencement Ceremonies on Friday, May 13, at 10 a.m. for students whose names begin with the letters “A” though “L” in the A.B. Howard/Bobcat Gymnasium. The second ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. for those students whose last names begin with letters “M” through “Z.” Both ceremonies will also be live-streamed on the JCJC web page, http://www.jcjc.edu/.

About 623 of the more than 732 students eligible to graduate with either, an Associate in Arts degree, Associate in Applied Science degree, or a Vocational Certificate have chosen to participate in the ceremonies. About 300 students will participate in each of the ceremonies.

For the first time in recent history, a Jones County Junior College faculty member will be the keynote speaker. Wyatt Moulds is a 1972 graduate of Heidelberg High School, earning his Associate of Arts degree from Jones County Junior College, and both his Bachelors of Science and his Masters of Science degrees in history from the University of Southern Mississippi. Additionally, he has completed advanced studies in history and political science at the University of Southern Mississippi.
For 42-years, Moulds has taught history in Mississippi’s public schools with the last 34-years teaching at Jones County Junior College. The native of Jasper County has served as chairman of JCJC’s Social Science Division until his retirement in 2009. Ironically, Moulds has continued to teach a full-load of classes on an adjunct basis at JCJC during his “retirement.”
Mr. Moulds has also found time, since 2006 to serve as a consultant to Hollywood film director Gary Ross. His research of various topics will be included in the upcoming movie, “The Free State of Jones” which features a notorious Civil War rebel and relative of Moulds.
His address to the graduates is titled, “The Importance of Being on the Right Side of History.” Moulds explained, “I hope students will learn from my speech, that sometimes you have to make unpopular decisions to move civilization forward and I hope they will lead because that will be their responsibility to do so!”
Wyatt has been married to the former Faye Evans of Pachuta, Mississippi, for 42 years after meeting while in school at JCJC. They have two children, Zachary and Erin Moulds, who are also both JCJC graduates.

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

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EMBDC - Upcoming Events

Event Dates and Times

5/3/2016 - 5/10/2016
See Schedule
Upcoming Events

Trustmark Ribbon Cutting
700 23rd Ave.
Tuesday, May 3rd
3:30 p.m.

Mississippi Scholars & TechMasters Awards Reception
MCC Tommy Dulaney Multi-Purpose Building
Wednesday, May 4th
6:00 p.m.

SuperTalk Mississippi
Ribbon Cutting
613 22nd Ave.
Thursday, May 5th
10:30 a.m.

Dixie Building Supply
Ribbon Cutting
7730 Hwy 45 N
Tuesday, May 10th
10:30 a.m.

Mitchell Distributing
Business After Hours
100 49th Ave.
Thursday, May 26th
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m

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Sumter Welcome Center ... Alabama Welcome Center Tourism Celebration

Event Dates and Times

5/12/2016
Sumter Welcome Center Instate 59 North and 20 East Cuba, Al 36907
The Sumter Welcome Center Staff invites you to attend our Alabama Welcome Center Tourism Celebration Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 10:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m. Make ”Sweet Home Alabama” your vacation destination this year By “Taking a Road Trip” in Alabama with family and friends.

The Theme for this year is “The Year of Alabama Makers”.
Sumter Welcome Center Business Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


205-392-5443

205-392-5443

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City of Meridian announces temporary closing of Bonita Lakes Walking Trail ...

Event Dates and Times

5/3/2016 - 5/14/2016
lower lake walking trail at Bonita Lakes
City of Meridian announces temporary closing of Bonita Lakes Walking Trail
May 2, 2016 (Meridian) – The lower lake walking trail at Bonita Lakes will be temporarily closed beginning Wednesday, May 4, 2016, until further notice. City of Meridian officials will be making needed repairs to the walking track. Notifications will be sent out once the track is reopened for public use.

For more information please contact:

Laura Carmichael
Cultural Affairs

City of Meridian
601 24th Avenue
Meridian, MS 39302-1430
Office: 601-485-1944
Cell: 601-480-2614

lauracarmichael@meridianms.org
www.meridian.org

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Mt. Gilead Baptist Church - Homecoming

Event Dates and Times

5/15/2016
Mt. Gilead Baptist Church 3456 KOA Campground Road Meridian, MS
Homecoming ...
Bro. Dennis Dunn will be the guest speaker.
Dinner on the Grounds to follow.
Dr. Marcus Finch is the pastor of the church
(601) 632-4752

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Community Wide Baccalaureate Service

Event Dates and Times

5/15/2016
New Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church Old Hwy 45 Loop Rd. Waynesboro, MS
The New Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church will host "A Community Wide Baccalaureate Service " on Sunday, May 15, 2016 during the regular 11:00AM Morning Worship Service. All Graduates will be recognized and are urged to bring their caps and gowns. Also, all youth who achieved honor roll for the 2015-2016 school year will be recognized. All youth are invited to attend and participate. A reception will follow the service.
Rev. Ecclesiastes Goodwin
Pastor
601-938-8903
newpilgrimchurch@gmail.com

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SuperTalk Mississippi Meridian 103.3fm invites you to our Ribbon Cutting

Event Dates and Times

5/2/2016 - 5/5/2016
WZKR 103.3fm 613 22nd Avenue - corner of 8th street and 22nd Avenue. Meridian, MS
SuperTalk Mississippi Meridian 103.3fm invites you to our Ribbon Cutting at our new station location; 613 22nd Avenue, this Thursday, May 5th at 10:30am
It is at the corner of 8th street and 22nd Avenue.

Wanda Russell
General Manager
WZKR 103.3fm Meridian, MS
Station: 601-693-1103
Cell: 601-616-4565
wharrison@telesouth.com

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Mothers' Day Program

Event Dates and Times

5/8/2016
New Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church Old Hwy 45 Loop Rd. Waynesboro, MS
The New Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church will recognize all Mothers for Mothers Day on Sunday, May 8, 2016 during the 11:00 AM Morning Worship Service. Everyone is invited to attend.
Rev. Ecclesiastes Goodwin
Pastor
601-938-8903
newpilgrimchurch@gmail.com

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Wayne Henson to give MSU-Meridian commencement address

Event Dates and Times

5/2/2016 - 5/6/2016
MSU Riley Center for Performing Arts and Education
Wayne Henson to give MSU-Meridian commencement address


MERIDIAN, Miss.—Wayne Henson, East Mississippi Electric Power Association’s CEO, will be the spring 2016 graduation speaker for Mississippi State University-Meridian.
The May 6 commencement program begins at 11 a.m. at the MSU Riley Center for Performing Arts and Education. Some 110 students are candidates for degrees.
A Kemper County native and longtime Clarke County resident, Henson graduated from Zack Huggins High School in Quitman. He went on to Mississippi State University, where he earned an electrical engineering degree in 1974.
During a more than four-decade-long EMEPA career, he has been CEO for the past 11 years. Along the way, he held positions of planning engineer, assistant director of engineering, assistant manager, director of system support services and general manager. He also owns Meridian-based Engineering Support Services LLC.
Henson is a National Society of Professional Engineers member who has represented Mississippi on its governing board. He also has led the Mississippi Engineering Society.
Henson also serves on numerous boards including The Riley Foundation, East Mississippi Business Development Corp., Southeastern Federal Power Customers, Electric Power Associations of Mississippi, and is a former chairman of the board of the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association.
Henson and wife LaNeta are the parents of two children, Brian and Joy, and have two grandchildren. The couple attends Union Baptist Church in Clarke County, where Wayne leads a Sunday School class and serves as a deacon.
For more about MSU-Meridian, visit www.meridian.msstate.edu.
MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.
Office of Public Affairs
MSU-Meridian News Bureau 601-484-0113
Contact: Lisa Sollie
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Center Ridge Baptist Church May 2016 Announcements

Event Dates and Times

5/2/2016 - 5/21/2016
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS ALSO Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Collinsville, ms
Center Ridge Baptist Church May 2016 Announcements


Tuesday Teaching in the Word
May 3 & 17, 2016
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Collinsville, MS, will be hosting, “Tuesday Teaching in the Word," on Tuesday , May 3 & 17, 2016 @ 7:00 pm. For more information call (601) 776-3649. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.


Wonderful Word Explosion
May 4, 11, 18, & 25, 2016
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting, “Wonderful Word Explosion ,”on Wednesdays, May 4, 11, 18, & 25, 2016 @ 7:00 pm. For more information call (601) 776-3649. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.
Mother's Day Program
May 8, 2016
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Collinsville, MS, will be hosting, “Mother's Day Program," on Sunday, May 8, 2016 @ 11:00 am. For more information call (601) 776-3649. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.


Pastors' 36th Year Anniversary
May 15, 2016
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Collinsville, MS, will be hosting, “Pastors' 36th Year Anniversary," on Sunday, May 15, 2016 @ 11:00 am. Guest Speaker will be, Apostle Everett, Pastor of White Stone Baptist Church, in Lawrence, MS. For more information call (601) 776-3649. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.

New Foundation Theological Seminary Spring Commencement Exercise
May 21, 2016
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting, “New Foundation Theological Seminary Spring Commencement Exercise, "Saturday, May 21, 2016, @ 10:00 am. For more information call (601) 776-3649. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.

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The 63rd Annual Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival ...

Event Dates and Times

5/2/2016 - 5/7/2016
See Schedule of Events and locations
The 63rd Annual Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival
Meridian City Hall Green - May 6th and May 7th


Tuesday, May 3rd, 5:30 p.m. Industrial Heritage Museum(Soule’} Volunteer Orientation
Thursday, May 5th, Meridian Little Theatre, Highway 39, Mississippi Premier of “Jimmie Rodgers: America’s Blue Yodeler” The play will also be presented May 6,7,9,10 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, May 8th at 2:00 p.m.,
Friday, May 6th 5:00 p.m. Meridian City Hall Green JRMF OPENS Music from 6-10 featuring Cedric Burnside, The Marcus King Band and Blackberry Smoke
Saturday, May 7, 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. MSU Riley Center Music Symposium featuring Merle Haggard Remembers Jimmie with Frank Mull and Paul Burch, Meridian Rising
Saturday, May 7, 12:00 Gates open Meridian City Hall Green
Saturday, May 7, 1:00 p.m. Jimmie Rodgers Talent Final Competition
Saturday, May 7, 2:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Great musical lineup featuring Big Sandy and The Fly Rite Boys, James McMurtry, Elizabeth Cook, Keller Williams, The Lone Bellow, Billie Joe Shaver,and Grammy winner Lucinda Williams.
Betty Lou Jones, President
The Jimmie Rodgers Foundation
bebestuartjones@comcast.net
601-917-4344

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Active Shooting Situation ... Seminar

Event Dates and Times

5/15/2016 - 5/25/2016
Demopolis Police Dept. 301 Washington Street Demopolis, AL
A seminar on an active shooting situation will take place May 25th
at the Demopolis Police Dept. from 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Free to all area business owners ...
Find out what to do .....
ALERT
LOCKDOWN
INFORM
COUNTER
EVACUATE

Register on-line WWW.DEMOPD.ORG UNDER THE SUPPORT SERVICE DIVISION/TRAINING

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ECCC Hall of Fame, Annual Award Winners Recognized

Event Dates and Times

4/29/2016 - 5/20/2016
East Central Community College in Decatur
ECCC Hall of Fame, Annual Award Winners Recognized
Recipients of Hall of Fame and other honors were recognized during the annual Awards Day program held April 28, 2016, at East Central Community College in Decatur.
Selection to the Hall of Fame is considered the highest honor a student can receive at the college, according to Dr. Billy Stewart, ECCC president, who presented the awards.
“To be considered for the prestigious honor,” Dr. Stewart said, “students must demonstrate exemplary character, superior scholarship, worthy leadership and contribute to the betterment of East Central Community College.”
Hall of Fame inductees for 2016 include: Louise Berryhill of Union, Anthony Emmons of Lake, Hannah Mitchell of Lawrence, Benjamin Pace and Devin Skinner, both of Philadelphia, and Kaylee Yates of Decatur.

Berryhill is a graduate of Newton County High School and the daughter of Richard and Paula Berryhill of Union.
She was selected for Who’s Who Among Students in American Community/Junior Colleges and received the L.B. Simmons History Award, Conrad Barnes Math and Science Scholarship and Lucille Wood Scholarship.
She serves as vice president of fellowship for Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society and is a drum major for the Wall O’ Sound Marching Band. She is a member of the President’s Council, Sigma Sigma Mu Tau, Concert Choir, Voce vocal ensemble and Catholic Campus Ministries.
Those nominating her wrote, “Louise Berryhill is one of the hardest workers and brightest, most intelligent students on this campus. She excels in all that she does, classes and otherwise. She is involved in many activities and is usually a major part of those activities. She has the most spirit, ambition, and intelligence of any person I know. I cannot think of any one other student who would embody a Hall of Fame student any better than her.”
Emmons is a graduate of Lake High School and the son of Tim and Kathy Emmons of Lake.
He was named to the Phi Theta Kappa All-Mississippi Academic Team and Who’s Who Among Students in American Community/Junior Colleges. He received the R.O. and Bertha Hannah Scholarship and the Tony Dobbs Memorial Golf Scholarship, as well as valedictorian, STAR Student, ACT, band and choir scholarships.
He serves as vice president of Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society, treasurer of Warrior Corps, French horn section leader for the Wall O’ Sound Marching Band, tenor section leader for the Concert Choir, and is a member of the Pep Band, EC Encore Players, “Wo-He-Lo” yearbook staff and Student Education Association.
Those nominating him wrote, “Anthony Emmons is a strong representation of East Central Community College and its vision. Through various leadership roles and several educational opportunities, he always strives to be the best that he can be. Instead of working on just himself, he also helps others to strive to do the same. ... His kindness and motivation allow him to better anything around him. … He is a truly exceptional student and an even more exceptional human being. …”
Mitchell is a graduate of Newton County High School and the granddaughter of Earnest and Patty Sue Gibbs of Lawrence. She is the daughter of the late Dedria Mitchell.
She was selected for Who’s Who Among Students in American Community/Junior Colleges and received the La-Z-Boy Scholarship and John Lambert Neill Memorial Scholarship. She was also awarded scholarships for ACT, choir and band.
She serves as vice president of leadership for Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society, trombone section leader for the Wall O’ Sound Marching Band, alto section leader for the concert choir, head media technician for the Collegians rock and roll band, and is a member of the EC Encore Players, Voce vocal ensemble, Sigma Sigma Mu Tau, Jazz Band and Can Bangers percussion ensemble.
Those nominating her wrote, “Hannah Mitchell lives up to the standard of Excellence with Class. … She has made her mark on East Central by her numerous leadership positions she has earned. … Her mind is set to achieve goals, no matter the obstacle. She excels in her academics and extracurricular activities. She has helped many people by helping them understand things that seem confusing in class. She is willing to help those in need, which speaks for her character.”
Pace is a graduate of Neshoba Central High School and the son of Derek and Patty Pace of Philadelphia.
He was selected to the Phi Theta Kappa All-Mississippi Academic First Team, HEADWAE Student of the Year and was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Community/Junior Colleges. He received the Aaron Ronald Davis Memorial Scholarship, Ben Myers Memorial Scholarship, Classes of 1957, 1958 and 1959 Scholarship and the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship. In addition, he received awards in both state and national competition for Phi Beta Lambda.
He serves as president of Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society, president of the President’s Council, co-president of Warrior Corps, and is a member of Concert Choir, Theta Chi Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, Sigma Sigma Mu Tau, Students Against Destructive Decisions and the Baptist Student Union.
Those nominating him wrote, “Ben Pace is an ECCC Warrior through and through. He strives for perfection in all that he does and it is evident in his accomplishments both academically and in the extracurricular activities that he is involved in. … Ben is very unassuming and his hard work and dedication in everything he attempts sets him apart from other students. … Ben is one of the finest students I have had the opportunity to work with at ECCC.”
Skinner is a graduate of Neshoba Central High School and the son of Scott and Angie Skinner of Philadelphia.
He was selected for Who’s Who Among Students in American Community/Junior Colleges. He received the freshman engineering award and the Ben Myers Memorial Scholarship. He was also selected a freshman and sophomore class favorite.
He serves as president of Alpha Alpha Epsilon engineering club, vice president of the sophomore class, co-captain of the tennis team, co-president of the Baptist Student Union and a leader for the BSU drama team. He is a member of Theta Chi Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, Warrior Corps, President’s Council and Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society.
Those nominating him wrote, “Devin Skinner is a person of great quality and substance. … He treats everyone who he meets with friendliness and he does not ever seem to meet a stranger. … Devin is very committed to doing the best that he can in the classroom because he knows that his studies are one of the keys to fulfilling his dreams. … By holding leadership positions in several organizations on campus, he strives to lead and be a positive example in the lives of others on campus. … ”
Yates is the daughter of Karen Robertson of Decatur and the late Mickey Yates.
She was selected for Who’s Who Among Students in American Community/Junior Colleges. She received the Leon Eubanks KALJYC-Peers Scholarship and the Bonnie P. Saxton Scholarship. She was also selected a freshman class favorite and a sophomore Homecoming maid.
She serves as president of the Student Body Association, co-president of the Baptist Student Union, vice president of the President’s Council and is a member of Concert Choir, Centralettes dance line, Theta Chi Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, Warrior Corps, Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society and the “Wo-He-Lo” yearbook staff. In addition, she served as vice president of her freshman class.
Those nominating her wrote, “ … I can think of no one who has been more involved and more dedicated to East Central Community College than Kaylee Yates. Not only has she been a fully involved and committed member of numerous campus clubs and organizations, she has also put every effort into maintaining a high GPA with plans to finish her degree and attend physical therapy school. I have no doubt that whatever Kaylee does in her future, she will not only make her alma mater proud, but she will be a loyal alumna as well. … ”
Additional honors presented during Awards Day include the following:
Career award recipients include Josh Crutcher of Sebastopol, residential carpentry; Christina McKinnion of Noxapater, cosmetology and Career Student of the Year; and Tristan Clay Willis and Tina Vaughn, both recipients of the Welding & Cutting "Taylor Cup.”
Technical awards were presented to Jordon Prisock of Louisville, collision repair technology; Jacob Robinson of Meridian, automotive technology; Malinda Harris of Newton and Sharon Bout of Decatur, co-recipients of early childhood education technology; Alan Graham of Forest, electrical technology; Jay Riser of Forest, heating and air conditioning technology; Tamara Boydstun of Louisville, culinary arts technology; Karen Cleveland of Decatur, hotel and restaurant management technology; Bay White of Sturgis and Samuel Kelly of Union, manufacturing and machining technology; Caleb Terry of Newton, network support technology; and Laren Copeland of Walnut Grove, Technical Student of the Year.
Recipients of healthcare education awards include Kelsey Porter of Morton, associate degree nursing Outstanding Achievement; Shantel Body of Newton, practical nursing; and Michael Eichelberger of Conehatta, paramedic technology.
Those receiving special awards were Ben Pace of Philadelphia, Citizenship Award and Dr. Margaret Mosal for Leadership Scholarship; Kaitlyn Ware of Lake, Ann Burkes Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship; Aaron Scoggin of Lawrence, Alford J. Deaton Physics Award; Louise Berryhill of Union, Richard Fisher Organic Chemistry Award; Erica Myers of Philadelphia and John Thames of Decatur, co-recipients, East Central Environmental Club Award; Anna Claire Housley of Morton, Astronomy Club Award; Randy Phillips of Jackson, Anthony Coleman Men’s Basketball Award; Kellen Clark of Chunky and Brittany Rasco of Pascagoula, co-recipients, Roy Pete Award for Soccer; Sarah Laird of Meridian, ECCC Concert Choir Award; Kirk Griffin of Union, EC Encore Players Award; Chris Kelley of Newton, ECCC Gospel Choir Award; Charlie Wilcher of Carthage, S. Lebrun Hutchinson Engineering Scholarship; Blake Fortenberry of Forest, Freshman Mathematics Award; Megan Parrish of Pascagoula, Sophomore Mathematics Award; Bruce Hedrick of Newton, Secondary Education Award; Emily Beckham of Philadelphia, Myrtle R. Hutchison Elementary Education Award; Memry Thompson of Morton, Mississippi Business Educators Association Award; Ben Pace, Caleb Brown, CrisAnn Bryan and Katie Hillman, all of Philadelphia, and Madelon Taylor of Louisville, all recipients of Phi Beta Lambda Hall of Fame; Chaney Mills of Hickory, Alyne Simmons Recruitment Grant; Madelon Taylor of Louisville and Hannah May of Little Rock, co-recipients of “The Tom-Tom” Award; and Katie McCool of Louisville, Lucille Wood Scholarship.
Alumni Memorial Awards were presented to Michael Whitlock of Philadelphia, Billy Wayne Baucum Secondary Education Award; John Creekmore of Noxapater, W.A. Coursey, Jr. Engineering Award; Kellen Clark of Chunky, Danny Ray Killens Engineering Award; Scott Main of Meridian, Ruth Carr-Vincent Academic Award for Excellence in Non-Traditional Education; Jacob McNeil of Louin, Alatha Chaney English Award; Paxton Holmes of Morton, Sara Carr Deaton Business Technology Award; Sarah Laird of Meridian, Sue Yarbrough Fulgham Speech Award; Kellen Clark of Chunky, Arno Vincent Award for Academic Excellence in Athletics; Corey Hilliard of Ocean Springs, William S. Giffin Men’s Intramural Award; Johnta’ Hughes of Hattiesburg, Earline Wood Memorial Award for Women’s Basketball; Blaze Gibbs of Brandon, Homer F. Hunter Athletic Managers Award; Jesse Hosket of French Camp, Andrew F. Webb Football Award; Ravion Henry of Carthage, Howard Sessums Men’s Basketball Award; Ben Pace of Philadelphia, Jack B. Mayo Phi Theta Kappa Award; and Samm Thompson of Decatur, Dr. Edwin Miller Medical Services Award.
Faculty Memorial Awards were presented to Katie McCool of Louisville, Aaron R. Davis Memorial Scholarship; Weiying Wang of Noxapater, Frank Edwin & Nena Holt Leatherwood Biology Science Award; Katie McCool of Louisville, Dr. Shelby L. Harris Memorial Scholarship; Carly Dickerson of Louisville, J. Wallace Bedwell Business Award; Lindsey Ayllon of Newton, Frank M. Cross Freshman Chemistry Award; Gage Leifried of Meridian, J. Andy Miller Freshman Engineering Award; Lauren Copeland of Walnut Grove, O.L. Newell Drafting Award; Alisha Tamara Savell of Philadelphia, Charles E. Pennington Business Technology Award; Anastasia Crout of Lake, Robert G. Fick Memorial Scholarship; Lillian Shuler of Carthage, Ruth Hull Memorial Wo-He-Lo Award; Matt Mitchell of Lake, Jamie Clark Memorial Baseball Award; Makenzie Byrd of Sebastopol, Leon Eubanks Kaljyc-Peers Leadership Award; Pashien Kelley-Johnson of Diamondhead, L.B. Simmons History Award; Amanda Creekmore of Newton, Thomas W. Thrash Memorial Scholarship; and Khalil Triplett of Philadelphia, General William Patrick Wilson Academic Scholarship.

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ECCC Graduation Scheduled May 6 at Neshoba County Coliseum

Event Dates and Times

4/29/2016 - 5/6/2016
Neshoba County Coliseum in Philadelphia
ECCC Graduation Scheduled May 6 at Neshoba County Coliseum
East Central Community College President Dr. Billy Stewart said the college could have another record graduating class, with more than 600 students applying to graduate May 6 when the institution holds its 87th Commencement beginning at 6 p.m. in the Neshoba County Coliseum in Philadelphia.
East Central had its largest graduating class in history in May 2015 when 568 students received diplomas or certificates.
Dr. Stewart said that the final number of graduates will be determined after all applications for graduation are reviewed and final grades for the spring 2016 semester are posted.
Included in the total are those who completed degree requirements following the 2016 spring and the 2015 summer and fall terms, according to Dr. Teresa Houston, vice president for instruction.
Those participating in the program include graduating sophomores Pashien Kelley-Johnson of Diamondhead, who will give the invocation; Benjamin Pace of Philadelphia, commencement speaker; and Elias Jimmie of Choctaw, benediction. Presenting the musical selection “You’ll Never Walk Alone/Climb Every Mountain” will be graduating sophomores Louise Berryhill and Kirk Griffin, both of Union, Taylor Lott of Forest, Hannah Mitchell of Lawrence, Ryan Mott and Kaylee Yates, both of Decatur; Madelon Taylor of Louisville, Anna Claire Webb of Noxapater, and Pace. Nina LaBlue of Conehatta will play the trumpet.
This year’s Commencement will also be available for viewing on live stream video by visiting ECCC’s website at www.eccc.edu.
Dr. Houston will present candidates for graduation and Dr. Stewart will award degrees and certificates to the following:
CANDIDATES FOR MAY GRADUATION
(by hometown)
BRANDON: Jacob Huff, Marcus T Johnson Jr. and Sarah Jennifer LaRochelle;
CARROLLTON: Patrick Knox Morrison;
CARTHAGE: Hunter Brown,Thomas Weston Brown, Joseph Burgess, Demetrius Shantez Clark, Chelsea RayJean Cleveland, Mia Coleman, Emily Delana Crane, Kristen Chipley Dowell, Ariel Claress Enoch, Philip Wayne Evans, Haley Ezelle, Taurus Gray, Jamari Green, Evangeline Turner Harvey, Ravion Xavior Henry, Keanu L. Hoye, Wesley Kyle Jelen, Shannon Keene, Tristen King, Austin Moss, Ryan Shayne Moss, Darnell Veshion Artez Myrick, Taylor Gene Nazary, Thomas Nazary, Joshua Peoples, Madie Pigg, Kaitlin Pittman, Candace Mae Reeves, Enoc Pablo Reynoso, Letecia M. Rome, Kayla Jean Searcy, Lillian Nichole Shuler, Jimmy Lee Tangle, Jr., Chloe Thaggard, Jessie McCleary Verry, Brandon Wilcher, Keely Lynn Wilcher, Corey Wilder and Delia Q. Wilder;
CHOCTAW: Latonya Denise Bell, Michael Keith Billie, Elias Braden Jimmie and Nashima Breann Thompson;
CHUNKY: Destinee Buckley, Joseph Kellen Clark, Kayla Kennedy, JoHannah Smith, Shala Smith, Christy D. Stewart;
CLARKSDALE: Euphrates Jiuawnique Jones;
CLINTON: Michael R. Davis;
COLDWATER: Lacey H. Field;
COLLINS: Peyton Lott;
COLLINSVILLE: Tommy L. Griffin, Leslie Kinney, Benjamin Derek Pace and Mason Grant Wooldridge;
CONEHATTA: Whitney Ann Billings, Tanner Davis, Courtney S. Johnson, Nina Gabriel LaBue, LaShayla McMillan, Caylin Loriann Nickey, Emily LeAnn Shoemake, Shawn Anthony Smith and Reagan Warren;
DECATUR: Colby W. Amis, Erick Keith Bishop, BriiAnna Bout, Sharon Bout, Faith Lauren Brown, Latoya Brown, Kaley Anne Bufkin, Quanzavious Trevon Caples, Leah Chandler, AnnaLea Marie Clarke, Antonio Curry, Brandon Davis, Haley Dawkins, Jason M. Forrest, Savannah Marie Glover, Lyndsey LJ Gooden, Hailey Nicole Mamrick, Rachael Havard, Kaitlyn Holmes, Mary-Grace Jones, Hamzeh Husam Khader, Alana R. Knowles, Lalah McMullan, Samuel James Mitchell, Regan Curtis Monk, William Ryan Mott, James Nathan Nance, Keion M. Peoples, Lindsey Savell, Chantelle D. Shelton, Stephen Stewart, John Abel Thames, Caleb Scott Vaughn, Katina Windham and Kaylee Elizabeth Yates;
DEKALB: Quantel Deaton;
DUCK HILL: George Brown Jr.;
EDWARDS: James Fitzgerald McGee;
ELLISVILLE: Lindsi DiAnn Coleman;
FLORENCE: Kayla B. Anderson and Durham Alexander Norman;
FOREST: Logan Cain Alford, William Arender, Jasmine Nicole Bobbitt, Acacia Brown, Kelsey Cox, Candice Brianna Crimm, Shanna Cromwell, Shaquille T. Evans, Katherine Fortenberry, Alan M. Graham, Calvin C. Harris, Lindsay Leann Hedge, Crystal Roxanna Hernandez, Lazaro Hernandez Jr., Ryan Scott Hill, Ryan Scott Hill, Stephanie Katrina Holifield, Shanetria Symone Ickom, Alexander Leon, Taylor Ryan Lott, Christain Mazique, Nicholas Dewitt Monk Jr., Adrianna Mosley, Constance N. Perkins, Chandler McLaurin Powell, Bryce Logan Power, Brittney Rachel Rawson, Casey Nichole Reed, David Reyes, Jay Riser, De'Angelo M. Shepherd, Peggy Wilkerson Sims, Tyler G. Sullivan and Trace Wade;
GULFPORT: Pashien Simone Kelley-Johnson and Carrissa Stevenson;
HARPERVILLE: Louis Tolbert, Jr.;
HATTIESBURG: Jamylia McLemore, Hunter Soileau, Samantha Rae Duncan, Mahalia Shane Gibson, Johnta' Dominique Hughes and Pilar D. Lyas;
HICKORY: Melanie Lorraine Brashier, Benjamin Tyler Brown, Peyton Cain, Kelly Leigh Chapman, Everett Fisher, Gary Levell Johnson Jr., Jace Allan Parker, Alexa Roberts, Nacole Pritchett Simmons,Tabitha Walker and Courtney Williams;
JACKSON: Kelly Buchanan, Koren R. Butler and Randy Poppa Phillips;
KOSCIUSKO: Roshumbria Nash;
LAKE: Taylor Bone, Elwando Brown, Rachel Ann Clay, Bryant Terry Crosby, Anthony Curtis Emmons, Emily Faith Emmons, Zachary Emmons, Whitney M. Fountain, Rico Wade Graydon Jr., Cody Welch Hollingsworth, Tallie Johnston, Shelby J. McGrew, Matthew Lucas Mitchell, Jasmine Moore, Melanie S. Moore, Kimbrianna Spivey, Allie Roxanne Turner, Danny E. Ware, Dalton Shea Wilson and Colby Scott Yarbrough;
LAMAR: Richenda L. Crutcher;
LAUREL: Courtney Harper and Ashley Leann Seals;
LAWRENCE: Carson Lyles Bounds, Daneisha S. Fulton, Hannah Grace Mitchell, Hanah Gilmer, Micah Kolby Tillman, James P. Travassos, Anthony D. Valentine, and Samuel Ryan Williams;
LENA: Blake Barnes, Shelly Dowell, Randell Brice Morgan, Mya Coceder Smith and Casaundra White Lena;
LITTLE ROCK: Duster J. Allgood, Christian Blum, Quenten Tyler Brown, Matthew D. Cress, Troy Gregory, Hannah Cathryn May, Elisha A. McDaniel, Kasey Marie Miller, Jessica Leighanne Powell and Kory Swift;
LOUIN: Jacob Blayne McNeil;
LOUISVILLE: Taylor Alexander, David Karl Boydstun, Tamara Boydstun, Dustin Burton, Tiara Faith Coleman, Kayla Covington, Ashley Burch Dickerson, Carly Denise Dickerson, Darius Dora, Lawanna L. Edwards, Laken Fulcher, Emily Logan Gregory, Kira Hardin, Joelie Fay Hill, Quanaeqa S. Hunt, Cody Glenn Johnson, Dylan Jones, Jamey Lea Kinard, John Calvin Lipsey, Michael Stephen Miller, Margaret LaRose Morris, Morgan Ashleigh Orr, Rebecca Rodman, Daphne Sanders, Chandlor Dale Swearingen, Madelon Dianne Taylor, D'Atra Chanteal Triplett, LaKendrick Vaughn and Channing Wall;
MACON: Reagan Dawn Fleming;
MAGEE: Addie Sarah Ambrosier and Cayla Emily Myers;
MERIDIAN: Shelby Lauren McKelvaine, Sharee Nickole Parrish-Parker, Samuel J. Robinson, Jamie Collie Mathis, Nikki Chenise Cole, Terrell Palmer and Miracle Rushing;
MORTON: Jennifer Argueta, Brittany Bryan, Hope Martine Craft, Skylar Davidson, Jayson Scott Dempsey, Evan Cooper Derrick, John Hill, Jimmy Wayne Jones Jr., Morgan Allane Jones, Mahari Kincaid, Wesley C. Mattix Jr., Zachary Ryan Moore, James O'Cain, Kayla Sudduth, Memry Estelle Thompson, Tina Marie Vaughn, Neely Anne Watford and Kelsey Faith Porter;
NEWTON: Catherine R. Arrington, Kadarias Buckley, Zack Hammons, Malinda Harris, Jelisa D. Hillie, Christopher Lance Kelley, Lamont David May, Zachary Alexander Munn, Trenea Pruitt, Miriam Ann Rivers, Charles Roebuck, Shannon St. Clair, Caleb C. Terry, Lisa Deshun Walker and Jennifer Marie Watkins;
NOXAPATER: Candace Barrett, Steven C. Curtis Jr., Hanna Hamilton, Ashley Nicole Hill, Sarah Johnson, Chase Jordan, Brooke Smith, Taylor Smith, Brady Thomas, Sara Dawn Thorne, Anna Claire Webb, Anna Katherine Wells, Michael Dewayne Yates Jr. and Brian Austin Rushing Snow;
OLIVE BRANCH: Megan Yarbrough;
PASCAGOULA: Prince Charles McDaniel, Katherine Ashlynn Moran, Brittany Leigh Rasco, Megan Cimone Parrish and Jamar Simms;
PASS CHRISTIAN: Gabrielle Stapp;
PELAHATCHIE: Kayley Pennington;
PETAL: Caitlyn Aldous, Austin Franklin and Erin Golden;
PHILADELPHIA: Butch R. Adcock, Rachel J. Alexander, Brittany Deshea Anderson, Faith Boyette Anderson, Tanesha Niecy Barham, Cole Barnes, Chasity Madison Barrier, Fallon L. Beckham, Shannon Brazzle, Caleb Brown, Christy Anna Bryan, Mykitia Burrage, Pat Burrage, Ayla Destini Burton, Miranda Kay Carpenter, Dareyl Kanard Carter Jr., Miranda M. Clark, Mary Katherine Collins, Ivey C. Commer, Alexey Danilov, Katlyn Nichole Duke, Tammie Easley, Luke Hardy Eldridge, Ibrahim Obaid Elnaham, Keona Foster, Kaelin Alexandria Gentry, Grant Gordon, Sarah Kathleen Hall, Shelby Renee Hemphill, Cassie S. Henson, Kathryn Hillman, Sydney Keith, Colt Andrew Kilpatrick, John Mark Kilpatrick Jr., Ashley Lawrence, Layne Marie Lepard, Anna Lewis, Christina Marie Lewis, Christian Little, Jaice K. Marsh, Hosea C. McBeath, Brandon McCarty, Ben McDaniel, John W. Meazell, Karliscia Uzuri Moore, Erica Daniella Myers, Lanna Parker, Kendrell Peden, Casaja Marie Phillips, Taylor Leigh Phillips, Hannah Marie Pilgrim, Daniel T. Powell, Chasity Wedgeworth, Jacob Rosales, Keona Sanders, Alisha Tamara Savell, Michael Devin Skinner, Clarissa Smith, Wesley Smith, James Dylan Spears, Warlchez Spencer, Truvette Cobb Thompson, Janera Clarice Triplett, Jeannie Triplett, Mahlih Vaughn, Gloria Nohemi Velez, Heather K. Watkins, Jeremy Watkins, Kimberly Renee Watkins, Dianna Wesley, Michael Whitlock II, Peyton Williamson, Shaneisha Renay Willis and Tristan Willis;
PRESTON: Karla L. Higginbotham;
PULASKI: Heather Russum Hayman, Stephanie Michelle Hord, Victoria Megan McNeal and Spencer Tullos;
QUITMAN: Mallory A. Lee, Jelisa Bre'kenya Pearson and Mecklin D. Soules;
RALEIGH: Raven Alexia Strong and Justin Thornton;
RICHLAND: Maya Erecca Cole;
RIDGELAND: Summer Lavender;
SALLIS: Caitlyn Bree Burnley;
SALTILLO: Abimael Rivera Romero;
SEBASTOPOL: Ashley Barber, Nathanael Hall Barber, Natalie Jane Guidry and Cody Brown Shaw;
SENATOBIA: Andrea Gale Hannaford;
STARKVILLE: Raphael McClain;
STATE LINE: Dylan Snypes;
STONEWALL: Randy Creighton;
STURGIS: Bay White;
SUMRALL: Jordan Malik Thomas;
TERRY: Shavonda Charde Fields;
TOOMSUBA: Aaliyah Samone Smith and Aaliyah Smith;
TUPELO: Isaiah Traylor, Carlos Abrahan Gutierrez Alonso, and Omar Gutierrez Alonso;
UNION: Adriana Alderson, Kristy Alexander, Raven JoAnn Bane, Agatha Louise Berryhill, Ashley Bozeman, Jason Corbett Bradley, Josh Crutcher, Aaliyah Monique Cunningham, Toby Luke Edwards, Kirkland Griffin, Kristen L. Hawks, Madison Herrington, Stephen Ralph Horne, Samuel A. Kelly, Will Kennedy, Mary Elizabeth Levin, David Houston Martin III, Matthew Scott Mason, Keri Ann Mayfield, Breanna McBeath, Jennifer McCraw, Brady McElhenney, Colby Morris, Karleigh Moss, Brooke Elizabeth Payne, Maggie Claire Peebles, Kia Rogers, Caleb Scharer, Tyler Dale Sistrunk, Christopher Smith, Colby Alan Todd, Zachary Lee White and Karey Williams;
WALNUT GROVE: Aleiaha Kasha Bloodsaw, Krystan Leah Bolton, Jennifer Lynn Burns, Amber Hayley Chandler, Lauren Taylor Copeland, Ashland Brooke Ellington, Jasmine KeAnna Nicole Jones, Shelly Rebecca Kyzar, Molly A. Neal, Dekendrick Darvege Rushing, Todd Smith, Edward Spivey, Dezmon Summers, Carrie Virginia Summers-Jones, Erin Thornton, Brittany Thrash and William Wragg;
WEIR: Pamela Nanette Lane;
WEST POINT: Maegen Elizabeth Ellis;
WINONA: Joshua Adam Carpenter;
YAZOO: Chelsea Covington Wright;
BRENT, AL: Terry Ray Lockett Jr.;
MONTGOMERY, AL: Robert Lee Johnson;
MOODY, AL: Leslie Randelle Asmus;
OXFORD, AL: Derek Quintez Mahaffey;
MEMPHIS, TN: Derrick D. Dandridge Jr.;
MIDLAND, TX: Mitzi C. Kirk;
DESTREHAN, LA: Jacob Burrows Johnson; and
KILBOURNE, LA: Lacey Renee Hill.
DECEMBER 2015 GRADUATES
BRANDON: Kardarius Santedrick Evans-McClendon, Micah Jett Parten and Brett Michael Warren;
CARTHAGE: MaChasity S. Leflore, Vincent Hernandez May, Johnny Lee Stephens III and Calvin Trevon Tate;
CHUNKY: Colby Skelton;
CLINTON: Con'Brianna T. Evans;
COLLINS: Jerry Magee Jr.;
COLUMBUS: Austin B. Mize;
CONEHATTA: Andreka M. Buie and Dakota Nita Osie Hicks;
DALEVILLE: Keith Hudson;
DECATUR: Brandy Shelanda Graham, Lahoma L. Hawkins, Anthony Trell Wansley and O'Sheana Wheaton;
FLORENCE: Christopher M. Yarbrough;
FLOWOOD: Leah Vincent Corhern;
FOREST: Christopher Devonte Brown, Shaquille T. Evans, Kara K. Falcon, Alan Graham, Evany BaRae Gray, Jaylon J. Lofton, Katlyn Brianna Patrick and Bailey Wedgeworth;
FRENCH CAMP: Jesse Hosket;
GOODMAN: Jamal L. Keith;
HATTIESBURG: Aubrey J. Bourn and Allen Lamarr Fails Jr.;
HICKORY: Joseph DeShaun Page, Jace Parker and Kadrian R. Williams;
JACKSON: Eric M. McPherson, Jr. and Treveontae Willis;
LAKE: Pamela Jenny Robinson;
LAUDERDALE: Arkeem Rashawn Johnson;
LAWRENCE: Shaniqua L. Hardy;
LENA: Lorrie Kate Moore;
LOUISVILLE: Richard Colby Eaves, Stanley P. Foster Jr., Ashley B. Grant, Tynneshia Henton, Morgan T. Hillhouse, Angela Jenkins-Coburn, Jordan E. Prisock, William Christian White and Maya'Rose Wilmer;
MAGEE: Zachary Lawrence Graves and Ariana White;
MERIDIAN: Christopher Deion Nathan Evans, Christopher Edward Ivy and Tyisha Monae Sims;
MORTON: Jasmine Nasha Brown, Patrick Ryan Harrell, Lucas Morgan and Alice J. Towner;
NEWTON: Michael A. Buntyn, Eddie Joe Houston III, Toretha Carollynn Norman, DaQuaun "Oshea" Robinson and Karen L. Sims;
PACHUTA: Zachary Edmonson;
PHILADELPHIA: Jennifer Lynn Anderson, Rashada Boler, Matthew Brescia, Scottie Coleman, Shana Chaney Ely, Angela S. Harrison, Robin D. Isaac and Emma Kate Savell;
PRESTON: Ty'Asia La'Treci Nicholson;
TOOMSUBA: Justin Houston;
UNION: Janiya Laque Evans, Brandi Nicole Kilpatrick, Haley Moorehead, Kenneth Brian Stephens and Dustin Yeager;
VICKSBURG: Devontae Malik Wilson;
WALNUT GROVE: Lauren Taylor Copeland, Alexis Alfredo Flores and Tatyana Li'tiese Johnson; and
PINE BLUFF, AR: Kabion Ento;
AUGUST 2015 GRADUATES
BAY SPRINGS: Michael Bender;
CARTHAGE: Den'Nisha K. Harvey, Julianna Elizabeth Ingram, Artesia M. Richmond and Matthew Jerome Sullivan;
CHOCTAW: Erin Marie Cantrell;
COLLINSVILLE: Malorie Hunt;
CONEHATTA: Kelsey Taylor McDonald, Joseph A. Shelley, Mitch B. Shoemake and Daniel Scott Watkins;
DECATUR: Stephen Scott Armstrong II, Christopher Cain, Megan McElhenney and Kalena Yolanda Smith;
FOREST: Arieel Tona Carter, Monica Gray, Tamantha Rae Harris, Kerry Keith Ingle, Abraham Mahdi, Kirstie G. Shaw and Candice Nicole Stewart;
HICKORY: Charles Kirby Bishop;
LAKE: Kasey Logan;
LITTLE ROCK: Leslie Brooke Howington and Summer Jenkins;
LOUISVILLE: Jordan Lovorn and Lauren Marie Whitehead;
MERIDIAN: Brittany Kelly;
MORTON: Tynequa Bryant, Gloriana Latham and Rachel Marie Lopez;
NEWTON: BriAnna V. Buckley, Jurnee Denise Jordan, William Tyler Pace and Jeremy Scott Tune;
NOXAPATER: Robert L. Taylor and Shamari Williams;
PASCAGOULA: Austin Landry Lofton;
PHILADELPHIA: Elizabeth April Abdelgadir, Sarah Cathleen Alexander, Caitlin Bounds, Hailey Coate, Chelsea Doss, Breona Foster, Deanna M. Glass, Jordan Caitlin Jay, Andrew B. Jones, Chance Lovern, Melissa N. Miles, Brianna Peeples, Lauren E. Posey, Cappi Elizabeth Reese, Micheal Andrew Reynolds, Brittany Robinson Stinson, Sharon R. Strait, Jennifer Whatley, Lacey Willis and Elizabeth Withers;
PRESTON: Hansel Bell;
QUITMAN: Asia Jarde' Ruffin;
SAUCIER: Donnie Farmer;
UNION: Jonathan Adkins, Katelynd Elizabeth Andrews, Ryan D. Burkes, Jessie Hennington, Nikki Tucker and Teoneka Marsha Wallace;
WALNUT GROVE: Hannah Elizabeth Kersgaard; and
YAZOO CITY: Kiese DeAndre Kirkland

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As support for ‘Infinite Impact’ soars, Mississippi State extends fundraising campaign goal to $1 billion

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Miss. State - Starkville, MS
As support for ‘Infinite Impact’ soars, Mississippi State extends fundraising campaign goal to $1 billion

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Inspired by the overwhelming response to “Infinite Impact” ― the most successful fundraising campaign in university history ― Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum announced a historic retargeting of the campaign with a fundraising goal of $1 billion by 2020 during a news conference today [April 28] on campus.
“When the campaign opened to the public six years ago, supporters stepped up like never before to demonstrate their belief in Mississippi State’s bold vision for the future,” said Keenum. “Donors representing virtually all walks of life in the MSU community helped achieve the $600 million fundraising goal far ahead of schedule, and the momentum continues.
“Now it’s time to raise the bar even further in our journey to become one of the nation’s leading research universities,” Keenum said. “We know we can count on the support of our generous donors to help us secure an additional $400 million in gifts by 2020.”
Keenum said donations to Mississippi State are investments in the future as student-led research teams continue making groundbreaking strides in a number of fields with local, national and global impacts. Mississippi State scientists are designing the eco-friendly “Car of the Future,” finding a cure for pandemic flu, developing concussion-free helmets, and partnering with NASA on future space exploration.
Mississippi State has been in the top 10 nationally in agriculture-related research for more than 15 years and is applying its vast body of knowledge to find solutions for world hunger and food security. The university also serves as the national lead for the FAA’s Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, and last year Boeing selected MSU’s Raspet Flight Research Laboratory for relocation of their Stitched Resin Infusion Composite Research Center.
The success of Infinite Impact has helped expand scholarship programs for students across the spectrum from differing economic backgrounds and driven sweeping improvements in all spheres of campus life, including academics, athletics, the arts, and facilities and infrastructure.
“Infinite Impact is being fueled by donors who want to make a positive difference in the lives of people everywhere,” said John Rush, MSU’s vice president for Development and Alumni. “With their support, Mississippi State has become more competitive and successful in its efforts to recruit top-performing students and faculty who will continue building our legacy of academic excellence.”
With record enrollment last fall, MSU also welcomed the largest and most academically advanced freshman class in school history. This month, MSU seniors Natalie Jones of Flowood and Johnie Sublett of Pensacola, Florida, were recognized as Truman and Goldwater scholars, respectively, two of the nation’s most prestigious scholarships for students. In 2013, Vicksburg native Donald “Field” Brown became MSU’s second Rhodes Scholar, the world’s most celebrated and prestigious international fellowship.
Since the launch of Infinite Impact, Mississippi State athletes have achieved unprecedented milestones. The Bulldogs vied for the 2013 national baseball championship, and the following year the football team held the No. 1 national ranking for five consecutive weeks. This year, the women’s basketball team achieved its highest national ranking in university history on its way to the NCAA’s Sweet 16.
Mississippi State also is a powerful economic driver for the state of Mississippi. Last year MSU’s Bagley College of Engineering announced an international collaboration in automotive materials engineering with the Universitie Internationale de Rabat in Morocco. MSU and the state of Mississippi are exploring opportunities to enhance education, research and economic development through the new relationship.
“What we’re doing drives Mississippi,” said Earnie Deavenport, an alumnus and chair of the Mississippi State University Foundation board who is the retired chairman and CEO of Eastman Chemical Company. “We’re an economic engine for the state and a key asset in building Mississippi’s profile as a research, technology and innovation leader. We plan to build on our momentum by expanding our footprint beyond Mississippi and exploring more opportunities for our students to shape the world of the future.”
Mississippi State continues on the path set forth in the five-year strategic plan adopted in 2012, a plan that renews a commitment to core principles and provides direction for the future — from faculty and student recruitment to cutting-edge research programs to a more diverse, dynamic and enriching campus community.
“The outpouring of support from donors at all levels has been a driving force in Mississippi State’s rise to the top,” Keenum said. “The Infinite Impact campaign has been embraced by a growing community of supporters, and their enthusiasm gets stronger every year. Now we’re taking another bold step forward by asking supporters to recommit to Mississippi State’s future by propelling the Infinite Impact campaign to the $1 billion mark.
“This is not just a financial milestone ― it represents Mississippi State’s aspiration to be the best of the best,” Keenum said. “MSU is well on its way to expanding our position as one of the nation’s premier research universities, and the continued generosity of our donors will make the vision a reality.”
Chartered in 1962, the MSU Foundation administers most of the campus-based fundraising activities and endowment funds. For more on the Infinite Impact campaign, visit www.infiniteimpactmsu.com.
MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

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Morton Students Participate in ECCC Senior Day

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4/28/2016 - 5/5/2016
East Central Community College
Morton Students Participate in ECCC Senior Day
Morton High School seniors Tavarious James and Paden Horton were among area students who attended East Central Community College’s annual Senior Day activities held recently on the Decatur campus. Also pictured is ECCC Director of Housing and Student Life/Recruiter Amanda Walton. The day’s activities included an information showcase held in the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building featuring all campus clubs and organizations as well as information on academic, career, technical and health-related programs. Also on tap were performances by the Collegians rock-n-roll band, Voce vocal ensemble, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Warrior Cheerleaders and the Centralettes dance line. The event concluded with a complimentary lunch. For more information or to schedule a campus visit, contact Dr. Randall Lee, vice president for student services, at 601-635-6375. The e-mail address is rlee@eccc.edu.

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MCC salutes outstanding students ...

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4/27/2016 - 4/30/2016
Meridian Community College
MCC salutes outstanding students ...
Awards night yields applause and congratulations

Meridian Community College sophomore Walt Herrington received the H.M. Ivy Award from MCC Vice President of Operations Barbara Jones during the College’s Awards Night Program held Tuesday in the McCain Theater.

Herrington, a graduating sophomore, is a University Transfer Program student who plans to pursue a career in education.

The H.M. Ivy Award is given to the most outstanding graduating sophomore. The recipient is active on campus and has shown a positive impact in the school and surrounding area.

The Awards Night spotlighted students who excelled in various programs throughout the 2015-16 academic year. Tapped for awards included:

Daniel Ray, Lucile Reisman Rosenbaum Memorial Scholarship; Anna Kathryn Jones, the Robert Cochran Memorial Scholarship; Mary Kaytee Nelson, the Royalty Education Scholarship; Joshua S. Johnson, the Sammy Broadhead Memorial Scholarship; Mallory Harmon, Ian Garner and Chanler Pickering, MCC Faculty Staff Association Awards; Daphna Allen, Freshman Military/Veteran of the Year; Paul Robinson, Sophomore Military/Veteran of the Year; Michael Bell, G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Foundation Scholarship Award; William Pierce, Chuck Nicholson Community Bank Veteran Scholarship;

Emilio Luna Suarez, Outstanding Biological Science Student; Joshua S. Johnson, Business Student of the Year; Ian Garner, Maude Smith English Award; Tori Wolverton, Sue Key Excellence in Mathematics Award; Caleb Landrum, Music Major Student of the Year; Tori Wolverton, Outstanding Physical Sciences Student; Jessica Crevitt, Jimmie Evans Social Science Award; Morgan Wall, Outstanding Theater Student; Cara McQuaig, Outstanding Visual Fine Arts Student;

Cash Matlock, Outstanding Broadcast Communications Student; Matthew Kittrell, Outstanding Business and Marketing Management Technology Student; Barbara A. Holiday, Outstanding Business and Office Technology Student; Jason Ledean McPherson, Commercial Truck Driving Program Best All Around Driver; Carol Lee Huggins, Commercial Truck Driving Most Improved Driver; Jodi Pope, Outstanding Cosmetology Program Student; Megan Gressett, Outstanding Dental Assisting Student; Candice White, Meridian Area Dental Association Scholarship; Katherine Manno, Outstanding Dental Hygiene Student; Brandon Prince, Outstanding Drafting and Design Technology Student; Kelsey Lucas, Ann Tucker Early Childhood Education Scholarship; Kalynne Bracey and Angela F. Davis, “Star Polisher” Early Childhood Education; Cody Shirley, Outstanding Electrical Technology Student; Yue Lu “Moon,” Outstanding Electronics Technology; Kevin J. Miller, Outstanding Fire Protection Technology Student; Justin D. Roberson, Outstanding Graphic Design Technology Student; Alena Wash, Outstanding Health Care Assistant Student, Fall 2015; Harley Todd, Outstanding Health Care Assistant Student, Spring 2016; Dawn Barker, Outstanding Health Information Technology Student; Brian Kennedy, Outstanding Industrial Maintenance Technician Student; Shawna M. Jenkins, Outstanding Information Systems Technology Student; Candace Davis, Outstanding Medical Assisting Technology Program Student; Alysia Shaw, Medical Laboratory Technology Student of the Year; Thresa M. Jones, Outstanding Medical and Office Technology Student; Shaquanta Boyd, Excellence in Practical Nursing, Fall 2015; Kristen Holmes, Excellence in Practical Nursing, Spring 2016; Kelly Goszkowicz, Margaret Armstrong Excellence in Nursing, Fall 2015; Allison Davis and Christie Presley, Margaret Armstrong Excellence in Nursing, Spring 2016; Jeremy Pogue, Outstanding Paramedic Student; Sam Hudnall, Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Student; Beau Corella, Outstanding Precision Manufacturing and Machining Technology Freshman; Kyle Stiefel, Outstanding Precision Manufacturing and Machining Technology Sophomore; Jason McCans, Outstanding Radiologic Technology Program Student; Sarah Keyes, Respiratory Care Practitioner Program Student of the Year; Danielle Creighton, Outstanding Surgical Technology Student; Jaimarcus Randle, Outstanding Telecommunications Service Technology Student; Danielle Nap, Outstanding Welding and Cutting Technology Student;

Campus organizations were also saluted with the presentation of the B.G. Raden Memorial Award given to the top three outstanding groups. The groups named were Phi Beta Lambda Information Systems Technology, Student Association of Dental Hygienists and Phi Theta Kappa.

Daniel Ray and Alexis Rivers, Outstanding Ivy League Student Recruiters; Chelsea Angel Thornton and Jaylon Keys, Outstanding Student Athletes; Thomas Walter Harrington and Mary Katherine Nelson, Scholar Athletes of the Year; Mallory Harmon, Phi Theta Kappa Courtyard of Scholars Recipient; Walt Harrington, first team and Devin Logue, second team, All-Mississippi Community College Academic Team; and Alysia Shaw and Otis Gowdy, Higher Education Appreciation Day Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE).

Recipients of Who’s Who Among Students in American Community and Junior Colleges were also named. They were: Brittany Allen, Matthew Berler, Jami Daugherty, Regan Dupre, Rebecca Estes, Brandon Evans, Ashley Fedrick, Ian Garner, Paige Gibson, Clayton Gray, Fisher Gray, Trace Hamby, Tyus Harden, Thomas Walter Harrington, Austin Harrison, Heather Harwell, Daniel Hill, Sophie Hodge, Derek Hoffman, Ronald Holloway, Kristen Hull, Anna James, Joshua Johnson, Lakia Jones, Ryan Lane, Ryder Leifried, Devon Logue, Megan Mallette, Adrianna Mendoza, Michael Meyers, Steven Adam Motes, Kaytee Nelson, Chanler Pickering, Shelby Proaps, Daniel Ray, Grant Renegar, John Ricks, Victoria Riebock, Alexis Rivers, Esmeralda Rodriguez, Alana Sanders, Alysia Shaw, Shamiah Sims, Dalton Smith, Drew Smith, Morgan Wall, Tyler Weeks, Emily Williams and Tori Wolverton.
-- Kay Thomas
Director of College Promotions
Meridian Community College
910 Highway 19 North
Meridian, MS 39307
601-484-8689
kthomas@meridiancc.edu

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(EMBDC) recently held a ribbon cutting for Brookdale Meridian

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4/27/2016 - 4/30/2016
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Meridian, MS ¬ - The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation (EMBDC) recently held a ribbon cutting for Brookdale Meridian. They have recently remodeled their entire facility. Brookdale Meridian offers a full range of Senior Adult living options: retirement living, assisted living, and Alzheimer’s and dementia care. They are located at 4555 35th Avenue in Meridian. For more information Brookdale Meridian can be reached at 601-841-0059.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies are offered to all members of the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation.
The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation is a private, not-for-profit organization committed to improving economic vitality and quality of life for our citizens. The EMBDC serves as the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development organization for the community. The EMBDC is located at 1901 Front St., Suite A/ P.O Box 790, Meridian, MS 39302, or on the web at www.embdc.org .

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State Farm Insurance and Mississippi Youth Highway Safety Programs ...

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4/25/2016 - 4/28/2016
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I am excited to share that State Farm Insurance, DREAM, Inc.’s Mississippi Youth Highway Safety Programs and the Mississippi Office of Highway Safety are partnering together to bring Mike Lutzenkirchen to Mississippi schools to talk to students about their decisions on the road. Mike lost is son to highway fatality, at the age of 23, where he was the passenger and alcohol was involved and wasn’t wearing his seat belt. His son, Phillip Lutzenkirchen was an Auburn University football player. This tour was focused to be in schools in the top 25 counties of highway fatalities in Mississippi due to alcohol involved crashes or no seat belt usage fatalities.

For any questions, email me here or call my cell 601.750.3329.

Tawni Basden, CPM
Youth Programs Director & Mississippi SADD State Coordinator
DREAM, Inc. s
Mississippi Youth Highway Safety Programs
310 Airport Road
Pearl, MS 39208
601.933.9197 | 601.933.1138 Fax
Email: tbasden@dreaminc.org
Website: www.msYOUTHhighwaysafety.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MsYHSP
Twitter: @MsYHSP
Instagram: @msyhsp

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MCC Events Calendar

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4/25/2016 - 4/28/2016
Meridian Community College
MCC Fine Arts Students Exhibit/Competition Reception is set for Tuesday, April 26, from 4-5:30 p.m. In the Miller Art Gallery. John Marshall is the contact person.

The College's Awards Night is Tuesday, April 26, at 6 p.m. In the McCain Theater. Patrick Lovette is the contact person.

The Arts & Letters Series will host the Dimensions concert Thursday, April 28, at 7 p.m. In the McCain Theater. Dr. Todd Brand is the contact person.

-- Kay Thomas
Director of College Promotions
Meridian Community College
910 Highway 19 North
Meridian, MS 39307
601-484-8689
kthomas@meridiancc.edu

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ECCC Retirees Look Forward To New Activities

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4/22/2016 - 4/30/2016
East Central Community College
ECCC Retirees Look Forward To New Activities
East Central Community College faculty and staff members Vicki Blaylock, Tina Harris and Dr. Evadna Lyons are each looking forward to new and varied activities when they retire at the end of the 2015-16 term.
Blaylock joined the ECCC staff as choral director/vocal instructor in 2000 and also serves as Fine Arts Division chairperson. She has completed 33 total years in the field of education.
As with many who have worked in education for so long, Blaylock said it’s the students and her colleagues she will miss most.
“Retirement is bittersweet,” she said. “East Central has two great things: wonderful students and great people working here. It will seem strange to give up my identity as someone’s music teacher. That may be the hardest adjustment but life is comprised of chapters and it is time for me to move to the next chapter.”
Those students have also been the best part of her job.
“The thing I have enjoyed most is teaching music to my students and watching them grow to produce a musical program that touches others.”
She added, “If I could give advice to my students it would be to choose a career that you enjoy getting up and doing each day. That has been the biggest blessing for me. For me, my work as a music educator was not a job. It was fun every day.”
Her retirement plans include family, church and hobbies.
“I look forward to visiting my parents, my 96-year-old grandmother, my sister and others. I plan to get more involved with church activities and spend time with my hobbies, including reading, refinishing furniture and playing my new grand piano.”
After her husband, Ronnie, retires, Blaylock said they plan to retire to western North Carolina and hope to volunteer with the Red Cross.
The Blaylocks have two grown children: Clanton and Anna-Rose.
Harris has served as basic skills specialist in the college’s Workforce Development Center since 2001. She has completed 25 years total in education.
When asked her thoughts as she nears retirement, she said, “I never thought I would retire this young, but I am so excited to begin this new phase of my life.”
She said her plans include spending more time with her husband, Britt, and family, studying her Bible and working to become healthier.
“The one thing I look forward to most in retirement is being able to rest. I take medicine that makes me tired and sick a lot. I don’t have energy to do anything except work now. I want to cook supper and clean house and would also like to teach and/or tutor part-time.”
Like those before her, Harris says it’s the people who have made her job enjoyable.
“I love working with the community, people in industry and the students at East Central. That is what I will miss most.”
Lyons joined the ECCC faculty as an associate degree nursing instructor in 2009 and has completed 28 years in education
Reflecting on her career and upcoming retirement, Lyons said, “I am grateful that God enabled me to fulfil my passion and purpose in life by teaching and being able to retire in early middle age. I truly love teaching students and I could literally teach for free. I also reflect on the challenging times that have occurred in my career and realized that though obstacles exist, God will always carry you through. I have been an instructor, director, professor, and program head, but the most important title that I have acquired is that of ‘teacher.’ I am proud to have touched the lives of thousands of nurses in Mississippi.”
She added, “I have enjoyed teaching the students from the five-county area of East Central Mississippi. The students are intelligent, caring, compassionate and, most of all, have excellent manners.”
In her retirement, Lyons said she hopes to take as many trips to the Florida beaches as possible and eventually would love to write a book, teach online and teach wellness education classes.
Lyons also said of her career, “It is important to give people opportunities based on their skills and talents. I was given an opportunity to teach at a very young age. This opportunity has allowed me to continue to grow and become an expert educator who has achieved a terminal degree. I am grateful that Dr. (Bill) Scaggs welcomed me with open arms into the wonderful world of educating students at the community college level over 28 years ago.”
Retirees and other award recipients will be honored at the college’s end-of-the-year faculty and staff luncheon scheduled May 6 in Mabry Cafeteria.

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MSU alumna in Meridian named national Milken Educator

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4/22/2016 - 4/30/2016
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MSU alumna in Meridian named national Milken Educator


STARKVILLE, Miss.—A Mississippi State graduate with two degrees from the university is the state’s 70th selection for a prestigious national Milken Educator award.
Rhonda R. Burrage, who teaches at Meridian’s Magnolia Middle School, earned a mathematics education degree in 2003 and master’s in secondary mathematics in 2010.
Known as “the Oscars of teaching,” the annual recognition program was established in 1987 by the California-based Milken Family Foundation to reward and inspire excellence in education. Burrage is among 40 honored this year.
Each award is accompanied by a $25,000 check and, to date, more than 2,600 totaling in excess of $65 million have been presented.
Winners also become part of a resource network to assist U.S. policymakers, researchers and members of the news media and general public on matters involving their respective academic subject areas.
At Magnolia Middle, Burrage additionally mentors first-year teachers, tutors students outside of class and chairs the school’s BETA Club. She has not missed a teaching day in the past four years.
Richard Blackbourn, MSU College of Education dean, praised Burrage’s selection. Her achievement exemplifies the quality of teacher education at the 137-year-old land-grant institution, he added.
“We in the College of Education take great pride in this outstanding accomplishment,” Blackbourn said. “Ms. Burrage has worked diligently to perfect her craft, and her students have benefitted greatly from it.”
Jane Foley, senior vice president of the Milken Educator Awards program, also commended Burrage.
“Middle school math can be a challenging subject both to teach and learn, but Rhonda is an exceptional instructor and students are known to thrive in her classroom,” noted Foley, a former public school teacher and principal who holds a doctorate from Purdue University.
Foley also expressed confidence that Burrage will continue to grow as an exemplary Milken Educator and remain a leader in the education field for years to come.
For more information about Milken Foundation and its award program, visit www.milkeneducatorawards.org.
Complete information about MSU’s College of Education and its teacher education programs is found at www.educ.msstate.edu.
MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/376756811.html | 376756811

ECCC Announces Inaugural Alpha Delta Nu Inductees

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4/22/2016 - 4/30/2016
East Central Community College
ECCC Announces Inaugural Alpha Delta Nu Inductees

Ten East Central Community College Associate Degree Nursing students were the first inductees into the college’s newly established Gamma Tau Chapter of the Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society of Nursing at a ceremony held on the Decatur campus in April. The inductees were:
Erin Thornton of Sebastopol, Shelby McKelvaine of Meridian, vice president; Kelsey Porter of Morton, Tanesha Barham of Philadelphia, and Jamie Mathis of Meridian

Kristen Chipley Dowell of Carthage, Madie Pigg of Carthage, president; Peggy Sims of Forest, Christina Lewis of Philadelphia, and Colby Amis of Decatur

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

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First Lady Deborah Bryant to Speak at ECCC ADN Pinning Ceremony

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5/3/2016
E C C C Huff Auditorium on the Decatur campus
First Lady Deborah Bryant to Speak at ECCC ADN Pinning Ceremony


Mississippi First Lady Deborah Bryant will be the keynote speaker for East Central Community College’s annual Associate Degree Nursing Pinning Ceremony scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in Huff Auditorium on the Decatur campus. Approximately 50 students are expected to receive their pins.

“Mrs. Bryant is a strong supporter for healthcare and education in Mississippi. We appreciate her passion and commitment to caring for Mississippians. It is an honor for her to speak to our ADN graduates,” said Denita Thomas, ECCC Dean of Healthcare Education.

Having worked in the medical records profession for more than 39 years, Bryant has a strong passion for the healthcare of all Mississippians and is involved in a wide variety of healthcare events and initiatives.

Since becoming First Lady, Bryant has been involved with various healthcare initiatives including Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, 2014 "Women of Excellence" Award recipient and Statewide Walk Chair; "Light It Up Blue" for Autism Awareness where the Capitol Dome and Governor's Mansion were illuminated in observance of World Autism Awareness Day in 2014; Susan G. Komen Central Mississippi Race for the Cure, 2012-2013 Honorary Chair; Mississippi Society for Disabilities "Tis the Season", 2014 Honorary Chair; Batson Children's Hospital, Ambassador; University of Mississippi Medical Center Children's Heart Center, Strong Advocate/Supporter; Governor's Healthy Teenage Pregnancy Task Force; and Governor Bryant's 5k Run in Downtown Jackson.

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ECCC SBDC to Offer ‘How to Develop a Business Plan’ in Decatur

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5/23/2016
Workforce Development Center on the Decatur campus
ECCC SBDC to Offer ‘How to Develop a Business Plan’ in Decatur
East Central Community College’s Small Business Development Center will offer a free seminar on “How to Develop a Business Plan” from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Monday, May 23, 2016, at the Workforce Development Center on the Decatur campus.
Course topics include industry research, description of company products and services, identifying target customer groups, marketing plans, startup costs and preparation of a projected cash flow statement.
Ronald Westbrook, director of ECCC’s Small Business Development Center, will serve as facilitator for the class.
For more information or to register, contact the Small Business Development Center at 601-635-6297. The e-mail address is rwestbrook@eccc.edu or vthames@eccc.edu.

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/376755861.html | 376755861

ECCC SBDC to Offer ‘How to Develop a Business Plan’ in Carthage

Event Dates and Times

5/5/2016
Carthage Career Advancement Center
ECCC SBDC to Offer ‘How to Develop a Business Plan’ in Carthage
East Central Community College’s Small Business Development Center will offer a free seminar on “How to Develop a Business Plan” from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 5, 2016, at the Carthage Career Advancement Center.
Course topics include industry research, description of company products and services, identifying target customer groups, marketing plans, startup costs and preparation of a projected cash flow statement.
Ronald Westbrook, director of ECCC’s Small Business Development Center, will serve as facilitator for the class.
For more information or to register, contact the Small Business Development Center at 601-635-6297. The e-mail address is rwestbrook@eccc.edu or vthames@eccc.edu

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ECCC SBDC to Offer ‘Business Issues-Disaster Recovery” in Philadelphia

Event Dates and Times

6/14/2016
Neshoba Business Enterprise Center in Philadelphia
ECCC SBDC to Offer ‘Business Issues-Disaster Recovery” in Philadelphia
East Central Community College’s Small Business Development Center will offer a free seminar on “Business Issues-Disaster Recovery” from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at the Neshoba Business Enterprise Center in Philadelphia.
Ronald Westbrook, director of ECCC’s Small Business Development Center, will serve as facilitator for the class.
For more information or to register, contact the Small Business Development Center at 601-635-6297. The e-mail address is rwestbrook@eccc.edu or vthames@eccc.edu.

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/376755411.html | 376755411

ECCC SBDC to Offer ‘Starting a Business-First Steps’ in Decatur

Event Dates and Times

6/27/2016
E C C C Development Center on the Decatur campus
ECCC SBDC to Offer ‘Starting a Business-First Steps’ in Decatur
East Central Community College’s Small Business Development Center will offer a free seminar on “Starting a Business-First Steps” from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Monday, June 27, 2016, at the Workforce Development Center on the Decatur campus.
The seminar outlines the basic steps to start a business. Topics include regulations such as licenses and permits, legal forms of business ownership, basic marketing concepts to help analyze the revenue potential, lending terminology, outline for a business plan and other resources to assist in starting a business.
Ronald Westbrook, director of ECCC’s Small Business Development Center, will serve as facilitator for the class.
For more information or to register, contact the Small Business Development Center at 601-635-6297. The e-mail address is rwestbrook@eccc.edu or vthames@eccc.edu

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/376585061.html | 376585061

EMBDC - Upcoming Events

Event Dates and Times

4/21/2016 - 5/10/2016
See Schedule
Upcoming Events

State Games of Mississippi
Sponsor Reception
Business After Hours
Union Station - 2nd floor
Thursday, April 21st
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Brookdale Senior Living
Ribbon Cutting
4555 35th Ave.
Tuesday, April 26th
4:30 p.m.

Trustmark Ribbon Cutting
700 23rd Ave.
Tuesday, May 3rd
3:30 p.m.

SuperTalk Mississippi
Ribbon Cutting
613 22nd Ave.
Thursday, May 5th
10:30 a.m.

Dixie Building Supply
Ribbon Cutting
7730 Hwy 45 N
Tuesday, May 10th
10:30 a.m.

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ECCC Choir, Voce Vocal Ensemble to Present Annual Concert April 26

Event Dates and Times

4/21/2016 - 4/26/2016
East Central Community College ... Vickers Fine Arts Auditorium
ECCC Choir, Voce Vocal Ensemble to Present Annual Concert April 26


The East Central Community College Concert Choir and Voce vocal ensemble will present their annual spring concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in Vickers Fine Arts Auditorium on the Decatur campus. There is no charge for admission and the public is invited to attend.

The program will be lead by Vicki Blaylock, ECCC fine arts division chair and choral director.

Choir selections will include “Majesty and Glory of Your Name,” “Red, Red Rose” and “Wayfaring Stranger.”

Voce will perform several selections including “I Wish” by Stevie Wonder, “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding and “Crazy” by Patsy Cline.

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