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The Mississippi State Department of Health Wants to Hear from You

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The Mississippi State Department of Health Wants to Hear from You

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) needs your feedback on its first Mississippi State Health Assessment, a tool that will help shape public health efforts and policy in the coming years.

“This assessment is an opportunity for us to improve the state public health system. While we always work with partners and advocates, it’s also critically important to hear from the people we serve – all Mississippians,” said State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier. “It is crucial to get feedback from as many Mississippians as possible to help us create a thriving public health effort that is supported by active and committed citizens and organizations.”


Nine areas of improvement have been identified to help MSDH make strides in improving the lives of Mississippians. They are: improving access to care, building healthy communities, improving infant health, reducing risky sexual behavior, reducing the rates of chronic disease, improving mental health, increasing educational levels, reducing poverty, and sharing public health goals.

Learn more about these nine important areas and give us your feedback by visiting our website
at HealthyMS.com/future.

For an in-depth look at the key findings of the State Health Assessment, the public is also invited to attend one of three upcoming presentations online. These live, over-the-Web presentations are an opportunity to ask questions and learn more from some of the public health professionals involved in the Assessment.

The webinars are schedules for:

• 2-4 p.m., Wednesday, April 1
• 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday April 2
• Space is limited to 200 participants per session and registration is required.
• Visit http://HealthyMS.com/future to register for a webinar.


Follow MSDH by e-mail and social media at HealthyMS.com/connect.


CONTACT: Office of Communications, 601-576-7667
Note to media: After hours or during emergencies, call 1-866-HLTHY4U (1-866-458-4948)
Online: HealthyMS.com facebook.com/HealthyMS twitter.com/msdh

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Are You Smarter than a Dishonest Contractor? ....

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Are You Smarter than a Dishonest Contractor? Tips to Protect Yourself from Home Repair Fraud and Scams

Mississippi – This is the time when everyone should focus on what they need to do to protect themselves if dangerous weather approaches. Tornadoes, hailstorms can be dangerous and costly, and so can the shady contractors who magically appear on the scene. Story after story is reported on how homeowners are scammed by con artists posing as legitimate home repair contractors. And it’s not just your typical victims (seniors, disaster victims, etc.). Mayors, celebrities, police chiefs and corporate executives have been scammed as well. Many websites offer the typical do’s and don’ts: don’t give money up front; don’t sign anything you don’t understand; and don’t hire someone who just shows up at your door. Yet, there is so much more you need to know to protect yourself. You need a contractor, but how do you get started? Where do you find one? How do you know what should be, and even more importantly, what should not be, in your contract? How do you set up payment schedules so he doesn’t take off with your money?
The National Center for the Prevention of Home Improvement Fraud (NCPHIF), is a national nonprofit whose mission is to educate communities on how to protect themselves. “It’s so frustrating to get calls from homeowners who have been scammed,” says home repair fraud prevention expert and NCPHIF Executive Director, Phae Moore. “It breaks my heart because by then, it’s too late.” Moore is also the author of “Don’t Even Think About Ripping Me Off!” (Amazon and Barnes & Noble) a book on how to find, hire, work with and pay contractors to avoid being scammed.
According to the latest reports from the Consumer Federation of America, home improvement/ construction fraud is second in a list of top ten complaints the agency receives (misrepresentation in auto sales is CFA’s top complaint). The Better Business Bureau reports inquiries regarding home contractors outnumber all other inquiries.
Moore feels that this is a problem, not only for homeowners, but the insurance, financial, real estate and construction industries as well. She praises State Farm for supporting the work of the organization to protect communities from this multi-billion dollar problem. “It’s always sad to see severe weather victims who have been paid for insured losses not receive the repairs they expected from a contractor they trusted,” says State Farm spokesman Roszell Gadson.
Moore suggests you may want to rethink hiring a contractor who:
1. Is going door to door or who is calling because they are “in the neighborhood.” You should always find your own contractor, not one who comes to your door.
2. Wants to “inspect” your property when you are not home. Take photos before, during and after an “inspection.” Some contractors have been known to cause damage intentionally during an inspection.
3. Asks you to get any required building permits. The party pulling a building permit is responsible, among other things, to assure code compliance.
4. Offers you a discount because they have “leftover materials.” This may be a signal that another consumer paid for the materials and the contractor failed to leave the materials or give proper credit, or that the materials may be stolen.
5. Only accepts cash. If you do pay cash, be sure to get a clear written receipt.
6. Claims you will get a great rate because you project will be a “demonstration.”
7. Offers exceptionally long guarantees or warranties.
8. Asks you to pay for the entire job up front.
9. Tries to scare you into repairs claiming they are urgent.
10. Asks you to “deed” or “transfer title” to your property or sign a promissory note secured by your home.
“The key to protecting yourself is to be proactive” says Moore. “Educate yourself before you hire anyone is the best advice I can give.”

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EMCC GOLDEN TRIANGLE CAMPUS THEATRE PRESENTS “SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER”

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East Mississippi Community College ... Golden Triangle campus ... at the Lyceum auditorium
EMCC GOLDEN TRIANGLE CAMPUS THEATRE PRESENTS “SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER”

MAYHEW – A lesser-known play by Columbus native Tennessee Williams will make its Lowndes County debut next week at East Mississippi Community College.
The theatre program at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus will present “Suddenly Last Summer” at the Lyceum auditorium. The production is scheduled for four weekend performances – April 10 at 7 p.m., April 11 at 7 p.m. and April 12 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Dr. Don R. Vaughan, theatre instructor and the play’s director, chose this Tennessee Williams play to introduce his students to the famed writer. So many students auditioned for the Golden Triangle campus’s third annual spring production that it has the largest cast to date. In fact, two separate casts will perform the play.
Rivers Roberson of Starkville, who acted in the EMCC production of Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” in 2014, returns this time as the production’s student director.
“We’re running into some bumps in rehearsal, as all plays do. But the two casts are coming along very well,” said Robertson.
Vaughan agreed that the cast members, many of whom are new to theater, are exploring their roles with enthusiasm. And he praised Roberson, who has been involved in theater since his days at Starkville High School, for being particularly adept at spacing the actors and ensuring that their movements on stage are coordinated.
The play takes place in 1950s New Orleans as the play’s main character, Mrs. Venable, attempts to get to the bottom of her son’s mysterious death the previous summer.
The action plays out on the back porch of Mrs. Venable’s Victorian era house, on a set constructed in-house at EMCC. The four-scene play runs about 90 minutes with no intermission.
Admission is $5 at the door. EMCC students and employees will be admitted free with their school IDs.

The cast of “Suddenly Last Summer” at East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus.
Performances are scheduled for April 10, 11 and 12 at the Golden Triangle campus.

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Record-breaking charity ride for children of fallen veterans ...

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Record-breaking charity ride for children of fallen veterans
gains momentum, logs first 100 days on the road.
NEW RICHMOND, WI — Adam Sandoval and his Chihuahua, Scooter, have been riding their
motorcycle nearly each of the past 100 days since embarking on their epic journey to visit every
Harley Davidson dealership in the lower 48 states. Known as Scootin’ America, the charity ride–
created to raise money for the children of fallen soldiers–is now firmly on pace to break three
world records; for most miles in one country, the largest group ride and the longest charity ride in
history.
Stopping only to sleep and avoid severe weather, the pair has been on the road virtually every day
since they started down the road November 10th of last year. To date, Adam and Scooter have
visited over 170 dealerships, crossed 9 states and raised over $30,000 for The American Legion
Legacy Fund, which helps to ensure that higher education is a possibility for children whose
parents lost their lives in the line of duty. Sandoval has self-funded the majority of the trip, using
proceeds from the sale of his home, vehicles, etc. to finance the effort.
With roughly nine months left on their estimated one year trip, Sandoval has already encountered a
great outpouring of support and has ben genuinely moved by the compassion and support he has
received. “I can’t begin to tell you how this ride has struck a chord with and brought out the best
best in people,” said Sandoval. “In just a short time, we have been embraced by people in every
city we have visited, and we’re just getting started,” he added.
In roughly a year’s time, Sandoval and Scooter will visit every Harley Davidson dealership in the
lower 48 states (over 690 total) Along the way, other riders are free to join the ride for the day or
as long as they would like. Sandoval planned the ride to give back. Having personal regrets about
not serving in the military and having enjoyed personal success as an entrepreneur, Sandoval has a
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special passion for the families of fallen soldiers. The next year of his life will be spent on the road
raising money and awareness for our country’s veterans.
Sandoval and Scooter moved to FL 3 years ago from Green Bay, WI to enjoy riding their
motorcycle year round. This ride definitely fits that bill. You will be able to track Scootin’America
and their adventures live on Facebook via videos and pictures being posted daily. Followers can
see their page to get up to date routes, and charitable donation information and locations.
For more information, contact ScootinAmerica at 952-715-1310, at 1638 83 Street, New
Richmond, WI 54017, or by emailing us at info@scootinamerica.com.

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Meridian Main Street - Downtown Happenings - March 30th- April 5th

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Downtown Happenings - March 30th- April 5th
Vol. lV No. 19

Monday, March 30, 2015

Event: Happies for Easter
Location:The Liberty Shop
Time: all week
For More Information: Call 601.693.5331
Now is the time to start looking for Easter Dresses & Happies!


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
Regular $34.99 now $25

Event: Close - Out On Art Supplies
Location:Lucas Road
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.483.0028
Half off all art supplies!

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 Red Seed Potatoes, Fruit Trees, English Peas, and Dog Treats!

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, March 31, 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: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 1, 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, April 2, 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: Hub City Comedy Show
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 9:00pm - 12:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
$5 Admission.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Event:Friday's Flowers
Location:Saxon's Flowers & Gifts
Time: 9am - 4pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.6734
$12 wrapped bouquets or ½ price on stems.

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

Event: Live Music
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 7pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770
Happy Hour 4pm - 7pm.

Event: Sucarnochee Revue
Location: The Temple Theater
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
For More Information: Call 205.499.9988
Admission: $10

Event: Hub City Comedy Show
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 9:00pm - 1:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
$5 Admission.

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, April 4, 2015

Event: Earth's Bounty Farmers Market
Location: City Hall Lawn
Time: 8:00am - 1:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.7480
The first Earth's Bounty will be in partnership with the Threefoot Arts Festival. Tons of fresh produce, plants, shrubs, baked goods, canned goods, homemade soaps, free health screenings provided by Greater Meridian Health Clinic and more! We'll have live music from local musicians, fun food vendors, and great activities for the kids.

Event: Threefoot Arts Festival
Location: City Hall Lawn
Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.2787
A juried art competition, art and craft exhibit and sale, food vendors, free children's hands-on art activities, student art show and competition, and much more is scheduled. Entertainment includes participants in the Jimmie Rodgers Talent Competition on stage from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Event: Jimmie Rodgers Talent Contest
Location: City Hall Lawn
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.934.3528
Cost: $10 - Adult, $5 - Children 12 & Under. $50 entry registration through April 1, $70 entry registration after April 1.

Event: City of Meridian Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Location: Highland Park
Time: 10:00am
For More Information: Call 601.485.1802
Free Admission. For children ages 3 - 10

Event: Southern Discomfort Tournament
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Event: J.B. Calton
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 9:00pm - 1:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Event: Live Music
Location: Weidmann's
Time: 9:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770

Event:Miles Flat
Location:Rhythm & Brews
Time: 10:30pm - 2am
For More Information: Call 601.282.5608

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Event: Southern Discomfort Tournament
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 12:00pm - 7:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

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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WALTER ZINN ANNOUNCES FOR CONGRESS

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Contact: Walter Zinn, (662) 891-8120

WALTER ZINN ANNOUNCES FOR CONGRESS

Political Advisor and Attorney, Walter Howard Zinn, Jr., of Pontotoc, announces candidacy for the Mississippi First Congressional District in the special election to fill the seat of the late Alan Nunnelee.

“William Faulkner best said, 'To understand the world, you first must understand a place like Mississippi.' I have committed and dedicated myself to doing just that by engaging citizens across Mississippi and the country through my work in helping communities to elect quality leaders and have advocated for the resources and opportunities that Mississippi families deserve,” said Zinn.

Walter served as Senior Policy Advisor to mayors Harvey Johnson, Jr. and Chokwe Lumumba where he directed the legislative agenda for the City of Jackson. One of his notable successes includes gaining authorization for a local option sales tax-the second in last 30 years in Mississippi-for water, wastewater, and road infrastructure improvements and directing the local ballot initiative to a successful passage with 89% of voter approval.

Walter submitted over 1,000 signatures to qualify for the ballot in this special election. “I want to thank the hundreds of people across the district that expressed their support of my candidacy.” It is clear that the people are ready for leadership focused on building opportunities to have quality employment that will allow them to provide a good, safe home; schools that enable their children to be successful and to compete in this global market.

Walter’s political career includes clerking for former U.S. Representative and now current U.S. Senator Roger Wicker; campaigns including former Supreme Court Justice James “Jim” L. Roberts, Attorney General Jim Hood, former U.S. Representative Travis Childers special election, Former Governor Ronnie Musgrove's bid for U.S. Senate, Iowa Senator Rita Hart, and Circuit Judge Carol Richards.

“I have built a unique political career developed by bi-partisan leadership. It has been those influences that has prepared me to represent the diversity of this district. We are at a time when people are facing tough I intend bring forth an agenda and leadership that unites the community.”

Ouida Meruvia
Communications Director
Mississippi Democratic Party
Cell: (601)504-8982 | Office: (601)969-2913
Follow us on twitter and instagram: @msdemocrats
Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/msdemocrats
Donate to the Mississippi Democratic Party

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Desoto County Is Healthiest in Mississippi ... Quitman County Is Least Healthy

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Desoto County Is Healthiest in Mississippi;
Quitman County Is Least Healthy, According to New Rankings
Annual Rankings Show Where Mississippi Counties Do Well and
Opportunities for Improvement

Princeton, N.J. and Madison, Wis. – Desoto County ranks healthiest in Mississippi and Quitman County is the least healthy county in the state, according to the sixth annual County Health Rankings, released this week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). The Rankings are available at www.countyhealthrankings.org.

“The County Health Rankings provide a great deal of insight into the important areas of focus for the American Heart Association,” said Dr. Harper Stone, cardiologist at the Jackson Heart Clinic in Jackson, Mississippi and President of the American Heart Association Greater Southeast Affiliate Board of Directors. “Although we’ve made tremendous progress in improving the cardiovascular health of individuals, particularly through groundbreaking research, we must continue to focus on educating individuals on the importance of lifestyle changes, such as regular exercise and dietary changes in order to impact the overall health of our communities.”

The Rankings are an easy-to-use snapshot comparing the health of nearly every county in the nation. The local-level data allows each state to see how its counties compare on 30 factors that influence health including education, housing, violent crime, jobs, diet, and exercise.

According to the 2015 Rankings, the five healthiest counties in Mississippi starting with most healthy, are Desoto followed by Lafayette, Lamar, Rankin and Madison. The five counties in the poorest health, starting with least healthy, are Quitman, Coahoma, Jefferson, Marion and Tallahatchie.

“The County Health Rankings have helped galvanize communities across the nation to improve health,” said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, RWJF president and CEO. “Solutions and innovation are coming from places as diverse as rural Williamson, West Virginia in the heart of Appalachia to urban New Orleans; they are engaging business, public health, education, parents, and young people to build a Culture of Health.”

Nationally, this year’s Rankings show that the healthiest counties in each state have higher college attendance, fewer preventable hospital stays, and better access to parks and gyms. The least healthy counties in each state have more smokers, more teen births, and more alcohol related car crash deaths. This report also looks at distribution in income and the links between income levels and health.

The Rankings also revealed the following national trends:

• Premature death rates are dropping, with 60 percent of the nation’s counties seeing declines. But for many counties these rates are not improving – 40 percent of counties are not making progress in reducing premature death.

• One out of four children in the U.S. lives in poverty. Child poverty rates are more than twice as high in the unhealthiest counties in each state than in the healthiest counties.

• Violent crime rates are highest in the South. Violent crime rates, which affect health, well-being, and stress levels, are highest in the Southwest, Southeast, and Mississippi Delta Regions.

• Having a job influences health. Unemployment rates are 1.5 times higher in the least healthy counties in each state as they are in the healthiest counties. During the recession, counties in the West, Southeast, and rust belt region of the U.S. were hit hardest by growing unemployment. Many, but not at all, of these counties have seen their unemployment rates drop since the recession ended in 2010.

“In the six years since the County Health Rankings began, we’ve seen them serve as a rallying point for change,” said Bridget Catlin, PhD, MHSA, co-director of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. “Communities are using the Rankings to inform their priorities as they work to build a Culture of Health.”

The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program offers data, tools, and resources to help communities throughout their journey to build a Culture of Health. Also part of the program is the RWJF Culture of Health Prize which honors communities that are working together to build a healthier, more vibrant community.

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve the health and health care of all Americans. We are striving to build a national culture of health that will enable all Americans to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.

About the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute
The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute advances health and well-being for all by developing and evaluating interventions and promoting evidence-based approaches to policy and practice at the local, state, and national levels. The Institute works across the full spectrum of factors that contribute to health. A focal point for health and health care dialogue within the University of Wisconsin-Madison and beyond, and a convener of stakeholders, the Institute promotes an exchange of expertise between those in academia and those in the policy and practice arena. The Institute leads the work on the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps and manages the RWJF Culture of Health Prize. For more information, visit http://uwphi.pophealth.wisc.edu.


About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. 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 these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Fish and Foul Dinner Event

6:30 pm

Mt. Hebron Baptist Church of Meridian
Mt. Hebron Baptist Church of Meridian will host...
a Fish and Foul Dinner Event
April 18th beginning at 6:30 pm

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Homecoming at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church

10:45 am

Mt. Gilead Baptist Church... near the KOA Campgrounds
Mt. Gilead Baptist Church near the KOA Campgrounds, will have Homecoming, May 17th beginning at 10:45 am
Bro. Michael Yancey is the Guest Speaker. Dinner on The Grounds will Follow Morning Worship
(601) 632-4752

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EMBDC Recognizes March Ambassadors of the Month

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EMBDC Recognizes March Ambassadors of the Month
Meridian, MS - The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation (EMBDC) recently presented its March Ambassadors of the Month awards to three very deserving participants. In first place was Sonya Scarbrough with BankPlus, second place went to Derron Radcliff with MSU Riley Center, and third place went to Herman Stegall with Rush Foundation Hospital. Also, winning the red ticket drawing was Lauren Pratt with Meridian Community College. 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.

If you are interested in more information or setting up an interview, please contact Casey Holladay, Events Coordinator at 601-693-1306 or email at cholladay@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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EMBDC - Nominations od Small Business .....

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Small Business Leadership Award Nomination
Meridian, MS - The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation (EMBDC) invites its members to nominate (or self-nominate) a small business person who has excelled in this community. A committee will select the winner and the Small Business Leadership Award will be presented at the opening ceremony of the EMBDC Business and Community Showcase (formerly The Main Event) on Wednesday, April 29th.
Nominations for the Small Business Leadership Award are due into the EMBDC office by no later than Monday, April 6th, at 5 p.m.
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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MDE Recognizes 51 Schools for Academic Progress, Closing Achievement Gap

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MDE Recognizes 51 Schools for Academic Progress, Closing Achievement Gap

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), Offices of Federal Programs and Special Education recognized 51 schools for academic achievement or progress during a ceremony today at the Central High School Building. Schools that earned the title of High Progress, High Performing, Exemplary Inclusion and/or Title I Distinguished under federal Title I guidelines were honored as "Champions of Change."

The federal Title I program provides funding to schools across the country for students at risk of failure and living in or near poverty. The goal of Title I funding is to provide students with a fair and equal opportunity to meet challenging academic standards and to help school districts close the achievement gap.

“It takes exceptional people with patience, knowledge, experience, and dedication to make schools successful,” said Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education. “School leadership, community partnerships, parental engagement and school building level teamwork brought this honor to the schools and districts.”

The High Progress status is awarded to schools across the state for demonstrating the greatest gains in closing achievement gaps among students. This award status goes to schools that represent the highest 10 percent of schools that have improved in overall performance over the past two years and showed performance gains of the lowest 25 percent subgroup of students.

The High Performing status is awarded to schools for demonstrating the highest performance across all Title I schools in the state. High Performing schools represent the highest 20 percent of all schools in performance over the past two years, show performance gains of the lowest 25% subgroup of students, meet all annual measurable objectives (AMOs), and earn a high graduation rate.

The Exemplary Inclusion award is being presented to schools for demonstrating and encouraging full inclusion of children with disabilities in all aspects of academic and extracurricular activities.

The Distinguished School status is awarded to the top 20 Title I schools for academic student performance, in Reading, Language Arts, and Math for two or more consecutive years while effectively closing the achievement gap between the black and white subgroups. Two schools earned national recognition as Title I Distinguished Schools – Bassfield High School, Jefferson Davis County School District and O’Bannon Elementary, Western Line School District.

“Ceremonies of this nature highlight the resilient ability of the administrators, teachers, parents, and students to overcome academic barriers created by poverty,” said Marcus E. Cheeks, director of federal programs.

Here is a complete list of honorees:

High Progress
1. Jonestown Elementary, Coahoma County School District
2. Sherard Elementary, Coahoma County School District
3. Heidelberg Elementary, East Jasper School District
4. Charleston Elementary, East Tallahatchie School District
5. Benndale Elementary, George County School District
6. Armstrong Elementary, Greenville Public School District
7. Coleman Middle, Greenville Public School District
8. Pineville Elementary, Harrison County School District
9. Bolton‐Edwards Elem/Middle, Hinds County School District
10. Bailey Middle APAC, Jackson Public School District
11. Chastain Middle, Jackson Public School District
12. Davis Magnet, Jackson Public School District
13. Dawson Elementary, Jackson Public School District
14. Key Elementary, Jackson Public School District
15. McLeod Elementary, Jackson Public School District
16. Northwest Middle, Jackson Public School District
17. Power APAC, Jackson Public School District
18. Moselle Elementary, Jones County School District
19. Byhalia Middle, Marshall County School District
20. Oakland Heights Elementary, Meridian Public School District
21. I.T. Montgomery Elementary, Mound Bayou Public School District
22. Falkner Elementary, North Tippah School District
23. Simpson Central, Simpson County School District
24. Batesville Junior High, South Panola School District
25. Pope Elementary, South Panola School District
26. James Rosser Elementary, Sunflower County Consolidated School District
27. Ruleville Middle, Sunflower County Consolidated School District
28. Dundee Elementary, Tunica County School District
29. Vicksburg Intermediate, Vicksburg‐Warren School District
30. West Bolivar Elementary, West Bolivar School District
31. Finch Elementary, Wilkinson County School District
32. Wilkinson County Elementary, Wilkinson County School District
33. William Winans Middle, Wilkinson County School District

High Performing
1. Weddington Elementary, Greenville Public School District
2. Casey Elementary, Jackson Public School District

Exemplary Inclusion
1. Pass Christian Middle, Pass Christian School District
2. Lockard Elementary, Sunflower County Consolidated School District

Distinguished Schools
1. Bassfield High, Jefferson Davis County School District*
2. O’Bannon Elementary, Western Line School District*
3. Saucier Elementary, Harrison County School District
4. Ruleville Middle, Sunflower County Consolidated School District
5. Heidelberg Junior High, East Jasper School District
6. Thrasher High, Prentiss County School District
7. Delisle Elementary, Pass Christian School District
8. Woodley Elementary, Hattiesburg Public School District
9. Jonestown Elementary, Coahoma County School District
10. West Lowndes Middle, Lowndes County School District
11. Key Elementary, Jackson Public School District
12. Byhalia Middle, Marshall County School District
13. Wesson Attendance Center, Copiah County School District
14. North Panola High, North Panola School District
15. East Hancock Elementary, Hancock County School District
16. Richland High, Rankin County School District
17. Finch Elementary, Wilkinson County School District
18. Denman Junior High, McComb School District
19. Southeast Lauderdale Elementary, Lauderdale County School District
20. Seminary High, Covington County School District

*National Recognition



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

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ECCC - Girling and Hodge To Present Sophomore Recital April 22

1:00 pm

East Central Community College Vickers Fine Arts Building Auditorium
Girling and Hodge To Present Sophomore Recital April 22
East Central Community College music majors Anna Girling of Carthage and Jonathon Hodge of Lake will present their sophomore recitals at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the Vickers Fine Arts Building Auditorium on the Decatur campus. The public is invited to attend and there is no charge for admission. Girling is double-majoring in piano and percussion and Hodge is a vocal music major.

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Revival Services

Nightly at 7:30

Mt. Carmel Baptist Church 4126 York Road Lauderdale, MS
Revival Services each night - April 13th - 17th at 7:30
Guest Speaker: Rev. Obadiah Clemons, Pastor of
Greater Outreach Baptist Church in Daleville, MS
Rev. Grover Mosley is the pastor of the church
(601) 482-5138

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Mississippi Department of Public Safety donates police vests to ECCC

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East Central Community College
Mississippi Department of Public Safety donates police vests to ECCC.

Jim Armstrong, director of governmental affairs for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, and State Rep. Randy Rushing of Decatur, presented bullet-proof vests to the East Central Community College Campus Police Department. The Mississippi Department of Public Safety recently donated 15 bullet-proof vests to ECCC Campus Police, thanks in part to the efforts of Rushing, who represents Mississippi’s District 78 of Neshoba, Newton, and Scott counties.

Armstrong said that it was Rushing’s assistance in helping the Mississippi Highway Patrol in his district obtain new vests that allowed the Department of Public Safety to provide the used vests to ECCC. Armstrong hopes to provide used in-car cameras to the college in the future.

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NAACP 35TH ANNUAL FREEDOM FUND BANQUET

7:00 pm

Lake Tiak-O’Khata, Pine Ridge Lodge Louisville, MS
NAACP 35TH ANNUAL FREEDOM FUND BANQUET ...
March 28, 2015

The Winston County Branch NAACP will host its 35th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet on March 28, 2015, at 7 p.m. at Lake Tiak-O’Khata, Pine Ridge Lodge, in Louisville, MS.

Krystal Walker of the Nanih Waiya Community is the speaker. Ms. Walker is a graduate of Nanih Waiya High School - May 2002. In May 2009, Walker graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctor Degree from the University Of Mississippi School Of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Mississippi, Tennessee, and New York. Ms. Walker is currently an Assistant United States Attorney within the Financial Litigation Unit of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Mississippi.

In 2008, Ms. Walker, as a third year law student, became a part of the Mississippi Innocence Project which helped to gain the freedom of Levon Brooks and Kenny Brewer, of Noxubee County. As innocent men, Brooks spent 18 years in prison and Brewer 15 years.

Winston County Branch NAACP, President Charles Hampton stated in a letter regarding the Freedom Fund Banquet, “Our goal is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. The Freedom Fund Banquet is our primary fundraiser. Our fund raising activities have allowed for:
• Provision of free school supplies at our Annual Back-to-School Rally
• Sponsorship of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration
• Relay for Life donations and luminaries
• Participation at Legislative Day at the Capitol
• Investigation of various community Civil Rights complaints
• Sponsorship of the Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) for youth competition at the local, state and national level.
• Christmas gift donations to the Children’s Prison Ministry and to the Buffalo Soldiers of Mississippi.
• Coordination of youth as ‘Pages’ for Mississippi Legislators
• Contributions to Louisville Wildcats’ State Championship Rings
• Financial assistance for youth to attend Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Convention, due to the April 28th Tornado.”

Banquet tickets are available at the cost of $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for youth 16 years and below. Contact Information: Charles Hampton, 662.803-0635 or Letitia Jackson at 662.803-2956.

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World Tuberculosis Day: Disease Still Very Active in Mississippi

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World Tuberculosis Day: Disease Still Very Active in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. – Today is World Tuberculosis Day, and data recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the number of new tuberculosis (TB) cases in Mississippi increased 13 percent from 2013, which should remind Mississippians this disease is still a very present threat in the state.

In 2014, there were 74 cases of TB reported in Mississippi, bringing the state’s case rate to 2.5 (per 100,000 people), compared with the national average case rate of 3.0.

“With today’s level of air travel and the mobility of world’s population, it clear that any disease is only a plane ride away,” said MSDH State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs. “Despite the progress made in controlling the disease, the CDC estimates that at current levels of progress, it will take at least 100 years to eliminate TB in the U.S.”

According to the latest numbers released from the CDC, approximately every 64 minutes, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with TB disease. About one-third of the world’s population is currently infected, and a new infection occurs every second.

Mississippi has benefited from the use of the latest treatment and diagnostic tools in the fight against TB, but Dobbs said that constant diligence is required to identify and treat new cases promptly to reduce the spread of the disease.

“TB rates have remained relatively stable in Mississippi over the past several years, but this disease remains a significant public health problem in our state. We continue to be vigilant in our efforts to reduce the incidence of this disease in Mississippi,” said Dr. Dobbs.

“Expert physicians and nurses at MSDH work tirelessly to treat and prevent TB every day,” he said. “Using comprehensive and aggressive surveillance, the Department of Health can respond quickly and effectively when TB outbreaks do occur.”

Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes TB, is expelled into the air when those with TB disease cough or sneeze. Others may become infected when they breathe the bacteria into their lungs. In fact, an estimated 90,000 Mississippians currently have TB infection, a form of TB that is not contagious but, if left untreated, is capable of becoming active and causing disease.

For more information on TB in Mississippi, visit www.HealthyMS.com/tb or call 1-866-HLTHY4U
(1-866-458-4948).

Follow MSDH by e-mail and social media at HealthyMS.com/connect.

CONTACT: Office of Communications, 601-576-7667
Note to media: After hours or during emergencies, call 1-866-HLTHY4U (1-866-458-4948)
Online: HealthyMS.com facebook.com/HealthyMS twitter.com/msdh

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World Tai Chi & Qigong

10:00 am

Dumont Plaza, Downtown Meridian
Saturday, April 25th 10:00 am
On the last Saturday in April at 10 am local time worldwide, all are invited to join in mass Tai Chi
and Qigong teach-ins and exhibitions being held in over 70 nations. This educational event will bring
people together across ethnic, racial, religious, and geopolitical borders in a celebration of personal
and global health and healing.

Dumont Plaza, Downtown Meridian
Sponsored by Elegance Ballroom Dance and Fitness Studio

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Center Ridge Baptist Church April 2015 Announcements

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Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS
Center Ridge Baptist Church April 2015 Announcements

Wonderful Word on Wednesday
April 1, 8, 22, & 29, 2015


Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting, “Wonderful Word on Wednesday,” on Wednesdays, April 1, 8, 22, & 29, 2015 @ 7:00 pm. For more information call (601) 776-3649. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.

Happy Resurrection Service
April 5, 2015
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting a, "Happy Resurrection Service,” on Sunday, April 5, 2015, @ 11:00 am. For more information call (601) 776-3649. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.

Bro. Eugene Brown's 1st Sermon
April 12, 2015
Bro. Eugene Brown will preach his 1st sermon, on April 12, 2015, @ 6:00 pm, at Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS. For more information call (601) 776-3649. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.
Single Empowerment Class
April 15, 2015
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting a, "Single Empowerment Class,” on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, @ 7:00 pm. For more information call (601) 776-3649. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.

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NATIONAL BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS WEEK ...

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NATIONAL BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS WEEK


Tuesday, March 24 Carnival at Magnolia Velma Young & West End Units


Wednesday, March 25 Abstinence Rally West End Unit


Thursday, March 26 Luncheon/Sheriff’s Department Staff
& Meridian Police Department Staff
Crestwood – 6:30 pm
Lauderdale vs Meridian
Softball Game

Friday, March 27 DARE Rally West End & Northeast Units

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New pulse oximetry screening regulation will ensure all Mississippi newborns receive test to detect heart defects

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Mississippi’s tiniest hearts are about to be better protected
New pulse oximetry screening regulation will ensure all Mississippi newborns receive test to detect heart defects

Jackson, Miss. - Mississippi’s tiniest hearts will have a greater chance of beating stronger going forward. The Mississippi State Department of Health recently included pulse oximetry (pulse ox) screening as a requirement for all the state’s birthing centers as part of its newborn screening panel regulations.

State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier says this addition is important in our genetic screening process.

“We are very pleased to have added Critical Congenital Heart Defects (CCHD) screening to the list of required screenings for newborns in Mississippi. Screening for CCHD prior to discharge from the hospital will allow those affected babies to be cared for before they have symptoms from their heart defects.”

The American Heart Association, along with advocates and volunteers from across the state, have been working to have pulse oximetry screening added to the newborn screening panel for babies born in Mississippi for several years.

Pulse oximetry screening of newborns can detect congenital heart defects, the number one killer of infants with birth defects.1

“This is wonderful news,” said Dr. Mary Taylor, Division Chief of Pediatric Cardiology & Critical Care and Co-Director of the Congenital Heart Program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. “Pulse ox screening will certainly saves lives. Infants in our state who are born with congenital heart defects will be recognized sooner and get the urgent care that they need. It will truly be life-saving."

Current detection methods miss more than 50% of all newborn cases of congenital heart defects.2 Those methods of detection generally include prenatal ultrasound screening and repeated clinical examinations which can identify many affected newborns. However, these screenings alone still only identify less than half of all cases and critical heart defect cases are often missed during routine clinical exams performed prior to a newborn’s discharge from a birthing facility.

"On my husband's side of the family, our nephew died from an undetected congenital heart defect," Claire Hick, AHA volunteer from Hernando, Miss. explained. "As a new mom, it gives me peace of mind to know that the American Heart Association has worked to protect my child against the most common type of heart defect that can be treated when caught early."

Pulse oximetry screening is a non-invasive test that estimates the percentage of hemoglobin in blood that is saturated with oxygen. The test is simple, merely wrapping the small Band-Aid like oxygen sensor around the baby’s toe or foot. When performed on newborns in the delivery center it is effective at detecting life-threating defects which otherwise can go undetected by current screening methods.3

American Heart Association staffer Amy Bass of Petal knows about congenital heart defects first hand. After a difficult pregnancy in 2004, her daughter Abby was born a seemingly perfectly healthy little girl. It wasn’t until the next morning that the doctors informed her that Abby had the congenital heart defect coarctation of the aorta. Results of a pulse ox test had raised a red flag and spurred additional testing which determined the diagnosis.

Doctors performed open heart surgery on Abby when she was just four days old and then another at 18 months old. Today Abby is a healthy, happy thriving eleven year old.

“Abby is a walking miracle,” said Bass. “Had she not received a pulse ox test her CHD could have gone undiagnosed, which might have been fatal for her. It is so reassuring to know that parents across our state won’t have to endure the tragedy of undiagnosed heart defects that result in the loss of a life. Pulse ox testing is going to save so many lives.”

What’s more, pulse oximetry screening is cost effective and could drastically cut healthcare costs. One study calculated that the savings in healthcare costs from the prevention of one case of complications of circulatory collapse resulting from an undiagnosed congenital heart defect may exceed the cost of screening two thousand newborns.4

In 2011, the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services recommended that pulse oximetry screening be included as part of the Recommended Screening Panel for Newborns.5

To learn more about pulse oximetry screening, visit www.yourethecure.org.



About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. 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 these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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EMBDC - Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Events

59Twenty Music Festival
City Hall Lawn
Saturday, March 28th
1p.m. - 11p.m.
www.59twenty.com

The Club 24 Meridian Ribbon Cutting
4900 Poplar Springs Drive Unit 2
Thursday, April 9th
3:00pm

YPM Monthly Meeting
Rush Cafeteria Private Dining Room
3rd Floor/Ambulatory Bldg
Monday, April 20th
12 p.m.

State Games of Mississippi
Business After Hours
Dumont Plaza
Thursday, April 23rd
4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

The Business & Community Showcase
Bonita Lakes Mall
Anchor E
Wednesday, April 29th

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Meridian Main Street - Downtown Happenings - March 23rd- 29th

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Downtown Happenings - March 23rd- 29th - Vol. lV No. 18

Monday, March 23, 2015

Event: 70% off all Dresses
Location:Bambino's Boutique
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.5253
Wedding Dresses & Prom Dresses are 70%. Everything must go!

Event:Shirt & Tie Combos
Location:Sam's Fashion
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2731
Regular $34.99 now $25

Event: Michael Swann - 40th Annual
Bi - State Award Winner Invitational
Location:Meridian Museum of Art
Time: all week
For More Information: Call 601.693.1501
Invitational will last until March 28.

Event: Close - Out On Art Supplies
Location:Lucas Road
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.483.0028
Half off all art supplies!

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

Event: Happies for Easter
Location:The Liberty Shop
Time: all week
For More Information: Call 601.693.5331
Now is the time to start looking for Easter Dresses & Happies!

Event:Deals on Select Items
Location:Planters Supply
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2684
Deals on Red Seed Potatoes, Fruit Trees, English Peas, and Dog Treats!

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, March 24, 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:Ladies Night/Karaoke
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, March 25, 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, March 26, 2015

Event: Just Start It!
Location: Union Station
Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.7480
Free Seminar presented by Meridian Main Street. Bring a sack lunch, paper, and a pen. Find out the do's and don'ts of how to start a business. Informal but very informative. 6 presenters-roundtable format.

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:Framing the Red & Wayland
Location:Rhythm & Brews
Time: 8:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.282.5608

Event: Zach Day
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 9:00pm - 12:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
$5 Admission.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Event:Friday's Flowers
Location:Saxon's Flowers & Gifts
Time: 9am - 4pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.6734
$12 wrapped bouquets or ½ price on stems.

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

Event: Live Music
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 7pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770
Happy Hour 4pm - 7pm.

Event: The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Location: MSU Riley Center
Time: 7:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.696.2200
Admission: $39, $33

Event: True Harmony
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 9:00pm - 1:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
$5 Admission.

Event:17th Floor
Location:Rhythm & Brews
Time: 10:30pm - 2am
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, March 28, 2015

Event: Community Bank
2nd Annual 5K and Fun Run
Location: Bonita Lakes
Time: 8am
For More Information: Call 601.693.0200
"Running for a Reason" Relay for Life 2015. Registration packets are available at Community Bank (both locations). All proceeds will benefit American Cancer Society - Relay for Life.

Event: 59Twenty Music Festival
Location: City Hall Lawn
Time: 1:00pm - 11:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.527.5674
Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 day off. This year's lineup includes: The Wailers , Drivin N Cryin, Black Pistol Fire, Old Southwest, Mississippi Shakedown, and Storage 24.

Event: Live Music
Location: Weidmann's
Time: 9:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770

Event:The Steeletos
Location:Rhythm & Brews
Time: 10:30pm - 2am
For More Information: Call 601.282.5608

Sunday, March 29, 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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Graduate Record Examination GRE "Workshop"

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

MSU Meridian - Room 008 on the College Park Campus
The GRE Workshop includes things like ...
* Quantitative review
* Verbal/Writing review
* Test-taking strategies
* GRE study guide
* Lunch !

You MUST register in advance, with April 8th being the deadline.

To register, call (601) 484-0140
or email rgough@meridian.msstate.edu

Cost ... $45 MSU students $65 general public

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Get Pulsed Fitness and The University of Southern Mississippi ...

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Dance Fitness Master Class and Instructor’s Training @ The University of Southern Mississippi. It’s full speed ahead for Get Pulsed Fitness and The University of Southern Mississippi, as they come together to present a Dance Fitness Class for the Community on April 17th and extensive training to train instructors to teach the Get Pulsed program along with a workshop on how to market their fitness business. Fitness Instructors and students will travel to the event from across the US.

LOCATION: Hattiesburg, Mississippi
DATE: April 17th & 18th, 2015
Get ready to move to the groove as The University of Southern Mississippi host GetPulsed™ Fitness taught by renowned fitness instructor, Alana Sanders, to offer a new wave of fitness.

The Fitness Dance Party presented by instructor Alana Sanders, is a fun and unique way to get fit while dancing. It doesn't matter if you have never worked out before or if you are a full-time fitness pro, this dance experience is sure to please.

Dance, Fitness and Fun is an exciting combo-package that brings the party to The University of Southern Mississippi this spring with GetPulsed ™. There will be 100+ happily dancing people all gathered for the same reason...to get fit and to dance off the calories!

Join us for the first installment of this amazing phenomenon sweeping the nation.

What is Get Pulsed?
GetPulsed ™ is a term used to motivate those who are into fitness or starting their journey into a healthier and fit lifestyle. It is also a brand that encompasses dance and toning all in one. With it being a cardio program it gets your heart rate up and your body moving.

Website: www.GetPulsed.com Email: Fitness@GetPulsed.com

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Rep. Steven Palazzo will replace the late Rep. Alan Nunnelee ...

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Steven Palazzo will replace the late Rep. Alan Nunnelee on the powerful House Appropriations Committee.

Palazzo, who represents Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District, could begin serving as soon as next week on the committee that controls federal spending.

Republican Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky, the committee’s chairman, announced Palazzo’s new assignment late Tuesday.

“I know that Steven is more than up to the task, and I look forward to working with him during this Congress,” Rogers said in a statement.

Nunnelee, a Republican who was serving his third term representing the 1st Congressional District, died last month at 56. He had undergone brain surgery last June and was in and out of hospitals and rehabilitation centers the past year.

“No one can truly fill the shoes of my friend Alan Nunnelee, but I will work to uphold the values he held so dear by fighting for Mississippi and for our country every single day,” Palazzo said in a statement.

Palazzo, an assistant Republican whip, will have to give up his seat on other panels to serve on the Appropriations Committee.

He currently has seats on the Armed Services Committee, the Homeland Security Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee, where he chairs the subcommittee on space.

Palazzo called his new assignment a “privilege and a tremendous responsibility that I don’t take lightly.”

“I believe I bring a history of fiscal conservatism with a business background to the table that will be extremely beneficial during my time on the committee,” he said.

Palazzo’s seat on Appropriations will help him protect funding for the state’s military and defense installations, said former Republican Sen. Trent Lott.

“We’ve had someone from Mississippi on Appropriations since the 1930s,” said Lott, now a lobbyist. Nunnelee “was really gaining in stature, and his loss, well, it’s felt in so many ways.”

“To get Palazzo on there is an important achievement not just for him but more importantly for the state of Mississippi,” Lott said.

The special election to fill Nunnelee’s seat will be held May 12. A runoff, if necessary, will be held June 2. Candidates have until March 27 to qualify. As of March 12, 11 candidates had announced plans to run.

Meanwhile, the House clerk’s office is overseeing operations at Nunnelee’s offices in the district and in Washington. Some of Nunnelee’s staffers are still in the office. Others have left for other job opportunities.

Clarion-Ledger Political Editor Geoff Pender contributed to this report.

Contact Deborah Barfield Berry at dberry@gannett.com. Follow @dberrygannett on Twitter.

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EMCC SYMPHONIC WINDS TO PRESENT SPRING CONCERTS

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The East Mississippi Community College Symphonic Winds will present two spring band concerts, one at each end of the college’s six-county district. There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.
• Thursday, March 26, 7 p.m. – Highland Baptist Church, 3400 27th St., Meridian
• Tuesday, March 31, 7 p.m. – Lyceum auditorium at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus, 8731 Frontage Road, Mayhew
“We’ve performed up at EMCC’s Mayhew campus in the past, and that works out well because it’s a central location for people who live in the Golden Triangle area,” said Director of Bands Stephen Stringer.
“But we’re also trying to grow our presence in the southern end of the district. It’s easy to do a concert at the Scooba campus and say, take a drive to see us. But this time, we’re going to take the drive and bring a concert to the community and to the parents and friends of our band members from Lauderdale County.”
More than 50 musicians make up the EMCC Symphonic Winds.
The one-hour program will open on a patriotic note with “America the Beautiful” and “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Other selections include: “Appalachian Morning,” a sound poem by Robert Sheldon inspired by sunrise in the Cumberland Gap; “Nessun Dorma/None Shall Sleep,” an aria from the Puccini opera “Turandot”; and “Homeward Bound,” a march by John Philip Sousa.
The Meridian concert will also include a guest conductor, Highland Minister of Music Rev. Franklin Denham, as church organist Greer Goldman and church pianist Lorrie Stringer join the Symphonic Winds to perform “I Stand in Awe.”
The Mayhew concert will feature a special slide-show presentation as the Symphonic Winds perform “Auld Lang Syne.”
Stringer chose a high-energy composition called “Fire” as the evening’s closer: “It’s a very fast piece, a musical portrait of what it’s like to have fire dancing and crackling all around you.”
Meridian concert-goers will remember Stringer as director of the MHS Wildcat Band for three years before he signed on with EMCC in 2009.
Under his guidance, the Mighty Lion Marching Band has grown by 400 percent. In addition to the marching and symphonic bands, EMCC musicians also play in the ROAR rock band and the EMCC Jazz Ensemble.
Three levels of scholarships are available to students chosen as members of EMCC’s band program. For more information, contact Band Director Stephen Stringer at sstringer@eastms.edu or Assistant Band Director Chris King at cking@eastms.edu.
Suzanne Monk
Director of Public Information
East Mississippi Community College
Work: (662) 476-5014
Cell: (601) 480-2879

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State Fire Marshal Sends Alert Regarding Unauthorized Alarm Salesmen

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State Fire Marshal Sends Alert Regarding Unauthorized Alarm Salesmen
Jackson, MS – Today, Commissioner of Insurance and State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney is sending out an alert that Mississippi residents need to be aware of unauthorized alarm salesmen operating in the state.
“About this time every year, we see an increase in reports of unauthorized individuals selling alarm systems in the area. If someone comes to your door trying to sell an alarm system, they must have a license and photo ID issued by the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Ask them to show you these credentials,” Chaney said.
The sale, installation and monitoring of all residential alarm systems in Mississippi are regulated by the Mississippi State Fire Marshal’s Office, per the Mississippi Electronic Protection Licensing Act passed by the state legislature in 2006.
An important part of the licensing process includes criminal background checks on those who sell and install these systems as well as requiring these individuals to have the proper training to ensure competency.
Be especially cautious of the following:
 Offers that promise a “free” system or claims that your current system is old, out of date or in need of an upgrade or replacement.
 Claims that your home has been chosen as a “model” home and is eligible for a free system and/or reduced monitoring fee.
 Guarantees that you will receive a reduction in your homeowner’s insurance when a system is purchased.
 Salespersons that come to your home claiming to be with your current company. Call your company and verify.
 Claims that your company has gone out of business or that your account has been purchased from your company. Call your company and verify.
 Claims of increased crime in your neighborhood. Call your local police and verify.
Chaney added that if the individual is unable to produce such an ID, that person may not be licensed or authorized to operate in the state and should be reported to the State Fire Marshal at 1-888-648-0877 or 601-359-1061. If the individual acts in a suspicious manner, you should contact local law enforcement authorities. If the individual is in a vehicle, write down and report the license tag number.

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ECCC Business, Education and Healthcare Expo Scheduled March 26

9:30 - 11:00 am

East Central Community College in the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building.
ECCC Business, Education and Healthcare Expo Scheduled March 26

Career and educational opportunities will be available for East Central Community College students when the 13th annual Business, Education and Healthcare Expo is held Thursday, March 26, 2015, on the Decatur campus.

The public is also invited to attend the free event, which is scheduled from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building.

“We are looking forward to another successful Expo,” said Wayne Eason, Director of Workforce Education and Expo committee chairman. “Many EC students began their careers because of this event each year, and we very much appreciate all the vendors not only for their participation but also for the services provided our students.”

For more information, contact Wayne Eason at ECCC, 601-635-2111 or call toll free, 1-877-462-3222, ext. 211. The e-mail address is weason@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 Community College’s rock-n-roll band, “The Collegians,” ...

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East Central Community College Huff Auditorium
ECCC Collegians to Present Spring Concert April 13

East Central Community College’s rock-n-roll band, “The Collegians,” will present its annual spring campus concert at 7 p.m. Monday, April 13, in Huff Auditorium on the Decatur campus. The popular group will perform hits by Bruno Mars, Scorpions, Ed Sheeran, Meghan Trainor, Kelly Clarkson and many more. There is no charge for admission and the public is invited to attend. Pictured are (kneeling, from left) technician Acea Ange of Meridian; vocalists Garrett McDill of Conehatta, Ryan Godwin of Newton and Nick Stewart of Philadelphia; and technicians Justin Moore of Kosciusko and Michael Buntyn of Newton; (second row, from left) technicians Patrick Embrey of Hickory, Hannah Mitchell of Meridian, and Jeremy Collins of Forest; auxiliary percussionist Matt Mason of Union; vocalists Tallie Johnston of Lake, Cara Jackson of Louisville and Anna Wells of Noxapater; keyboardist Anna Girling of Carthage; director/guitarist Chas Evans and technicians Ben Avera of Hickory and Ryan McClendon of Forest; and (top row, from left) trombonist Evan Derrick of Morton, saxophonist Zach Peden of Philadelphia, drummer Chris Kelley of Newton, trumpeter Nina LaBue of Conehatta, guitarist Stephen Stewart of Decatur, trumpeter Daniela Vargas of Morton, bass guitarist Houston Martin of Union and technician Ryan Packer of Decatur. (EC Photo)


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

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THE 2015 STEVE HULL MEMORIAL GOLF CLASSIC

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Dancing Rabbit Golf Course on the Pearl River Resort
THE 2015 STEVE HULL MEMORIAL GOLF CLASSIC
Dear Golfers
Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 4th. That’s the date for the annual Steve Hull Memorial Golf Classic.
This year’s tournament will again take place at the spectacular Dancing Rabbit Golf Course on the Pearl River Resort. The format will be a 4-person scramble with a 10 a.m. shotgun start. The tournament will be flighted with prizes going to the top 3 teams in each flight. We are asking that you check-in no later than 9:00 a.m. By arriving early, you will be able to enjoy a variety of fresh fruit and drinks. Following the completion of play, a late lunch including hamburgers and/or hotdogs, side items of your choosing, and a beverage will be provided. Please feel free to bring your own snacks to take with you on the course.
The cost is $600.00 per team, which is tax deductible. The entry fee includes golf, lunch, a T-shirt, goody bag and door prizes. There will also be closest to the pin prizes on all par three’s and a longest driving hole. We will also be offering valuable prizes and vehicles for a hole-in-one and be giving away golf outings at premier courses in Mississippi and Alabama.
We have also blocked off a limited number of hotel rooms for Wednesday, June 3rd at The Silver Star Casino for $69.00 plus 7% sales tax (a $50 refundable deposit is due at check-in). If you wish to take advantage of this, call 1-866-44PEARL (447-3275) and ask for the reservations department. Once you have an agent, tell them that your group code is “GHULL15”. All room reservations must be made by midnight on May 13th. Contact Lindsey Hall for additional details.
There will be a hospitality suite on June 3rd from 7:00-10:00. Snacks, free beverages (including beer/cokes/water/liquor/mixers) will be provided and there is plenty of free parking.
So as you can see, this should be a terrific event. But I encourage you to enter as soon as possible as I anticipate a full field. We will again be utilizing both The Azaleas and The Oaks courses. The first 20 teams to register will have their pick of either course to play.
Please return the enclosed form and your entry fee. Deadline to enter is Friday, May 29th, but we could be full by then. Make checks payable to the “Steve Hull Memorial Fund.”
All proceeds from the tournament will go directly into a college fund that has been set up for Steve’s two children, Trex and Bailey. If you can’t golf, we still encourage you to make a donation in Steve’s behalf.
We hope to see you at the Dancing Rabbit June 3rd – 4th for the Steve Hull Memorial Golf Classic. On behalf of Steve’s family, we thank you in advance for your participation.
If you have any questions, you can contact me at (601) 703-2091.
Sincerely,
Lindsey Hall
Tournament Director

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JCJC’s Music Department hosts Spring Recital Series

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Jones County Junior College
JCJC’s Music Department hosts Spring Recital Series
ELLISVILLE –A feast of music from across the ages and around the world is being offered on Friday’s in April at Jones County Junior College. The annual Spring Recital Series features a variety of musicians and vocalists entertaining the audience during the lunch hour. This musical event begins on Friday, April 10, at 12:30 p.m. until 12:55 p.m. in the Foote Chapel and will continue on each Friday through May 1. All concerts are free and open to the public. For more information call the JCJC Fine Arts Department at 601-477-4094 or look online at: http://www.jcjc.edu/programs/finearts.

Friday, April 10, at 12:30 p.m. in JCJC’s Foote Chapel the Series begins with Duo Cintemani, the husband and wife team of Rachel Ciraldo on flute and Nicholas Ciraldo on guitar. They will present 20th Century music from Spain and the United States by composers Zaninelli, Beaser and Rodrigo.

Love is in the air with tenor, Jonathan Yarrington and Lois Leventhal on piano presenting, “Love Hurts - Love and Loss in 19th and 20th Century Art Song.” This recital features songs by Schubert, Duparc, and Janáček on Friday, April 17, at 12:30 p.m. in the Foote Chapel.

The Impromptu Piano Quartet with Stephen Redfield, violin, Hsiaopei Lee, viola, Alexander Russakovsky, cello, and Theresa Sanchez, piano, will join us on Friday, April 24, at 12:30 p.m. in the Foote Chapel for a program entitled, “Youthful Genius: Music of Beethoven and Brahms.” The Impromptu Piano Quartet was formed in 2006, and is part of the Mississippi Arts Commission's Touring Artist Roster.

Woodwind performers Meredith Hite on oboe, Kim Woolly on bassoon and pianist, Ellen Elder will present “A Breath of Fresh Air: Music for Double Reeds and Piano--Music of Handel and Poulenc.” The trio will take center stage on Friday, May 1, at 12:30 p.m. in the Foote Chapel.
MORE ABOUT MUSICIANS:
Duo Cintemani
Duo Cintemani is a husband and wife duet with Rachel Ciraldo on flute and Nicholas Ciraldo on guitar. The duo has been performing together for over fifteen years and enjoys consistent recognition for their inventive programming and skillful, expressive performances. Praised as “an exceptionally musical and accomplished guitarist,” Nicholas Ciraldo is a leader among his generation of American classical guitarists. Rachel Ciraldo, principal flutist of the Baton Rouge Symphony, has won awards in several international flute competitions and enjoys a successful solo career. The Ciraldo duet merges a pair of unique musical talents to form a distinctive and colorful ensemble.

Their interest in original and innovative programming has led to new works being written specifically for them as well as performances of transcriptions and established works for flute and guitar. The duo also pursues engagements that help improve music education in America through partnerships, including collaborations with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Austin Classical Guitar Society.

Nicholas and Rachel reside in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where Nicholas is Assistant Professor of Guitar at the University of Southern Mississippi and Rachel is the Office Manager and Development Coordinator of the Hattiesburg Concert Association.

Jonathan Yarrington and Lois Leventhal
A native of Idaho Falls, ID, tenor Jonathan Yarrington is Assistant Professor of Voice at the University of Southern Mississippi. Prior to joining the faculty at USM, Yarrington was a member of The Dallas Opera Studio from 2011-2014, singing nearly one hundred performances in the title roles of their educational and outreach productions of Doctor Miracle and Jack and the Beanstalk. In 2012 he made his main stage debut with The Dallas Opera as The Messenger in Aida.

Yarrington has sung more than fifteen leading roles with UNT Opera, UNL Opera, and BYU Opera, including Jeník (Zápisník zmizelého) Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), William Marshall (Regina), Jeník (Prodana nevĕsta) Stage Manager (Our Town), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Herman (The Most Happy Fella), Don Ramiro (Cinderella), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Marco Palmieri (The Gondoliers), Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Nanki Pooh (The Mikado), and Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi).

He has appeared in concert with The Rapides Symphony Orchestra, The Plano Civic Chorus, The Dallas Chamber Orchestra, The Fort Worth Baroque Society, The Texas Camerata, The South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and The Utah Festival Opera Company. Mr. Yarrington holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from The University of North Texas, where he studied with Dr. Stephen F. Austin. He is a former student of retired Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Ariel Bybee, and he won the Nebraska District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2005.

Dr. Lois Leventhal, pianist, received her doctorate of music at Indiana University and is currently a professor of music at The University of Southern Mississippi. Her performing career includes concert appearances throughout Mississippi, as well as solo and chamber recitals in Chicago, New York, London and, under the auspices of the United States Information Agency, Argentina and Uruguay. Dr. Leventhal, whose performances have been broadcast widely, can also be heard on compact disc on Crystal and Albany labels with colleague Dr. Lawrence Gwozdz, saxophonist.

The Impromptu Quartet
Violinist Stephen Redfield has taught violin and chamber music at the University Of Southern Mississippi School Of Music since 1996. He spent 2011-12 on leave as Chair of the Music Department at the New Mexico School for the Arts, where he is also concertmaster of the Santa Fe Pro Musica. Each summer since 1992, Stephen has performed with the Victoria Bach Festival. He is a long-standing participant in the Oregon Bach Festival, often featured as concertmaster and in numerous recordings, including the Grammy Award-winning disc "Credo." Stephen plays with his faculty colleagues in the Impromptu Piano Quartet, and performs regularly as a Baroque violinist with the Albuquerque Baroque Players and with the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra. He has also performed concerts with the Smithsonian Chamber Players and the Newberry Consort. His Sebastian Ensemble with harpsichordist Kathleen McIntosh has performed throughout the US and in Spain, Cuba and Peru.

A graduate of Columbia University and the University of Cincinnati, Hsiaopei Lee has performed in numerous solo and chamber music concerts throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Most recently, she appeared as a soloist with orchestras both in the USA and Taiwan in a series of recitals featuring contemporary music for viola. Her principal teachers include Masao Kawasaki, Catharine Carroll, and Ting-Hui Chen.

Dr. Lee is currently an Associate Professor of Viola at the University of Southern Mississippi, where her excellence in teaching has been recognized by several university awards. In 2012, she was awarded the Artist Fellowship by the Mississippi Arts Commission. She performs regularly with the Mississippi Chamber Circle and the Impromptu Piano Quartet, and serves as principal violist of the Meridian Symphony Orchestra. Her first CD, ODYSSEY: NEW MUSIC FOR VIOLA BY AMERICAN WOMEN COMPOSERS was released by Centaur Records in June 2014.

A graduate of Yale University and the University of Santa Barbara, Alexander Russakovsky has appeared in numerous solo and chamber music performances in Russia, Israel, Europe and the United States. A founding member of the Jerusalem Academy String Quartet, he has also performed at the Spoleto Festival in Italy, Bargemusic in New York City, and the Western Slope Music Festival in Colorado. In the fall of 2001, Dr. Russakovsky joined the music faculty of the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. He has previously served on the faculties of the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival in Bonefro, the IV Violoncello Biennal in Peru, and the CICA Chamber Music Festival. Most recently, Dr. Russakovsky has given master classes and recitals in Taiwan, Israel, and Latin America. His disc, featuring Russian works for cello and piano, was released by Brilliant Classics in April 2014.

Pianist Theresa Sanchez pursues a varied performing career as a soloist and collaborative musician. She has performed as soloist with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra (including the Southern Nights CD) and The Wind Ensemble. With the Meridian Symphony Orchestra, she premiered and recorded Carey Smith’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Dr. Sanchez was the founding Artistic Administrator for the Vicksburg Chamber Music Festival and performed in each series with various outstanding artists. She has been a faculty member at Jones Junior College since 1995 and is a past president of the Mississippi Music Teachers Association. She currently serves as Chamber Music Coordinator for the Hattiesburg Concert Association and FestivalSouth, and is listed on the Mississippi Arts Commission’s Touring Artist Roster.

Meredith Hite, Kim Woolly and Ellen Elder
Oboist Dr. Meredith Hite has performed and taught throughout North America, Asia, and Europe. Prior to joining the faculty of The University of Southern Mississippi, she was a member of the ten-piece Fifth House Ensemble, an innovative chamber ensemble in Chicago. She previously resided in New York City where she appeared with the Metropolitan Opera, American Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s as an active freelancer. She graduated with a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School and also studied at the Yale School of Music and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. As a Fulbright Scholar at the Trossingen Musikhochschule in Germany, she explored how studying baroque and modern oboe together informs and benefits the player. Meredith is deeply committed to connecting with the next generation of musicians and audiences alike, through music education and community outreach. In addition to her oboe studio duties at Southern Miss, she teaches a class for all freshman performance majors on professionalism, music entrepreneurship, and how to thrive in college and beyond.

Dr. Kim Woolly is Associate Professor of Bassoon at The University of Southern Mississippi. In addition to teaching bassoon, Performance Practice and courses in woodwind pedagogy and literature, she performs as a member of faculty ensembles Category 5 and The Magnolia Reed Trio. Dr. Woolly is a member of the Mobile and Meridian Symphonies and formerly principal bassoon with the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra. Her performance credits include solo recitals or lectures at several conferences of the International Double Reed Society, the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and Symposium and the International Computer Music Conference. She has also given performances and master classes in Brazil and Panama. She has performed with the orchestras of the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Heidelberg, Germany, Schlossfestspiele, and the Victoria Bach Festival, and has participated in the festivals of Sarasota, Swannanoa, Chatauqua, Brevard, and Bowdoin. She holds a BA in music from Wellesley College, an MM from the Eastman School of Music, and a DM from Florida State University.

Dr. Ellen Price Elder is Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she is the coordinator of the piano accompanying program, teaches applied piano, class piano, and collaborates with faculty and guest artists. In 2011, Dr. Elder founded the Southern Miss Piano Institute, which offers private lessons to pre-college students and adults in the community. Her college and pre-college students receive numerous awards and honors for their performance. She holds the D.M.A. in Piano Pedagogy and Performance and the M.M. in Piano Performance and Literature from the University of Michigan. Her primary instructors included Louis Nagel, John Ellis, and Joanne Smith. She did additional study in vocal accompanying with Martin Katz and fortepiano with Penelope Crawford. She received her B.M. in Piano Performance from The University of Southern Mississippi (student of Stanley Waldoff). She has served on the faculties of the University of Michigan, the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Eastern Michigan University, Schoolcraft College, and William Carey University. She has taught on the summer piano faculties of the University of Michigan All-State Program at Interlochen and the University of Michigan Summer Arts Institute.

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

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The Mighty Lions" band from East Mississippi Community College ... at Highland Baptist Church

7:00 pm

Highland Baptist Church, 3400 27th St. Meridian, MS
"The Mighty Lions" band from East Mississippi Community College, directed by Steve Stringer,
will be in concert at Highland Baptist Church, 3400 27th St., Meridian, MS, on Thursday, March 26,
at 7 pm. There is no charge, and everyone is invited.

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Customer Service Soars with the Right People ... message delivered by Meridian Regional Airport

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Customer Service Soars with the Right People

Getting the right people on staff is the key to an airport successfully handling its own ground service operations. That’s the message delivered by Meridian Regional Airport president and CEO, Tom Williams, and deputy director, Brad Kueven, at the National Air Service Conference in Tucson, AZ.

The Meridian duo was invited to speak by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) because Meridian is one of only a few airports across the country handling its own ground service operations, rather than having them handled by an airline or a third-party provider. Conference organizers titled their session, “How to Start Ground Handling Operations in 90 Days,” but Kueven said he quickly told the group that “Every airport is different. We don’t have a checklist for how to do it in 90 days—or, in our case, 84 days—but we can talk about the challenges and the realizations we faced.

“In retail, they say the three keys are location, location, location. Well, for us, the three most important elements were people, people, people.”

To put together the initial staff of eight employees, Kueven and assistant, Chris Burks, sifted through a staggering 411 applications. “We couldn’t do this based on traditional job interviews,” Kueven said. “We talked to frequent flyers. We called references. We asked applicants lots of experience questions, like ‘Tell me about a time you dealt with an unruly customer.’” The result, he said, is a staff completely focused on customer service and with the authority to take whatever action is necessary in any situation.

For example, he said, one couple and their two small children arrived home to Meridian only to discover that one of their children’s car seats was not with the rest of their baggage. They didn’t want to venture home without the required seat for one of their children. So, the agent in charge jumped in a vehicle, went to a nearby store and purchased a child seat for the family to use until their seat arrived.

Another employee went to McDonald’s one morning when a flight was delayed and brought back bags of food for the hungry passengers. On the rare occasions a flight is cancelled due to weather or mechanical issues, staff works to find connections at other airports, even putting passengers in airport vans and shuttling them to other terminals.

“That’s exactly why we wanted to take over the ground service business,” Williams said. “The airport has a vested interest in its passengers. There are other considerations, like saving money or improving efficiency, but the overriding factor is that we can take care of our own passengers better than anyone else. That’s what we’re doing.”
Maureen Lofton
President
346 Caney Creek Road
Conehatta, MS 39057
P: 601-683-3996
C: 601-562-7118
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JCJC is offering “Kids’ College” summer camp

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Jones County Junior College
JCJC is offering “Kids’ College” summer camp

ELLISVILLE – First through six graders will have the opportunity to check out college this summer as a part of Jones County Junior College’s Kids’ College summer camp. Campers will gather Monday, June 1, through Friday, June 5, from 8 a.m. until noon. The $95 tuition includes all supplies and snacks and is non-refundable.
Kids’ College courses include Plants Pallooza, Kids’ Cuisine from Around the World, Zoology: Animals Up Close and Personal, Physical Science/Exploring the World Around Us, Art, and Physical Education.

For more information call Missie Meeks at 601-477-5427 or email missie.meeks@jcjc.edu or check out the web page at www.jcjc.edu/camps.

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

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Nursing Scholarship Established at ECCC

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East Central Community College
Nursing Scholarship Established at ECCC
The Mississippi Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (M-OADN) and ASNEC Scholarship was recently established at East Central Community College in Decatur. The new scholarship was established in January 2015 to honor the profession of nursing, specifically the associate degree nurse.
M-OADN is a state organization primarily interested in working to retain the registered nurse title and the scope of practice for the associate degree nurse. ASNEC is the Association of Student Nurses at East Central Community College. M-OADN and ASNEC work together to promote agency participation and professionalism of the associate degree nurse at East Central Community College.
The scholarship will be awarded annually to the president of ASNEC.

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

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Southern Miss Holds Ribbon Cutting ...

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Southern Miss Holds Ribbon Cutting for Fitness Center, Health Center and School of Social Work on Gulf Park Campus

LONG BEACH, Miss. – As a commitment to provide services to benefit students, faculty and staff at The University of Southern Mississippi, three buildings have been renovated on the university’s Gulf Park campus for a Fitness Center, Health Center and new facility to house the School of Social Work. The university celebrated the completion of these building projects with a ribbon cutting ceremony held Tuesday, March 17.
“I am excited that we are now able to offer students the opportunity to learn and thrive in close proximity to fitness and wellness facilities on our Gulf Park Campus,” said Southern Miss President Rodney D. Bennett. “I am also confident that the new academic space for the School of Social Work will enhance our ability to improve the quality of life in our communities by enriching the educational opportunities we provide to a new generation of social work scholars.”
The completed building projects are located on Beach Park Place on the east side of the Gulf Park campus. To assist with parking on campus, as well as its location adjacent to the new facilities, a new parking lot located to the south of the Fitness Center has been completed and is available to Fitness Center patrons. In addition, a lighted parking lot located to the north of the Health Center will be paved providing 20 additional parking spaces and handicap accessibility.
“These facilities signify the university’s administration is listening to its stakeholders and making investments that matter to them,” said Dr. Steven G. Miller, interim vice president for the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus. “What you are seeing here today is a demonstration of the university’s commitment to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.”
The renovations for each facility were designed by architect Larry Jaubert of Bay St. Louis. Gibson Maintenance, LLC, of Long Beach, served as the contractor completing the renovations. Consulting with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, along with Jaubert, Southern Miss worked to preserve many of the historic details in each building. The cost of renovations totaled $750,000.
Representing the student body, McKenzie Irish, vice president of the Student Government Association on the Gulf Park campus, said, “We are very happy all three facilities are here to improve the collegiate experience at the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus. High quality classroom and academic space matters to students and has a direct impact on student learning and student success.”
For more information about the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus, visit www.usm.edu/gulfcoast.

About The University of Southern Mississippi
Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi is a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven university with a proud history and an eye on the future. A dual-campus university, Southern Miss serves students on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, in addition to five teaching and research sites in Mississippi and through Online at Southern Miss. Since 2006, Southern Miss students have collected seven Goldwater Scholarships, three Truman Scholarships and 10 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Our Center for Undergraduate Research affords our students meaningful research opportunities, and as a proven leader in innovation, we conduct transformative research that translates into real-world solutions. As one of a select number of institutions in the nation accredited in art, dance, music and theatre, we are a haven for creativity and artistic expression. In the classroom or lab, on the playing field, or in the performance hall, we strive to have a positive impact not only on our students, but also the world around us. Further information is found at www.usm.edu.

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MDOC Task Force Holds Second Public Hearing Friday

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MDOC Task Force Holds Second Public Hearing Friday
JACKSON - A task force overseeing a review of Mississippi Department of Corrections’ contracts will hold its second public hearing Friday at the Woolfolk State Office Building in Jackson.

The first hearing March 7 at Delta State University drew about 45 people, including elected officials, families of inmates, vendors, current and former MDOC employees and prison officials. More than a dozen people spoke.

Task force co-chairmen Andy Taggart and Robert Gibbs said they were pleased with the turnout and hope the upcoming meeting is well attended, too.

“Some of the issues we heard we were familiar with, such as the high cost of inmate telephone calls and commissary items, and some we were not, such as family members’ visitation concerns,” said Taggart, an attorney and former chief of staff for Gov. Kirk Fordice.

Friday’s meeting, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in Room 145 of the Woolfolk Building, 501 N. West St., will take the place of the task force’s regularly scheduled meeting.

Task force members are holding the hearings to learn firsthand of real-life experiences in dealing with the MDOC, especially regarding contracting with the agency. Gov. Phil Bryant created the task force in November following the indictment of former Corrections Commissioner Christopher B. Epps and businessman Cecil McCrory on corruption charges related to prison contracts. Both pleaded guilty to related charges in February and are awaiting sentencing in June.

“While we are specifically charged with reviewing contracts, we are listening to all concerns,” said Gibbs, an attorney and former Hinds County Circuit judge.

The other members of the task force are:
• Mike Moore, an attorney and a former state attorney general;
• Constance Slaughter-Harvey, an attorney, a former assistant secretary of state and president of the Legacy Foundation; and
• Bill Crawford: president of The Montgomery Institute and a former state lawmaker.

Written comments also can be sent to taskforce@dfa.ms.gov or Andy Taggart, MDOC Task Force Co-Chairman, 1022 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 101, Ridgeland, MS 39157.

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FAA okays insurer to test damage-assessing drones

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FAA okays insurer to test damage-assessing drones

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Mar. 17, 2015 – Mississippi’s largest home insurer could soon provide assistance from above. State Farm is the first insurer in the United States to receive FAA permission to test Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for commercial use. The decision provides the insurer the opportunity to research this new technology and potentially deploy it in ways that could benefit customers. State Farm plans to explore the use of unmanned aircraft to assess potential roof damage during the claims process and respond to natural disasters.

“The potential use of UAS provides us one more innovative tool to help State Farm customers recover from the unexpected as quickly and efficiently as possible," said Wensley Herbert, Operations Vice President – Claims. "We will continue to provide the same personal, good neighbor service State Farm is recognized for, with assistance from these high-tech devices.”

The company plans to move forward with test and development flights. These flights will be conducted at private test sites in the Bloomington, Ill., area. Eventually, these test flights will evolve to testing in real-world scenarios. State Farm will strictly adhere to parameters set forth by the FAA.

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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 http://www.statefarm.com.

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ECCC Nursing Curriculum to Change Models Beginning With Fall 2015 Classes

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East Central Community College
ECCC Nursing Curriculum to Change Models Beginning With Fall 2015 Classes
A curriculum change for East Central Community College’s Practical Nursing and Associate Degree Nursing programs was recently adopted, moving from the current “medical model” to a newly designed “concept model.”

As a result of the changes, new admission requirements for the Associate Degree Nursing program were also approved and are available on the college website www.eccc.edu/healthcare-education.

Applications for Fall 2015 classes are also available on the website and must be received with all documentation by Monday, June 1, 2015. Successful candidates will be notified by June 5.
“The curriculum change will link nursing content together in order to enhance understanding of nursing concepts,” said Denita Thomas, ECCC Dean of Healthcare Education. “It is a streamlined curriculum which better prepares today’s nurse to succeed in our ever-evolving healthcare industry.”
With the ongoing curriculum changes, the program of study has not yet been established, but upon final approval, it will be emailed to each applicant and available on the college website.
Thomas said national leaders of medicine, nursing and nursing education published reports calling for transformation in nursing education as early as 2010.
The emphasis of change in nursing is for patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, use of evidence-based practice, continuous quality improvement, focus on safety, increased use of informatics and new roles for nurses.
Proposed changes in nursing education are student-centered learning and engagement, partnerships in the educational process, improved clinical reasoning/critical thinking, use of critical thinking in arts and sciences and infusion of technology.
“Transitioning to the concept-based curriculum allows ECCC to be at the forefront of these national changes in nursing and nursing education,” Thomas said.
Thomas said all nursing programs in Mississippi have either completely transitioned or are in transition to a concept-based curriculum, which is a form of critical thinking in which students organize and categorize content using concepts. It does not rely on memorization, but instead stresses the understanding of the altered concepts in patient care scenarios.
“Conceptual learning challenges students to think at more advanced levels and to relate previously learned concepts to new learning outcomes,” she added.
For more information, contact Thomas at 601-635-6294 or email dthomas@eccc.edu.

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

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EMCC SCOOBA CAMPUS READY FOR PINE GROVE FESTIVAL

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East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus
EMCC SCOOBA CAMPUS READY FOR PINE GROVE FESTIVAL

SCOOBA – The Pine Grove Arts Festival returns to East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus next week.
The celebration of arts, from visual to choral to culinary, kicks off Saturday with an employee Grill Master BBQ competition at the EMCC baseball field before the Lions’ 2 p.m. doubleheader against Copiah-Lincoln Community College.
On Monday, Starkville artist Joe MacGown will return to EMCC with a selection of his work for a reception at 2:30 p.m. in Aust Hall. MacGown last exhibited his work at EMCC in 2008, but returned to speak to art students last year. The public is invited to attend the reception.
MacGown describes his work as “subconscious meandering.” He uses multiple media (pen & ink, acrylic paint, spray paint, water colors) to layer ideas of a similar theme without a concrete vision of the final product.
“Things just wander out of my head and take their own shape or form. They have meaning, but I’m not trying to force a certain theme,” he said.
Tuesday will feature a new Pine Grove event, the Fun Run 1-Mile Walk/Run at Sullivan-Windham Stadium at 4:30 p.m. The traditional Crawfish Boil will immediately follow the Fun Run.
Both the EMCC Choir and Band are scheduled to perform in the F.R. Young Student Union during the Festival, with the Choir performing Tuesday in the breakout room at 11 a.m. and the Band performing in the breakout room Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. Both performances are open to the public.
EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus in Mayhew will host its version of the Pine Grove Festival April 28 with free hot dogs for students, a talent competition and other fun activities.
For more information, call EMCC at (662) 476-5000.

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The Lung Cancer Cause

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My name is Jessica Miller. I work for an organization called The Lung Cancer Cause. We specialize in creating awareness about Lung Cancer. I focus on helping NON-SMOKING patients identify what caused them to develop Lung Cancer. Radon Gas is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and is 2nd overall after smoking according to CDC.
We have a compelling story about AMERICANS DYING FROM RADON RELATED CANCER and would like to share this story with you in hopes that you will get the story in front of the American public. The topic of "Radon" has only been skimmed by news stories in the past despite how big of an issue this actually is throughout the country. According to the EPA, there are over 20,000 deaths per year from radon related cancers. To put that in perspective, that's more deaths every year than drunk driving; and more American lives lost every year than the total casualties from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan combined!

Although Radon has been mentioned in the news from time to time, there has yet to be "a face" to go along with the devastating effects that Radon causes (until today.) Radon exposure is a serious problem and Americans need to be properly educated which is the reason that I'm writing to you today:

We are currently working with a brave, non-smoking young woman who recently developed Lung cancer from Radon exposure and wants to speak out to ensure this doesn't happen to any more American families. Her family has lived in a small, normal town in the Midwest; residing in the same home for over 20 years. Unbeknownst to her, they have been living in a "Radon-contaminated" home all of those years resulting in her development of lung cancer. Although she never smoked in her life, she was diagnosed with lung cancer at an incredibly young age (mid-40's.) This prompted her to test their home for radon and she was shocked to find that the levels were over 3-times higher than the "national limit." She is convinced that being exposed to Radon for so many years lead to her illness and wants to help create awareness and save lives.

The EPA estimates that over 8 million U.S. homes currently have dangerous levels of Radon. These homes spread across the entire country so all Americans are at risk and should test for the gas. Even though all major health organizations agree that radon kills thousands of Americans each year, the problem has been ignored for far too long. Everyone cares about breast cancer because the media shows dying women all the time. Everyone knows smoking gives you cancer because you see the national ads running constantly. Americans need to be made aware that their homes could be giving them lung cancer! It shouldn't take a dying woman to gain attention from the media, but the public needs to see that this problem is real and people really are dying.

With her bravery and willingness to share her story, we feel people are going to listen and action will be taken to save lives. Please contact us right away if you would like to get involved and we can put you in touch with our brave advocate so you can help her share her story and promote awareness about the silent killer known as Radon.

Thank you,
Jessica Miller
The Lung Cancer Cause
Email: thelungcancercause@gmail.com
Primary Phone Contact: 1-800-259-4071

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10th Anniversary of Women Who Win

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Lauderdale County Baptist Assn. Bldg. 5521 Clinton St. Marion, MS
The 10th Anniversary of Women Who Win will be celebrated at its Spring Session to be held Tuesday, April 14, from 6-8 p.m.,
at the Lauderdale Cty Baptist Assn. Bldg.,
5521 Clinton St., Marion, MS.
WWW is a non-denominational gathering of women of faith.
Guest speaker is Bible scholar Beth Touchstone, wife of Meridian cardiologist Dale Touchstone.

It will be an evening of fellowship, food, door prizes, entertainment and inspiration. Cost is $12 per person and includes a catered dinner.
Mail checks to: Women Who Win,
PO Box 280, Marion, MS 39342,
to be received by Friday, April 10.
For more information call Linnie Scarbrough at 601-938-3427
or Carolyn Starnes at 601-604-5155.

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Kick Butts Day

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Jackson, MS – Youth across the state of Mississippi will take part in Kick Butts Day Wednesday, March 18, 2015, as part of an ongoing effort to educate young people on the dangerous effects of tobacco.
Kick Butts Day is a nationwide event to encourage youth to join in the fight against tobacco and learn the facts about smoking cessation in a fun and educational way. The Mississippi State Department of Health’s (MSDH) Office of Tobacco Control and its local tobacco-free coalitions anticipate that the activities will reduce smoking and tobacco use rates among youth in Mississippi, where 4.1 percent of public middle school students currently smoke cigarettes, according to the 2014 Mississippi Youth Tobacco Survey. The survey also concluded that 18,828 public middle school students reported having tried a cigarette at least once.
“In Mississippi alone, the tobacco industry spends approximately $121.4 million per year to market their harmful products,” said Roy Hart, Director of the MSDH Office of Tobacco Control. “We may not have a marketing budget comparable to that of tobacco companies, but we hope to counter their advertisements by educating and empowering Mississippi's youth with Kick Butts Day activities.”
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, killing approximately 480,000 people every year. This is more than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined. According to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, each year 3,300 Mississippi kids under the age of 18 become new, daily smokers and 68,000 Mississippi kids now under 18 will ultimately die prematurely from smoking.
The Mississippi Tobacco-Free coalitions across the state have planned activities to kick off this campaign and educate students about how the tobacco industry is targeting today’s youth. While community events are a large part of Kick Butts Day, the primary goal is to foster knowledge on the dangers and harmful effects of smoking. For a full list of Kick Butts Day activities in Mississippi, visit www.kicksbuttsday.org/map.
To learn more about our Tobacco Free Coalitions visit, http://www.tobaccofreems.org. For more information on tobacco prevention programs and other youth events, call the Mississippi State Department of Health’s Office of Tobacco Control at 601-991-6050 or visit www.healthyms.com/tobacco.

Follow MSDH by e-mail and social media at HealthyMS.com/connect

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

7:00 am - 2:00 pm both days

10165 Lynwood Drive Tanglewood Estates
Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28 from 7AM to 2PM, 10165 Lynwood Drive Tanglewood Estates will be our monthly garage sale. All cloths, shoes, purses, vhs, DVDs, and toys are 50 cents each. 19 in TV 15.00, household items, frames and prints from 25 cents up etc. Always a treasure hunt. Come be part of helping us grant wishes in this area. For more information call Brenda 601_4838144

Sharing the Power of a Wish,
Brenda Golisch
MAW Volunteer

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Jones County Junior College’s JC Voices for a celebration of music ...

7:00 pm

First Trinity Presbyterian Church in Laurel
JC Voices perform in Laurel
ELLISVILLE - The public is invited to join Jones County Junior College’s JC Voices for a celebration of music, hope, peace and the dawn of possibilities as it presents, Serenade to Music, on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at First Trinity Presbyterian Church in Laurel. The annual spring concert begins at 7 p.m. and is a free event.
The concert will feature works by Dominick Argento, Ralph Vaughan Williams, György Orbán, Eric William Barnum, Stephen Paulus, Ola Gjeilo, and others. The chamber singers, conducted by Dr. Susan A. Smith and accompanied by Dr. Victoria Johnson are also joined by a host of collaborating instrumentalists this year. The singers will perform everything from the a cappella selection Pange Lingua, Orban’s impressive piece based on an ancient liturgical text, with driving percussive rhythms and complicated chromatic lyricism, to Eric Barnum’s Dawn, a meditation on the coming light-filled day and all the possibilities it brings, and Stephen Paulus’ The Road Home, a “Prospect” tune from Southern Harmony.
A string quartet, as well as organist and JCJC faculty member Ms. Kay Guiles, will join JC Voices, Dr. Smith and Dr. Johnson on one of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ best-loved works, Serenade to Music, with text by William Shakespeare. This work, originally written for sixteen singers and commissioned by the conductor Sir Henry J. Wood to mark his fiftieth anniversary as a conductor, was written not to be in praise of him, but rather a work, as stated by Sir Henry Wood, ‘that could be used at any time and for any occasion.’
Dr. Michael Boyd, JCJC guitar instructor will also join the group on the regional premiere of Ola Gjeilo’s unpublished work The Lake Isle. The singers will also perform Gjeilo’s stunningly beautiful piece, “The Ground,” based on a chorale from the last movement of his Sunrise Mass, drawing on portions of texts from “Sanctus,” “Benedictus,” and “Agnus Dei.”
Dr. Patrick Richards, JCJC horn instructor, will perform with the singers on the Richard Nance setting of Set Me As a Seal from Song of Solomon, and violinist Pedro Oseias will accompany the JCJC men’s ensemble on a traditional American Folk Song, The Girl I Left Behind Me.
The women’s ensemble will sing Away from the Roll of the Sea, first made famous by Canada’s award winning women’s choir, Elektra, and the chamber ensemble will also perform Bob Chilcott’s The Singing Heart, as a double choir, incorporating tone chimes. Culminating one of the group’s most challenging and collaborative programs to date will be Péter Louis van Dijk’s a cappella works, Chariots, a piece commissioned by the Texas State University Chorale and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Choir. Chariots is based on Psalm 20: 1-9, a prayer for success. And embedded within the text of the song is our hope for the year: “may He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.”
Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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Mississippi Department of Corrections ...

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JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Corrections is conducting massive, random shakedowns to reduce contraband for the safety of staff and inmates.

Two private and two state prisons have been searched since Feb. 6, with the latest shakedown occurring Friday, March 13, at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.

More than 150 shanks of varying sizes, tobacco, cellphones, cellphone chargers and an assortment of other contraband have been found on inmates or in their cells.

“This is a public safety issue,” said Commissioner Marshall Fisher. “One shank or one cellphone is one too many. Officers routinely do periodic shakedowns unit by unit. But this is a show of force with a large number of officers both in and outside the agency searching units simultaneously.”

The seized contraband lessens the ability of prison gangs, also known as security threat groups, to threaten the safety of officers, fellow inmates and the public, Fisher said. Inmates have used shanks to harm officers and fellow inmates and cellphones to harass and threaten crime victims.

The shakedowns confirm that work as a correctional officer is dangerous, Fisher said. “The risk undertaken by these officers on a daily basis certainly warrants higher pay than $22,000 a year starting pay,” he said.

This action is one of many the agency has taken to keep contraband from getting into inmates’ hands, including installing netting around perimeter fences and using body scanners, hand wand metal detectors and K-9 cell phone detector dogs.

“If we suspect someone has violated the law by bringing in contraband, we will refer the individual for prosecution,” Fisher said.

Introduction of contraband into a correctional facility is punishable by three to 15 years in prison, a maximum $25,000 fine, or both. Conspiracy to introduce contraband carries up to a $5,000 fine, five years imprisonment, or both.

Contraband items found at MSP on Friday include 25 shanks, 11 cellular phones, one MP3 player, nine cellular phone chargers, and a large amount of what appeared to be marijuana. The other locations and items found include:
• South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Greene County, Feb. 20, 36 shanks, 13 cellphones, two cellphone chargers, a tattoo gun, an assortment of pills, two bags of a white powdery substance and two Bluetooth devices.
• Wilkinson County Correctional Facility in Wilkinson County, Feb. 14, more than 60 shanks, razors, watches, medication, a VHS tape and tattoo guns.
• East Mississippi Correctional Facility in Lauderdale County, Feb. 6, more than 50 shanks, tobacco products, cellphone batteries, tobacco, SIM cards, a small amount of cash, improvised metal and wooden clubs, a homemade crack pipe, a bag of white crystal substance, suspected pills, jewelry, and tattoo material.

Fisher said he appreciates assistance from the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol in conducting the shakedowns. The agency is assisting MDOC officers from Institutions and Community Corrections for the first time in years.

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Meridian Main Street Events - March 16th- 22nd

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Downtown Happenings March 16th- 22nd - Vol. lV No. 17
Monday, March 16, 2015

Event: YPM Meeting
Location: Rush Cafeteria Private Dining Room
Time: 12pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.1306
Anyone interested in joining the Young Professionals is welcome to come to meetings.

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.

Event:Shirt & Tie Combos
Location:Sam's Fashion
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2731
Regular $34.99 now $25

Event: Michael Swann - 40th Annual
Bi - State Award Winner Invitational
Location:Meridian Museum of Art
Time: all week
For More Information: Call 601.693.1501
Invitational will last until March 28.

Event: Dress Sale
Location:BambinoChildren's Boutique
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.5253
Glitz pageant dresses 20% off.

Event: Close Out On Art Supplies
Location:Lucas Road
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.483.0028
Half off all art supplies!

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

Event: Happies for Easter
Location:The Liberty Shop
Time: all week
For More Information: Call 601.693.5331
Now is the time to start looking for Easter Dresses & Happies!

Event:Deals on Select Items
Location:Planters Supply
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2684
Deals on Red Seed Potatoes, Fruit Trees, English Peas, and Dog Treats!

Tuesday, March 17, 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:Ladies Night/Karaoke
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, March 18, 2015

Event: How to Develop a Business Plan
Location: EMBDC Conference Room
Time: 2pm - 4pm
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:The Brick House Bar & Grill
Time: 8pm - 11:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Thursday, March 19, 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: Scott McQuaig & The Tomcats
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 9:00pm - 12:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
$5 Admission.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Event:Friday's Flowers
Location:Saxon's Flowers & Gifts
Time: 9am - 4pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.6734
$12 wrapped bouquets or ½ price on stems.

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

Event: Live Music
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 7pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770
Happy Hour 4pm - 7pm.

Event: Chad Fuller Band
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 9:00pm - 1:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
$5 Admission.

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, March 21, 2015

Event:Light & Sound
Location:Rhythm & Brews
Time: 10:30pm - 2am
For More Information: Call 601.282.5608

Event:Fatback
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 9:00pm - 1:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
$5 Admission.

Event: Live Music
Location: Weidmann's
Time: 9:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770

Sunday, March 22, 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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Neshoba Central High School Band ... in Washington, D.C

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The Neshoba Central High School Band performed at the WWII memorial in Washington, D.C. over spring break. For more information email Daniel Wade danielwade1978@yahoo.com

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M H S Marching Band and Chorus was invited to Disney World ...

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Disney World in Orlando, FL
A group of local students took a magical trip over their spring break. Meridian High School Marching Band and Meridian High School Chorus was invited to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Band students marched through Main Street in the Magic Kingdom as a special guest feature opening the Electric Parade in front of record crowds. Chorus members performed at Saratoga Springs Performance Hall. Band Directors, Chorus Directors, Band Boosters, Parents, students and the community worked together through fundraising and special events to make the trip possible. The group left in three Meridian Coach busses late Wednesday evening, traveling overnight and arrived at Animal Kingdom Thursday Morning. The group visited Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios where they rode the Tower of Terror, Rockin Roller Coaster, Expedition Everest, Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain. They enjoy live stunt shows and performances such as The Festival of the Lion King. The group even dined on the top floor of Planet Hollywood. Directors, chaperones and students arrived home safely Sunday Morning. We want to thank everyone person who helped make this dream come true for us!!!

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Meridian Regional Airport - February Boardings ...

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Meridian Regional Airport
For the fourth consecutive month, since American Eagle became Meridian’s commercial air carrier, passenger boardings at Meridian Regional Airport have far outstripped boardings from the same month of the previous year. In addition, on-time performance has also far surpassed what it was under the previous carrier, Silver Airways.

Enplanements in February totaled 1,119, compared with 254 in February of 2014, an increase of more than 340 percent. On-time performance within 15 minutes jumped from 59.4 under Silver to 76.6 percent under American Eagle. That’s an increase in reliability of 28.9 percent. On-time performance within 30 minutes also increased—from 65.6 percent to 87.2 percent. That’s a jump of 33 percent.

“February is traditionally one of the slowest months for commercial aviation,” according to Tom Williams, president and CEO of Meridian Regional Airport. “These numbers tell me that, if we continue to offer reliable, efficient flights at competitive rates, we can see our passenger boardings increase significantly as we enter the busier travel months.”

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State Fire Marshal Sends Alert Regarding Unauthorized Alarm Salesmen

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State Fire Marshal Sends Alert Regarding Unauthorized Alarm Salesmen

Jackson, MS – Today, Commissioner of Insurance and State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney is sending out an alert that Mississippi residents need to be aware of unauthorized alarm salesmen operating in the state.

“About this time every year, we see an increase in reports of unauthorized individuals selling alarm systems in the area. If someone comes to your door trying to sell an alarm system, they must have a license and photo ID issued by the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Ask them to show you these credentials,” Chaney said.

The sale, installation and monitoring of all residential alarm systems in Mississippi are regulated by the Mississippi State Fire Marshal’s Office, per the Mississippi Electronic Protection Licensing Act passed by the state legislature in 2006.

An important part of the licensing process includes criminal background checks on those who sell and install these systems as well as requiring these individuals to have the proper training to ensure competency.

Be especially cautious of the following:

• Offers that promise a “free” system or claims that your current system is old, out of date or in need of an upgrade or replacement.

• Claims that your home has been chosen as a “model” home and is eligible for a free system and/or reduced monitoring fee.

• Guarantees that you will receive a reduction in your homeowner’s insurance when a system is purchased.

• Salespersons that come to your home claiming to be with your current company. Call your company and verify.

• Claims that your company has gone out of business or that your account has been purchased from your company. Call your company and verify.

• Claims of increased crime in your neighborhood. Call your local police and verify.


Chaney added that if the individual is unable to produce such an ID, that person may not be licensed or authorized to operate in the state and should be reported to the State Fire Marshal at 1-888-648-0877 or 601-359-1061. If the individual acts in a suspicious manner, you should contact local law enforcement authorities. If the individual is in a vehicle, write down and report the license tag number.
Donna J. Cromeans
Public Relations Director
Mississippi Insurance Department
Office-(601)359-3579
Cell – (601)-826-9600

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A benefit dinner to support Donna Greenwood Compton

4:00 pm

Catfish Opry, Hwy 15 Noxapater, MS
A benefit dinner to support Donna Greenwood Compton ...
a member of our community, in her fight against cancer. Cancer is such an invasive and destructive illness; it affects so many areas of life.

One way we can stand with Donna is by lifting Donna, and her family, up in prayer. Another way you can help is by attending a benefit dinner to support Donna during her battle with cancer.

The dinner will be at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 14th.

Where: Catfish Opry, Hwy 15 Noxapater, MS.

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/296068621.html | 296068621

Prayer Breakfast

9:00 am

Fifth Street Baptist Church Meridian, Mississippi
Please join us for a dynamic Prayer Breakfast at the Fifth Street Baptist Church, Meridian, Mississippi on Saturday, March 28, 2015
at 9:00 a.m. Guest speaker is Mrs. Rosalind Operton along
with several powerful prayer warriors. Breakfast tickets are $5.00. Come enjoy this event and a hearty breakfast too.
Rev. W. C. Brown, Pastor

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Revival Services

7:30 pm each night

Porterville Zion Missionary Baptist Church 52 Porterville Zion Church Road Porterville, MS
Revival Services begin March 16th at 7:30 pm each evening.
Rev. Gary Houston, is the guest speaker.

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$25,000 State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant

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Nominate Your Community Organization for a
$25,000 State Farm® Grant
State Farm Neighborhood Assist® Program Supports your Important Hometown Cause

March 11, 2015 – Jackson, MS – State Farm® encourages Mississippi residents to nominate a community organization that could benefit from a $25,000 State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant. State Farm Neighborhood Assist will award 40 communities a $25,000 grant that can be used to help make their communities a better place to live. Anyone can submit a cause now through March 29, 2015. Ultimately, the public will vote to decide which causes receive the grants. For more information on State Farm Neighborhood Assist or to submit a cause, get the free Facebook app at www.statefarm.com/neighborhoodassist.

Key Dates for State Farm Neighborhood Assist:
• March 9 – March 29 Submit causes, exclusively through Facebook
• March 30 – May 13 YAB identifies top 200 finalists
• May 14 – June 3 Vote for causes, exclusively through Facebook
• June 16 State Farm announces winners

Returning for its fourth year, State Farm Neighborhood Assist asks individuals to identify causes that would help make their communities safer, stronger and better-educated. Up to 4,000 causes will be able to submit an entry. The State Farm Youth Advisory Board (YAB) will then narrow down the field, using a scoring rubric to identify the top 200 submissions. The public will then have a chance to vote up to 10 times a day on Facebook from May 14 – June 3 for their favorite causes. The 40 causes that receive the most votes will win a $25,000 grant. The nominations and votes will be accepted exclusively through a free Facebook app.

“Community Animal Rescue & Adoption is one of many past recipients of a $25,000 Neighborhood Assist grant,” said State Farm spokesman Roszell Gadson. “Neighborhood Assist allows individuals to identify problems in their communities and provides the needed funding to pay for an important project.”

In the past three years State Farm Neighborhood Assist has given $3 million in grants to support 120 causes. Last year, communities of all sizes rallied their friends and neighbors to support their cause and generated almost 3 million votes.


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 http://www.statefarm.com.

About the Youth Advisory Board
The Youth Advisory Board is comprised of 30 students, ages 17-20, from across the United States who serve a two-year term. Their directive is to implement a $5 million-a-year signature service-learning initiative to address issues important to youth and communities. The Board is completely autonomous and youth-driven, and funds projects focused on issues selected by the board that impact youth. It consists of a diverse group of full-time students at high schools and universities. Each member commits about 15 hours a month to the Board and participates in three face-to-face meetings per calendar year. The Board will fund the 40 grants awarded through the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program with a portion of its $5 million funding in 2015. For more information on the Youth Advisory Board, visit www.statefarmyab.com.

Contact Public Affairs at 770-243-9049 to schedule local media interviews on this topic.

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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EMBDC - Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Events

YPM Monthly Meeting
Rush Cafeteria Private Dining Room
3rd Floor/Ambulatory Bldg
Monday, March 16th
12 p.m.

59Twenty Music Festival
City Hall Lawn
Saturday, March 28th
1p.m. - 11p.m.
www.59twenty.com

State Games of Mississippi
Business After Hours
Dumont Plaza
Thursday, April 23rd
4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

The Business & Community Showcase
Bonita Lakes Mall
Anchor E
Wednesday, April 29th

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/295757801.html | 295757801

Meridian Main Street - "Just Start it Conference"

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Union Station Front Street Downtown Meridian
Do you Dream of Opening your own business? Then plan to attend the
Meridian Main Street - "Just Start it Conference"
a free event ... just bring a sack lunch if you want ...
bring some paper and a pen to take notes.
Several panel members to discuss the do's and don'ts.
Questions answered and information learned.
RSVP (601) 693-7480 Karen@meridianmainstreet.com

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Lamar School 2015 Spring Production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella G2K

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Lamar School Cafetorium
Lamar School 2015 Spring Production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella G2K
March 27th @ 7:00 P.M. - $5.00
March 28th @ 1:00 P.M. - $5.00
March 28th @ 6:00 P.M. - $25.00 – Dinner Theatre
Pecan crusted pork tenderloin with a strawberry balsamic glaze, au gratin potatoes, garden salad with home made Italian dressing, and a choice of chocolate cake or lemon cake, with water or sweet tea to drink
Located in the Lamar School Cafetorium

Tickets available @ www.showtix4U.com

Ticket Info: boxoffice@lamarschool.com
Dixie Tibbetts @ dtibbetts@lamarschool.com / 601-482-1345
Ticket Link: www.showtix4u.com
Click Buy Tickets
Search for Lamar School

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MIGHTY LION BAND TO HOLD AUDITIONS SATURDAY, MARCH 21

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East Mississippi Community College Scooba Campus
MIGHTY LION BAND TO HOLD AUDITIONS SATURDAY, MARCH 21


Auditions for East Mississippi Community College’s Mighty Lion Band will be held Saturday, March 21, at the Scooba campus. All students trying out should register online. Go to www.eastms.edu and look for the “Band auditions” link on the homepage.

Color guard and dance line students should report to the Scooba campus at 8:30 a.m. to register. At 9 a.m., these students will learn the audition routine in a fundamentals workshop. Color guard and dance line auditions follow after lunch.

Students auditioning for instrumental and percussion positions should use the online form to request individual appointment times. Audition music will also be available for download through the “Band auditions” link. EMCC will contact these musicians individually to confirm an appointment.

All students auditioning for the Mighty Lion Band should report to the band hall, which is on the north end of campus, across from the old football field.

Band auditions will also be held on Saturday, March 28, at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus.

For more information, email Director of Bands Stephen Stringer at sstringer@eastms.edu or Assistant Director of Bands Chris King at cking@eastms.edu.
Suzanne Monk
Director of Public Information
East Mississippi Community College
Work: (662) 476-5014
Cell: (601) 480-2879

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The Bill Walker Memorial Softball Tournament

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Sammie Davidson Complex
The Bill Walker Memorial Softball Tournament, hosted by Highland Baptist's Relay for Life Team will be held Saturday, March 21
at Sammie Davidson Complex.
Co-ed, Double-Elimination Tournament.
$200 per team registration fee
Registration deadline is March 17.
Contact Jennifer Robison: (601) 480-8546 or jrw4uk@yahoo.com

Carolyn Starnes
601-485-9747

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Meridian Main Street - Events Calendar

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Downtown Happenings - March 9th- 15th - Vol. lV No. 16

Monday, March 9, 2015

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.

Event: Michael Swann - 40th Annual
Bi - State Award Winner Invitational
Location:Meridian Museum of Art
Time: all week
For More Information: Call 601.693.1501
Invitational will last until March 28.

Event: Dress Sale
Location:BambinoChildren's Boutique
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.5253
Glitz pageant dresses 20% off.

Event: Close Out On Art Supplies
Location:Lucas Road
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.483.0028
Half off all art supplies!

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

Event: Happies for Easter
Location:The Liberty Shop
Time: all week
For More Information: Call 601.693.5331
Now is the time to start looking for Easter Dresses & Happies!

Event:Shirt & Tie Combos
Location:Sam's Fashion
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2731
Regular $34 now $25

Event:Deals on Select Items
Location:Planters Supply
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2684
Deals on Red Seed Potatoes, Fruit Trees, English Peas, and Dog Treats!

Tuesday, March 10, 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:Ladies Night/Karaoke
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, March 11, 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:The Brick House Bar & Grill
Time: 8pm - 11:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Thursday, March 12, 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:Crowdfunding to Success
Location: MSU Downtown Computer Center
Time: 12pm - 1:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.7480
Free Admission. 1st floor of the computer center. Bring your brown bag lunch.

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: Town Hall Meeting
Location: City Hall, Auditorium 3rd floor
Time: 5:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.483.9810
Come learn more about the City Revitalization Project including all of the plans and street closures at our Town Hall Meeting

Friday, March 13, 2015

Event:Friday's Flowers
Location:Saxon's Flowers & Gifts
Time: 9am - 4pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.6734
$12 wrapped bouquets or ½ price on stems.

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

Event: Live Music
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 7pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770
Happy Hour 4pm - 7pm.

Event:Bridge to Grace & Shallow Side
Location:Rhythm & Brews
Time: 8pm
For More Information:Call 601.282.5608
18 to get in, 21 to drink

Event: The Sun The Moon
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 9:00pm - 1:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
$5 Admission.

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, March 14, 2015

Event:Chad Wesley Band
Location:Rhythm & Brews
Time: 10:30pm - 2am
For More Information: Call 601.282.5608

Event:Dingus Tron
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 9:00pm - 1:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
$5 Admission.

Event: Live Music
Location: Weidmann's
Time: 9:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770

Sunday, March 15, 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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EMBDC - Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Events

YPM Monthly Meeting
Rush Cafeteria Private Dining Room
3rd Floor/Ambulatory Bldg
Monday, March 16th
12 p.m.

59Twenty Music Festival
City Hall Lawn
Saturday, March 28th
1p.m. - 11p.m.
www.59twenty.com

State Games of Mississippi
Business After Hours
Dumont Plaza
Thursday, April 23rd
4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

The Business & Community Showcase
Bonita Lakes Mall
Anchor E
Wednesday, April 29th

http://www.wtok.com/community/events/295602051.html | 295602051

NEW EMCC RECRUITER BRINGS WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE TO SCOOBA CAMPUS

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East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus
NEW EMCC RECRUITER BRINGS WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE TO SCOOBA CAMPUS

SCOOBA – There’s a new recruiter at East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus, and she’s setting her sights on the southern end of the college’s district – especially Lauderdale County.
Leia Hill, a Collinsville native, brings a unique blend of skills and experience to her new role as Scooba campus recruiter. Hill worked in the community college setting for over eight years prior to joining EMCC and has also worked in promotion, marketing and public relations for advertising agencies and private businesses. She’s even pursuing a master’s degree in communication and social media online from the University of Florida and operates her own social media consulting firm.
But she says all those jobs boil down to a couple essential ingredients that she’ll bring to EMCC.
“My biggest strengths are networking and relationship building. I have a lot of contacts everywhere I’ve been, and I’m ready to put it all to use in Scooba,” said Hill.
“My primary goal is to reach out to Lauderdale students. EMCC does a great job recruiting in Kemper and Noxubee, but I want to strengthen our relationship with Lauderdale students. They’ve heard about us, but they may not know enough about who we are, or they don’t know that we have tuition guarantee, or they don’t know that our campus life is the best in the Mississippi community college system.”
Between her husband and two sons, grad school and her consulting firm, Hill stays plenty busy. She said she’s lucky to get five hours of sleep in a night. Fortunately, she also has the indefatigable energy of a natural public relations professional and a strong belief in the value of education.
“I love community colleges, and feeling like I’m part of something and helping people. Everybody I’ve ever known who has worked at EMCC or gone to school here has loved it. So it’s my job to reach the people who haven’t heard our story yet,” she said.
Hill began her tenure at EMCC in February. In addition to recruiting, she is the staff sponsor for campus groups such as the Student Ambassadors and Student Government Association and helps with orientation programs like JourneyEAST.

Leia Hill of Collinsville began her tenure as East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus recruiter in February. “Everybody I’ve ever known who has worked at EMCC or gone to school here has loved it,” she said. “So it’s my job to reach the people who haven’t heard our story yet.”

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Make-A-Wish Foundation ... The 12th Annual Walk for Wishes

8:30 am

Downtown Meridian - Dumont Plaza
The 12th Annual Walk for Wishes will be held Saturday, April 4th in beautiful downtown Meridian at Dumont Plaza beginning at 8:30 AM. This will be in conjunction with the ThreeFoot Festival. You can form a team, join a team, or just walk for any donation. We will have the jumping house, Simon the Great Dane for pictures, refreshments, door prizes and dance warm ups lead by Sams. Meet some of our wish children and compete for prizes. For more information call Brenda or Courtney Golisch at 601-483-8144. Come be part of the granting wishes in our area. Bring your cameras, lots of picture opts.

Brenda Golisch
MAW Volunteer
601-483-8144

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Jeff and Sheri Easter in Concert ...

6:00 pm

Southeast Lauderdale Middle School Auditorium
FM Promotions presents ... Jeff and Sheri Easter in Concert ...
April 18th at the Southeast Lauderdale Middle School
Auditorium - Beginning at 6:00 pm.
All Tickets are General Admission $12 in advance - $17 day of show.
Can be purchased on line at itickets.com or call (800) 965-9324

Meridian Cycles, Highway 80 / 19 North - Meridian
George's Auto Parts 408 Highway 16 West - DeKalb
Richard Ferguson (601) 416-1630
Also - Southeast High School Office
Richard Ferguson (601) 416-1630

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Second Chance Toys for needy children

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See Drop-Off locations in schedule
EMBDC Leadership Lauderdale
is working to help children in need.
Help us rescue gently used toys for a good cause. Toys That You Can Donate Gently used plastic toys.
Please clean the toys; no small or missing parts; batteries that work.
(Place any loose pieces in a plastic bag and tape to the toy.) Where to Drop the Toys Look for the collection boxes donated by Waste Pro of Meridian!
Toys will be accepted from March 1 to April 22, 2015
Asurion • 1701 New Way • M-F • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Great Southern National Bank • 816 Hwy. 19 N • M-F • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
MSU Meridian • Downtown 5th Street & Main Campus 8th Street • M-TH • 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
State Games of Mississippi Office • On the MCC Campus • M-TH • 9 a.m to 4 p.m.
Union Station • Downtown • M-F • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Voila Salon • 4903 27th Place • TU-F/9 a.m. to 4 p.m. • SAT/9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Need more information?
Call 601.513-7838
www.secondchancetoys.org

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E C C C College ENCORE production of “Wizard of Oz

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East Central Community College Vickers Fine Arts Center Auditorium
East Central Community College ENCORE production of “Wizard of Oz” scheduled March 24-28 in the Vickers Fine Arts Center Auditorium on the Decatur campus. Matinees are scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, March 24, 25 and 27. Evening performances begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26 through Saturday, March 28. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased by calling the College switchboard at 601-635-6215 or 1-877-462-3222, ext. 215.

For more information, contact Encore director Natalie Emmons at 601-635-6347 or email nemmons@eccc.edu.

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JCJC hosts unique art display

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Jones County Junior College
JCJC hosts unique art display

ELLISVILLE- This month’s art show at Jones County Junior College could be summed up in one phrase: off-the-wall. There are literally works of art hanging from the ceiling, some are just “unique” because of its contents and some work is being called eclectic. The creative works of three artists, Adrienne Callander, Rowan Haug and Robert Ring will have you looking at art in a different way at the Eula Bass Lewis Art Gallery. The exhibit is free to the public and will be on display through March 27, except during Spring Break, March 9-13.

“This show is all about theory,” said Mark Brown, JCJC art instructor. “Students will hopefully recognize some design theory looking at Callander’s work in particular. Some may think the artists have forgotten art theory because it is very different than some art shows we’ve hosted before.”
Callander’s work is the only art hanging on the wall in frames, appearing to be your typical framed art work. Looking closer, Brown insists art theory like the “Golden Mean” will be obvious to students of art. She uses pieces of brown paper bags and material with deliberate stitching and placement.

“Ultimately, I take things apart to discover new wholes. Sewing also marks time and, as a process, runs parallel with my interest in beginnings and ends. Sometimes I extend a material history. I might restructure an object so that past and present identities exist in tandem,” said Callander, who currently lives in Starkville and teaches at MSU. She is also the art gallery curator and served as the Interim Coordinator for the Sculpture Program at Mississippi State.

The artwork of Rowan Haug can be found hanging from the ceiling, draped over a display block or pinned to the wall. The Starkville native teaches 3-D Design and works with the MSU art department’s Fiber and Paper Arts Club. Her current work is mostly the “hands-on” type of creative display of art work.
“I choose to work with textiles and the methods, techniques and processes of slow making, of handwork and hand-dye. They have a memory (like) your grandmother’s quilt made from your mom’s baby clothes, or a material memory like natural dyes made from plants or minerals that bond with a new fiber or fabric surface,” said Haug.

Japanese native, Robert Ring’s work can be described as gaudy, colorful and “off-the-wall” to most viewers. He is famous for taking items made in Japan, like cheap objects you’d find in a thrift store, and combining them with other found items to re-create a new form of 3-D art.

“I have tried to create a context for the viewer which is derived from their sum. Cheap objects produced in multitude that individually only announce their poor taste but in mass repetition create an aesthetic appeal. Seeking an aesthetic that is the sum of these objects but also for me is also the suggestion that illustrates my heritage,” said Ring.

His father was an American soldier during WWII when he met his Japanese mother. Ring moved to the U.S. when he was two-years old. His artwork intertwines his ethnicity with his American identity.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. through 3 p.m., and Fridays, 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. For special accommodations call the gallery at 601-477-4148.

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

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Wagnon Selected ECCC Administrator

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East Central Community College
Wagnon Selected ECCC Administrator
Bill Wagnon of Fort Smith, Ark., was recently selected Associate Vice President for Public Information at East Central Community College in Decatur, announced ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart.
Prior to beginning his employment on March 2, 2015, Wagnon served as Director of Marketing and Communications for the University of Arkansas–Fort Smith, where he was responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive annual marketing plan and supervised staff in the areas of marketing and communications, graphic design, social media, photography and web management.
“I am confident that Mr. Wagnon will serve ECCC and our communities well,” Dr. Stewart said. “He is very familiar with the College’s 2020 Vision and is committed to doing all he can to see our vision become a reality.”
In total, Wagnon has 29 years experience in public relations/higher education including similar positions at the University of West Alabama, Birmingham-Southern College, Mississippi State University and the University of Alabama.
Wagnon received the Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations/Journalism from Auburn University and completed a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration at Mississippi State University.

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

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Luck of The Irish

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Wechsler Auditorium Meridian, MS
Luck of The Irish ... Tour and Fish fry ...
Showcasing the Catholic influence on Education.
March 14th 10 am - 2 pm
(601) 595-2438

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Jimmie Rodgers Talent Competition - "Country / Gospel"

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Meridian City hall Green
Jimmie Rodgers Talent Competition - "Country / Gospel"
2 divisions ... Adult and Youth.
Win prizes and an opportunity to appear on stage at the
Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival
May 1st & 2nd

(601) 934-3528
(601) 934-4344

www.wtok.com
www.jimmierodgers.com
www.jimmierodgersmusicfestival.com

bebe123990@msn.com
bebestuartjones@comcast.net
(601) 934-3528
(601) 934-4344

www.wtok.com
www.jimmierodgers.com
www.jimmierodgersmusicfestival.com

bebe123990@msn.com
bebestuartjones@comcast.net

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Wounded Warriors of Miss. - Rhythm on The Rails ...

8:00 pm

Brickhouse Bar and grill 2206 Front Street Meridian, MS
Wounded Warriors of Miss. - Rhythm on The Rails ...
presents the music of "Cary Hudson."
$10 Entry ... Military is FREE with ID
Drink and Food Specials !!!
(601) 480-1443
cooperhuff84@gmail.com

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149th Year Church Anniversary

2:00 pm

Spring Hill M. B. Church Union, MS
149th Year Church Anniversary

Pastor Jerry Jones and the Spring Hill M. B. Church family in Union, MS will be celebrating their 149th Church Anniversary on Sunday, March 22, 2015 beginning at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Eric Hill, Pastor of the Union Grove M. B. Church in Union, MS will be the guest speaker for this special occasion. Everyone is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served immediately following.

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Meridian/Lauderdale County is My Hometown Challenge

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Meridian/Lauderdale County is My Hometown
Meridian, MS - The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation (EMBDC) is holding a “My Hometown” Challenge. We are challenging the Community to make a sign with a statement about Meridian and/or Lauderdale County being their “Hometown”. Take a picture with your friends, family, church group, or business holding your poster with a “Hometown” statement and send it to the EMBDC Facebook page (www.facebook.com/embdc) or email mrea@embdc.org.
The pictures will be posted to the EMBDC Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. This is your chance to show everyone your Hometown Pride and what a great community we work, play, and live in. For social media, use hashtag: #meridianismyhometown and/or #mymeridian and be sure to tag yourself when we post your picture.
Deadline for photos is Friday, April 10th.
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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The Wings of Freedom Tour of the WWII Vintage at Key field

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Key Field of Meridian
The Wings of Freedom Tour of the WWII Vintage Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator and North American P-51 Mustang Announce Unique Display in Meridian at Key Field Airport from March 6 to March 8

In honor of our WWII Veterans ~ The Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour Brings Extremely Rare Bomber and Fighter Aircraft for Local Living History Display as Part of 110-city Nationwide Tour
WHAT: Participating in the Collings Foundation’s WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR, the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine” WWII Heavy Bomber, Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft” WWII Heavy Bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter, will fly into Key Field Airport in Meridian, MS for a visit from March 6 to March 8. This is a rare opportunity to visit, explore, and learn more about these unique and rare treasures of aviation history. The B-17 is one of only 8 in flying condition in the United States, the B-24J and Full Dual Control P-51C Mustang are the sole remaining examples of their type flying in the World. Visitors are invited to explore the aircraft inside and out - $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12 is requested for access to up-close viewing and tours through the inside of the aircraft. WWII Veterans can tour through the aircraft at no cost. Discounted rates for school groups. Visitors may also experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to actually take a 30-minute flight aboard these rare aircraft. Flights on either the B-17 or B-24 are $450 per person. Get some “stick time” in the world’s greatest fighter! P-51 flights are $2,200 for a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour. For reservations and information on flight experiences call 800-568-8924.
WHERE: The WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR will be on display at Key Field Airport in Meridian located at Meridian Aviation, 2607 Highway 11 South.
WHEN: The WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR will arrive at Key Field Airport at 2:00 PM on March 6 and will be on display at Meridian Aviation at Key Field Airport until the aircraft departs March 8 after 4:30 PM. Hours of ground tours and display are: 2:00 PM through 4:30 PM on Friday, March 6; 9:00 AM through 4:30 PM on Saturday, March 7; 9:00 AM through 4:30 PM on Sunday, March 8; . The 30-minute flight experiences are normally scheduled before and after the ground tour times above.
WHO: The Collings Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit educational foundation devoted to organizing “living history” events that allows people to learn more about their heritage and history through direct participation. The Nationwide WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR is celebrating its 26th year and visits an average of 110 cities in over 35 states annually. Since its start, tens of millions of people have seen the B-17, B-24 & P-51 display at locations everywhere. The WINGS OF FREEDOM tour is one of the most extraordinary and unique interactive traveling historical displays of its kind.
WHY: The WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR travels the nation a flying tribute to the flight crews who flew them, the ground crews who maintained them, the workers who built them, the soldiers, sailors and airmen they helped protect; and the citizens and families that share the freedom that they helped preserve. The B-17 & B-24 were the backbone of the American effort during the war from 1942 to 1945 and were famous for their ability to sustain damage and still accomplish the mission. Despite the risks of anti-aircraft fire, attacking enemy fighters, and the harrowing environment of sub-zero temperatures, many B-17s and B-24s safely brought their crews home. The P-51 Mustang was affectionately known as the bombers “Little Friend” – saving countless crews from attacking axis fighters. After the war, many aircraft were scrapped for their raw aluminum to rebuild a nation in post-war prosperity and therefore very few were spared. The rarity of the B-17, B-24 & P-51 - and their importance to telling the story of WWII is why the Collings Foundation continues to fly and display the aircraft nationwide. At each location we encourage local veterans and their families to visit and share their experiences and stories with the public. For aviation enthusiasts, the tour provides opportunity for the museum to come to the visitor and not the other way around! Visitors can find out more by visiting our website at www.collingsfoundation.org.
For further information e-mail Hunter Chaney, Director of Marketing: hchaney@collingsfoundation.org or 800-568-8924.
Media Site: visit: http://www.collingsfoundation.org/media for further detailed information on the aircraft, Collings Foundation, and the tour as well as high-resolution photos for download.

Hunter Chaney
Director of Marketing
Collings Foundation
978.562.9182

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M S U ... Starkville and Meridian campuses will be open for all classes as usual on Friday, March 6.

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M S U ... Starkville and Meridian campuses
Mississippi State University's Starkville and Meridian campuses will be open for all classes as usual on Friday, March 6.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to exercise caution on bridges in their travels and to allow extra time for travels. MSU encourages all students, faculty and staff to monitor the media for changing weather information and asks that each person exercise caution and good judgment in making travel decisions.

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JCJC is offering welding classes in Clarke County

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Jones County Junior College Clarke County Center in Stonewall
JCJC is offering welding classes in Clarke County

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Workforce Development is offering an eight-week welding class at JCJC’s Clarke County Center in Stonewall. Classes will begin Monday, March 16, through May 13, 2015.

The welding class is offered at 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. and at 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., on Monday and Wednesdays. Students in this course will learn Oxy Fuel Cutting and Cover Stick Welding. Upon completion of this course, students will be ready for NCCER Certification. The cost of the class is $100.

For more information contact the Clarke County Center at: 601-659-0622, or email jody.buchanan@jcjc.edu or travis.thrash@jcjc.edu.

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

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JCJC is offering Pipefitting classes at the ATC in Ellisville

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Jones County Junior College Whitehead Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville
JCJC is offering Pipefitting classes at the ATC in Ellisville

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Workforce Development is offering a new seven-month class on Pipefitting at the JCJC Whitehead Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville. Classes will begin Monday, March 30, through October 22, 2015. Registration will be held in Ellisville at the ATC on Monday, March 30, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The night class will meet Monday through Thursday, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. This course will cover Core, Pipefitting Levels 1 and 2. Upon completion of this course, students will be ready for NCCER Certification.

The cost of the class is $488 and it will cover basic safety, an introduction to construction math, and expose students to hand tools, power tools, blueprint reading, basic rigging, various fabrication methods, communication and employability skills. The Pipefitting course will also orient students to the trade and cover pipefitting hand and power tools, oxyfuel cutting, motorized equipment, ladders and scaffolding.

For more information contact Paul Johnson at 601-477-4244 or contact Shannon Wilks at 601-477-4114 or email Shannon.wilks@jcjc.edu.

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

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JCJC Sophomore Music Students Perform

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Jones County Junior College
JCJC Sophomore Music Students Perform
ELLISVILLE – Seven Jones County Junior College sophomore music students invite the public to hear their last solo performances before graduation. The final performances will be held in the Foote Chapel on the JCJC campus in Ellisville on three nights in April.
Scheduled to perform on Tuesday, April 7, at 7 p.m., will be Ashley Mills of Waynesboro on horn, Leah Dueitt of Neely will give a performance on piano and Gary Young of Ellisville will perform a vocal recital.
On Monday, April 13, Doby Herring of Waynesboro will perform on his euphonium while Caleb Guilbeau will give a trumpet recital.
Final performances for Neely’s Leah Dueitt on trombone and vocalist, Harlan Mapp of Hattiesburg will be held on Tuesday, April 14, at 7 p.m.

Each recital is free and open to the public and is a part of the sophomore music student’s degree requirements for JCJC. For more information about the JCJC music program or the sophomore recitals call the Fine Arts department at 601-477-4094.

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

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JCJC is offering non-credit computer classes in Ellisville

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Jones County Junior College Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville
JCJC is offering non-credit computer classes in Ellisville
ELLISVILLE – Four non-credit computer classes will be offered at the Jones County Junior College Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville this spring. The Tuesday and Thursday night classes will be offered from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The cost is $55 for the basic courses, Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 Basic on Tuesday nights beginning May 12, through June 9, and Microsoft Excel 2013 Basic on Tuesday night beginning March 19, through April 16.

The advanced course fee is $75 for Microsoft Word 2013 Advanced which meets beginning March 17, through May 5. Microsoft Excel 2013 Advanced begins April 23, through June 11. All materials used in the class will be provided. CEU credits are available upon request. To register call Shannon Wilks at 601-477-4114, or email, Shannon.wilks@jcjc.edu.

For the most current schedule, 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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JCJC is offering non-credit computer class in Waynesboro

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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, March 24, 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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TRAINING SQUADRON NINE CHANGE OF COMMAND SET FOR FRIDAY, MARCH 6

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Hangar One on board NAS Meridian
TRAINING SQUADRON NINE CHANGE OF COMMAND SET FOR FRIDAY, MARCH 6


Training Squadron Nine will welcome a new commanding officer, Cmdr.
Chris Demchak, on Friday, March 6, during an official change of command
ceremony at 10 a.m. in Hangar One on board NAS Meridian.
Capt. Darryl L. Walker, Commander, Electronic Attack Wing, U.S.
Pacific Fleet, will be the guest speaker during the ceremony, when squadron
personnel will bid farewell to Cmdr. Charles Paquin, who has served as
squadron CO since December 2013.
Under his guidance, the VT-9 Tigers safely flew more than 16,000
sorties and 17,500 training flight hours in the T-45C Goshawk, achieving
flawless Chief of Naval Air Training Safety and Standardization inspections.

He optimized production through the efficient use of three El Centro
weapons detachments, and three Key West, two San Diego, and three
Jacksonville carrier qualification detachments. His forward thinking allowed
VT-9 to complete 14 Intermediate E2/C2 aviators, and wing more than 55 Navy
and Marine Corps Strike aviators and nine international military officers.
Cmdr. Demchak, who was commissioned in September 1995 and designated
a naval aviator in June 1998, reported to VT-9 as executive officer in
December 2013.
Following his winging, Cmdr. Demchak completed initial S-3B
training. Then he was assigned to the VS-22 Checkmates of Jacksonville,
Fla., from April 2000 - 2003, where he served as assistant maintenance
division officer, personnel officer, quality assurance officer, and landing
signals officer. During this tour, he made two deployments to the
Middle East in support of Operations Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom on
board the USS Harry S. Truman and logged over 1,000 S-3B hours and 300
arrested landings.

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COC 2-2-2

He served a second operational tour with the British Royal Air Force
as an exchange pilot in the Personnel Exchange Program (PEP) from June 2003
- 2006. While assigned to the 617 Squadron Dambusters of Lossiemouth,
Scotland, Cmdr. Demchak flew over 500 hours in the Tornado GR-4 and made two
more deployments to the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
After transitioning to the Full-Time Support community, he
transferred to Kingsville, Texas, for his department head tour as a VT-21
Redhawk from July 2006 - August 2008. As a flight instructor, he logged
over 500 hours in the T-45C Goshawk and served as reserve department head,
administration officer, and operations officer.
From August 2008 - August 2011, Cmdr. Demchak was assigned to the
N6, now N2/N6, staff as section head, Afloat Networks. While there, he
worked on the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services program
and also earned an Executive Masters of Business Administration from the
Naval Post Graduate School.
From August 2011 - July 2013, he accepted a second set of Pentagon
orders and transferred to the OPNAV N43 staff to run the Navy's Flying Hour
Program (FHP). With the OPNAV realignment, he transferred with the FHP to
OPNAV N98.
and Marine Corps Commendation Medals (three awards).
VT-9 was commissioned on Dec. 15, 1961, at McCain Field, Naval Auxiliary Air
Station Meridian. On Aug. 2, 1971, the VT-9 Tigers split and formed a
"sister" squadron designated VT-19 Frogs, and both squadrons assumed the
Intermediate Jet Training role at Meridian.
VT-9 was decommissioned in July 1987, and the personnel and assets
were consolidated with VT-19. On Oct. 1, 1998, VT-19 was re-designated as
VT-9 and the Tigers were born again.
VT-9's mission is to safely train Student Naval Aviators in the Air
Strike mission for the U.S. and International navies of Spain, Italy,
Singapore and England.

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The March 7, 2015 tournament has changed due to weather to April 4, 2015

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Dixon's/Central Snacks, Inc. USSSA Amateur Golf Tour

8 a.m.

Choctaw, MS

Website: htttps://www.facebook.com/usssagolftourjacksonms

The USSSA Amateur Golf Tour is a division of USSSA (United States Sports Specialty Association ); a sport governing body of 13+ sports and non-profit organization founded in 1968.

Through this tour, Magnolia Sports Promotions, LLC has partnered with the Mississippi Children’s Museum www.mississippichildrensmuseum.com to provide a portion of the proceeds to their organization as they seek to support the desire, dedication, and determination of youth, both near and far. Nationally, a portion of the proceeds will be donated by USSSA Amateur Golf to Feed the Children, the tour’s national charity.

Tournaments are open to anyone 18 or older. The annual membership fee for joining the tour is $125 per person, while the registration fee for each tournament will range from $90 to $110. An additional benefit that this tour offers is that guests of the tournament participants can experience the tour event with a $2 spectator fee for each tournament.

Registration for the tour can be completed on the USSSA Amateur Golf Tour website at www.usssagolftour.com.


2015 USSSA Jackson, MS Region Amateur Tour Schedule

March 7, 2015 (Changed to April 4, 2015)
Oaks Golf Course
Philadelphia, MS


March 21st, 2015
Refuge Golf Course
Flowood, MS

April 4, 2015
Oaks Golf Course
Philadelphia, MS

April 18th, 2015
Sonny Guy Golf Course
Jackson, MS

May 15th, 2015
Beau Pre’ Country Club
Natchez, MS

May 30th, 2015
Dogwoods Golf Course
Grenada, MS

June 13th, 2015
River Bend Links Golf Course
Robinsonville, MS

June 29th, 2015
Castlewoods Country Club
Brandon, MS

July 11th, 2015
Big Oaks Golf Club
Tupelo, MS

August 8th, 2015
Bay Pointe Resort & Golf Club
Brandon, MS

August 22nd, 2015
Deerfield Golf Course
Canton, MS

State Championships
September 12th, 2015
Oaks Golf Course
Philadelphia, MS

September 13th, 2015
Azaleas Golf Course
Philadelphia, MS

National Championships
The USSSA National Championship will be held at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club with Eagle Creek and both Orange County National courses, home of the PGA Tour Qualifier in Orlando, FL, during the weekend of September 25th through September 27th, 2015.

Howard Bartee, Jr.; 770-314-4415; usssagolftourjacksonms@gmail.com

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ECCC ... school closing

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East Central Community College
Officials at East Central Community College (ECCC) have been continually monitoring the winter weather developments in the five-county service area throughout the morning. According to the most recent weather reports, winter weather continues to cause hazardous traveling conditions throughout the district. Icy road and bridge conditions have now been reported by the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) in Winston County, Leake County, and Neshoba County. In addition, temperatures continue to drop in and around our area. Based on this information, all ECCC offices will be closed today and all DAY and EVENING classes will be canceled on Thursday, March 5, 2015. At this time, we anticipate resuming our normal office and class schedule on Friday, March 6, 2015.
We will continue to monitor weather developments this afternoon and throughout the evening. As always, should developments in weather conditions necessitate additional changes to any campus activity/ schedule, we will inform all of our college constituents as soon as possible via the college’s website and e-mail system; the college’s emergency notification system, Warrior Alert; television stations in Jackson and Meridian; and/or local radio stations. Please continue to monitor the College website and ECCC social media for updates.
Once again, at this time, all ECCC offices will be closed today and all DAY and EVENING classes will be canceled on Thursday, March 5, 2015. I encourage all of our students and staff to exercise extreme caution as they travel. Please maintain an emphasis on personal safety at all times.

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

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Meridian Main Street invites you to attend a FREE webinar

12:00 - 1:00 pm

MSU Downtown Computer Center 2212 5th St (Main St.)
Meridian Main Street invites you to attend a FREE webinar held in the computer room on the first floor of the MSU Downtown campus,
Thursday, March 12, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (CT)
located at 2212 5th St (Main St.). Free Parking at the parking garage in front of the Temple Theater. We will watch the webinar together, and then discuss what we learned. The webinar will end at 12:50. Bring your own brown bag lunch. This is a Mississippi Development Authority Production.

RSVP: karen@meridianmainstreet.com

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EMBDC Holds Ribbon Cutting for Care Companions

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Care Companions 5009 Hwy 493 Suite 410 in Meridian, MS
EMBDC Holds Ribbon Cutting for Care Companions
Meridian, MS ¬ - The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation (EMBDC) recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Care Companions. The new business is located at 5009 Hwy 493 Suite 410 in Meridian.
Care Companions is able to provide a companion to stay at a home with those who are unable to stay alone. They are also able to provide transportation to Doctor’s appointments. If you would like additional information, please contact Care Companions at 601-453-4645 or carecompanion@yahoo.com. You can also visit their website at www.care1companions.com.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies are offered to all members of the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation.
The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation is a private, not-for-profit organization committed to improving economic vitality and quality of life for our citizens. The EMBDC serves as the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development organization for the community. The EMBDC is located at 1901 Front St., Suite A/ P.O Box 790, Meridian, MS 39302, or on the web at www.embdc.org .
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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JCJC’s Clarke County Center opens the state’s 1st Petroleum Program

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JCJC’s Clarke County Center
JCJC’s Clarke County Center opens the state’s 1st Petroleum Program

ELLISVILLE- Clarke County officials, along with Stonewall, Quitman and Enterprise city officials joined Jones County Junior College representatives in a long awaited ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening of the college’s newest educational and workforce training facility. What started as a vision more than two-years ago has produced JCJC’s fourth off-campus Center.

“It took a lot of effort from a lot of people,” said JCJC President, Dr. Jesse Smith. “They planted a seed and a building grew out of it. The Supervisors had a vision and it’s come to fruition.”

Funding for the Center came from the combined efforts of the USDA, Rural Development and the East Mississippi Electric Power Association bringing in $1,360,000, with the MDA and Clarke County Supervisors putting $2,000,000 towards the project.

“This is going to be an asset for years to come. I’m certainly proud to have it in our county,” said Paul Moseley, District 4 Clarke County Supervisor.

The 15,400 square-foot center includes two buildings and an outdoor training facility on 10-acres of land on Highway 513. It also features seven classrooms, a state-of-the-art welding lab and a petroleum lab. A 20,000 square foot laydown yard will also be used for fire field training, and the location of the oil rig and derrick. Students will be able to get hands-on training for the oil field through the Roustabout Program.

“Oil field related jobs are the county’s biggest employers. This is going to be the first school of its kind in the state. We’ll implement the petroleum technical workforce training and help our guys get good paying jobs,” said Troy Smith, District 3 Clarke County Supervisor. “The economy is slow but it’s coming back and this training is a way for people to stay here where their roots are and provide for their families.”

The Clarke County Center’s unique oil field training should help bolster the “oil belt” and give these potential workers an edge in their competition for jobs.

“They’ll have the same safety training and heights certifications that a roustabout trainee needs. Our guys will work on the oil rig here and at the ‘Mr. Charlie’training facility in Morgan City, Louisiana, along with welding certifications. They’ll be a step ahead of the crowd,” said Clarke County Center Director and JCJC welding instructor, Jody Buchanan.

Expectations are high for the first Petroleum Technology Program in the state in Stonewall because nearly two-thousand jobs were cut with the closing of two textile factories in the past decade in Clarke County. Those county officials now hope this educational opportunity will provide an avenue towards boosting the economy.

“This is going to be a nucleus of job creation and making lives better, not only for Stonewall but for Clarke County, all of East Mississippi and really the state,” said Representative Greg Snowden. “This is a dream come true because Stonewall has had its share of hard knocks. I’m so excited about today.”

“We built this and I hope they come and get the word out to our young people that if they want to make it they can start here. This is a nice facility and we need to keep it going,” said Cleveland Peebles, President of the Clarke County Supervisors.

Dr. Smith added the fastest pathway to a job is through the Community College system. The Clarke County Center is part of a strategy to ensure growth and opportunities in the region.

“Community colleges provide workforce training and college level courses. Increasing access to education improves access to the workforce with training credentials to fill jobs. Access is the key for regional development.”

The Center is currently offering GED/ABE courses with the Non-credit Entry Level Petroleum Trainee and Basic Welding classes starting March 16. College courses like Algebra, English Composition and Western Civilization will begin this summer with Non-Credit Commercial Truck Driving starting in the fall. For more information about the Center, call the main office at 601-659-0622.

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

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Mississippi Democratic Party Announces Affirmative Action Committee

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Mississippi Democratic Party Announces Affirmative Action Committee

The Mississippi Democratic Party has appointed the Affirmative Action Committee that will write the Mississippi Democratic Party's Delegate Selection Plan for the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Members of the committee include:
• Robert Jackson of Lambert, MS
• Waunita Robers of Lexington, MS
• Rickey Cole of Ovett, MS
• Anna Jones of West Point, MS
• Kegdra Gray of Columbus, MS
• William Catledge of Houston, MS
• Terry Johnson of Terry, MS
• Lorenzo Madison of Jackson, MS
• John Young of Starkville, MS
• Rita Duvall of Ridgeland, MS
• Ouida Meruvia of Philadelphia, MS
• Maggie Stevenson of Jackson, MS
• Curley Clark of Pascagoula, MS
• Renick Taylor of Biloxi, MS
• Melton Harris of Pascagoula, MS
• Dena Semmons of Hattiesburg, MS

Ouida Meruvia
Communications Director
Mississippi Democratic Party
Cell: (601)504-8982 | Office: (601)969-2913
Follow us on twitter and instagram: @msdemocrats
Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/msdemocrats
Donate to the Mississippi Democratic Party

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EAST CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE Winter Weather Update

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EAST CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE
EAST CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE Winter Weather Update
Thursday, March 5, 2015, 5:30 a.m.
Officials at East Central Community College (ECCC) have been continually monitoring the winter weather developments in the five-county service area throughout the evening. According to the most recent weather reports, there is an increasing potential for winter weather conditions causing hazardous traveling conditions throughout the district early this morning. Therefore, all ECCC offices will open at 12:00 noon and classes will begin at 12:55 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, 2015. We will resume our normal class schedule at 12:55 p.m.
We will continue to monitor weather developments this morning. As always, should developments in weather conditions this morning necessitate additional changes to any campus activity/schedule, we will inform all of our college constituents as soon as possible via the college’s website and e-mail system; the college’s emergency notification system, Warrior Alert; television stations in Jackson and Meridian; and/or local radio stations. Please continue to monitor the College website and ECCC social media for updates.
Once again, at this time, all ECCC offices will open at 12:00 noon and classes will begin at 12:55 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, 2015. I encourage all of our students and staff to exercise extreme caution as they travel to campus. Please maintain an emphasis on personal safety at all times.

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

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All East Mississippi Community College locations will be closed on Thursday, March 5

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All East Mississippi Community College locations will be closed on Thursday, March 5, due to inclement winter weather and potentially dangerous driving conditions. Food service at the F.R. Young Student Union in Scooba will continue as usual for residential students.

Suzanne Monk
Director of Public Information
East Mississippi Community College
Work: (662) 476-5014
Cell: (601) 480-2879

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Heating Safety Precautions Crucial during Extreme Temperatures

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March 4, 2015
Heating Safety Precautions Crucial during Extreme Temperatures

Jackson-With a winter storm predicted to hit the state tonight and tomorrow bringing gusty winds, ice and below freezing temperatures, Commissioner of Insurance and State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney stresses that heating safety should remain high on storm preparation lists. Temperatures in the next few days are expected to drop dramatically and remain at or below freezing.

“We continue to see marked increases in fires and fire deaths in the fall and winter months from people looking for ways to stay warm by using alternative heating sources. Using extreme caution when choosing heating sources is not only crucial during extreme temperatures, it could be life saving,” Chaney said.

Also critical to fire safety for any home is the installation and use of working smoke alarms.

“Working smoke alarms can cut the risk of people dying in home fires in half.”

Incidents involving heating equipment remain one of the leading causes of home fires in the nation. A National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) report shows 73% of home heating fire deaths can be attributed to space heaters. The peak time for home heating fires is between 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., with associated deaths occurring between midnight and 10:00 am.

Fire safety education and preventing fire deaths continue to be priority goals of the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Citizens preparing for the coming winter storm need to follow these extreme cold weather fire safety tips from the State Fire Marshal’s Office to protect their homes and families:

● All heating equipment should be UL® approved and cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional prior to being used each year.
● Remember to keep clothes, drapes, and anything else combustible at least 3 feet away from all heating equipment, especially space heaters.
● Inspect the space heater’s power cord for damage, fraying or heat. If the cord inspection reveals any of these issues, the heater should be replaced. Proper cleaning is essential and should be done regularly.
● Never use space heaters while you sleep, when you are away from home, or in areas where children may be without adult supervision.
●Always unplug space heaters when they are not in use. The heater should also be equipped with a tip over shut-off switch.
● Use only traditional heating equipment.
● Never use a stove or oven to heat living spaces. Kerosene is a poor choice for heating as it will give off poisonous fumes.
● Have chimney flues cleaned and inspected by qualified personnel.
● Have a spark screen that is age appropriate for all individuals using any area to be heated by a fireplace.
● Burn only approved materials in a fire place or wood burning stove; never burn paper or trash in a fireplace or wood burning stove.

Also, be a good neighbor. Check with the elderly or relatives and friends who may need additional assistance to ensure their safety. If you lose your heat, seal off unused rooms by stuffing towels in the cracks under the doors. At night, cover windows with extra blankets or sheets.

Should a fire break out in the home, have an emergency evacuation plan for the family to follow and have a designated meeting place for all family members. Once everyone is outside the burning home, call 911 and DO NOT RE-ENTER THE HOUSE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!!!

More detailed fire safety information and tips can be found on the special State Fire Marshal Heating Fire Safety page on the Mississippi Insurance Department website at www.mid.ms.gov. Heating safety tips will also be available via the MID and State Fire Marshal Twitter accounts @MSInsuranceDept and @msfiresafe.
Donna J. Cromeans
Public Relations Director
Mississippi Insurance Department
Office-(601)359-3579
Cell – (601)-826-9600

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Read Across America with Community Leaders / Diversity Career Fair

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West Hills Elementary ALSO ... Northwest Middle School
West Hills Elementary Read Across America with Community Leaders
Friday, March 6 – 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Dignitaries and members of the community will be visiting students at West Hills to read books in honor of Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

Northwest Middle Diversity Career Fair
Friday, March 6 - 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
Northwest Middle School Gymnasium
The goal of the Career Fair is provide all students with career guidance and to empower them to realize that any career is possible if set their goal, stay in school, and work hard. There will be police officers, doctors, insurance sales representatives, hospital representatives, funeral homes directors, architects, city officials, and many others on hand to discuss with students the amount of education, training, and what steps must be taken to have a successful career in the field they are representing.

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

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2015 Youth Explosion

9:30 am

Antioch Missionary Baptist Church Daleville,MS
The Youth Ministry of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church Daleville,MS, invite all youth
to come and participate in their
2015 Youth Explosion, on Saturday, March 21,at 9:30 am
Everyone is invited

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Meridian Community College - Events for March 2015

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Meridian Community College
March 2015
Computer Class, Microsoft Excel (Beginning), March 3-17, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Webb Hall. 601-482-7445.

Program, Understanding the Culture of Today’s Youth, March 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Webb Hall. 601-482-7445.

Continuing Education class, Wreathes: East Cross, March 5, 5:30 p.m. 601-482-7445.

Continuing Education class, Gardening 101, March 5, 5:30 p.m. 601-482-7445.

Mississippi Community and Junior Colleges State Art Competition Show Opening Reception, March 5, 4:30 p.m., Miller Art Gallery, Ivy Hall. John Marshall, 601-484-8647.

MCC Tennis: March 5, MCC vs. Hinds Community College, 2 p.m., Northeast Tennis Center; March 14, MCC women vs. Seminole, 1 p.m., Northeast Tennis Center; March 24, MCC vs. Itawamba Community College, 2 p.m., Northeast Tennis Center; March 28, MCC vs. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, 1 p.m., MCC campus. Coach Wanda McPhail, 601-484-8790.

MCC Softball: March 6, MCC vs. Pearl River Community College, 2 and 4 p.m.; March 21, MCC vs. Jones Junior College, 2 and 4 p.m.; March 24, MCC vs. Gulf Coast Community College, 3 and 5 p.m.; March 30, MCC vs. East Central Community College, 3 and 5 p.m.; Tommy McDonald Field (Highland Park), Coach Faith Robinson, 601-484-8890.

College will be closed for spring break, March 9-13. Classes resume March 16.

Term II classes begin, March 16. Admissions, 601-483-83241.

Phi Theta Kappa Induction Ceremony, March 17, 6 p.m., McCain Theater, Ivy Hall. Lucy Ferguson, 601-484-8640.

MCC Baseball: March 17, MCC vs. Delta Community College, 3 p.m.; March 21, MCC vs. Itawamba Community College, 2 p.m.; March 25, MCC vs. Northeast Community College, 3 p.m.; March 28, MCC vs. Southwest Community College, 2 p.m.; Scaggs Field, Coach Dillon Sudduth, 601-484-8844.

Workforce Education class, Call Center Customer Service Evening Class, March 16-April 13, 5-8 p.m., Webb Hall Room 129. 601-482-7445.

Workforce Education class, Foundations of Computer and Digital Literacy, March 17-July 30, 5-8 p.m., MCC Workforce Development Center. 601-482-7445.

Continuing Education class, Clay Sculpture. Participants can choose either March 18 or March 19, 9-11 a.m. 601-482-7445.

Computer class, Microsoft Word (Beginning), March 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Webb Hall. 601-482-7445.

Computer class, Microsoft Word (Beginning), March 19-April 2, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Webb Hall. 601-482-7445.

Computer class, QuickBooks, March 19-23, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Webb Hall. 601-482-7445.

Workforce Development Class, Forklift, March 20, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., MCC Workforce Development Center Room 101. 601-482-7445.

Basic Life Support/CPR, March 20, 1-5 p.m. 601-482-7445.

Caring for the Elderly or Disabled: Lay Caregiver Workshop, March 21, 10 a.m. to noon. 601-482-7445.

Arts & Letters Series production, Community Band Concert, March 22, 2 p.m., McCain Theater, Ivy Hall. 601-484-8696.

Workforce Education class, Call Center Customer Service Day Class, March 23-25, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Webb Hall. 601-482-7445.

Workforce Education class, OSHA General Industry 10-Hour Certification, March 23-25, 4:30-8 p.m. 601-482-7445.

Continuing Education class, Crosses, March 24, 5:30 p.m. 601-482-7445.

Continuing Education class, Fairy Container Gardens, March 24, 5:30 p.m. 601-482-7445.

Today’s Bully: In the Classroom and the Boardroom, March 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 601-482-7445.

Continuing Education class, Stock Market Fundamentals, March 26, 5:30 p.m. 601-482-7445.

Continuing Education class, Four Meals for Busy Cooks, March 26, 6-8 p.m. 601-482-7445.

Continuing Education class, Antiquing/Junking/Treasures, March 26, 10 a.m. 601-482-7445.

Tuberculosis Surveillance and Testing Certification Workshop, March 27, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 601-482-7445.

Continuing Education class, Fun with Frames, March 28, 10 a.m. 601-482-7445.

Workforce Development class, Street Defensive Driving, March 28, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 601-482-7445.

MCC and MSU-Meridian College Connect, March 31, noon, Tommy E. Dulaney Center. Nedra Bradley, 601-484-8674.

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Elegance Ballroom Dance & Fitness Studio ... Events and Schedules

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Elegance Ballroom Dance & Fitness Studio 2208 Front Street Downtown, Meridian
Monday:
5:30 Zumba
6:30 Yoga


Tuesday:
5:30 Pilates
6:15 BellyDance


Wednesday:
4:30 LA Blast
5:30 Barre
6:30 Zumba


Thursday:
5:30 Yoga
6:30 Swing Dance


Friday:
6 Ballroom


Saturday:
8AM Tai Chi
9AM Yoga


Sunday
3 Hot Yoga


Upcoming Events:


March 26: 6 week Salsa series begins


March 27: "Once Upon a Time" Friday night Dance Party 7pm


May 8: Dancing Like the Stars- Youth Version!


June 18-21: Tango workshop in New Orleans (all deposits due by May 18.)
601-934-1414

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EMCC’S DICKERSON, WIGGINS HONORED AT HEADWAE LUNCHEON

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EMCC’S DICKERSON, WIGGINS HONORED AT HEADWAE LUNCHEON

JACKSON – An East Mississippi Community College student and teacher were recognized among the best in higher education Feb. 17 in Jackson.
Jonathan Wiggins of DeKalb and Octavia Dickerson of Columbus were named EMCC’s 2015 HEADWAE (Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence) Award recipients. The pair attended a luncheon where a student and teacher from each community college and university in Mississippi were applauded for their outstanding work.
Wiggins, a pharmacy major, has maintained a 4.0 GPA and earned induction to the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. During his time at EMCC, he captured the attention of his instructors with his work.
“Jonathan, as a student, is a teacher's dream. He is responsible, reliable and produces work of the highest standard,” said Derrick Conner, English instructor and PTK sponsor.
Wiggins, who plans to attend the University of Mississippi, chose to attend EMCC first to remain close to home for awhile and transition to a college atmosphere.
Dickerson, or “Miss D” as students call her, has been a popular instructor for years in the Funeral Service Technology program.
“Octavia was selected because of her commitment to academic excellence and her hard work to increase the national board scores for the Funeral Service Technology program at EMCC,” said James Rush, EMCC associate dean of instruction.
“I’ve had many students tell me that ‘Miss D’ demands a lot in the classroom. However, after taking the national board, they say her efforts and expectations were warranted. And many of those same students still visit her on campus and support the FST program.”
The daughter of two educators, Dickerson became a teacher later in life but found her home in the classroom. She said the best part of teaching is seeing her students become successful professionals.
“I have many graduates who stay in contact, and I know I can call on any of them to help the program,” Dickerson said. “It makes you feel blessed to know you had a hand in that person growing and developing into a productive citizen and a wonderful human being.”
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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E M C C Council of Teachers of Mathematics District Tournament

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East Mississippi Community College
EMCC DISTRICT MATH TOURNAMENT STAND-ALONES


EMCC MCTM 7th Grade Winners

East Mississippi Community College hosted the Mississippi Council of Teachers of Mathematics District Tournament Feb. 20 at its Scooba campus. The top two finishers in the seventh and eighth grade categories will move on to the MCTM State Tournament April 11 at Hinds Community College in Jackson, with the third-place finisher serving as an alternate. The seventh grade winners are, from left, 1st place Catherine Li of Armstrong Middle School in Starkville, 2nd place Guillermo Hoffman of Armstrong Middle School and 3rd place Nyshedra Jordan of B.F. Liddell Middle School in Macon.



EMCC MCTM 8th Grade Winners

East Mississippi Community College hosted the Mississippi Council of Teachers of Mathematics District Tournament Feb. 20 at its Scooba campus. The top two finishers in the seventh and eighth grade categories will move on to the MCTM State Tournament April 11 at Hinds Community College in Jackson, with the third-place finisher serving as an alternate. The eighth grade winners are, from left, 1st place Hamilton Wan of Armstrong Middle School in Starkville, 2nd place Bates Bennett of Starkville Academy and 3rd place Gloria Zhang of Armstrong Middle School.
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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Easter Cruise-In Car Show

10:00 am

Long John Silver's / A&W Restaurant 1601 South Frontage Road ... near the Red Hot sign
Easter Cruise-In Car Show ...
Benefits Camp Eagle Ridge.
For more detailed info ...
(601) 480-5503

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EMBDC - Ribbon Cutting

11:00 am

Care Companions 5009 Highway 493 Suite 410 Meridian, MS
What: Care Companions Ribbon Cutting

When: Tuesday, March 3rd at 11:00am

Where: 5009 Highway 493 Suite 410 Meridian, MS 30305

Why: The EMBDC will host a Ribbon Cutting for our new member Care Companions.



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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