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Mercy and Peach UFCF ...Zealous of Good Works Program

Date(s): 6/28/2015

2:30 pm

Mercy and Peach United Faith Christian Fellowship 1324 Sinai Road Preston, MS
Minister Zealous of Good Works Program
June 28th - 2:30 pm
(601) 677-2138

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XAVIER UNIVERSITY of LOUISIANA ... Meridian Alumni Chapter

Date(s): 6/20/2015

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

St. Joseph Catholic Church ... Kehrer Hall 1914 18th Avenue Meridian, MS
XAVIER UNIVERSITY of LOUISIANA ...
Meridian Alumni Chapter

1st Annual Legacy Jazz Brunch

Featuring Meridian Jazz Artists:
Ronald & Patrick Hearns and Harold Brassfield

St. Joseph Catholic Church Kehrer Hall
1914 18th Avenue Meridian, MS
June 20, 2015
11:00am to 2:00pm
Tickets $25.00

In conjunction with the City of Meridian
Juneteenth Celebration

For more info contact:

Dr. Christie Mnzava (Co-Chair) Dr. Otis Gowdy (President)
christymnzava@gmail.com otis_gowdy@comcast.net

Mrs. Annie F. Ramsey (Vice President)
(601) 693-2161

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EMBDC Recognizes May Ambassadors of the Month

Date(s): 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015, 6/3/2015, 6/4/2015

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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 Herman Stegall with Rush Foundation Hospital, second place went to Kayla Fortin with First State Bank, and third place went to Derron Radcliff with MSU Riley Center. Also, winning the red ticket drawing was Emily McMillan with 1st Mississippi Federal Credit Union. 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.
Casey Holladay
Events Coordinator
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation

1901 Front Street, Suite A
Meridian, MS 39301

601.693.1306
F 601.693.5638
www.embdc.org

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State Farm® Lists Top Causes of Boat Damage ...

Date(s): 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015, 6/3/2015, 6/4/2015, 6/5/2015, 6/6/2015, 6/7/2015, 6/8/2015, 6/9/2015, 6/10/2015, 6/11/2015, 6/12/2015

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State Farm® Lists Top Causes of Boat Damage ...
Start the Summer Boating Season Safer


As the summer boating season begins, Mississippi’s largest property insurer releases the top causes of boat damage. State Farm® wants boat owners to know the common causes of boat damage, ways to avoid them, and tips on insuring boats before leaving the dock.
Claims data from State Farm, a leading insurer of watercraft, indicates the most common cause of identifiable boat damage is striking a submerged or floating object, representing 31 percent of all losses submitted to State Farm in 2014 in the United States. Wind and hail damage is the second most common cause of claims, accounting for 13 percent of the State Farm total in 2014. Collision with a fixed object, such as a dock, was third with almost 8 percent. Collisions with another watercraft represent only a small percentage of losses. “Safety should always be a top priority when using any watercraft,” says State Farm spokesman Roszell Gadson. “Submerged objects such as trees and rocks cause more damage to boats than anything else.”
Safety First
• Take a boat safety education course. Many states require operators to take an approved boating safety course, so check before heading out for the first time.
• Wear a life jacket. A life jacket should be available for each person aboard. Jackets should fit snugly and be the appropriate size. Check jackets regularly for wear and buoyancy.
• Know the nautical “rules of the road,” especially when meeting, crossing or overtaking another boat. Maintain a safe speed and keep a watchful eye on the waters.
Help Prevent Boat Damage
• Know the water - Research the area where you will be boating to familiarize yourself with possible hazards, such as submerged objects.
• Maintenance - Ordinary wear can cause the bilge pump and bellows to fail and the boat to sink. If you removed the plug to store the boat for the winter, be sure to re-install it in the spring. Store the plug with or attached to the boat ignition key.
• Careful on the launch - Some boat owners detach the boat from the trailer before backing the boat into the water, then hit the brakes and let the boat slide off the trailer into the water. Unfortunately, many boat ramps have a steep incline and the boat can slide off onto the cement.
Boat Insurance Tips
• Notify your insurer when a boat, trailer or motor is replaced. Many boat insurance companies insure a specifically described boat, motor and trailer, listed by specific identification numbers. Provide identifying information in connection with any replacements.
• Remember boating equipment and accessories when insuring your boat. Include the value of such items as life preservers, depth finders, canopies and covers, anchors, trolling motors and fuel tanks when determining the amount of insurance you need.
• Have a lot of personal property on your boat? If the answer is yes, don’t forget to ask your insurance agent to endorse your policy with optional personal property coverage.
By taking steps to be safe and protect their property, new boat owners and experienced deckhands alike will be on the right course for smooth sailing.

About State Farm:
State Farm and its’ affiliates are the largest provider of car insurance in the U.S. In addition to providing auto insurance quotes, their 18,000 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve over 82 million policies and accounts – nearly 80 million auto, home, life, health and commercial policies, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 41 on the 2014 Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit www.statefarm.com.

Roszell Gadson, APR
Public Affairs – Media Relations
Atlanta Operations Center
Duluth, GA 30098
Bus 770-418-5940 Cell 770-243-9049

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ECCC Announces Spring Semester Honor Roll

Date(s): 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015, 6/3/2015

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East Central Community College
ECCC Announces Spring Semester Honor Roll
Students named to the 2015 spring semester honor roll, which includes those selected to the President’s List, Dean’s List and Honorable Mention List, have been announced at East Central Community College in Decatur, according to Deanna Rush, director of admissions and records.
PRESIDENT’S LIST
(Alphabetically by hometown)
Those named to the President’s List, students with a 4.0 grade point average, include the following:
BRANDON: Robert Taylor

CARTHAGE: Emily Cook, John Davis, Alec Doggett, Haley Ezelle, Anna Girling, Julianna Ingram, Parker Jones, Kelsey Sikes and Brooklyn Stewart

CHOCTAW: Erin Cantrell and Elias Jimmie

CHUNKY: Joseph Clark, Ashley Gressett, Mikayla May and JoHannah Smith

COLLINSVILLE: Malorie Hunt and Benjamin Pace

CONEHATTA: Nina LaBue, Kelsey McDonald and Genieveve Nichols

DECATUR: Adam Bout, Sharon Bout, Kaley Bufkin, AnnaLea Clarke, Leah Corhern, Lalah McMullan, Samuel Mitchell, Katie Sanford, Tyler Spence, Stephen Stewart, Rebecca Tero, John Thames, Charles Thorne, Caleb Vaughn and Kaylee Yates

DEKALB: Jeremy Hudson

DIAMONDHEAD: Pashien Kelley-Johnson

FLORENCE: Durham Norman

FOREST: Christopher Brown, Lori Cox, Bailey Easterling, Kristen Gordy, Jennifer Grove, Lindsay Hedge, Brittney Rawson and Kaitlin Smith

FOXWORTH: Joshua Parker

GULFPORT: Carrissa Stevenson

HICKORY: Aaren Avera, Katherine Jacome-Cluff, Alexa Roberts, Timothy Rose, Makenzie Rowzee, Tabitha Walker, Haleigh West and Courtney Williams

KOSCIUSKO: Ashley Williamson

LAKE: Erynne Breland, Anthony Emmons, Tallie Johnston, Christian Kelly, Matthew Mitchell and Tyler Richardson

LAWRENCE: Hannah Mitchell, Laura Shook and James Travassos

LENA: Blake Barnes, Shelly Dowell, Kristen Richmond and Haley Watkins

LITTLE ROCK: Danielle Gregory, Delton Harrison, Lacye Harrison, William Howington and Dylan Raines

LOUIN: Jacob McNeil

LOUISVILLE: David Boydstun, Alexander Bucklew, Bryan Burton, Tiara Coleman, Carly Dickerson, Cara Jackson, Dylan Jones, Barbara Lawson, Jordan Lovorn, Jessica Moffett, Warner Parkes, Jordan Prisock, Megan Robinson and Chandlor Swearingen

MCCOOL: Kierra Griffin

MERIDIAN: Rachel Laird, Hannah Mitchell and Samuel Robinson

MORTON: Morton Evan Derrick, Grayson Harrell, Carla Land, Joseph Patrick and Tyler Runnels

NEWTON: William Collins, Shannon St. Clair, Caleb Terry and Stephanie Willis

NOXAPATER: Candace Barrett and Anna Webb

PASCAGOULA: Katherine Moran, Megan Parrish, Brittany Rasco and Alana Walker

PHILADELPHIA: Rashada Boler, Caleb Brown, Kendall Brown, Christy Bryan, Brian Cloys, Elizabeth Curran, Chelsea Doss, Katlyn Duke, Dylan Dunn, Jessie Hennington, Kathryn Hillman, Allison Johnson, Colt Killen, John Kilpatrick, Chaiydreanna LeFlore, Joanna Maxie, Hosea McBeath, Bridgette McFarland, Kelly McLain, Michael McLain, Anna Nowell, Kendrell Peden, Zachary Peden, Madison Pike, Cappi Reese, Michael Skinner, Lydia Snow, Brittany Stinson, Sharon Strait, Kimberly Watkins, Michael Whitlock, Emma Winstead and Elizabeth Withers

PULASKI: Bethany Barnes

SEBASTOPOL: William Wragg

SOUTHAVEN: Katelyn Denton

UNION: Jonathan Adkins, Agatha Berryhill, Michael Hackett, Benjamin Killen, Karey Ladd, Keri Mayfield, Sean McElfish, Brady McElhenney, Brooke Payne, Leslie Smith and Taylor Townsend

WALNUT GROVE: Lauren Copeland

WEST POINT: Maegen Ellis

WIGGINS: Robert Owen

DEAN’S LIST
(Alphabetically by hometown)
The Dean’s List includes the following students who achieved a 3.5 or above grade point average.
BATESVILLE: Robert Whitten

BAY SPRINGS: Kara Smith

BAY ST. LOUIS: Ramone Tate

BROOKHAVEN: Christen Benson

CALEDONIA: Tyler Armistad and Jonathan Comer

CAMDEN: Ariel Enoch

CARROLLTON: Patrick Morrison

CARTHAGE: Austin Anderton, Rhett Bradshaw, Gloria Burgess, Emily
Crane, DenNisha Harvey, Evangeline Harvey, Hannah Peoples, Kaitlin
Pittman, Ryan Posey, Enoc Reynoso, Cody Smith, Johnny Stephens and Chloe Thaggard

CHUNKY: Denise Glover and David Martin

COLLINSVILLE: Lauren Cantey, TaVia Moore, Mallory Turner, Kimberly Talbert and Dakota Wright

CONEHATTA: Katie Bradley, Andreka Buie, Garrett McDill, Joseph Shelley and Tiara Williamson

DECATUR: Mary Levin, Stephen Armstrong, Erick Bishop, BriAnna Bout, Melanie Brashier, Hannah Brown, Latoya Brown, Christopher Cain, Erika Cockrell, Sarah Freeman, Kaitlyn Holmes, Clayton Karcher, Yousef Khader, Alana Knowles, Alana Kron, William Mott, Christina Shoemaker and Ginger Vaughn

ELKHORN, WI: Dylan Moody

ELLISVILLE: Kaitlin Sellers

FLORENCE: Kayla Anderson

FOREST: Jeremy Collins, Candice Crimm, Katherine Fortenberry, Alan Graham, Evany Gray, Samantha Haralson, Taren Harrell, Grecia Hernandez, Kristine Jenkins, Catherine Kyzar, Taylor Lott, Judy Massey, Laron Moore, Madison Pettigrew, Bryce Power, John Reiss, Ephraim Ringo and Ananezia Triplett

FRENCH CAMP: Jesse Hosket

HARPERVILLE: Louis Tolbert

HICKORY: Regan Monk

HORN LAKE: Allie Turner

KILBOURNE, LA: Lacey Hill

KOSCIUSKO: Justin Moore

LAKE: Emily Emmons, Tracy Gray, Jasmine Moore, Brittney Taylor and Keifer Wolfe

LAWRENCE: Benjamin Davis, Dominique Evans, Natalie Lyles and Anthony Valentine

LENA: Lorrie Moore and Tymaiya Gray

LITHONIA, GA: Tashiana Thompson

LITTLE ROCK: Mark Hale, Leslie Howington, Abbey Rigdon, Shala Smith, Cody Warren and Dustin Yeager

LOUIN: Dustie Chisholm

LOUISVILLE: Zachary Allen, Mary Boswell, Kaci Ewing, Christian Grice, Joelie Hill, Kegan Humphries, Deyanna Ingram, Jonathan McAdory, Madelyn Peterson, Andrew Reel, Brody Richardson, Rebecca Rodman, Tristen Stanley, Madelon Taylor and Maya Wilmer

MADISON: Holly Logan, Kyle McCullouch and Kaitlin Thrash

MCCOOL: Samantha Morgan and Brittany Black

MENDENHALL: Cayla Myers

MERIDIAN: Erica Lewis and Acea Ange

MORTON: Rachal Aburto, James Cornelison, Hope Craft, Skylar Davidson, Jayson Dempsey and Memry Thompson

MOSS POINT: Stephen Eaker

NEWTON: Martina Jones, Brianna Buckley, Michael Buntyn, Audrey Carmichael, Michael Driggers, Ebony Ellis, Jazmine Evans, Julian Fuentes, Mackenzie Gannon, Kenneth Gipson, Ryan Godwin, Michael Hamrick, John Hedrick, Matthew Lee, Clancy Norman, Kanisha Reed, Sonji Rose, Miahja Tirado and Jamey Tune

NOXAPATER: Hanna Hamilton, Colton Horne, Haley Pierce and Brooke Smith

PEARL: Breanna Clemons

PELAHATCHIE: Jessica Jones and Matthew Pennypacker

PETAL: Rachel Davis and Erin Golden

PHILADELPHIA: Caitlin Bounds, Shannon Brazzle, Jessica Bryan, Ayla Burton, Mary Collins, Lauren Coward, David Creekmore, Bryan Drury, Margurite Ferguson, Ryan Gardner, Grant Gordon, Angela Harrison, Shelby Hemphill, Robin Isaac, Destiny Kilpatrick, Layne Lepard, Karliscia Moore, Daniel Powell, Micheal Reynolds, Saul Rosales, Clarissa Smith, James Spears, Jeremiah Tindol, Carson Vanderpoorten, Jana Warren and William Myers

PRESTON: Dustin Burton

QUITMAN: Amy Beasley

RIDGELAND: Summer Lavender

SAUCIER: Tyler Cook and Gabrielle Stapp

SEBASTOPOL: Natalie Guidry

SEMMES, AL: Dylan Little

SENATOBIA: Andrea Hannaford

STARKVILLE: Kathy Davis and Michael Miller

STATE LINE: Dylan Snypes

STONEWALL: Randy Creighton

TUPELO: Carlos Gutierrez Alonso

UNION: Ryan Burkes, Rebecca Hitt, Jessica Joyner, Victoria Malone, Breanna Morgan, Tyler Sistrunk, Sarah Tatum, Christopher Bankston, Ashley Bozeman, Brittany Bryan, Kirstin Eversoll, Jonathan Fortenberry, Samuel Kelly, Glenda Ladd and Sarah Ricamore

VOSSBURG: Walter Stallings

WALNUT GROVE: Nathanael Barber, Amber Chandler, Tatyana Johnson, Shannon McNeill, Dekendrick Rushing, Clay Summers-Jones and Sarah Wysocki.

HONORABLE MENTION
(Alphabetically by hometown)
The following students were named to the Honorable Mention List and earned a 3.0 or above grade point average:
BAY SPRINGS: Fredrick Milsap

BRANDON: Nicolaus Callahan, Jacob Huff and Keely Wilcher

CANTON: Jonathan Brown and Yumiko Linn

CARTHAGE: Kenshelsa Boyd, Madie Brantley, Hunter Brown, Thomas Brown, Jeremy Carson, Chelsey Daugherty, Brianna Dorricott, Greyson Dye, Tyler Faulkner, Jamari Green, Monica Hamilton, Payton Hinkle, Keanu Hoye, Wesley Jelen, Shannon Keene, Britney McCurty, Andrew McMillan, Victoria Sanders, Kayla Searcy, Lillian Shuler, Alycia Watkins and Kristin White

CHOCTAW: Merrell Mitch and Jonica Thomas

CHUNKY: Kayla Kennedy, Jordan Alonso, Everett Fisher, Taylor Godwin, David Goetz, Braydon Lewis, Colby Skelton and Zachary Skelton

COLLINSVILLE: Mason Wooldridge and Savannah Alawine

COLUMBUS: Matthew Sykes

CONEHATTA: Courtney Johnson, Austin Jordan, Tania Rhodes, Darrin Rolison, Shawn Smith, Hanna Williams, Tanner Davis and Robyn Johnson

CORINTH: Tesia Keith

CUBA, AL: Brenda Brunson

DECATUR: Alisha Dunn, Colby Amis, Angela Anderson, Leah Chandler, Katy Ezelle, Chassidy Gates, Savannah Gates, Rachael Havard, Traci Lewis, James Nance, Michaela Rayner, Angela Reeves, Raigan Renfrow, Amanda Smith, Shannon Smith, Tylin Sorrells, Nicole Tucker and O'Sheana Wheaton

DESTREHAN, LA Jacob Johnson

ENTERPRISE: Jean Chandler

FLORENCE: Christopher Yarbrough

FOREST: Acacia Brown, Arieel Carter, Dominick Fields, Louis Hernandez, Ian Lanthrip, Jaylon Lofton, Christain Mazique, John Miles, Lee Patrick, Shelby Patterson, Lauren Peterson, Chandler Powell, Jay Riser, Johna Shoemaker, Peggy Sims, Brandi Stewart and Chiquita Wilson

GAUTIER: Kevin Hughes

GREENVILLE: Charles Gammill

HARPERVILLE: Dean Martin

HATTIESBURG: Allen Fails, Johnta Hughes and Mahalia Gibson

HICKORY: Cody Buckley, Peyton Cain, Kelly Chapman, Stefan McClellan and Joseph Page

JACKSON: Denisha Jones and Treveontae Willis

KENNEDY, AL: Karoline Holsonback

LAKE: Jonathon Hodge, Lacie Williams, Taylor Bone, Juan Cervantes, Rachel Clay, Rienzi Gray, Mara Hines, Wesley Hines, Melanie Moore, Clarissa Vanish and Colby Yarbrough

LAWRENCE: Glenn Bender, Shawna Bush, Daneisha Fulton and Tasha Willis

LENA: Katie Pigg

LITTLE ROCK: Duster Allgood, Christian Blum, William Cress, Samantha Ellingburg, Hannah May, Daniel McMahan and Emily Skinner

LOUIN: Edward Jones and Kurtis Simoneau

LOUISVILLE: Bailey Talbot, Taylor Alexander, Blaire Bankston, Christopher Barnett, Faith Brown, Bristol Buffington, John Carter, Jason Dempsey, Benjamin Duty, Kira Hardin, Morgan Hillhouse, Kayla Jenkins, Cody Johnson, Lane Johnson, Dyquan Jordan, Jenna Lovorn, John Moore, Morgan Orr, Charles Parkes, Chandler Smith, Jennifer Smith, Kelsey Smith, Justice Steele, Carl Steward, Hayden Stokes, Channing Wall, Javon Yarbrough and Chapin Walters

MACON: Reagan Fleming

MAGEE: Addie Ambrosier

MERIDIAN: Shelby McKelvaine, Sharon Blanks, Brandon Downing, Jamie Mathis and Lasondra Mercer

MORTON: Hunter Aycock, Melissa Barham, Tynequa Bryant, Patrick Harrell, Paxton Holmes, Meagan Johnson, Rachel Lopez, James O'Cain, Kelsey Porter, Kayla Sudduth, Daniela Vargas, Neely Watford and Kara Yates

NEWTON: Samantha Adams, Tiffany Anderson, Catherine Arrington, Tyteania Bell, Shaneka Blaylock, Anthony Broach, Marvell Buckley, KimberLee Dawes, Jovodaka Finley, Zachary Hammons, Cedric Harris, Malinda Harris, Justin Hawkins, Dustin Hines, Cathy Johnson, Jurnee Jordan, Christopher Kelley, Hester Knight, Tanya Lewis, Austin Mize, Zachary Munn, Toretha Norman, Trenea Pruitt, Hannah Robinson, Charles Roebuck, Anthony Wansley and Catherine Yohe

NOXAPATER: Steven Curtis, Taylor Deese, Weiying Wang, Anna Wells and Shamari Williams

OLIVE BRANCH: Lacey Field and Megan Yarbrough

PETAL: Caitlyn Aldous

PHILADELPHIA: Shaneisha Willis, Brittany Anderson, Clymene Bacon, Fallon Beckham, Jessie Boatner Jason Bradley, Cheryl Brown, Erin Cumberland, Quantel Deaton, Tammie Easley O'Neal, Virginia Easley, Shana Ely, Aaron Hancock, Leslie Heath, Jordan Jay, Amber Jones, Myeisha Jones, Sherry Keith, Colt Kilpatrick, Christina Lewis, Christopher Lyons, Grayson Moorehead, James Parten, Contessa Peebles, Dudrika Pickens, Lauren Posey, Damian Savage, Daniel Skipper, Brittnae Smith, Mackenz Smith, Tashina Taylor, Jeannie Triplett, Savannah Vanlandingham, Christopher Warren, Jeremy Watkins, Peyton Williamson, Sa'Toya Wilson and Andrew Winstead

PRESTON: Karla Higginbotham, Jessica Richardson and Jwanaque Triplett

PULASKI: Kimberly Harrison and Robert Strong

QUITMAN: Mallory Lee and Jelisa Pearson

RALEIGH: Justin Thornton

RIDGELAND: Eula Lewis

SALLIS: Caitlyn Burnley

SALTILLO: Abimael Rivera Romero

SARDIS: Keyon Jefferson

STARKVILLE: Patricia Young

STURGIS: Bay White

SUMRALL: Trenton Haden and Jordan Thomas

TAYLORSVILLE: George Owens

TOOMSUBA: Ashley Bell

TUPELO: Omar Gutierrez Alonso

TUSCALOOSA, AL: Racine Talla

UNION: Tiffany Smith, Jennifer Anderson, Katelynd Andrews, Brittany Burnham, Toby Edwards, Rachael Justice, Brandi Kilpatrick, Matthew Mason, Ryan Montgomery, Casey Parker, Maggie Peebles, Daniel Giles, Kirkland Griffin, Rebecca Harrison, Kristen Hawks, William Kennedy, Stephanie McCrary, Courtney Moorehead, Haley Moorehead, Russell Smith and Colby Todd

WALNUT GROVE: Ashland Ellington, Tanisha Imhof, Amber Pierce, Erin Thornton, Reba Thornton and Emily Price.

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EMBDC - Upcoming Events

Date(s): 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015, 6/3/2015, 6/4/2015, 6/5/2015, 6/6/2015, 6/7/2015, 6/8/2015, 6/9/2015, 6/10/2015, 6/11/2015, 6/12/2015, 6/13/2015, 6/14/2015, 6/15/2015, 6/16/2015, 6/17/2015, 6/18/2015, 6/19/2015, 6/20/2015, 6/21/2015, 6/22/2015, 6/23/2015, 6/24/2015, 6/25/2015, 6/26/2015, 6/27/2015, 6/28/2015, 6/29/2015

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Upcoming Events

Mitchell Distributing
Business After Hours
100 49th Ave
Thursday, May 28th
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Leadership Lauderdale Graduation
Business Before Hours
MSU Riley Center
Tuesday, June 2nd
8:00 a.m.

Meet & Greet with
Bill Hannah, EMBDC CEO/President
MSU Riley Center
Thursday, June 11th
8:00 a.m.

Anderson Regional Cancer Center
Business After Hours
1704 23rd Ave
Thursday, June 18th
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

United Way of East MS and Community Foundation of East MS Ribbon Cutting
4817 North Park Dr.
Friday, June 29th
10:00 a.m.

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JCJC registering for half-price summer classes

Date(s): 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015

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Jones County Junior College
JCJC registering for half-price summer classes

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College is holding regular registration for summer classes on Friday, May 29, in Jones Hall from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The half-price summer tuition special is available for the two summer sessions which begin June 1, and July 6. This special tuition rate of $60 includes all online and traditional classes and it is available for all current and new students. Students will still be required to pay for books and other standard fees. Friday, May 29, is the last opportunity to register for summer classes. Students may register for Fall classes through the Student Success Center. Fall classes begin August 17 with the last opportunity to register for fall classes are during regular Fall Registration on Friday, August 14.

All prospective students should begin the registration process by completing an Application for Admissions Application which can be found on the JCJC web page or by clicking on the link. Previously enrolled students or transferring students may call the Student Success Center for an early registration appointment for summer or fall classes at (601)-477-4184.

Individuals who have not yet attended Jones for college credit should visit the New2Jones section of the website for guidance by clicking on the link: http://www.jcjc.edu/new2jones.php. Future students will find a checklist for requirements for admissions, ensuring all necessary paperwork is complete before classes begin.

To register for summer or Fall 2015 classes, new students are required to make an appointment for “Jones UpClose.” The half-day program is designed to welcome new students to the Jones community in a small group setting. The dates for Jones UpClose can be found at http://www.jcjc.edu/registration. New students must make an appointment for one of these dates by calling the Office of Recruiting at (601)-477-4116.

Before students can register, all entrance requirements must be met. Students must have a final high school and /or college transcript, or a GED score. An ACT score is also required. The Admissions and Records Office in the Hutcheson-Hubbard Administration Building can determine if entrance requirements have been met. For more information call the Admissions and Records office at (601)-477-4025.

Jones also offers convenient class times and online classes for those who are unable to attend classes at the Ellisville campus. Students enrolling in the MSVCC (100% online classes) or Jones hybrid on-line classes (75% online classes) should register prior to June 1 by contacting the Student Success Center at (601)-477-4184. General information concerning the requirements of the online classes is available through the JCJC eLearning web page at http://www.jcjc.edu/elearning and at specified registration terminals. Initial communication from online instructors to students will be through the campus e-mail system. Online classes begin Monday, June 1, through July 24. The online class fee is an additional $30 per MSVCC online class. Students can call the eLearning office for additional information at (601)-477-5454.

The summer registration fee is $40. Mississippi students will be charged $60 per semester hour this summer and out of state students will be charged an additional $10 per semester hour. All students are charged a Technology fee of $3 per hour up to $36 and a $40 health fee for free visits to the campus nurse practitioner and use of fitness center. Additional lab fees and eBooks may also apply. For more information call (601)-477-4000 or (601)-477-4184.


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

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JCJC sophomores earn Gold Key Awards

Date(s): 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015, 6/3/2015, 6/4/2015, 6/5/2015, 6/6/2015, 6/7/2015, 6/8/2015, 6/9/2015, 6/10/2015

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Jones County Junior College
JCJC sophomores earn Gold Key Awards

ELLISVILLE– Twelve Jones County Junior College sophomores are eligible to receive the Academic Gold Key honor because of their 4.0 GPA prior to final exams. Six other graduating students were awarded Leadership, Athletic and Merit Gold Key Awards during graduation practice.

The Merit Gold Key recipients are Jacob Ivy of Taylorsville and Brooke Miley of Sumrall. Leadership Gold Key recipients are Jonathan Nelson of Petal and Lindsay Miller of Ellisville. Baseball player, Chris Morgan of Madison and softball player and NJCAA Player of the Year, Tori Dew of Stonewall were selected for the Athletic Gold Key Award. These students were voted on by the sophomore class for this special recognition.

The twelve JCJC students expected to receive the Academic Gold Key honor include: Brandon Atwood of Seminary; Trent Black of Ellisville; Lauren Halase of Jayess; Emily Hill of Columbia; Anna Houston of Laurel; Kensey Jordan of Buckatunna; Lauren Lott of Hattiesburg; Lauren Sanders of Morton; Jordan Simmons of Laurel; Chandler Hardin of Raleigh; Lakin Thornton of Raleigh and Breanna Williams of Laurel.

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

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East Central Most Beautiful & Most Handsome Pageant

Date(s): 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015

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East Central Community College
East Central Pageant Selected as the Outstanding Pageant of the Year
DECATUR - The Mississippi Association of Pageant Judges selected East Central Community College’s Beauty and Beau Pageant as Outstanding Pageant of the Year recently. Each year, the association presents an award for an outstanding pageant that recognizes excellence in the pageant industry. The award was presented to Maria McLeod, co-chairman of the ECCC pageant during the organization’s annual awards’ banquet.
The Mississippi Association of Pageant Judges Board made selection of this award. The pageant was judged and nominated by a member of a panel of judges selected from the Mississippi Association of Pageant Judges membership who feel the pageant is excellent in areas of organization, contestants’ knowledge of competition expectations, knowledgeable and rehearsed masters of ceremony, attention to detail in decoration, programs, admission, score sheet and tabulation structure and contestant flow, etc.
“For East Central to be recognized by such a distinguished group as the Mississippi Association of Pageant Judges is quite an honor especially considering the number of pageants throughout the state with which they are involved each year,” said McLeod.
Shirley agreed with McLeod and said she was exceptionally excited to receive the news that the pageant had been chosen for such a prestigious honor.
“There is a lot of work, behind-the-scenes prior to the pageant actually takes place that is key to the success of the event,” Shirley said. “We are fortunate to have a good group of people working together to host a top-notch production.”
The ECCC Pageant Committee members include Co-chairman McLeod and Shirley, Bill Wagnon, Ronald Westbrook, John Everett, Ed Girling, Gennie Taylor, Deanna Rush, Daniele Brock, Amanda Walton, Carla Jacome-Cluff, Barry Karrh, Stacey Pollock, Kristie Pilgrim and Mae Thornton.

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Family and Friends Day Program

Date(s): 6/7/2015

3:00 pm

Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church Highway 80 East Hickory, MS
Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church of Hickory will have their Family and Friends Day Program
June 7th at 3:00 pm Guest Speaker will be Rev. Gary Hampton from Sturgis, MS

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Voter Registration Cards ... mail out

Date(s): 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015, 6/3/2015, 6/4/2015, 6/5/2015, 6/6/2015, 6/7/2015, 6/8/2015, 6/9/2015, 6/10/2015, 6/11/2015, 6/12/2015, 6/13/2015, 6/14/2015, 6/15/2015, 6/16/2015, 6/17/2015, 6/18/2015, 6/19/2015, 6/20/2015, 6/21/2015, 6/22/2015, 6/23/2015, 6/24/2015

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We have not mailed out voter registration cards in months and months in preparation for the Senate and House redistricting line changes, whereas these cards are normally mailed out monthly. In late June almost 45,000 cards will be mailed to each and every voter who has a valid address. It is the voter’s responsibility to always correct their name or address every time there is a change. Those changes need to always be made with the voter’s county circuit clerk office in writing. You can make those changes on the back of your voter registration card or go to your county circuit clerk’s office. We talk about every time you move, it needs to be known, so your vote will count, even if across the street or down the road. If you have dropped a post office box or added a post office box, this can affect your mail and your voter registration card could be returned. Please ask your family members, your co-workers and neighbors about their registration . If anyone has any questions, call 601 482-9731.
601 482-9731

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ECCC Receives $10,000 Grant to Enhance Online Learning Programs

Date(s): 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015

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East Central Community College
ECCC Receives $10,000 Grant to Enhance Online Learning Programs

The East Central Community College eLearning Education Program has received a $10,000 grant through the Mississippi Virtual Community College Innovative Learning and Design Grant Program designed to enhance the experience and success of students enrolled in online learning courses.

Dr. Krista LeBrun, dean of eLearning Education, said that ECCC will use the grant to expand the college’s eLearning Education facilities and testing services and for faculty professional development.

“East Central Community College has seen a significant growth in online enrollment in the past decade, which has resulted in an immediate need to expand our testing services and facilities, and this grant will help us achieve the first phase of a three-phase process,” said LeBrun.

ECCC’s eLearning Education Program will move to a larger physical location in fall 2015 to better accommodate the increasing online enrollment. The new location will include expanded office and lounge space to allow faculty and staff to better serve students and a testing center that accommodates 29 testing carrels and proctoring computers to replace the 14 testing stations available in the current location.

LeBrun said that ECCC currently services about 5,000 online testing and proctored examinations each semester.

“Doubling the capacity of our testing center will give us a facility that is comparable to national standards and ensures academic integrity and reliable proctoring services using the most state-of-the-art technology,” she said.

The expanded testing center will allow for future implementation of non-traditional services for peak, night, and weekend testing, as well as be ADA compliant.

The grant also will support professional development for eLearning faculty on Canvas, the learning management system that East Central uses to deliver online instruction.

“It is important that our instructors have opportunities to learn new and emerging technologies,” said LeBrun. “Technology changes almost daily and this will allow our faculty to be at the forefront of the most recent changes in order to enhance the educational opportunities for our students.”

MSVCC is a consortium of Mississippi’s 15 community colleges that makes it possible for these colleges to leverage their distance learning resources, including faculty, courses, support services, and technology.

MSVCC’s Innovative Learning and Design Mini-Grants, or MILD, are awarded to consortium institutions to support faculty and staff through innovative learning and design services and activities that benefit the mission and strategic plan of the MSVCC to better serve and educate students.


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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Meridian Main Street - Downtown Happenings ... May 26th - May 31st

Date(s): 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015

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Downtown Happenings ... May 26th - May 31st ... Vol. lV No. 27

Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day!

Event: 2015 Memorial Day Celebration
Location: Lauderdale County Courthouse
Time: 10am - 11am
For More Information: Call 601.681.8060
Free event for the community.

Event: Lunch Special
Location: Aie's Taste of Thai
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.484.5858
$7.99 Lunch Special M - F from 11-3.

Event: Linens are in for Spring
Location: The Liberty Shop
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.5331
Just in time for spring, come get your linens at the liberty shop!

Event: Deals on Select Items
Location:Planters Supply
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2684
Deals on ferns, peppers, tomatoes, elephant ears, milk weeds, lemon grass, garden seeds, and more!

Event: 15% off Framing
Location:Lucas Road
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.483.0028
all frames are 15% off.

Event: 60% off Prom Dresses
Location:BambinosBoutique
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.5253
Adult Prom Dresses, 60% off.

Event: Shirt & Tie Combos
Location:Sam's Fashion
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2731

Event: Half Off Bottles of Wine
Location:Weidmann's
Time: Every Monday
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770
Happy Hour 4pm - 7pm.

Event: Meridian Craft Beer Club
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 7pm - 8pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
The Meridian Craft Beer Club meets and discusses a craft each week.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Event: Terrific Tuesday Facebook Sale
Location: LaBiche Jewelers
Time: 9am
For More Information: Call 601.693.6071
Every Tuesday morning at 9am, an item with a Terrific sale price will be posted on Facebook! It will be available on a first come, first served basis for that day only!

Event: Free Computer Training
Location:AOTECH Computers
Time: 10am-11:30am & 6:00pm-7:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.990.8324
These classes are designed specifically for beginners and include basic skill building and clear explanations of basic computer components. We will cover the following Topics: Basic Computers Skills, Operating System Differences [ Windows, Mac, Ubuntu Linux ] and Introduction to the internet. Advanced computer training is coming soon.

Event: Surf n' Turf Night
Location:Harvest Grill
Time: 5:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.282.5609

Event: Ladies Night
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
Local Live Music!

Event: Kevin Ace Robinson
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Event: Trivia Night
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 8pm till close
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770
Happy Hour 4pm - 7pm

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Event: Half Price Drinks During Happy Hour
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 4pm - 7pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770

Event: Live Trivia
Location:BrickHaus
Time: 8pm - 11:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Event: Meridian Lions Club
Location:Rush Hospital Cafeteria
Time: 11:30am - 1pm
For More Information: Call 662.418.5848
Anyone in the community is welcome as a guest!

Event: How to Do Business with Lockheed Martin
Location: Union Station, 2nd Floor
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.1306
How to do Business with Lockheed Martin-Meridian. All Services and Vendors are needed for renovations of plant. Please register for event by calling Natalie Purvis 601.693.1306.

Event: Cedric Burnside Project
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 8:00pm - 12:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Friday, May 29, 2015

Event: MUM Day
Location:Meridian Underground Music
Time: All Day
For More Information: Call 601.485.1363
Receive a gift or a discount on your purchase when wearing a MUM t-shirt on Fridays.

Event: Shootin' and Scootin' Club
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
See website for details.

Event: DJ Tech
Location:BrickHaus
Time: 9:00pm - 1:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Event: Meridian Mini Maker Faire
Location: Soule Steam Works
Time: 10am - 5pm
For More Information: Call 601.917.3471
So what is "Maker Faire"? Maker Faire creates opportunities for conversations with Makers - tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and entrepreneurs all come together to show their projects and to talk about what they have learned. It is a community-based learning event that inspires everyone to become a maker, and connect with people and projects in their local community. Yet, Maker Faire is a "fair" - fun, engaging, and exciting.

Event: Matt Hines & The Big Mound Brothers
Location: BrickHaus
Time: 9:00pm - 1:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Event: Jazz Brunch with Steve Watson
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 10am - 4pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770


If you would like your event on Meridian Main Street's Downtown Happenings, the deadline is Thursday at noon the week before
a published calendar (calendars are sent on Mondays)


For all community events check out the Meridian Community Calendar
Meridian Main Street is an award winning not-for-profit, public/private partnership working in concert with others for the revitalization of downtown Meridian. To join Main Street, call 601.693.7480 or visit our website http://meridianmainstreet.com. Like us on Facebook: Meridian Main Street

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ECCC Announces 2015 Kids’ College Schedule

Date(s): 7/1/2015, 7/2/2015, 7/3/2015, 7/4/2015, 7/5/2015, 7/6/2015, 7/7/2015, 7/8/2015, 7/9/2015, 7/10/2015, 7/11/2015, 7/12/2015, 7/13/2015, 7/14/2015, 7/15/2015, 7/16/2015, 7/17/2015

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East Central Community College Decatur, MS
ECCC Announces 2015 Kids’ College Schedule
The 2015 Kids’ College Program at East Central Community College in Decatur kicks off July 6 and continues through July 17 with classes ranging from athletics to archery to baking.
The registration fee is $50 per class and each participant receives a Kids’ College T-shirt. The deadline to register is Friday, May 29.
Kristi Smith serves as Kids’ College director.
“We are excited about this year's Kids College program, which offers a variety of classes that we hope participants will enjoy” Smith said.

Course offerings include the following:
July 6-10
Little Warrior Tennis: Ages 5-8, 8:30 to 10 a.m.; Ages 9-12, 10:30 to noon. Participants will learn and practice basic grips, forehand and backhand strokes, and how to serve and volley. Students should bring a tennis racquet and wear tennis shoes. Pete Mazella will serve as instructor.
Theater: Ages 5-8, 10:30 to noon; Ages 9-12, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Participants will learn theater skills and techniques through creative exercise and games, and performances of short theater plays. ECCC English Instructor Rachel Tyson will provide instruction.
Little Warrior Baseball: Ages 5-8, 10:30 to noon; Ages 9-12, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Participants will learn various skills including pitching, hitting, catching and running, along with offensive and defensive plays. Students should bring baseball equipment including bats, gloves and cleats. ECCC Assistant Baseball Coach Jake Rowell will serve as instructor.
Archery: Ages 5-8, 8:30 to 10 a.m.; Ages 9 -12, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Archery for beginners is sponsored by Archery Addicts Anonymous. Participants will learn the basics of shooting a compound bow like a pro in competitive 3-D, field and hunting applications. Every student will need to bring his or her own bow simulator (an inexpensive long ladies’ synthetic silky scarf). Terry Rivers will serve as instructor.
Little Warrior Basketball: Ages 5-8, 8:30 to 10 a.m.; Ages 9 -12, 10:30 to noon. Instructions will be provided in the areas of dribbling, passing, shooting and offensive and defensive plays. ECCC Assistant Basketball Coach Devarus Walker will serve as instructor.
Little Warrior Softball: Ages 5-8, 8:30 to 10 a.m.; Ages 9-12, 10:30 to noon. Participants will learn the skills needed to pitch, hit, catch and run, along with offensive and defensive plays. Students should bring softball equipment including bats, gloves and cleats. ECCC softball assistant coach Courtney Nunn will serve as instructor.
Chefs in Training: Ages 5-8, 10:30 to noon; Ages 9-12, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Participants will learn to make simple dishes full of flavor and fun. ECCC Culinary Arts Instructor Chef Barry Karrh will serve as instructor.

July 7 and July 8
Spa Kamp- 8:30 a.m. to Noon; Ages 5-9, Tuesday, July 7; ages 10-12, Wednesday, July 8. Students will learn the steps of a guided facial, have their hair washed and styled, have their nails painted and receive a foot bath and pedicure. ECCC cosmetology instructor Carla Jacome-Cluff will supervise the day’s activities and cosmetology students will perform procedures. Please Note: space is limited for these classes and seating is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

July 13-17
Little Warrior Soccer: Ages 5-8, 8:30 to 10 a.m.; Ages 9-12, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Participants will learn the techniques of dribbling, passing, defending and scoring. Students should bring soccer equipment including cleats, ball and shin guards. ECCC soccer oaches Kenneth Thompson and Gray Massey will serve as instructors.
Little Warrior Football: Ages 5-8, 10:30 to noon; Ages 9-12, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Participants will learn skills needed to pass, score, catch and kick while mastering offensive and defensive plays. Students should bring cleats. ECCC football assistants Ben Cooper and Tylan Martin will provide instruction.
Budding Bakers: Ages 5-8, 8:30 to 10 a.m.; Ages 9-12, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Participants will learn to make kid-friendly Southern desserts. ECCC Culinary Arts Instructor Chef Barry Karrh will serve as instructor.
Mad Scientist: Ages 5-8, 10:30 to noon; Ages 9 -12, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Participants will learn that science is fun by experimenting with crazy concoctions, including gruesome goo, monster bubbles and an active volcano. ECCC Science Division Chair Curt Skipper will serve as instructor.
Drawing/Painting: Ages 5-8, 8:30 to 10 a.m.; Ages 9-12, 10:30 to noon. Participants will learn basic drawing and painting techniques and learn to use a variety of different art utensils. Ben Wall will provide instruction.
Little Warrior Cheerleading: Ages 5-8, 10:30 to noon; Ages 9 -12, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Participants will learn sideline cheers, floor cheers, stunts and dances. Chafony Poole will serve as instructor.
For more information, contact Smith at 601-635-6213. The e-mail address is ksmith@eccc.edu. The registration form can be downloaded from the college’s website at www.eccc.edu.
601-635-6213

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“Impossible goal” attained by new JCJC graduate, Jami Taylor

Date(s): 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015

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Jones County Junior College
“Impossible goal” attained by new JCJC graduate, Jami Taylor
ELLISVILLE- Among the hundreds of Jones County Junior College graduates recently was 57-year old Jami Taylor of Ellisville. Faced with unemployment when the sewing factory in Laurel and Richton closed where she had worked in accounts payable for 18-years and sewed for 10-years, she didn’t know if she could find another job. She discovered, through the help of family and friends, an opportunity to return to college and get “re-trained.” Having only a 10th grade education and not feeling confident in her educational skills, Taylor was very hesitant about taking college courses.

“I was scared to death at the thought of coming back to school! I have to support myself so I really didn’t have a choice. College wasn’t in my plans but God opened the doors,” said Taylor.

Among some of the “Guardian Angels” at JCJC, as Taylor calls her teachers are Jane Jones, Kimberly Bradshaw and Teresa Robertson. She said they helped her every step of the way. Taylor explained, growing up she never went to the same school for an entire year because her parents constantly moved. In second grade she failed reading and was terrified of taking Algebra.

“I have to have help. I thought college was too big of a goal for me to reach,” shared Taylor. The difference she said was, “Some teachers went above and beyond to help me, tutoring me, wiping my tears, counseling me and even working with me until I fell asleep,” said Taylor. “Jane Jones held my hand and prepared me to take the ACT again. Without these teachers I would not be here today, graduating!”

The upbeat single mother of two adults, Wendy Allen of Petal and Laura Parker of Ellisville, took on the challenge for two years and “did nothing” but study. Her hard work paid off because she graduated with a 3.96 GPA. Last fall, she received an invitation to join the international honor society, Phi Theta Kappa. As an active member, she generously gave her time helping with community and campus activities. Taylor also earned a couple of scholarships through the Non-Traditional Student Association.
“I had no desire or even thought I could do this. Now, I can’t wipe the smile off my face because I can’t believe I graduated with honors! If I can do it, anyone can do it,” said Taylor, who is grateful for the JCJC teachers who made her realize anything is possible.

While the teachers made a huge impact on her, Taylor said the kids also made an impression on her too. Jatari McCann of Laurel is one of the many new friends she gained over her two years who encouraged Taylor, and vice versa.

McCann said, “I just reminded Jami, ‘We got this!’ every time she got stressed.”

Now with a smile on her face, Taylor says proudly, she is a graduate of JCJC and would recommend Jones to anyone because everyone was so helpful. “I never thought I'd graduate from college!”

Her daughter Laura Parker of Ellisville admitted, while preparing for the commencement ceremony, her mother’s success has inspired her to think about getting her college degree.

“I’m extremely proud of my mom. She worked hard with lots of late nights studying. I’m thinking about coming back to school now that my kids are older,” said Parker.
Taylor found a job about three weeks ago at a local transportation company in accounts receivable. She said she’s also hoping she will be able to help her daughter Laura reach her college goals while spending some fun time with her grandkids.


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

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JCJC’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Application Deadline Extended

Date(s): 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015, 6/3/2015, 6/4/2015, 6/5/2015

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Jones County Junior College
JCJC’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Application Deadline Extended

ELLISVILLE- The application deadline for Jones County Junior College’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program for the fall 2015 semester has been extended to June 5, 2015. The program at Jones County Junior College is designed to train a sonographer to work in each type of general sonography setting and to proficiently perform each task. General sonography includes, but is not limited to; abdominal organs, pediatric studies, obstetrics and gynecology and the endocrine system. Although our program does not offer a full vascular study, due to the organization of our clinical sites, our students are exposed to a considerable amount of vascular sonography.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography curriculum offers three and five month options as well as a one-Year program completion. This program combines classroom instruction, laboratory work, and clinical experience to prepare students for employment and advancement in the sonography field.

Admission requirements for the program include: must be accepted to or eligible for enrollment at Jones County Junior College, have a minimum composite score of 17 on the American College Test (ACT), have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5, have either a Bachelor’s of Science degree in any field from an accredited institution OR be a Registered Radiologic Technologist (A.R.R.T.) and in good standing with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, OR have successfully completed a two-year patient care based program from an accredited institution and complete the Diagnostic Medical Sonography application package. Students must have also completed Anatomy and Physiology I and II, college algebra and a physical science course.

Each freshman Diagnostic Medical Sonography class at Jones County Junior College begins in the fall semester. Students receive approximately forty (40) hours of combined classroom instruction, clinical instruction and practical experience each week during the one-year program. Classroom and lab instruction are offered at Jones County Junior College. Clinical participation and scheduled rotations are offered at the clinical sites. Clinical Affiliates are located in Hattiesburg, Collins, Picayune and Magee. In the future, the Sonography Program may offer additional sites.

Graduates of this program will have the skills necessary for employment as sonographers under the direct supervision of a physician. Students will be prepared to work in any sonographic setting and will be trained in all areas of general sonography. Upon completion of the program students will be eligible to sit for the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography exam to become registered sonographers.

For more information or to request an application packet call, 601-477-4220, or email Wanda Finch at wanda.finch@jcjc.edu or visit the website at: http://www.jcjc.edu/programs/medicalsonography/index.php.

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

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The Craig Roberston Foundation - (2nd Annual Mini-Youth Football Camp)

Date(s): 6/13/2015, 6/14/2015, 6/15/2015, 6/16/2015, 6/17/2015, 6/18/2015, 6/19/2015, 6/20/2015, 6/21/2015, 6/22/2015, 6/23/2015, 6/24/2015, 6/25/2015, 6/26/2015, 6/27/2015

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Meridian High School, Ray Stadium
The Craig Roberston Foundation
(2nd Annual Mini-Youth Football Camp)

FREE-FREE_FREE
Craig Roberston of the Cleveland Browns (NFL) will be hosting it’s 2nd Annual Mini-Youth Football Day Camp associated with the City of meridian Parks and Recreation Department.

The Camp will be held on Saturday, June 27th, 2015
9:00 am until 1:00 pm @ Meridian High School, Ray Stadium

**Registration Deadline is: June 1st, 2015. For further information, call (601)485-1802 or (601) 604-1445

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State Fire Marshal Stresses Grilling Fire Safety ...

Date(s): 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015, 5/24/2015, 5/25/2015

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State Fire Marshal Stresses Grilling Fire Safety for Family Memorial Day Cookouts

JACKSON- If you’re dusting off the grill this holiday weekend for a family cookout, Commissioner of Insurance and State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney urges
you to practice grilling fire safety. The improper or careless use of a grill, of any type, can be a threat to your home, your friends, and your family.

“The most dangerous time in using any grill is when you ignite it, particularly if this is the first time you’re using it this season. For the safest family cookout
this Memorial Day weekend, take the extra time you need to clean and prepare your grill properly,” Chaney said.

For a safe family cookout this weekend, the Mississippi State Fire Marshal’s Office, recommends these grilling safety tips:

• Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
• The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
• Do not use a grill under a carport or garage.
• Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
• Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
• Never leave your grill unattended.

Charcoal grills
• There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
• If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire. Do not use gasoline.
• Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
• There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
• When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.

Propane grills
• Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year.
• Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles.
• If your grill has a gas leak, and there is no flame, turn off the gas tank and grill.
• If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department.
• If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.

More fire safety tips are available on the State Fire Marshal page of the MID website, www.mid.ms.gov, the State Fire Marshal Facebook page,
and @MSInsuranceDept and @MSFireSafe on Twitter.
Donna J. Cromeans
Public Relations Director
Mississippi Insurance Department
Office-(601)359-3579
Cell – (601)-826-9600

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Meridian High School will host graduation on Friday, May 22 at 7:00

Date(s): 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015

7:00 pm

Meridian High School Ray Stadium
Meridian High School will host graduation on Friday, May 22 at 7:00 p.m. in Ray Stadium.

Here are a few items that we would love your help in spreading the word about:
-Guest seating will be limited to the West side of the stadium (press box side) due to on-going construction on the East side of the stadium.
-For those who may need wheelchair accessible accommodations, parking will be available in front of the Multi-purpose building. Wheelchairs will enter through the gate beside the Multi-purpose building, and a seating area has been designated for Wheelchairs Only.
-Parking will be available on the band practice field, the student parking lot, and the football practice field.


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

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City of Meridian announces new trolley service for seniors

Date(s): 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015

8:15 am

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City of Meridian announces new trolley service for seniors

WHO: City of Meridian

WHAT: Catch the trolley as the “SilverLine Express” connects senior residents with local businesses and community events.

WHERE: Deville Manor on 1914 11th Street, Meridian, MS

WHEN: Friday, May 22, 2015 at 8:15 a.m. The trolley will travel from Deville Manor Apartments to the Council of Aging Health Fair and Fish Fry. College Park Apartment residents will also be transported to and from events at Frank Cochran Center.

WHY: The City of Meridian is encouraging trolley transportation while also fostering a sense of community among local residents. The Community Development Department hopes to use this opportunity to enhance trolley services to better meet the needs of our city

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Gospel Singing at Spring Hill Baptist Church in Union

Date(s): 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015, 5/24/2015, 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015

6:30 pm

Spring Hill Baptist Church Union, MS
Gospel Singing

There will be a gospel singing at Spring Hill Baptist Church in Union, MS, Saturday, May 30th @ 6:30 p.m. featuring Psalmist Billy Johnson and God’s Creation of Newton, MS, Sisters of Unity of Decatur, MS, and The Brothers of Faith of Union, MS. This program is sponsored by the Pastor’s Aid Committee. Everyone is invited to attend.

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St. Patrick Catholic School Ribbon Cutting

Date(s): 5/21/2015

10:00 am

St. Patrick Catholic School 2700 Davis Street Meridian, MS
What: St. Patrick Catholic School Ribbon Cutting

When: Thursday, May 21st at 10:00 a.m.

Where: 2700 Davis Street
Meridian, MS 39301

Why: The EMBDC will host a ribbon cutting event to commemorate an new addition to St. Patrick Catholic School in Meridian, Mississippi.



Casey Holladay
Events Coordinator
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation

1901 Front Street, Suite A
Meridian, MS 39301

601.693.1306
F 601.693.5638
www.embdc.org

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EMCC INVITES COMMUNITY TO ATTEND ALUMNI & FRIENDS NIGHT

Date(s): 5/28/2015

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Kahlmus Auditorium on the campus of Mississippi State University-Meridian
EMCC INVITES COMMUNITY TO ATTEND ALUMNI & FRIENDS NIGHT

East Mississippi Community College invites the public to an “Alumni & Friends Night” on Thursday, May 28.

The event will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Kahlmus Auditorium on the campus of Mississippi State University-Meridian. The evening will begin with an hour of visiting. Several members of the EMCC team will give updates and take questions beginning at 6 p.m.

“We had a gathering like this several years ago, and we felt like it was time to touch bases again with alumni, friends and supporters in Lauderdale County,” said Nick Clark, EMCC vice president for Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs.

EMCC President Dr. Rick Young said the college hopes to host similar events throughout its six-county district.

“It’s a chance to call our alumni and friends together, talk about the good things that have happened and share some of the things the college has planned for the future,” Young said. “When I speak, I’ll be updating the group on plans for new building projects at the Scooba campus. These include an athletic administrative center and a new dorm, which has been sorely needed for several years.”

Dr. Raj Shaunak, vice president for EMCC’s Manufacturing Technology and Engineering Division, will give an update on a new workforce center to be built soon near Columbus and the college’s role in training employees for the first phase of Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi’s new plant in West Point, scheduled to begin production this fall.

“There is a direct correlation between the economic prosperity of an area and the level of service provided by community colleges,” Young said. “We want to partner with Meridian Community College and the economic development officials in Lauderdale County to replicate the successful workforce model EMCC has helped build in the northern end of its district.”

Also scheduled to speak is head football coach Buddy Stephens, who has led the EMCC Lions to three NJCAA national championships in the last four years. Director of Bands Stephen Stringer, whose Mighty Lion Band has grown 400 percent since he arrived in Scooba in 2009, will round out the evening’s reports.

All members of the community are welcome to attend. There is no charge to attend and light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by telephone or email to Gina Cotton of the Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs, gcotton@eastms.edu or (662) 476-5063.
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879
Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296
Rocky Higginbotham, PI/marketing associate Office: (662) 476-5013 Cell: (601) 604-2056

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SEVENTH ANNUAL EMCC SPORTING CLAYS CHALLENGE CUP STAND-ALONES

Date(s): 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015, 5/24/2015, 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015, 6/3/2015, 6/4/2015, 6/5/2015, 6/6/2015, 6/7/2015

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East Mississippi Community College
SEVENTH ANNUAL EMCC SPORTING CLAYS CHALLENGE CUP STAND-ALONES


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EMCC CHALLENGE CUP FIRST PLACE
One of four teams fielded by presenting sponsor Pryor & Morrow Architects & Engineers of Columbus took First Place at the 7th Annual East Mississippi Community College Sporting Clays Challenge Cup Friday at Burnt Oak Lodge in Crawford.
EMCC President Dr. Rick Young, Nicky Fleming of Shubuta, Brian Fleming of Shubuta, John Roberts of Quitman, Gary Holcomb of Randolph and Nick Clark, EMCC vice president for Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs. The Pryor & Morrow team hit 347 of 400 targets, and Holcomb (90/100) and Brian Fleming (89/100) earned First and Second Place, respectively, among individual shooters.


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EMCC CHALLENGE CUP FIRST PLACE
One of four teams fielded by presenting sponsor Pryor & Morrow Architects & Engineers of Columbus took First Place at the 7th Annual East Mississippi Community College Sporting Clays Challenge Cup Friday at Burnt Oak Lodge in Crawford.
Gary Holcomb of Randolph, Brian Fleming of Shubuta, John Roberts of Quitman and Nicky Fleming of Shubuta. The Pryor & Morrow team hit 347 of 400 targets, and Holcomb (90/100) and Brian Fleming (89/100) earned First and Second Place, respectively, among individual shooters.


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EMCC CHALLENGE CUP SECOND PLACE
The Deerbrook Farms team took Second Place at the 7th Annual East Mississippi Community College Sporting Clays Challenge Cup Friday at Burnt Oak Lodge in Crawford.
EMCC President Dr. Rick Young, Will Chancellor of Brooksville, Trey Chancellor of Brooksville, Lee Dubois of Birmingham, Ala., John Brown of Hoover, Ala., and Nick Clark, EMCC vice president for Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs. The Deerbrook Farms team hit 313 of 400 targets. The event was presented by Pryor & Morrow Architects & Engineers of Columbus.


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EMCC CHALLENGE CUP SECOND PLACE
The Deerbrook Farms team took Second Place at the 7th Annual East Mississippi Community College Sporting Clays Challenge Cup Friday at Burnt Oak Lodge in Crawford.
Trey Chancellor of Brooksville, John Brown of Hoover, Ala., Will Chancellor of Brooksville and Lee Dubois of Birmingham, Ala. The Deerbrook Farms team hit 313 of 400 targets. The event was presented by Pryor & Morrow Architects & Engineers of Columbus.


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EMCC CHALLENGE CUP FIRST PLACE INDIVIDUAL SHOOTER
Gary Holcomb of Randolph was the First Place individual shooter Friday at East Mississippi Community College’s 7th Annual Sporting Clays Challenge Cup at Burnt Oak Lodge in Crawford.
Gary Holcomb, with EMCC President Dr. Rick Young and Nick Clark, EMCC vice president for Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs, hit 90 of 100 targets. Holcomb’s team, one of four fielded by presenting sponsor Pryor & Morrow Architects & Engineers of Columbus, won First Place, hitting 347 of 400 targets.


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EMCC CHALLENGE CUP SECOND PLACE INDIVIDUAL SHOOTER
Brian Fleming of Shubuta was the Second Place individual shooter Friday at East Mississippi Community College’s 7th Annual Sporting Clays Challenge Cup at Burnt Oak Lodge in Crawford.
Brian Fleming, with EMCC President Dr. Rick Young and Nick Clark, EMCC vice president for Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs, hit 89 of 100 targets. Fleming’s team, one of four fielded by presenting sponsor Pryor & Morrow Architects & Engineers of Columbus, won First Place, hitting 347 of 400 targets.
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879
Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296
Rocky Higginbotham, PI/marketing associate Office: (662) 476-5013 Cell: (601) 604-2056

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SMPDD establishes new JCJC scholarship

Date(s): 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015, 5/24/2015, 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015, 6/3/2015, 6/4/2015, 6/5/2015, 6/6/2015, 6/7/2015, 6/8/2015, 6/9/2015, 6/10/2015, 6/11/2015, 6/12/2015

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Jones County Junior College
SMPDD establishes new JCJC scholarship
ELLISVILLE –The newly established scholarship by the Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District, Inc. was awarded after Jones County Junior College’s May commencement ceremony to ten JCJC students. The largest and most diversified regional planning and development entity in the United States, endowed $100,000 to provide $750 scholarships to the following incoming sophomore students: Covington County’s Nolan Kyle Stapleton and Paris Ramon Edwards; Greene County’s Tyshayla Mimbes and James Christopher Turner; Jones County’s Matt Ishee and Zachary Biglane; Perry County’s Samuel Lee Hinton and Lacey Kaitlyn Feduccia; Wayne County’s Justin Hutto and Shakela Leggett. These five counties are part of the SMPDD’s 15-county district.

“On behalf of the SMPDD Board of Directors we are thrilled to be able to offer these scholarships to this group of future leaders in our communities. One of our main goals at SMPDD is to look for educational opportunities for our citizens,” said Leonard Bentz, Executive Director of the SMPDD. He added, “Each year, this scholarship will be awarded to two students from each of the five counties with one student in an academic program and one student in a skills related program who meets the full-time status and cumulative GPA requirements.”

The Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District, through the leadership of the local officials comprising its Board of Directors and through the synergy of its staff, assists 38 municipal governments within its 15-county district of Covington, Forrest, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lamar, Marion, Pearl River, Perry, Stone and Wayne Counties. Since its beginning in 1967, SMPDD has continually evolved to meet the needs, discover opportunities and anticipate the trends challenging the economic vitality, environmental integrity, and overall quality of life enjoyed in South Mississippi, which includes offering assistance to future leaders.
Jones County Supervisor, Johnny Burnett said he is glad to be a part of this new scholarship opportunity for some of his constituents. “I appreciate the opportunity to be able to give to the children in our area because they are our future.”
JCJC forestry major, Samuel Hinton said he feels honored to be one of the first recipients of this newly established scholarship. “It will help a lot!” said Hinton. “It is going to be great not to have to worry about paying for all of my college expenses.”
Hinton’s future plans include transferring to Mississippi State University after graduating next May from Jones and work with his family’s timber management company.
JCJC VP of Advancement and the Executive Director of the JCJC Foundation, Charlie Garretson said scholarships are one way to extend and perpetuate the legacy of a company and its community. “We appreciate every donation we receive to assist students and their families with funding college expenses. This scholarship endowment will also help two incoming freshmen this inaugural year, which have not yet been identified.”

According to the District’s web site, it perceives its function as “a change agent to add value to the information and resources it possesses.” True to its mission, JCJC officials and students are already seeing the positive effects changing the future of ten JCJC students with this new SMPDD Scholarship.
The District consists of 15 counties including the following counties and cities within the county: Covington County: Collins, Mount Olive, Seminary; Forrest County: Hattiesburg, Petal; George County: Lucedale; Greene County: Leakesville, McLain, State Line; Hancock County: Bay St. Louis, Diamondhead, Waveland; Harrison County: Biloxi, D’Iberville, Gulfport , Long Beach, Pass Christian; Jackson County: Gautier, Ocean Springs, Moss Point, Pascagoula; Jefferson Davis County: Bassfield, Prentiss; Jones County: Ellisville, Laurel, Sandersville, Soso; Lamar County: Hattiesburg, Lumberton, Purvis, Sumrall; Marion County: Columbia; Pearl River: Pearl River County, Picayune, Poplarville; Perry County: Beaumont, New Augusta, Richton; Stone County: Wiggins; Wayne County: Waynesboro.

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

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EMBDC - Ribbon Cutting

Date(s): 5/20/2015

11:00 am

Sleep Inn & Main Stay 901 First Avenue East Meridian, MS
What: Sleep Inn & Main Stay Ribbon Cutting

When: Wednesday, May 20h at 11:00 a.m.

Where: 901 First Avenue East
Meridian, MS 39301

Why: The EMBDC will host a ribbon cutting event to commemorate the Grand Opening of Sleep Inn & Main Stay in Meridian, Mississippi.


Casey Holladay
Events Coordinator
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation

1901 Front Street, Suite A
Meridian, MS 39301

601.693.1306
F 601.693.5638
www.embdc.org

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EMCC HONORS SCOOBA RETIREES

Date(s): 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015, 5/24/2015, 5/25/2015

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East Mississippi Community College
EMCC HONORS SCOOBA RETIREES

East Mississippi Community College held receptions May 14 at its Scooba and Golden Triangle campuses for retiring faculty and staff members. The Scooba campus had two honorees, Bob Walker and James McMullan, both of Meridian. Bob Walker was recognized for 14 years of service to the college as a Forestry Technology instructor. Before joining the faculty at EMCC, Walker worked as a registered forester for 30 years with three private companies.
James McMullan was recognized for nine years of service to the college. Over the years, McMullan has taught psychology, human growth and development and criminal justice. He has also served as distance learning coordinator and director of EMCC’s extension location at Naval Air Station Meridian.
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879

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Meridian Main Street - Downtown Happenings ... May 18th - May 24th

Date(s): 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015, 5/24/2015

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Downtown Happenings ... May 18th - May 24th / Vol. lV No. 26

Monday, May 18, 2015


Event: Lunch Special
Location: Aie's Taste of Thai
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770
$7.99 Lunch Special M - F from 11-3.

Event:Deals on Select Items
Location:Planters Supply
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2684
Deals on ferns, peppers, tomatoes, elephant ears, milk weeds, lemon grass, garden seeds, and more!

Event: Linens are in for Spring
Location: The Liberty Shop
Time: all week
For More Information: Call 601.693.5331
Just in time for spring, come get your linens at the liberty shop!

Event: 15% off Framing
Location:Lucas Road
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.483.0028
all frames are 15% off.

Event: 60% off Prom Dresses
Location:BambinosBoutique
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.5253
Adult Prom Dresses, 60% off.

Event:Shirt & Tie Combos
Location:Sam's Fashion
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2731

Event: Half Off Bottles of Wine
Location:Weidmann's
Time: Every Monday
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770
Happy Hour 4pm - 7pm.

Event: YPM Meeting
Location: Rush Cafeteria Private Dining Room
Time: 12:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.1306

Event: Meridian Craft Beer Club
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 7pm - 8pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
The Meridian Craft Beer Club meets and discusses a craft each week.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Event:Terrific Tuesday Facebook Sale
Location: LaBiche Jewelers
Time: 9am
For More Information: Call 601.693.6071
Every Tuesday morning at 9am, an item with a Terrific sale price will be posted on Facebook! It will be available on a first come, first served basis for that day only!

Event: Free Computer Training
Location:AOTECH Computers
Time: 10am-11:30am & 6:00pm-7:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.990.8324
These classes are designed specifically for beginners and include basic skill building and clear explanations of basic computer components. We will cover the following Topics: Basic Computers Skills, Operating System Differences [ Windows, Mac, Ubuntu Linux ] and Introduction to the internet. Advanced computer training is coming soon.

Event: Surf n' Turf Night
Location:Harvest Grill
Time: 5:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.282.5609

Event:Ladies Night
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
Local Live Music!

Event:Tom & The House Katz
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Event: Rapunzel! Rapunzel!
A Very Hairy Fairy Tale
Location: MSU Riley Center
Time: 7:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.696.2200
Children love this delightful musical romp, which features plenty of action and physical comedy. The clever script also includes lots of pop culture references and inside jokes that will keep adults smiling, too.

Event:Trivia Night
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 8pm till close
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770
Happy Hour 4pm - 7pm

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Event: How to Develop a Business Plan
Location: EMBDC Conference Room
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.1306
This seminar is designed to assist in preparing a business plan.

Event:Half Price Drinks During Happy Hour
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 4pm - 7pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770

Event: Live Trivia
Location:BrickHaus
Time: 8pm - 11:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Event:Meridian Lions Club
Location:Rush Hospital Cafeteria
Time: 11:30am - 1pm
For More Information: Call 662.418.5848
Anyone in the community is welcome as a guest!

Event: Chandeleur Release Party
Location: Weidmann's
Time: 8:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.1147
Mitchell Distributing will be releasing Chandeleur Brewing Company in Meridian!

Event: Scott McQuaig & The Tomcats
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 8:00pm - 12:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Event: The Dukes
Location: Rhythm & Brews
Time: 8:00pm - 2:00am
For More Information: Call 601.282.5608

Friday, May 22, 2015

Event: Shootin' and Scootin' Club
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
see website for details.

Event: The Beach Boys
Location: MSU Riley Center
Time: 7:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.696.2200

Event: Smoke N Guns
Location: Rhythm & Brews
Time: 8:00pm - 2:00am
For More Information: Call 601.282.5608

Event: Jed Marum
Location:BrickHaus
Time: 9:00pm - 1:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Event: MUM Day
Location:Meridian Underground Music
Time: All Day
For More Information: Call 601.485.1363
Receive a gift or a discount on your purchase when wearing a MUM t-shirt on Fridays

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Event: Darla's Smashed House Benefit
Location:BrickHaus
Time: 1:00pm - 1:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Event: SuperBob
Location: Rhythm & Brews
Time: 10:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.282.5608

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Event: Jazz Brunch with Steve Watson
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 10am - 4pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770


If you would like your event on Meridian Main Street's Downtown Happenings, the deadline is Thursday at noon the week before
a published calendar (calendars are sent on Mondays)
For all community events check out the Meridian Community Calendar
Meridian Main Street is an award winning not-for-profit, public/private partnership working in concert with others for the revitalization of downtown Meridian. To join Main Street, call 601.693.7480 or visit our website http://meridianmainstreet.com. Like us on Facebook: Meridian Main Street

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EMCC OFFERS SUMMER CAMP IN MANUFACTURING CONCEPTS

Date(s): 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015, 5/24/2015, 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015, 6/3/2015, 6/4/2015, 6/5/2015, 6/6/2015, 6/7/2015, 6/8/2015, 6/9/2015, 6/10/2015, 6/11/2015, 6/12/2015, 6/13/2015, 6/14/2015, 6/15/2015, 6/16/2015, 6/17/2015, 6/18/2015, 6/19/2015, 6/20/2015, 6/21/2015, 6/22/2015, 6/23/2015, 6/24/2015, 6/25/2015, 6/26/2015, 6/27/2015, 6/28/2015, 6/29/2015, 6/30/2015, 7/1/2015, 7/2/2015, 7/3/2015, 7/4/2015, 7/5/2015, 7/6/2015, 7/7/2015, 7/8/2015, 7/9/2015, 7/10/2015, 7/11/2015, 7/12/2015, 7/13/2015, 7/14/2015, 7/15/2015, 7/16/2015, 7/17/2015, 7/18/2015, 7/19/2015, 7/20/2015

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EMCC OFFERS SUMMER CAMP IN MANUFACTURING CONCEPTS
TO MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

MAYHEW – East Mississippi Community College’s Manufacturing, Technology & Engineering Division, in partnership with Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi and the Corporation for National and Community Service, is offering a summer camp for students in middle and high school.

Camp AMP (Advanced Manufacturing Professionals) will be held at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus. The week-long sessions in June and July will run from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

“Camp AMP is the perfect opportunity for both middle and high school students to be exposed to what awaits them in the real world,” said Susan Baird, assistant dean in the Manufacturing, Technology & Engineering Division.

“Unfortunately, most students do not realize how many job opportunities are available to them right here in their own back yard. Camp AMP will provide both industry tours and hands-on skills training for students so that they can get a better understanding of the technology that is involved in the advanced manufacturing companies in our area.”

Camp AMP will introduce seventh- through 12-graders to manufacturing methods such as computer-aided design, 3-D printing and rapid prototyping. Students will learn about job opportunities in and around the Golden Triangle and will get a first-hand glimpse at what those jobs look like via tours of local industries.

Slots are still available in five of the six Camp AMP sessions. Seventh- and eighth-graders will attend Camp AMP June 1-5 (full) and July 6-10. Ninth- and 10th-graders will attend June 8-12 and July 13-17. 11th- and 12-graders will attend June 15-19 and July 20-24.

Only 12 slots are available for each session. Students do not have to live in the EMCC district to attend Camp AMP. The registration deadline for all sessions is May 29. Visit the “Camp AMP” link on the home page at www.eastms.edu to download registration forms and liability waivers. Hard copies of the paperwork can be mailed, delivered or faxed to EMCC. Registration is $25.


For more information, call Susan Baird at (662) 243-2686 or email sbaird@eastms.edu.
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879
Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296

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District Attorney shares life experiences to inspire JCJC graduates to succeed

Date(s): 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015

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Jones County Junior College
District Attorney shares life experiences to inspire JCJC graduates to succeed
ELLISVILLE-The Jones County Junior College 2015 Graduation was a day of memorable firsts: a noteworthy number of graduates, the first honorary degree awarded, and the first time in recent memory the guest speaker was a parent of a participating graduate.
A record number of 901 students were eligible to graduate with 629 participating in commencement exercises. Thousands of friends and family turned out to watch the day’s event.
The keynote speaker, Jones County District Attorney, Tony Buckley shared with students how he first came to America, with two suitcases, $600 and knowing no one. He gave students this advice: visualize a goal, have a plan to achieve that goal and then put it into action, and he used his own life as an example. Taking a class on the U.S. Constitution was his inspiration to go to law school, which in turn inspired him to become district attorney.
“One of the main things I think is great about America is your education system,” said Buckley. “It allows you time to figure out what you want to do with your life. If you couple the education system with the American work ethic and integrity, then you can succeed in whatever you set your goals to. America still rewards those who are educated, work hard and have integrity.”
To illustrate another lesson, Buckley held up a golf ball for the audience to see, a golf ball that he keeps on a shelf in his office next to the scales of justice. He explained that when the golf ball was first created in Scotland, it was originally smooth, but it wouldn’t go far or in the direction it was hit. It was discovered that the more dings and nicks the ball received, the straighter and farther the ball would go.
“That’s the same with life for you,” Buckley said. “You’re going to have setbacks and disappointments, dings and nicks like that golf ball, but it’s how you react to them and learn from them. Instead of seeing them as a roadblock, you can knock it down that fairway far and straight.”
His son, Evan Buckley, a pre-med major and a top soccer player for the Bobcats, participated in the graduation ceremonies. Although he had opportunities to attend other colleges, Evan chose Jones and said he was happy with his choice.
“Everyone here has been fantastic. My experiences have been great,” he said. “I realize I still have a lot more work to do, but I’ve had a really good two years and hopefully the rest of the years will match up to what it’s been like here at Jones.”
Evan plans to continue his education at Ole Miss, where his older sister, Emily, went straight out of high school.
“I saw how hard it was for her transitioning from high school to a university, so it helped me decide it would be better to go to a junior college.”
His younger brother, Erik, will begin JCJC this fall and will play soccer like his brother.
When Evan first heard that his father was speaking at his graduation, he didn’t believe it.
“I really thought he was joking because he jokes all the time. Turns out he wasn’t. It’s definitely cool to have your dad giving your college graduation speech.”
The college’s first Honorary Degree was awarded to Richton businesswoman Oma Hibbler, owner of Community Development Incorporated (CDI). The $3 million business assists the community through services such as assisted living, adult daycare, personal care and transportation. Her company provides transportation for students from Wayne and Greene counties to JCJC.
JCJC Dean of Students Dr. Samuel Jones nominated Hibbler for the Honorary Degree because of the work she is doing in communities within the college district.
“Ms. Hibbler created this business because she saw a need in her community because she has the heart of a servant. She is truly an asset to the community and she has been a beacon of light for many. I believe because of her, many have been inspired, challenged and provoked to see themselves as people who can overcome barriers to press toward a better life,” said Jones. “She’s really inspiring our students to be great every single day. She’s a great example for us all. Even if you don’t have a college degree, you can still work hard and make a difference in your community, and that’s why she’s being recognized.”
Said Hibbler of her first college degree, “Words cannot explain how I feel. It is so hard to come to the realization that people who love and care for you would go to the lengths to help you achieve your dreams. I often tell my staff, I do not have an education and often dream secretly of how it would feel. I am humbled by the award.”
Hibbler credits God with the start and success of her business. Although she hesitated beginning her business due to fear of rejection and her lack of a college education, with her faith she persevered, and today, not only does she own a multi-million dollar business, but she has now received the diploma she always wanted.
“I am grateful, humbled, amazingly excited and praise God for His miracles,” she said, quoting Phillipians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

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

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LAWMAKERS PLEDGE ONGOING SUPPORT FOR FAA CENTER OF EXCELLENCE FOR UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS

Date(s): 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015

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LAWMAKERS PLEDGE ONGOING SUPPORT FOR FAA CENTER OF EXCELLENCE FOR UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS

Senators, Congressmen, FAA Head Laud New Unmanned Aircraft System Research Consortium, Speak to Its Next Steps and Goals

News Conference Video: http://bit.ly/1Ji2i4G

Cochran, Wicker, Harper, Keenum Audio: http://1.usa.gov/1IDLbKe

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives today pledged to continue their support for a newly-designated FAA Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems that will research and develop technologies and policies for the use of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, in the United States.

At a news conference Thursday, lawmakers praised the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) selection of Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE), a consortium of universities headed by Mississippi State University (MSU), to lead the UAS COE. ASSURE is tasked with identifying issues critical to the integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the nation’s airspace and engaging in research and policy development on the growing use of unmanned aerial systems.

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, MSU President Mark Keenum and consortium members joined U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), and U.S. Representatives Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) at the event to discuss the next steps and goals for the COE UAS.

“Unmanned aircraft technology is here to stay, and we are all excited that our states will have an active role in figuring out the safest and most efficient way to incorporate this evolving technology into our airspace to assist on issues ranging from precision agriculture to disaster recovery,” Senator Cochran said. “We are interested in continuing to support what will be a collaborative process to address the complicated nature of integrating unmanned aircraft into our national airspace system, as well as privacy and other issues that arise with their use.”

“Advances in Unmanned Aircraft Systems are making a big impact on the ways we live and work – revolutionizing how we engage with the world,” Senator Wicker said. “These technologies help create tens of thousands of jobs, grow our crops more efficiently, improve our response to humanitarian crises, and protect our troops. This consortium of research universities, led by Mississippi State University, will play a leading role in the future development of this exciting, emerging field.”

“I commend FAA Administrator Huerta’s search selection of the ASSURE consortium, headed by Mississippi State University, to lead the UAS Center of Excellence,” Congressman Harper said. “Over the past decade and a half, we have seen UAS technology and capabilities grow exponentially and this selection speaks strongly to the important partnership between the FAA and academia. I applaud Senator Cochran’s leadership on this issue. Dr. Keenum, Mississippi State University and ASSURE are uniquely positioned to be an integral part of the growth of UAS research and technological advancements.”

“We are extremely pleased that UND is a key member of the UAS team selected for the Center of Excellence,” Senator Hoeven said. “UND brings not only its resources as a premier school of aviation, but also the northern tier UAS test site and the Grand Sky Technology Park.”

“From the Alaska perspective, unmanned aerial systems can be game changers for my state – to work around our vast distances and lack of infrastructure. Whether in the form of Arctic research, delivering goods in the Bush, fire-fighting or policing in rural areas, UAS deserve serious and thoughtful consideration as we map out an intelligent rule book for their use and applications,” Senator Murkowski said.

“This alliance is its own evidence of excellence. In addition to the scientific and intellectual assets of these institutions, North Dakota brings the highest ethical standards born out of the culture of the prairies to be applied to the execution of technology,” Congressman Cramer said.

The directive to the FAA to establish the national center has been included in congressional appropriations bills since FY2012, with Congress appropriating $5.0 million to support a five-year agreement with the COE UAS. Federal funding will be matched by ASSURE team members.

The FAA expects the COE to begin research in 2015 and be fully operational in 2016 in its exploration of evolving new technological developments regarding unmanned aircraft and their uses, including detect-and-avoid technology, low-altitude operations safety, privacy safeguards and other areas. Research will also involve the deployment of UAS for emergency response, biofuel and clean fuel technologies, law enforcement activities, and agricultural and environmental monitoring.

Moreover, the COE UAS will coordinate research and development activities with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Agriculture and other agencies. Its work will also lead to recommendations on aircraft certification, flight standards and air traffic requirements, and facilitate UAS technology transfer to other civilian and defense agencies.

In addition to Cochran, Hoeven, Murkowski and Wicker, other Senators who have been instrumental in supporting the formation of the COE UAS include Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.).

ASSURE members include Mississippi State University, Drexel University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Kansas State University, Montana State University, New Mexico State University, North Carolina State University, Oregon State University, University of Alabama-Huntsville, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, University of Kansas, University of North Dakota, Wichita State University, Ohio State University, University of California-Davis, Auburn University (associate member), Concordia University (associate member), Indiana State University (associate member), Louisiana Tech University, Tuskegee University (associate member), and University of Southampton (associate member).


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LINKS:
• ASSURE website: www.assureuas.org
• FAA COE UAS Announcement (May 8): http://1.usa.gov/1cxHt8C

Chris Gallegos
Office of U.S. Senator Thad Cochran
Committee on Appropriations
202-224-6414

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ECCC’s Annual Report Card Shows Continued High Marks ...

Date(s): 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015, 5/24/2015, 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015, 6/3/2015, 6/4/2015, 6/5/2015, 6/6/2015, 6/7/2015, 6/8/2015, 6/9/2015, 6/10/2015, 6/11/2015, 6/12/2015, 6/13/2015, 6/14/2015, 6/15/2015

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East Central Community College
ECCC’s Annual Report Card Shows Continued High Marks in Student Success, Retention, and Other Measures

In accordance with Mississippi House Bill No. 1071 from the 2010 legislative session, East Central Community College in Decatur has released its 2013 Community College Performance Profile, or Report Card. The bill created an Education Achievement Council which was established to set education achievement goals for institutions of higher learning and community and junior colleges in the state and to assist in monitoring progress towards those goals through the preparation of annual institutional and state report cards.

The Community College Report Card, designed to reflect the unique mission of community colleges, incorporates measures closely aligned with the Voluntary Framework of Accountability developed by the American Association of Community Colleges. Therefore, each report card includes information for the specific community/junior college, along with corresponding figures for the state system, which includes all 15 Mississippi community/junior colleges. Information contained in the report includes student enrollment, degrees awarded, student success, student retention, student progress, workforce development information, and GED® and adult basic education statistics, as well as enrollment and success in remedial coursework (college readiness).

In the 2013 Community College Report Card, ECCC compared well against state averages in numerous categories. In the crucial category of Student Success, ECCC excelled in the area of overall graduation rates, particularly among pre-baccalaureate and technical students. Also evident is ECCC’s top-tier performance in preparing students to transfer to four-year institutions. In the overall summary measurement of student success, ECCC achieved elite status.

Another category of excellent comparative strength for ECCC within credit programs was overall student retention (freshman students progressing in enrollment to the next year), particularly in pre-baccalaureate programs.

In workforce training activities, the data reveals ECCC continued to be a leader in the number of individuals served, and ranked in the top third in the state in the number of individuals experiencing increases in wages subsequent to training.

In addition, ECCC continued to display a commitment to outreach and excellence in the awarding of GEDs, placing among the state’s very best in the number of GEDs awarded.

“The 2013 Report Card documents that ECCC is continuing to do many things well as we fulfill our 2020 Vision strategic plan,” said ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart. “We are very proud of that and look to strengthen those aspects of our vision and mission that rank above the state average. However, as it does each year, the Report Card has identified areas of improvement for our college. Likewise, we look forward to working with faculty, staff, and students to improve in those areas as ECCC strives to become nationally recognized and locally preferred. The overall results of the Report Card demonstrate that ECCC is making progress in many areas that enable our students to experience an excellent postsecondary education right here at home.”

The 2013 Performance Profile (Report Card) for ECCC can be found on the college’s website at http://www.eccc.edu/consumer-information. In addition, a copy of the 2013 Performance Profile can be obtained from the Office of the President.


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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JCJC says farewell to longtime band director, Jeff Brown

Date(s): 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015, 5/24/2015, 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015, 6/3/2015, 6/4/2015, 6/5/2015, 6/6/2015, 6/7/2015, 6/8/2015, 6/9/2015, 6/10/2015, 6/11/2015, 6/12/2015, 6/13/2015, 6/14/2015, 6/15/2015

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Jones County Junior College
JCJC says farewell to longtime band director, Jeff Brown
ELLISVILLE – Longtime Jones County Junior College band director, Jeff Brown has called the band hall his second home for the last 33 years. He has been the Fine Arts Division Chair, Director of Bands, Assistant Director of Bands, JC Jazz Band Director and “percussion guru” over those years, impacting thousands of students. His last performance as conductor and drummer was at the April Java & Jazz concert which had many former students and friends bid him “farewell,” like JCJC alumnus and former JCJC Director of Bands, and current Pearl High School Band Director, Matthew Pickering. He explained Brown taught him a hard life lesson about procrastination.

“I submitted my Music Theory 4 final project two days after the deadline. He accepted my work but deducted ten points per day for each day that it was late, and that resulted in my final grade for the class being a B. Although I was disappointed in making a B in my favorite class, I knew that I deserved it and I did not question his grading policy or ask for an exception,” said Pickering. He added, “Jeff Brown is one of the most compassionate and selfless individuals with which I have ever worked. He sincerely enjoyed sharing his knowledge and skill sets with his colleagues and students, and his work ethic was phenomenal. In short I guess you could describe him as a gentleman and a scholar, and I will forever be grateful for the time that I was allowed to work with him.”
Another JCJC Maroon Typhoon alumnus, Ricky Williamson remembers how Brown taught him to be on-time for practice.

“During band camp in 1993, I remember I stayed out too late one night and overslept. Mr. Brown sent someone to my dorm room with some 20-inch Zildjian cymbals and used them as an alarm clock. Needless to say, I didn't oversleep again. Thanks Mr. B. for the privilege of playing snare at JC.”

Williamson said Brown inspired hundreds of musicians over the years. Although most have quit playing since college, he said Brown gave them something they can take with them for a lifetime: self-discipline, a hard work ethic, the importance of comradery, and memories that will last forever.

“To this day my friends and I still talk about the impact Mr. Brown made in our lives. I know that we were hard to deal with at times and tested his nerves, but he always had enough patience to let us be college kids and at the same time trusted us to make JCJC's drumline great,” said Williamson.

Another 1993 JCJC alumnus, Ryan Walker added, “Mr. Brown was and still is a great influence on my life. He is the sole reason I chose JCJC. I wanted to be a better player and I knew I could be under his supervision. He entrusted me as Captain and allowed me the freedom to write and teach my own pieces for the drumline. That year our drum line won the top section award six times and we dedicated our year to him. As you know, drummers are usually the rebellious ones in a band, so winning six times meant we were focused. We were for him and would run through walls for him and still would. He is a class act and helped mold thousands over his career. I'm blessed to be one.”

While the Lexington, Mississippi native said he’s looking forward to retirement after a total of 40-years of teaching students, there is one thing Brown will unequivocally not miss about teaching.

“The thing I will not miss is ‘paperwork.’ No one gets into the teaching profession to do paperwork, and I realize that there is a certain amount of paperwork that must be done. However, over the years it seems that the amount of paperwork has dramatically increased, or maybe I am just tired of paperwork. Anyway, I won't miss paperwork!” said Brown.
Of course, he said he will miss students, especially the students who were eager to learn, who always had questions, and never gave up. When asked if there is a favorite memory over his years of teaching, Brown shared this story.
“It is extremely difficult to select one favorite moment or trip. There are so many moments from which to choose. There have been some memorable comments, however. After one rather poorly attended jazz concert a student told me ‘I had fun, even if there was no one in the audience.’ I also had a parent tell me after a concert, ‘You made my daughter fall in love with the saxophone again!’ I will cherish those times!”
In his spare time Brown said he plans to play more on his drums and with his two grandchildren, write music, teach a few private lessons and volunteer at Jones. The question the students wanted to know is, will there be a “Party at Mr. Brown’s House” in the near future? That phrase became a joke at the end of each summer band camp because they knew Mr. Brown never rested.

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

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LOCAL BOYS & GIRLS CLUB FACILITIES GET VIBRANT MAKEOVERS FROM 30 SHERWIN-WILLIAMS EMPLOYEES

Date(s): 5/23/2015

9:30 am

Boys & Girls Club of Lauderdale 1717 45th Ave., Meridian
LOCAL BOYS & GIRLS CLUB FACILITIES GET VIBRANT MAKEOVERS FROM 30 SHERWIN-WILLIAMS EMPLOYEES

WHAT: Thanks to the efforts of 30 local Sherwin-Williams employees, dozens of community organizations throughout the Jackson, Mississippi area will soon receive a fresh, more vibrant look. Employees will dedicate their time to renovate interior spaces at various Boys & Girls Clubs as part of National Painting Week. Highlights of the philanthropic effort include refreshing the classrooms, bathrooms and hallways at the Boys & Girls Club of Lauderdale with fresh coats of paint. Sherwin-Williams will provide over paint to complete the project.

WHEN: Saturday, May 23 at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Boys & Girls Club of Lauderdale
1717 45th Ave., Meridian


National Painting Week, which takes place from May 11-16, offers color inspiration, painting ideas, expert tips, product information and one-of-a-kind DIY and designer projects to help inspire people to update their spaces with paint. As part of National Painting Week, thousands of Sherwin-Williams employees will join forces with painting contractors to volunteer their time and paint hundreds of community organizations across the U.S. and Canada. Sherwin-Williams will donate all paint and supplies for these projects. For more information visit: swpaintingweek.com.

CONTACT: Dana Chinnici, 212-494-8640, dana.chinnici@spongpr.com

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

Date(s): 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015

7:00 am - 2 pm both days

10165 Lynwood Drive, Tanglewood Estate's
Friday and Saturday, May 29 and 30, will be our next make a wish garage sale from 7 am to 2 pm. VCR 5.00, 7 ft Christmas tree 10.00, vhs and DVD's .25 and .50 each, lots of men and children cloths .50 each, all cloths, shoes, and purses .50 each. New books galore even some westerns for .25 each, toy and household items. Come on the treasure hunt and help make wishes come true at 10165 Lynwood Drive, Tanglewood Estate's. Remember we recycle old locks and keys, aluminum cans and ink jet cartridges so bring them with you. We have so many donations for this sale please hold any additional for June sale.

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Meridian Public School District - "Winding Down in May Events"

Date(s): 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015

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Magnolia Middle School Red Carpet Affair
*This event is really neat – the students get to really dress up and get treated like stars!*
Saturday, May 16 – 5:00 p.m.
First New Hope Baptist Church Association Building at Hawkins Crossing
Magnolia students will be honored for good grades and behavior during this special event.

Poplar Springs Elementary ‘Celebrate Arts!’ Arts Festival
Monday, May 18 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Celebrate Arts is a school wide arts festival featuring local artists. Students rotate to stations to view art and create art in all forms. This is sponsored in part through the Meridian Council of the Arts. A Brown Bag Lunch concert will be held featuring the MHS Lamplighters.

MPSD Retirement Reception
Tuesday, May 19 – 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Kahlmus Auditorium – MSU Meridian
Please join us as we honor the 2015 retirees of the Meridian Public School District.

Meridian High School Graduation
Friday, May 22 – 7:00 p.m.
Ray Stadium

We will have early dismissal of school on the last three days ...
Wednesday, May 20 and Thursday, May 21 – Elementary dismisses at 12:40 p.m. and Middle and High at 1:10 p.m.
Friday, May 22 – Elementary dismisses at 12:00 p.m. and Middle and High at 12:30 p.m.

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

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YOKOHAMA RECEIVES TOP HONOR, MAKES DONATIONS AT EMCC INDUSTRY APPRECIATION LUNCHEON

Date(s): 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015

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East Mississippi Community College
YOKOHAMA RECEIVES TOP HONOR, MAKES DONATIONS AT EMCC INDUSTRY APPRECIATION LUNCHEON

MAYHEW – Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi stole the show Wednesday at East Mississippi Community College’s Industry Appreciation Luncheon.
The Japanese tire manufacturer, preparing to open its 1 million-square-foot Clay County factory this fall, received the Director’s Award, the event’s highest honor. YTMM President Tadaharu Yamamoto delivered a progress report on the plant – and checks for $250,000 to EMCC and Mississippi State University.
Other honorees included PACCAR Engine Company, which took home the Best Practices Award, and special recognition for Randy Kelly of The Mississippi Partnership, and Wanda Land, who is retiring from the Mississippi Development Authority.
“We need people with more than just the ability to work hard. We need people who can think and solve problems. And that’s what all the people in this room are working toward,” said Dr. Raj Shaunak, vice president of EMCC’s Manufacturing Technology and Engineering division.
In presenting YTMM with the Director’s Award for “the highest level of recognition through workforce training, demonstrating management excellence with superior outcomes, continuing to improve and build upon outstanding results and excellent systems and deploying world-class processes,” Shaunak said EMCC looks forward to a “very long relationship” with the company.
He said the $250,000 YTMM presented to EMCC will provide scholarships to eleventh and twelfth grade students to take MTE division credit courses, particularly in the recently added electro-mechanical and mechatronics programs, as well as manufacturing summer camps for sixth grade students.
“We need every business in this room, government as well as private business, to expose these students to real work environments,” said Shaunak.
Some of the money donated by YTMM will also be used to bolster manufacturing training at EMCC’s West Point Center.
During his progress report, Yamamoto said the YTMM plant should be operational sometime in October, producing about 1 million truck and bus tires per year with a staff of around 500 employees.
Explaining the rationale behind locating the YTMM plant in Clay County, Yamamoto said the company looked at 3,000 U.S. counties, including 116 in the Southeast, before settling on Clay County due to cost, available workforce, government incentives and “Southern hospitality.”
As of April, YTMM had hired 180 employees, with more than half having been trained at EMCC.
EMCC President Dr. Rick Young, who is retiring in June, took one final opportunity to brag about the Workforce Services team at EMCC, which worked in concert with the Golden Triangle Development LINK to bring Yokohama to Clay County.
“Our Workforce training team is among the best in the nation, without a doubt. And our success is the community’s success,” said Young.
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879
Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296

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City of Meridian Launches Live Love Grow Campaign

Date(s): 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015

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City of Meridian Launches Live Love Grow Campaign

MERIDIAN, MS – A seed has been planted and has already sprouted. The City of Meridian has launched a new, long-term campaign focused on invigorating the renaissance that’s already under way in the historic downtown. The name of the campaign describes its simple, straightforward, positive goals: Live Love Grow.

“Those of us who spend time downtown have already noticed the energy that’s stirring,” said Mayor Percy Bland. “My administration and the entire city government, along with business and other leaders from across the spectrum of the community, have come together to promote this new initiative. The enthusiasm from all of the diverse constituencies of our city has been remarkable. We’re excited about helping Meridian reach its full potential, starting downtown and spreading throughout the city.”

Live Love Grow starts with three goals:
• To give the citizens of Meridian reasons to feel good about where they live
• To recognize incentives for businesses to invest in the city
• To encourage folks to get involved with the community

A public-private partnership has come together to accomplish those goals, and is already hard at work. Details will be revealed as the campaign proceeds. Right now, Live Love Grow is focusing on conducting smart, evidence-based planning in order to create a solid foundation for sustainable, positive results. This will be a long-term, multiyear effort, with each new accomplishment forming a stepping-stone for the next success story.

The campaign begins with a number of advantages already in hand. First and foremost is Meridian itself. The city is small enough for business and personal relationships to flourish across diverse sectors of the community, but big enough for individuals and groups to accomplish just about any dream. Those who live here truly care about their home, as the enthusiastic initial response to Live Love Grow demonstrates. And the revitalization of the historic downtown heart of the city has already begun:
• The 2006 opening of the MSU Riley Center brought excitement back to downtown. On nights when the restored jewel of a theater hosts a performance, people throng the streets. Live Love Grow envisions a time, soon, when the downtown streets buzz with activity every day.
• The new Harvest Grill has joined a growing roster of downtown restaurants and clubs. Weidmann’s, of course, has anchored the downtown dining scene since 1870. Other delicious options include The Deli on Fifth, Aie’s Taste of Thai, Jean’s Restaurant, and The Brickhouse Bar & Grill.
• The MSU Riley Center is not only a premier performing-arts center and conference facility, but also an anchor of the Downtown Campus of Mississippi State University-Meridian. The campus encompasses two other adjoining structures. The Newberry Building houses the university’s Division of Business. And renovations have already begun to turn the Kress Building into the home of the MSU-Meridian Kinesiology program.
• A temporary office and a cleared lot on Front Street herald what promises to be a game-changing enhancement to the skyline. Within just a few years, the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Center is scheduled to open. It will celebrate Mississippi’s contribution to the arts, bring worldwide attention to downtown Meridian and spearhead a wide range of artistic and cultural events and opportunities throughout the city.

In short, Live Love Grow encourages everyone in Meridian to experience the city in three ways: Live in downtown Meridian, whether you reside there, work there or just enjoy the shows, dining and other amenities. Love its one-of-a-kind historic character and all the things it already has to offer. Grow together toward an exciting future.

Because in Meridian, everything happens in the heart of the city.

For more information about the Live Love Grow campaign and the City of Meridian visit www.meridianms.org.

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Earth’s Bounty ... first Saturday of each month during the growing season, AND Third Saturday Specials

Date(s): 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015, 5/24/2015, 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015, 6/3/2015, 6/4/2015, 6/5/2015, 6/6/2015, 6/7/2015, 6/8/2015, 6/9/2015, 6/10/2015, 6/11/2015, 6/12/2015, 6/13/2015, 6/14/2015, 6/15/2015, 6/16/2015, 6/17/2015, 6/18/2015, 6/19/2015, 6/20/2015, 6/21/2015, 6/22/2015, 6/23/2015, 6/24/2015, 6/25/2015, 6/26/2015, 6/27/2015, 6/28/2015, 6/29/2015, 6/30/2015, 7/1/2015, 7/2/2015, 7/3/2015, 7/4/2015, 7/5/2015, 7/6/2015, 7/7/2015, 7/8/2015, 7/9/2015, 7/10/2015, 7/11/2015, 7/12/2015, 7/13/2015, 7/14/2015

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The Meridian Area Farmers Market is once again launching its Third Saturday Special, designed to encourage more customers to purchase fresh produce and to offer the same types of activities that have made Earth’s Bounty one of the premiere monthly events in Meridian.

While Earth’s Bounty is held on the first Saturday of each month during the growing season, the Third Saturday Specials will be held on the third Saturday of each month, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Front Street under the 18th Avenue Overpass.

In addition to the freshest fruits and vegetables in the area, Third Saturday Specials will also include food sampling, live entertainment and basket giveaways, according to Ronnie Chatham, president of the Meridian Area Farmers Market.

“Earth’s Bounty has done a great job telling people about our Farmers Market,” said Chatham, “but a lot of people still don’t realize our farmers are under the bridge six days a week. We want to continue to raise awareness and bring more people downtown, not just once a month but every day.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT DEBBIE DELSHAD AT MERIDIAN MAIN STREET AT 601-693-7480

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JCJC welding students win Hammerhead 500

Date(s): 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015, 5/24/2015, 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015, 6/3/2015, 6/4/2015, 6/5/2015, 6/6/2015, 6/7/2015, 6/8/2015, 6/9/2015, 6/10/2015, 6/11/2015, 6/12/2015, 6/13/2015, 6/14/2015

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Jones County Junior College
JCJC welding students win Hammerhead 500
ELLISVILLE – A special class project turned into a big win for a team of Jones County Junior College welders. The team of four students, Jared Revette of Raleigh, Ethan Wimberley of Myrick, Matt Arender of Raleigh and Nestor Castro of Laurel brought home the Hammerhead 500 winner’s trophy and some cash with the “car” they created.

“This car was designed and built in the JCJC welding shop at the Ellisville campus by students,” said Rod Tolbert, JCJC welding instructor, race coach and Industrial Services Division Chair. “The car was made out of a steel square tubing frame with an aluminum body. This is a fun project that the students look forward to each year because the welding students get some great fabrication experience as well as the satisfaction of winning.”

JCJC students not only won first place in the college division at the Hammer Head 500 in Bay Springs after being unsuccessful in last year’s competition, but they also beat out a big competitor: Mississippi State University.

Jared Revette said the win was extra special beating MSU. However, the experience was even more important. “This was a great opportunity for us to learn multiple fabrication techniques, which are skills that will help us in the workforce.”

The Bobcat team also earned third place in the Open Division of the annual Brick Street Derby with the car that had to be less than 500 pounds and no more than 12 feet long or 5 feet wide. The re-engineered Bobcat car earned the team $300 for first place.

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

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ECCC Announces Summer Registration Sessions

Date(s): 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015, 5/24/2015, 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015, 6/3/2015, 6/4/2015, 6/5/2015, 6/6/2015, 6/7/2015, 6/8/2015, 6/9/2015, 6/10/2015, 6/11/2015, 6/12/2015, 6/13/2015, 6/14/2015

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East Central Community College
ECCC Announces Summer Registration Sessions
New and transfer students planning to attend 2015 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 Saturday, June 6; Thursday, July 9; and Friday, August 14, 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 high school/college transcripts. Transfer students must have all college transcripts on file before they can register.
“As in years 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 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, apply for a parking decal and complete the online orientation.
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.
Lee added, “A complimentary meal will be served from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Mabry Memorial Cafeteria for students and parents.”
Fall classes begin Monday, August 17.
For more information, contact Student Services at 601-635-6205 or email rlee@eccc.edu.

Maria McLeod
Assistant to the Associate Vice President
for Public Information
East Central Community College
601-635-6303

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ECCC, Town of Decatur Dedicate Paving, Sidewalk, Lighting Projects

Date(s): 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015

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East Central Community College and the Town of Decatur
ECCC, Town of Decatur Dedicate Paving, Sidewalk, Lighting Projects

East Central Community College and the Town of Decatur officially dedicated the completion of paving, sidewalk, and lighting projects with a joint ribbon-cutting on West Broad Street in front of the campus Tuesday, May 12. Helping cut the ribbon, were ...
Decatur Alderman Mark Buntyn, ECCC Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Jimmy Hollingsworth, ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart, Mississippi Department of Transportation Central Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall, Decatur Mayor Pat O’Neill, State Rep. Randy Rushing (District 78), and ECCC Board of Trustees Vice Chairman Jerry Smith. The projects were made possible by Surface Transportation Program and Transportation Alternatives Program grant funding provided through the Mississippi Department of Transportation

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JCJC is offering non-credit computer class in Waynesboro

Date(s): 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015

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Jones County Junior College’s Wayne County Center
JCJC is offering non-credit computer class in Waynesboro
ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Wayne County Center will be offering an Introduction to Personal Computers class beginning Tuesday, May 19, 2015. The class will meet each Tuesday night for six weeks from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The cost for the class is $55.00 which includes books. CEUs are available at the conclusion of the class for $10. Registration is required one week prior to the start date of the class. For more information or to register for the class, please contact Melanie James at 601-735-2228.
For the most current schedule of JCJC’s non-credit courses, please visit the website: http://www.jcjc.edu/atc/eventscalendar_noncreditclasses.php or visit the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/jcjc.atc.

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

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ECCC ADN Graduates

Date(s): 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015

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East Central Community College
ECCC ADN Graduates
These East Central Community College students received their Associate Degree Nursing pins during a special ceremony held Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in Huff Auditorium on the Decatur campus. Graduates and their respective hometowns include
Tiara Bailey, Meridian; Melissa Barham, Polkville; Sherrie Perry, Decatur; Jessica Steen, Kosciusko; Robyn Johnson, Sebastopol; Kenya Hickman, Louisville; Casie McClendon, Forest; Shelby Harthcock, Newton; and Hayden Stokes, Louisville
Tiffany Anderson, Newton; Kayla Jenkins, Louisville; Traci Lewis, Decatur; Hailey Smith Jones and Bethany Jones, both of Philadelphia; Aimee Woods, Louisville; Chassidy Gates, Decatur; Mary Catherine Hunt, Louisville; Taylor Deese, Noxapater; Reagan Anderson, Philadelphia; Tony Sistrunk, Sebastopol; John Mark Carter, Louisville; and Amber Pierce, Carthage
Nikki Smith, Union; Sharley Hardin, Rebecca Wicker and Danielle Pettigrew, all of Forest; Bailey Talbot, Louisville; Aleta Shade, Carthage; Kimberly Noblin, Forest; Amy Whittle and Chesney Spence, both of Philadelphia; Kayla McCleary and Victoria Sanders, both of Carthage; Angela Reeves, Decatur; and Alex Meador, Chunky
Marty Boatner, Louisville; Kalecia Bean, Bruce; Emily Price, Sebastopol; Katie Pigg, Carthage; Eula Lewis, Brandon; Darryl Cooks, Walnut Grove; Trilandra Ware, Forest; Kurt Simoneau, Louin; Patience Haynes, Noxapater; Jordan Clearman, Philadelphia; Samantha Ellingburg, Little Rock; Shakeela Flournoy Taylorsville; and Shane Wilbourne, Forest. Denita Thomas serves as Dean of Healthcare Education.
Maria McLeod
Assistant to the Associate Vice President
for Public Information
East Central Community College
601-635-6303

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ECCC Retirees Honored at Luncheon

Date(s): 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015

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East Central Community College in Decatur
ECCC Retirees Honored at Luncheon

East Central Community College in Decatur honored four retirees during its annual end-of-the-year luncheon held Friday, May 8, 2015, in Mabry Memorial Cafeteria on campus.

Bubby Johnston of Forest (vice president for public information), who retired after 28 years of service; Joe Barrett of Decatur (workforce development coordinator), who retired after 10 years; Robin Fulton of Louisville (mathematics instructor), who retired after six years; and Debbie Gordon of Louisville (computer science instructor), who retired after 11 years.

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EMBDC - Upcoming Events

Date(s): 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015, 5/24/2015, 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015

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Upcoming Events

YPM Monthly Meeting
Rush Ambulatory Building
Private Dining Room -3rd Flr
Monday, May 18th
12 p.m.

CertainTeed
Ribbon Cutting
2710 US Highway 11 South
Monday, May 18th
2 p.m.

Sleep Inn & MainStay Suites
Ribbon Cutting
901 First Avenue East
Wednesday, May 20th
11 a.m.

St. Patrick's Ribbon Cutting
2700 Davis Street
Thursday, May 21st
10 a.m.

Mitchell Companies
Business After Hours
100 49th Avenue
Thursday, May 28th
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Leadership Lauderdale Graduation
Business Before Hours
MSU Riley Center
Tuesday, June 2nd
8 a.m.

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Beulah Baptist Church Vacation Bible School

Date(s): 6/7/2015, 6/8/2015, 6/9/2015, 6/10/2015

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Beulah Baptist Church Decatur, MS
Beulah Baptist Church Vacation Bible School
Decatur, MS
June 7th through 10th.
Sunday 12:30 until 4:00 PM
Monday through Wednesday 5:45 until 8:00
More info (601) 635-2882

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EMBDC - Ribbon Cutting - CertainTeed Ceilings Meridian Plant

Date(s): 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015

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CertainTeed Ceilings Meridian Plant 2710 Highway 11 South Meridian, MS
What: CertainTeed, North America’s leading brand of building products, will host a ribbon cutting event to commemorate the reopening of its ceilings manufacturing operation in Meridian, Mississippi.

When: Monday, May 18, 2015
11:00 a.m. Meet & greet, early plant tours
12:30 p.m. BBQ picnic lunch and live music
2:00 p.m. Grand Opening ceremony, ribbon cutting and guest speakers
2:30-4 p.m. Plant tours

Where: CertainTeed Ceilings Meridian Plant
2710 Highway 11 South
Meridian, MS 39307



Casey Holladay
Events Coordinator
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation

1901 Front Street, Suite A
Meridian, MS 39301

601.693.1306
F 601.693.5638
www.embdc.org

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Top of Class Honored At JCJC

Date(s): 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015

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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. Enterprise High School Valedictorian Justin Williams and Salutatorian Miranda Espey participated in this year’s celebration.

WDAM-TV news personalities Ryan Moore, Karrie Leggett-Brown, and Megan Hodge awarded the area’s valedictorians and salutatorians with a certificate of achievement. The group of 100 high school students was honored with a day of entertainment, speakers, and breakfast.

The WDAM-TV production crew videotaped the event to be featured during the WDAM-Sunrise at 5:58 a.m., beginning May 18 through June 19, and on the WDAM-TV web page. WDAM-TV and Jones County Junior College are sponsors of this event
Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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Top of Class Honored At JCJC

Date(s): 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015

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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. Wayne County High School Valedictorian Taylor Hathorn and Salutatorian Mackenzie Hutto participated in this year’s celebration.

WDAM-TV news personalities Ryan Moore, Karrie Leggett-Brown and Megan Hodge awarded the area’s valedictorians and salutatorians with a certificate of achievement. The group of 100 high school students was honored with a day of entertainment, speakers and breakfast.

The WDAM-TV production crew videotaped the event to be featured during WDAM-Sunrise at 5:58 a.m., beginning May 18 through June 19, and on the WDAM-TV web page. WDAM-TV and Jones County Junior College are sponsors of this event.
Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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Jones County D.A. keynotes JCJC’s Spring Commencement

Date(s): 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015

10:00 am

Jones County Junior College ... in the A.B. Howard/Bobcat Gymnasium.
Jones County D.A. keynotes JCJC’s Spring Commencement

ELLISVILLE - Jones County Junior College’s Spring Commencement Ceremony will be held Friday, May 15, at 10 a.m. in the A.B. Howard/Bobcat Gymnasium. Overflow seating will be available in the Fine Arts Auditorium with a simulcast of the ceremony. Commencement will also be streamed on the web page, www.jcjc.edu or www.jcjc.tv.

A record number of 901 students are eligible to graduate with either, an Associate in Arts degree, Associate in Applied Science degree, or a Vocational Certificate. Additionally, 242 students have already met graduation requirements after the fall semester and may participate in spring commencement ceremonies with 629 who have said they would participate in commencement exercises.

The keynote speaker will be Jones County District Attorney, Tony Buckley. He has been the top prosecutor since 2003, when he first ran against an incumbent. In his third term beginning in 2011, Buckley did not to have an opponent and became the first District Attorney in Jones County to be elected for more than two terms. During this election year, he again faces no challenger and will begin his fourth term as Jones County’s District Attorney in January of 2016.
The Sheffield, England native went to school in Ecclesfield, South Yorkshire and graduated with Honors in 1987, from the University College of Swansea in the United Kingdom. As part of his undergraduate degree he was required to complete a year at the University of Tennessee, at Knoxville. After undergraduate school, he pursued a master’s degree at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg before going on to law school at Mississippi College in Jackson to earn his law degree in 1992.
Buckley calls Calhoun his home, where he lives with his wife of 26 years, Michelle and his three children, one of whom is graduating from Jones.

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

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CONSERVATION: PASS IT DOWN

Date(s): 5/28/2015

5:00 pm

Neshoba County Coliseum
CONSERVATION: PASS IT DOWN
The third annual “Conservation: Pass it Down” will be held on May 28th, 2015 at the Neshoba County Coliseum with registration beginning at 5pm. The purpose of the event is to help you educate, excite, and engage our county’s youth about their current and upcoming responsibilities to be good stewards of our natural resources. Learn fun, educational, hands-on activities that you can do at home and help us “Pass it Down” to the next generation!

We are proud to announce that Mississippi State Extension will perform Woodshop Magic!

Presenters from the following agencies will also be present: The Neshoba County Forestry Association, Mississippi Forestry Commission, Mississippi State Extension Service, USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service, Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and Mississippi Soil and Water Conservation Commission. Subjects presented will include: forestry, non-point pollution, container gardens, nutrition, soils, sand art, wildlife, vermi composting, and paper recycling. Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and Mentors are all welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult!

This event is sponsored by the Neshoba County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Neshoba County Forestry Association, Mississippi State Extension Service, and USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Top of Class Honored At JCJC

Date(s): 5/11/2015, 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015, 5/24/2015, 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015

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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. Hattiesburg High School Valedictorian Janecia Seymore and Salutatorian Millicent Krebs participated in this year’s celebration.
WDAM-TV news personalities Ryan Moore, Karrie Leggett-Brown and Megan Hodge awarded the area’s valedictorians and salutatorians with a certificate of achievement. The group of 100 high school students was honored with a day of entertainment, speakers and breakfast.
The WDAM-TV production crew videotaped the event to be featured during the WDAM-Sunrise at 5:58 a.m., beginning May 18 through June 19, and on the WDAM-TV web page. WDAM-TV and Jones County Junior College are sponsors of this event.

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

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Meridian Main Street - Downtown Happenings - May 11th - May 17th

Date(s): 5/11/2015, 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015

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Downtown Happenings - May 11th - May 17th - Vol. lV No. 25

Monday, May 11, 2015

Event: Linens are in for Spring

Location: The Liberty Shop
Time: all week
For More Information: Call 601.693.5331
Just in time for spring, come get your linens at the liberty shop!

Event:Deals on Select Items
Location:Planters Supply
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2684
Deals on ferns, peppers, tomatoes, elephant ears, milk weeds, lemon grass, garden seeds, and more!

Event: 15% off Framing
Location:Lucas Road
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.483.0028
all frames are 15% off.

Event: 60% off Prom Dresses
Location:BambinosBoutique
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.5253
Adult Prom Dresses, 60% off.

Event:Shirt & Tie Combos
Location:Sam's Fashion
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2731

Event: Half Off Bottles of Wine
Location:Weidmann's
Time: Every Monday
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770
Happy Hour 4pm - 7pm.

Event: Meridian Craft Beer Club
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 7pm - 8pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
The Meridian Craft Beer Club meets and discusses a craft each week.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Event:Terrific Tuesday Facebook Sale
Location: LaBiche Jewelers
Time: 9am
For More Information: Call 601.693.6071
Every Tuesday morning at 9am, an item with a Terrific sale price will be posted on Facebook! It will be available on a first come, first served basis for that day only!

Event: Free Computer Training
Location:AOTECH Computers
Time: 10am-11:30am & 6:00pm-7:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.990.8324
These classes are designed specifically for beginners and include basic skill building and clear explanations of basic computer components. We will cover the following Topics: Basic Computers Skills, Operating System Differences [ Windows, Mac, Ubuntu Linux ] and Introduction to the internet. Advanced computer training is coming soon.

Event: Surf n' Turf Night
Location:Harvest Grill
Time: 5:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.282.5609

Event:Ladies Night/Live Music Tuesday
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
Local Live Music with Chad Fuller!

Event:Trivia Night
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 8pm till close
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770
Happy Hour 4pm - 7pm


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Event:Half Price Drinks During Happy Hour
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 4pm - 7pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770

Event: Rusty Gold Picker's Ball
Location: Soule Steam Works
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.9905
Join us for the First Annual Rusty Gold Picker's Ball at historic Soule' Steam Works.Enjoy good music, food and drink at this unique party for visitors coming to shop at the Highway 11 Antique Alley Yard Sale.

Event: Live Trivia
Location:BrickHaus
Time: 8pm - 11:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Event: US 11 Antique Alley Sale
Location: Soule Steam Works
Time: 7:00am - 4:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.9905
US 11 Antique Alley begins in Meridian, Mississippi and continues to Bristol, Virginia along 502 miles of historic U.S. Highway 11. The sale is celebrating more than 18 years of rummaging fun up and down the Highway 11 corridor.

Event:Meridian Lions Club
Location:Rush Hospital Cafeteria
Time: 11:30am - 1pm
For More Information: Call 662.418.5848
Anyone in the community is welcome as a guest!

Event: Chris Botti
Location: MSU Riley Center
Time: 7:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.696.2200
He's been called the world's best-selling jazz instrumentalist, but his most recent album, Impressions, won a Grammy Award as Best Pop Instrumental Album.

Event: Zac Day
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 8:00pm - 12:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Friday, May 15, 2015

Event: US 11 Antique Alley Sale
Location: Soule Steam Works
Time: 7:00am - 4:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.9905
US 11 Antique Alley begins in Meridian, Mississippi and continues to Bristol, Virginia along 502 miles of historic U.S. Highway 11. The sale is celebrating more than 18 years of rummaging fun up and down the Highway 11 corridor.

Event: PRAM Meeting
Location: Rush Cafeteria Private Dining Room
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.696.2203
Lunch is Dutch Treat.

Event: Shootin' and Scootin' Club
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
see website for details.

Event: Samm and Scott
Location:BrickHaus
Time: 9:00pm - 1:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Event: Shallow Side
Location: Rhythm & Brews
Time: 8:00pm - 2:00am
For More Information: Call 601.282.5608

Event: MUM Day
Location:Meridian Underground Music
Time: All Day
For More Information: Call 601.485.1363
Receive a gift or a discount on your purchase when wearing a MUM t-shirt on Fridays

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Event: US 11 Antique Alley Sale
Location: Soule Steam Works
Time: 7:00am - 4:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.9905
US 11 Antique Alley begins in Meridian, Mississippi and continues to Bristol, Virginia along 502 miles of historic U.S. Highway 11. The sale is celebrating more than 18 years of rummaging fun up and down the Highway 11 corridor.

Event: Rebel Band
Location: Rhythm & Brews
Time: 8:00pm - 2:00am
For More Information: Call 601.282.5608

Event: Black Water Boogie
Location:BrickHaus
Time: 9:00pm - 1:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Event: Jazz Brunch with Steve Watson
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 10am - 4pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770

Event: Open Mic with Redbird/ Live Music
with Chase Neal
Location:BrickHaus
Time: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242


For all community events check out the Meridian Community Calendar

If you would like your event on Meridian Main Street's Downtown Happenings, the deadline is Thursday at noon the week before
a published calendar (calendars are sent on Mondays)
For all community events check out the Meridian Community Calendar
Meridian Main Street is an award winning not-for-profit, public/private partnership working in concert with others for the revitalization of downtown Meridian. To join Main Street, call 601.693.7480 or visit our website http://meridianmainstreet.com. Like us on Facebook: Meridian Main Street

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Illuminations Center for Dyslexia Ribbon Cutting

Date(s): 5/11/2015, 5/12/2015

11:00 am

Illuminations Center for Dyslexia 302 17th Street Suite C Meridian, MS
What: Illuminations Center for Dyslexia Ribbon Cutting

When: Tuesday, May 12th at 11:00 a.m.

Where: 302 17th Street Suite C Meridian, MS

Why: The EMBDC will host a Ribbon Cutting for Illuminations Center for Dyslexia’s new location.


Casey Holladay
Events Coordinator
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation

1901 Front Street, Suite A
Meridian, MS 39301

601.693.1306
F 601.693.5638
www.embdc.org

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Chunky River Raft Race and Festival

Date(s): 6/6/2015

See Scheedule

Chunky Shoals Fish Camp 13221 Highway 80 ... 1 mile east of Chunky, MS
The Chunky River Raft Race and Festival will take place June 6th at Chunky Shoals Fish Camp
also this year's event will include a 5K Float for the Alzheimers Association. Alzheimer's Float time begins at 9 am ...
(registration 8:00 am)

Festival starts at 11:00 am
(601) 605-4476 rick@chunkyshoalsfishcamp.com

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Allen Addresses Fellow Graduates During ECCC Commencement

Date(s): 5/11/2015, 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015

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Neshoba County Coliseum in Philadelphia
Allen Addresses Fellow Graduates During ECCC Commencement

Addressing his fellow graduates during East Central Community College’s 86th Commencement held Friday, May 8, 2015, at the Neshoba County Coliseum in Philadelphia, Zach Allen of Louisville encouraged his classmates to overcome their fears.

“Ed Helms said, ‘Don’t be afraid of fear. Because it sharpens you, it challenges you, it makes you stronger; and when you run away from fear, you also run away from the opportunity to be your best possible self.’ Fear is a major obstacle in the world today. Whether it is a fear of trying new things or what people think of us, in the end, it all doesn’t matter,” said Allen, who is an ECCC Hall of Fame recipient and president of Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

He continued his remarks by reminiscing about the fear he had during his first week at East Central and how he chose joy as opposed to worry or dread, which in turn lead to a great college experience.

“I came to East Central in hopes of receiving a good education that would equip me for further learning,” Allen said. “I am leaving East Central better prepared not only academically, but spiritually as well. Thank you to all of the faculty and administration for investing your time in us students on campus and especially me. You all have played a part in making East Central the No. 1 community college in the state where we do things the EC Way-Excellence With Class.”

He concluded his remarks by quoting Deuteronomy 31:6: “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear because God is with you.”

In addition to Allen, those participating in the program included graduating sophomores Leah Ferguson of Philadelphia, invocation; Ramone Tate of Bay St. Louis, benediction; and Haleigh West and Makenzie Rowzee, both of Hickory, who presented the musical selection “Whenever You Remember.”

College President Dr. Billy W. Stewart awarded degrees and certificates to nearly 600 graduates. Dr. Teresa Houston, Vice President for Instruction, presented candidates.

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WTOK has acquired the rights to three pre-season New Orleans Saints games

Date(s): 8/13/2015, 8/14/2015, 8/15/2015, 8/16/2015, 8/17/2015, 8/18/2015, 8/19/2015, 8/20/2015, 8/21/2015, 8/22/2015, 8/23/2015, 8/24/2015, 8/25/2015, 8/26/2015, 8/27/2015, 8/28/2015, 8/29/2015, 8/30/2015, 8/31/2015, 9/1/2015, 9/2/2015, 9/3/2015

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WTOK has acquired the rights to three pre-season New Orleans Saints games to air on Meridian’s CW8
later this summer. We will air the games in prime time on CW8 in HD on the dates below.

• The Raycom Saints Network will air 3 Pre-Season games:
• Thursday, August 13th 6:30PM CDT
(@ Baltimore)
• Saturday, August 22nd 6:30pm CDT
(vs. New England)
• Thursday, September 3rd 6PM CDT
(@Green Bay)


Meridian's CW8 Distribution Channels
Basic HD Tier
Over the Air 11.3 11.3
Comcast Meridian / Lauderdale Co. 8 438
BCI Mississippi MaxxSouth / Philadelphia 8 705
C-spire Wireless - Quitman 8 8
Directv 12
Dish Network 49
Mediacom York/Livingston 5
Pine Belt Wireless - Butler 6
Newwave Quitman/Waynesboro 13
Cable TV, Inc - Scooba 12
Sky Cablevision - Bellamy 3
Buford - NAS Meridian 98

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Trace Adkins and His Trademark Baritone Head for the MSU Riley Center

Date(s): 6/18/2015

7:30 pm

MSU Riley Center
Trace Adkins and His Trademark Baritone Head for the MSU Riley Center

MERIDIAN, MS – Trace Adkins will bring his resonant baritone voice and tough/tender personality to the MSU Riley Center for a great evening of country music on Thursday, June 18, at 7:30 p.m. A pre-show party with refreshments begins in the Grand Lobby at 6 p.m.

Adkins is a Grammy Award–nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry as well as a TV personality, actor, and author. He’s also a spokesman for the American Red Cross and the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps injured military veterans. To support U.S. troops, he has performed on seven USO tours.

The former oil rigger swaggers through such rousing hit songs as “(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing,” “Ladies Love Country Boys,” and “Honky Tonk BAdonkadonk.” He’s also the father of five girls, and his tender side shows on “You’re Gonna Miss This” and “Just Fishin’.” Either way, he knows how to give an audience a great time.

For fans of: Toby Keith, Montgomery Gentry, Tim McGraw

What critics say: “He’s got a big, deep voice, a family-man image, and a penchant for rowdy songs that get the party started. Adkins also has a soft spot for he-man ballads, infusing the lyrics with muscular emotion.” – Mary Colurso, The Birmingham News

Tickets are $65 and $59 at the MSU Riley Center Box Office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets can be purchased online at www.msurileycenter.com or by calling the box office at 601.696.2200.

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EMCC STUDENT GRADUATES WITH ELITE SCHOLARSHIPS ... Elizabeth Barnacastle

Date(s): 5/9/2015, 5/10/2015, 5/11/2015, 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015

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East Mississippi Community College ... Golden Triangle and Scooba campuses
EMCC STUDENT GRADUATES WITH ELITE SCHOLARSHIPS

SCOOBA – Elizabeth Barnacastle impressed more than just her instructors during her time at East Mississippi Community College.
The Meridian native is one of only two community college students in the country to earn the 2015 GEICO Pathway to Completion Baccalaureate Scholarship, which she’ll take to Mississippi State after graduating along with more than 500 EMCC students who took part in three separate commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday at the Golden Triangle and Scooba campuses.
Barnacastle was surprised with the news of her GEICO scholarship by a representative from the insurance company in April as she and fellow Phi Theta Kappa honor society members attended the PTK National Convention April 15-18 in San Antonio, Texas.
“They said they wanted to see my face when they told me the news. Honestly, I was so shocked,” said Barnacastle.
But she left San Antonio with more than just the GEICO scholarship. Barnacastle was also named to PTK’s All-Mississippi Academic 1st Team, which carries its own scholarship, and received a Coca-Cola Bronze scholarship through PTK.
Proud as they are of her awards, Barnacastle’s instructors at EMCC’s Scooba campus aren’t exactly surprised.
“In all my years of teaching on the community college level, I have never encountered someone with as much self-motivation as Elizabeth has. She is an exceptional student and an outstanding role model to her community and her peers,” said Janet Briggs, EMCC Humanities Division chairman and PTK sponsor at the Scooba campus.
Having proven she can compete with the best students in the country, Barnacastle is content to stay close to home. She attended EMCC’s Scooba campus because it’s “far enough away from home, but close enough that I can go home every day if I wanted.” And she’ll be even closer to home when she transitions to MSU’s Meridian campus in the fall.
The accounting major will stay busy over the summer thanks to an internship with a Meridian accounting firm. She said she’s “always loved math” since her days at Northeast Lauderdale High School and looks forward to crunching numbers for a living.
Always humble, Elizabeth has yet to even count up her own scholarship totals, although she has more pending. And it’s that same easygoing attitude that brought her to the Scooba campus in the first place.
“It’s not too big and not too small. There are lots of activities on campus, so how much you want to get involved is up to you,” she said.
In addition to being a member of PTK, Barnacastle was a Scooba campus Student Ambassador and a member of the Student Government Association.
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879
Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296
Rocky Higginbotham, PI/marketing associate Office: (662) 476-5013 Cell: (601) 604-2056

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EMCC GRADUATES MORE THAN 500 "Part A"

Date(s): 5/9/2015, 5/10/2015, 5/11/2015, 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015

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East Mississippi Community College ... Golden Triangle and Scooba campuses
EMCC GRADUATES MORE THAN 500

East Mississippi Community College held spring 2015 graduation ceremonies May 8 and 9 at its Golden Triangle and Scooba campuses. The ceremonies included more than 500 academic and career-technical students who graduated from the Scooba, Golden Triangle, Columbus Air Force Base, Naval Air Station Meridian, Lion Hills, West Point Center and online/eLearning campuses.
A list of graduates, sorted by county and hometown, is included below.


ALCORN
Corinth: Osiris Copeland

ATTALA
McCool: Mallory Griffith, Cody Miller
Sallis: Dennison Bell

CALHOUN
Calhoun City: Tanner Bailey, Trisha Williams

CHICKASAW
Houlka: Jason Christensen
Houston: Hillary Ford, Taylor Kelly, Ross Moore, Chloe Tapley, Magen Tapley, Christopher Upshaw
Okolona: Jason Brown
Woodland: Anna Whitt

CHOCTAW
Ackerman: Bailee Clark, Emma James, Pamela Keeton, Cody Landrum, Donna McKinney, Brandi Medders, Miranda Miller, Nicholas Morrow, Sherry Moss, Kendall Odom, Jodi Peden, Melissa Swanner, Timothy Thomas
Weir: Kenneth Vowell

CLARKE
Pachuta: Marilyn Kelly
Quitman: Ashley Davis, Jaleesa Harris, Kajuania Jones, Rebecca Weis, Tyler Williams
Shubuta: Jeremy Sumrall

CLAY
Pheba: Akia Johnson, Willie Owens, Audrey Walker
West Point: Ashley Acker, Hannah Allen, Mamie Allen, Shay Atkins, Conner Baird, Christina Bradshaw, Monique Bradshaw, Ashton Childress, Aaron Conley, Stephen Craft, Jefferson Ellis, Thomas Ellis, Chris Gable, Christina Gibbs, Kyle Gordon, Joshua Guest, Athen Hambey, Taylor Harris, Jordan Hawkins, Trey Heard, Dominique Jones, Sierra Jones, Steven Jones, Tawona Lewis, Angela Maynard, Megan McBrayer, Joel McClain, Wendi McMinn, Jessica McVay, Mark Minor, Brittany Montgomery, Christian Rodriguez, Abby Scott, James Smith, Joshua Smothers, Justin Sumner, Alexis Taylor, Amberely Thomas, Morgan Vanderbraden, Caitlyn Walker, Dustin Weedon, James Weston, James White, Amber Wilkerson

COPIAH
Crystal Springs: Clayton Denson, Devin Harper
Hazlehurst: Demetrius Cain

DESOTO
Olive Branch: Heather Abney, Kristopher Ausburn
Southaven: Brett Purnell

FORREST
Hattiesburg: Christpher Standland
Petal: Charles Simmons

GEORGE
Lucedale: Hunter Brannan

HARRISON
Gulfport: Jonathan Liberto
Pass Christian: William Lassabe

HINDS
Clinton: Conner Mounger
Jackson: Tori Moses
Terry: Lauren Lewis
Utica: Jill Thompson

JACKSON
Ocean Springs: Stephanie Jacobs
Pascagoula: Andrew Crane

JASPER
Louin: Vera Keyes

KEMPER
De Kalb: Dakota Aust, Melvin Benamon, Jakaylea Bennamon, Morgan McMahon, Cadarius Odom, Angel Robbins, Elitor Wallace, Jonathan Wiggins, Donald Williams, Jelani Williams, Tevin Williams
Porterville: Cordesha Anderson, Jaburious Jackson, Vickie Jackson
Preston: Zachary Hanna, Neil Leonard, Thomas Luke, Michael Resh, Robniecha Rush
Scooba: Cordarius Cross, Jasmine Granger, Jordan Jones, Shaquisha Mosley, Marneisha Reed, Susan Reynolds, Richard Rigdon, Sommers Spencer, Tyesha Terrell, Amy Thomas, Inieshia Winston

LAUDERDALE
Collinsville: Tyler Cole, Christopher Jenkins
Daleville: Erin Henry, Dennis Parker
Lauderdale: Sharmane Hopson, Nick Kosier, Shalonda McDonald, Carolyn Parker, Dylan Smith
Meridian: Desmond Anderson, Cassie Collins, Antonio Finley, Bryson Gant, Edward Griffin, Dallas Heim, Colby Howard, Blake Key, Sarah Lolley, Corey Massey, Jackson Mayatt, Christopher Roney, James Roberts, Ryan Scott, Aliyah Staten, Lauren Stephens, Katelyn Tomberlin, Cody Welde, Samuel Williams
Toomsuba: Elizabeth Barnacastle, James Randall, Christian Shelby

LEAKE
Carthage: Darren Hardage, Krista Greenwood, Chekita Cannon
Walnut Grove: Myra Boler

LEE
Tupelo: Kelsey Groves, Kortney Seal, Ayana Johnson, Dylan Vuncannon

LOWNDES
Artesia: Jeremy McGee
Caledonia: Kevin Blizard, Jacob Britton, Cassie Brown, Michael Bruce, Brandon Craig, Haylee Crouch, Katherine Davis, Hunter Griffin, Devin Jordan, Lowell Lee, Kailey Lavendar, Mark McCoy, Raymond Mims, Vonetta Moore, Jeremy Reed-Wood, Klara Scott, William Seabrooks, Davids Smith, Sidney Snapka, Arl Taylor, Michael Unruh, Allison Williams, Darby Williams, Jackson Yeager
Columbus: Shailexis Allen, Johnathon Andrews, Andrew Ashton, Quadevious Atterberry, Matthew Barnes, Jaylan Barry, Darrin Black, Christopher Bonner, William Bonner, Trisha Boone, Cassady Bovee, R.D. Bradford, Anthony Brewer, Elizabeth Brooks, Tawanda Brooks, Jacqueline Bullock, Kaylee Cade, Mac Carver, Carl Cheatham, Carol Cassell, Kendrick Conner, Corey Council, Dequanata Eckford, Miguel Flores, Mark Fortune, Ericia Gammon, Charles Gardner, Jasmine Gardner, Mikayla Gore, Charline Grace, James Gunter, Jabresha Groves, Becky Hairston, Lizzie Harris, Patrice Harris, Johnathan Hendrix, Alfred Hill, Raymond Hollivay, Erica Horton, Luke Hudson, Daniel Hughes, Douglas Hughes, Jasmine Jackson, Jeremiah Jeffery, Abigail Jenkins, Breuna Jones, Jamarcus Jones, Keuna Jones, Lawrence Jones, Thaddieus Jones, Zachary Kimbrell, Rickey Knox, Kelvin Lagrone, Marcus Lagrone, Wesley Lake, Sammie Lee, Curtis Leech, Preston Long, Corey Lowery, Anthony Malone, Michael Manley, Jonathan Martin, Ashley Massey, Alicia McBride, Anna McCrary, Joshua McKay, Jonathan Meadows, Cacovia Millsap, Tavares Mixon, Robert Moore, Jonathan Morris, Demarco Morgan, James Mullis, Thomas Nettles, Brody Parker, Charles Patrick, Martha Patterson, Ashlee Peacock, Skylar Pearson, Campton Pittman, Olivia Plant, Christina Pleasants, Max Porter, Turner Pounders, Antonio Pratt, Edward Preston, Desmon Psalms, Marino Randle, Richard Rast, Ashley Reed, William Reeves, Brandon Reynolds, Acia Rice, Adrienne Saffore, Kennedi Sanders, David Scott, Harold Smith, Kelsea Smith, Kristen Smith, Y’lan Smith, Nicole Sparks, Erin Stanfield, Kasey Stanfield, Benjamin Taylor, Jasmine Taylor, Orlando Taylor, John Tedford, Colt Vanover, Mason Vaughn, Cole Walker, Allen Ward, Lashayla Wells, Caleb Westmoreland, Jada Williams, Monica Williams, Steely Wilson, Chelsee Young,
Crawford: Jamal Lasker
Steens: Bryson Bailey, Ricky Baker, Jesse Black, Kylie Brown, Rebecca Davis, Houston Greggs, Larissa Hawkins, Charles Hicks, Matthew Hudson, Katelyn Kendrick, Zachary McKee, Ronald Williams, Isaac Wilson, Kody Winter, Elizabeth Younger

MADISON
Canton: Max Morgan
Madison: Hunter Poe, Amy Tubertini, Adelaide Wilson
Ridgeland: Wade Ellis, Eric Wiggins

MARSHALL
Byhalia: Precious Rogers

MONROE
Aberdeen: Shantion Eckford, Jacob Dickens, James Doty, Cecile Fields, Deja Holliday, Joseph Schrock, Taylor Williams, Vonsha Ewing, Zavia Forshee
Amory: Barton Hudson, Britt Reynolds, Andrew Pearson
Hamilton: Brandon Fikes, Alexius Hamilton, Blake Pritchett, Justin Taylor, Randall Jackson, Kelly Robertson
Nettleton: Ashley Tribble
Prairie: Shanette Johnson, Roderick McNairy, Temeka Reese

MONTGOMERY
Winona: Logan Box

NESHOBA
Philadelphia: Miranda Crenshaw, Ava Cumberland, Jessie Gregory, Kendra Henderson, Austin Hight, Jonathan Hight, Mallory Johnson, Melissa Miller, Ayana Whitlock
Union: Jessie Gill

NEWTON
Chunky: Kandi Collins
Decatur: Justin Reeves
Lake: Timothy Pace
Newton: Kenyatta Griffin

NOXUBEE
Brooksville: Holly Borntrager, Dennis Brooks, Diamond Brooks, Terance Bryant, Prentess Chancellor, Katie Cumberland, Genesis Ivory, Jenecia Lockett, Miyake Jones, Darren Miller, Johnathan Orr, Elvalena Shields, Crystal Stevens, Amos Stewart, Joi Stewart, Britney Taylor, Douglas Triplett, Annetta Wells
Macon: Samitria Crook, Laron Dooley, Ethan Ewing, Christopher Fincher, Fernando Phillips, Jeanette Robbins
Shuqualak: Michael Brandon, Monica Hill, Lucas Jones, Michael Robertson, Kayla Thomas

OKTIBBEHA
Maben: Paul Allen, Chad Crowley, Clayton Fulgham, Daniel Winfield, Nathaniel Willers
Starkville: Rohit Addanki, Preston Baker, Matthew Barnes, James Betts, Terranekqa Blair, Bradley Bolin, Amanda Brackin, Colter Branton, Victoria Brooks, Lanetra Brown, Chandler Buntin, Madison Buntin, Justin Burger, Charles Butler, Michael Carraway, Angelia Chandler, Charles Collins, Jamiyah Covington, Joshua Cummings, Angela Davis, Joseph Devlin, Nathan Dixon, Franklin Dodds, Raven Doss, O’Brandon Duck, Jacob Dunstan, Brittany Edgil, Melvin Edgil, Jaquita Ellis, Nicholas Ferrell, Doris Foster, Devious Gandy, Nathan Gaudin, Marcolan Gibson, Megan Grey, Alexandra Grieves, Quintin Hall, Robert Hansford, Tamra Harrell, Leonard Harris, Michael Hays, Prinston Henderson, John Hill, Purcell Hinton, Carrie Holder, Ciera Holliday, Emily Hughes, Jolly Jackson, Kyle Jackson, Christian Jordan, Wesley Keesling, Andrew Lark, Kaitlyn Lomen, Jasmine Manguel, Courtney Martin, Rob Martinson, Samuel McCrory, Naqwuis McCullough, Christpher McHann, Austin Miles, Jordan Miller, Hollie Mullins, Fanecia Murphy, Christopher Necessary, Matthew Oliver, Kimberly Pearson, Matthew Phillips, Eric Plummer, Derek Pendergast, William Ray, Marlon Reese, Caleb Rich, Preston Shotts, Aisha Smith, Bobby Smith, Devin Starkey, Patrick Swoopes, Phillip Thompson, Taylor Thompson, Najeea Waters, Morgan Williams, Raymond Wise, Regina Yarbrough
Sturgis: Zachary Fulgham, Alena Jones, Charles Makamson, Obie Peterson, Michaela Pitts

PEARL RIVER
Poplarville: Justin Johnson

RANKIN
Brandon: Jon McCoy, Aubry Moak, Sha’myia Evans-Patrick, Alexus Sparkman, Jaalyn Williams
Florence: Payton Tucker
Pearl: Danny Alford, Alecha Gibbs

STONE
Perkinston: James Pender

WARREN
Vicksburg: Megan Evans, MacKenzie Davidson, Jerome Woodson

WASHINGTON
Greenville: Jessica Rowland
Hollandale: Carson Smyly

WEBSTER
Bellefontain: Kristen Pittman
Eupora: Daniel Bright, Walter Meek, Allen Reed, Katelyn Rodgers, Elliot Stroud, Billy Salley
Mantee: John Chism III, Karlie Henley, John Smith, Isabella Valdez
Mathiston: Joseph Cook, Richard Dalton, Curtis Helms, Keriann Johnsey, Patricia Kelly, Austin McGinnis, Braxston Perrigin, Candis Phelps, Bailey Williams

WINSTON
Louisville: Kelly Brown, Michael Castle, Hannah Christopher, Tyler Foster, Sheri Hickman, Candace Hunt, Katherine Jones, Katelyn Jordan, Taylor Moody, Natalie Nunnery, Jay Watson, Matthew Wright
Noxapater: Jonathan Swain

OUT OF STATE
Anderson, Ala.: Kelsey Kennemer
Carrollton, Ala.: Whitney Lowe
Demopolis, Ala.: John Scott
Duncanville, Ala.: Landon Williams
Emelle, Ala.: Shantae Jennings
Fayette, Ala.: Byron McCrary
Foley, Ala.: Katherine Norris
Odenville, Ala.: Amber Smith
Reform, Ala.: Kala Benton
Sweetwater, Ala.: Danetta Cottrell
Sebastian, Fla.: Shelvick Henry
Ludowici, Ga.: Logan Chapman
Suwanee, Ga.: Dante Sawyer
Des Allemands, La.: Pepper Baker
St. Amant, La.: Hayden Roddy
Romulus, Mich.: Shannon Defoe
Walterboro, S.C.: Teeria Vaughan
Knoxville, Tenn.: Camion Patrick
Martinsville, Va.: Gervelle Kidd
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879
Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296
Rocky Higginbotham, PI/marketing associate Office: (662) 476-5013 Cell: (601) 604-2056

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EMCC GRAD LEAVES MARK ON TURF MANAGEMENT PROGRAM ...

Date(s): 5/9/2015, 5/10/2015, 5/11/2015, 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015

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East Mississippi Community College ... Golden Triangle and Scooba campuses
EMCC GRAD LEAVES MARK ON TURF MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

MAYHEW – Arl Taylor is proud to be a part of East Mississippi Community College history.
Taylor, of Caledonia, was part of the first class to enter the Recreational Turf Management program at EMCC’s Lion Hills campus when the program was launched in 2013. He graduated along with more than 500 EMCC students who took part in three separate commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday at the Golden Triangle and Scooba campuses.
Taylor, 45, wanted his sons to see him receive his associate of applied science degree. And he also wasn’t about to let his instructor down.
“Mr. Danny asked all the members of the fist class to walk. And if Mr. Danny asks, I’ll be there,” said Taylor.
Danny Smith has helmed the fledgling program at Lion Hills — formerly the Columbus Country Club —since its inception. He did most of the footwork to get the program off the ground, and Taylor’s class accompanied Smith through many changes in its first two years, helping it evolve into the program students will know in the future.
“Arl is like having a second instructor in the class. He came to the program with experience maintaining a golf course, but he’s always been a team player and he accepts criticism. He’s dependable. He’s got a positive attitude and good communication skills. He was a great mentor for the young guys in the program,” said Smith.
Taylor’s help was right on time as the program found its footing in its first years.
“The first year was totally different from the second. We were helping with a lot of really hard projects for the golf course. The bunker renovation and helping with the new irrigation system on the front side.
“The young guys would complain sometimes, but Mr. Danny would tell them this is very valuable experience. The golf side of things isn’t all riding around on equipment and using expensive tools. A lot of it is getting your hands dirty.”
Taylor had worked in golf course maintenance since leaving Weyerhaeuser in 2003. It was during that time that he says he “figured out what I want to do with my life.”
He had considered going to school at Mississippi State on multiple occasions, but said he wouldn’t change the scenario that brought him to EMCC.
“If a person wanted a four-year degree in turf management, I would tell them to spend the first two years at EMCC. You’re going to get more practical skills. More hands-on knowledge. And Mr. Danny is going to be very involved with you and push you hard to get you ready,” he said.
During his time at EMCC, Taylor was awarded an Outstanding Achievement scholarship from the Mississippi Turf Grass Association and was honored by Smith two years in a row as Recreational Turf Management’s Outstanding Freshman and Sophomore Student of the Year at the annual Awards Day program at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus.
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879
Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296
Rocky Higginbotham, PI/marketing associate Office: (662) 476-5013 Cell: (601) 604-2056

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Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) has awarded 16 - $500 scholarships to high school seniors across Mississippi

Date(s): 5/8/2015, 5/9/2015, 5/10/2015, 5/11/2015, 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015

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The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) has awarded 16 - $500 scholarships to high school seniors across Mississippi that have a belief in the lifesaving and life improving gifts that organ, eye and tissue donation can be for others.
“We are excited to award these 16 scholarships to high school seniors that believe in our mission to improve and save lives through organ, eye and tissue donation,” said Kevin Stump, the Chief Executive Officer of MORA. “Whether these high school seniors have a connection to donation through a personal experience or just a strong belief in the Gift of Donation, we want to show our appreciation through these scholarships. We know that these seniors will continue to promote donation at their next level of education. Their testimonials can be more powerful than any brochure or written material that they could share.”
It is with great honor for MORA to award $500 scholarships to Logan Locke – Tishomingo County H.S., Kathryn Knippers – Corinth H.S., Anna Claire Ivy – Booneville H.S., Tyler Presley – Pine Grove H.S., Kent Casey – Vardaman H.S., Amber Rowell – Quitman H.S., Kayla Gines – Greenville H.S., Ja’Nautica Bee – Greenville H.S., Aubreanna Moffett – Seminary Attendance Center – Brittany Brown – Quitman H.S. – Wendy Phillips – Northwest Rankin H.S., Jade Kitchens – Greene County H.S., Parker Brantley Thoms – Richton H.S., Katie Jo Riley – Enterprise H.S., Kendra Martina Cole – Vancleave H.S., and Anna Goretski – Long Beach H.S.
Today, there are 123,000+ men, women, and children waiting for a lifesaving transplant. Over 100,000 of these patients are awaiting kidney transplants. A new patient is added to the national transplant waiting list every 10 minutes and an average of 21 people die each day awaiting a lifesaving transplant that never comes. In 2014, Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency recovered 198 organs for transplant from 61 donors. There were also 218 tissue donors. Currently there are nearly 1,500 Mississippians on the organ transplant waiting list with over 1,300 of those waiting on a kidney transplant. MORA wants everyone to know one organ donor can save eight lives and one tissue donor can save or improve the lives of 50 recipients or more. Join the 709,000+ Mississippians who are currently on the MS Donor Registry by registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor at www.donatelifems.org.

For more information contact:
Chuck Stinson
Director of Community Services & Relations
Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency
cstinson@msora.org
601. 936.8610(work)
601.383.1221(cell)

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DR. THOMAS HUEBNER NAMED PRESIDENT OF EAST MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Date(s): 5/5/2015, 5/6/2015, 5/7/2015, 5/8/2015, 5/9/2015, 5/10/2015, 5/11/2015, 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015

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EAST MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGE
DR. THOMAS HUEBNER NAMED PRESIDENT OF EAST MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGE


SCOOBA – When the call came, Dr. Thomas Huebner was standing on the pitcher’s mound at a ball field in Tuscaloosa, Ala. His son’s team had just won in extra innings. He looked down at the phone in his hand, and answered as he scanned the bleachers for his wife’s face.

It was Kathy Dyess, chairman of East Mississippi Community College’s board of trustees, and the news was good.

The EMCC Board named Huebner as president of the college Monday night during a regular meeting. Currently serving as dean of student services at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Huebner will succeed Dr. Rick Young, who retires June 30 after 11 years leading the college.

Huebner will assume his new position July 1.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Huebner as president of East Mississippi Community College. Even though he has very large shoes to fill, we are confident that he will lead EMCC into a bright new future,” Dyess said.

“Dr. Huebner has experience in virtually every area of community college administration, including instruction, student life, fund-raising, workforce development, grant-writing, institutional effectiveness, marketing, enrollment, facilities management, athletics and accreditation.”

Huebner has been a leader at Shelton State for five years, and also served as interim president of Bevill State Community College in Jasper, Ala., from April 2014 to January 2015. Before moving to Alabama to be closer to family in Mississippi, Huebner served as vice president at Logan State University in Chesterfield, Mo., and Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tenn.

“I’ve known about EMCC’s outstanding reputation for a long time, and I was so impressed with the people I met when I visited the Golden Triangle and Scooba campuses last week,” Huebner said. “I’m excited to be a part of that community.”

Huebner is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo., where he earned a bachelor’s degree with majors in communication and English. He received his master’s degree in communication from the University of Georgia, and his doctorate in communication, with a doctoral minor in research methods, from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Huebner’s plan when he arrives at EMCC is straightforward: “I’m going to listen. I want to get to know people – faculty, staff, students, members of the community. I want to get a feel for our strengths and challenges. Then we’ll move forward together. But first, I’m going to listen and learn.”

East Mississippi Community College was founded in 1927. The college has two main campuses, located in Scooba and Mayhew, as well as extension locations in its six-county district, which includes Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Clay, Noxubee, Kemper and Lauderdale counties.
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879
Matt Pellegrin, director of digital media (video) Office: (662) 476-8554 Cell: (662) 386-3137

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recent precinct changes have been made within Lauderdale ...

Date(s): 5/5/2015, 5/6/2015, 5/7/2015, 5/8/2015, 5/9/2015, 5/10/2015, 5/11/2015, 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015, 5/24/2015, 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015, 6/3/2015, 6/4/2015, 6/5/2015

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To make elections better for the voter, to improve voter turnout, and to make voting more convenient, recent precinct changes have been made within Lauderdale County, who vote in these precincts for three years. Many city voters have to vote in a second precinct location that fourth year and this often confuses the voter for the Mayor and City Council elections. After much research, five precinct changes can now be mirrored with the County precinct locations to eliminate confusion. Whereas everyone wishes all precincts could match, the city ward lines are different from the county district lines, and there will still be a much smaller percentage of city voters having to vote in two locations.

All 45,000 voters will be getting a new voter registration card with the new Legislative district lines and if there is a precinct location change. This will save the City of Meridian approximately $ 20, 000 for these new cards to reflect the City Ward changes at the same time. This is WIN-WIN for all.

Proposal:
Ward 2-A Trinity Lutheran to Meridian Little Theatre
Ward 2-B To allow Bonita voters, and annexed voters on the East side of Meridian to vote at Oak Grove Baptist Church at Bonita, rather than driving across town to Velma Young.
Ward 4-B Mt Olive no longer a polling place and now some voters will go to Council of Organizations and others to the Carousel Place
Ward 4-D New Hope with parking being a problem, moved to First Baptist Church
Ward 5-C Courthouse lobby moved to Annex lobby for better privacy and ample space

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number of boardings at Meridian Regional Airport continues to skyrocket ...

Date(s): 5/5/2015, 5/6/2015, 5/7/2015, 5/8/2015, 5/9/2015, 5/10/2015

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The number of boardings at Meridian Regional Airport continues to skyrocket since American Eagle began jet service last November. Both March and April boarding numbers far surpassed those of the same months last year, and the number of boardings year-to-date is almost four-and-a-half times those of the preceeding year.

Boardings in March were up more than 480 percent from March of 2014. April boardings were up almost 255 percent from 2014 to 2015. When comparing year-to-date numbers, that is January through April of 2014 and January through April of 2015, boardings were four times larger.

“More and more of our area people are realizing that flying from Meridian makes sense,” says Tom Williams, president and CEO of Meridian Regional Airport. “Our fares are extremely competitive, our connections from the hub in Dallas can take you anywhere you want to go, and you can quit driving long distances to other airports that cost you in time and money.”

On-time performance is another factor making Meridian Regional Airport attractive to passengers. April figures, for example, are 88.5 percent within 15 minutes and 92.3 percent within 30 minutes, both well above acknowledged industry standards.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ...
CALL TOM WILLIAMS AT 601-482-0364 OR 601-917-4944.

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EMBDC - Advertising Space Available in Livability Meridian, Mississippi Magazine

Date(s): 5/5/2015, 5/6/2015, 5/7/2015, 5/8/2015, 5/9/2015, 5/10/2015, 5/11/2015, 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015

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Advertising Space Available in Livability Meridian, Mississippi Magazine

Livability Meridian, Mississippi magazine, the centerpiece of the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation's marketing strategy, is starting sales and giving our local businesses the opportunity to purchase advertising space. Don't miss this opportunity to promote your business to thousands of residents, businesses, potential newcomers and visitors.

The print magazine features high-quality articles and photography about Meridian's business climate, quality-of-life amenities and tourist attractions, and is distributed to potential residents and businesses throughout the year.

Your advertisement will also be featured in the digital version of the magazine, which is available on the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation's website and at livability.com/ms/meridian. The digital magazine is promoted on the digital newsstand calameo.com, where it can be downloaded, embedded or shared through email and social media.

As an advertiser, you'll have the opportunity to secure a space on Livability.com, a national website showcasing some of America's best places to live and visit.

To take advantage of this exceptional marketing opportunity and set up an appointment, please email sales@jnlcom.com or call (800) 333-8842 Ext. 292.

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EMBDC - Upcoming Events

Date(s): 5/5/2015, 5/6/2015, 5/7/2015, 5/8/2015, 5/9/2015, 5/10/2015, 5/11/2015, 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015, 5/24/2015, 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015

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Upcoming Events

YPM Beignet Breakfast
Temple Theater Steps
Friday, May 8th
7 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Download Order Form

Illuminations Center for Dyslexia Ribbon Cutting
302 17th Street Suite C
Tuesday, May 12th
11 a.m.

YPM Monthly Meeting
Rush Ambulatory Building
Private Dining Room -3rd Flr
Monday, May 18th
12 p.m.

CertainTeed
Ribbon Cutting
2710 US Highway 11 South
Monday, May 18th
2 p.m.

Fairfield Inn & Suites
Ribbon Cutting
150 Hwy 11/80
Tuesday, May 19th
4 p.m.

Sleep Inn & MainStay Suites
Ribbon Cutting
901 First Avenue East
Wednesday, May 20th
11 a.m.

St. Patrick's Ribbon Cutting
2700 Davis Street
Thursday, May 21st
10 a.m.

Leadership Lauderdale Graduation
Business Before Hours
MSU Riley Center
Tuesday, June 2nd
8 a.m.

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Youth Day Program

Date(s): 5/24/2015

2:30 pm

Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church Cuba, AL
Youth Day Program ... asking your choir, praise team, soloists,
drill team to render A & B selection of your choice.
Please register at the door.
Rev. Andrew Williams of Demopolis will bring the message.
Rev. Willie Harrison is the pastor of the church
(205) 392-9770

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EMBDC will recognize the spring semester Head of the Class Winners from Ross Collins

Date(s): 5/4/2015, 5/5/2015

9:30 am

Ross Collins
What: The EMBDC will recognize the spring semester Head of the Class Winners from Ross Collins.

When: Tuesday, May 5th at 9:30 a.m.

Where: Ross Collins

Why: In an effort to promote the vocational and technical programs offered in the public schools in Meridian and Lauderdale County, the EMBDC recognizes students enrolled in these programs. Each semester, the schools are asked to submit the name of two students to be recognized as Head of the Class. One award will be for the career and technical student with the highest overall achievement, and the other will be for the career and technical student who shows the most improvement in grades, skill performance, and/or attitude.


Casey Holladay
Events Coordinator
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation

1901 Front Street, Suite A
Meridian, MS 39301

601.693.1306
F 601.693.5638
www.embdc.org

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EMBDC ... Awards Reception honoring Meridian and Lauderdale County’s Mississippi Scholars and Tech Masters

Date(s): 5/4/2015, 5/5/2015

6:00 pm

MCC Tommy Dulaney Center, Highway 19 North
What: The EMBDC will host an Awards Reception honoring Meridian and Lauderdale County’s Mississippi Scholars and Tech Masters.

When: Tuesday, May 5th at 6:00 p.m.

Where: MCC Tommy Dulaney Center, Highway 19 North

Why: The Mississippi Scholars Initiative is an education program managed by the Public Education Forum of Mississippi, and sponsored locally by the East Mississippi Business Development Foundation (EMBDF). There are 3 components to the Meridian/Lauderdale County Mississippi Scholars program:
1. 8th grade classroom presentations by business leaders who provide the rationale to students to commit to a rigorous high school curriculum;
2. Senior Recognition in the form of a medallion to wear at graduation; and
3. Incentives in the form of cash scholarships.
In addition, the Mississippi Scholars Initiative encourages good stewardship and responsibility through community services and attendance requirements. The goal of Mississippi Scholars to prepare students for post-secondary education, as well as high tech, military, and vocational programs will lead to a more qualified and competitive workforce.


Casey Holladay
Events Coordinator
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation

1901 Front Street, Suite A
Meridian, MS 39301

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Meridian Main Street - Downtown Happenings - May 4th - May 10th

Date(s): 5/4/2015, 5/5/2015, 5/6/2015, 5/7/2015, 5/8/2015, 5/9/2015, 5/10/2015

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Downtown Happenings - May 4th - May 10th - Vol. lV No. 24

Monday, May 4, 2015

Event: Linens are in for Spring
Location: The Liberty Shop
Time: all week
For More Information: Call 601.693.5331
Just in time for spring, come get your linens at the liberty shop!

Event:Deals on Select Items
Location:Planters Supply
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2684
Deals on ferns, peppers, tomatoes, elephant ears, milk weeds, lemon grass, garden seeds, and more!

Event: 15% off Framing
Location:Lucas Road
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.483.0028
all frames are 15% off.

Event: 60% off Prom Dresses
Location:BambinosBoutique
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.5253
Adult Prom Dresses, 60% off.

Event:Shirt & Tie Combos
Location:Sam's Fashion
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2731

Event: Half Off Bottles of Wine
Location:Weidmann's
Time: Every Monday
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770
Happy Hour 4pm - 7pm.

Event: Meridian Craft Beer Club
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 7pm - 8pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
The Meridian Craft Beer Club meets and discusses a craft each week.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Event:Terrific Tuesday Facebook Sale
Location: LaBiche Jewelers
Time: 9am
For More Information: Call 601.693.6071
Every Tuesday morning at 9am, an item with a Terrific sale price will be posted on Facebook! It will be available on a first come, first served basis for that day only!

Event: Free Computer Training
Location:AOTECH Computers
Time: 10am-11:30am & 6:00pm-7:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.990.8324
These classes are designed specifically for beginners and include basic skill building and clear explanations of basic computer components. We will cover the following Topics: Basic Computers Skills, Operating System Differences [ Windows, Mac, Ubuntu Linux ] and Introduction to the internet. Advanced computer training is coming soon.

Event: Surf n' Turf Night
Location:Harvest Grill
Time: 5:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.282.5609

Event:Ladies Night
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
Local Live Music!

Event: The Taj Mahal Trio
Location: MSU Riley Center
Time: 7:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.696.2200
For his half century of musical innovation, the growly voiced singer, songwriter, film composer, and multi-instrumentalist last September received a Lifetime Achievement for Performance Award at the Americana Honors and Awards in Nashville.

Event:Trivia Night
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 8pm till close
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770
Happy Hour 4pm - 7pm

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Event: A Family Affair Exhibit
Location:Meridian Museum of Art
Time: 11:00am - 5:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.1501
Works by the Nawrocki Family during Museum hours Wednesday - Saturday until
May 30.

Event: Starting a Business - First Steps
Location: EMBDC Conference Room
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.1306
Are you interested in starting your own business but don't know where to begin? This seminar outlines the basic steps to start a business.

Event:Half Price Drinks During Happy Hour
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 4pm - 7pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770

Event: Live Trivia
Location:BrickHaus
Time: 8pm - 11:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Event:Meridian Lions Club
Location:Rush Hospital Cafeteria
Time: 11:30am - 1pm
For More Information: Call 662.418.5848
Anyone in the community is welcome as a guest!

Event: Museum Preservation Society Band
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 8:00pm - 12:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Friday, May 8, 2015

Event: Shootin' and Scootin' Club
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
see website for details.

Event: YPM 8th Annual Beignet Breakfast
Location: The Temple Theater Front Steps
Time: 7:00am - 11:00am
For More Information: Call 601.693.1158
Payment is due at time of pick up. Deliveries can be made for orders of 10 dozen or more. Proceeds from this annual breakfast will benefit the Care Lodge Domestic Violence Shelter.

Event: Carter Road
Location: Rhythm & Brews
Time: 8:00pm - 2:00am
For More Information: Call 601.282.5608

Event: MUM Day
Location:Meridian Underground Music
Time: All Day
For More Information: Call 601.485.1363
Receive a gift or a discount on your purchase when wearing a MUM t-shirt on Fridays

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Event: Brad Cornelius
Location: Rhythm & Brews
Time: 8:00pm - 2:00am
For More Information: Call 601.282.5608

Event: Shimmy Mob, A World
Bellydance Event.
Location:BrickHaus
Time: 10:00am - 1:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
What better way to celebrate World Bellydance Day than with a day of workshops and an evening hafla with the world-famous PETITE JAMILLA??

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Event: Jazz Brunch with Steve Watson
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 10am - 4pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770

For all community events check out the Meridian Community Calendar


If you would like your event on Meridian Main Street's Downtown Happenings, the deadline is Thursday at noon the week before
a published calendar (calendars are sent on Mondays)
For all community events check out the Meridian Community Calendar
Meridian Main Street is an award winning not-for-profit, public/private partnership working in concert with others for the revitalization of downtown Meridian. To join Main Street, call 601.693.7480 or visit our website http://meridianmainstreet.com. Like us on Facebook: Meridian Main Street

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Lauderdale Christian Women's Job Corps

Date(s): 5/4/2015, 5/5/2015, 5/6/2015, 5/7/2015

6:00 pm

Lauderdale Baptist Association office in Marion, MS
The 2nd session of Lauderdale Christian Women's Job Corps will hold a Celebration on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 6:00 honoring the ladies completing the requirements of the program. The event will be held at the Lauderdale Baptist Association office in Marion, MS.

LCWJC is a free educational ministry for women 18 years and older that provides Bible study, job and life skills and computer training during two sessions each year.

If you need additional information, please contact me at one of the numbers listed below.

Linda B. Spence, Site Coordinator
Lauderdale Christian Women's Job Corps
3401 23rd Avenue
Meridian, MS 39305
601-482-2493
601-479-2231

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Construct a Ramp Day - Collinsvile, MS

Date(s): 5/4/2015, 5/5/2015, 5/6/2015

7:00 am

9357 Collinsville Lake Dr. Collinsville, MS
The build day is scheduled for Wednesday May 6th to begin at 7AM at 9357 Collinsville Lake Dr. Collinsville, MS

Donations and inquiries can be sent to :
6210 Hwy. 39 N. Meridian, MS 39305-9133
or contact Jerry W. Fox
(601)737-5325 or (601)9172284
email:J1F101X@aol.com
or Charles Blake
(601)655-8928
(601)480-1937

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First Annual Singles' Conference

Date(s): 5/4/2015, 5/5/2015, 5/6/2015, 5/7/2015, 5/8/2015, 5/9/2015, 5/10/2015, 5/11/2015, 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015

6:00 pm

Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church of Collinsville
Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church of Collinsville will host their ...
First Annual Singles' Conference
May 16th at 6:00 pm.
Dr. James Clark is the pastor of the church

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ECCC Graduation Scheduled May 8 at Neshoba Coliseum

Date(s): 5/1/2015, 5/2/2015, 5/3/2015, 5/4/2015, 5/5/2015, 5/6/2015, 5/7/2015, 5/8/2015

6:00 pm

East Central Community College
ECCC Graduation Scheduled May 8 at Neshoba Coliseum
Nearly 600 graduates are scheduled to receive diplomas Friday, May 8, 2015, when East Central Community College holds its 86th Commencement beginning at 6 p.m. in the Neshoba County Coliseum in Philadelphia.
Included in the total are those who completed degree requirements following the 2014 summer and fall terms, according to Dr. Teresa Houston, vice president for instruction.
Those participating in the program include graduating sophomores Leah Ferguson of Philadelphia, who will give the invocation; Zach Allen of Louisville, commencement speaker; and Ramone Tate of Bay St. Louis, benediction. Haleigh West and Makenzie Rowzee, both of Hickory, will present the musical selection “Whenever You Remember.”
Dr. Houston will present candidates for graduation and College President Dr. Billy W. Stewart will award degrees and certificates to the following:
CANDIDATES FOR MAY GRADUATION
(by hometown)
BATESVILLE: Robert Chance Whitten;

BAY SPRINGS: Edward Jones, Fredrick D. Milsap and Kara Hughes Smith;

BAY ST. LOUIS: Ramone Anthony Tate;

BILOXI: Jerry Dalton Byrd;

BRANDON: Nicolaus Clinton Callahan, Rebecca Danielle Faron and Sarah Jennifer LaRochelle;

BROOKHAVEN: Christen Elizabeth Benson;

CALEDONIA: Tyler Miguel Armistad;

CANTON: Jonathan Daryl Brown;

CARTHAGE: Hunter Gauge Adams, Matthew Stanley Bishop, Kenshelsa Boyd, Brooklyn Burgess, John Samuel Davis, Alec Doggett, Blake Faulkner, Anna Girling, Den'Nisha K. Harvey, Parker Wade Jones, MaChasity S. Leflore, Joseph Blake McBeth, Kayla Elizabeth McCleary, Andrew William McMillan, Lorenzo Mobbs, Courtney Elizabeth Moore, Sherry Nash, Hannah Lane Peoples, Devin Romondo Pierce, Victoria Cardin Sanders, Aleta Sanyatta Shade, Kelsey E. Sikes, Cody A. Smith, Shana Ward and Amber Williams;

CHOCTAW: Allen D. Bell, Merrell Mitch and Edward Charles Tubby;

CHUNKY: Jordan Eduardo Alonso, Taylor Godwin and Mikayla Cathryn May;

CLINTON: Lauren Peterson;

COLLINSVILLE: Savannah Alawine, Lauren Kathryn Cantey, Tina Michelle Cole, Haley A. Covert, Christopher Chase Harris, Kimberly Talbert, Mallory Turner and Dakota Leigh Wright;

COLUMBUS: Jimmy Cockrell Jr., Marcus Lance Johnson Jr., Quanterris Deantray Newby and Matthew Berton Sykes;

CONEHATTA: Katie Bradley, Breena LeShae Chickaway, Robyn Johnson, Amber C. Jones, Austin Jordan, Amy Renee May, Tania Marie Rhodes, Darrin Edwin Rolison Jr., Brittany Nicole Tatum, Christy Ann Williams and Hanna Williams;

CORINTH: Tesia Louise Keith;

DECATUR: Jonathan Amis, Angela J. Anderson, Dennis Jay Anderson Jr., Edward J. Boudreaux, Adam Brooks Bout, Hannah Brown, Erika Nicole Cockrell, Alisha Dunn, Katy Marie Ezelle, Sarah Freeman, Chassidy S. Gates, Savannah Marie Glover, Alana Nicole Kron, Traci Harrison Lewis, Abraham Mahdi, Sharon Kay Perry, Angela M. Reeves, Katie Yvonne Sanford, Tyler Spence, Charles L. Thorne, Nicole Cater Tucker, Lane Wilkinson and Seber Tyrone Williams;

DEKALB: Jeremy J. Hudson;

DURANT: Keenan Aaron Hodges;

ENTERPRISE: Nathan M. Patrick;

FLORENCE: Christopher Michael Yarbrough;

FLOWOOD: Kalecia La'Torea Bean;

FOREST: John D. Bobbitt Jr., Arieel Carter, Briana Cooks, Bailey Easterling, Shaquille T. Evans, Dominick Fields, Sandra C. Gallaspy, Kristen LeeAnn Gordy, Jennifer Ann Grove, Sharley R. Hardin, William Seth Hodges, Angela L. Irby, Kristine Jenkins, Todd Johnson, Catherine M. Kyzar, Ian Chandler Lanthrip, Casie Naomi McClendon, Daniel Matthew Monk Jr., Kimberly Noblin, Katlyn B. Patrick, Lee Anna Patrick, Danielle B. Pettigrew, John Regan Reiss, Desmone Ringo, Ephraim Isaiah-Rashard Ringo, Jay Riser, Maria J. Rivera Garcia, Thomas Jerome Robertson, Kirstie G. Shaw, Thomoz Smith, Markesha L. Strong, Ananezia Triplett, Trilandra Lakeesha Ware, Alan S. Wilbourne and Collin Ray Windham;

FOXWORTH: Joshua Warren Parker;

HICKORY: Aaren Danielle Avera, Benjamin D. Avera, Katherine Jacome-Cluff, Alexandria Meador, Timothy Blain Rose, Makenzie Nicole Rowzee, Lydia Hope Snow and Haleigh Jordan West;

HOUSTON: Kenrick Maxwell;

JACKSON: Marquis Hedge and Demarkus Carldarious Jones;

KOSCIUSKO: Reuben Fleming, Justin Scott Moore and Jessica Steen;

LAKE: Jamison Davis, Matthew Darrell Ferguson, Rienzi Gray, Tracy Bobbitt Gray, Wesley C. Hines, Jonathon L. Hodge, Dakota Gabrielle Hollingsworth, Shane Naquin, Lacie Williams and Keifer Martin Wolfe;

LAWRENCE: Dominique A. Evans, Kadeejha D. Gardner, Shaniqua Hardy, George E. Lee, Jr. and Laura Elena Shook;

LENA: Tymaiya Chantel Gray, William Leo Milner and Katie N. Pigg;

LITHONIA, GA: Tashi-Ana Thompson;

LITTLE ROCK: Jeffery Alexander, William Audie Cress, Samantha Ellingburg, Danielle Gregory, Mark S. Hale, Delton Harrison, Lacye Harrison, William Howington, Trystan E. Parker, Abbey E. Rigdon and Hunter Vance;

LOUIN: Lynsey Paige Johnson, Chad Glenn Simoneau and Kurtis Daniel Simoneau;

LOUISVILLE: Zachary Taylor Allen, Gary Martin Boatner Jr., Alexander C. Bucklew, Bryan Kenneth Burton, John Mark Carter, Ratrae Carter, Noah B. Corcoran, Diamond Goss, Ashley Breeann Grant, Alexis Nan Hartness, Patience D. Haynes, Joni Lauren Hickman, Kenya Hickman, Carissa M. Hudson, Kevin DeVonte LaShun Hughes, Mary Catherine Hunt, Cara Beth Jackson, Sarah Brianne Jackson, Kayla Caitlin Jenkins, Angela Jenkins-Coburn, Dyquan Xavier Jordan, Jenna Lynn Lovorn, Jessica Moffett, Warner L. Parkes, Madelyn Peterson, Andrew Thomas Reel, Brittney Rhodes, Brody O'Neal Richardson, Megan Nicole Robinson, Tommy Blaine Giraud Russell, Chandler LaRoss Smith, Kelsey Jade Smith, Justice Mystique Steele, Carl Eugene Steward, Hayden Stokes, Stephanie Tennyson and Jwanaque J. Triplett;

MADISON: Holly Christyn Logan and Kyle McCullouch;

MARION: Monica Brown;

MCCOOL: Sheneka Berry, Kierra Lanay Griffin and Samantha Nicole Morgan;

MERIDIAN: Rachel C. Adams, Acea Ange, Tiara Shavon Bailey, DeMarcus Brown, Birdia Rochelle Butchee, Brandon Christopher Downing, Edward Fluker, Tromeka Lashell Gathright, Michael Todd Hughes, Ashley S. Jones, Erika L. Joyner, Rachel H. Laird, LaSondra K. Mercer, Hannah Mitchell, Britney Michelle Nash, Rozelta Stokes and Hunter Allen Thrower;

MORTON: Kingsley Dakhota Amos, Melissa K. Barham, James Taylor Cornelison, Cahnesiyah Donald, Michael Elizondo, Grayson Brooke Harrell, Juan Carlos Miranda, Devonte Morgan, Justin Ray Nutt, Janiece Odom, Joseph Tyler Patrick, Tyler A. Runnels, Ty Stewart, David A. Tracy and Daniela Vargas;

NEWTON: Tiffany H. Anderson, Ricky Lee Armstrong, Glenn A. Bender, Jr., Shaneka Blaylock, Antonio Body, Anthony Justus Broach, Sidney Jamez Broach, Jeremiah A. Chapman, William Hunter Collins, Monica Dianne Donald, Jazmine JaNa' Evans, Jovodaka Finley, Brittany Foster, Julian Domingo Fuentes, Mackenzie Gannon, Kenneth Gipson, Ryan Daniel Godwin, Kimberly Renee Gray, Shelby Harthcock, Justin Marquines Hawkins,Tommie D. Hawkins, Cathy Johnson, RaChristopher LaTrelle Jones, Timothy Alan Laird, Joshua K. Lang, Eric Wayne Laster, Shanell Denice Nick, Clancy Loper Norman, William Tyler Pace, Marcus DeVoya Quince II, Sonji Gabrielle Rose, Tiffany L. Skinner, Samantha Anastasia Smith, Shannon St. Clair, Jeffery Stevens, Jamey S. Tune, David K. Williams and Stephanie Kathleen Willis;

NOXAPATER: Madison H. Barnett, Mary Kathryn Boswell, Hunter B. Collins, Taylor Deese, Colton Louis Horne, Mychelle Aleece Hudson and Haley Pierce;

OCEAN SPRINGS: Kristian Isaiah Clark and Romario A. Cobb;

PACHUTA: Hector Daniel Ortiz;

PASCAGOULA: Alana Lynn Walker;

PELAHATCHIE: Matt T. Pennypacker;

PHILADELPHIA: Elizabeth April Abdelgadir, Sahinna Dawn Anderson, T'Keya Backstrom, Clymene Bacon, Matthew P. Beckham, Alicia D. Breedlove, Kendall Scott Brown, Jordan E. Clearman, Emily Cook, Lauren Shay Coward, Elizabeth E. Curran, Bryan Clay Drury, Virginia Easley, Tyieasha T. Evans, Angela Dawn Farmer, Margurite Lee Leah Ferguson, John Dylan Ford, Breona Wealth Foster, Ryan Gardner, Tara M. Gilmer, Jo Hellen Graham, Aaron Hancock, Tarra Shanice Hudson, Dustin K. John, Kayla John, Tabitha T. John, Allison Brooke Johnson, Bethany Morgan Jones, Colt Colby Killen, Destiny Christina Kilpatrick, Christopher Lyons, Rodney L. McClendon Jr., Stephanie Marie McCrary, Williesha Raynae McDonald, Bridgette Leigh McFarland, Tevin R. McNair, Kez McWilliams, Haley Alyssa Moore, William M. Myers, Tyasia Nicholson, Anna Katherine Nowell, Kendrell Peden, Zachary Craig Peden, Contessa Peebles, Damian Javon Savage, Jamian Davon Savage, Thomas Dalton Sellers, Brittnae Tyantra Smith, Cady Smith, Hailey Smith, Macken'z Nell Smith, Chesney Spence, Tashina Marie Taylor, Carson Vanderpoorten, Christopher Warren, Jana Morgan Warren, Amy Marie Whittle, Brendon Lee Williams, Nikita N. Wilson, Sa'Toya N. Wilson, Andrew Winstead, Aimee B. Woods, Asif Zaffar and Deanna Glass;

PRESTON: Bailey Ann Talbot and StephenTriplett;

PULASKI: Rachel Aburto, Kimberly Leanne Harrison, Jordan E. Maner,
Kathern Qualls, Robert Strong, Brady Lynn Warren and Rebecca L. Wicker;

RALEIGH: Brittney Nicole Taylor;

RIDGELAND: Eula Lewis;

SAUCIER: Tyler Bond Cook;

STARKVILLE: Bristol Danielle Buffington, Keon C. McKinney, Carolyn R. Warren and Patricia A. Young;

SUMRALL: Trenton C. Haden;

TAYLORSVILLE: Shakeela D. Flournoy and George Davis Owens;

TOOMSUBA: Ashley Bell;

UNION: Reagan J. Anderson, Chris Bankston, Ryan D. Burkes, Brittany Nicole Burnham, Matthew Blake Callahan, Chireatha Drummond, Kirstin Meignon Eversoll, Jonathan Hunter Fortenberry, James Patrick Franklin, Daniel Mark Giles, Benjamin Scott Killen, Jessica L. Loper, Victoria Malone, David Mathis, Sean T. McElfish, Breanna Marie Morgan, Zachary Mowdy, Casey Jerome Parker, Shawna D. Peets, Shauncey Maria Rich, Hannah Grace Robinson, William John Schmid, Tiffany N. Smith, Sarah Joanna Tatum and Taylor N. Townsend;

VOSSBURG: Walter Caleb Stallings;

WALNUT GROVE: Aleiaha Kasha Bloodsaw, Darra Cooks, Darryl J. Cooks, Devin Hall, Tanisha Gail Imhof, Jim Jones, Shelly Rebecca Kyzar, Amber Lyn Pierce, Emily Frances Price, Tony Lee Sistrunk and Clay Vincent Summers-Jones;

WAYNESBORO: Jaleshia Jones;

CUBA, AL: Brenda Brunson and Lizzie C. Price;

KENNEDY, AL: Karoline Holsonback;

SEMMES, AL: Dylan Brice Little;

TUSCALOOSA, AL: Racine Talla;

WILMER, AL: Quinton Campbell;

TURRELL, AR: Sonya Jackson;

ADDIS, LA: Cody Gabriel Daigle;

FRANKLINTON, LA: Karlton Ginn.

DECEMBER 2014 GRADUATES
BAY SPRINGS: Heather Leann Downs and Cassandra Phillips;

BILOXI: Lekerra Q. McGilberry;

BRANDON: Ashlan Culberson;

CARTHAGE: Mary Elizabeth Burnside, William H. Coleman, Aaliyah Shanice Cook, Cameron Glyn Jolly, Jon Derek Smith, Wesley Thomas Webb and Christina Wilson;

CHOCTAW: DeShayna L. Hickman;

COLLINSVILLE: Brandon Lee Ballenger, Hannah Nicole Cade and Katherine Nichole Wilson;

DALEVILLE: Michael H. Watts;

DECATUR: Melissa Grace Anderson, Andrea Lynee McSwain and Jessica Thames;

FOREST: Eliud Alvarez, Cody Terrill Barber, Denzonia D'Jonay Fortune, Ryan D. McClendon and Tybrica Shante Odom;

HARPERVILLE: Marticeka Kincaid and Shaticeka L. Kincaid;

LAKE: Emmarald Jones;

LAWRENCE: Brandi Bianca Massey and Tiffany Nicole Watkins;

LENA: Kaitlyn Victoria Blanton and Tywonna Harris;

LITTLE ROCK: Olivia Harrison;

LOUIN: Christopher Ray McCarty;

LOUISVILLE: Shone Cumberland, Lillian Hatcher, Nathan Dalton Kelly, Sebrenia Miller, Tommy Blaine Giraud Russell and Austin Rogers Swart;

MCCOOL: Kierra L. Griffin;

MERIDIAN: DeMarcus Brown, Jeremy Montward Cole, Danica D. Crowther, Veronica Ramsey and Breonka Nicole Simpson;

MORTON: Kelsey Elizabeth Hall, Brandi Sanders and Victoria Smith;

MOSS POINT: Tyravian Miller;

NEWTON: Britney N. Johnson, Zachery Elias Mason, Shanice Quanta Walker and Kenadaria Latrell Watts;

NORTHPORT, AL: TeJimion Mareco Leatherwood;

NOXAPATER: Xenobia Rillon Lavender-Thomas;

PELAHATCHIE: Brittany W. Smith;

PHILADELPHIA: Kayla Lanae Bateman, Kelsey Paige Boswell, Tandy Breazeale, Corey Ray Burton, Heather Lee Clark, Julie Clark, Vanessa C. Frazier, Tyler S. Graham, Kayla Alexandria Greer, Damien Lewis, Walter Thomas McCool III, Chase McNair, Katie Elaine Mills, Lolita M. Moore, Julie Ann Pierce, Brett Pope, Chandler James Smith and Dakota Brooke Wilcher;

ROSE HILL: Jordan Wigington;

STATE LINE: Lamarcus Deion Franks and Dewayne Antione Parker;

UNION: Byron Bozeman, Sarah Hamm, Lindsey Jo Holland, Kristien Hope Winstead, Karleigh Moss and Shawna D. Peets;

WALNUT GROVE: Steven Tyler Brent Bloodsaw, Tyler Lee Jones, Brianna May, Janice Poling, Kristen Smith and Megan Elizabeth Thaggard;

WEST POINT: Michael D. Brown;

COCHRAN, GA: JaDerrick Shaquan Farrow.

AUGUST 2014 GRADUATES
ACKERMAN: Brittany M. Manuel;

BAILEY: Sharonnie Barney and Georgia K. Doner;

BAY SPRINGS: Amy M. Ishee;

CARTHAGE: Vicki Brown, Jimmi Callie Craig, Evan Clay Dowell, Jerry Perez Henson, Montego Jamaruez May, James W. McMillan and Jessie Faye Tate;

CHOCTAW: Taylor Raddell York;

CLINTON: Kennon Craft;

CONEHATTA: Savannah Hillman;

DECATUR: Kelli E. Dailey, Lauren Humphries, Alyssa C. Norwood and Miriam P. Williams;

FOREST: Tony Ladell Alford, Sean Gregory Johnson and Maria Isabel Martinez;

HICKORY: Matthew T. Majure;

HILLSBORO: Lanie Trencia Triplett;

LAKE: Jessica L. Alford and Shatarra Antwanette Ickom;

LAUDERDALE: Amanda Lynn Trulove-Breland;
LITTLE ROCK: Jessica Leighanne Wright;

LOUISVILLE: Heather N. Hannah, Conashya Headd and Stephanie Hope Linch;

MERIDIAN: Jenah Brown, Crystal Carter, Tratia Foster, Ashley Porsha Green, La'Shondra Hall, Tommy Kelley and Brittani Rhoney;

MORTON: Makenzie Layne Aycock, Allyson Nichols and Joseph Cole Thompson;

NEWTON: Nikki D. Jones and Victoria Lauren Shimfessel;

NOXAPATER: Brooklynn Paige Boyette and Zachery Seth Kemp;

PACHUTA: Natalia Maria Jones;

PELAHATCHIE: Aaron Bradley Cooper;

PHILADELPHIA: Arianna O. Creekmore, Glenda Wallace Gardner, Wendy Marshall, Hadley Shea Tate and Whitney Alyssa Waddell;

PULASKI: Ashleigh Hutson;

ROSE HILL: Candace I. Bradley;

SEBASTOPOL: Julie Sagona Guidry;

TAYLORSVILLE: Mason Taylor Woodrow;

UNION: Courtney D. Moorehead, Kelley Page and Hope Ware.

Maria McLeod
Assistant to the Associate Vice President
for Public Information
East Central Community College
601-635-6303


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ECCC Hall of Fame, Additional Award Winners Recognized

Date(s): 5/1/2015, 5/2/2015, 5/3/2015, 5/4/2015, 5/5/2015, 5/6/2015, 5/7/2015, 5/8/2015, 5/9/2015, 5/10/2015, 5/11/2015, 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015

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East Central Community College
ECCC Hall of Fame, Additional Award Winners Recognized

Recipients of Hall of Fame and other honors were recognized during the annual Awards Day program held April 30, 2015, 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 2015 include: Zachary Allen of Louisville, Lauren Cantey of Collinsville, Leah Ferguson and Allison Johnson, both of Philadelphia, Warner Parkes of Nanih Waiya and Caleb Stallings of Enterprise.

Zachary Allen
A 2013 graduate of Winston Academy, Zachary Allen, of Louisville is involved in various clubs and activities at East Central Community College, many of which he serves in a leadership role.
The sophomore biochemistry major is a member of the Student Body Association, Warrior Corps, Phi Beta Lambda, Sigma Sigma Mu Tau, Astronomy Club, Baptist Student Union and Students Against Destructive Decisions. He serves as president of the college’s Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges; President’s Council; and of the sophomore class. In addition he represents the college as president of the Mississippi/Louisiana Region of Phi Theta Kappa.
At ECCC, Allen received the Jack B. Mayo Phi Theta Kappa Award and was chosen to Who’s Who Among American Community & Junior College Students. He was awarded the Presidential, Yates, ACT, Mississippi Land Bank and Dizzy Dean Baseball scholarships.
He is the son of Todd and Janet Allen.
Those nominating Allen described him as an excellent student, saying, “He strives to do his best at everything he does. He always goes out of his way to help and does more than asked.”
Another nominator said, “Zachary is involved with East Central. Not many colleges have students who are passionate about their school and other students. He speaks to everyone and always has a smile on his face.”
Lauren Cantey
A 2013 honor graduate of West Lauderdale High School, Lauren Cantey is a sophomore at East Central Community College, where she has maintained a stellar grade point average. The Collinsville native’s career goal is to attend medical school and work in pediatric emergency medicine.
Cantey was selected to represent East Central Community College at the 2014-15 Higher Education Appreciation Day: Working for Academic Excellence program. A President’s List scholar, she is a member of Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, in which she serves as vice president for leadership. In addition, she is a member of Warrior Corps, a select student group that assists in recruiting and serves as hosts for special events on campus. She was selected to Who’s Who Among American Community & Junior College Students and was a recipient of the Harvey Wheeler Pre-Med, J.C. White Memorial and ACT scholarships.
Cantey is the daughter of Michael Cantey and Dr. Sherri Cantey.
Those nominating Cantey described her as an “enthusiastic” member of the student body, saying, “She was selected as one of the vice presidents of Phi Theta Kappa and has performed admirably.”
In addition to her campus involvement, her nominators noted her academic achievements and ambitions.
One nominator said, “As a pre-med major, she has taken some of the most demanding courses available, stayed active and engaged on campus, and achieved a 3.950 grade point average.”
Another nominator said, “The young lady has big dreams and high goals. One day we will read in our alumni magazine about 'how Dr. Lauren Cantey, MD' got her start at East Central Community College.”
Leah Ferguson
Leah Ferguson, a sophomore education major from Philadelphia, is a 2013 graduate of Neshoba Central High School. The Dean’s List scholar holds leadership positions and is involved in numerous campus activities at East Central Community College.
At ECCC, she serves as president of the student body, co-president of the Baptist Student Union, secretary of Phi Beta Lambda and vice president of the Student Education Association, her sophomore year. Her freshman year, she served as vice president for Phi Beta Lambda and freshman class president. In addition, Ferguson is a member of Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society, Baptist Student Union council and Praise Band leader, EC ENCORE, President’s Council, Concert Choir and Students Against Destructive Decisions. She serves on East Central’s Recruitment and Retention and Student Activities committees.
Ferguson has won multiple state honors with PBL including 14th in the nation in Small Business Management Plan and selection for Who’s Who in PBL at national conference. She was the recipient of the Presidential, Leon Eubanks Kaljyc-Peers, Robert J. Moody, Jr. Special Education, Future Business Leaders of America and ACT scholarships. In addition, Ferguson was selected to Who’s Who Among Students in American Community & Junior Colleges.
She is the daughter of Jerry and Christy Ferguson.
Ferguson’s nominators described her as a “top-notch” student. “She is involved in many leadership activities and does an exceptional job with them all. She goes over and beyond her duties and always has a positive attitude about anything asked of her.”
Another nominator said, “She is the epitome of an East Central student and does everything Excellent with Class. She is a well-rounded student who does everything with a smile. She is that quintessential student who so represents the ‘ideal’ ECCC student.”
Allison Johnson
Allison Johnson, a sophomore education major from Philadelphia, is a 2013 graduate of Neshoba Central High School. The President’s List scholar has held leadership positions and is involved in numerous campus activities. She serves as president of the Student Education Association, opinions editor of The Tom-Tom newspaper staff, and was treasurer for Phi Beta Lambda her freshman year. She is a member of Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, where she serves as reporter. In addition, she is a member of the Wo-He-Lo yearbook staff, ECCC Environmental Club, Warrior Corps, President’s Council and the Baptist Student Union.
Johnson received multiple honors and scholarships based on her ACT score and grade point average. She received the Ben Meyers Memorial, Presidential and ACT scholarships. In addition, Johnson was selected for Who's Who Among Students in American Community & Junior Colleges and won a first place award in the 2015 Mississippi Press Association's Better Newspapers Contest-Student Division for Best General Interest Column.
Johnson is the daughter of Hillary Ann Hancock and Jeremiah Johnson.
Her nominators described her as an “all-around exceptional student.”
“She excels at everything she participates in and she is an effective leader. She has high moral character and is very involved in the college. She is the model student in all aspects and represents the college well,” said one nominator.
Another nominator said, “She works hard to be a good role model for other students at East Central, and to add to the outstanding reputation of the college. Allison exemplifies the qualities of a well-rounded, successful student, and displays an admirable amount of morality.”
Warner Parkes
A 2013 graduate of Nanih Waiya Attendance Center, Warner Parkes is an active part of East Central Community College’s student body, participating in various campus organizations and clubs as well as being a member of two of ECCC’s athletic teams.
He served as president of Warrior Corps for 2014-15 and of the Student Education Association his freshman year. Parkes was elected treasurer of the Student Body Association, freshman class favorite and was a homecoming court escort. He is a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions, Phi Theta Kappa international honor society and President’s Council. Parkes is an active participant in intramural sports, serving as a referee for flag football in 2013-14. In addition, he is a member of the Warrior Cheerleader Squad and serves as basketball statistician and student assistant for the Warrior basketball teams.
A President’s List scholar, Parkes was selected Mr. ECCC by his peers and was chosen as a member of Who’s Who Among American Community & Junior College Students.
Parkes was awarded the Presidential, ACT and Mississippi Association of Supervisors scholarships.
A sophomore optometry major, Parkes is the son of Tammy and Luke Parkes.
Those nominating Parkes said he “epitomized involvement ever since stepping foot on campus.”
“His leadership in Warrior Corps and SBA has been instrumental in helping ECCC accomplish one of its most successful student activities years ever.”
He was described by nominators as “dependable,” noting that his participation is “a given” in all campus activities, and one said Parkes seems to have “done it all.”
Multiple nominators described him as an “exceptional” student ambassador for the college. “Warner is and always will be a great ambassador for the college and truly loves ECCC.”
Caleb Stallings
Caleb Stallings, a sophomore pre-med major from Enterprise, is a 2013 graduate of Enterprise High School. The President and Dean’s list scholar has held several leadership positions and is involved in numerous campus activities at East Central Community College.
At East Central, he serves as president of Students Against Destructive Decisions and the Residence Council. He is a dormitory Bible study leader and is a member of the Baptist Student Union’s Leaders Council. In addition, Stallings is a member of Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, Baptist Student Union, President’s Council, Sigma Sigma Mu Tau, Wo-He-Lo yearbook staff, Phi Beta Lambda and President’s Council.
Stallings was awarded the Mathematics Award his freshman year and was selected to Who’s Who Among American Community & Junior Colleges Students his sophomore year.
He is the son of Cindy Stallings and the late Walter Stallings. Stalling’s nominators described him as a “great representation” of a well-rounded student.
“Every time I see him on campus he has a smile on his face and is so encouraging.”
Another nominator said, “Caleb is a very active student on EC’s campus, participating in several student organizations. As an instructor it is exciting to see young Christian students excel spiritually and academically. Caleb is never lost for words, always has a smile, and always is willing to learn.”
In addition, Stallings was credited for his boisterous personality.
“Caleb is a very outgoing and kind person. He never meets a stranger and loves to participate in all EC has to offer.”

Additional honors presented during Awards Day include the following:
Career award recipients include Kendrell Peden of Philadelphia, Residential Carpentry Award; Kelsey McDonald of Conehatta, Cosmetology Award; Sean Tyler McElfish of Union, Welding & Cutting "Taylor Cup;” and Tyler Faulkner of Carthage, “Career Student of the Year.”
Technical awards were presented to Christopher Warren of Philadelphia, Collision Repair Technology Award; Stephen Armstrong of Decatur, Automotive Technology Award; Leah Corhern of Decatur and Tania Marie Rhodes of Conehatta, co-recipients, Early Childhood Education Technology Award; William Milner of Lena, Electrical Technology Award; Asif Zaffar of Philadelphia and Chad Simoneau of Louin, co-recipients, Heating and Air Conditioning Technology Awards; Sarah Tatum of Union, Culinary Arts Technology Award; Joseph McBeth of Carthage, Hotel and Restaurant Management Technology Award; James Travassos of Lawrence, Manufacturing and Machining Technology Award; Mark Hale of Little Rock, Network Support Technology Award; and Timothy Laird of Newton, “Technical Student of the Year.”
Recipients of healthcare education awards include Hayden Stokes of Louisville, Associate Degree Nursing Outstanding Achievement Award; Lauren Whitehead of Louisville, Practical Nursing Award; and Michael Reynolds of Philadelphia, Paramedic Technology Award.
Those receiving special awards were Eli Parker of Little Rock, Citizenship Award; Kristen Gordy of Forest, Ann Burkes Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship; Zachary Allen of Louisville, Dr. Margaret Mosal for Leadership Scholarship; Jeremy Hudson of DeKalb, Alford J. Deaton Physics Award; Zach Peden of Philadelphia, Richard Fisher Organic Chemistry Award; Noah Corcoran of Louisville and Matt Griffin of Union, co-recipients, East Central Environmental Club Award; Jenna Lovorn of Louisville, Astronomy Club Award; Quinton Campbell of Wilmer, Ala., Anthony Coleman Men’s Basketball Award; Jerry Byrd of Biloxi and Tesia Keith of Corinth, co-recipients, Roy Pete Award for Soccer; Kara Yates of Morton, ECCC Concert Choir Award; Anna Girling of Carthage, EC ENCORE Award; Keona Foster and Contessa Peoples, both of Philadelphia, co-recipients, ECCC Gospel Choir Award; Megan Parrish of Pascagoula, S. Lebrun Hutchinson Engineering Scholarship; John Bruce Hedrick of Newton, Freshman Mathematics Award; John Davis of Carthage, Sophomore Mathematics Award; Allison Johnson of Philadelphia, Secondary Education Award; Keri Ann Mayfield of Union, Myrtle R. Hutchison Elementary Education Award; Virginia Easley of Philadelphia, Mississippi Business Educators Association Award and Phi Beta Lambda Hall of Fame; Austin Jordan of Conehatta and Leah Ferguson of Philadelphia, both recipients of Phi Beta Lambda Hall of Fame; Christy Bryan of Philadelphia, Alyne Simmons Recruitment Grant; Madison Barnett of Noxapater, The Tom-Tom Award; Bristol Buffington of Starkville, ECCC Players Award; and Louise Berryhill of Union, Lucille Wood Scholarship.
Alumni Memorial Awards were presented to Hanna Williams of Conehatta, Billy Wayne Baucum Secondary Education Award; Charles Thorne of Decatur, W.A. Coursey, Jr. Engineering Award; Delton Harrison of Little Rock, Danny Ray Killens Engineering Award; John Thames of Decatur, Ruth Carr-Vincent Academic Award for Excellence in Non-Traditional Education; Christy Bryan of Philadelphia, Opal McMullan Dickerson Elementary Education Scholarship; Rachel Laird of Meridian, Alatha Chaney English Award; Tiffany Watkins of Lawrence, Sara Carr Deaton Business Technology Award; Stephen Stewart of Decatur, Sue Yarbrough Fulgham Speech Award; Anna Katherine Nowell of Philadelphia, Arno Vincent Award for Academic Excellence in Athletics; Jeremiah Chapman of Newton, William S. Giffin Men’s Intramural Award; Jaleshia Jones of Waynesboro, Earline Wood Memorial Award for Women’s Basketball; Julian Fuentes of Newton, Homer F. Hunter Athletic Managers Award; LaMarcus Franks of State Line, Andrew F. Webb Football Award; Ramone Tate of Bay St. Louis, Howard Sessums Men’s Basketball Award; Allison Johnson of Philadelphia, Jack B. Mayo Phi Theta Kappa Award; and Zach Allen of Louisville, Dr. Edwin Miller Medical Services Award.
Faculty Memorial Awards were presented to Ben Pace of Philadelphia, Aaron R. Davis Memorial Scholarship; Pashien Simone Kelly-Johnson of Gulfport, Frank Edwin & Nena Holt Leatherwood Biology Science Award; Sam Mitchell of Decatur, Dr. Shelby L. Harris Memorial Scholarship; Bryan Burton of Louisville, J. Wallace Bedwell Business Award; Brooke Payne of Union, Frank M. Cross Freshman Chemistry Award; Devin Skinner of Philadelphia, J. Andy Miller Freshman Engineering Award; Timothy Laird of Newton, O.L. Newell Drafting Award; Tracy Gray of Lake, Charles E. Pennington Business Technology Award; Tallie Johnston of Lake, Robert G. Fick Memorial Scholarship; Emily Cook of Carthage, Ruth Hull Memorial Wo-He-Lo Award; Chance Whitten of Batesville and Will Myers of Philadelphia, co-recipients, Jamie Clark Memorial Baseball Award; Kaylee Yates of Decatur, Leon Eubanks Kaljyc-Peers Leadership Award; Louise Berryhill of Union, L.B. Simmons History Award; John Hedrick of Newton, Thomas W. Thrash Memorial Scholarship; and Christy Bryan of Philadelphia, General William Patrick Wilson Academic Scholarship.

Maria McLeod
Assistant to the Associate Vice President
for Public Information
East Central Community College
601-635-6303

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Bill Hannah Is Top Choice for EMBDC President/CEO

Date(s): 5/1/2015, 5/2/2015, 5/3/2015, 5/4/2015, 5/5/2015, 5/6/2015, 5/7/2015, 5/8/2015, 5/9/2015, 5/10/2015, 5/11/2015, 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015, 5/24/2015, 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015

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EMBDC - Meridian
Bill Hannah Is Top Choice for EMBDC President/CEO

MERIDIAN, MS - The board of directors of the EMBDC is pleased to announce the selection of Bill Hannah as the President/CEO for the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation.

After considering four finalists, the Executive Committee of the EMBDC Board of Directors voted unanimously on Tuesday to recommend Hannah, who had also been the unanimous choice of the Search Committee. Hannah is Vice President for Business Development of McCarty Architects/McCarty King Construction of Tupelo and Jackson, Mississippi.

"It has been a very organized methodical process with all parties understanding the importance of selecting the right professional to lead our organization and move our community forward," said Bob Luke, Chairman of the Board. "The skills and experience that Mr. Hannah brings to the position, as well as his passion for leading the EMBDC forward with a focused vision, made him the right choice. The search process has been lengthy, however, we all understand the importance of making the right choice."

Hannah had been the president and CEO of the Ashland Alliance in Ashland, Kentucky, from 2012 until he resigned early last year. The Alliance functions as the Chamber of Commerce for Boyd and Greenup counties in Kentucky. There, Hannah drew praise for promoting regional cooperation. "He strengthened our relationship with a number of groups, including the state house and the governor's office and the economic development authority up there," said Alliance Chairman Ed Neely. "We've been fortunate to have him."

As President and CEO of the EMBDC, Hannah will work with all levels of government as well as with workforce development organizations and many other groups, both public and private. He would oversee a wide range of economic development programs and services.

Bob Luke,
Chairman, Board of Directors

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May is American Stroke Month

Date(s): 5/1/2015, 5/2/2015, 5/3/2015, 5/4/2015, 5/5/2015, 5/6/2015, 5/7/2015, 5/8/2015, 5/9/2015, 5/10/2015, 5/11/2015, 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015, 5/24/2015, 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015

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May is American Stroke Month
Study: Most Americans don’t know common stroke signs

If you’re like most Americans, you don’t know the signs of stroke.
Only 8 percent of those recently surveyed in the American Stroke Association/Ad Council Stroke Awareness Continuous Tracking Study could identify each letter in F.A.S.T., an acronym of the most common stroke warning signs.
“Anyone can have a stroke and everyone should be ready,” said Wendy Barrilleaux, Stroke Program Coordinator at St. Dominic’s Primary Stroke Center, who as part of American Stroke Month in May is urging Mississippi residents to download a free mobile app to learn how to detect a stroke.
“Learning how to spot a stroke is just as important as teaching your family CPR or what to do in the event of a fire. With stroke — just like a cardiac arrest or a fire — seconds count,” Barrilleaux said.
F.A.S.T. is:
• F - Face Drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.
• A - Arm Weakness: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
• S - Speech Difficulty: Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence like, “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?
• T - Time to call 9-1-1: If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.
Additional stroke signs include: sudden severe headache with no known cause; sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; or sudden confusion or trouble understanding.
Teaching people how to recognize a stroke and respond quickly is a primary goal of the American Stroke Association’s Together to End Stroke initiative, sponsored nationally by Medtronic.
The free Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T. app for iOS and Android is available in English and Spanish and includes a stroke warning sign quiz, high blood pressure chart and a searchable map of hospitals recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
“Many people think of strokes as a disease of the elderly, but it can happen to anyone at any time, even very young people,” said Barrilleaux. “When someone recognizes a stroke and quickly calls 9-1-1, the person has a greater chance of getting to an appropriate hospital quickly and being assessed for a clot-busting drug or other medical devices that may save their life and improve their chances for recovery.”
Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability and the nation’s No. 5 leading cause of death. The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. For more information and to download the app, visit StrokeAssociation.org.
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About the American Stroke Association
The American Stroke Association is devoted to saving people from stroke — the No. 2 cause of death in the world and a leading cause of serious disability. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat stroke. The Dallas-based association was created in 1997 as a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-888-4STROKE or visit strokeassociation.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Taj Mahal has a severe flu - not able to perform at Riley Center

Date(s): 4/30/2015, 5/1/2015, 5/2/2015, 5/3/2015, 5/4/2015, 5/5/2015

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Meridian
Unfortunately, Taj Mahal has a severe flu and will not be able to perform on Tuesday, May 5th at the MSU Riley Center in Meridian, MS.

Taj is under ordered bed rest from his doctor and is extremely disappointed not to be able to make the show and hopes to return to Meridian in the near future to make it up to the fans.


The Box Office will automatically issue you a credit that can be used up to one year for a MSU Riley Center event.

For more information:
MSU BOX OFFICE
601-696-2200

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EMBDC - Upcoming Events

Date(s): 4/30/2015, 5/1/2015, 5/2/2015, 5/3/2015, 5/4/2015, 5/5/2015, 5/6/2015, 5/7/2015, 5/8/2015, 5/9/2015, 5/10/2015, 5/11/2015, 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015, 5/24/2015, 5/25/2015, 5/26/2015, 5/27/2015, 5/28/2015, 5/29/2015, 5/30/2015, 5/31/2015, 6/1/2015, 6/2/2015

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Upcoming Events

Mississippi Scholars Recognition Event
MCC Tommy Dulaney
Center
Tuesday, May 5th
6 p.m.

Illuminations Center for Dyslexia Ribbon Cutting
302 17th Street Suite C
Tuesday, May 12th
11 a.m.

YPM Monthly Meeting
Rush Ambulatory Building
Private Dining Room - 3rd Flr
Monday, May 18th
12 p.m.

CertainTeed Ribbon Cutting
2710 US Highway 11 South
Monday, May 18th
2 p.m.

St. Patrick's Ribbon Cutting
2700 Davis Street
Thursday, May 21st
10 a.m.

Leadership Lauderdale Graduation
Business Before Hours
MSU Riley Center
Tuesday, June 2nd
8 a.m.

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Jones County Junior College main campus phone operations are currently down

Date(s): 4/29/2015

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Jones County Junior College main campus
Jones County Junior College main campus phone operations are currently down. Please call 601.477.4006 for necessary emergency contact purposes.

Finée R. Ruffin
Vice President of Marketing and Recruiting
Jones County Junior College
900 South Court Street
Ellisville, MS 39437
Office: 601.477.4082│E-mail: finee.ruffin@jcjc.edu
www.jcjc.edu•www.jcjc.tv•www.jcjcathletics.com

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Meridian Public Schools ...Events

Date(s): 4/29/2015, 4/30/2015, 5/1/2015, 5/2/2015, 5/3/2015, 5/4/2015, 5/5/2015, 5/6/2015, 5/7/2015, 5/8/2015

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High School Art Students Teacher Elementary Students
Thursday, April 30 from 1:40 – 2:35 p.m.
Ms. Fisher’s Art Room at MHS
Ten students from West Hills Elementary will be visiting MHS students in Elizabeth Fisher’s art class. The MHS students in Ms. Fisher’s class will teach the elementary students how to make a slab fish that correlates with the book Rainbow Fish. This project fulfills a grant that Ms. Fisher received from the Junior Auxiliary. This is a great example of how MPSD is incorporating the arts to make learning interesting and relevant to students.


MHS Believe in Blue Day
Friday, May 1 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
MHS (outside- in between the main buildings)
MHS will host the third annual Believe in Blue Day this Friday. This is a time when the community is invited visit the campus to learn more about MHS and what the school offers to students. Students will lead tours around to schools so visitors can see class in action. There will also be musical performances by students in the Visual and Performing Arts Small Learning Community. We would love any promotion of this event in advance or on the actual day of the event.

Teacher Appreciation Week
2015 Teacher Appreciation Week is next week – May 4-8
Dr. Taylor would like to do an interview letting the community know about this week and asking everyone to please take a moment to thank teachers. As you know, a lot of changes have taken place in education this year, and our teachers are taking it all in stride and doing a great job. He just wants to ask the community to be sure they show appreciation to teachers especially during this week.

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

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Old Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church - Pastoral Anniversary

Date(s): 4/29/2015, 4/30/2015, 5/1/2015, 5/2/2015, 5/3/2015, 5/4/2015, 5/5/2015, 5/6/2015, 5/7/2015, 5/8/2015, 5/9/2015, 5/10/2015, 5/11/2015, 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015

2:00 pm

Old Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church Boyd, AL
Old Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church of Boyd, AL celebrates the 3rd year pastoral anniversary of
rev. and first lady, Dewayne Charleston, and Sister LaBlinka May 17th at 2:00 pm.
Special Guests ...
Elder Greg Watkins, pastor of Central Chapel Primitive Baptist Church
in Boyd, AL ... St. Luke Primitive Baptist Church in Porterville, MS .. and Mt. Pilgrim Primitive Baptist Church in Livingston, AL

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ECCC, Town of Decatur to Dedicate Paving, Sidewalk, Lighting Projects

Date(s): 4/29/2015, 4/30/2015, 5/1/2015, 5/2/2015, 5/3/2015, 5/4/2015, 5/5/2015, 5/6/2015, 5/7/2015, 5/8/2015, 5/9/2015, 5/10/2015, 5/11/2015, 5/12/2015

3:00 pm

East Central Community College ... on the front lawn of the college’s Richard C. Ethridge Hall
ECCC, Town of Decatur to Dedicate Paving, Sidewalk, Lighting Projects

Officials from East Central Community College and the Town of Decatur will participate in a joint ribbon-cutting ceremony May 12 to officially dedicate the completion of paving, sidewalk, and lighting projects.

The ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. on the front lawn of the college’s Richard C. Ethridge Hall. The public is invited.

The projects were made possible by Surface Transportation Program and Transportation Alternatives Program grant funding provided through the Mississippi Department of Transportation.
ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart said, “We are grateful to our state legislative delegation, Central Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall and the many others who provided assistance in securing these grant funds. The improvements to our campus and town are not only aesthetically pleasing, but most importantly, this area is now much safer for our students and the community.”
Participating in the program will be Dr. Stewart; Rep. Randy Rushing, House District 78; Mayor Pat O’Neill, Town of Decatur; Dr. Jimmy Hollingsworth, ECCC Board of Trustees chair; Commissioner Hall; Alderman Mark Buntyn, Town of Decatur; and Jerry Smith, ECCC Board of Trustees vice chair.

Maria McLeod
Assistant to the Associate Vice President
for Public Information
East Central Community College
601-635-6303

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JCJC’s Jasper County Learning Center is offering Stained Glass class

Date(s): 4/29/2015, 4/30/2015, 5/1/2015, 5/2/2015, 5/3/2015, 5/4/2015, 5/5/2015, 5/6/2015, 5/7/2015

5:30 - 7:30 pm

Jasper County Learning Center in Bay Springs
JCJC’s Jasper County Learning Center is offering Stained Glass class
ELLISVILLE – The Jasper County Learning Center in Bay Springs is offering the popular Stained Glass Non-Credit Course. Enterprise’s North River Studio artist, B.J. Hatten will be teaching the class beginning on Thursday, May 7. The class meets from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., for six weeks. The cost is $75, which does not include supplies. Register to reserve your place because there is limited seating. Call the JCLC at 601-764-9393 for more information.

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

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EAST MISSISSIPPI JOB FAIR RETURNS TO EMCC APRIL 30

Date(s): 4/28/2015, 4/29/2015, 4/30/2015

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East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus
EAST MISSISSIPPI JOB FAIR RETURNS TO EMCC APRIL 30

MAYHEW – The East Mississippi Job Fair has something for everyone – including people who already have jobs.
The Job Fair returns to East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus April 30. Organizers expect 50 or more employers and educational institutions to attend. And more vendor registrations are coming in every day.
Some of those employers will seek to fill immediate openings, while the educators will offer training that could help currently employed people “level up” to a better job.
“Whether you are seeking immediate employment, want to upgrade skills and credentials, network to learn about career opportunities in today’s economy, need assistance to transition from military to civilian life, or learn how volunteering can help your career, the East Mississippi Job Fair is for you,” said Linda Gates, EMCC district director of job placement and work-based services.
Hundreds of job-seekers attend the annual fair, which traditionally hosts representatives from local industrial heavyweights such as Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi, PACCAR, Steel Dynamics, Airbus and Stark Aerospace, as well as other regional businesses.
The EMCC Workforce Services team, which handles training for many industries in the region, will also be on hand to speak with participants interested in earning new credentials. Representatives from EMCC’s Adult Basic Education division, The Launch Pad, will also be there to discuss GED testing and preparation to transition to Workforce Services training or college credit courses.
“There’s something at the Job Fair for someone who doesn’t have a high school diploma all the way to people with graduate school experience. There are many avenues to get training and improve one’s upward mobility,” said Gates.
The list of vendors signed up to participate in the job fair is available on EMCC’s website, www.eastms.edu; look for the East Mississippi Job Fair link on the home page. This list will be updated until the final day before the fair. Additional resources can be found on EMCC’s website, including a Job Fair Survival Guide, which can help job-seekers get the most out of their visit.
There is also a pre-registration form available on the EMCC website to help participants gain quicker access on the day of the Job Fair.
East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus is at 8731 S. Frontage Road in Mayhew, off U.S. 45 Alternate. For more information, call Linda Gates at (662) 243-1978 or email lgates@eastms.edu.

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ECCC to Offer ‘How to Develop a Business Plan’ Workshop

Date(s): 4/28/2015, 4/29/2015, 4/30/2015, 5/1/2015, 5/2/2015, 5/3/2015, 5/4/2015, 5/5/2015, 5/6/2015, 5/7/2015, 5/8/2015, 5/9/2015, 5/10/2015, 5/11/2015, 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015

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East Central Community College - Dacatur East Central Community College - Enterprise
ECCC to Offer ‘How to Develop a Business Plan’ Workshop
East Central Community College’s Small Business Development Center will offer “How to Develop a Business Plan” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at the Neshoba Business Enterprise Center in Philadelphia and at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 18, at the Workforce Development Center on the Decatur campus.
Topics covered in this free workshop will include industry research, description of company products and services, identifying target customer groups and developing a marketing plan. Financial components discussed are 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 two-hour class.
For more information or to register for one of the seminars, contact the Small Business Development Center at 601-635-6297. The email address is rwestbrook@eccc.edu or vthames@eccc.edu.

Maria McLeod
Assistant to the Associate Vice President
for Public Information
East Central Community College
601-635-6303

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East Central Honors Employees at Administrative Professionals Appreciation Luncheon

Date(s): 4/28/2015, 4/29/2015, 4/30/2015, 5/1/2015

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East Central Community College
East Central Honors Employees at Administrative Professionals Appreciation Luncheon

East Central Community College staff members were honored for years of service at the Administrative Professionals Week Appreciation Luncheon held on the Decatur campus April 21.

Brenda Cheatham of Philadelphia, Lynn French of Lake, and Monica Rigdon of Little Rock, each recognized for 10 years of service to the college;

Vivian Taylor of Newton, honored for 15 years of service;

Martha Sibley of Newton, Virgie Thames of Louin, and Carole Germany of Union, recognized for 20 years of service.

Cheatham is an administrative assistant in Student Services, French is a business office clerk in Accounts Payable, Ridgon is an administrative assistant in Healthcare Education, Taylor is an administrative assistant in the Library, Sibley is an administrative assistant in Admissions and Records, Thames is an administrative assistant in the Small Business Development Center and Germany is an administrative assistant in the President’s Office

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Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta - Events Calendar

Date(s): 5/3/2015, 5/4/2015, 5/5/2015, 5/6/2015, 5/7/2015, 5/8/2015, 5/9/2015, 5/10/2015, 5/11/2015, 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015, 5/20/2015, 5/21/2015, 5/22/2015, 5/23/2015

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Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta
Center Ridge Baptist Church May 2015 Announcements
No Service Collinsville Location: May 10, 2015


Men's Fellowship Breakfast
May 3, 2015
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting a, " Men's Fellowship breakfast,” on Sunday, May 3, 2015 @ 9:30 am. For more information call (601) 776-3649. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.

Wonderful Word on Wednesday
6, 13, 20, & 27, 2015
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting, “Wonderful Word on Wednesday,” on Wednesdays, May 6, 13, 20, & 27, 2015 @ 7:00 pm. For more information call (601) 776-3649. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.


Mother’s Day – Honoring Our Mothers
May 10, 2015
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be "Honoring Our Mother,” on Sunday, May 10, 2015, @ 11:00 am. For more information call (601) 776-3649. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.


Pastors' Anniversary Celebration
May 17, 2015
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting, “Pastors' Anniversary Celebration," on Sunday, May 17, 2015, @ 2:00 pm. The guest speaker will be Dr. Robert West of Mt. Eva Baptist Church in Terry, MS. For more information call (601) 776-3649. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.


New Foundation Theological Seminary Commencement Ceremony
May 23, 2015
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting, “New Foundation Theological Seminary Commencement Ceremony,” on Saturday, May 23, 2015, @ 10:00 am. The guest speaker will be Dr. Johnny Barns of Providence Baptist Church in Philadelphia, MS. For more information call (601) 776-3649. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.

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NASCAR driver Joey Gase will be in Meridian

Date(s): 4/28/2015, 4/29/2015

3:00 pm

Nelson Hall Chevrolet, 1811 S. Frontage Road, Meridian, MS
WHAT: NASCAR driver Joey Gase will be in Meridian at Nelson Hall Chevrolet. Gase drives the Donate Life Chevrolet on the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Nelson Hall Chevrolet, 1811 S. Frontage Road, Meridian, MS 39301
WHY: Joey Gase drives the Donate Life Chevrolet on the Xfinity Series and will be racing in the Winn-Dixie 300 at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015. The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency has partnered with the Alabama Organ Center to sponsor Joey’s car in the race. The car will feature a donor from each state on the bumper of the car. Matthew Gaskin of Aberdeen, who was a tissue donor in 2008, will be the donor represented from Mississippi.

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Young Professionals to Hold 8th Annual Beignet Breakfast

Date(s): 4/27/2015, 4/28/2015, 4/29/2015, 4/30/2015, 5/1/2015, 5/2/2015, 5/3/2015, 5/4/2015, 5/5/2015, 5/6/2015, 5/7/2015, 5/8/2015

7:00 - 11:00 am

on the Temple Theater front steps
Young Professionals to Hold 8th Annual Beignet Breakfast
Meridian, MS – The Young Professionals of Meridian will be holding their 8th Annual Beignet Breakfast on Friday, May 8th, from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. on the Temple Theater front steps.
YPM members will be up early cooking and serving beignets to go. Beignets come by the dozen for $10 or three beignets and a coffee/juice for $5. All pre-orders can be placed through email at laurenmmayer@yahoo.com or fax 601-693-1158. Payment is due at time of pick up. Deliveries can be made for orders of 10 dozen or more. Proceeds from this annual breakfast will benefit the Care Lodge Domestic Violence Shelter.
Care Lodge Domestic Violence Shelter was started in Meridian over 30 years ago. They currently cover a nine county area, where they provide services for nearly 1200 shelter and non-shelter clients each year.

For more information contact Michelle Mayer at 601-616-4576.
The Young Professionals of Meridian is a private, not-for-profit organization housed under the East Mississippi Business Development Foundation. YPM is a group of proactive, dedicated young men and women who want to make a difference in their community. From volunteering in the city to fostering growth in the industrial sector, YPM strives to have a presence in all aspects of the community. The EMBDF is located at 1901 Front St., Suite A/ P.O Box 790, Meridian, MS 39302, or on the web at www.ypmeridian.com.

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NAS PLANS TORNADO DRILL FOR APRIL 28

Date(s): 4/27/2015, 4/28/2015, 4/29/2015, 4/30/2015, 5/1/2015

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On board NAS Meridian
ANNUAL HURRICANE EXERCISE/CITADEL GALE 2015
UNDERWAY THROUGH MAY 1
NAS PLANS TORNADO DRILL FOR APRIL 28

Naval Air Station Meridian is participating in an annual exercise in preparation for the upcoming hurricane season that begins June 1. U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF), headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, and Washington D.C.-based Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) are conducting the preparedness exercise Hurricane Exercise/Citadel Gale 2015 (HURREX/CG 15) April 20-May 1.
The purpose of this annual exercise is to prepare the Navy to respond to weather threats to U.S. coastal regions, and to maintain the ability to deploy forces even under the most adverse weather conditions.
On Tuesday, April 28, NAS will participate in a scenario that involves a tornado spawned by a hurricane touching down at Outlying Field Joe Williams. The tornado will damage the fire station on the opposite end of the building from the Fire Department. The Fire Chief at that station will open the command post and first responders will conduct search and rescue operations in the damaged part of the building where Navy personnel are located. The emergency manager, Sheriff's Department, ambulance service and hospital in Kemper County also will participate.
"Training conducted during Hurrex/Citadel Gale 15 allows the Navy to ensure its preparedness to operate under the most adverse weather conditions," said NAS Commanding Officer Capt. Scott Bunnay. "It serves to maintain a level of readiness as well as determine if there are any areas where we can improve our ability to respond to natural disasters."
HURREX/CG 15 will involve two simulated storm systems developing and intensifying to hurricane strength, threatening the Caribbean Islands, East Coast and Gulf Coast regions.
All Navy commands with personnel in these regions will participate, to include reviewing and exercising heavy weather instructions and procedures and accounting for Sailors, Department of the Navy civilians, and Navy families in the affected regions.

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Rapunzel! Rapunzel! Brings Family Fun to MSU Riley Center

Date(s): 4/27/2015, 4/28/2015, 4/29/2015, 4/30/2015, 5/1/2015, 5/2/2015, 5/3/2015, 5/4/2015, 5/5/2015, 5/6/2015, 5/7/2015, 5/8/2015, 5/9/2015, 5/10/2015, 5/11/2015, 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015, 5/18/2015, 5/19/2015

7:00 pm

MSU Riley Center
Rapunzel! Rapunzel! Brings Family Fun to MSU Riley Center


MERIDIAN, MS – Delightful musical theater for the whole family will brighten the MSU Riley Center stage when Wally Jones and Casa Mañana Theatre Presents Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale on Tuesday, May 19, at 7 p.m.

The production, a Riley Center Family Show, features a book, music, and lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman. The story finds Princess Rapunzel banished to a tower by the evil enchantress Lady Za Za. Her only hope of rescue lies with handsome Sir Roderick and his hairdressing sidekick, Edgar, who are searching for true love and the perfect head of hair, respectively. Will the lovely, long-locked Rapunzel satisfy both quests? A lovable old dragon and a crazed gypsy woman add to the fun.

Children love this fast-paced romp, which features plenty of action and physical gags. The clever script also includes lots of jokes about American Idol and other bits of pop culture to keep adults amused as well. Will everyone live happily ever after? Come to the show and find out.

For fans of: Disney’s Tangled, fairy tales, family musical theater

What critics say: “All the little girls in the audience who came dressed as princesses seemed to be instantly at home. … But boys will like the show too: swords, dragons, and the ultimate hair-pulling scene that every third-grader could only dream about.” – Julie Rhodes, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for students (age 12 or younger) at the MSU Riley Center Box Office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets can be purchased online at www.msurileycenter.com or by calling the box office at 601.696.2200.

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Meridian Main Street - Downtown Happenings - April 26th - May 3rd

Date(s): 4/27/2015, 4/28/2015, 4/29/2015, 4/30/2015, 5/1/2015, 5/2/2015, 5/3/2015

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Downtown Happenings - April 26th - May 3rd Vol. lV No. 23

Monday, April 27, 2015

Event: Half Off Bottles of Wine
Location:Weidmann's
Time: Every Monday
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770
Happy Hour 4pm - 7pm.

Event:Deals on Select Items
Location:Planters Supply
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2684
Deals on ferns, peppers, tomatoes, elephant ears, milk weeds, lemon grass, garden seeds, and more!

Event: 15% off Framing
Location:Lucas Road
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.483.0028
all frames are 15% off.

Event: 60% off Prom Dresses
Location:Bambinos Boutique
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.5253
Adult Prom Dresses, 60% off.

Event:Shirt & Tie Combos
Location:Sam's Fashion
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2731

Event: Linens are in for Spring
Location: The Liberty Shop
Time: all week
For More Information: Call 601.693.5331
Just in time for spring, come get your linens at the liberty shop!

Event: Meridian Craft Beer Club
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 7pm - 8pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
The Meridian Craft Beer Club meets and discusses a craft each week.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Event:Terrific Tuesday Facebook Sale
Location: LaBiche Jewelers
Time: 9am
For More Information: Call 601.693.6071
Every Tuesday morning at 9am, an item with a Terrific sale price will be posted on Facebook! It will be available on a first come, first served basis for that day only!

Event: Free Computer Training
Location:AOTECH Computers
Time: 10am-11:30am & 6:00pm-7:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.990.8324
These classes are designed specifically for beginners and include basic skill building and clear explanations of basic computer components. We will cover the following Topics: Basic Computers Skills, Operating System Differences [ Windows, Mac, Ubuntu Linux ] and Introduction to the internet. Advanced computer training is coming soon.

Event: Kid's Art Crawl
Location: Dumont Plaza
Time: 4:00pm - 6:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.7480
Join Meridian Main Street as we stroll downtown to view art from area grade schools. There will be music and dance activities, a painting booth, culinary booth, and a photo booth, hands on arts and crafts, and much more. Don't miss this FREE family friendly event

Event: Surf n' Turf
Location:Harvest Grill
Time: 5:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.282.5609

Event:Ladies Night/Live Music Tuesday
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
Local Live Music!

Event:Trivia Night
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 8pm till close
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770
Happy Hour 4pm - 7pm

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Event: The EMBDC Business
& Community Showcase Expo
Location: Bonita Lakes Mall Anchor E
Time: 10:30am - 4:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.1306
A Free event to the public.

Event:Half Price Drinks During Happy Hour
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 4pm - 7pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770

Event: Live Trivia
Location:BrickHaus
Time: 8pm - 11:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Event:Meridian Lions Club
Location:Rush Hospital Cafeteria
Time: 11:30am - 1pm
For More Information: Call 662.418.5848
Anyone in the community is welcome as a guest!

Event: After School Art Classes
Location:Meridian Museum of Art
Time: 4pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.1501
Every Thursday from now until April 30, after school art classes will be held.

Event: Jimmie Rodgers Symposium
Location: 5022 Hartley Peavey Drive
Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.917.4344
All music lovers, Jimmie Rodgers fans, historians and lovers of great stories are invited to participate in an afternoon of music and how it has arrived. Call for admission.

Event: Housekats Blues Band
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 8:00pm - 12:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Friday, May 1, 2015

Event: Shootin' and Scootin' Club
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
see website for details.

Event: Sucarnochee Revue
Location: The Temple Theater
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
For More Information: Call 205.499.9988

Event: Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival
Location: City Hall Lawn
Time: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.616.7663
This is the oldest and longest running community festival in Mississippi and the oldest country music festival in the United States.

Event: Jessica Addy & Darren Hogan
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 9:00pm - 1:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Event: MUM Day
Location:Meridian Underground Music
Time: All Day
For More Information: Call 601.485.1363
Receive a gift or a discount on your purchase when wearing a MUM t-shirt on Fridays

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Event: Earth's Bounty
Location: Singing Brakeman Park
Time: 8:00am - 1:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.7480
Music will be provided by Richelle Putnman, there will be a book swap, kid's activities, and much more! We'll have fresh fruit, vegetables, honey, jams, jellies, breads, soaps, shrubs, flowers and more!
Event: Arts in the Courtyard
Location:BrickHaus
Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
Free event for area artist to showcase their work.

Event: Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival
Location: City Hall Lawn
Time: 1:00pm - 10:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.616.7663
This is the oldest and longest running community festival in Mississippi and the oldest country music festival in the United States.

Event: Beethoven and Blue Jeans
Location: Dumont Plaza
Time: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.2224
It's all about "dressing down and showing up" for MSO's first-ever Beethoven & Blue Jeans concert where casual fashion meets popular classical music.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Event: Jazz Brunch with Steve Watson
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 10am - 4pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770
If you would like your event on Meridian Main Street's Downtown Happenings, the deadline is Thursday at noon the week before
a published calendar (calendars are sent on Mondays)
For all community events check out the Meridian Community Calendar
Meridian Main Street is an award winning not-for-profit, public/private partnership working in concert with others for the revitalization of downtown Meridian. To join Main Street, call 601.693.7480 or visit our website http://meridianmainstreet.com. Like us on Facebook: Meridian Main Street

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"Boiling For Buck" Crawfish Boil

Date(s): 4/27/2015, 4/28/2015, 4/29/2015, 4/30/2015, 5/1/2015, 5/2/2015

3:00 - 5:00 pm

on the lawn of the Gavin House. Location ...first house behind the Quitman Court House
Historic Clarke County, Inc is sponsoring ...
"Boiling For Buck" Crawfish Boil next
Saturday, May 2nd. on the lawn of the Gavin House.
Location ...first house behind the Quitman Court House.
The Crawfish Boil proceeds will be used to restore the house and will become a Clarke County Museum. A donation of $15.00 which include Crawfish, Corn on the Cob, potatoes with dessert and drink,
and may be purchased that day. It will be held from 3 PM to 5 PM with a live auction during this time also. Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy the fun.

Shira Campbell, Secretary
Historic Clarke County, Inc.

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2015 Kid's Art Crawl

Date(s): 4/27/2015, 4/28/2015

4:00 - 6:30 pm

Dumont Plaza Downtown Meridian
2015 Kid's Art Crawl - April 28th
Painting booth - Music - dancing - arts and crafts - sidewalk chalk art
and MORE !!!
(601) 693-7480
(601) 693-7480

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EMBDC - Business and Community Showcase

Date(s): 4/27/2015, 4/28/2015, 4/29/2015

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Bonita Lakes Mall, Anchor E
Meridian, MS - The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation (EMBDC) will be hosting the Business and Community Showcase (formerly The Main Event) on April 29th. The event provides an opportunity for area businesses, industries, and non-profit organizations to showcase their products and services, meet and recruit customers or volunteers, and build relationships with other business professionals.
The EMBDC Business and Community Showcase will open its doors to the public from 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The event will take place at Bonita Lakes Mall, Anchor E. Each year the showcase opens its door to more than 2,500 individuals.
If you have any questions about The EMBDC Business and Community Showcase please contact Casey Holladay at 601-603-7709 or cholladay@embdc.org.
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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EMCC SCOOBA CAMPUS HOSTS ANNUAL AWARDS DAY CEREMONY

Date(s): 4/27/2015, 4/28/2015, 4/29/2015, 4/30/2015, 5/1/2015, 5/2/2015, 5/3/2015

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East Mississippi Community College
EMCC SCOOBA CAMPUS HOSTS ANNUAL AWARDS DAY CEREMONY

SCOOBA – East Mississippi Community College held its annual Scooba campus Awards Day ceremony on April 21.
Instructors from academic and career-technical programs recognized their most outstanding students from the past year, along with Scholar Athletes, Class Favorites, Mr. & Mrs. EMCC and students named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
Here’s a look at the award recipients, their hometowns and the areas for which they were recognized:


Academic & Career-Technical Programs

Amandalynn Abney (Olive Branch) – Human Anatomy & Physiology I
Neely Abrams (Brooksville) – English Composition I
Christa Biddles (Meridian) – Freshman Music Theory
Mary Blunt (Columbus) – American National Government
Kylie Brown (Steens) – Ceramics
Cathy Clark (DeKalb) – Art History
McKenzie Davidson (Vicksburg) – Public Speaking
Tyrone Davis (Durant) – Welding and Fabrication
Terra Dentry (Caledonia) – Eastern Belles Dance Line
Anna Dudley (Scooba) – American (U.S.) History I, Chemistry I, Honors English Composition I
Abigale Gillispie (Starkville) – Short Fiction, Western Civilization I
Mallory Griffith (McCool) – American (U.S.) History II
Jaleesa Harris (Quitman) – Human Anatomy & Physiology II
Mallory Head (Poplarville) – Chemistry II
Dallas Heim (Meridian) – Student in Forestry Technology
Katherine Hisaw (Noxapater) – Psychology
Keishana Johnson (West Point) – Ophthalmic Freshman
Marilyn Kelly (Pachuta) – Marriages & Family
Kailey Lavender (Caledonia) – General Biology II, Statistics
Brianna Lawrence (Starkville) – Principles of Biology II
Corey Massey (Meridian) – Lineworker
Cheleste McClendon (Preston) – Design
Darren Miller (Macon) – Physics with Calculus
Pauline Pimolle (Marseille, France) – Art Appreciation, Painting
Ebony Rush (DeKalb) – Human Growth & Development
Christian Shelby (Toomsuba) – Calculus I
Annie Silvers (Macon) – Creative Writing
Jeremy Sumrall (Shubuta) – Calculus II
Candice Vanderwalker (DeKalb) – Drawing, Exhibition
Genna Wall (Vicksburg) – Introduction to Sociology
Rebecca Weis (Quitman) – Mighty Lion Color Guard
Rachel Wheeler (Columbus) – 3-D Design
Haley Whitehead (Collinsville) – American Literature
Jonathan Wiggins(DeKalb) – General Physics
Nathaniel Willers (Maben) – English Composition II, Western Civilization II
Joseph Willis (Madison) – General Biology I, Trigonometry
Inesha Winston (Scooba) – Health Care Assistant
Jonathon Wynne (Lake) – Mighty Lion Marching Band
Kayla Young (Scooba) – Principles of Biology I
Megan Young (Meridian) – Theatre Appreciation

Scholar Athletes

Antonio Finley (Meridian) – Men’s Basketball
Lucas Jones (Shuqualak) – Rodeo
Kasey Stanfield (Columbus) – Softball
Teeria Vaughan (Walterboro, S.C.) – Women’s Basketball
Nathaniel Willers (Maben) – Baseball
Joseph Willis (Madison) – Football

Class Favorites

Attia Smith (Louisville) – Freshman Favorite
Cortez Young (West Point) – Sophomore Favorite

Mr. & Mrs. EMCC

Tavion Jones (Carthage) – Mr. EMCC
Jaalyn Williams (Brandon) – Mrs. EMCC

Who’s Who

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JCJC Skills USA students win at state; headed to nationals

Date(s): 4/24/2015, 4/25/2015, 4/26/2015, 4/27/2015, 4/28/2015, 4/29/2015, 4/30/2015, 5/1/2015, 5/2/2015, 5/3/2015, 5/4/2015, 5/5/2015, 5/6/2015, 5/7/2015, 5/8/2015, 5/9/2015, 5/10/2015, 5/11/2015, 5/12/2015, 5/13/2015, 5/14/2015, 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015

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Jones County Junior College
JCJC Skills USA students win at state; headed to nationals

ELLISVILLE – Ten out of the seventeen Jones County Junior College students competing at the State Skills USA competition recently are headed to the national competition after taking top honors in Jackson. Students receiving first place will go against more than 6,000 students nationally in June in Louisville, Kentucky.

“I am very proud of the amount of extra hours of work our student competitors and their instructors put in outside of regular class time to prepare for competition. They worked hard and it certainly showed on awards night,” said Karen Kirk, JCJC drafting and design instructor and Skills USA sponsor.

The winners of the annual SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference were: Esthetics-Megan Pruett of Hattiesburg and her model, Lakken Walters of Laurel; Promotional Bulletin Board-Lacey McLain of Laurel, Katelynn Brock of Petal and Lexie King of Laurel; Related Technical Math-Josh Ramos of Laurel; Technical Drafting-Andrew Murry of Beaumont; Welding Fabrication-Ariel Johnson of State Line, Jacob McLeod of Lucedale, Russell Green of Leakesville; Welding-Garth Breland of Beaumont. Each student beat out the more than 1,200 outstanding career and technical education students from across Mississippi who joined in the hands on competition in different trade, technical, and leadership fields. To add to the stress to perform, students had to work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in job skills for occupations such as welding, technical drafting, automotive service, cosmetology and HVAC, and marketing, as well as competitions in leadership skills, such as job interview and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedures.

“My test consisted of a huge variety of problems ranging in difficulty from calculating gas mileage to velocity of an airplane. I studied so hard for this test. Mr. Hearn really prepared me for this competition,” said JCJC’s first place winner in the Related Technical Math category, Josh Ramos of Laurel. JCJC civil engineering technology instructor, Ryan Hearn said this was the first time a Civil Engineering Technology student at JCJC competed in this category. He is proud Ramos earned the opportunity to prove his skills in Louisville.

“He did really well applying his trigonometry, geometry and other math skills to the real-world scenarios in the Skills USA competition,” said Hearn.

The welding team of Ariel Johnson, Jacob McLeod, Russell Green and Garth Breland also made history at JCJC by winning in both welding categories, Welding Fabrication and Welding. According to Clint James, JCJC welding instructor, Dean of Learning Centers & Outreach and Greene County Center Director, that has never happened before.

“We won both categories because of their teacher, Tommy Freeman. He has emphasized fabrication and we’ve never competed in that category,” said James.

Three ladies in drafting and design, Lacey McLain, Katelynn Brock and Lexie King won first place in Promotional Bulletin Board because of their combined skills, explained McLain. King’s niche’ is art and drafting and design, Brock is a Microsoft Office guru while McLain is at ease doing presentations.

“I really like the hands-on experience,” said McLain. “My job was to ‘sell’ the bulletin board and what set our board apart from others was we promoted Skills USA according to the guidelines. This was an eye-opening experience for us.”

The three JCJC students earning second place include: Charitei Anderson of Hazlehurst in Job Interview (cosmetology); Hans Vanhouten of Moselle in Motorcycle Service Technology; and Brekae Robinson of Ellisville in Nail Care with Haley Davidson of Ellisville as her hand model. Third place winners include: Garrett Lancaster of Petal in Architectural Drafting; Tyler Henry of Hattiesburg in Automotive Technology; Brittney Henley of Hattiesburg in Cosmetology; and Colten Wales of Gulfport in Power Equipment Technology.

SkillsUSA is the national organization for students in trade, industrial, technical and health occupations education. It sponsors the SkillsUSA Championships annually to recognize the achievements of career and technical education students and to encourage them to strive for excellence and pride in their chosen occupations.

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

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