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JCJC Skills USA students win at state; headed to nationals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




1968 Class of Shirley-Owens H.S - Committee Meeting

Quitman Library
Event Title: Committee Meeting

Event Date: May 11, 2015

Text: The 1968 Class of Shirley-Owens H.S. will meet
Monday, May 11, 2015 at 12:00 noon at the Quitman library.





Musical concert featuring Master classical guitarist Chas Evans

The Church of The Mediator in the Parish Hall 3835 35th Ave. Meridian, MS
Musical concert featuring Master classical guitarist Chas Evans hosted by The Church of The Mediator. It is a fund raising concert for a new organ console. This is the last concert in the “Mediator Musical Moments” series
It will be Sunday May 3rd at 4pm in the Parish Hall of the Mediator 3835 35th Ave.
A “lite” supper reception will follow the concert.
Adult tickets are $25.00. Children and student tickets are $15.00. Tickets will be available at the door. Reservations are recommended.
Contact Sarah Mutziger at 601-934-3550 or at smeyermut@hotmail.com
ABOUT CHAS EVANS
He became interested in guitar at age 8 and at age 13 was playing in his Grandfathers Bluegrass Band in Chunky. He studied music at ECCC and Southern MS. He now teaches music and guitar at ECCC. He has performed at Carnegie Hall with the MS Guitar Quartet. He fell in love with classical guitar after seeing the movie “Crossroads” but says he has been very influenced by his bluegrass and R & B roots. He has produced a c.d. titled” Mississippi Sounds”. He also writes music (all kinds) and has sold his music world worldwide. He has received numerous awards. Go to www.musicformylyrics.com or go to www.chasevansguitarist.com for more information.




Southeast Lauderdale Elementary School Playground Ribbon Cutting

Southeast Lauderdale Elementary School 2362-A Long Creek Road
What: Southeast Lauderdale Elementary School Playground Ribbon Cutting

When: Friday, April 24th at 9:00 a.m.

Where: 2362-A Long Creek Road. Meridian, MS 39301

Why: The EMBDC will host a Ribbon Cutting for the new playground addition at Southeast Lauderdale Elementary School



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




West Hills First Graders Celebrate Earth Day

West Hills Elementary
West Hills First Graders Celebrate Earth Day
1:00 p.m.
First graders have been studying the importance of conserving engery and recycling, so this activity will be a celebration of all that they have learned.

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




Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival - Symposium

Peavey Headquarters Auditorium on Hartley Peavey Drive in Meridian, Mississippi
SYMPOSIUM TELLS THE STORIES OF THE MUSIC
For the fifth year the Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival will feature interesting and enlightening presentations that tell the stories of the creation of the music for its history, lyrics, soulful tunes, and hypnotic melodies. The symposium is filled with a wealth of information but the admission is only $20. The event is being hosted by Hartley and Mary Peavey at Peavey Headquarters Auditorium on Hartley Peavey Drive in Meridian, Mississippi. The event will begin Thursday, April 30th at 4:30 p.m. and conclude at 6:30 p.m.
Coordinated once again by Barry Mazor, based in Nashville, Tennessee, the program will contain a wealth of information about our music and how it became our music. Mazor, published in 2009, Meeting Jimmie Rodgers and now Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music. A long time music journalist, he contributes regularly to the Wall Street Journal and the online music magazine medium/cuepoint, and he is the chief researcher and writer for the State of Mississippi’s Country Music Trail. He is recognized as an expert in the world of music as described by The Wall Street Journal….”Masterly… delivers a wealth of assiduously researched information in an engaging style…Mr. Mazor discusses the evolution of American music and intricacies of music publishing with equal authority..He tells this complex, intertwined story with ample substance for scholars while also making his book, welcoming for neophytes.”

Attendees at the seminar will be welcomed to the sounds of Roy Book Binder. He was born in New York City in 1943 and started picking the blues while sailing around the Mediterranean Sea with the US Navy. He has been rambling around the world ever since performing his ragtime blues licks and singing the songs learned from the masters of the 1930’s. He has been to Hell and back,(Blues Festival in Hell, Norway) last August but he is still out on the road entertaining audiences around the world, where he is well known as a singing-songwriting storytelling bluesman.

The first presentation Jimmie Rodgers’ “first country film” will include the first version rarely seen, introduced by Barry Mazor.
In the second presentation, Ben Wynne a native of Florence, Mississippi now a professor of history at The University of North Georgia will highlight the similarities in the lyrics of early blues and country music. The central theme of the presentation revolves around the idea that even during the first half of the twentieth century, an era of strict legal segregation, the music of black and white southerners was interrelated and in some cases came from the same sources. Mr. Wynne will be signing his recently released book In Tune: Charley Patton, Jimmie Rodgers and the Roots of American Music.
The first Jimmie Rodgers recording sessions in Bristol, Virginia/Tennessee will be discussed by Barry Mazor and this will lead in to the story behind Jimmie’s “Soldier’s Sweetheart” from that first session related by Rob Lemmens from The Netherlands telling the telling the history of the European salute to the song and the story. This will highlight the recognition of Sam Williams, a Mississippi doughboy, the inspiration of the song. Williams was killed in World War I and is buried in Europe.
Meridianite Carey Smith will speak briefly about his original symphony composition written as a tribute to Meridian’s favorite son in 2005. A brief excerpt will be played from this composition.
The symposium’s grand finale will be more songs and stories from the inimitable Roy Book Binder.
All music lovers, Jimmie Rodgers fans, historians and lovers of great stories are invited to participate in an afternoon of music and how it has arrived.





Meridian Main Street - Spring Downtown Cleanup

Meet at the Meridian Main Street office located at 2120 5th Street across from Regions Bank
Meridian Main Street in partnership with Keep Meridian/Lauderdale Beautiful will be hosting their Spring Downtown Cleanup on April 25, 2015 from 8am - 10am. Volunteers will meet at the Meridian Main Street office located at 2120 5th Street across from Regions Bank. They will be collecting litter and trash from the downtown area. Committee Chair Clint Earnhart said, "This is such a easy way to show community pride in keeping our downtown looking great. It's only a couple of hours and everyone from kids to senior citizens can help. We hope to have a great turnout for a great cause. "

For more information call Debby Delshad at Meridian Main Street 601.693.7480.




JCJC offers ACT Prep Camp

Jones County Junior College
JCJC offers ACT Prep Camp
ELLISVILLE– High school students entering their sophomore year and older next fall are encouraged to participate in an opportunity for academic enhancement and leadership development through Jones County Junior College’s ACT Prep Camp. The three-day camp, June 8, through 10, includes instruction from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m., is also the week of the national ACT test on June 13.

The cost for the ACT Prep Camp is $150 and includes a copy of the book, “The Princeton Review” ACT prep book, test taking strategies, 15-hours of instruction in four content areas and lunch. The goal of the camp is to provide a variety of learning activities that will enhance educational goals.

The deadline to register for the ACT test is May 8, and the deadline to register for the ACT Prep Camp at JCJC is May 22. To request an ACT camp registration form, call Jamie Williams at 601-477-4030 or email her at: jamie.williams@jcjc.edu.

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




ECCC Centralettes Chosen for 2015-16

East Central Community College
ECCC Centralettes Chosen for 2015-16
Members of the East Central Community College Centralettes, the dance line for the Wall O’ Sound Marching Band, were recently chosen following auditions on the Decatur campus.
Those selected and their respective hometowns include: Taylor Alexander, Joelie Hill, Paige Johnson and Ashley Young, all of Louisville; Makenzie Byrd and Taylor Fulkerson, both of Conehatta; Kaley Bufkin, Abby Reeves, Sylvia Thames and Kaylee Yates, all of Decatur; Lauren Cassel, Union; Hailey Clark and Madison Hannis, both of Carthage; Emily Dykeman and Brianna Easterling, both of Forest; Kaitlyn Evans, Morton; Taylor Phillips and Chandler Posey, both of Philadelphia; and Anna Claire Webb, Noxapater. Melonie Washington of Philadelphia serves as coordinator of the Centralettes.




ECCC students presented State PBL awards

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ECCC students presented State PBL awards
These Phi Beta Lambda members at East Central Community College in Decatur received various honors at the State PBL Leadership Conference held recently at the Mississippi University for Women. Award-winners and their respective areas of competition include

Mark Hale of Little Rock, first place in Cyber Security, third place in Network Design and Who’s Who; Virginia Easley of Philadelphia, first place in Integrated Marketing Campaign and Local Chapter Annual Business Report, Who’s Who and Outgoing Mississippi PBL State Secretary; Austin Jordan of Conehatta, Who’s Who; Leah Ferguson of Philadelphia, first place in Local Chapter Annual Business Report and Small Business Management Plan and Who’s Who; and Bryan Burton of Louisville, first place in Small Business Management Plan, fourth place in Personal Finance and Rufus T. Jones Scholarship Recipient

Caleb Brown of Philadelphia, second place in Social Media Campaign and elected Mississippi PBL State President; Austin Savell of Philadelphia, third place in Information Management and Network Design; Zachary Allen of Louisville, first place in Community Service; Ben Pace of Collinsville, first place in Integrated Marketing Campaign and third place in Organizational Behavior and Leadership; Kimberly Watkins of Philadelphia, first place in Small Business Management Plan and third place in Entrepreneurship Concepts; Michael Elizondo of Morton, third place in Network Design and fourth place in Networking Concepts; and Katie Hillman of Philadelphia, second place in Social Media Campaign and third place in Business Cmmunication;and

CrisAnn Bryan of Philadelphia, second place in Social Media Campaign; Alisha Dunn of Decatur, second place in Desktop Publishing and third place in Sales Presentation; Layne Lepard of Philadelphia, first place in Integrated Marketing Campaign; and Madelon Taylor of Louisville, first place in Community Service. ECCC’s PBL Chapter placed first in fundraising for the March of Dimes and was one of only two chapters in the state recognized as Gold Seal Chapters. The group was also named a Foundation Member and the largest chapter in the state. Students placing first and second in presentation events and students placing first, second or third in written events have an opportunity to attend the PBL National Conference in Chicago this June. ECCC workforce education faculty members who serve as advisers include Judy Hurtt, Christy Ferguson, Thomas Fortenberry and Laura Sullivan




Annual Male Chorus Event

New Life Independent Missionary Baptist church of Meridian
New Life Independent Missionary Baptist church of Meridian will have their annual Male Chorus Event,
June 28th at 2:30 pm (601) 917-8182




ALGIX / Solaplast of Meridian ... Ribbon Cutting on "Earth Day"

Solaplast facility in Meridian, Mississippi
We would like to extend an invitation from ALGIX to learn about an exciting announcement and attend a ribbon cutting ceremony at our Solaplast facility in Meridian, Mississippi. The event will begin at 10:00 am on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, 2015.

The event will celebrate Earth Day, a new joint venture between ALGIX and 3D Fuel (a 3D printer filament manufacturer), our new algae-based filament line and the commissioning of a new section of our facility. During the event we will have a few special presentations and a time to enjoy some light refreshments and mingle with the ALGIX team.
If you would like to RSVP or if you have any questions, please contact Barbara Zeller at 877-972-5449 ex. 2620 or 706-974-0247.




EMBDC - Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Events

Algix, LLC Ribbon Cutting
5168 Water Tower Road
Wednesday, April 22nd
10:00 a.m.

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

Southeast Lauderdale Elementary School Playground Ribbon Cutting
2362 - A Long Creek Road
Friday, April 24th
9:00 a.m.

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

Mississippi Scholars Recognition Event
MCC Tommy Dulaney Center
Tuesday, May 5th
6:00 p.m.

Brookdale Meridian
Ribbon Cutting
4553 35th Avenue
Thursday, May 7th
2:30 p.m.

Illuminations Center for Dyslexia Ribbon Cutting
302 17th Street Suite C
Tuesday, May 12th
11:00 a.m.





Jimmie Rodgers 62nd Annual Festival

Meridian, MS
Don't forget all the Jimmie Rodgers 62nd Annual Festival events thru May 2nd.
Go to jimmierodgersmusicfestival.com for details




ANNUAL HURRICANE EXERCISE/CITADEL GALE 2015 UNDERWAY THROUGH MAY 1

On board NAS Meridian
ANNUAL HURRICANE EXERCISE/CITADEL GALE 2015
UNDERWAY THROUGH MAY 1

WASHINGTON (NNS) – Naval Air Station Meridian is participating in an annual exercise in preparation for the upcoming hurricane season that begins June 1. U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF), headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, and Washington D.C.-based Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) are conducting the preparedness exercise Hurricane Exercise/Citadel Gale 2015 (HURREX/CG 15) April 20-May 1.
The purpose of this annual exercise is to prepare the Navy to respond to weather threats to U.S. coastal regions, and to maintain the ability to deploy forces even under the most adverse weather conditions.
"Training conducted during Hurrex/Citadel Gale 15 allows the Navy to ensure its preparedness to operate under the most adverse weather conditions," said NAS Commanding Officer Capt. Scott Bunnay. "It serves to maintain a level of readiness as well as determine if there are any areas where we can improve our ability to respond to natural disasters."
HURREX/CG 15 will involve two simulated storm systems developing and intensifying to hurricane strength, threatening the Caribbean Islands, East Coast and Gulf Coast regions.
HURREX/CITADEL GALE 15 will serve as another reminder to Sailors, civilians, and their families of the importance of updating their personal information in the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS). After a catastrophic event, all Navy personnel deployed to or working within the affected geographic area are required to check in with their command either in person or by phone at the first available opportunity.
"It is a priority to ensure our Navy families understand the resources available to them and have a plan in the event of a disaster," said Capt. Bunnay. "The Navy uses NFAAS to account for Sailors and Navy families, as well as to identify disaster-related needs of Navy families."
NFAAS was developed by Task Force Navy Family following the major hurricane season of 2005. The task force identified the need for a single reporting system for Navy family members to inform the Navy regarding their status and needs after a declared emergency or catastrophic event.
NFAAS is a survey tool to assess disaster-related needs of the Navy family. The system allows families to assess 19 categories, including: medical, missing family locator, transportation, housing and personal property, financial, employment, child care, education, legal services, counseling, and mortuary and funeral assistance at https://www.NavyFamily.navy.mil.
An NFAAS app (both IOS and Droid versions) was developed and is available for Navy personnel and their families to download onto their smartphones for free.
All Navy commands with personnel in these regions will participate, to include reviewing and exercising heavy weather instructions and procedures and accounting for Sailors, Department of the Navy civilians, and Navy families in the affected regions through the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS).
There will be no U.S. Navy ship movements associated with HURREX/CG 15.

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ECCC Officially Opens New Disc Golf Course

East Central Community College
ECCC Officially Opens New Disc Golf Course
East Central Community College officially opened a new Disc Golf Course during a ribbon-cutting ceremony held Monday, April 20, on the Decatur campus.
The challenging nine-hole course, which wraps around the college lake, is open to the public.
ECCC Workforce Education instructors Luke Howell and Chris Ryals, who designed the course, concluded the ceremony by providing information and a demonstration on how to play the game.
Members of the Student Body Association first approached College President Dr. Billy Stewart with the idea for the new recreation venue, which he says is another step towards meeting the goals of the college’s 2020 Vision.
“We feel providing this venue will assist us in our efforts to facilitate student success by expanding opportunities for participation in student activities and other programs that promote campus involvement and personal development,” Dr. Stewart said.
For more information, contact Student Services at 601-636-6205 or email rlee@eccc.edu.


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



JCJC’s Will Graves inspires high school juniors at “Jr. Preview Day”

Jones County Junior College
JCJC’s Will Graves inspires high school juniors at “Jr. Preview Day”
ELLISVILLE – The college admissions process may be intimidating to some high schools students. In an effort to inform and expose students to Jones County Junior College and “All Things Jones,” about 400 high school juniors were invited to the Ellisville campus for “Junior Preview Day.”

VP of Marketing and Recruiting at JCJC, Finee’ Ruffin said high school juniors from 18 school districts had the opportunity to discover what Jones County Junior College has to offer them. They listened to faculty, students and some alumni to gain insight into how JCJC can help them help reach their educational goals.

“This group of students is deciding on their futures, hearing from college recruiters and exploring options. We want prospective students to know Jones can provide a quality education locally with access to teachers in a small classroom setting, with numerous scholarship opportunities, and be just as successful as those attending a University,” said Ruffin.

Keynote speaker and JCJC 2012 alumnus, Will Graves shared his “FROG” message, or Fully Rely On God, with the group. The West Jones, JCJC and Mississippi State graduate explained how fear keeps us from where we need to be, limiting us from achieving great things. He shared, a car accident in 2010 left him with many physical limitations and he was fearful about many things, including his future.

“I have limitations but I refuse to let fear limit me,” said the former West Jones High School football player. “God has a plan for me and you and He will walk with you. God surrounds himself around his people”

Graves continued to share with students the importance of a solid foundation. People who care for you, about you, and for you will help you.

“I wasn’t sure how I was going to get around campus but everyone embraced me and my needs at JCJC. This prepared me for the hard times that will come in your life. Build your core foundation with people who will help you overcome the hard times. God will help you too, if you fully rely on God,” said Graves.

High school junior from South Jones, Lindsey Jenkins said, “I really appreciated Will’s talk about overcoming fear because I’m feeling the pressure of measuring up for college and sports.”

For more information about scheduling a tour or for more information contact the Office of Recruitment at 601-477-4027.

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




Training Air Wing One on board NAS Meridian hosts its "Aviator for a Day" event on Tuesday, April 21

On board NAS Meridian
Training Air Wing One on board NAS Meridian hosts its "Aviator for a Day" event on Tuesday, April 21.
TW-1 has partnered with Batson Children's Hospital at the University of Mississippi Medical Center to make dreams come true for some very deserving children.
The participant will be 16-year-old Aaron Reid of Lucedale, Miss. He has been diagnosed with Leukemia. Aaron along with his mother, Marcie Glaskox, will be treated to tours of the hangar, simulator, control tower and fire department. He will also watch T-45C Goshawk jets perform landing qualifications on the runway at McCain Field. The event will conclude with Aaron receiving his "Wings of Gold" at a ceremony.
Aaron is the fifth youngster to participate in "Aviator for a Day" since the program began in April 2014.





East Miss. Wildlife Rehabilitation, Inc. ...

Senior Community Center - Veterans Street DeKalb, MS
East Miss. Wildlife Rehabilitation, Inc. will have a Wildlife Rehabilitation Training Workshop - April 25th from 9 am - 4 pm
Workshop Fee - $20
Lunch provided.
For further info ... (601) 678-9882




Meridian Little Theatre’s “DreamGirls”

Meridian Little Theatre Highway 39 North Meridian, MS
Meridian Little Theatre’s “DreamGirls”
May 7th-May 13th

May 7-9 and May 12 and 13 at 7:30 pm
May 10 at 2:00 pm
No show on May 11


for tickets call Box Office at 601-482-6371 or go online at
www.meridianlittletheatre.com

Meridian Little Theatre Announces Cast for Dreamgirls
“Outstanding talent!” That’s how MLT’s executive director Ronnie Miller described those who auditioned for MLT’s upcoming production of Dreamgirls. “Not only were we thrilled with the number of people who participated in tryouts, but the quality was amazing,”Miller added. Prior to announcing the cast, Miller described the new audition process that was used to make the selections. Each individual auditioned before a team of judges in three categories: singing, acting, and dancing. Call-backs were held on Wednesday, March 18th for those receiving the highest scores.“This process really helped us make the best decision for each character,”Miller said. “We are confident this is going to be an outstanding performance. With this amount of talent, it can’t help but be a dream come true!”
Dreamgirls opens Thursday, May 7 and run through Wednesday, May 13; the theatre is dark on Monday. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on available through MLT’s Box Office , 601-482-6371 or online.


Meridian Little Theatre
Highway 39 North
Meridian, MS
Box Office , 601-482-6371 or online www.meridianlittletheatre.com



Jazz Trumpet Virtuoso Chris Botti Comes to the MSU Riley Center

MSU Riley Center Downtown - Meridian, MS
Jazz Trumpet Virtuoso Chris Botti Comes to the MSU Riley Center


MERIDIAN, MS – Trumpet maestro Chris Botti, the world’s best-selling jazz instrumentalist, brings his gift for melody and his remarkable purity of tone to the elegant MSU Riley Center on Thursday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m.

Botti’s most recent album, Impressions, won a Grammy Award as Best Pop Instrumental Album. But he loves good music no matter what the genre. While grounded in stylish jazz, his concerts also explore rock, classical, R & B, and Latin sounds. And they feature more instrumental fireworks than his romantic ballad–laced recordings.

“When I do a live show, it is completely different from my records,” he says. “You’ve got to come out and show them chops and technique and play all this virtuosic stuff.” For his ballads, Botti has mastered the art of yearning restraint. But when it’s time to cut loose, the Riley Center audience will learn to its delight that he can, indeed, deliver “virtuosic stuff.”

For fans of: Lee Ritenour, David Benoit, Dave Koz

What critics say: “Botti has taken his straightforward, subtle and melodic, Miles Davis influenced style to the top of the traditional charts and into the hearts of millions worldwide.” – Jonathan Widran, Jazz Monthly

Tickets are $59 and $53 at the MSU Riley Center Box Office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets can be purchased online at www.msurileycenter.com or by calling the box office at 601.696.2200.




MBDC Business After Hours hosted by State Games of Mississippi

Dumont Plaza - 22nd Avenue and 5th Street Meridian, MS
What: The EMBDC Business After Hours hosted by State Games of Mississippi

When: Thursday, April 23rd at 4:30pm

Where: Dumont Plaza - 22nd Avenue and 5th Street

Why: State Games of Mississippi will host their Sponsor Reception


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




Women's Day Program

Magnolia United Methodist Church
Magnolia United Methodist Church will have their Women's Day Program,
May 3rd at 11:00 am
Guest Speaker: Sister Kay Wilson Holt
James Hare is the pastor of the church




Lockheed Martin - Lunch and Learn - an outreach for vendors

Union Station - 2nd Floor Conference Room 1901 Front Street Downtown - Meridian, MS
Lockheed Martin - Lunch and Learn ...
conducting outreach to vendors for Phase 2 of renovations of the Meridian Plant
Free to the general public ... bring your own lunch.
To register, go to www.mscpc.com - go to events calendar and click May 28th for direst link to register

For more info ...
npurvis@mississippi.org or
(601) 693-1306 ext 235




The Price Family ... 40 Years of Gospel Music

Pearlie Grove Baptist Church Quitman, MS
The Price Family Gospel Singers - 40th Year Anniversary ...
will be in Concert ...
May 2nd at 7:00 pm ALSO May 3rd at 3:00 pm

Pearlie Grove Baptist Church
Quitman, MS

Guest speaker will be Rev. Cornelius McDonald, from ...
John The Baptist Church of Barnett, MS

(601) 776-6826
(601) 480-9676



Meridian Main Street - Downtown Happenings - April 20th - April 26th

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Downtown Happenings - April 20th - April 26th - Vol. lV No. 22

Monday, April 20, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Event: YPM Meeting
Location: Rush Cafeteria Private Dining Room
Time: 12:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.1306
Anyone interested in joining the Young Professionals is welcome to come to meetings.

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

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

Tuesday, April 21, 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 22, 2015

Event:Happy Hour Half Price Drinks
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 23, 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: North Mississippi Allstars
Location: MSU Riley Center
Time: 7:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.696.2200

Event: Eric Sommer
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 9:00pm - 12:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Friday, April 24, 2015

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

Event: Dare2Dream Youth Talent Show
Location: The Temple Theater
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.3806
Cash Prizes for Winners (ages 14-21 only to participate.) Open to Public FREE attendance. Come support our youth as they showcase their talent!

Event: Meridian Alcorn Alumni
"Purple and Gold Scholarship Banquet"
Location: MSU Riley Center
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.917.4330

Event: Bridge to Grace
Location:Rhythm and Brews
Time: 8:00pm
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, April 25, 2015

Event: Downtown Cleanup
Location: Meridian Main Street
Time: 8:00am - 10:00am
For More Information: Call 601.693.7480
Join Meridian Main Street in partnership with Keep Meridian Lauderdale County Beautiful for our Spring Cleanup! Just meet us at the Meridian Main Street office, 2120 5th Street (Main Street) across from Regions Bank. We'll provide gloves, bags and light refreshments. All City Organizations and Groups Welcomed.

Event: LaFinAbsolute du Monde
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 9:00pm - 1:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Sunday, April 26, 2015

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

Event: Open Mic with Redbird
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242


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


intersection of 23rd Avenue and 5th Street will be closed Friday, April 24th ...

intersection of 23rd Avenue and 5th Street Meridian, MS
The City of Meridian announces that
the intersection of 23rd Avenue and 5th Street will be closed
Friday, April 24th
for the Meridian Revitalization Project
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

For more information Contact: Hugh Smith, City of Meridian
hughsmith@meridianms.org




ECCC to Host Healthfest April 23-24

East Central Community College ... Sutphin Healthcare Building
ECCC to Host Healthfest April 23-24

The East Central Community College Healthcare Division will host its second annual Healthfest from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 23 and 24 in the Sutphin Healthcare Building on the Decatur campus.

During the day’s events, EC faculty and current students will present a simulation exercise based on Mass Casualty Triage Care after a massive tornado and will demonstrate the roles and responsibilities of various health professionals.

Participants will also have an opportunity to tour campus; talk with current students, faculty and administration; and become familiar with healthcare education opportunities available at ECCC.

Anyone interested in a career in the healthcare field is invited to attend. Those who wish to bring a group should make prior arrangements by contacting the Healthcare Division at 601-635-6293 or email mrigdon@eccc.edu.




FROM AUGUSTA NATIONAL TO LION HILLS, GUEST CHEF CHIPS IN AT EMCC

East Miss. Community College ... See Schedule also
FROM AUGUSTA NATIONAL TO LION HILLS, GUEST CHEF CHIPS IN AT EMCC

COLUMBUS – Fresh off of cooking at the Masters last week, Chef Carlos Montemayor returned to Lion Hills Wednesday.
Montemayor, head chef at Lion Hills’ previous incarnation, the Columbus Country Club, from 2007 to 2009, spent the previous week cooking for the Mitsubishi Hitachi company at August National Golf Club, home of the world’s most famous PGA golf tournament. Then he returned to Columbus to help out an old friend, EMCC culinary instructor and Lion Hills chef Matt Molina.
“Matt and I went to culinary school together and worked together at Old Waverly golf course in West Point. I told him I was coming through after the Masters and asked if I could come help out. I’m just an extra pair of hands, doing whatever needs to be done,” said Montemayor.
The timing couldn’t have been better as Lion Hills served nearly 300 lunch guests while hosting the Golden Triangle Development LINK’s Education Excellence Luncheon and multiple civic clubs Wednesday. Molina said the situation played to Montemayor’s strengths.
“He’s an excellent banquet chef. He can feed the masses in an efficient way and keep his food way above standard,” said Molina.
Lion Hills executive chef David Wilkerson said the buffet featured southwestern chicken spaghetti that showed off Montemayor’s Tex-Mex cooking style. And afterward, the guest chef was gracious enough to sit in on a few culinary classes.
“Our students see us every day, so to work alongside and hear from other people who have been successful in the industry offers a new perspective on what they can do after they graduate,” said Wilkerson.
And Debby Gard, EMCC vice president for Lion Hills, said Montemayor’s visit was helpful for her chefs as well: “Our chefs are young and some are graduates of EMCC’s culinary program, so you have some mentoring going on with Chef Montemayor.”
EMCC’s Hotel-Restaurant Management Technology and Culinary Arts programs are housed at the college’s Lion Hills center.

Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879
Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296
Rocky Higginbotham, PI/marketing associate Office: (662) 476-5013 Cell: (601) 604-2056



FORD HONORED AT LINK EDUCATION EXCELLENCE LUNCHEON

East Mississippi Community College
FORD HONORED AT LINK EDUCATION EXCELLENCE LUNCHEON

COLUMBUS – East Mississippi Community College doesn’t have academic classes on Fridays. And yet somehow every day is Casual Friday in science instructor Eric Ford’s class.
Ford, generally outfitted in his trademark ponytail, untucked (frequently Hawaiian) shirt and cargo pants, doesn’t look like the most buttoned-down instructor at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus. Yet, he was the one recognized Wednesday at Lion Hills in Columbus as the Golden Triangle Development LINK’s 2015 Post-Secondary Educator of the Year.
“It’s a tremendous honor because it’s given to you by your peers and supervisors. I’d like to thank (assistant dean of instruction) Gina Thompson and (vice president for instruction) Dr. Tommy Ware for the confidence they have in me to take care of these students,” said Ford from his newly renovated microbiology lab at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus.
Ware vouched for Ford’s efficacy, praising him for “going beyond teaching biology and microbiology to give students intensive advising to get them to their life goals.”
Ware also called Ford a “consummate professional,” despite his sartorial choices.
“Eric is very dedicated and represents EMCC well. He gets to know his students and works hard to properly prepare them for whatever career they choose,” he said.
For his part, Ford said students like his casual demeanor.
“It gives them something tangible to relate to, so they hang in there with me. If I lecture in a suit and tie, I’m going to lose them. So if I have to be weird or funny, then we’ll spend 30 minutes a day talking about pus,” said Ford.
A graduate of New Hope High School, Ford credits teachers like Coach Ricky Jones with sparking his interest in science, and his instructors at the University of West Alabama for fanning the flame.
Ford teaches microbiology, anatomy & physiology and one section of honors biology in the fall at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus. He has taught at EMCC since 2001.


Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879
Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296
Rocky Higginbotham, PI/marketing associate Office: (662) 476-5013 Cell: (601) 604-2056



ECCC Hosts Student Art Exhibit ... Opening Reception

East Central Community College ... Vickers Fine Arts Center
ECCC Hosts Student Art Exhibit; Opening Reception Scheduled April 23
The East Central Community College Art Department will host its annual Student Art Exhibition Monday, April 20 through Friday, May 1 in the Vickers Fine Arts Center on the Decatur campus.
The exhibit will feature drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture and designs produced by EC students during the 2014-2015 college term.
An opening reception, including refreshments provided by the college’s Culinary Arts Department, will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 23 in the lobby of the Vickers Fine Arts Center. There is no charge for admission and the public is invited.
Students featured in the exhibit and their respective hometowns include Bristol Buffington, Starkville; Shawna Bush, Lawrence; D.J. Creekmore, Philadelphia; Kelly Dixon, Carthage; Deyanna Ingram, Louisville; Katherine Kelley, Brandon; Jessica Loper, Union; Kayley Pennington, Pelahatchie; Clay Summers-Jones, Walnut Grove; and Rebecca Tero and Courtney Tillman, both of Decatur.
Chris Brady serves as art instructor.




JCJC students learn from Grammy winner, Laurel Massé

Jones County Junior College
JCJC students learn from Grammy winner, Laurel Massé

ELLISVILLE – Private lessons are required of music majors, however some Jones County Junior College students had the unique opportunity to learn from one of the founders of the jazz quartet, Manhattan Transfer. The vocal ensemble, JC Voices spent a Saturday morning under the tutelage of Grammy Award winner, Laurel Massé. JC Voices, directed by Fine Arts Division Chair, Dr. Susan Smith, said she and the students really appreciated Massé’s insight.

“It’s good to have different ideas and suggestions about performing, especially jazz. Ms. Massé does this more and the Manhattan Transfer performed a lot of the songs JC Voices performs,” said Dr. Smith.

Her forty years in the music business also impressed sophomore pharmacy major, Lauryn Easley. The Laurel native was excited about practicing with the lady who was instrumental in the beginnings of the vocal jazz revolution in the 1970’s.

“It’s not often you get to work with someone who has won a Grammy award!” said Easley. She added, “I have really enjoyed learning these pieces. They are fun to sing and it’s a challenge for us since the style and range are so different than the other repertoire we have recently performed.”

Three of the songs the group performed for Massé, Java Jive, Trickle, Trickle and A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square were also Manhattan Transfer favorites. While performing A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, Massé teared up at the student’s performance.

Connecting with her on a deeply emotional level she shared, “This is one of the hardest arrangements with all the key changes….It’s a magical song and you brought me back to a magical time,” said Massé. She continued, “The audience may be emotional geniuses but they may not be musically sophisticated. If you get it right and they enter their ‘magic time’…they will be fully engaged in the story you’re singing.”

JC Voices also performed two traditional songs that “wowed” the jazz singer, Chariots and The Road Home. She exclaimed when they were finished, “Beautiful job of showing me your many colors! This was quite wonderful and I’m so happy to have heard you.”

Massé wrapped up the morning sharing some music industry tips like how to deal with competition and how to handle the negativity. “It’s true you will fight that. The culture thinks it’s all about competition and you can’t make a living; it’s a difficult profession. However if they want you, they want you. Beyoncé is not me and I’m not her so she’s not taking jobs away from me. Have allies in the music business; build a community of loyal friends.”

JCJC students said they took advantage of Massé’s direction as they performed their last concert, Java and Jive the week after their private lesson. Hattiesburg, sophomore music major, Harlan Mapp said he really appreciated the private lesson with Massé. More importantly, he said, “We owe Dr. Susan Smith for all of these opportunities to meet these professionals. We owe her our lives, education and job we get because of her efforts.”

For more information about the JCJC Fine Arts program, call the office at 601-477-4094 or email: susan.smith@jcjc.edu.

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




TRAINING AIR WING ONE HOSTS 'AVIATOR FOR A DAY'

on board at NAS Meridian
TRAINING AIR WING ONE HOSTS 'AVIATOR FOR A DAY'

Training Air Wing One on board NAS Meridian hosts its "Aviator for a Day" event on Friday, April 17.
TW-1 has partnered with Batson Children's Hospital at the University of Mississippi Medical Center to make dreams come true for some very deserving children.
The participant will be 6-year-old Christopher Pena Jr. of Richland, Miss. He has been diagnosed with Barth Syndrome.
Christopher along with his parents will be treated to tours of the hangar, simulator, control tower and fire department. He will also watch T-45C Goshawk jets perform landing qualifications on the runway at McCain Field. The event will conclude with Christopher receiving his "Wings of Gold" at a ceremony.
Christopher is the fourth youngster to participate in "Aviator for a Day" since the program began in April 2014.

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Illuminations Center for Dyslexia - announces its move to a new location

Illuminations Center for Dyslexia 302 17th St. behind Aaron’s on Hwy 39N.
Illuminations Center for Dyslexia, (a 501c3 nonprofit organization)
announces its move to a new location at 302 17th St. behind Aaron’s on Hwy 39N.
Come to our Grand Re-opening Celebration on Tuesday, May 12, at 11:00 a.m.
Contact us at 601-484-7430 for more information or visit us on the web at www.illuminationsdyslexia.com



Dyslexia Therapy in Meridian



Illuminations Center for Dyslexia was founded on the belief that every student has the ability to learn.

The mission of Illuminations Center for Dyslexia is to maximize the potential of children with language-based learning differences using highly individualized, multi-sensory, research-based instruction; empowering students to utilize their strengths to think, imagine, and create in a stimulating and supportive environment that cultivates intellectual, social, and emotional growth.





​According the International Dyslexia Association, qualified education professionals should have training in specific instructional approaches designed for dyslexic students, including certification by a training course aligned with IDA by an accredited multisensory structured language program, with documentation of levels of training and references. At Illuminations, we are pleased that our program is in complete alignment with IDA standards, and that effective, consistent instruction to master skills is within your reach for your child. Every lesson consists of explicit, systematic dyslexia therapy by a licensed dyslexia therapist.

Our summer program has shown a reading improvement rate of one grade level from May to August on standardized assessments done at an independent school sites for 90% of our students in both the 2013 and 2014 summer semesters. Students who have shown this incredible growth have attended classes consistently for 8 weeks, had a dyslexia diagnosis, and have been struggling in core areas of reading and writing. These students are the core of what we do, but we do offer a spectrum of services to meet your needs. See our services tab for pricing and schedule information.


Leta Palmiter, M.Ed., CALT, NBCT
Illuminations Center for Dyslexia
601-484-7430, 601-917-9521

www.illuminationsdyslexia.com

Leta Palmiter, M.Ed., CALT, NBCT
Illuminations Center for Dyslexia
601-484-7430, 601-917-9521

www.illuminationsdyslexia.com



Queen City Region of Special Olympics Mississippi

Meridian Community College
The Queen City Region of Special Olympics Mississippi will hold its annual track and field games at MCC on Friday, April 24. We will have about 500 athletes participating in 16 events at various skill levels. We would love to have WTOK cover the event. Are you interested? I’ll have full details soon.

Best regards,

Jim Beaugez, APR
Director of PR & Communications

Special Olympics Mississippi
15 Olympic Way
Madison, MS 39110, USA
Tel 601-856-7748, ext. 105
Fax 601-856-8132
Mobile 601-527-0309
Email jim.beaugez@specialolympicsms.org

www.specialolympicsms.org




Wildlife Rehabilitation Training Workshop

Senior Community Center in DeKalb, MS
East Mississippi Wildlife Rehabilitation, Inc.
Wildlife Rehabilitation Training Workshop
to be held Saturday April 25, 2015
9:00 until 4:00
at the Senior Community Center in DeKalb, MS
(Veterans Street)
Workshop Fee is $20.00
(to cover all handouts and supplies)
Lunch will be provided
We will be teaching the proper procedures in handling, nutrition, housing and laws.
If you think you might be interested in wildlife rehabilitation and would like to attend please call me at 601-678-9882




WINGING CEREMONY SET FOR APRIL 17th

in the Chapel on board NAS Meridian
WINGING CEREMONY SET FOR APRIL 17

There will be a naval aviator designation ceremony Friday, April 17, at 1 p.m. in the Chapel on board NAS Meridian.
Five U.S. Navy aviators will receive their "Wings of Gold" during the ceremony. The naval aviator designation ceremony is not prescribed specifically by U.S. Navy regulations, but has emerged as an honored product of the rich heritage of naval tradition. It marks the culmination of nearly two years of specialized training, which has prepared these officers for the rigorous demands of aerial combat and carrier operations -- earning each the title of "Naval Aviator" and the right to wear the coveted "Wings of Gold."
The speaker will be Capt. Sterling G. Gilliam, USN (Ret.), who was designated a Naval Aviator in June 1985. During his career, he deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He retired from the Navy in 2013 and is currently the Director of Future Naval Aviation Concepts for Dynamic Analytics and Test.
Those receiving "Wings of Gold" include:
Lt. j.g. Edward Desch III, USN, who carrier qualified in the T-45C on board the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77) on April 10, when he was named VT-7's "Top Hook" for that carrier qualification evolution. Desch completed Advanced Jet Flight Training with Training Squadron Seven.
Ensign Case Donovan, USN, who earned two Navy "E's" for bombing accuracy during Advanced Jet Flight Training and carrier qualified in the T-45C on board the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77) on April 10. Donovan completed Advanced Jet Flight Training with Training Squadron Seven.
Ensign Lance Eckenroth, USN, who earned one Navy "E" for bombing accuracy during Advanced Jet Flight Training and carrier qualified in the T-45C on board the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77) on April 10. Eckenroth completed Advanced Jet Flight Training with Training Squadron Nine.
Lt. Kenneth Kapp, USN, who was designated a Naval Flight Officer in April 2009. He served with the Fighting Checkmates of VFA-211 from February 2010 to January 2013 where he deployed with CAG-1 in support of 5TH Fleet Operations. He was named to the Commodore's List during Primary Flight Training and was VT-9's Student of the Month for August 2014. He carrier qualified in the T-45C on board the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77) on April 10. Kapp completed Advanced Jet Flight Training with Training Squadron Nine.
Lt. j.g. Bryant Smith, who earned one Navy "E" for bombing accuracy during Advanced Jet Flight Training and carrier qualified in the T-45C on board the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77) on April 10. Smith completed Advanced Jet Flight Training with Training Squadron Nine.

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Walk For Wellness

Meridian Community College - at the Track
Walk For Wellness at Meridian Community College.
April 17th
Brought to you by: MCC Wellness Committee
(601) 484-8628




ECCC to form new vocal ensemble ‘Voce’ ...

East Central Community College
ECCC to form new vocal ensemble ‘Voce’
East Central Community College in Decatur will introduce a new vocal ensemble for the 2015-16 academic year, announced Vicki Blaylock, Fine Arts Division chair and music instructor.
“Our new ensemble will be called Voce, which is the Italian word for voice, and that is what this new group will be all about,” Blaylock said. “This a cappella group will be a more inclusive group and will perform selections which could range from madrigals to songs similar to the popular group Pentatonix.”
Voce will take the place of the Ac’cents show choir, which is being retired at the end of the spring 2015 term.
“The show choir tended to limit our selection of students who could participate. Many great singers did not get involved with Ac’cents because of the dance requirement. With the elimination of dance, we hope more students will audition,” Blaylock said.
Blaylock said she hoped that this new endeavor would also provide opportunities for students beyond the community college level.
She added, “A cappella groups are the new trend across the country and students will be able to leave East Central and audition at the university level where show choirs were usually not an option at the four-year level.”
Retiring the show choir was bittersweet for Blaylock who said there was much thought and deliberation put into the decision.
“As director of the Ac’cents, I have had the opportunity to work with some talented students over the years. These students gave 100 percent to the group and the college. I am saddened to retire the show choir, but I also look forward to a new challenge and to offer more students an opportunity to grow musically by being a part of Voce.
“The implementation of this new group has started a wonderful ‘buzz’ among our students. They are so excited about this new opportunity and we can’t wait to watch them learn and grow musically.”
Auditions for both Voce and the EC Concert Choir are open to high school students at 1 p.m. Friday, April 24, in the Vickers Fine Arts Center Auditorium. Those auditioning for Voce will need to prepare a solo. Auditions include an evaluation of tonal memory, music reading skills and vocal range.
For more information, contact Blaylock at 601-635-6225 or email vblaylock@eccc.edu.

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




EMCC GOLDEN TRIANGLE CAMPUS HOLDS AWARDS DAY

East Mississippi Community College
EMCC GOLDEN TRIANGLE CAMPUS HOLDS AWARDS DAY

MAYHEW – East Mississippi Community College held its annual Golden Triangle campus Awards Day ceremony April 9.
Instructors from academic and career-technical programs recognized their most outstanding students from the past year as well as new inductees to the National Technical Honor Society, Syzygy (EMCC’s art magazine) award winners and students named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
Here’s a look at the award recipients and the areas for which they were recognized:

Academic

Alison Atkins – Art Appreciation
Myzhana Bell – Theatre
Eugene Bluhm – Human Growth & Development
Brittany Bontrager – American History, Anatomy & Physiology, Music Appreciation, Psychology
Trisha Boone – Outstanding Honors Student
Chandler Buntin – British Literature
Bridget Caristrom – Spanish II
Emily Coggins – Honors Composition
Caitlyn Croft – Mathematics
Steven Eilders – Accounting
Najee Fisher – Italian
Nathan Gaudin – Criminal Justice, General Biology
Adrian Griffin – Drawing
Jabresha Groves – Mathematics (CAFB campus)
Catherine Hartmann – Nursing
Mark Hill – Chemistry
Casey Hunley – Microbiology
E.J. Jenkins – Calculus
Taylor Johnston – World Civilization
Katelyn Kendrick – Computer Science
Andrew Lark – Sculpture
Haley McCullough – Choir, Economics
De’Markis Mosley – Ceramics, Painting
Natalie Nunnery – Western Civilization
Courtney Patterson – Humanities (English)
Sandy Pinkerton – Bible
Olivia Plant – Outstanding Art Student
Alyssa Price – Sociology
Angela Price – Marriage & Family
Nick Rutland – English Composition II
Nicole Sparks – World Literature
Joseph Stoll – English Composition I
Mason Vaughn – William Winter Scholar
Kaitlin Walls – Design
Carolyn Ware – Public Speaking
Leah Wilson – Statistics

Career-Technical

Kortney Barksdale – Practical Nursing
Steven Betts – Welding & Fabrication
Nathan Burkis – Electrical Technology
Stephen Craft – Computer Networking Technology
Brent Crutchfield – Paramedic
Carl Estes – Business & Marketing Management Technology
Ethan Ewing – Precision Machining 1st Year
Nicholas Ferrell – Automotive Technology 1st Year
Tyler Foster – AAS Degree in Welding Technology
Mary Fowler – Office Systems Technology
Chris Gable – Precision Machining 2nd Year
Kyle Gordon – Industrial Electricity
Elizabeth Hammond – Healthcare Data Technology
Karlie Henley – Banking & Finance Technology
Brenda Lobato-Ford – Hotel Restaurant Management Technology
Chris Necessary – Electronic Engineering Technology
Suzanne Robbins – Culinary Arts
David Scott – Automotive Technology 2nd Year
Arl Taylor – Golf/Recreational Turf Management
Colt Vanover – Industrial Electronics
Brianna Warren – Associate Degree Nursing

National Technical Honor Society

New inductees: Michael Bennett, Kortney Barksdale, Mac Carver, Brent Crutchfield, Jacob Dickens, William Disbrow, Mary Fowler, Chris Gable, Michalina Gullett, Paulina Gullett, Mark Ann Hobart, Andrienne Jemison, Emily Layman, Hannah McVay, Stephanie Morris, Ralyn Nester, Bryanna Oglesby, Charles Patrick, Kimberly, Pearson, Max Porter, Caleb Rich, Suzanne Robbins, David Scott, Devin Starkey, Jennifer Weathersby, Issac Wilson

Syzygy

Megan Dobbs – Betty Killibrew Literary Award
Resa Hanna – Painting
Jodi Peden – Poetry
Olivia Plant – Drawing
Kaitlin Walls – Design, Overall Art

Who’s Who

Amanda Aigner, Shay Atkins, Kortney Barksdale, Bradley Bolin, William Bonner, Trisha Boone
Logan Box, Amanda Brackin, Dakota Brasher, Caitlyn Buford, Chandler Buntin, Nathan Burkis, Rose Bush, Drew Cade, Bailee Clark, Stephen Craft, Steven Eilders, Paige Fogarty, Hillary Ford, Chris Gable, Nathan Gaudin, Larissa Hawkins, Stephanie Jacobs, Abigail Jenkins, Eber Jenkins, Darnell Jones, Katelyn Kendrick, James Little, Megan McBrayer, Joshua McKay, Wendi McMinn, Katherine Mills, Natalie Nunnery, Max Porter, Angela Price, Dylan Propst, Kathy Reed, Jessica Rowland, Abby Scott, Preston Shotts, Kelsea Smith, Nicole Sparks, Chloe Tapley, Benjamin Taylor, Timothy Thomas, Bo Thomasson, Amy Tubertini, Lauren Walker, Darby Williams, Taylor Williams


Cutlines:

EMCC GT Awards Day 2015 01
Brittany Bontrager of Macon accepts the Psychology award from instructor Jill McTaggart April 9 at East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus Awards Day ceremony. In addition to the Psychology award, Bontrager also earned the outstanding student awards in American History, Anatomy & Physiology and Music Appreciation.

EMCC GT Awards Day 2015 02
Dr. Linda Farrar, left, Hotel-Restaurant Management Technology instructor at East Mississippi Community College’s Lion Hills campus, presents the outstanding student award for her program to Brenda Lobato-Ford of Starkville April 9 during the Golden Triangle campus Awards Day ceremony. Lobato-Ford was also recognized for placing first in Mississippi DECA and SkillsUSA competitions this spring.

EMCC GT Awards Day 2015 03
Arl Taylor of Caledonia, left, receives a hug and the Golf/Recreational Turf Management outstanding student award from program instructor Danny Smith April 9 at East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus Awards Day ceremony.

EMCC GT NTHS 2015
East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus held its 2015 National Technical Honor Society induction ceremony April 9. NTHS recognizes students in career-technical programs who maintain a 3.25 GPA throughout the year. Students were inducted from Clay, Londes, Monroe, Noxubee and Oktibbeha Counties.




EMBDC - Upcoming Events

See Schedule
Upcoming Events

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

Brookdale Meridian
Ribbon Cutting
4553 35th Avenue
Tuesday, April 21st
2:30 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

Mississippi Scholars Recognition Event
MCC Tommy Dulaney Center
Tuesday, May 5th
6:00 p.m.




SMOOTH GROOVE LINES

YOUR MEETING PLACE 1849 HWY west Quitman, MS
”LET’S DO THIS THING Y’ALL!!!”
4/25/2015
SMOOTH GROOVE LINES
Dance Moves
Dress Code: “Wear Clothes!”
“Party Hardy!!!
Get your dance on!!! Come on out for a night of fun and dancing!

Grown Folks Week End Retreat! Mature Atmosphere

Make a Dance… Get a Rep... Come and bring your best two steps

Music by DJ Henry Granger

April 25th, 2015

Tickets $5.00/ $7.00 at the door 6:pm until….

LOCATION
YOUR MEETING PLACE 1849 HWY west Quitman, MS. 39355
For more info call;
601- 480-7298




ECCC to Offer ‘Understanding Business Financials’ Workshop

East Central Community College
ECCC to Offer ‘Understanding Business Financials’ Workshop
East Central Community College’s Small Business Development Center will offer “Understanding Business Financials” at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 20, 2015, on the Decatur campus.
This free workshop is designed to introduce participants to basic accounting theory, budgeting, performance indicators and accounting terminology for small businesses.
Ronald Westbrook, director of ECCC’s Small Business Development Center, will serve as facilitator for the two-hour class.
For more information or to register for one of the seminars, contact the Small Business Development Center at 601-635-6297. The email address is rwestbrook@eccc.edu or vthames@eccc.edu.

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




Washington to Direct ECCC Centralettes

East Central Community College
Washington to Direct ECCC Centralettes
Melonie Washington of Philadelphia was recently selected coordinator for the East Central Community College Centralettes, the dance line for the Wall ‘O Sound Marching Band, announced Vicki Blaylock, Fine Arts Division chair for the college.
"We are excited to have Melonie Washington as our Centralette Coordinator at East Central,” Blaylock said. “Melonie not only was a Centralette herself but brings new and exciting ideas to our dance team.”
Washington serves as special education teacher and is the former cheer coach at Neshoba Central High School (NCHS) in Philadelphia.
She is also a former Centralette, receiving her Associate of Arts degree from ECCC in 2002. She was named ECCC’s Homecoming Queen in 2001. Washington earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in interdisciplinary studies from Mississippi State University in 2006.
She was named National Federation of High Schools Spirit Coach of the Year for Mississippi in 2014. Washington’s NCHS cheer squads earned the Mississippi High School Activities Association varsity small division state cheer championship in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014. She received the award of excellence from the Neshoba County School District in 2013 and 2014.
Washington is married to Mangold Washington III and they have two daughters, Marlee, 8 and Isley, 2. She is the daughter of Houston and Martha Moore of Philadelphia.
Washington is a member of Mount Ary Church in Philadelphia.


Gennie Taylor, 601-635-6364


JCJC’s Greene County Center is offering summer classes

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JCJC’s Greene County Center is offering summer classes
ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College is now registering students for its three college level classes this summer, non-credit and GED summer classes offered at its Greene County Center in Leakesville. All three college courses are hybrid classes, meeting only five times with the majority of work done online. Western Civilization will meet on Tuesday nights from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. beginning June 2. English Comp I will meet on Wednesday nights, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. beginning June 3. Physical Science will meet on Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. beginning June 4.
Non-credit pipefitting will meet on Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays beginning July 13, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. The course ends in December and costs $488. Non-credit welding will be offered on Monday and Tuesdays, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. and 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. beginning July 13, through December for $350.
For more information about these classes contact the Center at 601-394-4421 or 601-394-4423 or email menyone.barrow@jcjc.edu or clint.james@jcjc.edu.

Summer College Credit Classes:

Western Civ.-(Hybrid) Class meets on Tuesdays, June 2,16,30, and July 14, 28, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

English Comp 1-(Hybrid) Class meets on Wednesdays, June 3, and 24, and July 1, 15, and 29, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Physical Science-(Hybrid) Class meets on Thursdays, June 4, 18, and July 9,23, and 30, from from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Summer Non-Credit Classes
Pipefitting Day & Night class Class meets on Mondays, Tuesday and Thursdays beginning July 13, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. Cost $488.

Welding Day & Night class Class meets on Mondays and Tuesdays, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. and 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. beginning July 13. Cost $350.

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




The Free Clinic of Meridian is pleased to receive two separate grants from The Riley Foundation

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The Free Clinic of Meridian is pleased to receive two separate grants from The Riley Foundation.
The Clinic is receiving a $20,000 grant for needed expenses to operate the clinic, and a $4000 grant to fund an intern to work at the clinic this summer.

Bob Deen, Chairman and President of The Riley Foundation, stated that “The Foundation is proud to support a reputable group that helps individuals who need non-emergency medical attention.”

Board President Brenda Hiatt expressed the appreciation of the Clinic Board of Directors. “We are overwhelmed by the support that the Free Clinic has received from individuals, groups, and grantors. The Riley Foundation’s support means so much to the sustainability of the Clinic.”

The Free Clinic of Meridian was established in November, 2014, and is staffed by four volunteer physicians, six volunteer nurse practitioners, and numerous volunteer nurses and nonmedical staff members. The Clinic serves the needs of uninsured adults, age 19-64, who earn 200% or less of the Federal Poverty Level. The Clinic is located at 4707 Poplar Springs Dr. and is open on Mondays, 1:00-4:00; Wednesdays, 10:00-2:00; and Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 5:00-8:00. Applicants must present a photo ID and proof of income and are seen by appointment only. All services are provided free of charge, and prescription assistance is available.

For more information on Free Clinic services or to volunteer, call 601-286-5551 or email to info@freeclinicofmeridian.com. Board members are always available to speak to civic clubs, church groups, or other organizations about the work of the Clinic.

The Free Clinic of Meridian Board of Directors

Rev. Debra Brewer
Phil Brooks, CPA, Treasurer
Lean Follett, JD
David Goldman
Kevin Hatch
Brenda Hiatt, President
Tim Ivey, MD, Medical Director
Alonda McFarland, MSN, FNP-C
Michelle Pendergrass, PhD, MSN, FNP-BC
Ginny Ruffin, LCSW, ACSW
Patsy Sandusky, PhD
Lee Valentine, DO
Cathy Williamson, MSN, CNM, Vice Preside


Contact: Brenda Hiatt
Phone: 601-917-7094
Email: bhiatt@comcast.net



Annual Male Chorus Event

New Life Independent Missionary Baptist church of Meridian
New Life Independent Missionary Baptist church of Meridian will have their annual Male Chorus Event,
June 28th at 2:30 pm (601) 917-8182




Rainbow of Color Program

Mr. Herman Baptist Church of York, Alabama
The Mt. Herman Baptist Church of York, Alabama, Rev. James Granger, Pastor, will have a Rainbow of Color Program; the third Sunday in April which is April 19, 2015 at 2:00pm. the Reverend P.S. Jenkins of the Oak Grove Baptist church of York Alabama will be the guest evangelist.




Annual Female Musical

St. John Missionary Baptist Church 2000 18th Avenue Meridian, Mississippi
St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 2000 18th Avenue, Meridian will hold their Annual Female Musical on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. Their Special Guest will be Females from churches around the city. All are invited to attend.
(601) 482-1898




Java & Jazz at JCJC

Jones County Junior College in the Banquet Hall of the C.L. Neill Student Center
Java & Jazz at JCJC
ELLISVILLE - JC Jazz and JC Voices, two of the small ensemble student groups at Jones County Junior College will continue a fourteen year tradition with its annual Java & Jazz concert on Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in the Banquet Hall of the C.L. Neill Student Center. This free concert will feature works by Irving Berlin, Sy Oliver, Glenn Martin, Don Menza and Tito Puente, among others. In addition, JC Jazz director, Jeff Brown will premiere an original tune entitled, “A Tune for Jude and Malcolm.”

JC Voices, directed by Fine Arts Division Chair, Dr. Susan Smith, promises to delight the crowd with vocal selections originally written for the popular quartet, Manhattan Transfer. The group had the unique experience of working with one of the original artists, Laurel Massé over the weekend. She offered her advice and expertise as the group rehearsed songs performed by the jazz quartet, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, Trickle, Trickle, and Java Jive. Students were excited about this opportunity and were grateful to be exposed to an artist that helped start the vocal jazz revolution in the 1970’s.

“It’s not often you get to work with someone who has won a Grammy award!” said sophomore, Lauryn Easley of Laurel. She continued, “I have really enjoyed learning these pieces, they are fun to sing and it’s a challenge for us since the style and range are so different than the other repertoire we have recently performed.”

This year’s Java & Jazz concert will be a quite special and perhaps a little melancholy as it will be Jeff Brown’s last jazz concert here at Jones as he begins retirement after teaching at Jones for 33 years.

“The years surely do go by fast! I have been lucky to teach so many great students over the years. Jones Junior College is a part of me and I will hold the faces and memories of those students in my heart always. I have also been lucky enough to have been there at the exact moment that some of my students have learned something new - you can tell by the way the expression on their faces change and when they say, ‘Wow! I get it now!’ Most of the time students learn gradually and you may only notice progress over a period of days or weeks. To be there to witness that change of expression is rare and when it happens it gives you a feeling that you will cherish forever.”

Bass player and guitar major from Soso, Dustin Logan, is one of Brown’s students in JC Jazz who has enjoyed playing in this type of ensemble.

“I don’t think there’s anything he doesn’t know! He’s so insightful,” said Logan.

Brown’s contributions to the Fine Arts Department at Jones have been immeasurable. Fine Arts Division Chair, Dr. Susan Smith recalls a student years ago who asked if Brown was “the head music dude.” She said, “The term has affectionately stuck over the years. “His experience and wisdom will be missed but we have his phone numbers if we need them!”

Java & Jazz promises to be a lively evening with coffee and light refreshments along with jazz of all kinds. For more information call the JCJC Fine Arts Department at 601-477-4094.



JC Jazz Personnel
Saxophones
Brandi Field, Hattiesburg
Cale Green, Laurel
Terry Jackson, Hattiesburg
Harlan Mapp, Hattiesburg
Jordan Sanders, Ellisville


Trumpets
Shanice Bolton, Hattiesburg
Sophia Daniel, Kokomo
Caleb Gilbeau, Ellisville
Bryce Kinzer, Gautier
Kenneth Swan, Madison

Trombones
Marcellus Bolton, Hattiesburg
Leah Dueitt, Neely
Doby Herring, Waynesboro
Andrew Watson, Ovett

Piano
Shaquille Shelwood, Ellisville

Bass
Dustin Logan, Soso

Vibes
A.J. Robinson, Hattiesburg

Drums
Timothy Milling, Purvis

JC Voices (as pictured from left to right)
Front Row:
Elizabeth Hensarling, CA
Ashley Mills, Waynesboro
Morgan Smith, Laurel
Rohini Malkani, Hattiesburg

Second Row:
Isha Williams, Mobile, AL
Leah Dueitt, Neely
Victoria O’Quin- Meridian
Dr. Susan Smith, Director

Third Row:
Bryce Kinzer, Gautier
James Cooley, Hopkinsville, KY
Reagan Arnold, Collins
Shaquille Shelwood, Ellisville

Back Row:
Jordan Sanders, Ellisville
Stephen Jones, Starkville
David Walker, New Orleans, LA
Harlan Mapp, Hattiesburg
Gary Young, Ellisville

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




Meridian Main Street - Downtown Happenings - April 13th - April 19th

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Downtown Happenings - April 13th - April 19th - Vol. lV No. 21

Monday, April 13, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, April 14, 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: An Evening with Branford Marsalis
Location: MSU Riley Center
Time: 7:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.696.2200
Admission $46, $40

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

Wednesday, April 15, 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 16, 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: St. Paul's Music Series
Location: St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Time: 5:15pm - 6:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.2502
Free Admission. A jazz concert with Carey Smith and Friends.

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

Friday, April 17, 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: PRAM Meeting
Location: Rush Cafeteria Dining Room
Time: 12:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.696.2203
Lunch is Dutch Treat. Bring a Friend.

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

Event: Symphony Doo Dah
Location: MSU Riley Center
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.2224
$25.00 General Admission $20.00 Active Military $10.00. Meridian Symphony Orchestra presents an entire day of music for our community that begins with Link Up, our interactive school concert, and ends with a magical, musical experience that is perfect for the entire family in length and content.

Event: Terry Lee Poole 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, April 18, 2015

Event: An Evening with MaryAnn Kyle
and the USM Symphony Orchestra
Location: Meridian Temple Theater
Time: 7:00PM
For More Information: Call 601.693.5353
General Admission: $20

Event: Wes Lee
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 9:00pm - 1:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Sunday, April 19, 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


JCJC's Jasper County Center offers summer classes

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JCJC's Jasper County Center offers summer classes
ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College is registering students now for its three college level classes this summer at its Jasper County Center in Bay Springs. Psychology and Speech will be hybrid classes, meeting only five times with the majority of work done online. Psychology will meet on Monday nights from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., beginning June 1. Speech will meet from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning June 2. College Algebra will meet on Wednesday, from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. The summer session begins June1, and ends July 30.

Currently, the only non-credit class being offered this summer is the Stained Glass course offered on Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., beginning on May 7. The class will be taught by BJ Hatten with a class fee of $75 plus supplies.

All three college credit classes are three credit hours with tuition costs of $60 a credit hour this summer. Prospective students can register online at, https://www.jcjc.edu/onlineapplication/. Applications for admissions are also available at the JCJC Admissions office. For assistance with admissions call (601)-477-4025 or for additional information about classes and registration contact the JCJC Center in Bay Springs at (601)-764-9393.

Summer classes will meet in the downtown location of the Jasper County Learning Center in Bay Springs. The downtown Center will continue to operate until the new facility is completed.

Summer College Credit Classes:
Psychology-(hybrid) 1310 PSY 1513, for 3 credit hours with class meetings on Mondays, June 1, 15, July 6, 20 and 27, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Caren Griffin will be the instructor.

Speech-(hybrid) 1311 SPT 1113, 3 credit hours with class meetings on Tuesdays, June 2, 23, July 7, 14 and 28, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. John Burks will be the instructor.

College Algebra-1312 MAT 1313, 3 credit hours with class meetings on Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m., beginning June 3, with additional Friday classes on June 19 and July17. Lynn White will be the instructor.

Non-credit Summer Class: (pre-registration required)
Stained Glass class will meet on Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., beginning Thursday, May 7th through June 11. The class will be taught by BJ Hatten with class fee of $75 plus supplies.

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




JCJC’s “Operation JumpStart” expands to Bay Springs & Waynesboro

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JCJC’s “Operation JumpStart” expands to Bay Springs & Waynesboro
ELLISVILLE - Entrepreneurs in the Pine Belt area will now have more opportunities to realize their dreams of small business ownership with the help of Jones County Junior College’s, “Operation JumpStart.” The six-week course is a nationally-recognized, highly successful training model delivered to individuals who want to start or expand a small business is now offered in Bay Springs and in Waynesboro. The Operation JumpStart: First Step curriculum teaches participants essential small business planning and preparation skills with practical hands-on training from experts in the field.

“By offering hands-on training and business advice from our business sponsors and business leaders, participants can be more successful. They get to see how the process works instead of us telling them what they need to do to start a business.” said Crystal Nail, JCJC Entrepreneur Center Director.

The training program will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. for six weeks beginning on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Classes will meet in two locations: Bay Springs at the Omni Bank, at 6 N 3rd St # A, and in Waynesboro, at JCJC’s Wayne County Center located at 103 Collins Street in Waynesboro.

“We're excited to see the Operation JumpStart program has been well received in the Pine Belt. The entrepreneurial spirit can bring jobs and new industries to the region. In some cases the new businesses that are generated from this program fill the unmet needs of a community.”
The Operation JumpStart tuition is $250 with the help of participating sponsors like Omni Bank in Bay Springs and First State Bank in Waynesboro. Applications can be picked up at First State Bank, Omni Bank and the JCJC-Wayne County Learning Center in Waynesboro or at the JCJC Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville or by email.

Interested participants need to register by May 1, to be considered for the Operation JumpStart program. For more information or to apply for this new business coaching and training program, contact: Crystal Nail at 601-477-4235 or email: crystal.nail@jcjc.edu or 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




NAMI Meridian Affiliate

EMEPA Auditorium 2128 Highway 39 North Meridian, MS
NAMI Meridian Affiliate
invites you to ...
“In Our Own Voice”
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

EMEPA Auditorium
2128 Highway 39 North
Meridian, MS

Light refreshments will be served.

NAMI In Our Own Voice presentations
change attitudes, assumptions and stereotypes by describing the reality of living with mental illness. People with mental health conditions share their powerful personal stories in this free presentation.

MAY is Mental Health Awareness Month


Diane Mills
EAP Coordinator / PR Director
Weems Comm. Mental Health Center
1415 College Dr.
(PO Box 2868, 39302-2868)
Meridian, MS 39307
p: 601-483-4821 / ext. 127
f: 601-485-8727
email: dmills@weemsmh.com




5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run to benefit Southern Cross Animal Rescue

Mason Park
A 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run to benefit Southern Cross Animal Rescue will be held Saturday, May 16 at 9 a.m. at Mason Park. Be a Hero: Run for the Rescues is the theme for the Run, and participants are encouraged to come dressed as a superhero. Best costume will receive a SCAR t-shirt. Entry forms can be obtained at the shelter on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. or can be requested by emailing jessc83@yahoo.com.

Kelly Atwood
Radionian/Bobcat Press adviser
Jones County Junior College
900 South Court Street
Ellisville, MS 39437
601-477-4084
FAX: 601-477-4195




ECCC Students Win State SkillsUSA Honors

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ECCC Students Win State SkillsUSA Honors
DECATUR—East Central Community College workforce education students received various honors at the Mississippi SkillsUSA Competition held in Jackson in March.
First place award-winners and their respective areas of competition include Jay Riser of Forest, cabinetmaking; Blake Faulkner of Carthage, carpentry; William Milner of Lena, electrical construction wiring; Chad Simoneau of Louin, plumbing; and Asif Zaffar of Philadelphia, sheet metal. As a first-place winners they will represent Mississippi at the National SkillsUSA Competition scheduled June 22-27, 2015, in Louisville, Ky.
Matthew Bishop of Carthage won a second place award in heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
Third place award-winners and their respective areas of competition include Stephen Armstrong, diesel technology and Jason Forrest, technical drafting, both of Decatur; Justin Winstead of Union, motorcycle service technology; Wally Triplett of Nanih Waiya, industrial motor control; Jennings Davis of Louisville, CNC milling; Austin Mize of Newton, commercial baking; and Enoc Reynoso of Carthage, food and beverage service.
For more information, contact Wayne Eason, director of workforce education at ECCC in Decatur, 601-635-6211 or e-mail weason@eccc.edu.




Poplar Springs Elementary ... hosting Math, English, and Language Arts Olympics

Poplar Springs Elementary
On Friday and Monday, Poplar Springs Elementary will be hosting Math, English, and Language Arts Olympics to help students review skills for the upcoming tests in fun, hands-on team activities. On Friday, fifth graders will participate and the Olympics will include science. On Monday, the fourth grade students will participate. We would love for you to cover this, so please feel free to stop by on either day and as your schedule allows.

Poplar Springs Elementary School Math, English, Language Arts, & Science Olympics
Friday, April 10 – 9:00 a.m. to noon
PSE Main Parking lot
Fifth Grade students will review Math, English, Language Arts, and Science skills through hands-on activities in teams.

Poplar Springs Elementary Fourth Grade Math, English, and Language Arts Olympics
Monday, April 13 – 9:00 a.m. to Noon
PSE Main Parking Lot
Fourth Grade students will review Math and Language Arts skills through hands-on activities in teams.

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




JCJC is offering intercession courses in May

Jones County Junior College
JCJC is offering intercession courses in May
ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College is offering five intercession courses beginning May 18, through May 29, 2015. These “face-to-face” classes are for students who are serious about working to complete a course during the holidays. The same assignments for the regular semester courses will be completed during this time frame. Cost for taking a course will be $60 per semester hour plus the cost of books and regular fees. The last day to register is May 15, in the Student Success Center.

The classes will meet from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. daily except for the last day, which will meet for a two-hour final exam. Meeting Dates are: May 18, through May 22, and May 25, through May 29. The classes will be counted as part of the total hours for the 2015 summer semester. If a student has financial aid available for the summer semester, payment can be applied for the summer semester for eligible students.

Classes being offered are:

Course# Prefix & Number Course Title Time Days Building Instructor

1363 GEO 1113 World Geography 8-12:50 M-F JONES 135 Garick

1354 HPR 1213 Personal & Comm. Health 8-12:50 M-F JONES 128 Robinson

1335 MAT 1234 Intermediate Algebra 8-12:50 M-F STHUFF 122 Rayner

1364 PSY 1513 Psychology 8-12:50 M-F JONES 132 Vinzant

1336 SPT 1113 Public Speaking(Speech) 8-12:50 M-F JONES 122 Cooley

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




JCJC hosts: The Clothesline Project~ A Sexual Assault Awareness Event

Jones County Junior College C.L. Neill Student Center front porch or ... inside the cafeteria lobby if bad weather.
JCJC hosts: The Clothesline Project~ A Sexual Assault Awareness Event

WHO: JCJC’s Counseling Center and the Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention in Hattiesburg

WHAT: JCJC is hosting the Clothesline Project, which features T-shirts made by victims of sexual assault and domestic violence against women in order to give students a visual reference of how women are affected. **Materials will be available for others to make a T-shirt to add to the clothesline.

WHEN: Friday, April 10, 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

WHERE: C.L. Neill Student Center front porch or inside the cafeteria lobby if bad weather.

MORE INFORMATION: JCJC Counselor, Jacquelyne Barnett Ed.S, LPC is the coordinator of the event and the media contact. Her office # is: 601-477-4083.

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




National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 19-25.

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National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
Care Lodge Domestic Violence Shelter is pleased to share awareness with the community for the 2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, in conjunction with the Office for Victims of Crime and the National Center for Victims of Crime.
The vision for this year is Engaging Communities, Empowering Victims. We believe that along with our agency work, engaging community leaders, organizations, and local partners is criti-cal to meeting victims where they are and empowering them throughout the healing process and as they become survivors.
We know that for victims to become survivors, we must first listen to better understand what they need and how we can best serve them. By working closely with those in our community, we can best utilize our resources and serve those impacted by victimization. Engaging the entire community will enable us to reach more victims and expand their options for service.
Victim empowerment is crucial to the success of our work. Victims should be given the information and assistance they need to make informed decisions about their own lives as they re-cover from crime. An important element in promoting victim empowerment is providing an atmos-phere where victims are believed and supported by their community. In such an atmosphere, vic-tims feel safer and are more apt to share that they have been victimized and reach out for assis-tance. Furthermore, when we engage communities in victim response, they are better prepared to believe victims when they come forward and provide support throughout their journey to healing.
Care Lodge Domestic Violence Shelter looks forward to engaging the community in con-versation to raise awareness, build new partnerships, and reach additional victims during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 19-25.

Mission Statement: Consistent with our belief in the value, worth, and dignity of each person, Care Lodge seeks to elimi-nate domestic violence by providing victims, offenders and the community with appropriate, effective programs and services. Care Lodge continues to advocate for an environment free from domestic violence.

Care Lodge
24 Hour Crisis Line
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JCJC’s Wayne County Center is offering summer classes

Jones County Junior College’s Center in Waynesboro
JCJC’s Wayne County Center is offering summer classes
ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Center in Waynesboro is currently enrolling students for college credit courses this summer. Class dates and times may vary depending on demand, however the summer evening class schedule begins on Monday, June 1, through July 30. The following five classes are currently scheduled for this summer. More credit and non-credit classes may be offered later.

Summer tuition is half of the regular cost at $60 a credit hour. Interested students can register in person at the Wayne County Center at 103 Collins Street in Waynesboro, or by calling 601-735-2228 or emailing Melanie.james@jcjc.edu. For more information, click on the website at: http://www.jcjc.edu/.
Summer College Credit Classes:
Speech (Hybrid) Mondays, 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Class Meets: June 1, 15, 22, July 13, 27.
College Algebra Tuesdays, 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.
Western Civilization I Wednesdays, 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.
English Comp. II Thursdays, 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Non-Credit Class:
Non-credit welding will begin Wednesday, May 6, for approximately six weeks. This class will meet on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. The cost is $175.

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




Meridian Main Street proudly presents the Kid's Art Crawl on April 28

Downtown Meridian ... Dumont Plaza
Meridian Main Street proudly presents the Kid's Art Crawl on April 28, 2015, from 4pm - 6:30pm. This year we have added several additions for the arts including; Art Displays of area K-6 kids, painting booths, photo booth, culinary booth, music activities, dance activities, hands-on arts and crafts, sidewalk chalk art, face painting and more. All will be free of charge.

Kid's Art Crawl committee chair Jennifer Boyette, educator at Northeast Elementary School said, "I'm excited to work with Meridian Main Street. As an art teacher, I know the importance of the arts and I am honored to work with fellow educators to recognize the efforts of area school children and create greater awareness of arts education. This event is a community wide project with a wide range of participants and volunteers. We are particularly grateful for our sponsors, who help make this event possible."


Our presenting sponsor is UnitedHealthcare and Bowers Auto will be donating two $500 checks directly to the art department of the winning school(s) with the best overall board for K-2 and 3-6.


The free event will be at Dumont Plaza. Showcasing area children and their artistic talents is always exciting. Art will be displayed at participating businesses downtown with tons of activities planned for all.


For more details go to meridianmainstreet.org or like us on Facebook: Meridian Main Street.


For more information call Debby Delshad at Meridian Main Street 601.693.7480.



Meridian Main Street
2120 A 5th Street
Meridian, Mississippi 39301
601-693-7480




JCJC sophomore art students display work in gallery

Jones County Junior College Eula Bass Lewis Art Gallery
JCJC sophomore art students display work in gallery
ELLISVILLE – Nine Jones County Junior College sophomores are the featured artists through May 8, for the Sophomore Art Exhibit currently on display in the Eula Bass Lewis Art Gallery. The public is invited to a free reception honoring the sophomores on Tuesday, April 14, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. on the Ellisville campus.

This year's featured sophomores are Andrew Adams from Hattiesburg, Chip Cooley from Laurel, Lauren DePriest from Pearl, Cassie Ezzell from Laurel, Shalanda Keys from Collins, Katy Mattison from Sandersville, Harley Perdue from Laurel, Cheyenne Sketo from Richton and Shavon Young from Taylorsville.

“I am excited to have people see my work,” said JCJC graphic design major, Shalanda Keys of Collins. She added, “A couple of things I need to work on, as I prepare to graduate and transfer to the Art Institute of Tennessee, is to stop comparing my artwork with others and I need to do more abstract artwork.”

West Jones graduate, Chip Cooley said the Sophomore Art Show is an opportunity to gain some experience. The art major shared, “Before coming to Jones, I had little understanding of color theory and composition, but I feel much more knowledgeable about the two subjects.” Cooley said he enjoyed Art History the most because of the impact it has had on his own work. “I never really had an understanding of the different art movements of the past. Now I’m much more likely to consider my own place in the art world and what I want to say as an artist.”

Graphic design major, Harley Perdue from Laurel, said it means a lot to her to be able to show some of her pieces. “Jones has definitely prepared me. All three art teachers at Jones are great and are very different from each other. They give interesting assignments that force you to think in different ways and I've benefitted from them…. With design, I love that on projects you can be really precise and detailed or somewhat loose and still produce a strong design with either approach.”

Cassie Ezzell of Laurel shared a couple things she liked about her Jones “experience.”

“I enjoyed experiencing peer critiques for the first time as well as learning my love for ceramic art.”

This is the final opportunity for these sophomores to show off their talents but as JCJC art instructor Melanie Eubanks explains, exhibiting artwork is a new experience for JCJC graduates.

“This show offer students another chance to get some experience displaying artwork and learn the best way to show art at an exhibit. There is much more to it than just hanging the artwork on the wall,” said Eubanks.

The exhibit includes various forms of artwork including charcoal drawings, paintings, graphic design, ceramics and pottery. Students learned how to do matting, mounting, and spacing of two-dimensional works, as well as lighting and arrangement of pedestals for three dimensional works as part of the learning process.

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

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




ECCC Ac’cents to Perform April 30

East Central Community College Vickers Fine Arts Center Auditorium
ECCC Ac’cents to Perform April 30
Members of the East Central Community College show choir, The Ac’cents, will present their spring campus concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in Vickers Fine Arts Center Auditorium on the Decatur campus. There is no charge for admission and the public is invited to attend. This year’s music includes “Takin’ It to the Streets” by the Doobie Brothers, “Lips are Moving” by Meghan Trainor, “Just Give Me a Reason” by Pink and Nate Ruess, “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars and “Rhythm Nation” by Janet Jackson. Performers and their respective hometowns include (front row, from left) Haleigh West, Decatur; Dee Jay Rolison, Conehatta; Kirk Griffin, Decatur; and Makenzie Rowzee, Newton; (second row, from left) Ben Pace, Philadelphia; Tallie Johnston, Lake; and Eli Parker, Duffy; and (back row, from left) Kaishanna Young, Philadephia, Ryan Godwin, Newton; Kelli Boulton, Hickory; Zach Peden, Philadelphia; and Cara Jackson, Nanih Waiya. The Ac’cents perform throughout the ECCC district, which includes Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott and Winston counties, as well as various community events and campus concerts. For more information contact director Vicki Blaylock at 601-635-6225 or e-mail vblaylock@eccc.edu. (EC Photo)

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




ECCC Concert Choir, Show Choir Auditions Scheduled April 24

East Central Community College Vickers Fine Arts Center Auditorium
ECCC Concert Choir, Show Choir Auditions Scheduled April 24

Auditions for the East Central Community College Concert Choir and the show choir, Ac’cents, are scheduled for 1 p.m., Friday, April 24, in the Vickers Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

Concert Choir members receive a half tuition scholarship and Ac’cents members receive a full tuition scholarship.

Interested students may audition for one or both groups.

For more information, contact director Vicki Blaylock at 601-635-6225 or email vblaylock@eccc.edu.

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




ECCC to Host Healthfest April 23-24

East Central Community College Sutphin Healthcare Building
ECCC to Host Healthfest April 23-24

The East Central Community College Healthcare Division will host its second annual Healthfest from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 23 and 24 in the Sutphin Healthcare Building on the Decatur campus.

During the day’s events, EC faculty and current students will present a simulation exercise based on Mass Casualty Triage Care after a massive tornado and will demonstrate the roles and responsibilities of various health professionals.

Participants will also have an opportunity to tour campus; talk with current students, faculty and administration; and become familiar with healthcare education opportunities available at ECCC.

Anyone interested in a career in the healthcare field is invited to attend. Those who wish to bring a group should make prior arrangements by contacting the Healthcare Division at 601-635-6293 or email mrigdon@eccc.edu.

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




East Central Community College Wall O' Sound Band Department will present “Night O' Jazz"

East Central Community College Vickers Fine Arts Center Auditorium
The East Central Community College Wall O' Sound Band Department will present “Night O' Jazz" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in the Vickers Fine Arts Center Auditorium on the Decatur campus.

ECCC’s Jazz Band, led by assistant director of bands Ed Girling, will perform the following selections of jazz standards and pop music: "Happy" by Pharrell Williams; "In the Stone" by Earth, Wind, and Fire; "Love Potion No. 9" by The Clovers; "Six String Shuffle;" "Arnge Drank;" "Can't Buy Me Love" by the Beatles; "Summertime" by George Gershwin; "The Lady is a Tramp" by Rodgers and Hart; "In the Mood" by Glenn Miller; "Cold Duck Time," "Soul Bossa Nova;" "25 or 6 to 4" by Chicago; "Fowl Play;" and "Sing, Sing, Sing" by Louis Prima.

There is no charge for admission and the public is invited to attend.

For more information, contact Hunter Corhern, ECCC director of bands, at 601-635-6123 or email hcorhern@eccc.edu.

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




ECCC Concert Choir to Perform April 27

East Central Community College Huff Auditorium
ECCC Concert Choir to Perform April 27

The East Central Community College Concert Choir will present its annual spring concert at 7 p.m. Monday, April 27, in Huff Auditorium on the Decatur campus.
Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.
Vicki Blaylock serves as director and Natalie Emmons serves as accompanist.
Some of the selections include “Daemon Irrepit Callidus” by Orban; “Great is Thy Faithfulness,” arranged by ECCC alumnus and adjunct faculty member Justin Sharp;”Luminescence” by Ramsey; and “Amazing Grace,” arranged by McCutchen.
Choir members and their respective hometowns include:
Jordan Alonso, Chunky; Austin Anderton and Anna Girling, both of Carthage; Louise Berryhill, Ashley Bozeman and Brad Taylor, all of Union;

Kelli Boulton, Hannah Brown, AnnaLea Clarke, Katy Ezelle, Kirk Griffin, Katherine Jacome-Cluff, Alana Kron, Ryan Mott, Adam Porter, Tyler Spence, Stephen Stewart, Rebecca Tero, Courtney Tillman, Caleb Vaughn, David Wilson, Haleigh West, Sarah Wysocki and Kaylee Yates, all of Decatur;

Paige Brown, Leah Ferguson, Kaelin Gentry, Cameron Higgason, Sarah Hall, Euphrates Jones, Randi Kelly, Bridgett McFarland, Zach Peden, Sequence Spears and Kaishanna Young, all of Philadelphia;

Ethan Dunavant, Brittany Foster, Julian Fuentas, Ryan Godwin, MacKenzie Gannon and Hannah Robinson, all of Newton; Anthony Emmons, Tallie Johnston, Jonathon Hodge and Regan Monk, all of Lake; Rebecca Faron, Brandon;

Dominick Fields, Katherine Fortenberry, Jenny Grove, Lindsay Hedge, Taylor Lott and Ephraim Ringo, all of Forest; Danielle Gregory, Troy Gregory, Lacye Harrison and Daniel McMahan, all of Little Rock;

Grayson Harrell and Kara Yates, both of Morton; Karla Higginbotham, Preston; Cara Jackson, Nanih Waiya; Elias Jimmie, Choctaw; Rachel Laird and Hannah L. Mitchell, both of Meridian; Ian Lanthrip, Sebastopol;

Garrett McDill and Dee Jay Rolison, both of Conehatta; Hannah Mitchell, Lawrence; Ben Pace, Collinsville; Eli Parker, Duffy; Darryl Rogers, Laurel; MacKenzie Rowzee and Courtney Williams, both of Hickory; Kara Smith, Bay Springs; Charles Taylor, Preston; Madelon Taylor, Louisville; and Anna Claire Webb and Anna Katherine Wells, both Noxapater.

For more information contact Blaylock at 601-635-6225 or email vblaylock@eccc.edu.

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




Heavy Equipment Operator Training at JCJC

Jones County Junior College
Heavy Equipment Operator Training at JCJC
ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College Workforce Development Team is training students for a career as an entry-level Heavy Equipment Operator. The class will meet at the JCJC Advanced Technology Center on Monday and Tuesday nights from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. with hands-on training on Saturdays at 8 a.m. The first class meeting will be held on Monday, May 11, 2015, at 6 p.m. at the Technology Center. The Heavy Equipment Operator Training tuition is $714. Tuition assistance may be available through your local WIN Job Center.

This course will include lecture, simulator training and hands-on training. Trainees will learn basic operation of excavators and dozers from the ground up with a strong emphasis on safety. Learn valuable skills that will open up new career opportunities by calling JCJC to register and for program information at: 601-477-4114 or 601-578-0293 or contact us by email at webb.evans@jcjc.edu.

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




ECCC Students Selected for Percussive Arts Society All-Star Ensemble

East Central Community College
ECCC Students Selected for Percussive Arts Society All-Star Ensemble

East Central Community College students Caleb Franklin of Morton and Anna Girling of Carthage were recently selected to participate in the Mississippi Percussive Arts Society All-Star Ensemble, announced Ed Girling, assistant director of bands and percussion instructor.

The All-Star Ensemble, composed of the top high school, community college, and university percussion students from the state of Mississippi, will perform a concert at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Percussive Arts Society's "Day of Percussion" at Hinds Community College in Raymond.

"This is a tremendous honor for both of these students to interact with other fine percussion students and professors," Girling said. "They will receive instruction from guest artists and perform a variety of new music."

“Their selection is no surprise as both students earned first-chair positions in the Mississippi Junior and Community College Band Association's Inter-Collegiate Band back in January,” said Hunter Corhern, ECCC director of bands. “Franklin, a freshman music industries major, earned first chair percussion, while Girling, a sophomore music education major, earned first chair mallets. This is especially a great honor for Mr. Girling, as Anna is his daughter.”

The Mississippi Percussive Arts Society is dedicated to percussion education in Mississippi and hosts the "Day of Percussion" each spring. The event features the All-Star Ensemble as well as a percussion ensemble from the high school, community college, and university level.

Last year, the ECCC Percussion Ensemble was featured as the community college performing group. The guest artists for this year include Christopher Deane, associate professor of percussion at the University of North Texas in Denton; and Troy Breaux, the direction of percussion studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

The public is invited to attend the event, which will be held at the Vashti Muse Band Hall on the Raymond campus. Registration begins at 9 a.m. General admission is $15 and members of the Percussive Arts Society will be admitted for $5.

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




ECCC Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble to Perform April 23

East Central Community College Huff Auditorium
ECCC Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble to Perform April 23

The East Central Community College Wall O’ Sound Band will conclude the spring performance season on Thursday, April 23, when the Concert Band and Percussion Ensemble perform at 6:30 p.m. in Huff Auditorium. There is no charge for admission and the public is invited.

"In the past, these two groups would perform on separate nights," said Director of Bands Hunter Corhern. "This year, due to time constraints, we were forced to combine these concerts, so we'll have an incredible two-hour concert to wrap up our semester!"

The ECCC Concert Band, under the direction of Corhern, will perform selections including "The Magnificent Seven" by Elmer Bernstein; "Flight of the Vampire" by John Prescott; "Gadget" by Randall Standridge; "Cute" by Neal Hefti; and "Pixar Movie Magic" arranged by Michael Brown. This program of light pop and concert music will entertain and excite the young and old.

Following the Concert Band, Assistant Director of Bands Ed Girling will lead the “Can Bangers” percussion ensemble in innovative, original percussion music featuring both traditional and non-traditional instruments.

The ECCC Mallet Ensemble will conclude the night's festivities with original and pop selections including "Cruzin' Jamaica," "Oyo Como Va" by Santana, "The Addams Family and Munsters," "Cantina Band" from Star Wars, "Amnesia" by 5 Seconds of Summer, "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons, and "Classical Gas" by Mason Williams, which also features Collegians director and guitar instructor Chas Evans.

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




Alliance Health Center - Addiction Conference

Northpark Church 7770 Hwy. 39 North Meridian, MS
Alliance Health Center - Addiction Conference

Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Lunch provided by Alliance)
Location: Northpark Church, 7770 Hwy. 39 North, Meridian, MS
Conference Fee: $40.00

Register by May 22, 2015 by contacting Cindy Dyess at Alliance Health Center (601-581-9918 or cindy.dyess@uhsinc.com).

With 6 CEUs Applied for the Following:
Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists and MAAP

Conference registration and information attached.

For more information, contact:
Cindy Dyess
Alliance Health Center
Ph: 601-581-9918
Email: cindy.dyess@uhsinc.com





Diane Mills
EAP Coordinator / PR Director
Weems Comm. Mental Health Center
1415 College Dr.
(PO Box 2868, 39302-2868)
Meridian, MS 39307
p: 601-483-4821 / ext. 127
f: 601-485-8727
email: dmills@weemsmh.com





JCJC’s Clarke County Center offers summer & fall classes

Jones County Junior College - in Stonewall
JCJC’s Clarke County Center offers summer & fall classes
ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Center in Stonewall is offering college credit and non-credit day and night courses this summer. Class dates and times may vary depending on demand. The following are four of the classes currently scheduled for this summer. Summer tuition is half of the regular cost at $60 a credit hour. The cost for non-credit welding is $125.
The fall class schedule for Clarke County will include both credit and non-credit courses. Tuition costs can be found on the website, along with registration information, at http://www.jcjc.edu/. If you have any questions call the Center at 601-659-0622 or email the Clarke County Center Director, Jody Buchanan at jody.buchanan@jcjc.edu.

Summer College Credit Classes:
Intermediate Algebra Tuesdays, 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Western Civ. I Wednesdays, 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
English Comp I Thursdays, 6p.m. until 9 p.m.

Summer Non-Credit Classes:

Non-credit Welding Mondays and Wednesdays, 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. and at 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Fall College Credit Classes:
English Comp II Mondays, 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
College Algebra Tuesdays, 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Western Civ. II Wednesdays, 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Fall Non-Credit Classes:

Non-credit Welding Mondays and Wednesdays, 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. and at 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

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




Community Wide Family Fitness Fun Day ....

Future Fitness Gym 4519 35th Ave. Meridian, MS
1st Annual Community Wide Family Fitness Fun Day ....
April 25th beginning at 10:00 am
Call Frank Harbin for more information (601) 604-7668

This event is FREE ...
Fun for the kids
Motivational speakers
Weightlifting competition
zumba and boxing
Hosted by: The Pretty Plus Girls




ECCC offers array of class options for summer 2015

East Central Community College
ECCC offers array of class options for summer 2015
East Central Community College in Decatur is offering several summer class offerings, including a three-week intersession term, June and July day and evening terms, online courses and courses at its off-campus locations in the five-county district it serves.
The three-week intercession term officially begins the summer class scheduled offered by ECCC. The special three-week intersession term begins May 11 and ends May 28, 2015.
Course offerings include General Biology I and Lab, Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab, Microbiology and Lab, Intermediate English, English Composition I, English Composition II, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Public Speaking I, Theater Appreciation and Child Health and Safety.
JUNE TERM
The first four-week summer term begins June 1, 2015 and concludes June 29, 2015 on the Decatur campus. Classes are held Monday through Thursday.
Course offerings include General Biology I and Lab, General Biology II and Lab, Nutrition, Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab, Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab, General Chemistry I and Lab, English Composition I, English Composition II, American (U.S.) History I, American History II, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Spanish I, Spanish II, Music Appreciation, Public Speaking I, Theater Appreciation, Administration of Preschool Programs, Residential/Light Commercial Wiring, Switching Circuits for Residential, Commercial and Industrial Application, College Study Skills, General Psychology, Introduction to Sociology and Social Problems.
JUNE TERM EVENING CLASSES
The June Term summer evening class schedule on the Decatur campus begins June 1, 2015 and ends June 29, 2015.
June Term evening course offerings include English Composition I, Western Civilization I, Intermediate Algebra, Old Testament Survey, General Psychology and Social Problems.
JULY TERM
The second four-week summer term begins July 1, 2015 and ends July 29, 2015 on the Decatur campus.
Course offerings include General Biology II and Lab, Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab, General Chemistry II and Lab, Methods and Materials, Commercial and Industrial Wiring, Motor Control Systems, Intermediate English, English Composition I, English Composition II, American (U.S.) History I, American History II, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, American National Government, General Psychology, Introduction to Sociology and Marriage and Family.

JULY TERM EVENING CLASSES
The July Term summer evening class schedule on the Decatur campus begins July 1, 2015 and ends July 29, 2015.
July Term evening course offerings include English Composition II, American (U.S.) History I, College Algebra, General Psychology and Social Problems.

ONLINE COURSES
East Central Community College also offers numerous summer online courses. Classes begin June 1 and end July 24, 2015.
Course offerings include Principles of Accounting, General Biology I and Lab, General Biology II and Lab, Nutrition, Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab, Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab, Microbiology and Lab, Keyboarding, Document Formatting and Production, Applied Business Mathematics, Business Accounting, Medical Office Terminology I, Medical Office Terminology II, Mechanics of Communication, Introduction to Business, Business Statistics, The Legal Environment of Business, Computer Concepts, Computer Applications I, Guiding Social and Emotional Behavior, Student Teaching II, Principles of Macroeconomics, Child Psychology, Adolescent Psychology, Human Growth and Development, English Composition I, English Composition II, Creative Writing I, American Literature I, American Literature II, British Literature I, World Literature I, World Literature II, World Geography, Personal and Community Health, Introduction to Health Physical Education and Recreation, First Aid and CPR, Recreational Leadership, Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries, Western Civilization I, Western Civilization II, American (U.S.) History I, American History II, Career Exploration, College Study Skills, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Trigonometry, Statistics, Spanish I, Spanish II, Music Appreciation, Old Testament Survey, New Testament Survey, Jesus and The Gospels, Introduction to Philosophy I, American National Government, General Psychology, Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Marriage and Family, Cultural Anthropology, Public Speaking I and Theater Appreciation.
SUMMER CLASSES OFFERED AT DISTRICT LOCATIONS
East Central Community College also offers evening classes at various locations in the five-county district, which includes Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott and Winston counties.

FOREST
The course offering at the Forest/Scott County Career and Technology Center includes Programmable Logic Controllers. Class begins July 1 and ends July 29, 2015.

CARTHAGE
JUNE TERM
June Term course offerings at the Leake County Career-Technical Center in Carthage include English Composition I and College Algebra. The June Term classes begin June 1 and end June 29, 2015.
JULY TERM
July Term course offerings at the Leake County Career-Technical Center in Carthage include English Composition II. The July Term class begins July 1 and ends July 29, 2015.
PHILADELPHIA
JUNE TERM
June Term course offerings at the Philadelphia/Neshoba County Career-Technical Center include Human Growth and Development, English Composition I, Intermediate Algebra and General Psychology. June Term classes begin June 1 and end June 29, 2015.
JULY TERM
July Term course offerings at the Philadelphia/Neshoba County Career-Technical Center include English Composition II. The July Term class begins July 1 and ends July 29, 2015.
LOUISVILLE
JUNE TERM
June Term course offerings at the Winston-Louisville Career-Technical Complex include College Algebra. The June Term class begins June 1 and ends June 29, 2015.
JULY TERM
July Term course offerings at the Winston-Louisville Career-Technical Complex include Intermediate Algebra. The July Term class begins July 1 and ends July 29, 2015.
A complete list of summer classes with course codes is also available on the college website, www.eccc.edu. For more information, contact Student Services, 601-635-6205 or visit www.eccc.edu.

Gennie Taylor
Publications Coordinator

East Central Community College
P.O. Box 129 • 15738 Highway 15 • Decatur, MS 39327
Phone: 601-635-6364
1-877-462-3222
Fax: 601-635-4398
www.eccc.edu




FREE Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) Workshop

East MS Electric Power Assn. (EMEPA) Auditorium 2128 Hwy. 39 North, Meridian
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Meridian Affiliate is hosting a
FREE Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) Workshop

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (30 minute lunch, on your own)
Location: East MS Electric Power Assn. (EMEPA) Auditorium, 2128 Hwy. 39 North, Meridian

To Register: Contact Jill Walsh at 601-917-1474
*PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY APRIL 10th*

Continuing Education Credit: 6 CEs available for Mental Health and Social Work professionals

For more information: Contact Jill Walsh at 601-917-1474

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) workshop is an easy and relaxed process that helps participants to create an individual plan for wellness and recovery to help deal with difficult life struggles and challenges, set goals, and maintain a health life.

WRAP has been used successfully when going through changes dealing with other life issues including:
-Chronic or Acute Illness
-Breaking Bad Habits
-Death/Grief/Divorce
-Getting more Education or Training
-Military Life/Deployments
-Losing Weight
-Relationship Issues
-Any life situation


FORWARDED ON BEHALF OF NAMI MERIDIAN AFFILIATE:
namimeridian@gmail.com
Patricia Battle
NAMI Meridian President


Diane Mills
EAP Coordinator / PR Director
Weems Comm. Mental Health Center
1415 College Dr.
(PO Box 2868, 39302-2868)
Meridian, MS 39307
p: 601-483-4821 / ext. 127
f: 601-485-8727
email: dmills@weemsmh.com




JCJC offers half-price summer tuition

Jones County Junior College
JCJC offers half-price summer tuition

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College is offering a “hot” deal for those interested in going to summer school to get ahead. The normal summer tuition rate of $120 per credit hour has been cut to $60. The half-priced tuition special is available for the two summer sessions which begin June 1, and July 6. This special tuition rate includes all online and traditional classes and it is available for all current and new students. Students will still be required to pay for books and other standard fees. Registration for summer classes is currently going on now. Friday, May 29, is the last opportunity to register for summer classes. Registration will be held in Jones Hall from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Students may register for Fall classes through the Student Success Center. Fall classes begin August 17. The last opportunity to register for fall classes is Friday, August 14.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




27th Annual Joseph L. "Joe" Brown Memorial Golf Classic

Dancing Rabbit Golf Club Pearl river Resort
27th Annual Joseph L. "Joe" Brown Memorial Golf Classic ...
May 8th, 2015
presented by the Choctaw Area Council Boy Scouts.
Tee off at 1:30 pm
Lunch Provided
Driving Range Open
Check in at noon

For complete details and information, call ...
(601) 693-6757
(601) 693-0353

(601) 693-6757
(601) 693-0353



Upcoming Events at Elegance Ballroom Dance & Fitness Studio

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:
8:30AM Yoga
6 Ballroom


Saturday:
8AM Tai Chi
9AM Yoga


Sunday
3 Hot Yoga


Upcoming Events:


March 26- April 30: 6 week Salsa series, it's not too late to join!


April 17: Singles Speed Date and Dance!!


April 24: Urban Cowboy Party!!


April 25: World Tai Chi Day, 10AM Dumont Plaza


May 9: Shimmy Mob and Bellydance Party!



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

601-934-1414


Treasurer Lynn Fitch Speaking at West Lauderdale High School about Financial Literacy

West Lauderdale High School
Treasurer Lynn Fitch Speaking at West Lauderdale High School about Financial Literacy

Treasurer Lynn Fitch will be traveling to West Lauderdale High School to discuss financial literacy and the Treasurer’s Education About Money (TEAM) initiative.
WHAT: State Treasurer Lynn Fitch will be speaking at West Lauderdale High School
WHEN: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 9:30AM – 10:30AM
WHERE: West Lauderdale High School
9916 W Lauderdale Road
Collinsville, MS 39325

Contact: Julia Wise, Director of Communications
(601) 359-9272 or (703) 772-3762
julia.wise@treasury.ms.gov




ECCC Students Named to All-Mississippi Academic Team

East Central Community College
ECCC Students Named to All-Mississippi Academic Team

East Central Community College sophomores Kristen Gordy of Forest and Zachary Allen of Louisville were recently named to the 2015 All-Mississippi Community College Academic Team.

They were honored along with other outstanding community and junior college students from across the state during an event in Jackson. Activities began with a meet and greet with state legislators, followed by a press conference on the south capitol steps, a tour of the state capitol, and an awards luncheon at the Jackson Convention Complex.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant was the keynote speaker at the awards luncheon. State Senator Terry Burton of Newton served as master of ceremonies.

The All-Mississippi Community College Academic Team recognizes scholarly achievements and leadership accomplishments of students enrolled in the state’s two-year colleges.

Gordy, a liberal arts major, was one of 15 students named to the First Team. She received a $1,000 scholarship and was featured in The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.) newspaper.

Gordy is a Dean’s List and President’s List scholar at East Central. She serves as vice president of fellowship for the college’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, the international honor society for community college students; and is a member of Warrior Corps student recruiting group, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and Encore, East Central’s musical theatre organization. She also was selected for “Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges”.

A graduate of East Rankin Academy, she is the daughter of Wayne and Rachel Gordy of Forest.

Allen, a biochemistry major, was one of 42 students named to the Second Team.

At ECCC, he serves as president of Phi Theta Kappa and of the Mississippi/Louisiana Region of Phi Theta Kappa. He also is president of the President’s Council and of the sophomore class. He is a member of the Student Body Association, Warrior Corps, Phi Beta Lambda, Sigma Sigma Mu Tau, Astronomy Club, Baptist Student Union and SADD. He was chosen to “Who’s Who Among Community/Junior College Students”.

A graduate of Winston Academy, he is the son of Todd and Janet Allen of Louisville.

Both Gordy and Allen received medallions, certificates, and printed resolutions from the Mississippi Senate and House of Representatives.

The All-Mississippi Academic Team program is coordinated by The Clarion-Ledger, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges and the Mississippi Community College Board.

Students named to the All-Mississippi Academic Team compete for placement on the national All-USA Community College Academic Team, sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group, presented by USA Today and with additional support from the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa.

Mississippi ranks sixth in the nation for students named to the All-USA Community College Academic Team.

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



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

10165 Lynwood Drivie. Tanglewood Subdivision
Make A Wish Monthly Garage Sale is set for Friday and Saturday, April 17 and 18 from 7 AM to 2 PM, 10165 Lynwood Drivie. Tanglewood Estates. Lot of toys, children cloths, and beautiful framed art, prints, and frames all from .50 up to 10.00 dollars, printer 5.00, computer keyboard 1.00, all cloths, shoes, purses .50 each. VHS .25 cents each. Household items each month and lots of whatnots. Always a treasure hunt. No early birds please. For directions call 601-4838144.




CONGRESSWOMAN TERRI SEWELL - “Congress in your Community”

Pennington Town Hall 282 Pinegrove Road, Pennington, AL
You are cordially invited to attend
“Congress in your Community”
Hosted by
CONGRESSWOMAN TERRI SEWELL
7th Congressional District of Alabama
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Pennington Town Hall
282 Pinegrove Road, Pennington, AL 36916
CONGRESSWOMAN TERRI A. SEWELL – REPRESENTING ALABAMA’S 7TH DISTRICT
Selma Office | 908 Alabama Avenue| Suite 112|Selma, AL 36701
www.sewell.house.gov | Phone: (334) 877-4414 | Fax (334) 877-4489




Jones County Junior College - Recital Series

Jones County Junior College
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




EMBDC - Ribbon Cutting

New Destiny Daycare and Learning Academy 5721 5th Street. Meridian, MS
What: New Destiny Daycare and Learning Academy Ribbon Cutting

When: Friday, April 10th at 10:00 a.m.

Where: 5721 5th Street. Meridian, MS 30307

Why: The EMBDC will host a Ribbon Cutting for our new member New Destiny Daycare and Learning Academy



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





EMBDC - Ribbon Cutting

The Club 24 4900 Poplar Springs Dr. Unit 2 Meridian, MS
What: The Club 24 Ribbon Cutting

When: Thursday, April 9th at 3:00pm

Where: 4900 Poplar Springs Dr. Unit 2 Meridian, MS 30305

Why: The EMBDC will host a Ribbon Cutting for our new member The Club 24.


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




Meridian Main Street - Downtown Happenings - April 6th - April 12th

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Downtown Happenings - April 6th - April 12th - Vol. lV No. 20

Monday, April 6, 2015

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: 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: 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, April 7, 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 8, 2015

Event: One, Mississippi Small Business Seminar
Location: EMBDC
Time: 11:00am
For More Information: Call 662.615.6060
Health Help Mississippi, along with Mississippi Minority Business Alliance, is hosting a free seminar for small business owner

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 9, 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: Sam and Scott
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 9:00pm - 12:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
$5 Admission.

Friday, April 10, 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: Cookout Fundraiser
Location: Citizens National Bank Downtown Parking Lot
Time: 11am - 2pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.1331
$6 Hamburger Plates and Baked Goods. Pre - orders are encouraged!

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: Boxcar Bandits
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 11, 2015

Event: MOPS Spring Mega Yard Sale
Location: Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church
Time: 7:00am - 1:00PM
For More Information: Call 601.480.4121
Free to shop, only $15 to sell

Event: "The Heart Behind The Music"
Location: MSU Riley Center
Time: 7:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.696.2200
Admission $39, $33. The songwriter's celebration known as The Heart Behind the Music features artists who truly connect with audiences

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


Sunday, April 12, 2015

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

Event: Open Mic with Redbird
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 12:00pm - 7:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242



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


Commissioner Fisher: Tough Choices Ahead For MDOC

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Commissioner Fisher: Tough Choices Ahead For MDOC
JACKSON - Faced with the need to provide better pay to retain officers and improve morale, Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher said the Mississippi Department of Corrections will have to make tough choices under its new budget starting July 1.

Lawmakers approved a $374 million budget for Corrections on Monday, less than the original $390.5 million request. The agency’s current budget is $382.4 million for the year ending June 30, 2015.

“We are going to have to make some hard choices this year, choices that may not please many but will be necessary for the overall fiscal integrity of the agency,” Fisher said. “Consolidating certain inmate work programs that are not cost effective is likely. Current pay for our rank and file officers is well below what it should be. I hope to address that.”

Recent shakedowns that have netted both large and small shanks confirm the daily danger correctional officers face on the job, Fisher said. The starting pay for correctional officers is $22,005.62 and $25,718.70 for probation and parole officers.

In response to questions from lawmakers during his confirmation hearing Tuesday, Fisher said both a pay increase and hiring more officers are equally important. “But without a pay increase, I don’t think we are going to recruit a lot of people, and we are short staffed,” he said.

Turnover rate for correctional officers was 51 percent in 2014. Currently, at least 100 more correctional officers are needed, and nearly that many parole and probation officers are needed.

In addition to finding a way to increase pay for correctional, parole, and probation officers, Fisher said he also will require improved training. Academy training will increase from four to eight weeks for correctional officers. Firearms training for probation and parole and other criminal investigators will increase from once a year to four times a year.

Also, the age requirement to be a correctional officer will move from 18 to 21 years of age, Fisher said.

At Fisher’s request, lawmakers approved removing the agency from under the state Personnel Board for one year. Fisher said the change is necessary as he reassesses the agency’s needs as the number of inmates incarcerated drops and resources are shifted to accommodate an increase in the number of ex-offenders being supervised. Also, the agency needs flexibility in following the requirements of House Bill 585, the comprehensive prison reform act.

“I commit to you that any personnel action taken by this agency to terminate the employment of any MDOC employee will follow the rules and regulations of the State Personnel Board with regard to due process and grievance procedures,” Fisher said in a letter to House Speaker Philip Gunn on Wednesday.

Fisher, whose 30-plus year law career includes being a police officer, a probation officer and a drug enforcement agent, is the agency’s newest corrections chief in more than a decade. Gov. Phil Bryant appointed him in January following the resignation of Christopher B. Epps, who is awaiting sentencing on corruption-related charges.




MCC - April 2015 Calendar of Events

Meridian Community College
April 2015 Calendar of Events

MCC closed for Easter break, April 3-6. Classes resume April 7.
MCC Baseball, Eagles vs. Pearl River, April 3, 2 p.m.; Eagles vs. East Central, April 8, 4 p.m.; Eagles vs. Northwest, April 25, 6 p.m.; Scaggs Field, Coach Dillon Sudduth, 601-484-8844.
MCC Library Book Sale, April 7 and 8, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Casteel Gallery. Rita McClure, 601-484-8761.
Computer class, Microsoft Excel (Advanced), April 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Webb Hall, 601-482-7445.
Computer Class, Microsoft Excel (Advanced), April 7-21, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Webb Hall, 601-482-7445.
Personal Enrichment, Words and Characters = Creative Writing, April 7- 28, 6-8 p.m., 601-482-7445.
Workforce Development class, Meridian Public Safety Academy Part-Time Reserve Law Officers, April 7, 6-10 p.m., 601-482-7445.
MCC Softball, Eagles vs. Co-Lin, April 8, 3 and 5 p.m., Eagles vs. Southwest, April 11, 2 and 4 p.m.; Tommy McDonald Field, Highland Park, Coach Faith Robinson, 601-484-8890.
Personal Enrichment, Oodles and Kaboodles of Noodles: Kids Homemade Pasta Workshop, April 9, 4-6 p.m., 601-482-7445.
Personal Enrichment, Container Herb Gardening, April 9, 5:30 p.m., 601-482-7445.
Personal Enrichment, Stock Market Fundamentals, April 9, 5:30 p.m., 601-482-7445.
MCC Tennis, Eagles vs. Holmes Community College, April 10, 10 a.m., Northeast Tennis Complex, Coach Wanda McPhail, 601-484-8790.
Personal Enrichment, Caring for the Elderly or Disabled, Lay Caregiving Workshop, April 11, 10 a.m.-noon, 601-482-7445.
MCC Golf, April 13-14, MACJC No. 5, Briarwood Country Club. Ronny Key, 601-484-8663.
Personal Enrichment, Stained Glass Crosses, April 13-22, 10 a.m.-noon, 601-482-7445.
Personal Enrichment, College4Kids registration begins, April 14, 7:30 a.m., 601-482-7445.
Personal Enrichment, Cake Decorating, April 14-May 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 601-482-7445.
MCC Job Fair, April 16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tommy E. Dulaney Center, 601-482-7445.
Arts & Letters Series production, Disney’s My Son Pinocchio, April 16-18, 7 p.m., and April 19, 2 p.m., McCain Theater, 601-484-8696.
Workforce Development, Fiber Optic Cabling, April 16 - June 4, 6-10 p.m., Workforce Development 104, 601-482-7445.
MCC Wellness Committee Walk for Wellness, April 17, 9-11 a.m., MCC track. Stephanie Brown, 601-484-8664.
Workforce Development, Forklift, April 17, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Workforce Development 101, 601-482-7445.
Workforce Development, IV Therapy Re-Certification for Licensed Practical Nurses, April 18, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., 601-482-7445.
Computer Class, Microsoft Word (Advanced), April 23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Webb Hall, 601-482-7445.
Literary Review and Poetry Month Celebration, April 23, 2:30 p.m., Casteel Gallery, Todd Library. 601-484-8806.
Computer Class, Microsoft Word (Advanced), April 23-May 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Webb Hall, 601-482-7445.
Personal Enrichment, Wreaths: Summertime, April 23, 5:30 p.m., 601-482-7445.
Arts and Letters production of Dimensions Spring Semester Concert, April 23, 7 p.m., McCain Theater, 601-484-8696.
Freshmen Honors Orientation, April 24, 9 a.m., Ivy Hall. Marie Roberts, 601-553-3440.
Workforce Development, Basic Life Support/ CPR, April 24, 1-5 p.m., Cost: $15, 601-482-7445.
Workforce Development, Street Defensive Driving, April 25, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 601-482-7445.
Personal Enrichment, Furniture Painting Demonstration: Questions & Tips with Cathy Lee, April 25, 10 a.m., 601-482-7445.
MCC Fine Arts Student Exhibition opening reception, April 28, 4:30 p.m., Miller Art Gallery, Ivy Hall; John Marshall, 601-484-8647.
MCC Gospel Choir Spring Concert, April 28, 7 p.m., McCain Theater. Deborah Nettles, 601-553-3404.
Personal Enrichment, Chocolate Workshop, April 30, 6-8 p.m., 601-482-7445.





JCJC’s Music Department presents Spring Band Concert

Jones County Junior College Fine Arts Auditorium
JCJC’s Music Department presents Spring Band Concert

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Symphonic and Concert Bands will be presenting their annual Spring Concert on Thursday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium. The public is invited to the concert free of charge. The bands will perform a program containing modern and traditional music from Latin America, English and contemporary composers, including Rob Romeyn’s, Fortius and Mosiacs by Jared Spears. The Symphonic Band is directed by Dr. Jonathan Helmick, JCJC’s Director of Bands and the Concert Band is under the direction of Lindsey Keay, Assistant Director of Bands.
Joining the Symphonic and Concert Bands will be the Percussion Ensemble under the direction of retiring director, Jeff Brown. For 33 years, Brown has taught music classes at Jones and conducted the JC Jazz band and the Percussion Ensemble. The JCJC Percussion Ensemble is made up of eight members who will perform some challenging music like H. Owen Reed’s, “Mass” from La Fiesta Mexicana and Terig Tucci’s, “Lola Flores.”
For more information about the JCJC Band Program, contact Dr. Jonathan Helmick at 601-477-4095 or email: jonathan.helmick@jcjc.edu.

JCJC Symphonic Band Members


Flutes:
+Victoria O' Quin, Enterprise
Ashton Miller, Ellisville
Emily Batley, Laurel
Alden Swindle, Ellisville
Selena Cannon, Bay Springs

Oboe:
Tanner Crabtree, Gautier

Clarinets:
+Brandi Field, Hattiesburg
Alyssa Di Mauro, Laurel
Kennedy Jarrell, Sandersville
Rohini Malkani, Hattiesburg
Mikala McLaurin, Laurel
Carrie Sullivan, Raleigh
Brandy Nicholson, Waynesboro
Brandi Pittman, Seminary
Katie Pittman, Hattiesburg
Reagan Chaney, Ellisville

Bass Clarinets:
Hannah Beemon, Morton

Alto Saxophone:
+ Harlan Mapp, Hattiesburg
Cale Green, Laurel
Kiana McFadden, Waynesboro
Michael Mann, Sumrall

Tenor Saxophone:
Adam Wigley, Richton

Baritone Saxophone:
Jordan Sanders, Ellisville

Trumpets:
+Caleb Guilbeau, Ellisville
Lukas Ishee, Taylorsville
James C. Cooley, Jr., Hopkinsville, KY
Sophia Daniel, Kokomo
James C. Cooley, Jr., Hopkinsville, KY
Kenneth Swan, Madison

Horns:
+Bryce Kinzer, Gautier
Ashley Mills, Waynesboro
Bridgette Gardner, Stateline
Neva Catlett, Lucedale

Trombones:
+Leah Dueitt, Neely
Landon James, Ovett
Hayden Pendergrast, Petal
Allison Bradley, Terry
Ryan Ingram, Seminary

Bass Trombone:
Joshua Wilson, Pearl

Euphoniums:
+ Kent Doby Herring, Waynesboro
Eric Fera, Meridian

Tubas:
+Simone Johnson, Hattiesburg
Tyler Hand, Hattiesburg
Clint Tisdale, Ellisville

Percussion:
+Hailey Biglane, Ellisville
Daniel Speed, Natchez
Hunter Carpenter, Ellisville
Terry Jackson, Hattiesburg
Timothy Milling, Purvis
Shaquille Shelwood, Ellisville
Zach Biglane, Ellisville
A.J.Robinson, Hattiesburg

Timpani:
+ Hailey Biglane, Ellisville

String Bass:
Dustin Logan, Soso

+ Denotes Principal


Concert Band Members


Flutes:
+Kelly Ingram, Petal
Lauren DePriest, Pearl
Hannah LeBlanc, Hattiesburg

Clarinets:
Rohini Malkani, Hattiesburg
+Destiny Cook, Stringer
Erin Knight, Waynesboro
Brandi Pittman, Seminary
Toni Leverette, Jackson
Natia Roberts, Columbia
Sarah Steele, Fruitdale, AL
Christyna Mangum, Morton
Nikki Brewer, Richton

Bass Clarinets:
Jewellisa Clay, Petal
Stacy Gilbert, Laurel

Alto Saxophone:
+ Adrian Robertson, Magee
Jeremy Carter, Laurel
Brittany Walters, Laurel
Shane Sims, Laurel
Lyric Brown, Richton
Diante Coker, Mendenhall

Tenor Saxophone:
Victoria Hodge, Laurel

Baritone Saxophone:
Billy Loper, Seminary

Trumpets:
+Sean Dolan, Vicksburg
Shanice Bolton, Hattiesburg
Elizabeth Harbin, Richland

Horn:
Kayla Wilson, Pearl

Trombones:
+Andrew Watson, Ovett
Maricus Walker, Seminary
Stephanie Murrell, Moselle
Hunter Riley, Enterprise
Lakendrick Carter, Waynesboro
Marcellus Bolton, Hattiesburg

Euphoniums:
James Williams, Waynesboro
Shalanda Keys, Collins
+Landon Monk, Columbia
Brian Doyle, Laurel

Tubas:
+Richard Cothran, Seminary
Ricky Chambers, Waynesboro
Jason Chapman, Hattiesburg
David Walker, Laurel
Logan Colbert, Laurel
Michael Beckwith, Lake
Lycedrick Johnson, Bassfield

Percussion:
+Kayla Andrews, Laurel
Kayla Pitts, Ellisville
Jordan Blackwell, Hattiesburg
Kuadias Smith, Shubuta
Malik McNair, Magee
Destiny Lloyd, Brookhaven
Jeremiah Creagh, Magee
Kashunta Merritt, Meridian
Lydia Myers, Laurel
Bobby Knight, Laurel
Brad Crowe, Waynesboro
Timothy Milling, Purvis
Terry Jackson, Hattiesburg



Note: + Denotes Section Leader



Percussion Ensemble

Haley Biglane, Ellisville
Hunter Carpenter, Ellisville
Hailey Ishee, Moselle
Terry Jackson, Hattiesburg
Bobby Knight, Laurel
Destiny Lloyd, Brookhaven
Timothy Milling, Purvis
A.J. Robinson, Hattiesburg

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




EMCC PRESENTS “POPS AND A PLAY”

East Mississippi Community College Orr Center
EMCC PRESENTS “POPS AND A PLAY”

The Choral Music Department at East Mississippi Community College will present an evening of song and theatre April 10 as “Pops & A Play” returns to the Orr Center, Scooba campus. The Reflection Singers will open the show at 7 p.m. with a selection of pop numbers. Music Theatre Workshop takes the stage next with its production of “Unhappily Ever After.” The cast includes ...
Mary Utz, Michael Bilbo and Katie Cumberland
Shelby Richardson, Tremaine Rencher, Kayla Young, Chelleah Hatch, Kate Jones and Quadevious Atterberry
Johanna Carter, Desiree Savage, Tony Little, Rachel Wheeler and Ayanna Johnson. This one-act musical is set in a counselor’s office and takes a satiric look at what really happened at the end of our favorite fractured fairy tales. Admission is free and light snacks will be served. For more information, contact Choir Director Wendy Smith at wsmith@eastms.edu or (662) 476-5004.




East Central’s Thaggard Wins National Softball Pitcher of Week Honor

East Central Community College
East Central’s Thaggard Wins National Softball Pitcher of Week Honor

East Central Community College freshman softball pitcher Chloe Thaggard of Philadelphia has been named the Division II National Pitcher of the Week by the National Junior College Athletic Association for the week of March 23-29.

Earlier this week, the right-hander from Leake Academy also received the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges Softball Pitcher of the Week award.

Thaggard was 2-0 during the period, including an 8-0 win over Pearl River Community College March 24 and a 4-1 victory over No. 1 ranked Jones County Junior College March 27.

Against Pearl River, she faced 23 batters and only allowed two hits and one walk while striking out nine. Against Jones County, Thaggard held the Lady Bobcats to just one unearned run on six hits, while striking out seven batters.

On the year, she has a 15-2 overall record and a 1.72 earned run average.

It is the second time this season a Lady Warrior softball player has received the national honor. Freshman pitcher Lacey Hill of Kilbourne (La.) High School was the NJCAA Division II National Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 16-22.

The ECCC Lady Warriors are 28-8 overall and 14-5 in MACJC South Division play.

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




EMCC STUDENT WINS 1st PLACE IN STATE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

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EMCC STUDENT WINS 1st PLACE IN STATE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

SCOOBA – The best picture taken at a Mississippi community college this year was taken in Scooba.
East Mississippi Community College student Pauline Pimolle, of Marseille, France, won 1st Place in the photography category at the 2015 Mississippi Community College/Junior College Art Instructor Association’s Student Art Competition. Her winning submission was displayed March 26 – April 1 at the MC/JCAIA Exhibition at Meridian Community College.
Pimolle’s photo, titled “Veiled,” is a black-and-white self-portrait taken during her first year in America as a student at EMCC’s Scooba campus.
EMCC art instructor Terry Cherry said that, while he and the Art Department at EMCC are very proud of Pimolle, they’re not exactly surprised she claimed the award for best photo: “She’s very dedicated to her art and she always comes up with a vision for her ideas that’s completely unique.”
She enrolled at the Scooba campus in the fall to be closer to her American boyfriend, whom she met online via a shared interest in art.
“I always wanted to study in the United States, but I didn’t know which state specifically because you have so many,” she said.
“Even though France is its own country, it’s like Mississippi has as much history as France.”
Pimolle is documenting her experience through pictures for her family and friends back in France, sharing them through Facebook and email. Her work is also featured on the art website beautifulbizarre.net.
She eventually hopes to study art and photography at Mississippi State University.




Meridian/Lauderdale County is My Hometown ...

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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.
Samples of submitted photos have been attached and others can be viewed on the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation Facebook page.
Deadline for photos is Friday, April 29th.
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



EMCC REFLECTION SINGERS VISIT GOLDEN TRIANGLE SCHOOLS

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EMCC REFLECTION SINGERS VISIT GOLDEN TRIANGLE SCHOOLS

The East Mississippi Community College Reflection Singers visited two Golden Triangle area schools March 27 during a spring recruiting tour. The elite singing group made stops at Starkville Academy and Caledonia High School, singing traditional choral music and a number of classic popular hits, like “What I Did for Love,” “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” and “Come Sail Away.” Pictured are EMCC students with audience members from Starkville Academy. The EMCC Reflection Singers are under the direction of Wendy Smith, director of choral and vocal music instruction. Scholarships are available for the fall 2015 semester. For more information, contact Wendy Smith at wsmith@eastms.edu or (662) 476-5004.





JCJC receives gift from Sanderson Farms

Jones County Junior College
JCJC receives gift from Sanderson Farms
ELLISVILLE – The gift that will keep on giving and growing was recently delivered to Jones County Junior College recently from Sanderson Farms. Two commercial tractor-trailers were donated to the college’s Commercial Truck Driving program with the hopes of increasing the number of professionally trained truck drivers entering the workforce.
“This gift will enable the college to provide quality trained potential employees for the transportation industry and in particular Sanderson Farms. We are honored that they have confidence in us and are fully committed to furthering the success of their company and other industries in our service areas,” said JCJC President, Dr. Jesse Smith. He also noted, “Sanderson Farms, its founders, board members and employees have long been benevolent partners with the college.”

Sanderson’s gifts, which include a sleeper truck, live haul trailer, feed tractor and feed trailer, have a combined total of an estimated $25,000. Lampkin Butts, President and Chief Operating Officer for Sanderson Farms, said the company is committed to providing educational and professional opportunities to those within our local communities who are interested in acquiring new skills to further their careers.

“Commercial truck drivers compose an integral part of our company’s workforce and we hope this donation inspires future drivers to join our company after completing their education and training,” said Butts.

The transportation industry is a major component to the success of Sanderson Farms. Company officials said without good truck drivers, business is interrupted.

“Having skilled truck drivers is a necessity to our industry. Commercial drivers ensure that our flocks are safely transported and provided with the feed necessary to ensure proper health and growth,” according to Randy Pettus, Sanderson Farms’ Director of Production. “We hope that this donation will help to equip new drivers with the skills necessary to sustain not only a successful career in the commercial driving industry, but also a successful career with Sanderson Farms.”

Sanderson Farms’ Corporate Fleet Manager Kevin Butler also anticipated an influx in commercial drivers as a result of the donation.

“We wanted to partner with JCJC and the Commercial Truck Driving program so we could both benefit from having quality drivers. Sanderson Farms is looking for quality drivers to help us get past the driver shortage and hopefully this will lead to a long term relationship between our company and the college.”

JCJC’s Commercial Truck Driving instructor, Kim Bridges explained the demand for good truck drivers is overwhelming. He said he has had requests for female drivers, and he has noticed more veterans are taking advantage of the short training time.

“I see this as a big benefit for Jones because there is more demand than supply for good truck drivers. Every one of my students has a job, if they are willing to work,” said Bridges. “I feel the JCJC truck driving program has and will always continue to help with our economy, including the currently laid off individuals from the oil fields.”

Since the program’s launch in August, 2007, 151 students, including 25 women have passed and earned their Class CDL. Bridges said he has a 100 percent job placement rate. The JCJC Commercial Truck Driving program meets Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. for eight weeks. Students take a Skill Driving Test in their seventh week.

“If they pass, they get their Class ‘A’ CDL. They also get a Certificate from the truck driving program and a certificate from Jones,” said Bridges.

The next class will begin in May and is filling up fast said Bridges. For more information about the JCJC Commercial Truck Driving program call 601-477-5440 or email kim.bridges@jcjc.edu.

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




East Central Community College - newspaper award

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ECCC Student Newspaper Staff Receives Top Awards at State Competition

East Central Community College’s student newspaper, The Tom-Tom, received 11 awards, including second place in General Excellence, the top award granted for student newspapers, in the 2015 Mississippi Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest Student Division for Community Colleges.

The awards were presented at the annual O.C. McDavid Journalism Conference held March 26, 2015, at the Mississippi Craft Center in Ridgeland.

The Tom-Tom received a total of three first place, four second place, and four third place awards in the annual competition.

In the Better Newspaper Competition, members of The Tom-Tom staff earned the following awards:

First place in General Interest Column for Allison Johnson, a sophomore from Philadelphia and The Tom-Tom opinions editor.
First place in Cartoon for Claire Griffin, a May 2014 graduate from Decatur.
First place in Website for The Tom-Tom staff.
Second place in General Excellence—The Tom-Tom staff.
Second place in General Interest Column for Madison Herrington, a sophomore from Union.
Second place in Design for Hannah May, a freshman from Little Rock and design editor.
Second place in Front Page for The Tom-Tom staff.
Third place in General News Story for Madison Barnett, a sophomore from Noxapater and editor.
Third place in Editorials for Barnett.
Third place in Single Advertisement for The Tom-Tom staff.
Third place in Miscellaneous Advertisement for The Tom-Tom staff.

The Tom-Tom is a student-led newspaper representative of the student body of East Central Community College in Decatur. The staff is led by Madison Barnett of Noxapater, editor; Allison Johnson of Philadelphia, opinions editor; Hannah May of Little Rock, design editor; and Macken’z Smith of Philadelphia, cartoonist. ECCC Publications Coordinator Gennie Taylor of Forest serves as adviser.


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



March of Dimes ... March for Babies

Bonita Lakes
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (Meridian Chapters) and the Mississippi Chapter of the March of Dimes are sponsoring the March for Babies,
Saturday, May 2, 2015, 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Bonita Lakes. Teams and sponsors are needed. For more information contact 601-479-9449 or 601-604-8094.


Jenifer Buford
Chafony Poole




Highland Baptist Church 2513 N 7th Avenue Laurel, MS - Events Calendar

Highland Baptist Church 2513 N 7th Avenue Laurel, MS
Highland Baptist Church Announcements for April

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Highland Baptist Church 2513 N 7th Avenue Laurel, MS

EASTER CELEBRATION AND PANCAKE BREAKFAST:
Highland Baptist Church invites you and your family to our Easter Celebration Sunday, April 5th. Celebration services will be at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. We will host a FREE Community Pancake Breakfast in our Activities Center from 9:00-10:45 a.m. Join our family for breakfast and to Worship our risen Savior! For more information contact 601-428-8493.


JCJC CHOIR AT HIGHLAND BAPTIST CHURCH:
Highland Baptist Church will host Jones County Junior College Choir on Sunday, April 12th at 6:00 p.m. Join us for a night of worship lead by our local college choir. We will host a church-wide reception honoring the JCJC choir immediately following the evening worship service in our fellowship hall. For more information contact 601-428-8493.


HIGHLAND IN THE PARK
Highland Baptist Church hosts HIGHLAND IN THE PARK Sunday, April 19th at 6:00 p.m. Join us in Mason Park for special music, drama, worship and message. Bring a chair or a blanket. For more information contact 601-428-8493.

TEAM HIGHLAND RELAY FOR LIFE:
Team Highland joins Jones County Relay for Life 2015, Friday, April 24th with jambalaya. Stop by our tent at the Laurel Fairgrounds and support our team.
For more information or to join our team call Highland Baptist Church at 601-428-8493.




EAST MISSISSIPPI JOB FAIR RETURNS TO EMCC APRIL 30

East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus 8731 S. Frontage Road in Mayhew, off U.S. 45 Alternate at the Lyceum auditorium
EAST MISSISSIPPI JOB FAIR RETURNS TO EMCC APRIL 30

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

INFO BOX:

WANT TO GO?
 What: East Mississippi Job Fair
 When: Thursday, April 30, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
 Where: Lyceum auditorium at East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus, 8731 S. Frontage Road in Mayhew, off U.S. 45 Alternate
 More info: Look for the job fair link on the home page at www.eastms.edu for a list of employers who will be attending the fair, as well as the “Job Fair Survival Guide,” which can help job-seekers get the most out of their visit.
 Questions: Contact Linda Gates, EMCC district director of job placement, (662) 243-1978 or lgates@eastms.edu.


Contacts:
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