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JCJC is registering students for new Entry Level Petroleum Trainee program

Clarke County Center in Stonewall
JCJC is registering students for new Entry Level Petroleum Trainee program

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Entry Level Petroleum Trainee program is taking applications September 1, through September 8, 2015 at the Clarke County Center in Stonewall. Classes begin, Tuesday, September 8 through December 11. The one-semester training program will meet Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Additional training will be held off-campus for two-three weeks on training rigs like the “Mr. Charlie” in Morgan City, Louisiana.

The ELPT program at JCJC is designed to prepare the student for employment and advancement in the oil & gas industry. Students will be ready to enter the workforce as an entry level seamen, roustabout or floor-hand. Upon completion of this course the graduate will be prepared and qualified to secure employment or to further their training into more technical positions of the oil & gas industry. Multiple certificates will be available for eligible students who successfully complete the program, including Safety Environmental Management Systems, RigPass/SafeLand/SafeGulf, Forklift, First Aid/CPR, Fire Watch, Basic Marine Firefighting, NCCER CORE Curriculum, NCCER Advanced Rigging, IADC WellSharp, Capital Safety Fall Protection/Working at Heights, Capital Safety Confined Space, HUET, TWIC card and the Mr. Charlie Experience.

Salary ranges at oil and gas industry jobs, including graduates of JCJC’s ELPT program, can range from $30,317 - $66,000 (www.salarylist.com). Prospective students must register in person at the Clarke County Center. For more information please contact the Clarke County Center at 601-659-4659 or email: travis.thrash@jcjc.edu or jody.buchanan@jcjc.edu. The Clarke County Center is located at 1200 South Erwin Rd. in Stonewall, MS 39363.

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




ECCC to Offer ‘Starting a Business – First Steps’ Workshop in Decatur

East Central Community College’s Workforce Development Center on the Decatur campus.
ECCC to Offer ‘Starting a Business – First Steps’ Workshop in Decatur

East Central Community College’s Small Business Development Center will offer a “Starting a Business – First Steps” workshop from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, at the ECCC Workforce Development Center on the Decatur campus.

This free workshop is designed to introduce participants to the basic steps of starting a business, including regulations such as licenses and permits, legal forms of business ownership, basic marketing concepts to help analyze the revenue potential, lending terminology, outline for a business plan, and other resources to assist in starting a business.

Ronald Westbrook, director of ECCC’s Small Business Development Center, will serve as facilitator for the class.

For more information or to register for the workshop, contact the Small Business Development Center at 601-635-6296 or 601-635-6297. The email address is rwestbrook@eccc.edu or vthames@eccc.edu.

Bill Wagnon
Associate Vice President for Public Information
East Central Community College
P.O. Box 129
Decatur, MS 39327
Office: 601-635-6242
Fax: 601-635-4398
Cell: 205-540-0515




JCJC’s “Operation JumpStart” small business training in Waynesboro

Jones County Junior College’s ... Wayne County Center
JCJC’s “Operation JumpStart” small business training in Waynesboro
ELLISVILLE - Entrepreneurs in Wayne County will now have the opportunity to realize their dreams of small business ownership with the help of Jones County Junior College’s, “Operation JumpStart.” A free introduction of the program, sponsored by First State Bank of Waynesboro will be held on Tuesday, September 15, at 9 a.m. at the JCJC Wayne County Center. At this meeting, JCJC Operation JumpStart instructor, Deborah Smith will discuss the six-week, nationally-recognized, highly successful training model to those who want to start or expand a small business. 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 Deborah Smith, JCJC Operation JumpStart instructor.

The training program will be held on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. until noon, for six weeks beginning on Monday, September 28, 2015 through November 4. Classes will meet in Waynesboro, at JCJC’s Wayne County Center located at 103 Collins Street in Waynesboro.

With help from sponsorships from First State Bank in Waynesboro, the Operation JumpStart tuition is $250. Applications can be picked up at the JCJC Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville or from Daryll McDonald, the Director of the JCJC Wayne County Center in Waynesboro. Contact McDonald by calling 601-735-2228 or email at daryll.mcdonald@jcjc.edu.

For more information or to apply for this new business coaching and training program, contact Shannon Wilks at 601-477-4114 or email, Shannon.wilks@jcjc.edu Deborah Smith by emailing: projectjumpstartinfo@yahoo.com.

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




Meridian Main Street - Downtown Happenings - August 31 - September 6

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Downtown Happenings - August 31 - September 6 / Vol. lV No. 41

Monday, August 31, 2015

Event:Meridian Area Farmers Market
Location: Singing Brakeman Park
Time: Monday - Saturday 7am - 1pm
For More Information: Call 601.604.2892

Event:Garden Essentials Sale
Location: Planters Supply
Time: All week
For More Information: Call 601.890.1750
Sales include garden & flower seeds, plants, trees, shrubbery, bedding plants, tropicals, ferns, fresh cut hay, dog food, & alfalfa from New Mexico!

Event: $1 Install
On all Car Stereo Speakers
Location:Hoopers
Time: All week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2668

Event: $99.99 School Uniform Package
Location:The Liberty Shop
Time: All week
For More Information: Call 601.693.5331

Event: Kameleon Jewelry Sale
Location: LaBiche Jewelers
Time: Monday, Aug. 31st - Last Day!
For More Information: Call 601.693.6071
All Kameleon Jewelry is 50% off through the end of August!

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

Event:HTTP
Helpful Technology for Today's Pupil
Location:AOTECH Computers
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.890.1750
To donate working desktops or laptops, you can drop them off at AOTECH or United Way of East MS.

Event:Interiors Market
& Climate Controlled Storage
Location: Hulett Building
Time: Now Accepting Applicants
For More Information: Call 662.401.8812

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

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

Event:Half Price Drinks
During Happy Hour
Location: Weidmann's
Time: Monday - Saturday 4:00pm - 7:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770
Enjoy half price drinks during happy hour (bar only). Also, half off bottles of wine every Monday!

Event: Store Schedule
Location: Bambino's Boutique
Time: 9:30am - 5:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.5253
Will only be open on Monday, Friday, and Saturday.

Event:Meridian Craft Beer Club
Location: Brickhaus
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
The Meridian Craft Beer Club meets and discusses a craft each week.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Event:Storytime
Location: Meridian Public Library
Time: 4:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.6771 (ext. 224)
Bring your family and enjoy Storytime at the Meridian Public Library! Tuesday is at 4:00 for ages 5 - 8, Wednesday is at 10:45 for ages 2 - 5, and Thursday is at 4:00 for ages 9 - 12.

Event: Downtowner's Meeting
Location: Hulett Building
Time: 5:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.7480
Join Meridian Main Street and your fellow downtowners. After a brief meeting, we will take a tour of the Hulett project. RSVP: Karen@meridianmainstreet.com

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

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

Event:Trivia Night
Location: Weidmann's
Time: 8:00pm till close
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770
Happy Hour 4pm - 7pm

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Event: Starting a Business -
First Steps
Location: EMBDC Conference Room
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.1306
Are you interested in starting your own business but don't know where to begin? This seminar outlines the basic steps to start a business.

Event: 42nd Annual Bi-State
Art Juried Competition Exhibit
Location: Meridian Museum of Art
Time: Wednesday - Saturday 11:00am - 5:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.1501
Awards Reception, Saturday, October 17th 6-8 p.m. Awards Announced at 7 p.m.

Event: Live Trivia
Location: Brickhaus
Time: 8:00pm - 11:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Event:Meridian Lions Club
Location: Rush Hospital Cafeteria
Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm
For More Information: Call 662.418.5848
Anyone in the community is welcome as a guest!

Event: School of Art -
After School Sessions
Location: Meridian Museum of Art
Time: 4:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.1501
All classes will offer progressive, skill-based art lessons in a studio setting. Students will receive instruction one day a week at the museum from a highly qualified art instructor.

Event: Saints vs Packers
Location: Brickhaus
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
Watch Party Presented by Coors Light. Visit website for more events.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Event:Tax Free Sale
Location: The Southern Sportsman
Time: Friday - Sunday
For More Information: Call 601.693.4111
Bows, Pistols, Long Guns, Archery Accessories, Ammo - Wait a Minute - Why not the entire Store - All Items Tax Free! Special extra 2 man ladder stand: Double Tax Free while they last!

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

Event:Friday Night Live
Location: Meridian Temple Theatre
Time: 7:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.5353
With performances from Katy Wade, the Houston Road Boys, Zac Craven and your host, Davis County Band!

Event:Bridge to Grace
Location: Rhythm & Brews
Time: 10:00pm - 2:00am
For More Information: Call 601.282.5608

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Event: Earth's Bounty Farmers Market
Location: Singing Brakeman Park
Time: 8:00am - 1:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.7480
Join us for a bountiful harvest the first Saturday of the month April - November. We'll have fresh fruit, vegetables, honey, jams, jellies, bread, soaps, shrubs, flowers, and more! There will be a bouncy house for the kids, a food truck, & live music. Don't miss the 4H Poultry Show & Judging in September!

Event:Arts in the Courtyard
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Event:Family Friendly Movie
Extravaganza
Location: Meridian Temple Theatre
Time: 2:00pm & 7:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.5353
Gone With the Wind: Come experience it again on the giant 40' screen with full theatre sound that puts YOU into the movie.

Event:LUV Undercover
Location: Rhythm & Brews
Time: 10:00pm - 2:00am
For More Information: Call 601.282.5608

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Event:Jazz Brunch with Steve Watson
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770

Event:Family Friendly Movie
Extravaganza
Location: Meridian Temple Theatre
Time: 2:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.5353
Gone With the Wind: Come experience it again on the giant 40' screen with full theatre sound that puts YOU into the movie.

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 theMeridian 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
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26th FALL FEST / CATFISH FEAST

JONES MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 4415 ROYAL ROAD MERIDIAN
26th FALL FEST / CATFISH FEAST

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH

JONES MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
4415 ROYAL ROAD
MERIDIAN

BAZAAR HOURS 9am - 2pm
FISH PLATES served 11am - 2pm

601-482-6220



601-482-6220



Southeast Lauderdale Homecoming 2015 ... and then some

Southeast Lauderdale High School
Southeast Lauderdale Homecoming 2015
Southeast Lauderdale High School would like to release the following information regarding
Homecoming this year. We have a full week of events for our students and the public.
Monday, September 28 – Powder Puff Football Game @ 7:00 – Juniors vs. Seniors
Come out and support the junior and senior class!
Tuesday, September 29 – Family Fun Night @ 5:30-7:00
A fun night for all ages with food and games!
Wednesday, September 30 – FCA Rally on Football Field @ 6:00
Come out and support our Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Thursday, October 1 – Parade and Bonfire @ 6:30
The parade will start at the middle school and end in the lower practice field.
Friday, October 2 – Southeast vs. Choctaw Central @ Kick Off at 7:00




Bi-Annual Evangelistic Services

Calvary Assembly of God 1527 12th Ave. Meridian, MS
You are invited to the Bi-Annual Evangelistic Services
Sept. 5th - 6:00 pm
Sept. 6th - 10:00 am

Visiting Minister ... Rev. Gary White of Birmingham
"With God, ALL things are possible!"




Center Ridge Baptist Church September 2015 Announcements

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


Single and Marriage Engagement Class
September 2, 2015
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting, “Single and Marriage Engagement Class,” on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 @ 7:00 pm. For more information call (601) 776-3649. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.


Wonderful Word on Wednesday
September 9, 23, & 30, 2015
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting, “Wonderful Word on Wednesday,”on Wednesdays, September 9, 23, & 30, 2015 @ 7:00 pm. For more information call (601) 776-3649. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.


NFTS: Registration and First Night of Class
September 10, 2015
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting, “NFTS: Registration and First Night of Class,” on Thursday, September 10, 2015 @ 6:30 pm. For more information call
601) 776-3649. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.

CRBC 3RD YEAR CHURCH ANNIVERSARY-COLLINSVILLE MS
September 13, 2015
No 11 A.M. service in Collinsville
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Collinsville MS, will be celebrating, "3rd Year Church Anniversary," on September 13, 2015, @ 2:00 pm. The guest speaker will be Rev. Dr. James Clarke, Pastor of Pleasant Ridge M.B.C., Collinsville, MS. For more information call (601) 776-3649. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.


CRBC WOMEN’S CONFERENCE
September 20, 2015
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta MS, will be hosting a, "Women's Conference,"on September 20, 2015 @ 11:00 am. The guest speaker will be Minister Tina McDyess, Asst. Professor at Belhaven University in Jackson, MS. For more information call (601) 776-3649. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.




EMBDC - Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Events

Business Before Hours hosted by the United Way of East Mississippi
MSU Riley Center
Tuesday, September 1st
8:00 a.m.

Fairfield Inn & Suites
Ribbon Cutting &
Business After Hours
150 Highway 11 & 80
Thursday, September 10th
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

19th Annual EMBDC
Golf Classic
Northwood Country Club
Friday, September 25th
8:00 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.

EMBDC Annual Meeting
MSU Riley Center
Friday, October 30th




EMBDC Business Before Hours, United Way of East Mississippi Campaign Kickoff

MSU Riley Center
What: EMBDC Business Before Hours, United Way of East Mississippi Campaign Kickoff

When: Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 at 8:00 a.m.

Where: MSU Riley Center

Why: The EMBDC invites its Members to the Business Before Hours sponsored by the United Way of East Mississippi. They will hold their annual campaign kickoff.


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 Recognizes August Ambassadors of the Month

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




JCJC’s “Operation JumpStart,” small business training expands to Covington County

Jones County Junior College’s ... "Covington County"
JCJC’s “Operation JumpStart,” small business training expands to Covington County

ELLISVILLE - Entrepreneurs in Covington County will now have the opportunity to realize their dreams of small business ownership with the help of Jones County Junior College’s, “Operation JumpStart.” A free introduction of the program will be held on Thursday, September 3, at 3 p.m. at Peoples Bank in Collins to discuss the six-week, nationally-recognized, highly successful training model delivered to individuals who want to start or expand a small business. 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 Deborah Smith, JCJC Operation JumpStart Instructor.

The training program will be held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. for six weeks beginning on Tuesday, September 8 through Thursday, October 15. Classes will meet at Peoples Bank, located at 704 Main Street in Collins.

With help from sponsorships from Peoples Bank in Collins, the Operation JumpStart tuition is only $250.
Applications can be picked up at the JCJC Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville.

If you are unable to attend the information workshop, others will be planned around the Pine Belt. For more information or to apply for this new business coaching and training program, contact: Shannon Wilks at 601-477-4114 or email: Shannon.wilks@jcjc.edu or Deborah Smith at projectjumpstartinfo@yahoo.com.

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




Los Lonely Boys Will Bring a Taste of ‘Heaven’ to MSU Riley Center

MSU Riley Center
Los Lonely Boys Will Bring a Taste of ‘Heaven’ to MSU Riley Center


MERIDIAN, MS – A family that plays together will play at the MSU Riley Center when Los Lonely Boys bring their “Texican rock ’n’ roll” to the stage on September 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Los Lonely Boys burst into stardom in 2004 with the catchy single “Heaven,” which hit number one on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and won them a Grammy Award. Their seamless vocal harmonies and energetic onstage chemistry reflect the closeness of the Garza brothers, Henry, Jojo, and Ringo Jr., who play guitar, bass, and drums, respectively. The Garzas have roots in Texas and also spent time in Nashville, so they have absorbed a wide variety of musical influences. Bluesy rock and Latin-flavored soul form the bedrock of their sound. Many songs also betray a fondness for melodic pop music.

“We’re all about having a good time, but we also make an effort to write about things that really matter,” says Jojo. “We want to create music that’s about the love and the energy and the spirit that we all carry as people.”

For fans of: Los Lobos, Tedeschi Trucks Band, North Mississippi Allstars

What critics say: “Los Lonely Boys’ Henry Garza is the most underrated, underappreciated young guitarist in rock today, period. Stunning fretwork, unbelievable tones. And drummer Ringo Garza and bassist Jojo Garza are no slouches either.” – John Sinkevics, The Grand Rapids Press

Tickets are $43 and $37 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.




Story Teller Coming to Newton County Elementary School

Newton County Elementary School - gymnasium
Terrence Roberts will also be speaking to students, beginning at 8:30 on Thursday, August 27th, through 2:00. Please know you are welcome to this high energy Literacy event. Thank you!

Weaving the World Together One Story At a Time!

The Family Literacy Team, Faculty, Administration, and Staff at Newton County Elementary School invite you to a night of excitement with Da Terrence Roberts, on Thursday, August 27th, beginning at 6:00 pm in the NCES gymnasium.

Over the last five years Da Terrence Roberts, "Da Story Weaver," has been rapidly evolving as a Teaching Artist/Storyteller. The majority of his stories are meant to entertain, educate and enlighten. He is also a pastor of a church and has incorporated storytelling into his Sunday messages for many years. As a storyteller in the West African style of Jaliyaa, the ancient West African bardic craft, he embraces the power of words and music. The wordsmiths of West Africa are popularly called “Griots,” but in the West African Language of Bamanakan the term Jali or Jeli is preferred.



Da Terrence Roberts, "Da Story Weaver "found that students were fascinated with the culture, stories and musical instruments of the region. His classroom storytelling performances are filled with teaching moments, not just in West African culture but, science, creative writing, and historical events. In August of 2010, he was given the opportunity to learn more about becoming a teaching artist.
He enrolled in the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education Teaching Artist Workshop. The workshop helped to clarify the role and importance of artists working with teachers in educational settings.
In November 2010, he attended the Level II Teaching Artist Workshop.
This workshop helped him develop a plan to work with schools to enrich and enhance the education of K-12 students. He quickly had an opportunity to put this newly acquired knowledge to work. He began working as a substitute teacher in the Meridian Public School District. This afforded him the opportunity to come in to the classroom and offer an Artist Residency for the classes he taught.
Later he became a permanent substitute for a Special Needs Class at Meridian High School, using an arts integrated lesson plan on a daily basis. He quickly saw a change in the learning abilities of his students. A year later, he became the director of a pre-GED alternative detention program called the YET Street School. The School helped prepare juvenile offenders to take the ABE/GED tests.
He not only taught an arts integrated program, but he also provided
training for his teachers to use arts integrated lesson plans. He is
currently involved in professional development training as a part of the Mississippi Arts Commission's Whole Schools Initiative partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The two year partnership has provided him with both training and hands on experience in working with students with Special Needs. He has conducted residencies in inclusion classrooms as well as arts integrated lessons in self-contained special education classes.




YOUTH SERVICE

Greater Christ Temple 4601 8th Street Meridian, MS
YOUTH SERVICE
Sunday, September 20th @ 10 A.M.
THEME: DEVELOPING OUR YOUTH AS LEADERS IN MINISTRY WORKS
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: BISHOP AMOS S. POWELL

ALSO .......
September 2015
“The Gathering of the Saints”
Sunday, September 27th @ 10 A.M.
Come, experience a 1 day revival.

Phone: (601) 207-5083


Salem Baptist Unveils Historical Marker

Salem Baptist Church 497 Kewanee Road Toomsuba
Salem Baptist Unveils Historical Marker

Toomsuba, MS – Salem Baptist Church will unveil a Mississippi Historical Marker on Sunday, September 13, 2015 to commemorate 177 years of service. The dedication service will begin at 11:00 a.m. The church is located at 497 Kewanee Road, Toomsuba. Rev. Lamar Lifer serves as pastor.

Although the building has changed, the church has been in continuous service on the same site since its establishment in 1838. The early congregation was composed of local Lauderdale County residents, as well as believers from Sumter and Choctaw Counties in Alabama. The historical marker also pays tribute to an early 1800s area settlement known as Alamucha; to Alamucha Academy, a premier Mississippi school; and to members of the Alamucha Infantry, Co. E, 13th Mississippi Infantry.

If you would like more information about this event, please contact Judy Wright at (601) 632-4320 or (601) 479-4778; email at Judywrght3@gmail.




JCJC is offering non-credit computer classes in Ellisville

Jones County Junior College Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville
JCJC is offering non-credit computer classes in Ellisville
ELLISVILLE – Five non-credit computer classes will be offered at the Jones County Junior College Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville this fall. The Tuesday and Thursday night classes will be offered from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The cost is $55 for the basic courses on Tuesday night and Thursday nights, and $75 for Advanced classes on Tuesday and Thursday nights.

Microsoft Excel 2013 Basic is offered on Tuesday nights beginning September 1 through 29 for 1.5 CEU’s. Introduction to Personal Computers is offered on Thursday night beginning September 3 through 24 for 1.5 CEU’s. Microsoft Word 2013 Basic is offered on Thursday night beginning October 1 through 29 for 1.5 CEU’s.

Microsoft Excel 2013 Advanced meets on Tuesday night beginning October 6 through December 8 for 2.7 CEU’s. Microsoft Word 2013 Advanced on Thursday night beginning November 5 through December 17 for 1.8 CEU’s.

All materials used in the class will be provided. To register one week before classes begin, call Shannon Wilks at 601-477-4114, or email, Shannon.wilks@jcjc.edu. CEU credits are available upon request for $10 at the end of the class.

For the most current schedule, please visit the website: http://www.jcjc.edu/atc/eventscalendar_noncreditclasses.php or visit the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/jcjc.atc.

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




JCJC’s Phi Beta Lambda students earn national awards

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JCJC’s PBL students earn national awards
ELLISVILLE –Four Jones County Junior College students attended the Phi Beta Lambda National Conference in Chicago, Illinois and returned with national honors. The network design team of Aaron Huff of Laurel, James Fuller of Prentiss and Robert Mullis of Petal placed 2nd in the nation, receiving a $100 cash award and trophies.
“I was very proud of our student’s accomplishments,” said JCJC PBL Adviser, David Ray. “We had two top ten winners and also a team to place 2nd in the nation by beating out over 25 other first place team winners from various states across the country. This is a testament to the hard work put forth by the students and their level of instruction here at Jones. These students worked hard to get to Chicago and to watch their efforts pay off as they received recognition among about 1,000 of their peers is very rewarding.”

Additionally, Aaron Huff placed 7th in Cybersecurity and James Fuller placed 9th in Network Concepts at the national competition. Brandon McInnis of Hattiesburg competed in the Future Business Executive category but was unable to place in the top ten. Each of the four JCJC students placed first or second in the state PBL conference in March to qualify for the national competition in June.
“The experiences we had in Chicago not only benefited me as a student, but as a person. The opportunities to expand not only my knowledge, but also my association with some of the brightest students in the nation will forever push me to be the best I can in my field,” said Fuller.
Also recognized at the conference was JCJC’s PBL advisor David Ray, who was awarded Mississippi’s PBL adviser of the year. Ray assists at the PBL state and national conferences by working and/or organizing different competitive events. He also organizes and oversees the Southern District FBLA conference at Jones hosts each year, in addition to his responsibilities as the student’s PBL adviser.

“I am very humbled by the award. There are many outstanding advisers in the state, so to be selected out of this group of Mississippi PBL advisers is definitely an honor,” said Ray.

He added he enjoyed attending the national conference because the energy level of the thousand, young, future entrepreneurs gathering to compete in various business events was very exciting to witness.

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




EMBDC - Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Events

Haley Barbour Book Signing
Community Bank Lobby - 22nd Ave
Tuesday, August 25th
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Business Before Hours hosted by the United Way of East Mississippi
MSU Riley Center
Tuesday, September 1st
8:00 a.m.

Fairfield Inn & Suites
Ribbon Cutting &
Business After Hours
150 Highway 11 & 80
Thursday, September 10th
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

19th Annual EMBDC
Golf Classic
Northwood Country Club
Friday, September 25th
8:00 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.

EMBDC Annual Meeting
MSU Riley Center
Friday, October 30th




GTECHS STUDENTS DUB THEMSELVES THE ‘WILDCATS’

East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus
GTECHS STUDENTS DUB THEMSELVES THE ‘WILDCATS’

MAYHEW – Mississippi’s first early college high school has discovered its inner Wildcat.
Students at Golden Triangle Early College High School, which offers students simultaneous college credits while advancing through high school, learned the result of their vote for the school’s mascot and colors in an unveiling ceremony Monday at East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus. GTECHS, or “G-Techs” as the staff calls it, are the Wildcats. And their colors are blue and gold.
The mascot and colors were voted on last week by the 61 freshmen enrolled in GTECHS’s inaugural class. Students will submit their original art before another vote to choose the official logo.
“This is a great way to reward these students for being brave enough to attend a totally new high school,” said GTECHS principal Jill Savely.
“G-Techs will eventually add grades 10 through 12, and these students will graduate and move on, but they’ll leave a permanent impression on this school’s history and legacy. All of these students came from somewhere different. Now there is an ‘us.’”
“Yeah, it’s pretty clean,” said student Cameron Farmer of West Point, voicing his approval of the logo.
GTECHS welcomed students, who came from schools all over the Golden Triangle area, to their first day of classes Aug. 10. An opening convocation was held the first day of class that included comments from Savely, Dr. Carey Wright, Mississippi state superintendent of education, Dr. Thomas Huebner, president of EMCC, and Dr. Paul Miller, executive vice president of EMCC and vice president of EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus.
At convocation, GTECHS students erupted in wild cheers when greeted by Dr. Miller’s “Welcome Class of 2019!” Additional grades will be added each year until GTECHS has a full complement of freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors for the 2018-19 school year.
“Y’all are famous,” Dr. Huebner told the gathered freshmen.
“You’re the first. Not just of this school, but the first in Mississippi. You’re trailblazers, and you’re making a difference.”
Dr. Wright spoke to the practical advantages of attending an early college high school, citing a 2014 American Institutes for Research study that found 81 percent of early college high school students enroll in college following graduation and pointing out the economic benefits of an early start.
“These college credits are valuable in so many ways. First, they don’t cost you anything to earn. Your work in high school can save your families two years’ worth of college tuition,” said Wright.
Savely said GTECHS students have already begun working toward their college credits, even on the first day of class: “They began taking their first college course the minute they stepped on campus.”
“They’ll leave here prepared to do anything they choose. They can take an academic pathway and enter a four-year university as a junior or take the career-technical path and be ready to go to work,” said Savely.
BankFirst, one of GTECHS’s business partners, also presented a donation of $20,000 to the fledgling school during the convocation program.

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



JCJC receives MS Transportation Commission’s TAP grant for pedestrian corridor

Jones County Junior College
JCJC receives MS Transportation Commission’s TAP grant for pedestrian corridor

ELLISVILLE- More than $416,000 in a Transportation Alternative Project or TAP grant was officially awarded to Jones County Junior College for a campus improvement and safety project. The money will be used to convert an area of College Drive, in front of the C.L. Neill Student Center into a pedestrian corridor.
“It’s a campus beautification project connected with enhancing the safety of one of the main drives through the campus,” said JCJC president, Dr. Jesse Smith. “The purpose of this project is to create a pedestrian plaza where students can go in between classes and not be put in harm’s way crossing a busy street. Additionally, it’s an area we’re able to access some federal funds with Commissioner King’s guidance through the TAP program.”

Eighty-percent of the project or $416,399 will be paid with federal funds, through the TAP grant. The other 20-percent of the project or $104,099 will be paid by JCJC, for a total of $520,498 for the pedestrian corridor project.

“It’s an honor for me to be able to present this grant to JCJC,” said MDOT Southern District Commissioner Tom King. “I think it will do a great job as far as esthetics. It’s going along College Drive making it a corridor or pedestrian walkway.”

College officials received the federal grant money from Southern District Transportation Commissioner, Tom King earlier in August. However the process began months ago, with JCJC’s Director of Campus Operations, Michael Bradshaw applying for the grant and developing the proposal. For the next year, Neill Schaeffer’s consultants, architects and engineers along with Bradshaw, will draw up the detailed plans and receive construction bids for the project.

“We hope by the summer of 2016, after graduation in May we will begin construction. The majority of the heavy machinery work should be completed by the time students return for the fall semester,” said Dr. Smith.

The proposed improvements will consist of brick pavers, seat walls, scored concrete, landscape improvements and removable bollards with the JCJC logo in the center of the plaza. The existing campus marquee sign at the intersection of College Drive and Dan Jones Memorial Drive will remain. Once construction begins, the project is estimated to take 18-months to complete.

“The Mississippi Department of Transportation is proud to partner with JCJC on this important pathway project on campus,” said Commissioner King. “Projects like this one greatly improve the quality of life on college campuses and we are honored to assist with making this project a reality.”

In the future, JCJC may extend the corridor on College Drive to the end of the Hutchison-Hubbard Administration Building and A.B. Howard Gymnasium area and on Dan Jones Memorial Drive, behind the Terrell Tisdale Memorial Library to the Humanities Center.

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




Gospel music concert

Liberty Baptist Church 1968 Liberty Church Rd. Newton, MS
Event Title: Gospel music concert

Event Date: August 30. 6pm

Text: The Greenes will be in concert at Liberty baptist church Sunday aug 30 at 6pm. Church is located at 1968 Liberty church rd in newton.




Family Weekend

East Pleasant Grove Baptist Church
Family Weekend

Sept. 12-13

Family Weekend @ East Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Sept. 12-13 Saturday: Trevor Thomas Drama Ministries Sunday: Worship and Dinner on the grounds with children's activities following for info: 601-776-3878

Joshua Meadows
Pastor @East Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Office# 601-776-3878 Cell# 601-938-1600




JCJC SkillsUSA student & instructor win first place in national competition

Jones County Junior College
JCJC SkillsUSA student & instructor win first place in national competition
ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College Cosmetology student Megan Pruett of Hattiesburg brought home the Gold Medal for First Place in Esthetics at this year’s national SkillsUSA Championships, held in June in Kentucky. Cosmetology instructor Tonya Moreno was presented the Gold Medal in Esthetics for an instructor.
“We are very proud of Megan and Mrs. Moreno,” said Jason Dedwylder, JCJC’s dean of career and technical education. “This award is a culmination of a year's worth of preparation and hard work. Mrs. Moreno is a true champion of her students and is an expert in her field. We are proud to have her leading our program and preparing students for their career.”
SkillsUSA is the national organization for students in trade, industrial, technical and health occupations education. A total of 27 Jones students competed in state competition in the spring with 10 winning first place. Those 10 moved on to the national competition where they were pitted against more than 6,000 students in Louisville, Kentucky.
In addition to Pruett winning first place with her work with model Lakken Walters of Laurel, she received her workplace ready certificate based on her written test scores. Pruett said the competition week was long, and she did her best, hoping just to place.
“When they were calling out the winners at the Awards Ceremony they started with bronze (3rd place) and worked up to Gold,” she explained. “By the time they announced the winner of Silver, I hung my head and closed my eyes and thought ‘darn it, I didn't place’ but I was proud of my work and my efforts. Then, all of a sudden, the entire JCJC crowd is screaming and clapping and my model, Lakken Walters, grabbed me and yelled ‘Megan...You just won!’ I was in shock, completely stunned. It was a very proud moment in my life, to experience the culmination of all our hard work and receive National recognition for it.”
Also bringing home accolades was the drafting team, who placed fifth with a Promotional Bulletin Board and presentation. These students include Lacey McLain of Laurel, Katelynn Brock of Petal and Lexie King of Laurel. All three received their workplace ready certificate based on their written test, and McLain and King each received a $1000 scholarship.
Other JCJC students who placed at nationals include technical drafter Andrew Murry of Beaumont, who placed tenth; the welding fabrication team from the Greene County Center, Jacob McLeod of Lucedale, Russell Green of Leakesville and Arial Johnson of State Line, placed 16th; and welding competitor Garth Breland of Beaumont placed 26th.

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




Meridian Main Street - Downtown Happenings August 24 - 30

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Downtown Happenings August 24 - 30 / Vol. lV No. 40

Monday, August 24, 2015

Event:Meridian Area Farmers Market
Location: Singing Brakeman Park
Time: Monday - Saturday 7am - 1pm
For More Information: Call 601.604.2892

Event:$1 Install on all Car Stereo Speakers
Location:Hoopers
Time: All week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2668

Event: $99.99 School Uniform Package
Location:The Liberty Shop
Time: All week
For More Information: Call 601.693.5331

Event: Kameleon Jewelry Sale
Location: LaBiche Jewelers
Time: Now through Aug. 31st
For More Information: Call 601.693.6071
All Kameleon Jewelry is 50% off now through the end of August!

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

Event:HTTP
Helpful Technology for Today's Pupil
Location:AOTECH Computers
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.890.1750
To donate working desktops or laptops, you can drop them off at AOTECH or United Way of East MS.

Event:Interiors Market & Climate Controlled Storage
Location: Hulett Building
Time: Now Accepting Applicants
For More Information: Call 662.401.8812

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

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

Event:Garden Essentials Sale
Location: Planters Supply
Time: All week
For More Information: Call 601.890.1750
Sales include garden & flower seeds, plants, trees, shrubbery, bedding plants, tropicals, ferns, fresh cut hay, dog food, & alfalfa from New Mexico!

Event: 42nd Annual Bi-State
Art Juried Competition Exhibit
Location: Meridian Museum of Art
Time: Wednesday - Saturday 11:00am - 5:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.1501
Awards Reception, Saturday, October 17th 6-8 p.m. Awards Announced at 7 p.m.
Event:Half Price Drinks During Happy Hour
Location: Weidmann's
Time: Monday - Saturday 4:00pm - 7:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770
Enjoy half price drinks during happy hour (bar only). Also, half off bottles of wine every Monday!
Event: New Store Schedule
Location: Bambino's Boutique
Time: 9:30am - 5:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.5253
Will only be open on Monday, Friday, and Saturday.

Event:Meridian Craft Beer Club
Location: Brickhaus
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
The Meridian Craft Beer Club meets and discusses a craft each week.

Event:Michael Bolton
Location: MSU Riley Center
Time: 7:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.696.2200
With a powerfully soulful voice and more than 55 million records sold worldwide, Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Michael Bolton has a catalog of hits that have made up the soundtrack of our lives. Tickets are available at the Box Office. Pre-Show Party starts at 6:00pm.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Event:Haley Barbour Book Signing
Location: Community Bank Lobby - 22nd Ave
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.0200

Event:Meridian Public Library: Story Time
Location: Meridian Public Library
Time: 4:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.6771 (ext. 224)
Bring your family and enjoy Story Time at the Meridian Public Library! Tuesday is at 4:00 for ages 5 - 8, Wednesday is at 10:45 for ages 2 - 5, and Thursday is at 4:00 for ages 9 - 12.

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

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

Event:Trivia Night
Location: Weidmann's
Time: 8:00pm till close
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770
Happy Hour 4pm - 7pm

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Event: Live Trivia
Location: Brickhaus
Time: 8:00pm - 11:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Event:MOPS Kickoff
Location: Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church
Time: 9:00am - 10:30am
For More Information: Call 601.934.4046
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) is designed to nurture mothers with children from infancy through kindergarten.

Event:Meridian Lions Club
Location: Rush Hospital Cafeteria
Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm
For More Information: Call 662.418.5848
Anyone in the community is welcome as a guest!

Event: Christone "Kingfish" Ingram
Location: Brickhaus
Time: 8:00pm - 12:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
Often hailed as the next B.B. King, The Brickhaus is proud to welcome Christone "Kingfish" Ingram live in concert!

Friday, August 28, 2015

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

Event:Family Friendly Movie Extravaganza
Location: Meridian Temple Theatre
Time: 7:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.5353
E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial: Come experience it again on the giant 40' screen with full theatre sound that puts YOU into the movie.

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

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Event:Pastor/Evangelist Tim Rogers
Location: Meridian Temple Theatre
Time: 7:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.5353
Arkansas Pastor Timothy James Rogers is one of the state's most respected preachers, singers and evangelists. Tickets at Sam's Fashion and Temple Theatre Box Office.

Event:U.S.
Location: Rhythm & Brews
Time: 10:30pm - 2:00am
For More Information: Call 601.282.5608

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Event:Jazz Brunch with Steve Watson
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770

Event:Family Friendly Movie Extravaganza
Location: Meridian Temple Theatre
Time: 2:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.5353
The Wizard of Oz (1939): Come experience it again on the giant 40' screen with full theatre sound that puts YOU into the movie.

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
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EMCC ART INSTRUCTOR AWARD STANDALONE

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EMCC ART INSTRUCTOR AWARD STANDALONE

East Mississippi Community College art instructor Lisa Spinks’ drawing, titled “Sneakers,” won her 1st Place in the drawing category at the Meridian Museum of Art’s People’s Choice competition July 25. The colored pencil drawing of Spinks’s shoes netted her $100 and the chance to have her piece, along with another of her drawings titled “Heels,” displayed at the museum and entered into the Bi-State Juried Art Competition. “I was shocked I won first place. There was some really great art in the competition this year,” said Spinks, who has taught art at EMCC for eight years.

Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879



Summer Honor Roll at JCJC Announced

Jones County Junior College
Summer Honor Roll at JCJC Announced

ELLISVILLE -Jones County Junior College has announced the 2015 summer semester honor roll scholars. Full-Time students with 15 hours or more and who maintain the following grade-point averages will make the honor roll: President’s List--4.0; Dean’s List--3.99-3.5: Faculty List--3.49-3.0.

(NOTE: Honor roll scholars from your area are listed according to county and then hometown in alphabetical order. Some names may be listed in your county but they also listed themselves as a resident of a city in another county. Example: the student may be listed under Lamar County but claims Hattiesburg as their hometown or Jasper County as their county but claim Laurel as their hometown or mailing address.
Please include these names according to the county they claim.)


JCJC President’s List Summer 2015 Honor Roll

Tallahassee, Florida: Markel Ja'quise Winters.
Covington Collins: Amber Marie Little.
Covington Mount Olive: Anthony Michael Hinton.
Forrest Hattiesburg: Kirsten Alayna Groome and Ian Aaron Hubble.
Forrest Petal: Jennifer Lynne Simmons and Joseph Richard Tullos.
Jones Laurel: Zoe Nicole Baldwin, Karlee Raelyn Reeves, Marisa Renee Rushton, Bradley Austin Welch and Robert Steven Zugg.
Jones Soso: Kelsey Cheyenne Quarles.
Lamar Hattiesburg: Kyle Thomas Arnold, Vivian Marie Sills and Clifton Allen Tice.
Lamar Sumrall: Heather Lynn Carter, David Rae Hobold, Sheri Denise Lowery and Nathaniel Cade Parsons.
Smith Bay Springs: Thomas Jack McMullan.
Stone Perkinston: Amos Eugene Alexander.
Wayne Waynesboro: Natalie Paige Walley.
Wilkinson Woodville: Jennifer Dawn Chaffin.

JCJC Dean's List Honor Roll Summer 2015

Forrest Hattiesburg: Emily Claire James and Caryn Marie Kersh.
Forrest Petal: Monica Rowell Rawlins and Heather Marie Rozar-Abney.
George Lucedale: Crystal Elizabeth Beech.
Greene Leakesville: Joseph Tyler Hand and Abbie Elouise Moreno.
Greene Lucedale: Aaron Wesley Arnett and Tristan Eugene Blankinchip.
Greene Richton: James Christopher Turner.
Greene State Line: Ariel Marshay Johnson.
Jasper Heidelberg: Lenora Carter Carr.
Jasper Laurel: Anthony Scott Hill.
Jefferson Davis Sumrall: Shelby Lynn Ryals.
Jones Ellisville: Aubrey Annette Daniels, Hannah Grace Ewing and Krystal Samantha Shamburger.
Jones Laurel: Courtney LaChae Edwards and Kevin Jerome Watson.
Jones Moselle: Jessica Lynn Collins.
Jones Waynesboro: Eric Tristan Blackwell.
Lamar Hattiesburg: Brennan Struthers James and Alyssa Shay Johnson and Allyson Kennedy Reid.
Simpson Magee: Christopher Matthew Pickering.
JCJC Faculty List Honor Roll Summer 2015

Copiah Wesson: Javarious K Tanner.
Covington Collins: Kaitlyn Jasmine Windham.
Covington Mt. Olive: Abagail Faith Burkes and Jessica Sanders Sullivan.
Covington Seminary: Tommi Lynne Gilmore.
Forrest Hattiesburg: Ashley Lynne Green, Demesha Vonsha Hall, Marsha Venitta Keys, Misty Lee Larmore,
Haley Rene' Martin, Emily Elizabeth Rowell, Jessica Alexandria Strickland and Summer Leigh Tyson.
Forrest Petal: Mary Amanda Brady, Zachary David Martin, George Washington Nicholson, Brittany Nicole Ward.
Greene Neely: Kimberly Ann Parker.
Jasper Laurel: Philip Tyler Sims.
Jasper Louin: Cierra Renae Hilton.
Jefferson Davis Bassfield: Brittney Marie Peyton-Parkman.
Jefferson Davis Prentiss: Valerie Holliman Evans and Priscilla Sierra Holloway.
Jones Ellisville: Cesar Lara Cabrera, David Jacob Driskell, Hannah Iona McCarthy, Lindsay Rigdon Moody, and Megan Brook Whatley.
Jones Laurel: Nestor Addiel Castro Guzman, Christan Dayne Clark, Colby Scott Cooley, Ashley Nicole Eddy, Vincent Sinclair Hutton, Tatina Jamika Lott, Katlyn Marie Martin, Stephanie D Pollet, Lance Richard Risher, Danishica Phalessia LaHoma Trotter and Joseph M Watson.
Jones Moselle: Cassandra Leann Anderson.
Jones Seminary: Charleen Abigail Johnston.
Jones Taylorsville: Sammie Lenar McDonald.
Lamar Hattiesburg: Richard Todd Little, Hope Danielle Lucus, Rohini Malkani and Victor William Merritt.
Lamar Sumrall: Andrew Taylor Thrash.
Lawrence Monticello: Melissa Lorraine Errington.
Marion Columbia: Heather Nicole Broom.
Perry Beaumont: Garth Alexander Breland.
Perry Richton: Tina Marie Breland, Janson Scott Conway and Kelly Jeanette Edwards.
Smith Mize: Sabrina Toni Bolivar and James Allen Bynum.
Smith Raleigh: Lydia Danielle Coleman and April Littieanna Hall.
Smith Taylorsville: Chanah Danielle Jones and Mildred Mechelle McCullum.
Wayne Shubuta: Shakela Latriece Leggett.
Wayne State Line: Halana Rose Wynn.

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




JCJC awarded Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation Health Grant

Jones County Junior College
JCJC awarded Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation Health Grant
ELLISVILLE – For several years, Jones County Junior College has offered students and staff opportunities to improve health and fitness through the Bobcat Fitness Center. Being awarded a $272,800 grant from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation will now enable the college to expand health initiatives while also ensuring more individual health and fitness levels will increase.
“We certainly applaud the efforts of JCJC in implementing health and wellness initiatives with the focus on healthy eating and exercise,” said Sheila Grogan, Executive Director of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation. “(We’ve) designed a list of best practices for achieving health and wellness cultures on campus that extend into the surrounding communities and schools. Jones County Junior College submitted their best practices they plan to implement this year based on (our) model and the Foundation is pleased to support those efforts.”
One of the most tangible benefits of the grant is the addition of a Circuit Room to JCJC’s Bobcat Fitness Center. With several different pieces of exercise equipment designed to work the entire body, a group of people can work each piece of equipment in 20-minute intervals. For added privacy, the Circuit Room is located away from the Fitness Center and is designed especially for faculty and approved groups, like the Emergency Technology program’s students. Instructor Benji Sessums explained he has incorporated physical training as part of the curriculum and the Circuit Room is an extension of his classroom.
“The changes I see in students are significant. Their physical fitness changes, their attitudes change and they get to know their instructor and classmates in a whole different setting. They learn how to believe in themselves and the people around them,” said Sessums.
Emergency Technology program sophomore Joshua Goldman from Belleville, Illinois said working out relieves his stress. It has helped with school and exercising will better prepare him for the physical demands of his job as a paramedic.
“It’s hard to find a good program that offers a personal trainer and good equipment on a college campus,” said Goldman.
A personal wellness or “life” coach and an additional personal trainer were hired with the grant money to assist college students and staff reach wellness and fitness goals. JCJC Wellness Committee member and VP of Marketing and Recruiting, Finee’ Ruffin added the personnel additions provided by the Health Grant translates to more opportunities for the campus to obtain the college’s mission to have a healthy student body and staff.
“This means we’re fully staffed now. There’s a personal trainer available after work, there’s one for us here at lunch. Exercise and spin classes are offered before work, during lunch and after work. It’s really reaching out to our staff and faculty because our students were our main focus initially. This has allowed the college to branch out and touch more lives on our campus every day,” said Ruffin.
At JCJC’s “Next Steps in Health” kick-off luncheon for faculty and staff, the trainers were available to schedule individual assessment appointments and they learned how to submit recipe’s for a healthy “make-over.”

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




Meridian Public School District - (PBIS) program Teachers of the Year

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Meridian Public School District Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program Teachers of the Year for
2014-15 school year include:
Beth Thrasher, Oakland Heights Elementary School; Mary Diltz, Meridian High School; Melanie Pittman, Carver Middle School; Evelyn Cole, Marion Park Alternative School
Dr. Alvin Taylor, MPSD Superintendent; Nicole Gamble, Crestwood Elementary School; Rachel Pomeroy, Poplar Springs Elementary School; Phyllis Collier, T.J. Harris Lower Elementary School; Gwendolyn French, T.J. Harris Upper Elementary School; LaMarshia Johnson, West Hills Elementary School; Beth Hill, Ross Collins Career and Technical Center
Amy Grady, Magnolia Middle School; Rosie King, Northwest Middle School; and Howard Hagwood, MPSD PBIS Director.




East Central Community College men’s and women’s soccer teams ...

East Central Community College
The East Central Community College men’s and women’s soccer teams both open their seasons Friday, Aug. 21, at Meridian Community College. The men’s teams will take the pitch at 1 p.m., with the women’s teams to follow at 3 p.m. The home opener for the ECCC men’s and women’s teams will be Thursday, Aug. 27, at 1 and 3 p.m. against Southwest Mississippi Community College




CertainTeed plant here is Meridian is hosting a job fair

WIN job Center
The CertainTeed plant here is Meridian is hosting a job fair through the WIN job Center on Monday August 24th from 9-2. Is this something we can get out to the community? This is a great opportunity for anyone seeking employment.

Teresa Hodges
Plant Controller – Meridian, MS
CertainTeed Ceilings
(601)696-2560 Desk
(601)686-1219 Cell
teresa.hodges@saint-gobain.com




JCJC welcomes new faculty members

Jones County Junior College
JCJC welcomes new faculty members
ELLISVILLE – Four new faculty members were recently welcomed to the Jones County Junior College family. Administrators introduced them to various departments and equipped them with the tools to prepare them for their new students at a New Faculty Orientation.
Jay Aultman, Heating and A/C
Judson Vance, English
Barath Kandula, Physics
and Brad Ellzey, Automotive.

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




Mississippi Secretary of State holds Initiative Hearings

Temple Theatre Ballroom
Mississippi Secretary of State holds Initiative Hearings

The Mississippi Secretary of State will hold a public hearing on Initiative #42 and Alternative Measure 42A on August 20th at 5:30 p.m. This will be held at the Temple Theatre Ballroom.
The public is invited to hear from the petitioners and express their views and comments during the public comment period.




Returning as the “voices” of East Central Community College football

East Central Community College
ECCC Warrior Football ‘Voices’

Returning as the “voices” of East Central Community College football for the 2015 campaign are longtime announcers
Gilbert Barham of Madden, Melvin Wooten of Starkville
and Frank Edmondson of Lake. Barham is in his 21st year as game analyst for radio broadcasts, Wooten returns for his 12th year as the play-by-play announcer on radio, and Edmondson begins his 18th year as public address announcer for home football games. All ECCC football games can be heard on 98.3 “The Groove” and by audio stream on the ECCC Web site, www.eccc.edu. In addition, all home games can be watched via livestream at www.eccc.edu.




2015 ECCC Wall O’ Sound to Present ‘One Hit Wonders’

East Central Community College
2015 ECCC Wall O’ Sound to Present ‘One Hit Wonders’
Fans of the East Central Community College Wall O’ Sound Marching Band can look forward to “fun entertainment” during the 2015 marching season, according to Ed Girling, interim director of bands.
Girling said, “Our halftime show is titled ‘One Hit Wonders’ and features tunes that were the only hit song by their respective performing group. Although the performers never gained a lot of notoriety, the songs were mega hits that stick in the brain.”
When the entire show is on the field, those in attendance will hear clips from “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice, “Vehicle” made popular by Ides of March, “8675309, Jenny” by Tommy Tutone, A-Ha’s “Take On Me,” “Mambo #5” by Lou Bega, “Macarena” made popular by Los Del Rios, Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah,” “Play that Funky Music” by Wild Cherry and “Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin.
“All of these tunes have been used in movies, TV, and commercials. They provide instant recognition for music fans of all ages,” Girling said.
The show is designed so that the home audience will see something new every time the Wall O’ Sound performs until the homecoming game on Saturday, October 17, when the entire show will be on the field.
The 2015 edition of the Wall O’ Sound boasts 170 members and performs for each home football game. The band will also perform at Pearl River Community College during ECCC’s road game scheduled Thursday, Oct. 22. The Wall O’ Sound Pep Band will perform during additional road games.
Members and their respective high schools include:
Treydon Green and Jarrod Taylor, both of Callaway

Kobe York and Cristen Jim, both of Choctaw Central

Kaitlyn Evans, East Rankin Academy

Jennifer Argueta-Martinez, Emily Dykeman, Alan Graham, Lindsay Hedge, Yuritza Rosas, Malcolm McBride and Chris Windham Pulaski, all of Forest

Katie Fortenberry, a home-school graduate from Forest

Taylor Bone, Acacia Brown, Jessica Reed, Tyler Sullivan, Katie Boone, Amanda Brown, Baylee Buckley, Adrianna Crout, Alexandria Crout, Anastasia Crout, Zachary Emmons, Anthony Emmons, Mikenia Ickom, Surpriyce McDaniel and Kaitlyn Ware, all of Lake

Tallie Johnston, a home-school graduate from Lake

Darryl Rogers, Laurel

Cole Atkison, Mariah Boyd, Hailey Clark, Tasha Dixon, Stafford Griffin, Stephanie Griffin, Madison Hannis, Angel Johnson, Tristen Johnston, Patricia Jones, Shannon Keene, Daleshia Leflore, Keyanna Luckett and Lorrie Moore, all of Leake Central

Te-Anna Viverette, Leake County

Amber Gill, Joelie Hill, Malek Penro, Kalee Stennis, Tammie Triplett, Ashley Young and Che'Darius McGuire, all of Louisville

Tehearia Campbell, Evan Derrick, Caleb Franklin, Aerian Keeton and Kayla Sudduth, all of Morton

Triston Coats, Tommy Burnside, Sara Thorne, Kelcey Burrage, Aleaya Carothers, Erin Cumberland, Destiny Files, Cami Goodin, Cardale Greer, Jonathan Keen, Taylor Phillips, Coco Porter, Kimberly Smith, Landon Bounds, Austin Gray, Thashanna Jackson, Jacolby Jenkins, Ticondria Gray and Mary Levin, all of Neshoba Central

Chris Kelley, Jeremiah Chapman and Meilii Tumbling, all of Newton

Cameron Boggan, Houston Martin, JoHannah Smith, David Wilson, Taylor Fulkerson, Nina LaBue, Brii Bout, Kaley Bufkin, Amber Chaney, Alyssa Chesney, AnnaLea Clarke, Rachael Havard, Sydney Kennedy, Ryan Packer, Abby Reeves, Michael Robinson, Stephen Stewart, Sylvia Thames, Benji Walton, Jacob Willis, Radiance Wright, Kaylee Yates, Harleigh Embrey, Dana Jones, KK Williams, Courtney Williams, Hannah Mitchell, Duster Allgood, Peyton Foreman, Troy Gregory, Hope Hennington, Alex Moore, Graham Murphree, Jalen Cox, Alex Evans, Louise Berryhill, Amberlynn Ratcliff, Courtney Tillman, Kirk Griffin and Brad Taylor, all of Newton County

Lily Addy Hickory, Newton County Academy

Chris Johnson and Anna Claire Webb, both of Noxapater

Justice Boler, Paige Brown, Tumese Brown, Kiara Cunnningham, Antonia Dupree, Kaelin Gentry, Kinsey Gentry, Jeremy Huddleston, Randi Kelly, Quormesha Lindsey, Tatiana Moore, Chandler Posey, Keona Sanders, Keanu Smith, Rissa Smith and Kaishanna Young, all of Philadelphia

Jacob McNeil and Justin Thornton, both of Raleigh

Adam Anderson, Jeremy Collins, Brianna Easterling and Douglas Kennedy, all of Scott Central

Makenzie Byrd, Garrett McDill, Chelsea Jackson and Alejandra Salgado, all of Sebastopol

Jacob Robinson, Southeast Lauderdale

Anna Claire Norman, Eariel Campbell, Lauren Cassel, Kris Davis, Danielle Horne, Rachael Justice, Matthew Mason, Christian Richardson, D'Auja Temple and Lindsey Vance, all of Union

Darnell Myrick, Velma Jackson

Taylor Alexander and Paige Johnson, both of Winston Academy




EMBDC - Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Events

Meridian Media Circus - Learn to Promote your event through the Media
Union Station
Thursday, August 20th
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Haley Barbour Book Signing
Community Bank Lobby - 22nd Ave
Tuesday, August 25th
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Business Before Hours hosted by the United Way of East Mississippi
MSU Riley Center
Tuesday, September 1st
8:00 a.m.

Fairfield Inn & Suites
Ribbon Cutting &
Business After Hours
150 Highway 11 & 80
Thursday, September 10th
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

19th Annual EMBDC
Golf Classic
Northwood Country Club
Friday, September 25th
8:00 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.




Classes begin at JCJC

Jones County Junior College
Classes begin at JCJC

ELLISVILLE – The rain didn’t seem to keep Jones County Junior College students from making their way to the first day of classes on Monday (August 17). Although traditional classes have already begun, online classes begin Monday, August 24. Students have until Friday, August 21, to register for online classes unless they are currently enrolled.

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




Meridi9an Main Street - Downtown Happenings - August 18 - August 23

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Downtown Happenings - August 18- August 23 / Vol. lV No. 39

Monday, August 17, 2015

Event:Meridian Area Farmers Market
Location: Singing Brakeman Park
Time: Monday - Saturday 7am - 1pm
For More Information: Call 601.604.2892

Event: $99.99 School Uniform Package
Location:The Liberty Shop
Time: All week
For More Information: Call 601.693.5331

Event: Kameleon Jewelry Sale
Location: LaBiche Jewelers
Time: Now through Aug. 31st
For More Information: Call 601.693.6071
All Kameleon Jewelry is 50% off now through the end of August!

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

Event:HTTP
Helpful Technology for Today's Pupil
Location:AOTECH Computers
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.890.1750
AOTECH Computers with United Way of East MS will take your older working desktops and laptops and give them new life for the students in the classroom. To donate you can drop them off at AOTECH computers or United Way of East MS.

Event:Interiors Market & Climate Controlled Storage
Location: Hulett Building
Time: Now Accepting Applicants
For More Information: Call 662.401.8812

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

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

Event:Garden Essentials Sale
Location: Planters Supply
Time: All week
For More Information: Call 601.890.1750
On sale is the garden & flower seed, plants, trees, shrubbery, bedding plants, tropicals, ferns, fresh cut hay & alfalfa from New Mexico. Also on sale is dog food for $16.25 / 50 lb bag.

Event:$1 Install on all Car Stereo Speakers
Location:Hoopers
Time: All week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2668

Event:Half Price Drinks During Happy Hour
Location: Weidmann's
Time: Monday - Saturday 4:00pm - 7:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770
Enjoy half price drinks during happy hour (bar only).

Event: Facebook Special
Location:Belle Cheveux Salon
Time: Monday - Wednesday
For More Information: Call 601.990.9280
10% off all salon services when you mention our Facebook post!

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

Event: New Store Schedule
Location: Bambino's Boutique
Time: 9:30am - 5:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.5253
Will only be open on Monday, Friday, and Saturday.

Event: Young Professionals of Meridian
Location: Rush Cafeteria Private Dining Room
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.7480
Anyone in the community is welcome as a guest!

Event:Meridian Craft Beer Club
Location: Brickhaus
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
For More Information:
Call 601.490.5242
The Meridian Craft Beer Club meets and discusses a craft each week.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Event:Meridian Public Library: Storytime
Location: Meridian Public Library
Time: 4:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.6771 (ext. 224)
Bring your family and enjoy storytime at the Meridian Public Library! Tuesday is for ages 5 - 8. Other age groups are offered on Wed. and Thur.

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

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

Event:Trivia Night
Location: Weidmann's
Time: 8:00pm till close
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770
Happy Hour 4pm - 7pm

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Event:Meridian Public Library: Storytime
Location: Meridian Public Library
Time: 10:45am
For More Information: Call 601.693.6771 (ext. 224)
Bring your family and enjoy storytime at the Meridian Public Library! Wednesday is for preschooler ages 2 - 5. Other age groups are offered on Tues. and Thur.

Event: 42nd Annual Bi-State Art Juried Competition Exhibit
Location: Meridian Museum of Art
Time: Wednesday - Saturday 11:00am - 5:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.1501
Awards Reception, Saturday, October 17th 6-8 p.m. Awards Announced at 7 p.m.

Event: Live Trivia
Location: Brickhaus
Time: 8:00pm - 11:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Event:Meridian Lions Club
Location: Rush Hospital Cafeteria
Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm
For More Information: Call 662.418.5848
Anyone in the community is welcome as a guest!

Event:Meridian Media Circus
Location: Union Station
Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.7480
Join the FREE Seminar to learn how to work with your Meridian Media Partners. Find out how to make your event more successful and meet media contacts you need to know. Print, television, radio and billboard companies will be represented. Anyone in the community is welcome as a guest!

Event:Meridian Public Library: Storytime
Location: Meridian Public Library
Time: 4:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.6771 (ext. 224)
Bring your family and enjoy storytime at the Meridian Public Library! Thursday is for ages 9 - 12. Other age groups are offered on Tues. and Wed.

Event:"Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me" Documentary Film
Location: MSU Riley Center
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.696.2213
"We are thrilled to bring Glen Campbell's film, 'I'll Be Me' to the greater Meridian area," said Kathy Van Cleave, Director of the Division of Alzheimer's Disease in the Mississippi Department of Mental Health. "The Campbell family is to be commended for sharing their life in such a vulnerable way." Admission is free, but reservation is preferred.

Friday, August 21, 2015

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

Event:PRAM Meridian
Location:Rush Cafeteria Private Dining Room
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.696.2203

Event:Taylor Martin Band
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 8:00pm - 1:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Event:Calvin Richardson & Friends
Location: Meridian Temple Theatre
Time: 7:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.5353
CALVIN RICHARDSON & FRIENDS, hosted by Comedian Corey "Zooman" Miller.
Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com, Sam's Fashions and the Temple Theatre Box Office (Tues-Fri, 10 am-noon; 2-4 pm, 601 693-5353). Doors open at 6 p.m.

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

Event:Snazz
Location: Rhythm & Brews
Time: 10:30pm - 2:00am
For More Information: Call 601.282.5608

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Event:Jazz Brunch with Steve Watson
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770

Event:Magnolia Theater Organ Society:
Silent Movie at the Temple
Location: Meridian Temple Theatre
Time: 2:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.5353
Come and enjoy movies the way they used to be...on a really big, 40' screen, in black & white, no sound track, with a LIVE THEATER ORGANIST playing along with the movie...from memory! Experience this live as Atlanta guest organist Larry Davis brings the Temple's MIGHTY ROBERT MOTON THEATRE PIPE ORGAN to life for the 1920 silent film comedy classic, "High and Dizzy" starring Harold Lloyd.

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 theMeridian 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
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Pastoral Anniversary

St Mary MBC 2662 St Charles St Meridian Ms
Event Title: Pastor Anniversary

Event Date: August 23rd, 2015

Text: St Mary MBC 2662 St Charles St Meridian Ms Will be having Pastor Willie Wilson and 1st Lady Carrie Wilson 12th year anniversary August 23, 2015 at 2:00 pm





Tomorrow Is Not Promised Stage Play

Meridian High School Auditorium
Tomorrow Is Not Promised Stage Play on Saturday, August 22, 2015, at 7pm, at Meridian High School Auditorium. Bring your whole family to this Inspirational, Life Changing, Hilarious, and Riveting Encore Production. Cast includes: Alfred Wright, Darius Ewing, Lynn Dickson, Pastor Perry Fletcher, Joanie Bolden, Anita Larkin, Lakken Johnikin-Davis, Veronica Mcdonald, Teresa Jones, Terry Kirk and many more. Tickets are $15.00 in advance and $20 at the door. For tickets, Please stop by Sam's Fashions, or call (601) 620-8089.




ECCC’s Phi Beta Lambda Chapter Honored Nationally

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ECCC’s Phi Beta Lambda Chapter Honored Nationally

East Central Community College’s Theta Chi chapter of Phi Beta Lambda was recognized for the first time in chapter history as a Top 10 Chapter in the nation during the organization’s National Conference held this summer in Chicago, Ill. Theta Chi also received a first place award for membership in the southern region, second place in the nation for fundraising for the March of Dimes and third in the nation for membership. ECCC was also recognized as a Gold Seal Chapter, 7-up Chapter and Super Sweeps Chapter. ECCC had 14 students attend the annual event.
Leah Ferguson and Kimberly Watkins, both of Philadelphia, 14th in small business plan; Layne Lepard of Philadelphia, 10th in integrated marketing campaign; Madelon Taylor of Louisville, 7th in community service; CrisAnn Bryan and Katie Hillman, both of Philadelphia, 7th in social media challenge; and Virginia Easley of Philadelphia, 10th in integrated marketing campaign and Who’s Who in PBL;
Zach Allen of Louisville, 7th in community service; Ben Pace of Philadelphia, 10th in integrated marketing campaign; Caleb Brown of Philadelphia, 7th in social media challenge and recognized for his service as Mississippi PBL president; and Michael Elizondo of Forest, Austin Savell of Philadelphia and Bryan Burton of Louisville, 14th small business plan; and instructors Laura Sullivan, Thomas Fortenberry and Christy Ferguson; and Mark Hale of Little Rock, 8th in cybersecurity.




New Hope Missionary Baptist Church Missionary Society - Annual Fall Tea

New Hope Missionary Baptist Church 2614 13th Street Meridian, MS
New Hope Missionary Baptist Church Missionary Society
will host it's annual Fall Tea
Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 3:00pm
New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
2614 13th Street, Meridian, MS

For information please contact Chairperson, Casandra Sloan 601-490-4099




Registration for ECCC Fall Online Courses Concludes August 25th

East Central Community College
Registration for ECCC Fall Online Courses Concludes August 25

Registration for the Fall Full Online Term and the Fall Intensive I Online Term at East Central Community College in Decatur concludes Tuesday, Aug. 25.

ECCC offers more than 300 online courses in three terms, including a Fall Intensive II Online Term.

Classes for the Fall Full Online Term begin Monday, Aug. 24, and end Friday, Dec. 4. Classes for the Fall Intensive I Online Term begin Aug. 24 and end Friday, Oct. 16.

Classes for the Fall Intensive II Online Term begin Thursday, Oct. 19, and end Friday, Dec. 11. The last day to register for the Fall Intensive II Online Term classes is Friday, Oct. 16.

“Online courses at East Central Community College, offered as part of the Mississippi Virtual Community College (MSVCC), allow for convenient and flexible learning opportunities,” said Dr. Krista LeBrun, dean of eLearning at ECCC. “Online learning allows the student to complete the work at a time that is flexible for them among their other life commitments.”

For a listing of online courses offered at ECCC, visit www.eccc.edu, click on MyEC, and then Fall 2015 Course Schedule.

To register for available MSVCC online courses at ECCC, visit www.eccc.edu and then MyEC or speak to a counselor at 601-635-6428.

Bill Wagnon
Associate Vice President for Public Information
East Central Community College
P.O. Box 129
Decatur, MS 39327
Office: 601-635-6242
Fax: 601-635-4398
Cell: 205-540-0515




Do you Need Transportation to the National Baptist Convention U.S.A

Sep 8, 2015 - Sep 11, 2015 Call for Times

Memphis TN
Do You Need Transportation to the National Baptist Convention U.S.A Inc. Memphis, Tennessee ? September 8-11,2015 Call Pastor Randall Bohannon 601-479-5178

Pastor Randall Bohannon 601-479-5178


Spreadsheet of the election returns for the August 4, 2015 Democratic Primary

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The Honorable Delbert Hosemann Secretary of State State of Mississippi Heber Ladner Building Jackson, Mississippi 39201
VIA HAND DELIVERY

Dear Secretary Hosemann,

Attached, please find a spreadsheet of the election returns for the August 4, 2015 Democratic Primary. I, Rickey L. Cole, Chairman of the Mississippi Democratic Party State Executive Committee, do hereby certify that, on a majority vote of the Mississippi Democratic Party State Executive Committee, these vote totals for each county and for each candidate are the official vote totals for the election reflected therein.

We will have runoff elections in the following races on Tuesday, August 25, 2015:


TRANSPORTATION COMMISSIONER (District 1) Robert Amos vs. Mary H. Coleman

SENATE DISTRICT 34 Juan Barnett vs. Trey Chinn

SENATE DISTRICT 38 Angela Baker Brooks vs. Tammy Felder Witherspoon

HOUSE DISTRICT 27 Leroy Lacy vs. Kenneth Walker

HOUSE DISTRICT 30 Robert E. Huddleston vs. Lester Williams

HOUSE DISTRICT 36 Jimmy Davidson vs. Karl Malinski Gibbs

HOUSE DISTRICT 42 Eugene Crosby vs. Carl L. Mickens

HOUSE DISTRICT 70 Samuel Lee Begley vs. Kathy Sykes


Respectfully,
Rickey L. Cole

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




Street closing scheduled for

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The City of Meridian announces a street closing scheduled for
August 20, 2015. 20th Street between 31st Avenue and 32nd Avenue will be closed all day on August 20, 2015 for water line repairs.

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




JCJC’s Jasper County Center offering non-credit classes

Jones County Junior College
JCJC’s Jasper County Center offering non-credit classes
ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s new Workforce Training Center in Bay Springs is offering five non-credit courses this fall:

Stained Glass, Introduction to Computers (Windows 7), Microsoft Excel 2013 Basic, Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 Basic and Command Spanish.
Artist B.J. Hatten will be teaching a six-week non-credit course on the Introduction to Stained Glass. This class will meet on Thursdays, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., beginning on August 27 through October 1. The basic skills learned in this course include being able to construct a colorful glass creation. The cost is $75 plus supplies to be purchased by the student. Registration is in process with limited seating. To see some of her work, visit her Facebook page, Facebook@NorthRiverStudios.

Introduction to Computers (Windows 7) will meet on Tuesday nights from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The course begins September 1 through October 6, for $55. The CEU’s available for this course are 1.8 credits.

Microsoft Excel 2013 Basic will be offered on Tuesday nights from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The course begins October 13 through December 10, for $55. The CEU’s available for this course are 1.5 credits.

Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 Basic will be offered on Tuesday nights from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The course begins November 17 through December 15, for $55. The CEU’s available for this course are 1.5 credits.

Command Spanish will be offered on Tuesday nights from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. for $75. The course begins in September with a start date to be determined. The CEU’s available for this course are 2.4 credits.
For $10.00, CEU’s will be available at end of class for Command Spanish and all computer courses. Registration and payment is required one week prior to class. In the case of low enrollment, class will be cancelled.

For more information and to register, call Lela Bryan at the Jasper County Workforce Training Center at: 601-764-9393.


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




BANKFIRST DONATES $20,000 TO GOLDEN TRIANGLE EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus
BANKFIRST DONATES $20,000 TO GOLDEN TRIANGLE EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

Representatives from BankFirst branches around the Golden Triangle attended the first ever convocation of Golden Triangle Early College High School Aug. 10 at East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus to present a $20,000 donation to the new school.

EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus, is Mississippi’s first early college high school, offering students the opportunity to earn college credits while simultaneously earning their high school diploma.

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



Quartet Singing, Saturday, August 29th

Spring Hill Missionary Baptist Church
The Spring Hill M. B. Church Pastor’s Aid Committee will be having a Quartet Singing, Saturday, August 29th @ 6:30 p.m. Special Guest will be The Sunset Jubilees of Paulding, MS and The Junior Angels of Newton, MS. We are inviting all Groups, choirs and soloist to come and Help us Lift of the Name of Jesus! The Pastor is Jerry M. Jones.




City of Meridian announces that the intersection of 23rd Avenue and 5th Street will be partially open

Intersection of 23rd Avenue and 5th Street
The City of Meridian announces that the intersection
of 23rd Avenue and 5th Street will be partially open
beginning Monday, August 17th.

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




Lauderdale County voters will have a runoff (Second Primary) on Tuesday, August 25

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Reminder.........Lauderdale County voters will have a runoff (Second Primary) on Tuesday, August 25. All 42 precincts will be open from 7am until 7pm . This election will be for the Transportation Commissioner in the Central District and covers 22 counties with Robert Amos and Mary Coleman on the ballot. (see attached sample ballot)

If you voted Democrat or did not vote at all on August 4, you are eligible to vote on August 25th. If you voted Republican, you are NOT eligible.

These same 22 counties will be open for absentee ballots on Saturday, August 15 and August 22 from 8am until noon for those Democratic voters who are unable to vote during regular working hours of 8am until 5pm, Monday thru Friday.

A constant reminder to our Lauderdale County voters, is that “ IF YOU DID NOT RECEIVE YOUR NEW VOTER REGISTRATION CARD RECENTLY, THERE COULD BE AN ISSUE WHEREAS YOU ARE NO LONGER ON THE POLL BOOKS”. If you know that there has been an address or name change, you need to go to the circuit clerk’s office and get your records updated so you will be eligible to vote in the November 3rd General Election. If you have a question, call 601 482-9731.

(Thank you for keeping this in the public’s eye as so many people are not aware that we do have an election on August 25th. The turnout of 33% was disappointing and as in any runoff, it will be lower. 33% is nothing to brag about, even though we are always above the state average)




ECCC To Offer Conversational Spanish in Carthage

East Central Community College Carthage Career Advancement Center
ECCC To Offer Conversational Spanish in Carthage
The East Central Community College Workforce Development Center will offer a course in Conversational Spanish beginning Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at the Carthage Career Advancement Center.
The class will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for eight consecutive Thursdays. The cost is $50 per student and CEUs are available. Martha Metcalf is the instructor.
The course is designed to develop individual basic conversational skills and grammar structure necessary for speaking the Spanish language.
For more information or to register, contact Matthew Riley, Carthage site coordinator and personal development specialist, at 601-298-0723. The email is mriley@eccc.edu.




ECCC To Offer Pharmacy Tech, Facebook Classes in Carthage

East Central Community College ... Carthage Career Advancement Center
ECCC To Offer Pharmacy Tech, Facebook Classes in Carthage
The East Central Community College Workforce Development Center will offer courses in Pharmacy Technician and Facebook for Businesses and Nonprofit Organizations beginning Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, at the Carthage Career Advancement Center.
Pharmacy Technician classes will meet from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. for 18 consecutive Mondays. The cost is $275 per student and the textbook is included in the course fee. The national certification exam is an additional $129 and payable to the National Pharmacy Certification Testing Board at the time of the exam. Rhonda Wilson serves as instructor.
Facebook for Business and Nonprofits will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. for six consecutive Mondays. The cost is $50 per student and Russell Baty will be the instructor. This course is designed to provide new facebook users with the basic understanding of its application and how to utilize this digital platform to reach a larger audience.
For more information or to register, contact Matthew Riley, Carthage site coordinator and personal development specialist, at 601-298-0723. The email is mriley@eccc.edu.




Meridian Marketing Roundtable- "Media Circus" Seminar

Aug 20, 2015 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Union Station
Meridian Media Circus ...
Do you want your event to be successful?
Do you want more people to attend?
Do you want your event to make more money?

GET THE MEDIA TO HELP YOU!!!!

Join the FREE Seminar to learn how to work with your Meridian Media Partners

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
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Women of Excellence of the Fifth Street Baptist Church

Fifth Street Baptist Church, Meridian
The Women of Excellence of the Fifth Street Baptist Church, Meridian, MS invite you to share with us in an Evening of Women With Praise featuring several great soloist. The time for this event is Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 3:00 P. M. Please come and join us for a glorious day of praise. Rev. W. C. Brown, Pastor.




JCJC’s Maroon Typhoon March-Off Winners

Jones County Junior College
JCJC’s Maroon Typhoon March-Off Winners
ELLISVILLE –Jones County Junior College’s Maroon Typhoon Marching Band finished it’s week of camp by beginning a new tradition called a “March-Off.” Interim Director of Bands, Jeff Cannon introduced the marching fundamentals of a military style band with the nearly 200-member band, August 5. The goal, Cannon explained is to get everyone marching in sync and uniformly. After 40-minutes of listening, recognizing and executing new and complicated commands called out to a four-count beat, three students managed to survive to claim the title of “March-Off Winners.”

“It was amazing to watch because it is new to these students and they bought into the drill. I think they liked it!” said Cannon. “Ultimately, the marching drills are designed to perfect and prepare the Maroon Typhoon for its performance in the McDonald's® Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago, Illinois on Thanksgiving Day, as well as our local performances.”

The 2015 Maroon Typhoon March-Off Winners were tuba player, Branson Coburn from Pearl taking first place, South Jones’ Lee Ann Nobles, who plays clarinet and percussionist Ty (Bret) Evans, a graduate of Northeast Jones took third place. Each student earned a trophy and bragging rights.

The first performance of the Maroon Typhoon will be at the annual Band Exhibition on Tuesday, August 25, and the first home JCJC football game is Saturday, August 29. For more information about the JCJC Maroon Typhoon contact Jeff Cannon at 601-477-4095.

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




ECCC to Offer Certified Nurse Aide Course in Philadelphia

The East Central Community College Workforce Development Center Philadelphia/Neshoba County Career-Technical Center
ECCC to Offer Certified Nurse Aide Course in Philadelphia

The East Central Community College Workforce Development Center is offering a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) course at the Philadelphia/Neshoba County Career-Technical Center this fall.

Registration for the course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 24-26 at the ECCC Integrated Technologies Center located at 377 Industrial Drive in Choctaw.

Classes will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 8, and will meet at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for six consecutive weeks. Clinicals will also be required, with a date and time to be announced. The course will be taught at the Philadelphia/Neshoba County Career-Technical Center located at 900 Valley View Drive in Philadelphia.

The cost of the course is $766, which includes everything but a required TB Skin Test. A limited number of students will be accepted to the course.

To determine if you qualify for financial aid, contact your local WIN Job Center.

For additional information, please contact Debra Hutchins, ECCC workforce coordinator, at 601-635-6295 or dhutchins@eccc.edu.

Bill Wagnon
Associate Vice President for Public Information
East Central Community College
P.O. Box 129
Decatur, MS 39327
Office: 601-635-6242
Fax: 601-635-4398
Cell: 205-540-0515




EMBDC - Upcoming Events

See Schedule
Upcoming Events

TAME & A Point
of Splendor
Business After Hours
7921 Poplar Springs Drive
Thursday, August 13th
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Meridian Media Circus - Learn to Promote your event through the Media
Union Station
Thursday, August 20th
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Haley Barbour Book Signing
Community Bank Lobby - 22nd Ave
Tuesday, August 25th
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Business Before Hours hosted by the United Way of East Mississippi
MSU Riley Center
Tuesday, September 1st
8:00 a.m.

Fairfield Inn & Suites
Ribbon Cutting &
Business After Hours
150 Highway 11 & 80
Thursday, September 10th
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

19th Annual EMBDC
Golf Classic
Northwood Country Club
Friday, September 25th
8:00 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.




Make-A-Wish Foundation - 2 Day Garage Sale

10165 Lynwood Drive Tanglewood Estates
August 21 and 22, Friday and Saturday, from 7 AM to 2 PM at 10165 Lynwood Drive, Tanglewood Estates will be our next Make A Wish Garage Sale. Child size playhouse 50.00, Turtle Sandbox 20.00, all cloths, shoes, purses .50 each, pet taxi small 5.00, fabric, frames, puzzles, .25 and .50 each, toys ,printers and fax machine 5.00 each, books .25 each about 400 or more books, cassettes .10 each and CD,VHS, and DVD's galore, house hold items and whatnots. We even have some old 45 and 33 records. Always a treasure hunt. Bring your old locks and keys, aluminum cans, and inkjet cartridges for us to recycle. We also have a summer basket for 1.00 a chance to be given away at next MAW meeting. Be part of making wishes come true in our area. For more information, call 6014838144.

Thanks,
Brenda Golisch
MAW Volunteer




SHELTON STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE ANNOUNCES - RE-OPENING OF DEMOPOLIS HIGHER EDUCATION CENTER

Demopolis Higher Education Center 186 Field of Dreams Drive Gallion, AL
SHELTON STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE ANNOUNCES
RE-OPENING OF DEMOPOLIS HIGHER EDUCATION CENTER
Tuscaloosa, AL – With a continuing focus on expanding services and opportunities, Shelton State Community College is excited to announce the re-opening of the Demopolis Higher Education Center.
Working in partnership with the University of West Alabama, Shelton State will utilize the site by offering enrollment options in the College’s electrical technology program and general education courses.
The community is invited to attend the grand re-opening of the Demopolis Higher Education Center, 186 Field of Dreams Drive, Gallion, Alabama, on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

(205) 391-5823


We Are The Village ... A Community Forum

Council of Organization Bldg.
Council Woman, Kim Houston presents ...
We Are The Village ... A Community Forum
Hear about how the city of Meridian is moving and what's happening in Ward 4

Aug. 27th 6:00 pm

Topics include ...
* 5th Street Revitalization
* Dilapidated Homes
* Possible water and sewage changes
* Adopt a lot Initiative
* Road Paving





EMCC READIES ELECTRO-MECHANICAL AND MECHATRONICS PROGRAMS

East Mississippi Community College
EMCC READIES ELECTRO-MECHANICAL AND MECHATRONICS PROGRAMS

MAYHEW – East Mississippi Community College’s newest Career-Technical program will fill yet another urgent employment need produced by the Golden Triangle’s boom in automated manufacturing.
EMCC’s Manufacturing Technology & Engineering Division will launch the Electro-mechanical Technician Program this fall at the Golden Triangle campus. The program will teach students to troubleshoot and repair automated electronics and robotics used by local industries from PACCAR Engine Company and Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi to the Columbus Brick Company and the feed mill at Prestage Farms.
“This program will train technicians to troubleshoot fully functioning production lines that incorporate pneumatics, hydraulics, electrical controls, computer controls, PLCs (programmable logic controls) and robotics. And we’re even starting to integrate vision controls and RFID (radio frequency identification),” said Electromechanical instructor Ben Harris.
“A graduate with a two-year Electro-mechanical Technician degree from EMCC would have all the qualifications of an industrial maintenance professional, plus some of the PLC and robotics background you’d get from the Automation & Control Program. It’s basically a higher level of industrial maintenance professional.”
While EMCC is well-versed in training students to operate manufacturing machinery through its Workforce Services courses and to program the machinery through its Automation & Control Program, Electro-mechanical will prepare graduates for a new class of jobs. And Harris said the use of automated manufacturing has proliferated so fast in the Golden Triangle that industries are already having a hard time finding technicians to maintain their machines.
“We are behind and industries need these people now,” said Harris.
“With the high level of technology coming into the area, we’re really seeing a need for individuals who understand the PLC programming. Companies have engineers who can develop programming, but they need those engineers to stay in the office developing new systems for new products. So they need someone who is a technician available to troubleshoot the machines on the shop floor.”
Harris and the MTE Division have appealed directly to industries in the area to find out what systems their technicians need to know. Training modules are already set up at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus which mimic automated processes seen in the area, but that equipment will be continually upgraded to reflect the machinery and computers currently in use at area industries.
To offer students further specialization in the field, in 2017 EMCC plans to make a one-year Mechatronics Advanced Technical Certificate program available to Electro-mechanical graduates. The additional Mechatronics degree will build on the principles covered in the Electro-mechanical program and continue to refine the high level troubleshooting skills employers are seeking.
“It will develop those troubleshooting skills needed to look at highly automated systems and figure out which system needs work. This will be someone who can look at the information given by the computers, consider the symptoms, talk to the machine’s operator and figure out what direction they need to go. Whether they can make just a program change to correct an issue or will have to replace some components,” said Harris.
EMCC executive vice president Dr. Paul Miller described the Mechatronics degree as a “slightly shorter” engineering degree: “It’s shorter than a bachelor’s in engineering but longer than an associate’s. It’s focused more on application than theory.”
Registration for the fall semester is open until Aug. 14 at all EMCC locations. For more information on how to register, visit eastms.edu.

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



Reflections of Life Association ...

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The Reflections of Life Association will be celebrating their
10 Year Anniversary.
A concert venue is planned, to include ...
The Brown Family from Daleville, MS
Mrs. Gloria Stinner
Dr. Zachary Operton, pastor of Prince off Peace Ministry ... special guest ...
World renowned violinist, recording artist - Mrs. LaDonna Smith
from Birmingham, AL
Renowned guitarist= and artist, Mr. Davey Williams.

Reflections of Life Association requests your presences at any upcoming venue events ... and your financial support as well ...
for Empowering Our Youth With Knowledge To Achieve Success>"

Donations should be payable to :
Reflections of Life Association, Inc.
Post Office Box 3827
Meridian, MS 39303-3827




JCJC’s Clarke County Center partners with Falck Safety Services ...

Jones County Junior College
JCJC’s Clarke County Center partners with Falck Safety Services to establish first petroleum safety training in Mississippi

ELLISVILLE – The Mississippi Community College System’s first oil and safety training program was established at Jones County Junior College’s Clarke County Center with the signing of a partnership with Falck Safety Services, which is a global petroleum safety training corporation.

“This is a first step in a long journey that is going to bring nothing but success in Clarke County and this region,” said JCJC President, Dr. Jesse Smith. “Falck’s expertise is safety training and we know that is a major part of what is needed for our folks in Clarke County to be able to go on and work and be a part of this great industry. It is lifesaving training and Falck is second to none.”

CEO of Falck Safety Services, Bryan Le Compte said his company is proud to be affiliated with JCJC and a part of the academic portion of the petroleum industry. As the industry changes, he explained, training is being more regulated and required.

“We have to prove that there are competencies rather than just taking a test and hoping our guys are safe off shore. We’re bringing all of our expertise to help make that happen,” said Le Compte.

The official agreement was signed in the presence of Clarke County and JCJC officials, community members and oil industry workers, like Allen Elmore, the senior health, safety and environment specialist for BHP Billiton’s petroleum division in Texas. The Clarke County native said he was especially happy to know safety certification training through Falck Safety Services will be offered close to home at JCJC’s Clarke County Center.

“I’m really excited because it’s going to offer everything; all of our certification and re-certification training on our days off, close to home instead of going to Houston or somewhere. Oil field guys value their time off with their families and there are so many certifications we need. Offering training here will allow us to still enjoy our families and our time off,” said Elmore.

Le Compte shared that 70 percent of the cost of training in this industry is travel related. He explained this partnership was an opportunity for the Texas and Louisiana based company to move east and to get a little business, but to also make sure all of the employees working off shore and in this industry come home safely.

“We can offer 130-safety courses and we can customize training if the market sustains the need. We are dedicated to making this work. We have the expertise and JCJC has the facility,” said Le Compte.

At the Clarke County Center, Falck Safety Services will provide an instructor teaching Well Control, utilizing a simulator, the first week of every month. By 2016, the company’s goal is to offer multiple classes and training every day.

“We have a thousand of our residents working in the oil industry. Our kids want to go off shore and the oil and gas industry is our main job base in Clarke County,” said, Clarke County Supervisor, Troy Smith. “Bringing the tax base back to the County, that’s the vision we all had as a board of supervisors. There’s no doubt with the help of JCJC, everything is coming together. This training and the Center are the biggest things that I feel has happened in Clarke County in a long time. I’m proud of it and I really appreciate it.”

Falck Safety Services has 400 employees nationwide and 4,000 worldwide in 48 countries. JCJC President, Dr. Smith shared taking this first step with the college’s first business and training partner at the Clarke County Center is part of the Clarke County Supervisors’ vision being fulfilled to help its citizens thrive at home.

For this safety training, as well as college courses, workforce development and adult basic information schedules and assistance, contact the Clarke County Center at 601-659-0622.

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




ECCC Yearbook Takes Third Place in State Competition

East Central Community College
ECCC Yearbook Takes Third Place in State Competition
East Central Community College in Decatur was one of 10 Mississippi Community and Junior Colleges participating in the 2014-15 Mississippi Community and Junior College Press Association Yearbook Competition. ECCC's yearbook, Wo-He-Lo, finished third overall.

The yearbooks are judged on seven categories including cover, theme, structure, typography, design, copy and photography. The Wo-He-Lo took the top award in the photography category; second place in both the copy and design categories; third place in typography; tied for third place in the cover design and structure categories; and fifth place in the theme category.
The yearbook was led by editor Emily Cook of Carthage and is advised by Publications Coordinator Gennie Taylor of Forest.
The 2014-15 Wo-He-Lo staff members included Cook, Lillie Shuler and Anna Girling, both of Carthage; Kimberly Harrison, Kaitlin Smith, Samantha Haralson, Madison Pettigrew, Katlyn Patrick and Dominick Fields, all of Forest; Wil Johnson of Morton, DeeJay Rolison of Conehatta, Shannon McNeill of Sebastopol, Madison Herrington of Union, Brooke Smith and Madison Barnett, both of Noxapater; Hannah May of Little Rock, Madelon Taylor of Louisville; Allison Johnson and Kimberly Watkins, both of Philadelphia; Ashley Bozeman and Kaylee Yates, both of Decatur; Matthew Ferguson and Anthony Emmons, both of Lake; and Rachel Laird of Meridian.
Serving on the Wo-He-Lo editorial board were Cook, editor; McNeill, design editor; and assistant editors Smith, Shuler, May, Haralson and Taylor.

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




EMBDC Business After Hours

TAME & A Point of Splendor 7921 Poplar Springs Drive
What: The EMBDC Business After Hours hosted by TAME & A Point of Splendor

When: Thursday, August 13th at 4:30pm

Where: 7921 Poplar Springs Drive Meridian, MS

Why: TAME & A Point of Splendor has recently relocated its counseling therapy center.

Casey Holladay
Events Coordinator
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation

1901 Front Street, Suite A
Meridian, MS 39301




ECCC Invites Public to ‘Meet the Warriors’

East Central Community College ... at Bailey Stadium
ECCC Invites Public to ‘Meet the Warriors’

The public is invited to “Meet the Warriors” when East Central Community College hosts the annual pep rally and player introductions event scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 24, at Bailey Stadium on the Decatur campus.

ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart will welcome the anticipated large crowd for the event and provide comments about the upcoming athletics seasons.

Performing groups include the Wall O’ Sound Marching Band, Centralettes and the Warrior cheerleading squad.

Members of ECCC’s men’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, and football teams will be introduced by their coaches.

The men’s and women’s soccer teams begin fall action at 1 and 3 p.m., respectively, on Friday, Aug. 21, at Meridian Community College.

The 2015 edition of the Warrior football team begins its fall season on the synthetic turf of Bailey Stadium on the ECCC campus at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 27, against Mississippi Delta. The public is invited to attend. Admission is $7.

The men’s golf team begins play Sept. 12-13 at a Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges event at Eagle Ridge Golf Course in Raymond.

Following the Pep Rally, the student-athletes will sign autograph posters for their fans.

For more information about “Meet the Warriors,” contact Chris Harris, dean of personnel services and athletics, at 601-635-6401 or email charris@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




Lauderdale County Detention Facility "Job Fair"

Lauderdale County Detention Facility ... in the lobby
Job Fair ... Applications to be taken for Detention Officer's position.
Wednesday, Aug. 12th
9:00 - 11:00 am and
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Come out and learn about the benefits of becoming part of our team!




Annual Choir Day

Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church Bailey MS
Event Title: Annual Choir Day

Event Date: September 13,2015

Text: Pine Grove M.B. Church of Bailey Ms. will celebrate our annual choir day. Sunday September 13th at 3:00 p.m. for more information contact Valarie Bourrage at 6015271653




Meridian Main Street - Downtown Happenings ...August 10- August 16

See Schedule
Downtown Happenings ...August 10- August 16 - Vol. lV No. 38

Monday, August 10, 2015

Event:Meridian Area Farmers Market
Location: Singing Brakeman Park
Time: Monday - Saturday 7am - 1pm
For More Information: Call 601.604.2892

Event: Kameleon Jewelry Sale
Location: LaBiche Jewelers
Time: Now through Aug. 31st
For More Information: Call 601.693.6071
All Kameleon Jewelry is 50% off now through the end of August!

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

Event:HTTP
Helpful Technology for Today's Pupil
Location:AOTECH Computers
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.890.1750
AOTECH Computers with United Way of East MS will take your older working desktops and laptops and give them new life for the students in the classroom. To donate you can drop them off at AOTECH computers or United Way of East MS.

Event:Interiors Market & Climate Controlled Storage
Location: Hulett Building
Time: Now Accepting Applicants
For More Information: Call 662.401.8812

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

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

Event:Garden Essentials Sale
Location: Planters Supply
Time: All week
For More Information: Call 601.890.1750
On sale is the garden & flower seed, plants, trees, shrubbery, bedding plants, tropicals, ferns, fresh cut hay & alfalfa from New Mexico. Also on sale is dog food for $16.25 / 50 lb bag.

Event:Free Install on all Car Stereo Speakers
Location:Hoopers
Time: All week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2668

Event: $99.99 School Uniform Package
Location:The Liberty Shop
Time: All week
For More Information: Call 601.693.5331
Get a start early on School Uniforms.

Event: Facebook Special
Location:Belle Cheveux Salon
Time: Monday - Wednesday
For More Information: Call 601.990.9280
10% off all salon services when you mention our Facebook post!

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

Event: New Store Schedule
Location: Bambino's Boutique
Time: 9:30am - 5:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.5253
Will only be open on Monday, Friday, and Saturday.

Event:Meridian Craft Beer Club
Location: Brickhaus
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
For More Information:
Call 601.490.5242
The Meridian Craft Beer Club meets and discusses a craft each week.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

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

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

Event:Trivia Night
Location: Weidmann's
Time: 8:00pm till close
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770
Happy Hour 4pm - 7pm

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Event: How to Develop a Business Plan
Location: EMBDC Conference Room
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.1306
This seminar is designed to assist in preparing a business plan. Financial components discussed are startup costs and preparation of a projected cash flow statement.

Event: Half Price Drinks During Happy Hour
Location: Weidmann's
Time: 4:00pm - 7:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770

Event: Live Trivia
Location: Brickhaus
Time: 8:00pm - 11:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Event:Meridian Lions Club
Location: Rush Hospital Cafeteria
Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm
For More Information: Call 662.418.5848
Anyone in the community is welcome as a guest!

Event: Celebrating Farmers
Location: Singing Brakeman Park
Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.3315
Greater Meridian Health Clinic is celebrating National Health Center Week with mini-health fairs at various locations throughout the week. This event is part of the national campaign Celebrating 50 Years of Success in Healthcare Delivery. Join them Thursday for their "Celebrating Farmers" event, held at the farmers market location, Singing Brakeman Park!

Friday, August 14, 2015

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

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

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Event:Third Saturday Farmers Market
Location: Singing Brakeman Park
Time: 7am - 1pm
For More Information: Call 601.604.2892
Join the Meridian Area Farmers Market, which meets Mon. - Sat. from 7 - 1, for the third Saturday Farmers Market Gathering! Enjoy live entertainment and free samples such as peach cobbler, salsa & chips, tomato sandwiches, and cucumber slices. Put your name in the drawing for a fresh produce basket giveaway. There will be a lucky winner every 30 mins!

Event: Audio Dissidents & Chris Portwood
Location: Meridian Underground Music
Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.485.1363

Event:Light and Sound
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 9:00pm - 1:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Event:Rebel Band
Location: Rhythm & Brews
Time: 10:30pm - 2:00am
For More Information: Call 601.282.5608

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Event:Jazz Brunch with Steve Watson
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
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



Pastor Anniversary

St Mary Missionary Baptist Church 2662 St Charles St Meridian
Event Title: Pastor Anniversary

Event Date: August 24, 2015

Text: St Mary MBC 2662 St Charles St Meridian Ms 30301 Pastor Willie Wilson & 1st Lady Sister Carrie Wilson 12th year Anniversary August 24, 2015 At 2:00 pm Everyone invited to attend




intersection of 45th Avenue between 8th and 9th Street will be closed ...

Intersection of 45th Avenue between 8th and 9th Street
The City of Meridian announces that the intersection of
45th Avenue between 8th and 9th Street will be closed
beginning Wednesday, August 12th through
Thursday, August 13th for sewer repairs. The outer South and North bound lanes will be open for traffic.

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




“I’ll Be Me” ... Glen Campbell Film

MSU Riley Center
A beautiful, funny, inspiring film about music superstar Glen Campbell's struggle with Alzheimer's disease before and throughout his sold-out "Goodbye Tour” will be shown in downtown Meridian.

“I’ll Be Me”
Glen Campbell Film
His Music is Legendary. His Story is Human.

Thursday, August 20, 2015
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
MSU Riley Center
Meridian, MS

Tickets are FREE, but must be reserved by calling 601-696-2213.

The film showing will be followed by a panel discussion.

This opportunity is being brought to Meridian through the partnership of several entities, including the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, the University of Mississippi MIND Center, Weems Community Mental Health Center, Footprints Adult Day Services, and the Independent Nursing Home Association.

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




Meridian - Lauderdale County Public Library ... Storytime!!!

Meridian - Lauderdale County Public Library
The Meridian - Lauderdale County Public Library presents ...
Storytime each week ...The following schedule gives days, ages, time.

Tuesdays - Ages 5 - 8 4:00 pm
Wednesday - Pre-schoolers Ages 2 - 5 10:45 am
Thursdays - Ages 9 - 12 4:00 pm

(601) 693-6771 extension 224
www.meridian.lib.ms.us



Meridian Regional Airport and American Airlines ...

Meridian Regional Airport
The partnership between Meridian Regional Airport and American Airlines is continuing to fuel dramatic increases in ridership and on-time performance.

Ridership for the month of July was up by more than 240 percent compared to July of 2014, under the previous air carrier. In fact, ridership has increased substantially every month since American, through its American Eagle regional carrier, took over air service in Meridian last November.

Meridian passengers experienced no cancellations in July. On-time performance within 15 minutes was an impressive 90.9 percent, and on-time performance within 30 minutes was even better, at 98.2 percent.

“More and more travelers in our region are recognizing the benefits of flying to and from Meridian,” said Tom Williams, president of Meridian Regional Airport. “When you factor in competitive ticket prices, low parking fees, the cost of gas and the hassle of driving to other airports, Meridian just makes sense.”

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




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

East Central Community College ... Workforce Development Center on the Decatur campus.
ECCC to Offer ‘How to Develop a Business Plan’ Workshop in Decatur

East Central Community College’s Small Business Development Center will offer a “How to Develop a Business Plan” workshop from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 25, at the ECCC Workforce Development Center on the Decatur campus.

This free workshop is designed to assist participants in preparing a business plan, including industry research, description of company products and services, identifying target customer groups and a marketing plan. Financial components to be discussed are startup costs and preparation of a projected cash flow statement.

Ronald Westbrook, director of ECCC’s Small Business Development Center, will serve as facilitator for the class.

For more information or to register for the workshop, contact the Small Business Development Center at 601-635-6296 or 601-635-6297. The email address is rwestbrook@eccc.edu or vthames@eccc.edu.

Bill Wagnon
Associate Vice President for Public Information
East Central Community College
P.O. Box 129
Decatur, MS 39327
Office: 601-635-6242
Fax: 601-635-4398
Cell: 205-540-0515




EMBDC - Upcoming Events

See Schedule
Upcoming Events

Business Before Hours
Guest Speaker Adrienne Slack with the Federal Reserve
MSU Riley Center
Tuesday, August 11th
8:00 a.m.

TAME & A Point of Splendor Business After Hours
7921 Poplar Springs Drive
Thursday, August 13th
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Haley Barbour Book Signing
Community Bank Lobby - 22nd Ave
Tuesday, August 25th
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Business Before Hours hosted by the United Way of East Mississippi
MSU Riley Center
Tuesday, September 1st
8:00 a.m.

Fairfield Inn & Suites
Ribbon Cutting &
Business After Hours
150 Highway 11 & 80
Thursday, September 10th
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

19th Annual EMBDC
Golf Classic
Northwood Country Club
Friday, September 25th
8:00 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.





Newton County Elementary School - Upcoming Events Calendar

Newton County Elementary School
Tuesday, August 11th, from 6:00-7:00 pm, Newton County Elementary School will host their annual WatchD.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) Line-up and Sign-up Pizza Night for students, fathers, and father-figures at 15881 Highway 15. For more information, please call the Parent Center at 601-635-4902.

Thursday, August 13th, Newton County Schools will host "Meet the Cougars" in Cougar Stadium, beginning at 6:30 pm.

Monday, August 17th, at 6:00 pm Newton County Elementary School will host Parent Nights for 4th and 5th grade parents

Tuesday, August 18th, at 8:51 am, Newton County High School will host the Class of 2019 Cougar Commitment to Graduate Banner Signing.

Tuesday, August 18th, at 6:00 pm Newton County Elementary School will host Parent Nights for 1st and 2nd grade parents

Thursday, August 20th, at 6:00 pm Newton County Elementary School will host a Parent Night for 3rd grade parents

Monday, August 24th, at 6:00 pm Newton County Elementary School will host Parent Night for parents of Talented and Gifted students

Tuesday, August 25th, at 6:00 pm Newton County Elementary School will host Parent Night for kindergarten parents

Thursday, August 27th, at 6:00 pm Newton County Elementary School will host a Family Literacy Night with special guest Da Terrence Roberts, fun for the whole family!

Friday, September 11th, Newton County Salute to Troops Night at Cougar Football Stadium

(601) 357-0143


Men's Day Program - Sunlight Missionary Baptist Church of Meridian

Sunlight Missionary Baptist Church of Meridian
Sunlight Missionary Baptist Church of Meridian will have their Men's Day Program
Aug. 23rd at 2:30 pm




EMBDC Business Before Hours

MSU Riley Center
What: EMBDC Business Before Hours, Guest Speaker Adrienne C. Slack with the Federal Reserve

When: Tuesday, August 11th at 8:00 a.m.

Where: MSU Riley Center

Why: The EMBDC invites its Members to the Business Before Hours with guest speaker Adrienne C. Slack of the Federal Reserve. Adrienne C. Slack serves as the Vice President and Regional Executive at the New Orleans Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

Thanks,
Casey Holladay
Events Coordinator
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation




Homecoming Revival - Wahalak MBC of Butler

Wahalak Missionary Baptist Church 1177 Wahalak Road Butler, AL
Homecoming - Aug. 16th 2:30 pm
Guest Speaker: Rev. James Steele, pastor of
Brown Ridge Baptist Church in DeKalb

Revival Services
Aug. 17th - 21st
Nightly at 7:30
Guest Evangelist: Rev/ Alex Hill, pastor of
New Mount Hermon MBC of Detroit, MI




ECCC to Offer Fall Softball Skills and Pitching Camps on Decatur Campus

East Central Community College
ECCC to Offer Fall Softball Skills and Pitching Camps on Decatur Campus

East Central Community College and University of Southern Mississippi softball coaches are teaming up to offer both skills and pitching camps on the Decatur campus this fall.

An All Skills Camp will be held Sept. 14, 21, and 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each night. The cost is $150 per player.

A Pitching Camp will be held Oct. 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $50 per player.

Another All Skills Camps is slated for Nov. 2, 16, and 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $150 per player.

Leading the camps will be ECCC Head Softball Coach Kristin Chaney, ECCC Assistant Softball Coach Courtney Nunn, and Coy Adkins, the pitching and hitting coach for the University of Southern Mississippi.

To register, contact Coach Chaney at 601-635-6301 or kchaney@eccc.edu or Coach Nunn at 601-635-6416.

Bill Wagnon
Associate Vice President for Public Information
East Central Community College
P.O. Box 129
Decatur, MS 39327
Office: 601-635-6242
Fax: 601-635-4398
Cell: 205-540-0515




Sonny Montgomery VA Mobile Health Clinic ...

Tractor Supply Store 2110 Highway 19 North Meridian, MS
The G. V. "Sonny" Montgomery VA Medical Center's Rural Health Outreach Team will set up a Mobile Health Clinic to provide health care services and enrollment information to eligible Veterans in the area.

Aug. 19th at Tractor Supply Store
2110 Highway 19 North
Meridian, MS
from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Please bring your DD214****

Jessie Barnett (601) 482-9811
Sylvia Owens or Belinda C. Okafor (601) 362-4471 ext. 5136



Lauderdale County Veterans Service Office - information

Lauderdale County Veterans Service Office 1827 23rd Avenue, Meridian
Lauderdale County Veterans Service Office
1827 23rd Avenue, Meridian
601-482-9811

Open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closes 12 noon – 12:30 p.m. for lunch
Last client for the day taken at 4 p.m.

Closed all federal holidays




Newton County Elementary - Family Literacy Night

Newton County Elementary School Gymnasium
We, at Newton County Elementary School, have scheduled a Family Literacy Night on Thursday, August 27th.
Our special guest will be Terrence Roberts. We are excited about his potential positive influence on the students at NCES.

Janine Vincent Publicity Newton County Schools
601-357-0143




6th Annual Sporting Clays for Character Fundraising Event

Camp Binachi
The Choctaw Area Council of the Boy Scouts will have their
6th Annual Sporting Clays for Character Fundraising Event.
It takes place at Camp Binachi

Aug. 28th with warm-ups at 10 am
Aug. 29th with team registration at 7:30 am followed that night with
a reception and auction at Northwood Country Club
beginning at 6:00 pm
(601) 527-7464

(601) 527-7464
(601) 917-7718
On line registration ... www.cacbsa.org



The Meridian Board of Realtors ... Home Buying 101

Meridian Board of Realtors Office 4927 Highway 493 ... next to Mugshots
The Meridian Board of Realtors presents - Home Buying 101
August 20th from 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Free and Open to The Public
Panelist of speakers to answer your questions ...
Realtor - Attorney - Loan Officer - Home Inspector
Appraiser - Termite Inspector ...

Registration is required and seating is limited
Call (601) 485-7113

Call (601) 485-7113


The Hilton Garden Inn Meridian® continues to remain at the top

The Hilton Garden Inn Meridian
MERIDIAN, MISS . — The Hilton Garden Inn Meridian® continues to remain at the top and scored “outstanding” on their eighth consecutive Quality Assurance Evaluations conducted by Hilton Hotels. The score is based upon semi-annual on-site inspections that evaluate all areas of the property including guest rooms, meeting spaces, back-of-house and restaurant for cleanliness, property conditions, and employee training.

When a property earns five consecutive Outstanding QA Evaluations, they are granted an “Excellence in Quality” award. Each successive outstanding evaluation then earns an additional “Excellence” award. With its eighth Outstanding QA Evaluation, the Hilton Garden Inn Meridian now has its fourth “Excellence in Quality” award.

According to Hilton records, less than 25 percent of brand properties receive an “outstanding” QA score on any evaluation. Meridian’s 8 consecutive Outstanding QA Evaluations clearly position the property as a premier hotel with the highest standards.

The Hilton Garden Inn Meridian also won their first Trip Advisor’s Hall of Fame award for earning five Certificate of Excellence awards. The certificate awards are based on maintaining a four-star (or higher) rating over a one-year period.

General Manager Steve Anderson said, “We work hard to spoil our guests and strive to provide the best stay possible and we do this consistently. Improvements and innovations are always ongoing as is the training of our assoicates. Our team is among the very best in the hospitality business.”

The Hilton Garden Inn is Meridian’s premier hotel, with 133 first-class rooms, sophisticated lobby and lounge, a courtyard, fitness center, indoor pool, sun deck and business center. The Garden Grille and Bar® offers excellent made-to-order options for both breakfast and dinner. Located immediately off Interstates 29 and 50, the property is only minutes from the thriving downtown entertainment areas and less than a mile from popular Bonita Lakes Recreational Park.

For more information on the award-winning hotel, call 601.485.3506 or visit www.hgimeridian.com.




TELLING: CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI ...

Meridian Little Theatre 4334 Highway 39 North Meridian, MS
New Stage Theatre and The Mississippi Humanities Council in association with The Telling Project - present TELLING: CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI ...
A new play performed by a cast of Mississippi Veterans and
Military families written from their own experiences ...
From the battlefield to the home front, those who served our nation
have unique stories which deserve to be told.

Play date are as followed ....
Friday, Aug. 14th 7:30 pm
Saturday, Aug. 15th 7:30 pm
Sunday, Aug. 16th 2:00 pm

Admission is FREE




Michael Bolton Kicks Off MSU Riley Center Fall/Winter Series

MSU Riley Center
Michael Bolton Kicks Off MSU Riley Center Fall/Winter Series


MERIDIAN, MS – Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Michael Bolton and his powerfully soulful voice will get the MSU Riley Center Fall/Winter Series off to a rousing start on August 24 at 7:30 p.m. The series will bring to Meridian a dozen performances in music, theater, and dance from some of the country’s most exciting artists.

As a special treat, half of the Fall/Winter Series events, including Bolton’s concert, will feature pre-show parties. The parties will start in the Grand Lobby at 6 p.m., an hour and a half before the show itself. Patrons will be able to socialize, enjoy refreshments, and share the happy buzz of excitement as curtain time nears. For more information on the entire Fall/Winter Series lineup, see the MSU Riley Center website at www.msurileycenter.com.

Romance will be the theme when Bolton takes the stage. His soaring ballads of love and heartbreak have sold 55 million records worldwide. Starting with “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” in 1989, he has charted nine number one hits. His catalog of iconic recordings also includes “Said I Loved You … But I Lied,” “Time, Love & Tenderness,” “Soul Provider,” “How Can We Be Lovers,” and “When a Man Loves a Woman.” Bolton himself, with his piercing blue eyes and chiseled features, has been named by People magazine one of the “Sexiest Men Alive.”

He can also be one of the funniest, as he demonstrated with his guest appearance on the video “Jack Sparrow” by the comedy group The Lonely Island. It has racked up 140 million YouTube views since its debut on Saturday Night Live. Bolton’s MSU Riley Center appearance guarantees a night of grand entertainment on many levels.


For fans of: Lionel Richie, Peter Cetera, James Ingram


What critics say: “They danced, swayed, and sang along as Bolton did what he has always done best – pulled at the collective heartstrings of women everywhere.” – Matt Chandler, Buffalo News

Tickets are $69 and $63 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.




Main Street Meridian - Downtown Happenings ... August 3 - August 9

See Schedule
Downtown Happenings ... August 3 - August 9 - Vol. lV No. 37

Monday, August 3, 2015

Event: Meridian Area Farmers Market
Location: Singing Brakeman Park
Time: Monday - Saturday 7am - 1pm
For More Information: Call 601.604.2892

Event: HTTP
Helpful Technology for Today's Pupil
Location:AOTECH Computers
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.890.1750
AOTECH Computers will take your older working computers and give them new life for students. To donate you can drop them off at AOTECH computers or United Way of East MS.

Event: Interiors Market & Climate Controlled Storage
Location: Hulett Building
Time: Now Accepting Applicants
For More Information: Call 662.401.8812

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

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

Event: Garden Essentials Sale
Location: Planters Supply
Time: All week
For More Information: Call 601.890.1750
On sale is the garden & flower seed, plants, trees, shrubbery, bedding plants, tropicals, ferns, fresh cut hay & alfalfa from New Mexico. Also on sale is dog food for $16.25 / 50 lb bag.

Event: Free Install on all Car Stereo Speakers
Location:Hoopers
Time: All week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2668

Event: $99.99 School Uniform Package
Location:The Liberty Shop
Time: All week
For More Information: Call 601.693.5331
Get a start early on School Uniforms.

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

Event: Facebook Special
Location:Belle Cheveux Salon
Time: Monday - Wednesday
For More Information: Call 601.990.9280
10% off all salon services when you mention our Facebook post!

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

Event: New Store Schedule
Location: Bambino's Boutique
Time: 9:30am - 5:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.5253
Will only be open on Monday, Friday, and Saturday.

Event: Meridian Craft Beer Club
Location: Brickhaus
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
The Meridian Craft Beer Club meets and discusses a craft each week.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Event: Terrific Tuesday Facebook Sale
Location: LaBiche Jewelers
Time: 9:00am
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: Surf n' Turf Night
Location: Harvest Grill
Time: 5:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.282.5609

Event: Ladies Night / Name that Tune
Location: Brickhaus
Time: 5:00pm - 12:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
Local Live Music!

Event: Trivia Night
Location: Weidmann's
Time: 8:00pm till close
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770
Happy Hour 4pm - 7pm

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

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

Event: Half Price Drinks During Happy Hour
Location: Weidmann's
Time: 4:00pm - 7:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770

Event: Live Trivia
Location: Brickhaus
Time: 8:00pm - 11:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Event: Meridian Lions Club
Location: Rush Hospital Cafeteria
Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm
For More Information: Call 662.418.5848
Anyone in the community is welcome as a guest!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Event:Sucarnochee Revue
"Giants of BlueGrass"
Location:Meridian Temple Theatre
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
For More Information: Call 205.499.9988
This is the 11th season for this great live show that appears the first Friday of every month at the Meridian Temple Theatre. Show starts at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

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

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

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Event: Christopher Cross
Location: MSU Riley Center
Time: 7:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.696.2200
With hits like "Say You'll Be Mine" and "Ride Like the Wind," Christopher Cross makes easy-on-the-ears, lightly jazzy music. And his sweet, soaring tenor voice still takes listeners sailing away to paradise.

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

Event: MJ Illusions
Location: Rhythm & Brews
Time: 10:30pm - 2:00am
For More Information: Call 601.282.5608

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Event: Jazz Brunch with Steve Watson
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
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



EMCC LAUNCHES WGTC 92.7 FM AT GOLDEN TRIANGLE CAMPUS

East Mississippi Community College ... from the Golden Triangle campus in Mayhew
EMCC LAUNCHES WGTC 92.7 FM AT GOLDEN TRIANGLE CAMPUS

MAYHEW – East Mississippi Community College is live and on the air.
WGTC 92.7 FM went live last week from the Golden Triangle campus in Mayhew. The station is currently broadcasting a classic rock format with EMCC announcements, but will add a Hot 100 rotation and local and AP wire national news updates once the fall semester begins.
EMCC drama and speech instructor Dr. Don Vaughan, a former on-air personality for WKOR in Starkville and WTBC in Tuscaloosa, has been tapped to serve as station manager at WGTC. Vaughan said the station can currently be picked up across the Golden Triangle area, but technical improvements in the near future will carry the signal even farther.
“WGTC is a unique opportunity for EMCC to serve the community while serving as an in-house public broadcasting system for EMCC news and events. It’s truly thrilling to have such a versatile tool and public service right here on the Golden Triangle campus,” said Dr. Vaughan.
With the beginning of EMCC’s fall semester on Aug. 17, Vaughan, who formerly wrote news copy for WCBI in Columbus, will also teach a new journalism class at the Golden Triangle campus which will tie into WGTC’s format. Students will have the opportunity to serve as on-air talent from introducing Hot 100 Hits to reading and writing news updates.
“Students in JOU-1313 will learn to summarize and condense both local and national news, write it according to AP style, then deliver the news on the air at five minutes before the hour,” said Dr. Vaughan.
“Our journalism students will get real-life experience in writing and delivering news, done in real time, just like they would at a radio or television station. So they’ll learn everything from the immediacy of deadlines to how to properly enunciate while speaking on-air.”
Students will also learn how to operate the Zara automated software used by the station to schedule playlists and commercials.
New EMCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner, who took office July 1, expressed his pleasure at the launch of WGTC.
“Having our own radio station is a tremendous asset. This is true both for our students, who will gain invaluable experience and knowledge of the media in general and radio in particular, and for our branding efforts here at EMCC. What better way to express ourselves than to broadcast our voice across the Golden Triangle?” said Dr. Huebner.
Former EMCC President Dr. Rick Young, EMCC executive vice president Dr. Paul Miller and Dr. Vaughan filed for the radio station license for WGTC in November 2013. The Federal Communications Commission approved the license a year later. Dr. Vaughan said Ray Toney, a long-time radio station owner, was instrumental in the filing process and in recommending the broadcast equipment to purchase. Aaron Brooks and Jeff Harrell of EMCC’s Golden Triangle IT Department installed the equipment this summer.
Registration for the fall semester is open until Aug. 14 at all EMCC campuses. For more information on how to register, visit eastms.edu.


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



ECCC to Offer 8-Week Residential Maintenance Class in Choctaw

Integrated Technologies Training Center in Choctaw
ECCC to Offer 8-Week Residential Maintenance Class in Choctaw

East Central Community College’s Workforce Development Program will offer an eight-week Residential Maintenance class at the Integrated Technologies Training Center in Choctaw beginning Monday, Aug. 10.

The class, which will cover basic residential wiring and plumbing repair and installation, will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday nights for eight consecutive weeks.

The cost of the class is $150.

The training center is located at 377 Industrial Drive in Choctaw, about 1.5 miles north off Highway 16.

For more information or to register for the class, contact Chris Clark, ECCC workforce development coordinator, at 601-635-6245 or cclark@eccc.edu.


Bill Wagnon
Associate Vice President for Public Information
East Central Community College
P.O. Box 129
Decatur, MS 39327
Office: 601-635-6242
Fax: 601-635-4398
Cell: 205-540-0515




ECCC Wall O’ Sound to hold Exhibition Performance August 7

East Central Community College
ECCC Wall O’ Sound to hold Exhibition Performance August 7
The East Central Community College Wall O’ Sound Marching Band will hold an exhibition performance at 4 p.m. Friday, August 7, on the Decatur campus, announced Ed Girling, interim director of bands.

“We appreciate everyone’s support of the Wall O’ Sound and we invite them to bring their lawn chairs and get a sneak preview of our upcoming marching show,” Girling said.

Activities will last approximately one hour and will be held on the band practice field located behind Brackeen-Wood Gymnasium on the north end of the Decatur campus.

The band will perform songs from its 2015 show titled "One Hit Wonders."

Wall O’ Sound T-shirts will be on sale for $15 during the Exhibition, while supplies last.

For more information, contact Girling at 601-635-6123 or email egirling@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




EMBDC - Upcoming Events

See Schedule
Upcoming Events

Business Before Hours
Guest Speaker Adrienne Slack with the Federal Reserve
MSU Riley Center
Tuesday, August 11th
8:00 a.m.

TAME & A Point of Splendor Business After Hours
7921 Poplar Springs Drive
Thursday, August 13th
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Fairfield Inn & Suites
Ribbon Cutting &
Business After Hours
150 Highway 11 & 80
Thursday, September 10th
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.




ECCC to Give COMPASS and Residual ACT Tests Aug. 11-14

East Central Community College
ECCC to Give COMPASS and Residual ACT Tests Aug. 11-14

To assist students who plan to attend East Central Community College for the fall 2015 semester, the college will be giving both the COMPASS and the Residual ACT tests prior to final registration, which is set for Friday, Aug. 14, 2015.

In addition to an application for admission and official high school/college transcripts, ECCC requires that students have ACT or COMPASS scores, which will be used for placement in English and mathematics courses.

East Central Community College will be giving the COMPASS math and English assessments at 8:30 a.m. or by appointment on Tuesday, Aug. 11; Wednesday, Aug. 12; and Friday, Aug. 14, in the Success Center located in the Burton Memorial Library on the Decatur campus. To reserve a seat, call 601-635-6346 or email mboulton@eccc.edu. The cost is $20, and it takes about two hours.

The Residual ACT will be given on Thursday, Aug. 13, at 8:30 a.m. in Success Center in the library. To reserve a seat, call 601-635-6346 or email mboulton@eccc.edu. The cost is $40, and it takes about three to four hours.

Fall classes begin on Monday, Aug. 17.


Bill Wagnon
Associate Vice President for Public Information
East Central Community College
P.O. Box 129
Decatur, MS 39327
Office: 601-635-6242
Fax: 601-635-4398
Cell: 205-540-0515




25th Annual Rock-N-Roll Revival Charity Car show

At the former Red Hot Truck Stop location ... next to Long John Silver's/A&W Root Beer
The 25th Annual Rock-N-Roll Revival Charity Car show will take place Oct. 3rd beginning at 9:00 am
at the former Red Hot Truck Stop location next to Long John Silver's/A&W Root Beer. (601) 527-3408




JCJC’s Horticulture program helping lawn care/landscapers earn required state license

Jones County Junior College
JCJC’s Horticulture program helping lawn care/landscapers earn required state license
ELLISVILLE – Some people naturally have a “green” thumb and have made some “green” by turning their talent into a business with the knowledge learned in horticulture classes at Jones County Junior College. However, some lawn maintenance and landscaping businesses may not be aware of a state requirement for doing business, especially if they did not get the proper training offered in classes. JCJC Horticulture instructor Wendy Wilkerson advises her students and the public, if they are operating a landscaping or lawn maintenance business without the required Landscape Horticulturist License they could be fined hundreds of dollars depending on the offense. JCJC’s horticulture two-year or certificate option applies classroom knowledge of the lawn, landscaping, turf, and nursery business with hands on experience in the field to prepare students for work and for the state license test.
“The purpose of the Horticulture Technology program is to meet the needs of the industry on all levels of training and skills. This applies to persons entering school directly from a secondary program or re-entering for specific training and/or license certification. At the completion of 32 or 47-credit hours, a student is eligible to receive a Certificate in Horticulture. If students complete the full 62-semester hour curriculum, they are eligible for an Associate in Applied Science degree,” said Wilkerson.
Hattiesburg restaurant owner, Scott Martin earned a degree in marketing from Mississippi State and owned two restaurants in Hattiesburg before he decided to expand into the lawn maintenance business. His love of the outdoors and cutting a couple of lawns turned into a blossoming and unexpected business very quickly. However, he desired to be more confident in his skills and looked to JCJC for help.
“With more customers came more jobs and requests to plant flowers and do irrigation,” said Martin. “I could trim plants and things but I didn’t know if I was doing it right and during the proper season. Now I have the knowledge and I can confidently give recommendations.”
Getting an Associate’s degree in Horticulture and the Landscape Horticulturist license, Martin said was not easy. He had to close one restaurant recently, while continuing to run Bop’s in Hattiesburg and then drive to classes in Ellisville. Martin and his wife also had two kids during the two years he was at JCJC. Nonetheless, Martin is now enjoying a thriving business as the “Lawn Ranger.”
“My degree and license allowed me to be confident about what I do. Since I graduated in May, my lawn and landscaping business has increased by about 40-percent. I wanted to do it right and I didn’t want to turn business away,” said Martin.
Not everyone planting flowers or cutting grass is required to get a license, but the law limits how businesses can advertise and the type of services they can offer. According to the Mississippi Agriculture and Commerce department, a Landscape Horticulturist License is required: “for persons engaged in landscaping services and the setting or replacement of any plants. No person shall advertise in any manner, solicit business, place bids, enter contracts or receive a fee to render landscaping services and setting of plants without first obtaining a license. A Landscape Horticulturist License is not required for irrigation installation and lawn maintenance (grass mowing, fertilizing, etc.). Persons engaged in lawn maintenance shall not have the words landscape or landscaping in their business name for it is considered a form of advertisement for landscaping and setting of plants.”
JCJC 2001 horticulture technology program graduate and owner of Adams Nursery in Petal, Ricky Adams said his business doesn’t require the state Landscape Horticulturist license. That’s because the three-generation owned business doesn’t do commercial nursery work or landscaping. However, Adams said getting a degree in horticulture and earning his license opens up the possibility for future opportunities.
“It never hurts to have a little more education and if we add landscaping to our business, we will need to be licensed and I will be ready,” said Adams.
Having a degree Adams added, even after working in the family business most of his life, is one of the reasons his business thrives.
“Not a lot people stay in the plant/flower nursery business because it’s a tough industry. Having a horticulture background and degree, gives me an added advantage to succeed. Confidently knowing the answers to my customers questions, assures them.”
Adams said if you’re working in any aspect of the horticulture business, JCJC’s plant materials class is also beneficial.
For more information about the JCJC Horticulture Technology program contact Wendy Wilkerson by email: wendy.wilkerson@jcjc.edu or call 601-477- 4172.


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




Annual Women’s Day Program

Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Collinsville
The Home Mission Ministry of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Collinsville, is pleased to announce our Annual Women’s Day Program to be held Sunday, August 16th @ 2:30 p.m.

Each year God anoints this program to be a special time of fellowship and this year the expectation is even greater! We are honored to have as our featured guest, Lady Tammy Thompson, First Lady of 31st Avenue Baptist Church, Meridian. First Lady Thompson has a graceful anointing to deliver the word of God with passion and power. In addition, Lady Kajsa Cole and the Fire House Praise Ministry will lead Praise and Worship.

We are anxious with excitement, and invite everyone to share this extraordinary day with us. Please plan to join us as we give to and receive from heaven in a service that will change lives.


Sincerely,

Johannah Wansley,
Program Coordinator

Frances Washington,
Home Mission Ministry President

Chester L. Davis, Jr.,
Pastor




FALL REGISTRATION OPEN NOW AT EAST MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGE

East Mississippi Community College
FALL REGISTRATION OPEN NOW AT EAST MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Students can register now for the fall semester at East Mississippi Community College. Classes are available throughout the college’s district, including the Golden Triangle and Scooba campuses, as well as extensions at Columbus Air Force Base, Lion Hills and West Point-Clay County Center.
EMCC offers both on-campus and eLearning/online classes to accommodate students’ personal schedules. Options include both full terms and intensive “mini-terms.” The fall full-term semester starts Aug. 17; final registration is Aug. 13-14.
Many kinds of EMCC scholarships and other financial aid are available.
Students who graduated from high school this spring and live in the EMCC district are eligible to apply for financial assistance through the Tuition Guarantee program. Briefly stated, it means qualified students can attend EMCC tuition-free. Incoming students must apply for all the federal and state aid, and EMCC scholarships, for which they are eligible. If there's still a shortfall, and the student still owes money, the tuition guarantee program steps in and pays the balance. EMCC’s district is made up of Clay, Kemper, Lauderdale, Lowndes, Noxubee and Oktibbeha counties.
Full-time students who complete registration by July 31 receive a $100 discount on their fees. This discount applies to both on-campus and online students.
Here’s a look at the options for the start of the fall semester:

Fall Full-term Semester
Aug. 14: Registration deadline
Aug. 17: First day of classes
Dec. 8-10: Final exams

Fall First Intensive “Mini-term”
Aug. 14: Registration deadline
Aug. 17: First day of classes
Oct. 7-8: Final exams

Fall Full-term Online Semester
Aug. 21: Registration deadline
Aug. 24: First day of classes
Dec. 4: Online classes end

Additional on-campus and online “mini-terms” will be offered in October.
For more information, look for the registration links on the home page at www.eastms.edu or email answers@eastms.edu.

Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879
Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296