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Prevent a Heartache by Protecting Your Valentine’s Day Gift

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Prevent a Heartache by Protecting Your Valentine’s Day Gift

Jackson, MS – February 12, 2016 – Giving away a shiny piece of jewelry could make the day extra special for your Valentine’s Day interest. But protecting that new rock, or whatever the item may be, could be just as important as making the purchase itself. State Farm® reminds Mississippi love birds to be sure that any new expensive Valentine’s Day gift is protected from things like theft, fire, or other losses. The typical homeowners policy has coverage limits on specific items like jewelry and furs. “We recommend checking with your insurance agent to make sure any new high dollar purchases are protected under your policy,” says State Farm spokesman Roszell Gadson.
Shoppers may consider a Personal Articles Policy, which provides additional coverage for specific high dollar items in your home.
This policy may cover items like:
• Jewelry
• Furs
• Cameras
• Musical instruments
• Silverware/goldware
• Fine art (such as oriental rugs and paintings)
• Collectibles
• Sports and golf equipment
• Computer equipment
For more information or to schedule local interviews on protecting your Valentine’s Day purchases, contact Public Affairs at (770) 243-9049.
About State Farm®:
The mission of State Farm is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams. State Farm and its affiliates are the largest providers of auto, home and individual life insurance in the United States. Its 18,000 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve more than 82 million policies and accounts – nearly 80 million auto, home, life, health and commercial policies, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 41 on the 2015 Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit http://www.statefarm.com.


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




Revival Services

New Life Independent Baptist Church 2911 6th Ave. Meridian, MS
New Life Independent Baptist Church of Meridian will have Revival Services, March 7th - 11th nightly at 7:30
Different guest speaker each night
(601) 917-8182

Rev. Paul Clayton is the pastor of the church


Make-A-Wish Foundation - 2 Day Garage Sale

10165 Lynwood Drive, Tanglewood Estates
February 19 & 20, Friday and Saturday, from 7 AM to 2 PM will be our February Make A Wish Garage Sale at 10165 Lynwood Drive, Tanglewood Estates. All clothes, shoes, and purses are .50 each. Over 500 books .25 cents each, DVD's, VHS, and CD's .25 cents each. Over 100 cassettes .10 each., fabric .25 and .50 each, patterns .10 each, games and puzzles .25 and .50 each, toys and Christmas items 25 to 1.00, Christmas trees 20 and 30 dollars, frames galore all sizes .25 to 3.00 and beautiful formal wear 5.00 each. guinea pig cage 10.00, household items including dishes and cookware, lots of vases and whatnots .25 to 1.00. Bring your recyclable cans, old locks and keys, and inkjet cartridges. New items each month and always great buys. For information call 601-483-8144.

Brenda Golisch
MAW Volunteer




EMCC’S ADDY, SESSER HONORED AT HEADWAE LUNCHEON

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EMCC’S ADDY, SESSER HONORED AT HEADWAE LUNCHEON

JACKSON – An East Mississippi Community College student and teacher were recognized among the best in higher education in the state at an awards luncheon at the Mississippi State Capitol.
Sophomore Matthew Addy of College Station, Texas, and Information Systems Technology instructor Andrew B. Sesser were named EMCC’s 2015-16 HEADWAE (Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence) Award recipients at a luncheon that took place Feb. 2. At the banquet, a student and teacher from each community college and university in Mississippi were recognized for their outstanding work.
“The represented EMCC quite well at the banquet,” EMCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner said.
The Appreciation Day is the Legislature's way of saying "thank you" to these students and faculty for their commitment to the future of Mississippi. Each year, honorees are invited to the state capitol where they are welcomed by the lieutenant governor and recognized in each chamber of the Legislature. A luncheon follows during which each student and faculty honoree is recognized in front of their guests, institution leaders, corporate sponsors, and legislators.
Addy, the son of Noel and Shelley Addy, is the student chapter president of the Association of Information Technology Professionals at EMCC. He is majoring in Computer Networking Technology.
“I chose this path because it is ever-growing,” Addy said. “The job possibilities are all the way across the board: from PC repair, to network security, to systems administration, or a combination of all of them. The career field has enough options to explore, and become proficient at, that learning is always a must.”
“Matthew is a hard worker and he always is willing to help others to brush up on their skills,” Sesser said of Addy, who is one of Sesser’s students.
Sesser earned an Associates in Applied Science degree from EMCC in 2005. He was awarded professional certifications in A+, Network+ and Security+.
Sesser, who has worked for EMCC for nine years, lives in Starkville with his wife, Amy. They have a son, Rain, and daughter, Maisy.
Sesser, the co-sponsor for EMCC’s Association of Information Technology Professionals, credits his mother, who was a teacher, for influencing his career path.
“I wanted to make a difference in education by being someone who is passionate and fun to learn with, and from,” Sesser said. “If money was my only goal in life, I would have chosen a different profession.”
Sesser said helping students grasp new concepts is one of the things he most likes about teaching.
“I also love the fact that in my field staying current is a must, so I am always learning new things about equipment, students and myself,” Sesser said. “I love what I do so much it is not a job. It is a time for me to work with more technology.”

Michael Stewart, public information associate
Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (601) 701-1490

Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office
(662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879



GOVERNOR, LT. GOVERNOR, EMCC PRESIDENT TOUT QUALITY OF STATE’S COMMUNITY COLLEGES

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GOVERNOR, LT. GOVERNOR, EMCC PRESIDENT TOUT
QUALITY OF STATE’S COMMUNITY COLLEGES

JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves lent their voices in support of Mississippi’s 15 community colleges and their role in providing workforce training throughout the state.
Both Bryant and Reeves spoke Feb. 3 at the annual Capitol Day event hosted by the Mississippi Faculty Association for Community and Junior Colleges (MFACJC) and attended by a number of community college students, faculty and presidents.
Bryant repeated his desire to use $50 million in funds from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security to help fund workforce training. Bryant noted that the state has “great opportunities … to train the workforce of the future in the community colleges across this great state. I’ve asked the Legislature to help us,” he said. “Those funds can go to the community colleges directly to help train the workforce of the future. We understand there is no better place to invest that $50 million than the community college workforce program.”
Bryant is a graduate of Hinds Community College who was working changing tires when he got a postcard inviting him to come to Hinds.
“I got in my 1955 Chevy and drove to Raymond. The next day I was a college student,” he said. “Hinds Community College and colleges all over the state in the 1970s and today open the door for higher education to a blue-collar generation that that would have never been able to achieve success without a community or junior college. And it goes on today.”
Like Bryant, Reeves touted the quality of the state’s colleges.
“The fact is our tremendous community college system in Mississippi puts us at a competitive advantage compared to many other states when trying to recruit business and industry to our state,” he said. “This system also puts us at a competitive advantage because of all the work they do on workforce development to provide the skills necessary not for the jobs of 50 years ago but for the jobs of the next 50 years.”

National attention

While the focus of Capitol Day was on workforce development, Mississippi’s community colleges have garnered national attention for providing quality instruction across all fields of study. In August, WalletHub, a financial analyst company for small business and consumers, gave Mississippi’s community colleges the top national ranking for cost, classroom experience and education/career outcomes.
WalletHub’s analysis is underscored by the recent announcement that eight community colleges in the state are eligible to compete for the prestigious 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.
East Mississippi Community College is among the contenders for the $1 million Aspen Prize, which represents the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges.
"The choice to attend EMCC is a choice to engage in an important, relevant and life-changing education,” EMCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner said. “From programs that prepare students to transfer to four-year institutions to those designed to equip graduates for careers in business and industry, every dollar invested in us by the residents of Mississippi is a dollar well-spent. EMCC does an exceptional job of helping our students make a difference in their families and in their communities. We appreciate the confidence shown to us by Governor Bryant and Lt. Governor Reeves and we take that responsibility very seriously."
Last month, a report released by the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University, as well as the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program and the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, ranked Mississippi sixth in the nation for the number of community college students who transfer to a university and fourth in the nation for the percentage of low-income community college students who transfer and earn a bachelor’s degree.
“With continued support from our Legislature, Mississippi’s community and junior colleges will continue to provide a great return on investment for our students, citizens and state,” said Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College instructor Brian Carriere, president of the 1,000-plus member MFACJC.

Doing a lot with a little

While community colleges have had much success in Mississippi, they’ve had to do it with lean funding. The community colleges are asking for “fair and equitable funding” in comparison to their K-12 and university counterparts.
The colleges are focusing their efforts on demonstrating their value and return on investment.
Community College leaders are asking for about $83 million to keep tuition costs down, produce more graduates and skilled workers, attract and retain qualified faculty, expand allied health programs and update technology. General operating funds and faculty salaries are top priorities.
The second priority for the colleges is $20 million for Workforce and Economic Development. Half of this money would go toward the MI-BEST Career Pathways program. MI-BEST is a team teaching model in which GED preparation and job skills training are done concurrently. Only 57 percent of Mississippi’s prime working age adults are employed, and many of those who are not have no education or training to fall back on. The rest of the money would go to updating Career-Technical Education equipment and facilities and to update or start new programs.
The colleges’ third priority is $75 million for capital improvements, including $37,500 in bonds for FY 2017 and 2018 each. This approach gives community colleges the same opportunities universities already have for a multi-year bond bill.
About 22 students and 10 faculty and staff from EMCC traveled to Jackson to take part in Capitol Day. Community colleges from across the state sent representatives to the event to meet with legislators to lobby for mid-level funding – per student funding halfway between K-12 education and the regional public universities.

Michael Stewart, public information associate
Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (601) 701-1490
Suzanne Monk, director of public information
Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879



LOOSE CABOOSE FESTIVAL

Historic Downtown Newton, MS
LOOSE CABOOSE FESTIVAL ...
March 25th & 26th
March 25th - Good Friday "Free Concert" 6:00 - 10:00 pm
Continues Marcy 26th with crafts - food - car show and many other attractions ...

For complete times and schedules ... newtonchamberms.com


Here are some Valentine’s Day Tech Dos and Don’ts

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Here are some Valentine’s Day Tech Dos and Don’ts

Roses are red, violets are blue, nothing says I love you like a text from you-know-who.
That is if the text isn’t being sent to you from across the dinner table.

While the use of smartphones to communicate has become invaluable, there’s a time and place for everything, especially when it concerns that iconic day of the year for sweethearts: Valentine’s Day.

So to help you keep the romance in the day and the potential pitfalls out, here are some suggestions compiled by AT&T:

• DO text sweet nothings. Nothing can put a smile on your Valentine’s face quicker than an unexpected, romantic text from out of the blue. A short text like “I LUV U” or “MISS U” can make your significant other suddenly happier to see you when you get home. But remember, don’t over-abbreviate and stick with terms and symbols that most people know and use.
• DO share love notes. Rekindle memories of the ‘old-fashioned’ paper love notes once exchanged in school by sending your Valentine a love quote or saying through one of the free apps in your smartphone’s app store, like Love Quotes and Sayings or Love Notes.
• DO take advantage of free apps to plan your romantic evening. Want to find the perfect bottle of wine, order flowers, buy chocolates or make dinner reservations quickly and on-the-go? There are lots of apps for that, and many are free! For example, 1800Flowers features a selection of best-selling flowers. Find Chocolate helps you locate the nearest chocolate shops, and OpenTable allows you to book a table at more than 20,000 restaurants, browse menus and search by cuisine, price or location.
• DON’T check your texts and emails at the table. You’ve gone to the trouble of planning a romatic dinner for your sweetheart, so why risk ruining it by checking your device for messages while at the dinner table? Give your Valentine the gift she likely values the most: your undivided attention.
• DON’T text it if it’s better said face-to-face. Plan to pop the question on the most romantic day of the year? Think through your approach before you do. You know your Valentine better than anyone else. Would a face-to-face proposal have greater meaning for her or would she find a proposal via text more romantic? On the flip side, if something doesn’t go as planned on the special day, avoid texting while frustrated or angry. Instead, pick up the phone to hash things out.
Haven’t been struck by one of cupid’s arrows yet? Try some of these ideas to find the perfect someone to spend the day with.
Hinge connects you with other users who are friends with your Facebook friends. That way you know you each have someone in common.
Zoosk doesn’t have you fill out any questionnaire. It uses something called a Behavioral Matchmaking engine that uses your behavior and preferences to match you with others.
How About We incorporates user created events into the plan. Their hope is that you post a date idea, connect with someone you like and go out.
How About We also has an option for couples. If you are trying to plan out that perfect date, you can enter in your name, your significant other’s name and the site will generate some date ideas in your area.


Tarvis Thompson
AT&T Corporate Communications East Region (Louisiana & Mississippi)

Louisiana: 504.202.9087
Twitter: @LouisianaMobile

Mississippi: 601.961.0962
Twitter: @MobilizeMiss
http://mississippi.att.com




Meridian Little Theatre ... “Rex’s Exes” hilarious comedy sequel to The Red Velvet Cake Wars

Meridian Little Theatre
“Rex’s Exes”
hilarious comedy sequel to The Red Velvet Cake Wars
Meridian Little Theatre
Feb. 25th-March 1st
601-482-6371
www.meridianlittletheatre.com

601-482-6371
www.meridianlittletheatre.com



Relay For Life "Kick-Off" Newton County

Newton County ... Masonic Lodge
American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Newton County, MS
to Hold Kickoff on February 27, 2016

Decatur, MS – February 27, 2016 – The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Newton County will hold a free kickoff for the annual event on February 27, 2016 at 4:00p.m. at the Masonic Lodge. Everyone is invited to the kickoff to learn about how to help the American Cancer Society save more lives from cancer.

The program will highlight how the community has benefited from funds raised and will honor cancer survivors and caregivers. Teams can also participate in a Chili Cook Off. The chili will then be available for purchase and all proceeds will benefit Relay for Life of Newton County. Guests will have the opportunity to register a team for the Relay For Life event, which will be held on April 22, 2016 at Newton County Coliseum.

The Relay For Life movement unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. Relay For Life events are community gatherings where teams and individuals camp out at a school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Teams participate in fundraising in the months leading up to the event.

The Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising event to fight every cancer in every community, with four million participants in 6,000 events worldwide in 2015.

“This is our community’s opportunity to help save lives from cancer by taking our message to more people and raising more dollars to fund the fight,” said Judy Linton, Event Lead. “Together, our efforts can make a big difference.”

Visit relayforlife.org or relayforlife.org/newtonms to learn more about the event, or contact Channing Peebles at 601-562-4830 or Channing.Peebles@cancer.org

About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2.5 million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 22 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress; 14.5 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We're determined to finish the fight against cancer. We're finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.




ECCC Announces Fall Semester Honor Roll

East Central Community College
ECCC Announces Fall Semester Honor Roll

Students named to the 2015 fall semester honor roll, which includes those selected to the President’s List, Dean’s List and Honorable Mention List, have been announced at East Central Community College in Decatur.
PRESIDENT’S LIST
(Alphabetically by hometown)
Those named to the President’s List, full-time students with a 4.0 grade point average, include the following:
BRANDON: Jacob Huff

CARTHAGE: James Cain, Haley Ezelle, Andy Pilgrim, Brandy Quick, Laura Shelton and Danny Smith;

CHUNKY: Joseph Clark and JoHannah Smith;

COLLINSVILLE: Jamie Cantey;

CONEHATTA: Makenzie Byrd, Amber Chaney, Austin Jordan and Nina LaBue;

DECATUR: Codi Ballard, Erick Bishop, BriiAnna Bout, Sharon Bout, Kaley Bufkin, AnnaLea Clarke, Kaitlyn Holmes, Richard Horton, Sydney Kennedy, Lalah McMullan, Samuel Mitchell, Austin Spears, Samuel Tero, John Thames, Samuel Thompson, Caleb Vaughn and Kaylee Yates;

DIAMONDHEAD: Pashien Kelley-Johnson;

FLORENCE: Durham Norman;

FOREST: Zachary Boswell, Josh Crutcher, Christopher Fortenberry, Alex Grace, Kelli Lewis, Kaitlin Smith,Tyler Sullivan and Trace Wade;

GULFPORT: Christian Bellew and Carrissa Stevenson;

HICKORY: Tabitha Walker;

LAKE: Alexandria Crout, Anthony Emmons, Mary Harris, Matthew Mitchell, Tabatha Richardson and Kaitlyn Ware;

LAWRENCE: Hannah Mitchell;

LENA: Blake Barnes and Shelly Dowell;

LOUIN: Jacob McNeil;

LOUISVILLE: David Boydstun, Faith Brown, Tiara Coleman, Carly Dickerson, Benjamin Duty, Joelie Hill, Barbara Hudson, Kegan Humphries, Katie McCool, Samantha McCrimon, Morgan Orr, Courtney Prisock, Rebecca Rodman, Charles Smith, Chelsea Smith and Lainey Smith;

MACON: Reagan Fleming;

MADISON: Blake Morton;

MERIDIAN: Kaitlyn Knuth, Sarah Laird and Gage Leifried;

MORTON: Hope Craft, Paxton Holmes, Morgan Jones, Tyler Runnels, Memry Thompson and David Westberry;

NEWTON: Lindsey Ayllon, Amanda Creekmore, Anthony Grimes, Kendra Miller, Caleb Terry and Sarah Whittle;

NOXAPATER: Mychelle Hudson, Christina McKinnion, Kayla Thompson and Anna Webb;

PASCAGOULA: Richard Jacobson, Katherine Moran and Brittany Rasco;

PASS CHRISTIAN: Tyler Ladner;

PEARL: Lauryn Tucker;

PHILADELPHIA: Sydney Battle, Fallon Beckham, Cheyenne Bradley, Caleb Brown, Christy Bryan, Ayla Burton, Katlyn Duke, Shana Ely, Brelan Gardner, Lora Goodin, Brianna Griffin, Kathryn Hillman, Benjamin McDaniel, Anthony Miller, Katie Mills, Taylor Phillips, Cody Stevens, Marissa Thomas, Khalil Triplett, Taylor Ward, Dianna Wesley and Michael Whitlock;

PRESTON: Madison Johnson, Chancellor Taylor and Alan White;

PURVIS: William Roseberry;

RALEIGH: Michael Boggan;

UNION: Agatha Berryhill, Brittany Bryan, Brentley Comans, Emily Crenshaw, Kolt Hagan, Jacob Hamm, Shelby Harrison, Jon Henry, Samuel Kelly, Keri Mayfield, Breona Moore, Karleigh Moss, Alejandra Salgado, Ashley Tillman and Karey Williams;

WALNUT GROVE: Lauren Copeland and Hannah Pope;

WEST: Benjamin Nail

DEAN’S LIST
(Alphabetically by hometown)
The Dean’s List includes the following full-time students who achieved a 3.5 to 3.99 grade point average.
BRANDON: Jala Hobson and Presley McLemore;

CARROLLTON: Patrick Morrison;

CARTHAGE: Joseph Atkison, Steven Barnett, Bethany Bradley, Autumn Cheek, Demetrius Clark, Chelsea Cleveland, Berenice Felix, Jaycie Malone, Meagan Perry, Kaitlin Pittman, Emily Quin, Lillian Shuler, Chloe Thaggard, Jessie Verry, Charlie Wilcher, Kaitlin Withers and Justin Wooten;

CHUNKY: Monica Culpepper, David Goetz, Braydon Lewis, David Martin, Morgan Smith and Christy Stewart;

COLLINSVILLE: Kyle Hoskins, Lauren Cantey and Benjamin Pace;

COLUMBUS: LaTerrica Jefferson;

CONEHATTA: Cassidi Bout, Mollie Cordeiro, Tanner Davis, Michael Eichelberger and Baylee Green;

DECATUR: Rebekah Buckley, Jessica Forrest, Maria Hawks, Courtney Kelly, Hamzeh Khader, Alana Knowles, Mary Levin, Anna Norman, Stephen Stewart, William Stewart, Rebecca Tero and Nathaniel Thorne;

ETHEL: Mikella Vance;

FLORENCE: Kenzie Jenkins;

FLOWOOD: Zachary Claycomb;

FOREST: Caleb Bates, Christopher Brown, Candice Crimm, Emily Dykeman, Kara Falcon, Katherine Fortenberry, Michiel Gaddis, Eric Gunn, Lindsay Hedge, Holly Hendershot, Natalia Londono, Taylor Lott, Amy McDaniel, TaNissa McNair, Tomaz McNair, Laron Moore, Andrea Neal, Bryce Power, Brittney Rawson, Mary Schwab and Johna Wedgeworth;

FULTON: Aniyah Marshall;

GAUTIER: Hagan Brown;

HAMPTON COVE: Cole Prestegard;

HATTIESBURG: Mahalia Gibson, Johnta Hughes and Patrick Walker;

HICKORY: Mary Brand, Peyton Cain, Kelly Chapman, Chaney Mills, Madison Parks, Alexa Roberts and Courtney Williams;

HORN LAKE: Allie Turner and Dalton Wilson;

KILBOURNE, LA: Lacey Hill;

LAKE: Tyler Bennett, Rachel Clay, Anastasia Crout, Tallie Johnston, Shelby McGrew and Shelby Wilkerson;

LAWRENCE: Shawna Bush and Daneisha Fulton;

LENA: Celeste McDonald, Lorrie Moore and Hayley Slay;

LITTLE ROCK: Quenten Brown, Matthew Cress, Jody Kennedy, Hannah May and Cody Warren;

LOUIN: Kent Shelwood;

LOUISVILLE: Taylor Alexander, Madelyn Ball, Abegail DePriest, Hallie Doster, Tracy Grabher, Morgan Hillhouse, Dylan Jones, Jamey Kinard, Andi McCrimon, Cassidy Pearson, Brandon Rogers, Brantlie Sheets, Amaziah Sierra, Stephanie Smith, Chandlor Swearingen, Madelon Taylor, Branden Vick, Jerome Warren, Logan Webb and Kristen Yarbrough;

MADISON: Kenneth Bonds;

MENDENHALL: Cayla Myers;

MERIDIAN: Brandy Little, Randa Mathis and Samuel Robinson;

MORTON: Jasmine Brown, Crystal Davila, Evan Derrick, Kaitlyn Evans, Patrick Harrell, Anna Housley, Carla Land, Carrie Thompson, Tina Vaughn, Neely Watford and Saylee Yount;

NESBIT: Gabriel Gross;

NEWTON: Michael Buntyn, Jalen Cox, Deborah Luke, Lamont May and Zachary Munn;

NOXAPATER: Candace Barrett, Jamie Carter, Hanna Hamilton, Brooke Smith and Weiying Wang;

OCEAN SPRINGS: Corey Hilliard;

OLIVE BRANCH: Lacey Field and Kayla Young;

PASCAGOULA: Megan Parrish;

PELAHATCHIE: Marley Maddox;

PETAL: Caitlyn Aldous;

PHILADELPHIA: Kayla Alexander, Breann Boatner, Natalie Bounds, Cayley Branning, Shannon Brazzle, Cheryl Brown, Patrick Burrage, Kiara Cruz, Kiara Cunningham, John Eakes, Michael Ellingburg, Destiny Files, Grant Gordon, Jarard Greer, Shelby Hemphill, Madison Marshall, Hosea McBeath, Johnathon Moore, Tatiana Moore, Kimberly Poole, Chandler Posey, Briana Roberts, Alisha Savell, Emma Savell, Michael Skinner, Clarissa Smith, Warlchez Spencer, Kimberly Watkins, Aspen White, Tristan Willis, Abby Winstead and Felicia Wright;

PRESTON: Dustin Burton and Karla Higginbotham;

PURVIS: Elizabeth Frey;
QUITMAN: James Parker and Jelisa Pearson;

RED LODGE: Kaitlin Wolff;

RIDGELAND: Summer Lavender and Blake Paben;

SALLIS: Caitlyn Burnley;

SAUCIER: Gabrielle Stapp;

SEBASTOPOL: William Wragg;

SENATOBIA: Andrea Hannaford;

SHAW: Deshawn Davis

SOUTHAVEN: Nicholas Thomas;

STONEWALL: Randy Creighton;

STURGIS: Bay White;

UNION: Landon Bounds, Lee Bowen, Brandon Clark, Emily Hunter, William Kennedy, Brandi Kilpatrick, Brady McElhenney, Wamon Monk, Haley Moorehead, Shauna Mowdy, Brooke Payne, Hannah Payne, Maggie Peebles, Tyler Sistrunk, Cassie Smith, Leslie Smith and Colby Todd;

VANCLEAVE: Lucas Orchard;

WALNUT GROVE: Sarah Barfield, Caitlan Dearman, Tatyana Johnson, Jonathan McDill, Dalen Parker, Dekendrick Rushing and Elizabeth Tatum; and

WEST POINT: Maegen Ellis

HONORABLE MENTION
(Alphabetically by hometown)
The following full-time students were named to the Honorable Mention List and earned a 3.0 to 3.49 grade point average:
BAILEY: Danny Howell;
BRANDON: Alec Gibbs, Micah Parten, Zachary Vickers, Brett Warren and Caleb Welch;

CARTHAGE: Landon Alexander, Austin Anderton, Mariah Boyd, Joseph Burgess, Bobby Burns, Hailey Clark, Triston Coats, Mia Coleman, Cassandra Flores, Stephanie Griffin, Monica Hamilton, Madison Hannis, Ravion Henry, Payton Hinkle, Keanu Hoye, Wesley Jelen, Tristan Johnston, Patricia Jones, Shannon Keene, Alana King, Jaylon Leflore, Amanda Mosley, Enoc Reynoso, Letecia Rome, Joshua Sanders, Johnny Stephens, Calvin Tate, Kristen Upchurch, Katilyn Walker, Olivia Walters and Corey Wilder;

CHOCTAW: Cynthia Cooley, Elias Jimmie and Malcolm York;

CHUNKY: Destinee Buckley, Everett Fisher and Colby Skelton;

CLINTON: Michael Davis;

COLLINS: Austin Balthazor and Peyton Lott;

COLLINSVILLE: Steven Bufkin, Leslie Kinney and Mason Wooldridge;

COLUMBUS: Rahsaan Lang;

CONEHATTA: Whitney Billings, Christon Flores, Taylor Fulkerson, Courtney Johnson, Morgan Leach, Garrett McDill, Cody Shaw and Reagan Warren;

DAPHNE: Andrew Joiner;

DECATUR: Niva Alexander, Colby Amis, Andrew Barnett, Melanie Brashier, George Brown, Malcolm Chambers, Leah Chandler, Alyssa Chesney, Luke Clark, Karen Cleveland, Antonio Curry, Savannah Gates, Meagan Higginbotham, Abigail Hollifield, Jantzen Jones, Mary Jones, Madalynn Myers, James Nance, Jordan Phillips, Chelsea Pilgrim, Lindsey Savell, Kayla Taylor and Hailey Williams;

DIAMONDHEAD: Chase Freeman;

ENTERPRISE: Patrick Pittman;

FLORENCE: Christopher Yarbrough;

FLOWOOD: Madison Greer;

FOREST: Britney Allen, Sabrina Buckner, Myeshia Dukes, Brianna Easterling, Trenton Evers, Alan Graham, Evany Gray, Jodashia Greenhouse, Christian Guy, Levi Harmon, Zachary Harmon, Louis Hernandez, Christain Mazique, Rachel Miles, Alexus Mobbs, Elliott Parish, Brittany Parrott, Ariel Patrick, Chandler Powell, Aline Ramirez-Lopez, Jay Riser, Yuritza Rosas, Joseph Sanders and Tyler Self;

FRENCH CAMP: Jesse Hosket;

GAUTIER: Toni Lowe;

GEISMAR: Bria White;

GOODMAN: Jamal Keith;

HARPERVILLE: Louis Tolbert;

HATTIESBURG: Bradston Burnside, Samantha Duncan, Janiya Evans and Allen Fails;

HICKORY: Jacob Cooley, Harleigh Embrey, Robert Johnson, and Stefan McClellan;

HORN LAKE: Jakob Williams;

JACKSON: Eric McPherson and Isiah Thomas;

LAKE: Justice Battle, Jawuan Bell, Angela Boyd, Shadejha Brown, Heather Buckley, Adrianna Crout, Emily Emmons, Mara Jones, Kardarius McClendon, Joshua Parkman and Colby Yarbrough;

LAUDERDALE: Arkeem Johnson;

LAUREL: Heath Morris and Timothy Murphy;

LAWRENCE: Zachary Richardson, Micah Tillman and Anthony Valentine;

LENA: Elizabeth Harris, Randell Morgan, Mya Smith and Dearron Stewart;

LITTLE ROCK: Shea Alexander, Duster Allgood, Stephanie Gilbert, Elizabeth Hennington, Elisha McDaniel and Billy Murphree;

LOUIN: Kayla Dawkins and Kendrick Holder;

LOUISVILLE: Tamara Boydstun, Austin Chambliss, Sara Fuller, Kira Hardin, Jeremy Harrington, Kiaa Haynes, Quanaeqa Hunt, Cody Johnson, Gina Johnson, Lane Johnson, Peyton Jones, Alexandria Lee, Jonathan McAdory, William Miller, Margaret Morris, Jordan Prisock, Abigail Ray, Cody Reed, Gabriel Roark, Jennifer Smith, Channing Wall and Maya Wilmer;

MADISON: Kaitlin Thrash;

MAGEE: Ariana White;

MCCOOL: Brittany Black and George Freeman;

MEMPHIS, TENN.: Derrick Dandridge and Keion Peoples;

MENDENHALL: Billy Cameron;

MERIDIAN: Sharon Blanks, Samantha Boykin, Maliyah Brown, Chantel Henderson, Keith Hudson, Christopher Ivy, Shelby McKelvaine, Terrell Palmer, Sharee Parrish, Miracle Rushing and DeMichael Williams;

MORTON: Hunter Aycock, Leonel Costilla, Skylar Davidson, Jayson Dempsey, Shamyia Hughes, Aerian Keeton, Lucas Morgan, Maci Phillips, Kelsey Porter, Christina Shoemaker and Grayson Smith;

MUNFORD: Shaliyah Wiggins;

NEWTON: Samantha Adams, Ethan Dunavant, Alexandria Evans, Kyra Evans, George Garner, Zachary Hammons, Malinda Harris, John Hedrick, Eddie Houston, Meshach Martin, Austin Mize, MontAja Norman, Miriam Rivers, DaQuaun Robinson, Charles Roebuck and Anthony Wansley;

NOXAPATER: TreKena Carter, Steven Curtis, Sarah Johnson, Chase Jordan, Mitzi Kirk, Sara Thorne, Anna Wells and Steven Womble;

OLIVE BRANCH: Megan Yarbrough;

PAULDING: Devon Jones;

PEARL: Connor Brennan and Shaeffer Pennington;

PELAHATCHIE: Kayley Pennington;

PETAL: Erin Golden;

PHILADELPHIA: Butch Adcock, Brittany Anderson, Christina Bates, Madison Baysinger, Emily Beckham, Jerron Bennett, Christopher Boatner, Abby Bowman, Breanna Charley, Mary Collins, Daniel Driskell, Luke Eldridge, Kaelin Gentry, Kinsey Gentry, Juanesha Griffin, Angela Harrison, Amber Hill, Karye Ingram, Sherry Keith, Ashton Killen, Chaiydreanna LeFlore, Brandon McCarty, John Meazell, Karliscia Moore, Tyasia Nicholson, Diamond Parks, Kendrell Peden, Casaja Phillips, Saul Rosales, Skyla Sims, Wesley Smith, David Stell, Lacy Stone, JaQuanna Stribling, Kristi Taylor, Michael Thomas, Truvette Thompson, Peyton Williamson, Andrew Winstead and Marcus Woodward;

PINE BLUFF, ARK.: Kabion Ento and Henri Murphy;

PRESTON: Ragan Case;

PULASKI: Bethany Barnes, Carlie Batte and John Hill;

RICHTON: Kalen Meggs;

ROSE HILL: Jennifer Watkins;

SEBASTOPOL: Billy Marshall and Holly Summers;

STARKVILLE: Ciara Harris, Michael Miller and Thomas Pugh;

SUMRALL: Brittney McCray;

UNION: William Alford, Jennifer Anderson, James Arthur, Henry Benson, Brandon Davis, Ryan Eakes, Valarie Ferguson, Michael Harrison, Rebecca Harrison, Meredith Keady, Tommie Killen, Matthew Mason, Breanna McBeath, Mason McDill, Tatum McMullan, Jason Morgan and Haley Taylor;

WALNUT GROVE: Demond Clark, Bryant Flake, Jasmine Jones, Jasmine Payton and Trace Thrash;

WINONA: Joshua Carpenter




EMCC: BEAUTY & BEAU PAGEANT, THREE STAND-ALONES

East Mississippi Community College
EMCC: BEAUTY & BEAU PAGEANT, THREE STAND-ALONES

EMCC, Beauty & Beau Top 5 Beauties:

The top five contestants in East Mississippi Community College’s 2016 Beauty & Beau Pageant are ...
Hannah Daugherty of Leroy, Ala., Addison Lowery of Columbus, “Most Beautiful” winner Abby Watson of DeKalb, Carlie Teffeteller of West Point and Sara White of Calhoun City. Abby Watson is the daughter of Robert and Joy Watson. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honorary for two-year colleges. Watson enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, going to the river and beach and attending sporting events. After graduating from EMCC, she plans to attend a four-year college or university and pursue a degree in elementary education. The Beauty & Beau Pageant was held Feb. 4 at Stennis Auditorium on EMCC’s Scooba campus.


EMCC, Beauty & Beau Top 10 Beauties:

The top 10 contestants in East Mississippi Community College’s 2016 Beauty & Beau Pageant are ...
Caroline Walker of Columbus, Addison Lowery of Columbus, Lauren Ware of Mayhew, Pooja Shaunak of Starkville and Hannah Daugherty of Leroy, Ala.
“Most Beautiful” winner Abby Watson of DeKalb, Carlie Teffeteller of West Point, Anna-Douglas Brown of Columbus, Carlee Doty of Brookhaven and Sara White of Calhoun City. “Most Beautiful” winner Abby Watson is the daughter of Robert and Joy Watson. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honorary for two-year colleges. Watson enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, going to the river and beach and attending sporting events. After graduating from EMCC, she plans to attend a four-year college or university and pursue a degree in elementary education. The Beauty & Beau Pageant was held Feb. 4 at Stennis Auditorium on EMCC’s Scooba campus.


EMCC, Beauty & Beau, Most Beautiful-Most Handsome:

Abby Watson of DeKalb was crowned “Most Beautiful” and Zachery Kauffman of Macon “Most Handsome” at East Mississippi Community College’s 2016 Beauty & Beau Pageant. Abby Watson is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honorary for two-year colleges. After graduating from EMCC, Watson plans to attend a four-year college or university and pursue a degree in elementary education. Zachery Kauffman is an EMCC Student Ambassador and a resident assistant for a Scooba dormitory. He plans to pursue a career as a welding and fabrication technician.




JCJC enrollment continues to grow despite trends

Jones County Junior College
JCJC enrollment continues to grow despite trends
ELLISVILLE – Nationwide and statewide, the enrollment figures at community colleges are on the decline except for a few, like Jones County Junior College. Both fall and spring enrollment numbers show increases of students attending classes. The Jones 2016 spring enrollment figures show a four-percent increase over spring 2015. VP of Marketing and Recruiting, Finee’ Ruffin has a few ideas why Jones has been the exception to the rule, but she is not willing to reveal all of her strategies.
“We are going against the grain. We are not doing ‘business as usual.’ In order to get different results, you have to do things differently and we are really focusing on our students and giving them every opportunity to succeed,” said Ruffin.
It will be hard to keep up with the “Joneses” if President, Dr. Jesse Smith has his way. He’s proud of every success the college is able to earn because it also means students are succeeding.
Offering multiple-entry points throughout the semester, with short term and fast track class options are some methods Jones students have to allow them more opportunities to be successful and to make college more accessible whenever they are ready.
“Despite the declining enrollment predictions in national statistics, we are beating those expectations, and I am very pleased.” said Dr. Smith. “It means we’re doing something right.”
Not only is the focus on recruiting, both administrators explained the focus is also on retaining students. Retention is one of the contributing factors for the upward trend in enrollment.
“We’re doing a better job of getting our ‘story’ out to the communities we serve in our eight-county district and we’re improving accessibility to higher education through our four, County Centers in Bay Springs, Leakesville, Quitman and Waynesboro,” said Ruffin. “I think in a competitive job market, more people are realizing they need more training and a college degree to improve their economic future.”
A unique partnership with county supervisors has allowed students in Greene and Jasper County’s to take classes at JCJC at little or no cost. The Tuition Assistance Guarantee Program enables its residents taking college courses at their local Center facilitated by JCJC or at the Ellisville campus. This is another pathway for the residents of those counties to attend JCJC while county funds are available. Eligibility requirements for prospective students vary by county.
“Even with county assistance or scholarships, Jones still offers a quality education at an affordable price. Last year we offered summer courses at a reduced tuition cost because we know money is another big factor in making a college education accessible. However, even without a discounted tuition, I believe more people are realizing the value of a higher education and they are investing in themselves, their county and their state with a college degree, and improved skills,” said Dr. Smith. “I hope more people will focus on their future and realize the importance of a college degree from Jones.”

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




ECCC Plans Black History Month Program Feb. 17th

East Central Community College Vickers Fine Arts Center auditorium
ECCC Plans Black History Month Program Feb. 17th.
East Central Community College will hold its annual Black History Month program Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, on the Decatur campus.
Activities begin at 7 p.m. in the Vickers Fine Arts Center auditorium.
There is no charge for admission.
James Miller, ECCC dean of students, will serve as guest speaker.
Special music will be provided by The Gospel Song Birds of Meridian.
The ECCC Gospel Choir sponsors the Black History Program and will also perform.
Mrs. Brenda Johnson serves as gospel choir sponsor.
For more information, contact Johnson at 601-635-2111.




Meridian Main Street - Downtown Happenings - Feb 8th - 14th

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Vol. lV No.64 Monday, February 8th


WEIDMANN'S
Mon - Sat, 4:00pm - 7:00pm; Half-price drinks during happy hour (bar only).
Half off bottles of wine every Monday
Call 601.581.5770 for more information

SOUTHERN SPORTSMAN
All week; Turkey Hunting Supplies will be in
Call 601.693.4111 for more information

LOEB'S
All week; After Holidays Sale
Call 1.800.432.7615 for more information

SAM'S FASHION
All week; Shirt & Tie reg. $40 sale price $24.99
Call 601.693.2731 for more information

PLANTERS SUPPLY
All week; Time to plant! Potatoes, english peas, greens, fruit trees and more! We also have wood burning heaters.
Call 601.693.2684 for more information

THE SEWING & VACUUM CENTER
All week; Up to 70% off select fabrics
Call 601.693.1863 for more information

BAMBINO'S BOUTIQUE
All week; Prom & Pageant Dresses-Big discount!
Call 601.693.5253 for more information

BRICKHAUS
7:00pm - 8:00pm; Craft Beer Club
Call 601.490.5242 for more information

LIBERTY SHOP
All week; Meridian Downtown Skyline T-Shirts, $20 - $25
Call 601.693.5331 for more information

SAXON'S FLOWERS
All week; Special savings on holiday items
Call 601.693.6734 for more information

Tuesday, February 9th
JIMMIE RODGERS PRESS CONFERENCE
10:00am; Union Station, upstairs
Call 601.917.4344 for more information

HARVEST GRILL
5:00pm; Surf n' Turf Night
Call 601.282.5609 for more information

SUPERTALK MERIDIAN 103.3
9:00am - 10:00am; Looking Back with Richelle Putnam
Call 601.693.1103 for more information

BRICKHAUS
7:00pm; Name that Tune
Call 601.490.5242 for more information

WEIDMANN'S
8:00pm till close; Trivia Night
Call 601.581.5770 for more information

MERIDIAN CIVITAN CLUB
12:00pm; Rush Hospital Private Dining Room
Call 601.938.6409 for more information

Wednesday, February 10th
SUPERTALK MERIDIAN 103.3
9:00am - 10:00am; Behind the Scenes with Richelle Putnam and Leslie Lee
Call 601.693.1103 for more information

BRICKHAUS
8:00pm- 11:00pm; Live Trivia
Call 601.490.5242 for more information

Thursday, February 11th
SUPERTALK MERIDIAN 103.3
9:00am - 10:00am; Local Focus with Lindsey Hall
Call 601.693.1103 for more information

MERIDIAN LIONS CLUB
11:30am - 1:00pm; Rush Hospital Cafeteria
Call 662.418.5848 for more information

RHYTHM & BREWS
Dance Night with DJ Yoda
Call 601.282.5608 for more information

MERIDIAN UNDERGROUND MUSIC
6:00pm - 8:00pm; Poetry Night
Call 601.485.1363 for more information

BRICKHAUS
8:00pm - 12:00am; Karaoke with The Party Animals!
Call 601.490.5242 for more information

Friday, February 12th
SUPERTALK MERIDIAN 103.3
9:00am - 10:00am; The Pre-Game Show with Lindsey Hall
Call 601.693.1103 for more information

MSU RILEY CENTER
7:30pm; The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Call 601.696.2200

ARBOR DAY
10:00am - 11:00am; Magnolia School Ball Field, 2 free trees to each guest!
Call 917.664.7255 for more information

MERIDIAN UNDERGROUND MUSIC
6:00pm - 8:00pm; Gamers Night
Call 601.485.1363 for more information

BRICKHAUS
9:00pm - 1:00am; Zach Day in Concert
Call 601.490.5242 for more information

Saturday, February 13th
MERIDIAN UNDERGROUND MUSIC
6:00pm - 8:00pm; Singer Songwriter Night
Call 601.485.1363 for more information

BRICKHAUS
9:00pm - 1:00am; Dustin Pounders in Concert!
Call 601.490.5242 for more information

MERIDIAN MUSEUM OF ART
10:00am - 11:30am; Art for Hearts Valentine Youth Workshop
Call 601.693.1501 for more information

Sunday, February 14th
WEIDMANN'S
10:00am - 2:00pm; Jazz Brunch, Live Music by Steve Watson
Call 601.581.5770 for more information

If you would like your event on Meridian Main Street's Downtown Happenings,
the deadline is Wednesday 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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LEIA HILL NAMED ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT AT EMCC ... MEGAN REYNOLDS SELECTED AS NEW RECRUITER

East Mississippi Community College
LEIA HILL NAMED ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT AT EMCC
MEGAN REYNOLDS SELECTED AS NEW RECRUITER

SCOOBA – Leia Hill has been named assistant vice president for Institutional Advancement at East Mississippi Community College.
In addition to directing college-wide recruiting efforts, Hill will be responsible for overseeing the college’s media, public information and marketing teams.
“Leia has many exciting ideas about how we can collectively utilize our media, marketing and recruiting resources to improve opportunities for those we serve,” EMCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner said.
Hill has worked at EMCC since February of 2015, when she was hired as the recruiter for the Scooba campus. She served as the staff sponsor for Student Ambassadors and the Student Government Association and helped with orientation programs like JourneyEAST.
Before joining EMCC, Hill worked for eight years in the community college system where she was responsible for community outreach. Prior to that, she worked in advertising and community relations. In 2014, she started a consulting firm focused on social media and online presence management, where she worked with a number of successful clients in Meridian and surrounding areas.
Hill, who resides in Lauderdale with her husband and two sons, recently completed a graduate certificate focused on social media from the University of Florida. She will begin her master’s in Higher Education Leadership later this year.
“This position is unique because I will be involved in several different areas through our foundation: community relations, alumni affairs and recruiting. East Mississippi Community College has a strong presence in the region and I am excited to be a part of our future growth.”
EMCC employee Megan Reynolds has been selected to fill Hill’s former position as recruiter. Reynolds has been employed with the college since 2014, and most recently served as the administrative assistant to the vice president of the Scooba campus.
Reynolds is a lifelong resident of Scooba. Her mother works in the IT department at EMCC’s Scooba campus. Reynolds has attended events at the college for as long as she can remember.
“I am excited about the opportunity to promote the school I have been involved in all my life,” Reynolds said. “A lot of people come to EMCC’s campus in Scooba and learn to love it. I already love it. It is my home.”
Reynolds earned a degree at EMCC’s Scooba campus in Health-care Data Technology and a certificate in Business and Office Technology. While enrolled at EMCC, Reynolds served as a Student Ambassador and a residential assistant. She was also a member of the Student Government Association and was a Compass leader with JourneyEAST, an interactive orientation program for incoming students.
“When considering who would fill the recruiting position, Megan was the immediate choice,” Hill said. “Her work ethic has been evident in all that she has accomplished at EMCC, and I am excited to see her succeed in this position as well.”

Michael Stewart, public information associate
Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (601) 701-1490

Suzanne Monk, director of public information
Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879



American Red Cross will be conducting casework at Collinsville United Methodist Church

Collinsville United Methodist Church from 10 am- 4pm. The address is 9114 Church Road, Collinsville, MS
The American Red Cross will be conducting casework out of a service center at Collinsville United Methodist Church from 10 am- 4pm. The address is 9114 Church Road, Collinsville, MS
For questions, please call 228-485-5151.
Residents affected by the tornados seeking assistance can file a claim during this time.

Thank you,
Anna Rogers
601-297-1024




ECCC Announces Annual HEADWAE Honorees

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ECCC Announces Annual HEADWAE Honorees
Sophomore Ben Pace of Philadelphia and mathematics instructor Jenna Wright of Madden represented East Central Community College in Decatur at the 2015-16 Higher Education Appreciation Day: Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) program held Tuesday, Feb. 2, in Jackson.
The annual HEADWAE observance was established by the Mississippi Legislature to honor academically talented students and faculty members from each of the 36 public and private member institutions of the Mississippi Association of Colleges.
Pace is a pre-dental major and a graduate of Neshoba Central High School. A Dean’s List scholar, he was selected for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities and was named to the Phi Theta Kappa All-Mississippi Academic Team.
He serves as president of the Presidents Council, co-president of Warrior Corps and Phi Theta Kapa, and is a member of the Concert Choir, Phi Beta Lambda, Sigma Sigma Mu Tau and Students Against Destructive Decisions. He is a former member of the Wall O’ Sound Band and Ac’cents Show Choir.
He is the son of Derek and Patty Pace of Philadelphia.
Wright has been employed at the college since 2012.
She earned the bachelor’s degree in math education at Troy University and completed a master’s in statistics at Mississippi State University.

She is a former graduate teaching assistant at Mississippi State.

She and her husband, Eric, reside in Madden.

Honorees were invited to the State Capitol where they were welcomed by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and recognized in each legislative chamber.
A luncheon was also held at the Jackson Marriott Hotel in downtown Jackson, during which each student and faculty honoree was recognized in front of their guests, institution leaders, corporate sponsors and legislators.
In addition to the public recognition, a booklet was published featuring photos and biographical sketches of each honoree.




Family and Friends Day Program

Mercy and Peace U.F.C.F. Church 1324 Sinia Road Preston, MS
Family and Friends Day Program
Guest speaker: Minister Chris Houston of the Light House Church in
Monroe, LA ... he is a native of Miss.
Bishop Samuel Phillips is the pastor of the church




Christian Leadership School

Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church 3998-Pleasant Hill Rd. Meridian, MS 39301
The Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church of Meridian, MS will hold a Christian Leadership School beginning Monday, March 14-16, 2016 at 6:00 PM nightly. There will be 3 courses offered.
The courses to be offered are:

1004-Effective Bible Reading
1007-Introduction to the Old Testament
6021-Spiritual Formation

Everyone is invited to attend to study the word of God! For more information, please call 601-678-7506.

Rev. Edward Dubose, Pastor




ECCC Instructors Ryals, Evans Nominated for MSVCC Awards

East Central Community College
ECCC Instructors Ryals, Evans Nominated for MSVCC Awards

East Central Community College instructors Chris Ryals and Chas Evans were recently nominated for the Mississippi Virtual Community College (MSVCC) instructor of the year award.

Ryals teaches drafting and design technology and has been employed at the college since 2011.

Evans teaches guitar and music classes and also serves as director of the Collegians rock and roll band. He joined the ECCC staff in 2014.

The two finalists will travel to the Creating Futures Through Technology conference in Biloxi March 2-4, 2016. All finalists from the 15 community colleges in Mississippi will be recognized at the MSVCC luncheon on March 2, where the recipient of the award will be announced.

The winner will receive a plaque and a $1,000 stipend courtesy of MSVCC.

For more information contact Dr. Krista LeBrun, dean of eLearning Education at ECCC, at klebrun@eccc.edu.




EMCC RALLIES AFTER TORNADO AT SCOOBA CAMPUS

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EMCC RALLIES AFTER TORNADO AT SCOOBA CAMPUS


SCOOBA – It was a bad day. A tornado touched down at East Mississippi Community College, doing serious damage to student housing and athletic facilities. But it was a good day, too. Campus officials in Scooba put an emergency plan into action with speed and efficiency. All students were in their safe places when the metal-twisting, tree-snapping winds arrived.
“We were in our cottage, watching TV, when we got a message from coach telling us to go right now to the Hawkins Building. We stayed in interior rooms with no windows until they told us we could leave,” said baseball player Drew Golden.
“On the way back, we saw the damage to the field and fences first, then we saw the cottages. It’s not a great situation, for sure, but we’ll get through it. We have God on our side.”
Most of the damage at EMCC from Tuesday afternoon’s tornado was confined to the athletic village where Golden and his teammates live. Small cottages line the village’s short cul-de-sac. Members of the basketball and rodeo teams live there, too.
One cottage was turned over. Several had shifted on their blocks. Porches and steps were skewed. A metal storage building by the adjacent batting cages was a heap of bent metal. Outfield fences were blown down at the baseball field. Trees were toppled or broken in half.

Quick action in Scooba

As the storm approached Tuesday afternoon, EMCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner was driving back from Jackson. With the possibility of tornadoes in the forecast, all EMCC locations had closed at 2 p.m.
For most of the trip, the skies had been clear, even sunny. But then they darkened to the north. Huebner stayed in contact by phone as the weather got worse, the tornado warnings came, and his team in Scooba started moving students to safety.
Freshmen Aysia Marchbanks, Sierra Roberts and Quaisha Betts were in Gilbert Anderson Hall, a women’s dormitory. EMCC staff barricaded doors and windows and ushered the students downstairs, where some took refuge in the lobby and others huddled in an interior bathroom.
“We weren’t taking it too seriously,” Marchbanks said. “But then we heard a loud noise and the lights went out. We took it seriously then. I was scared.”
In the nearby women’s Honors Dorm, Maegan Stewart was in a downstairs bathroom with other students: “I was worried and called my mom. She was trying not to be freaked out because she knew I would have been freaked out too.”
Dr. Huebner arrived on campus about two minutes before the tornado.
“I joined my family in the administration building. I couldn’t see anything. I could only wait,” Huebner said. “After the storm passed, I got a call from our assistant police chief. He said, everybody’s fine, but you need to come out to the cottages.”
About 80 students had nowhere to sleep. School officials made arrangements for half to spend the night in a nearby motel. EMCC students made room for the other half, doubling up in dorms all over campus.
Huebner praised EMCC employees for their quick, sure action.
“Our team did an outstanding job. They moved our students to safety long before the storm hit, and our students had a great attitude, too. I appreciate all the hard work done in advance on EMCC’s emergency plan. It made the difference.”

In the morning

On Wednesday morning, clean-up and repairs began. EMCC student athletes joined employees, picking up debris and hauling cottage skirting out of the tree line.
An EMEPA crew removed broken lamp posts and installed new ones. Ben Dudley, director of the Kemper County Emergency Management Agency, visited campus as he inspected sites that had sustained damage. Kemper County supervisors and other local officials toured the area in pick-up trucks.
Kyle Jordan, senior field representative for U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper, arrived mid-morning: “We wanted to check on the students and talk to Dr. Huebner about what services EMCC might need from us.”
There were a lot of people pulling together.
“If you don’t think Mississippi has a sense of community, live through a disaster. By the time I had a chance to check my phone last night, I had more than 200 messages from faculty, staff, neighbors and friends. I heard from virtually every community college president in the state,” Huebner said.
“The messages were all the same and all from the heart. Prayers, encouragement, offers of help and support. It was overwhelming.”
Recovery will take time. Students can’t move back into the cottages until they’ve been inspected and repaired. EMCC needs to consult insurance adjusters and help local officials as they look into whether federal disaster assistance is an option.
“But all of that is about things, not people. You can replace things,” Huebner said.
“Our students are safe and our hearts are grateful. We hoped we would never need an emergency plan but, as bad situations go, this is as good as it gets.”




STATE FARM® RESPONDS TO MISSISSIPPI TORNADOES

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STATE FARM® RESPONDS TO MISSISSIPPI TORNADOES

February 3, 2016 - Meridian, MS - With damage reports from yesterday’s tornadoes coming in, State Farm®, the leading insurer of cars and homes in the state, is helping customers impacted by the event.
State Farm agents, agent’s staff and local employees are helping customers file claims and begin the recovery from this event. State Farm customers who suffer damage from this storm should contact their State Farm agent to begin the claim process. Customers can also go to www.StateFarm.com to report their claim. “State Farm’s first priority is taking care of our customer’s needs as quickly as possible,” said company Spokesman Roszell Gadson.

First steps for those with damage to their property:
1. Make sure that your family and the structure of your home are safe.
2. Make reasonable temporary repairs to prevent further damage, when it is safe to do so. Save receipts if you purchase items such as tarps and plywood or other supplies to make repairs. If you have a covered loss, these repairs may be reimbursed.
3. Take pictures of your property and any damage that can be seen.
Next steps for those with damage to their property:
• Work with your insurance agent or claims adjustor to fully understand the claims process.
• Choose licensed and bonded contractors and request references.
• You may contact your local Better Business Bureau for assistance in locating a professional contractor in a specific geographic area.
• If anyone visits your home without an appointment and professes to represent your insurer, or to be there at the request of your insurer, ask for identification and contact your insurer to confirm before allowing access.
Contact Public Affairs at (770) 243-9049 for additional information or to schedule local broadcast interviews.


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




Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS - February Events

Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS
Center Ridge Baptist Church February 2016 Announcements

Wonderful Word Explosion
February 10, 17, 24, 2016
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting, “Wonderful Word Explosion ,”on Wednesdays, February 10, 17, 24, 2016 @ 7:00 pm. For more information call (601) 776-3649. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.

African American Awareness Program
February 21, 2016
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta MS, will be hosting an ,"African American Awareness Program ,"on Sunday, February 21, 2016 @ 11:00 am. Mr. Willie Brumfield will be the Speaker. For more information call (601) 776-3649.




State Farm Lists Ways to Prep for High Winds and Severe Weather

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State Farm Lists Ways to Prep for High Winds and Severe Weather

Meridian, MS - February 2, 2016 – The 2016 Severe Weather Season has not officially started, however this week’s forecast is a good reason to review your safety plan in the event of high winds or a tornado outbreak. Tornado and high winds are some of the most destructive forces of nature. “We strongly encourage people to review their insurance policy and take a home inventory before the worst of the 2016 severe weather season arrives,” says State Farm spokesman Roszell Gadson. As the nation’s largest property insurer, State Farm wants to provide tips to keep your family better prepared for the destructive and potentially deadly force of a tornado.


Preparing Your Home a Tornado
• Strengthen your garage. A garage door can be especially vulnerable during high winds so a reinforced, windowless door with vertical bracing is your best option.
• Secure your windows. If you’ve heard you should open windows during a tornado to equalize pressure, you’ve heard wrong! Instead, investigate systems that clip plywood to your windows – no nailing necessary.
• Maintain trees and shrubbery in your yard. Remove weak branches and eliminate trees that could fall on your home during a storm. Falling trees and blowing debris in storms often cause fatalities and severe structural damage.
• Store important documents such as birth certificates, wills, and certificates of ownership in a fire- and water-proof safe in a secure location away from your residence. In the event your home is damaged or destroyed, you will still be able to access vital documents.
• Create and maintain a home inventory to make sure you have the right insurance protection, and in the event of a loss, simplify the claims process.

Preparing Your Family for a Tornado
• Every member from the family should be familiar with your local severe weather warning system and know what to do when a tornado "watch" or "warning" is issued
• Create and practice a plan of action for your family and choose a place for your family to meet if you get separated
• Consider installing a safe room. If you live in an area prone to tornadoes, this might be the best move you can make. It won’t protect your home but will protect you and your family – and that’s what’s truly irreplaceable.
• If you do not have a safe room or a tornado shelter, you should identify what might be the safest area of your home or business during tornadoes. This is usually the basement or a small interior room without windows.

During a Tornado (Inside a Shelter)
• Head to the center of your home or basement, away from windows and preferably under something sturdy like a workbench or staircase or in a bathtub with a mattress over top of you.
• Get to the safest place possible, away from glass that can break and injure or kill you.
• Closing interior doors will also help to compartmentalize the structure and provide more barriers between you and the storm.
• Don’t try to ride out a tornado in a manufactured home. Even manufactured homes with tie-downs overturn in these storms because they have light frames and offer winds a large surface area to push against.

During a Tornado (Outside with No Shelter)
• Never try to outrun a tornado. Instead, leave the vehicle immediately for safe shelter.
• If you can safely get lower than the level of the roadway, such as in a ditch, leave your car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands.
• Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.

Recovering from a Tornado
The period following a natural disaster can be disorienting and dangerous. Below are a few tips that may help relieve some of the uncertainty and help you stay safe, secure your property, and begin the claims process in the aftermath of a major event.

• Use your emergency water or boil tap water before drinking until you are told the water supply is safe. Food that came in contact with water may be contaminated and should be discarded.
• Visually inspect your home for structural damage and take reasonable steps to prevent further damage. For example, board up holes with plywood and cover leaks with plastic sheeting.
• Your insurer will require you to document any damage to your property and provide receipts for recovery-related expenses. Be sure to save all receipts for home repairs, vehicle towing and repairs, temporary housing, meals, and other living expenses

For more information or to schedule local broadcast interviews contact Public Affairs at (770) 243-9049.


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




ECCC - Canceled classes

East Central Community College
Due to the latest weather information available to East Central Community College, all classes and campus activities that begin at 1 p.m. or after on today, Tuesday, February 2, both on the Decatur campus and all off-site locations, will be cancelled. All college offices will close at 2 p.m.

We anticipate resuming normal operations on Wednesday, February 3.

We encourage all students and staff to exercise extreme caution while driving today and when making travel decisions. Please maintain an emphasis on personal safety at all times, and remain aware of the weather situation.




The Meridian Public School District will be dismissing school early

Meridian Public School District
The Meridian Public School District will be dismissing school early today due to the possibility of severe weather.
Elementary Schools will dismiss at 12:40 p.m.
Middle and High Schools will dismiss at 1:10 p.m.

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




Neshoba County School District will be dismissing at 1:15pm ...

Neshoba County School District
Neshoba County School District will be dismissing at 1:15pm ...
Today, Feb. 2nd, 2016




ECCC SBDC to Offer ‘How to Develop a Business-First Steps’

Workforce Development Center in Decatur.
ECCC SBDC to Offer ‘How to Develop a Business-First Steps’
East Central Community College’s Small Business Development Center will offer a free seminar on “How to Develop a Business-First Steps” from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, at the Workforce Development Center in Decatur.
This seminar outlines the basic steps to start a business. Topics include regulations such as license and permits, legal forms of business ownership, basic marketing concepts to help analyze the revenue potential, lending terminology, outline for a business plan and other resources to assist in starting a business.
Ronald Westbrook, director of ECCC’s Small Business Development Center, will serve as facilitator for the class.
For more information or to register, contact the Small Business Development Center at 601-635-6297. The e-mail address is rwestbrook@eccc.edu or vthames@eccc.edu




ECCC SBDC to Offer ‘How to Develop a Business-First Steps’ Seminar in Philadelphia

Neshoba Business Enterprise Center in Philadelphia
ECCC SBDC to Offer ‘How to Develop a Business-First Steps’ Seminar in Philadelphia
East Central Community College’s Small Business Development Center will offer a free seminar on “How to Develop a Business-First Steps” from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, at the Neshoba Business Enterprise Center in Philadelphia.
This seminar outlines the basic steps to start a business. Topics include regulations such as license and permits, legal forms of business ownership, basic marketing concepts to help analyze the revenue potential, lending terminology, outline for a business plan and other resources to assist in starting a business.
Ronald Westbrook, director of ECCC’s Small Business Development Center, will serve as facilitator for the class.
For more information or to register, contact the Small Business Development Center at 601-635-6297. The e-mail address is rwestbrook@eccc.edu or vthames@eccc.edu.




ECCC ... Hurtt, Ferguson Receive MBEA Awards

East Central Community College
Hurtt, Ferguson Receive MBEA Awards

East Central Community College instructors Judy Hurtt
and Christy Ferguson were honored at the Mississippi Business Education Association’s (MBEA) annual conference. Hurtt received the MBEA Outstanding Community College Business Educator award and Ferguson received the Outstanding Career and Technical Business Educator award. Hurtt also serves as community college representative to MBEA and Ferguson is president-elect.




Active Shooter EXERCISE as part of EXERCISE Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2016.

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NAVY MERIDIAN NEWS RELEASE

Public Affairs Office
Naval Air Station
255 Rosenbaum Avenue, Suite 163
Meridian, MS 39309-5003
(601) 679-2318/2602

PRESREL #05-16 Release Date: Feb. 1, 2016

On Wednesday, Feb. 3, Naval Air Station Meridian will conduct an Active Shooter EXERCISE as part of EXERCISE Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2016.

NAS Meridian Security, Fire & Emergency Services, Emergency Management and Safety Departments will be involved in this SIMULATED Active-Shooter EXERCISE at the Navy Exchange Building.
The purpose of these EXERCISES is to use realistic scenarios to train our security force and maintain a high level of readiness.

EXERCISE Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield runs from February 1-12 on board all Navy installations located in the continental United States. Conducted by U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Navy Installations Command, this annual anti-terrorism force protection (ATFP) exercise provides Naval Security Forces unique opportunities to respond to simulated threats in the safety of a monitored training environment.

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Penny Randall
NAS Meridian
Public Affairs Officer
255 Rosenbaum Avenue
Meridian, MS 39309
601-679-2318-office
601-679-3670-fax




Meridian Main Street - Calendar of Events - Feb. 1st - 7th

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Vol. lV No.63
Monday, February 1st
LIBERTY SHOP
All week; Meridian Downtown Skyline T-Shirts! $20 - $25!
Call 601.693.5331 for more information

SOUTHERN SPORTSMAN
All week; Turkey Hunting Supplies will be in!
Call 601.693.4111 for more information

LOEB'S
All week; After Holidays Sale!
Call 1.800.432.7615 for more information

SAM'S FASHION
All week; Shirt & Tie normally $40 on sale for $24.99!
Call 601.693.2731 for more information

PLANTERS SUPPLY
All week; Time to plant! Potatoes, english peas, greens, fruit trees and more! We also have wood burning heaters.
Call 601.693.2684 for more information

NBS LADIES SHOES
All week; All boots 30-50% off!
Call 601.693.3761 for more information

THE SEWING & VACUUM CENTER
All week; Up to 70% off select fabrics!
Call 601.693.1863 for more information

BAMBINO'S BOUTIQUE
All week; Suits on Sale!
Call 601.693.5253 for more information

WEIDMANN'S
Mon - Sat, 4:00pm - 7:00pm; Half-price drinks during happy hour (bar only).
Half off bottles of wine every Monday!
Call 601.581.5770 for more information

BRICKHAUS
7:00pm - 8:00pm; Craft Beer Club
Call 601.490.5242 for more information

LIBERTY SHOP
All week; Meridian Downtown Skyline T-Shirts! $20 - $25!
Call 601.693.5331 for more information

SAXON'S FLOWERS
All week; Special savings on holiday items!
Call 601.693.6734 for more information

Tuesday, February 2nd
HARVEST GRILL
5:00pm; Surf n' Turf Night
Call 601.282.5609 for more information

SUPERTALK
9:00am - 10:00am; Looking Back with Richelle Putnam
Call 601.693.1103 for more information

BRICKHAUS
7:00pm; Name that Tune
Call 601.490.5242 for more information

WEIDMANN'S
8:00pm till close; Trivia Night
Call 601.581.5770 for more information

MERIDIAN CIVITAN CLUB
12:00pm; Rush Hospital Private Dining Room
Call 601.938.6409 for more information

MERIDIAN MUSEUM OF ART
4:00pm; School of Art after School Spring Sessions Begin!
Call 601.693.1501 for more information

Wednesday, February 3rd
SUPERTALK
9:00am - 10:00am; Behind the Scenes with Richelle Putnam and Leslie Lee
Call 601.693.1103 for more information

BRICKHAUS
8:00pm- 11:00pm; Live Trivia
Call 601.490.5242 for more information

Thursday, February 4th
SUPERTALK
9:00am - 10:00am; Local Focus with Lindsey Hall
Call 601.693.1103 for more information

MERIDIAN LIONS CLUB
11:30am - 1:00pm; Rush Hospital Cafeteria
Call 662.418.5848 for more information

ST. PAUL'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
12:05pm - 1:00pm; Impromptu Piano Quartet
Call 601.693.2502 for more information

MSU RILEY CENTER
2:00pm - 3:00pm; Welcome Reception honoring Dr. Terry Dale Cruse
Call 601.484.0113 for more information

RHYTHM & BREWS
Dance Night with DJ Yoda
Call 601.282.5608 for more information

MERIDIAN UNDERGROUND MUSIC
6:00pm - 8:00pm; Poetry Night!
Call 601.485.1363 for more information

BRICKHAUS
8:00pm - 12:00am; Comedy Show!
Call 601.490.5242 for more information

WEIDMANN'S
7:30pm; Wine Tasting and Silent Auction, Proceeds to American Cancer Society
Call 601.562.4830 for more information

Friday, February 5th
SUPERTALK
9:00am - 10:00am; The Pre-Game Show with Lindsey Hall
Call 601.693.1103 for more information

MERIDIAN UNDERGROUND MUSIC
6:00pm - 8:00pm; Gamers Night!
Call 601.485.1363 for more information

BRICKHAUS
9:00pm - 1:00am; Ian Faith in Concert!
Call 601.490.5242 for more information

Saturday, February 6th
MARDI GRAS FESTIVAL
11:00am - 5:00pm; City Hall Lawn; Food Vendors, Craft Vendors, Live Music, Gumbo, Parade, Kid's Activities and MORE!
Call 601.693.7480 for more information

BRICKHAUS
11:00am - 1:00pm; Souvenir pictures with your dog celebrating Mardi Gras $5
Call 601.490.5242 for more information

MERIDIAN UNDERGROUND MUSIC
6:00pm - 8:00pm; Singer Songwriter Night
Call 601.485.1363 for more information

BRICKHAUS
9:00pm - 1:00am; Ian Faith in Concert!
Call 601.490.5242 for more information

Sunday, February 7th
WEIDMANN'S
10:00am - 2:00pm; Jazz Brunch, Live Music by Steve Watson
Call 601.581.5770 for more information

BRICKHAUS
5:00pm; Super Bowl 50 Party!
Call 601.490.5242 for more information


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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EMBDC Recognizes January Ambassadors of the Month

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EMBDC Recognizes January Ambassadors of the Month
Meridian, MS - The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation (EMBDC) recently presented its January Ambassadors of the Month awards to three very deserving participants. In first place was Casey Hendricks with The Montgomery Institute, second place went to Sonya Scarbrough with BankPlus and third place went to Derron Radcliff with MSU Riley Center. Also, winning the red ticket drawing was Krilecia Gianakos with State Games of Mississippi. 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.




EMBDC - Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Events

Meridian Area Job Fair
Thursday, February 4th
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tommy E. Dulaney Center
915 Highway 19 North
Meridian Area Job Fair

Welcome Reception honoring
Dr. Terry Dale Cruse
Thursday, February 4th
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
MSU Riley Center
Reception Invitation
Meridian Mardi Gras
Saturday, February 6th
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
City Hall Lawn
Call 601-693-7480 for
more information & fees




NAS Meridian to participate in Navy-wide

On board NAS Meridian
NAVY MERIDIAN NEWS RELEASE

Public Affairs Office
Naval Air Station
255 Rosenbaum Avenue, Suite 163
Meridian, MS 39309-5003
(601) 679-2318/2602

PRESREL #04-16 Release Date: Jan. 29, 2016

NAS Meridian to participate in Navy-wide
EXERCISE Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2016


Naval Air Station Meridian will participate in EXERCISE Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2016 set for February 1-12 on board all Navy installations located in the continental United States.

Conducted by U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Navy Installations Command, this annual anti-terrorism force protection (ATFP) exercise provides Naval Security Forces unique opportunities to respond to simulated threats in the safety of a monitored training environment.

"The purpose of the exercise is to ensure that our team is ready to react and address any threat at all times," said NAS Meridian Commanding Officer Capt. Scott Bunnay. "It is our responsibility to provide for the safety and security of all personnel on board the installation, while also protecting our equipment and other physical assets necessary to effectively execute our mission."

Exercise coordinators have taken measures to minimize disruptions to normal base operations and the surrounding community, but there may be times when the exercise causes increased traffic around bases or delays in base access.
"The exercise uses realistic scenarios to train our security forces and helps sustain the high level of readiness required to best respond to a dynamic threat environment," Bunnay said. "We ask for everyone's patience and support during this critical training event. Our employees, residents and neighbors may also see increased security activity associated with the exercise, which may be especially true during the drill on February 3. Please don't be alarmed as all activity is part of the training evolution."

Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2016 is not in response to any specific threat, but is a regularly scheduled exercise. The exercise consists of approximately 300 field-training exercise events on and off Navy installations across the country, each designed to test different regional ATFP operations. The exercise's scenarios enable assessment of the Navy and civilian law enforcement's response to attacks both on base and at off-installation facilities.

CNIC is responsible for providing support services for the Fleet, Fighter and Family with more than 52,000 military and civilian personnel under 11 Regions and 70 installations worldwide.

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Welding Class Offered in Philadelphia

Philadelphia/Neshoba County Career-Technical Center
Welding Class Offered in Philadelphia
The East Central Community College Workforce Development Center will offer an eight-week welding course at the Philadelphia/Neshoba County Career-Technical Center beginning Monday, Feb 15.
Registration will be held at 6 p.m. and the first class meeting will follow. The class will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. for eight consecutive Mondays.
Instruction will be offered in MIG, TIG, gas and stick welding. Joey Irby will serve as instructor and the cost to attend is $150 per person.
For more information or to register, contact Chris Clark, workforce development coordinator, at 601-635-6245. The email is cclark@eccc.edu.




7th Annual City-Wide Revival

First Union Missionary Baptist Church Meridian, MS
7th Annual City-Wide Revival ...
Monday, Feb. 29th THRU Friday, March 4th.
Asking each minister to pledge a donation of $50
and each church to pledge a donation of $100

Pastor Perry McNeal (601) 479-3669
Pastor Willie R. Clark (601) 527-0683
Secretary Rev. Tory Moore (601) 604-4977



This is the deadline week to register to vote

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This is the deadline week to register to vote if you want to vote in the March 8 Primary elections.

All 82 counties will be open during regular business hours from 8am to 5pm this week and extended hours on Saturday, February 6 until noon.




CPRAM offers communication majors scholarships at Community/Jr. Colleges and Universities

Jones County Junior College
CPRAM offers communication majors scholarships at Community/Jr. Colleges and Universities

ELLISVILLE - Students interested in a career in communications at any of Mississippi’s two and four-year colleges are encouraged to apply for one of the College Public Relations Association of Mississippi’s $1,000 scholarships. Two scholarships will be awarded to full-time students entering or currently enrolled at either one of the state’s Community/Junior Colleges or a University for the fall semester of 2016. The deadline to apply for the CPRAM scholarship is February 12, 2016 for students majoring in one of the following fields of study: public relations, communications, journalism, advertising, mass communications, political communications, crisis management, graphic design, or other communication-oriented major.

Scholarship applicants must be in good standing and present three letters of recommendation from individuals connected to his/her academic institution. This includes college advisers, high school teacher/official, home-school teacher, etc. Students may be recommended by an active CPRAM member.

The applicants must complete the scholarship application and have it returned to the scholarship committee no later than Feb. 12, 2016. Applicants must also include a 500-word essay entitled, “With All the Changes Being Made in the Field of Communications, What Skills Do I Have to Keep up with These Changes?”

Students receiving the scholarship can be awarded the scholarship for more than one-year, but they must re-apply every year. The scholarship committee reserves the right to make its decision based on need, merit and the number of applicants each year.

CPRAM reserves the right to withdraw this scholarship if a student withdraws from school during the award year, changes his/her major, fails to maintain a 2.0 GPA or other grave instances of misconduct.

The committee will announce the winner(s) during its annual conference held in May 2016. For more information, contact CPRAM scholarship chairman Steve Diffey at (662) 472-9068 or sdiffey@holmescc.edu or committee member, Teresa McCreery at (601) 477-4032 or teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu.

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




JCJC Black History Celebration ...

Jones County Junior College Fine Arts Auditorium
Multi-talented Forrest County Justice Court Judge, Gay Polk-Payton is JCJC Black History Celebration’s featured guest speaker

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Office of Student Affairs will be hosting its annual Black History Celebration on Thursday, February 11, at 10:15 a.m. in the JCJC Fine Arts Auditorium. The program’s theme, “'An Education that Makes a Difference,” will feature singer, songwriter, radio host, motivational speaker, author and Forrest County Justice Court Judge, Gay Polk-Payton to be the guest speaker.

“She is someone whom I admire, she's a friend of mine and my wife, Sarah and she has a very diverse background to support this year's theme, ‘An Education that Makes a Difference.’ Gay is very talented and she is not afraid of trying something new. I really wanted to expose our students, faculty and staff to hear her life experiences. It is my hope that everyone who attends will learn how to have the courage to step out to try something different in their life by allowing their education to be the foundational support for their journey,” said JCJC VP of Student Affairs, Dr. Samuel Jones.

The public is invited to this free event to hear Payton speaking on how her varied education has impacted her life. She has three degrees from three different universities yet she finds value in something “bigger.”

“The most valuable part of my education has come from understanding where I fit in the big picture and knowing how my knowledge and capabilities can help to make the world a less chaotic place. Conversely, if you allow the atmosphere surrounding your college education to have an internal, self-centered focus, what you gain in college can turn out to be a cluster of semester hours that won't benefit anyone...not even yourself.”

Payton has used her education to truly make a difference, explained Dr. Jones. In addition to various musical talents, she is a licensed attorney, an aerobics instructor and a Justice Court Judge, which gives her a wide range of life experiences and stories to tell, and sometimes with a melody.

The Hattiesburg, Mississippi native was certified to practice law in the state of Mississippi in September 1996 after completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of Southern Mississippi. She earned a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of New Orleans while additionally earning a Master’s in Business and a Juris Doctor at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) School of Law.

Payton is a member of the Mississippi, Magnolia and American Bar Associations, the Trial Lawyers Association, the Mississippi Justice Court Judge Association, the Hattiesburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, and she is past president of the South Central Bar Association. Recently she was able to add to her list of accomplishments as being elected as 12th district commissioner for the Mississippi Bar Association.

She is currently employed with the Forrest County Justice Court where she serves as an elected Judge, and is the owner of Polk-Payton Law Office. She is licensed to practice law in all courts in the State of Mississippi, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and in the United States Supreme Court. Payton has previously served as an adjunct faculty member in USM’s Human Performance and Recreation Department and she is a Certified Fitness Instructor.

The accomplished singer has also been writing songs for more than a decade but released her first single, “Real Man” on August 10, 2012. Both “Real Man” and the song, “God Gives Me” which are both written and performed by Payton, are featured in the movie soundtrack of “Blackbird,” directed by Patrik-Ian Polk with stars, NAACP Image Award and Oscar Award, Mo'Nique Hicks for her role in “Precious,” and Grey’s Anatomies', Isaiah Washington.

She has performed in various venues including an NFL Football game, the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, the Mississippi Association of Drug Court Professionals, the University of Southern Mississippi’s Coca-Cola Classic rodeo, USM football, basketball, baseball and softball games, ACS Cancer Walks, AHA Heart Walks, My Mother’s Heart Foundation events, the City of Hattiesburg Police Department’s Memorial, 9/11 & DARE programs, and at National Night Out Against Crime events.

The judge has spoken on a number of topics ranging from legal issues, leadership and motivation, to parenthood and relationships. She is the author of the book, “This Has Been a Public Service Announcement.” She is the daughter of the late Ollie and Fannie Polk and she is the mother of one son, Gaybriel “Kobe” Payton.

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




Dr. Andrea Goodwin has been certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine ...

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Dr. Andrea Goodwin of Meridian Weight Management Center Receives Obesity Medicine Certification

Meridian, MS, January 28, 2016

Dr. Andrea Goodwin has been certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) as an ABOM Diplomate. ABOM Diplomates are specialists in Obesity Medicine who undergo rigorous training and an extensive examination process to achieve this designation. This designation represents the highest level of achievement in the medical specialty of obesity medicine.
The American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) serves the public and the field of obesity medicine by establishing a credentialing protocol and maintaining standards for assessment and certification of candidate physicians. Certification as a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) signifies excellence in the practice of obesity medicine and distinguishes a physician as having achieved a high level of competency and understanding in obesity care. ABOM collaborates with the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) to administer the annual credentialing exam.
Dr. Goodwin attended medical school at the University of Mississippi. She has been practicing medicine in the Meridian area since 2001. Dr. Goodwin has practiced as an Emergency physician, Hospitalist, and Primary care provider in private practice. In 2013, Dr. Goodwin began a personal journey to lose weight and improve her own health. This personal journey led her to found and lead a comprehensive medical wellness clinic, Meridian Weight Management Center. Dr. Goodwin has since obtained well over a hundred hours of continuing education in obesity medicine and has been certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine.




MISSISSIPPI DEMOCRATIC PRECINCT CAUCUSES TO BE HELD FEBRUARY 13

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MISSISSIPPI DEMOCRATIC PRECINCT CAUCUSES TO BE HELD FEBRUARY 13


JACKSON-Rickey Cole, Chairman of the Mississippi Democratic Party, issued the following statement today regarding the quadrennial Democratic precinct caucuses coming up on Saturday, February 13.

“As the attention of the nation is focused upon the Iowa Caucus and the New Hampshire Primary, Democrats here in Mississippi are preparing for both a caucus and a primary of our own. In addition to our March 8 Presidential Preference Primary election, Democrats will gather at their county polling places around the state at 10:00 AM on Saturday, February 13, 2016 for our quadrennial Democratic Precinct Caucus meetings. At the precinct caucus, which is open to all Democratic residents of the precinct, participants will 1) elect Democratic leaders to represent the precinct at the March 12 county Democratic convention, 2) discuss and propose platform ideas on public policy issues to be considered for inclusion in the 2016 Democratic Platform and 3) organize support for the Democratic Party and Democratic candidates in the precinct. We encourage all interested Democrats to attend and participate in their Democratic Precinct Caucus at their county voting precinct at 10:00 AM on Saturday, February 13. Be a part of real grassroots democracy in action at your precinct. Sign up online for more information at www.mississippidemocrats.org/sign-up/ email us at jamos@mississippidemocrats.org or call us at (601) 969-2913.”




Home Buying 101

Meridian Board of REALTORS Meridian MS - next to Mugshots Bar & Grill
Free and open to the public. This class takes you step by step through the home buying process with a panel of speakers: Lender, REALTOR, Appraiser, Home Inspector, Termite Inspector, and an Attorney. Open forum for all your questions to be answered. Relaxed atmosphere. Thursday, February 25, 2016
5:30 - 7:00 PM


Betty Oltremari
Meridian Board of REALTORS
601-485-7113



Annual Church Bar-B-Que

First Apostolic Church 2010 Mosby Road Meridian, MS
Annual Church Bar-B-Que - Jan. 29th & 30th
Rib and Chicken dinners with 2 sides
$9 per plate

(601) 482-1422


Tax Saving Day event.

Multi-County Community Service Agency 2906 St. Paul Street Meridian, MS
In an effort to promote EITC Day, and encourage taxpayers to save and become financially secure, the public is invited to attend Tax Savings Day.

Meridian, MS – January 30, 2016

The Foundation for the Mid South, Mississippi State University Extension Service and FDIC Alliance for Economic Inclusion will host a Tax Saving Day event. It will be held at Multi-County Community Service Agency, 2906 St. Paul Street, Meridian, MS from 9:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m.

Free tax preparations will be done by IRS certified-volunteers for households whose income was less than $54,000 in 2015.

Financial Education Training – Money Smart and other curriculums will be offered by financial institutions and community partners. This is an excellent way for individuals to learn how to be financially secure in 2016. Join this great opportunity and have a chance to win door prizes.

Participants include: AARP, BankPlus, Internal Revenue Service, Mississippi Center for Justice, Multi-County Community Service Agency and Trustmark National Bank.

Kimberly M. McMillan
Director of Finance
Foundation for the Mid South
601-863-0488
kmcmillan@fndmidsouth.org



GED TEST: “PASS” SCORE LOWERED

East Mississippi Community College
GED TEST: “PASS” SCORE LOWERED
More than 600 Mississippians to earn diploma retroactively

Earning a GED just got easier. The company that administers GED testing for many states has lowered the score it takes to pass each subject area from 150 to 145.
Officials with GED Testing Service announced the changes Tuesday, explaining that data shows students who took the GED test were being held to a higher academic standard than their counterparts in high school.
Mississippi has adopted the lower test score effective immediately, according to an email to community college educators by Sandy Crist, state director for Adult Education & High School Equivalency, Mississippi Community College Board.
Officials with GED Testing Service also recommend that states grant a GED to students who have taken the test since Jan. 1, 2014, and scored at least 145 in each subject area.
“What this means for Mississippi: We will be issuing an additional 637 High School Equivalency Diplomas – grandfathering those students in from January 1, 2014,” Crist wrote in the email.
At East Mississippi Community College, Adult Basic Education Director Jim Bearden said Tuesday his staff is scrambling to identify students who have passed all or portions of the test under the new guidelines.
Bearden said his office has already identified eight students who have taken the test and now qualify to receive their diploma. There may be more.
On the GED test, students must earn a passing score of 145 in each of the following areas: Reasoning through Language Arts; Mathematical Reasoning; Science; and Social Studies. Students who earned a 145 or greater in any of the four test areas will not need to retake that portion of the test, Bearden said.
“The pressing need right now is to get the word out so people who have passed part of the test will not be rescheduling to take that part again,” Bearden said. “We want students who have taken the test to review their account, so they don’t pay to retake a portion of the test if they do not need to do so.
“I’ve got a list of 37 or 38 people who have passed parts of the test who do not know that they passed. Some are current students and some are former students. All of my staff are trying to call them to let them know.”
Nationwide, GED Testing Service officials estimate more than 25,000 adults will be eligible to receive their GED diploma under the new guidelines, and more than 100,000 now have a passing score in one or more GED test subject areas.
Students who received a passing score under the new guidelines can expect to see their updated scores and information on their MyGED account on March 1. Students who have moved should update their address on their account.
Bearden said the lower score requirement will make it easier for those who have struggled with the test.
“There are a lot of people who took the practice test and could not quite get over the hump, scoring a 147 or a 148,” Bearden said. “We want to encourage students who have been holding off, thinking they weren’t quite ready, to renew preparations to take the test now that the passing score has been lowered.”
GED Testing Service has also added two additional performance levels: GED College Ready, used to signify readiness to enter credit-bearing college courses; and GED College Ready + Credit, which may qualify students for up to 10 hours of college credit.
The new GED test performance levels are:
● Pass / High School Equivalency (Score > 145)
● GED College Ready (Score > 165)
● GED College Ready + Credit (Score > 175)
More information about the testing requirements is available online at http://www.gedtestingservice.com/testers/tester-score-change-faqs.




Commemorating the Burial of Gypsy Queen, Kelly Mitchell

Rose Hill Historic Cemetery 7th Street and 40th Avenue Meridian, MS
Saturday, February 6, 10 a.m. (one hour in length)
~Commemorating the Burial of Gypsy Queen, Kelly Mitchell~
Rose Hill Historic Cemetery
7th Street and 40th Avenue
Meridian, MS 39307
More info: 601-479-2483 or 601-681-8525

Program: The Gypsy Queen died during childbirth on January 31, 1914. Her Romani gypsy clan had parked their wagons approximately 30 miles east of Meridian. Her husband, King Emil, was distraught. How was he to find a funeral home with either refrigeration or ice to maintain the remains of his wife until all of the gypsy clans from across the United States could arrive for the funeral? It was estimated 20,000 people attended her funeral and lying-in-state. Through the voices of witnesses of the time in period costume, Rose Hill Company (the same group of historians, storytellers, and volunteers who present The Rose Hill Historic Cemetery Costumed Tour each last Saturday in September) tell the emotional story. Harkened back to those days just prior to the Great World War (WWI), the Gypsy King tells his heartbroken story and as well a gypsy woman who was with the Queen when she died tells about the last minutes of the Gypsy Queen's life, also several citizens of Meridian share their story as well. In addition, you will hear from the minister who conducted the service, the director of the funeral home, the mayor of Meridian at the time, a member of the college band who was drafted as musicians for the Queen's processional, plus additional people of the day. Teaching history and heritage through the arts of drama and storytelling and is suitable for all ages. Rose Hill Cemetery is the only historic resting place in the southeast with a large number of Romani burials, which include the King and Queen of the Gypsies, plus several family members. The Rose Hill Company of Players is honored to present this commemoration of an event of unique historical significance. Please come to Meridian and witness an event unlike no other.




Artsmart: All children deserve the arts… the arts help make our kids smart.

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All children deserve the arts… the arts help make our kids smart.
Artsmart: From the MSU Riley Center for our Partnership in Education Schools (becoming a Riley Center Education School)*
GOAL: Build a Professional Learning Team focused on arts integration as a classroom instructional tool to make a positive difference in the school
OBJECTIVES:
• training more teachers in arts integration
• follow-up to training with mentoring/coaching in classroom (support teachers to transform their teaching practice through arts integration)
• more arts in the school; document the power of learning through the arts.

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

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

SPONSORED BY STRUCTURAL STEEL SERVICES, INC.

* If your school is already a member of the Mississippi Arts Commission’s Whole Schools Initiative, this participation only strengthens your initiative.

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



Little Rock M. B. Church Pastor's 31st Anniversary

Little Rock M. B. Church
Little Rock M. B. Church Pastor's 31st Anniversary

Rev. Carl Smith, Pastor
Date: March 6, 2016
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Contact: Marc Williams 601-497-0716

Thanks in Advance,

Pamela Williams
Correspondence Secretary

Marc Williams 601-497-0716


Meridian Main Street - Downtown Happenings - January 25th - 31st

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Downtown Happenings - January 25th - 31st
Vol. lV No.62

Monday, January 25
GREATER MERIDIAN HEALTH CLINIC
10:00am - 3:00pm; Wellness Mardi Gras!
Call 601.693.0118 for more information
LOEB'S
All week; After Holidays Sale!
Call 1.800.432.7615 for more information
SAM'S FASHION
All week; Shirt & Tie normally $40 on sale for $24.99!
Call 601.693.2731 for more information

PLANTERS SUPPLY
All week; Time to plant! Potatoes, english peas, greens, fruit trees and more! We also have wood burning heaters.
Call 601.693.2684 for more information

NBS LADIES SHOES
All week; All boots 30-50% off!
Call 601.693.3761 for more information

THE SEWING & VACUUM CENTER
All week; Up to 70% off select fabrics!
Call 601.693.1863 for more information

BAMBINO'S BOUTIQUE
All week; Suits on Sale!
Call 601.693.5253 for more information

WEIDMANN'S
Mon - Sat, 4:00pm - 7:00pm; Half-price drinks during happy hour (bar only).
Half off bottles of wine every Monday!
Call 601.581.5770 for more information

BRICKHAUS
7:00pm - 8:00pm; Craft Beer Club
Call 601.490.5242 for more information

LIBERTY SHOP
All week; After Christmas sale continues, 50 - 75% off Fall & Winter
Call 601.693.5331 for more information

LABICHE JEWELERS
All week; 50% off Kameleon jewelry while supplies last!
Call 601.693.6071 for more information

SAXON'S FLOWERS
All week; Special savings on holiday items!
Call 601.693.6734 for more information

Tuesday, January 26
HARVEST GRILL
5:00pm; Surf n' Turf Night
Call 601.282.5609 for more information

SUPERTALK
9:00am - 10:00am; Looking Back with Richelle Putnam
Call 601.693.1103 for more information

BRICKHAUS
7:00pm; Name that Tune
Call 601.490.5242 for more information

WEIDMANN'S
8:00pm till close; Trivia Night
Call 601.581.5770 for more information

MERIDIAN CIVITAN CLUB
12:00pm; Rush Hospital Private Dining Room
Call 601.938.6409 for more information

Wednesday, January 27
SUPERTALK
9:00am - 10:00am; Behind the Scenes with Richelle Putnam and Leslie Lee
Call 601.693.1103 for more information

BRICKHAUS
8:00pm- 11:00pm; Live Trivia
Call 601.490.5242 for more information

RHYTHM & BREWS
Karaoke, All you can eat tacos for $10!
Call 601.282.5608 for more information

MERIDIAN MUSEUM OF ART
11:00am - 5:00pm Wed - Fri; Membership Exhibit
Call 601.693.1501 for more information

Thursday, January 28
SUPERTALK
9:00am - 10:00am; Local Focus with Lindsey Hall
Call 601.693.1103 for more information

MERIDIAN LIONS CLUB
11:30am- 1:00pm; Rush Hospital Cafeteria
Call 662.418.5848 for more information

RHYTHM & BREWS
Dance Night with DJ Yoda
Call 601.282.5608 for more information

BRICKHAUS
8:00pm - 12:00am; Karaoke with the Party Animals
Call 601.490.5242 for more information

Friday, January 29
SUPERTALK
9:00am - 10:00am; The Pre-Game Show with Lindsey Hall
Call 601.693.1103 for more information

MERIDIAN UNDERGROUND MUSIC
All Day; MUM Day
Call 601.485.1363 for more information

RHYTHM & BREWS
Bridge to Grace!
Call 601.282.5608 for more information

BRICKHAUS
9:00pm - 1:00am; Scott McQuaig and The Tomcats
Call 601.490.5242 for more information

Saturday, January 30
RHYTHM & BREWS
Rebel!
Call 601.282.5608 for more information

TEMPLE THEATER
7:00pm; Live, In Concert: The McKameys
Call 601.416.1630 for more information

BRICKHAUS
9:00pm - 1:00am; Dustin Pounders
Call 601.490.5242 for more information

Sunday, January 31
WEIDMANN'S
10:00am - 2:00pm; Jazz Brunch, Live Music by Steve Watson
Call 601.581.5770 for more information

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. Like us on Facebook: Meridian Main Street


Five Fold Ministry Conference

Love City Fellowship Meridian, MS
Five Fold Ministry Conference ...
"The Faith ... The Fight ... The Finish
Jan. 27th - 29th
Various speakers and special guests




Registration Open for ECCC’s Spring Intensive Term II On-Campus and Online

East Central Community College
Registration Open for ECCC’s Spring Intensive Term II On-Campus and Online

It’s not too late to register for classes at East Central Community College in Decatur for the Spring 2016 Intensive Term II on-campus courses and the Spring 2016 Intensive Term II online courses.

The last day to register for on-campus courses in the Spring 2016 Intensive Term II is Tuesday, March 1. Classes begin on Monday, Feb. 29.

Classes offered include Introduction to Business, Machine Drafting I, Structural Drafting, Intermediate English, English Composition I, English Composition II, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Calculus II, Music Appreciation, and Public Speaking I, among other courses.

The last day to register for online courses in the Spring 2016 Intensive Term II is Tuesday, March 15. Classes begin Monday, March 14.

Classes offered include Art Appreciation; Introduction to Business; Computer Applications I; Human Growth and Development; English Composition II; Introduction to Health, P.E., and Recreation; First Aid and CPR; Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries; Western Civilization I; Intermediate Algebra; College Algebra; Music Appreciation; New Testament Survey; Introduction to Philosophy; General Psychology; Introduction to Sociology; Social Problems; Marriage and Family; and Public Speaking I, among other courses.

A complete Spring Term class schedule can be found at the MyEC tab at www.eccc.edu.

For more information, please contact ECCC Student Services at 601-635-6205 or rlee@eccc.edu.

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

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

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EMBDC -Upcoming Events

Business Before Hours
MEC Pacesetter Tour
MSU Riley Center
Tuesday, January 26th
7:30 a.m.
HELD OVER!
47th Annual Trees of Christmas
Through January 30th
Merrehope
905 Martin Luther King Dr.
Call 601-483-8439 for
more information & rates

Meridian Mardi Gras
Saturday, February 6th
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
City Hall Lawn
Call 601-693-7480 for
more information & fees




Hunters for the Hungry ... LOVE'S Kitchen

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A Simple Solution to Two Local Problems
Hunters for the Hungry is an effective solution based on a simple concept for addressing the challenge of feeding hungry people in our community. When deer hunters harvest more deer than they need or want, they can donate them to be processed, and that processed venison will go to L.O.V.E.’s Kitchen.
In 2010, Kerby McDonald started the Hunters for the Hungry Fund at the Community Foundation of East Mississippi as a way to connect exactly what the name says, “hunters” and “hungry” people. If you’re a deer hunter or someone who cares about hunger in our community you can be a part of the solution in one or both of the following ways:
1. Donate harvested deer to be processed for L.O.V.E.’s Kitchen through the Hunters for the Hungry Fund
and / or …
2. Donate to the Hunters for the Hungry Fund to pay for yours or someone else’s deer to be processed for L.O.V.E.’s Kitchen.
“There are really only two types of people who can participate in this solution: deer hunters and non-deer hunters, which means anyone can help,” said Becky Glover, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of East Mississippi, which manages and administers this fund, along with 43 others. “Mr. McDonald had the foresight and compassion to make this realistic connection between two groups of people who may not have anything in common, but in a way that provides a wonderful solution to two problems: too much food and too many hungry people,” said Glover.
Fannie Johnson, Executive Director for L.O.V.E.’s Kitchen, says that at this time of year, about 40% of the meals served at L.O.V.E.’s Kitchen include venison and their clients love it. “With this venison from Hunters for the Hungry, we can make all kinds of delicious dishes with ground venison: lasagna, spaghetti with meat sauce, chili, meat loaf, really anything you can make with ground beef you can also make with ground venison,” said Johnson. One deer can feed up to 200 people.
While deer season ends the last day of this month, you can donate to Hunters for the Hungry year round. “This fund, like all of our funds, is ‘open’ which simply means that anyone can donate to it at any time. You can dedicate your donation in honor or in memory of someone for their birthday or any occasion or just because. We’ll send the honored person or family a card letting them know that a donation has been made by you,” said Glover. To find out how you can be a part of the solution through Hunters for the Hungry, contact the Community Foundation of East Mississippi by phone 601-696-3035 or email office@cfem.org, or send your donation to Hunters for the Hungry Fund, C/O Community Foundation of East Mississippi, P.O. Box 865, Meridian, MS 39302-0865.


The Community Foundation of East Mississippi is a public charity dedicated to improving and enriching the quality of life in East Mississippi by supporting worthy causes, providing philanthropic services, and encouraging and providing leadership in response to changing community needs. The Foundation serves as a catalyst for charitable giving where civic-minded individuals, families, and businesses can meet their philanthropic goals. The Foundation meets this mission by developing and managing a comprehensive base of funds – an expanding pool of charitable dollars, permanently committed to meeting the needs of the people Clarke, Kemper, Neshoba, Newton and Lauderdale counties.

For more information about this press release, this fund or others at the Community Foundation, contact Becky Glover at the Community Foundation of East Mississippi: office@cfem.org, 601-696-3035, P.O. Box 865, Meridian, MS 39302-0865.




ECCC Cheer Clinics Offered Beginning Jan. 31

ECCC - South Campus Gymnasium
ECCC Cheer Clinics Offered Beginning Jan. 31

Students interested in trying out for the 2016-2017 cheerleading squad at East Central Community College in Decatur are invited to participate in free stunt clinics beginning Jan. 31.

Clinics will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Sundays in the college’s South Campus Gymnasium.

For more information, contact ECCC Cheer sponsor Pauline Karcher at paulinekarcher@gmail.com or contact the Athletic Department at 601-635-6310.




HVAC Apprenticeship Class Offered at ECCC

ECCC ... in the Bradford J. Tucker Applied Technology Building on the Decatur campus
HVAC Apprenticeship Class Offered at ECCC
The East Central Community College Workforce Development Center will offer an HVAC Apprenticeship (Class Core and Level I) course beginning Thursday, Feb. 11.
The class meets in the Bradford J. Tucker Applied Technology Building on the Decatur campus from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on consecutive Thursdays until the required 192 instructional hours are completed.
The course will include instruction in safety, proper use of hand tools, heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Individuals who successfully complete the course will receive a national credential through the National Center of Construction Education and Research.
The cost to attend is $625 per student. Inquiries regarding financial assistance should be made to the student’s local WIN Job Center.
For more information, contact Chris Clark, workforce coordinator, at 601-635-6245. The email is cclark@eccc.edu




GED TESTING NOW AVAILABLE AT EMCC’S SCOOBA CAMPUS

East Miss. Community College
GED TESTING NOW AVAILABLE AT EMCC’S SCOOBA CAMPUS


SCOOBA – Some area residents who wish to take the GED test won’t have to drive as far to do so.
The Adult Basic Education department at EMCC administered the first GED tests at the Scooba campus on Jan. 19. Previously, the test was only available at the Golden Triangle campus and those who live in Kemper and Noxubee counties had to drive north to Mayhew or south to Meridian to take the test.
“It is a good, central location,” EMCC Chief GED Examiner LaRonda Gathings said.
Four people took the General Education Development test on its first day in Scooba.
“It went smoothly,” Gathings said. “There were no hang-ups.”
Preregistration is required online at https://ged.com. People can register on the website, schedule a day and time to take the test and pay the required cost. There are practice tests available on the website for a fee.
“All they have to do on the day of the test is show up,” ABE Director James Bearden said.
The ABE office at the Scooba campus can accommodate six test-takers at a time. Gathings said same-day testing may be available if room allows: “They can call ahead and schedule the test for the same day and won’t have to pre-register.”
To schedule same-day testing, call (662) 476-5096.
Candidates for testing must be: residents of Mississippi; at least 18 years old; and not enrolled in public secondary school (proof of withdrawal may be required).
Contact Gathings for information on testing of 16- and 17-year-olds, and for requesting testing with special accommodations, at (662) 243-1981.




13th Annual Loose Caboose Festival.

Newton, MS
The Newton Chamber of Commerce is seeking local church choirs, praise bands and gospel groups to showcase on March 26th at the 13th Annual Loose Caboose Festival. Share your gifts with us!
Contact: Leigh Anne Whittle @ 601-692-6675




MSU Extension Service - Newton County

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MSU Extension Service - Newton County .......
Find out about upcoming events and "Remind ... a smart phone app."
Various projects for the Newton County area.

MSU Extension Service - Newton County

msucares.com

Katrina M. McCalphia (601) 635-7011
k.mccalphia@msstate.edu

Leanne W. McGee (601) 635-7011
Leanne.mcgee@msstate.edu



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

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Downtown Happenings ... January 18th - 24th
Vol. lV No.61


Monday, January 18

Meridian Main Street will be closed today in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

DOWNTOWN MERIDIAN
12pm; MLK Annual Parade
Call 601.479.2018 for more information

LOEB'S
All week; After Holidays Sale!
Call 1.800.432.7615 for more information

SAM'S FASHION
All week; Shirt & Tie normally $40 on sale for $24.99!
Call 601.693.2731 for more information

PLANTERS SUPPLY
All week; Time to plant! Potatoes, english peas, greens, fruit trees and more! We also have wood burning heaters.
Call 601.693.2684 for more information

NBS LADIES SHOES
All week; All boots 30-50% off!
Call 601.693.3761 for more information

LUCAS ROAD
All week; 10% off all sterling jewelry!
Call 601.483.0028 for more information

THE SEWING & VACUUM CENTER
All week; Up to 70% off select fabrics!
Call 601.693.1863 for more information

BAMBINO'S BOUTIQUE
All week; 70% of all prom dresses!
Call 601.693.5253 for more information

WEIDMANN'S
Mon - Sat, 4:00pm - 7:00pm; Half-price drinks during happy hour (bar only).
Half off bottles of wine every Monday!
Call 601.581.5770 for more information

BRICKHAUS
7:00pm - 8:00pm; Craft Beer Club
Call 601.490.5242 for more information

LIBERTY SHOP
All week; After Christmas sale continues, 50 - 75% off Fall & Winter
Call 601.693.5331 for more information

LABICHE JEWELERS
All week; 50% off Kameleon jewelry while supplies last!
Call 601.693.6071 for more information

SAXON'S FLOWERS
All week; Special savings on holiday items!
Call 601.693.6734 for more information

Tuesday, January 19

HARVEST GRILL
5:00pm; Surf n' Turf Night
Call 601.282.5609 for more information

BRICKHAUS
7:00pm; Name that Tune
Call 601.490.5242 for more information

WEIDMANN'S
8:00pm till close; Trivia Night
Call 601.581.5770 for more information

MERIDIAN CIVITAN CLUB
12:00pm; Rush Hospital Private Dining Room
Call 601.938.6409 for more information

Wednesday, January 20

BRICKHAUS
8:00pm- 11:00pm; Live Trivia
Call 601.490.5242 for more information

RHYTHM & BREWS
Karaoke, All you can eat tacos for $10!
Call 601.282.5608 for more information

MERIDIAN MUSEUM OF ART
11:00am - 5:00pm Wed - Fri; Membership Exhibit
Call 601.693.1501 for more information

Thursday, January 21

MERIDIAN LIONS CLUB
11:30am- 1:00pm; Rush Hospital Cafeteria
Call 662.418.5848 for more information

RHYTHM & BREWS
Dance Night with DJ Yoda
Call 601.282.5608 for more information

BRICKHAUS
8:00pm - 12:00am; Karaoke with the Party Animals
Call 601.490.5242 for more information
Friday, January 22

MERIDIAN UNDERGROUND MUSIC
All Day; MUM Day
Call 601.485.1363 for more information

RHYTHM & BREWS
DJ Yoda, Ladies get in Free!
Call 601.282.5608 for more information

BRICKHAUS
9:00pm - 1:00am; Light & Sound
Call 601.490.5242 for more information

Saturday, January 23

RHYTHM & BREWS
U.S. Band!
Call 601.282.5608 for more information

BRICKHAUS
9:00pm - 1:00am; Dustin Pounders
Call 601.490.5242 for more information

Sunday, January 24

WEIDMANN'S
10:00am - 2:00pm; Jazz Brunch, Live Music by Steve Watson
Call 601.581.5770 for more information

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. Like us on Facebook: Meridian Main Street


ECCC To Offer Basic Carpentry, Residential Maintenance Classes in Neshoba County

Integrated Technology Training Center in Choctaw
ECCC To Offer Basic Carpentry, Residential Maintenance Classes in Neshoba County
The East Central Community College Workforce Development Center will offer courses in Residential Maintenance and Basic Carpentry in Neshoba County beginning in February.
Residential Maintenance will meet eight consecutive Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Integrated Technology Training Center in Choctaw beginning Feb. 10, 2016. Registration will be held at the first class meeting.
Instruction will include basic residential wiring, plumbing repair and installation.
Cost to attend is $150 per person. Robert Kilpatrick will serve as instructor.
Basic Carpentry will meet eight consecutive Thursday nights from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Philadelphia/Neshoba County Career-Technical Center beginning Feb. 11, 2016. Registration will be held at the first class meeting.
Instruction will include basic carpentry skills such as power tool safety, floor systems, wall systems, rafter layout and roof framing.
Cost to attend is $150 per person. James Boykin will serve as instructor.
For more information, contact Chris Clark, workforce coordinator, at 601-635-6245. The email is cclark@eccc.edu




BBQ Ribs Fundraiser - $25

Southeast Lauderdale High School 2362 Long Creek Road Meridian, MS
BBQ Ribs Fundraiser - $25
We are raising money to purchase technology for our classrooms by selling tickets for racks of ribs. Tickets can be purchased from the high school office or any high school teacher. Pickup is February 5th from 4:00-8:00 in the school gym during the basketball game.

Tickets need to be purchased before January 29th.
Call 601-483-5501




Russell Keene - Principal
Southeast Lauderdale High School
2362 Long Creek Road
Meridian, MS 39301-9319
Phone 601-483-5501
www.sehstigers.com




ECCC Astronomy Club to Watch the Moon Blot Out Aldebaran Star

In front of Cross Hall, located on West Broad Street.
ECCC Astronomy Club to Watch the Moon Blot Out Aldebaran Star

Weather permitting, the Astronomy Club at East Central Community College in Decatur will host a viewing of stars with telescopes beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, in front of Cross Hall, located on West Broad Street.

That evening, people looking high up toward the southeast will see a bright red star on the dark side of the gibbous moon. This star, Aldebaran, will suddenly disappear as the Moon orbits in front and then will later reappear.

People around Meridian should see Aldebaran disappear a few minutes after 8:10 p.m. and suddenly reappear around 8:50 p.m., give or take a few minutes, depending upon exact location. Those in coastal counties may see the Aldebaran blink as the star passes between the mountains of the Moon midway between these times.

Visitors wishing to see Aldebaran disappear should bring their own binoculars or telescope or just watch directly. While waiting for the star to reappear, people can view the Pleiades star cluster with the college’s large telescope.

Anna Claire Housley, Astronomy Club president, said, “I am excited to experience this rare and educational event.”




ECCC Career Advancement Center Offers Various Classes During February

East Central Community College Career Advancement Center in Carthage
ECCC Career Advancement Center Offers Various Classes During February
The East Central Community College Career Advancement Center in Carthage will offer various courses during the month of February, including Conversational Spanish I and II, Basic Electrical AC/DC, HVAC Enhancement, and Writing a Winning Resume.
Conversational Spanish I will meet for eight consecutive Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 2. The fee is $50 and Martha Metcalf will serve as instructor. CEUs are available.
The course is designed to develop basic conversational skills and grammar structure necessary for speaking the Spanish language.
Conversational Spanish II begins Feb. 4 and will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for eight consecutive Thursdays. The fee is $50 and Martha Metcalf will serve as instructor. CEUs are available.
This course is designed for students who have taken Spanish I or have the basic fundamentals of speaking the language and will build and reinforce skills. Emphasis will be placed on mastering grammatical structures and increased functional vocabulary.
Basic Electrical AC/DC will meet for eight consecutive Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. beginning Feb. 16. The fee is $150 and Blake Warren will serve as instructor.
This course is designed to introduce students to basic electrical systems for residential and commercial applications.
An HVAC Enhancement course begins Feb. 15 and will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. for eight consecutive Monday nights. Paul Evans will serve as instructor. The fee is $150 and students have the option of an additional $3 at the end of the course for EPA testing.
The course provides instruction in heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.
A free workshop on Writing a Winning Resume will be offered Friday, Feb. 12 from 9 to 11 a.m.
Instruction will be provide by Matt Riley and participants will receive information on writing a resume, enhancing an existing resume and what employers look for in a resume.
Those interested can register Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the ECCC Career Advancement Center located at 121 West Main Street, on the square in Carthage.
For more information, contact Matt Riley, center coordinator/personal development specialist, at 601-298-0723. The email is mriley@eccc.edu.




AT&T EMPLOYEES MENTOR ONE MILLION HOURS, SURPASSING GOAL

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AT&T EMPLOYEES MENTOR ONE MILLION HOURS, SURPASSING GOAL
AT&T Aspire Mentoring Academy provides over 3,500 hours of mentoring to nearly 800 students in Mississippi

JACKSON, MISS., JANUARY 15, 2016 – In less than four years, AT&T employees provided students with 1 million hours of mentoring, here in Mississippi and across the globe.

Employee mentors participate in AT&T’s Aspire Mentoring Academy, which was launched in the fall of 2012 with the objective of providing 1 million hours of mentoring to students by its employees before the end of 2016.

Reaching this milestone nearly one year early is a testament to the commitment and enthusiasm of AT&T employees. As mentors, employees connect with students to help them discover their passions and potential. The experience has a positive impact on both the adults and students.

In Mississippi, AT&T employees are connected with best-in-class nonprofits that support students who will benefit the most from mentoring. Since the launch of Aspire Mentoring Academy in the fall of 2012, nearly 800 students were provided over 3,500 mentoring hours in Mississippi.

“Our students represent the future of this country, and our corporate, civic and social responsibility is to prepare the next wave of professionals for success in school and the workplace,” said AT&T Mississippi President Mayo Flynt. “I am incredibly proud of our Mississippi employees’ dedication and commitment to our youth and the future of Mississippi.”

A caring adult is a key factor in helping ensure a student graduates from high school. Student success in school and beyond is a primary focus of AT&T Aspire, the company’s signature philanthropic initiative. One in three young people do not have a mentor when growing up, according to recent research commissioned by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and supported by AT&T. The one million hour milestone is just the beginning of AT&T’s efforts to close this gap. The next phase of Aspire Mentoring Academy will use the power of technology to connect with even more students in more places around the world.

“A mentor is a critical asset in helping a young person achieve success and one that drives expanded support and opportunity. AT&T employees bring us closer to that goal with Aspire Mentoring Academy,” said David Shapiro, CEO, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership.

“One million mentoring hours is a major accomplishment. It helps us close the mentoring gap and equip more young people with the skills and confidence they need to be successful. We are excited to work with AT&T to expand their reach to even more students by supporting employees and leveraging innovation and collaboration in the mentoring field.”

AT&T is teaming up with innovative organizations, such as Nepris, iCouldBe and We Teach Science that use technology to provide mentorship opportunities. These organizations will help connect more students and mentors for whom in-person mentoring is not possible.
About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T
AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. AT&T Aspire is AT&T’s signature philanthropic initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring. Through Aspire, we’ve passed the $250 million mark on our plan to invest $350 million in education from 2008-2017.

Tarvis Thompson
AT&T Corporate Communications East Region
Mississippi: 601.961.0962
Twitter: @MobilizeMiss
http://mississippi.att.com




Can you design the State Games of Mississippi 25th Anniversary shirt?

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Can you design the State Games of Mississippi 25th Anniversary shirt?

In honor of the 25th Anniversary of State Games of Mississippi we are pleased to announce our first statewide Athlete and Volunteer T-shirt design contest!
Winner receives $100 cash prize and a free shirt with the winning design on it. For official rules visit www.stategamesofMS.org




Ely Receives ECCC Surgical Technology Honor

East Central Community College in Decatur
Ely Receives ECCC Surgical Technology Honor
Shana Ely of Philadelphia was selected Surgical Technology Student of the Year at East Central Community College in Decatur. Ely was presented an award in recognition of her academic excellence in the classroom and performance in clinical settings. She received the award from program director/instructor LeAnn Shirley and instructor Kristie Pilgrim . The presentation was made during the program’s annual pinning ceremony held Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, in the Vickers Fine Arts Center




ECCC Surgical Technology Graduates

East Central Community College in Decatur
ECCC Surgical Technology Graduates
These students recently completed the 12-month surgical technology program at East Central Community College in Decatur. The special group was honored at the program’s annual pinning ceremony held Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, in the Vickers Fine Arts Center on the Decatur campus. Graduates and their respective hometowns include Tyasia Nicholson, Dekalb; Shana Ely, Philadelphia; Jasmine Brown, Morton; and Bailey Wedgeworth, Forest; Jennifer Anderson and Emma Savell, both of Philadelphia; and Aleia White of Raleigh; and Christopher Ivy, Meridian; Lahoma Hawkins, Decatur; Morgan Hillhouse, Louisville; and Haley Moorehead, Union. Ely was chosen Surgical Technology Student of the Year. LeAnn Shirley serves as program director/instructor and Kristie Pilgrim serves as instructor.For more information on ECCC’s healthcare programs, contact Denita Thomas, dean of healthcare education, at 601-635-6294 or email dthomas@eccc.edu.




Join Meridian Main Street for Meridian Mardi Gras

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Meridian Mardi Gras 2016

Join Meridian Main Street for Meridian Mardi Gras, February 6, 2016. All the fun begins at 11:00am on the lawn of City Hall with craft vendors, food vendors, Gumbo Booth, East MS/West Alabama's largest Mardi Gras store, kids' activities including bouncy houses, balloon creations, face painting and more. NE Elementary and Poplar Springs Elementary will participate in a Mini-float competition with their works of art to be on display at the festival. No Mardi Gras celebration would be complete without King Cakes which will be sponsored by YPM. We would like to thank Mitchell Distributing for being the presenting sponsor. "The committee has had a great time planning this year's event. We've been working extremely hard to bring Meridian and surrounding communities a bigger and better event than ever before. We hope everyone will come out and have a fantastic time! " states Will Hays, Committee Chairman.

The Krewe of Barkus Parade sponsored by Animal Medical Supply will roll out at noon. Our Mardi Gras King and Queen will lead the Krewe of Midas Parade.

Live music will highlight the day. Bring the family out for a fun filled day of music, food, parades and more!

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

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

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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Winging Ceremony set for Jan. 15

On board NAS Meridian
Winging Ceremony set for Jan. 15

There will be a naval aviator designation ceremony Friday, Jan. 15, at 1 p.m. in the Chapel on board NAS Meridian.
Seven U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aviators will receive their "Wings of Gold" during the ceremony. The naval aviator designation ceremony is not prescribed specifically by U.S. Navy regulations, but has emerged as an honored product of the rich heritage of naval tradition. It marks the culmination of nearly two years of specialized training, which has prepared these officers for the rigorous demands of aerial combat and carrier operations -- earning each the title of "Naval Aviator" and the right to wear the coveted "Wings of Gold."
The speaker will be Capt. Paul Carelli, commodore of Training Air Wing One. Those receiving their "Wings of Gold" include:
Lt. j.g. Neil Jordan Armstrong, USN, was named to the Commodore's List during Primary Flight Training and carrier qualified in the T-45C on board the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) Sept. 20, 2015. Armstrong completed Advanced Jet Flight Training with Training Squadron Nine.
Lt. j.g. Kevin Alapati Farley, USN, earned one Navy "E" for bombing accuracy during Advanced Jet Flight Training. He carrier qualified in the T-45C on board the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) Nov. 9, 2015. Farley completed Advanced Jet Flight Training with Training Squadron Seven.
Lt. j.g. Kyle Eric Gale, USN, was named to the Commodore's List during Primary Flight Training and earned one Navy "E" for bombing accuracy during Advanced Jet Flight Training. He carrier qualified in the T-45C on board the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) Nov. 9, 2015. Gale completed Advanced Jet Flight Training with Training Squadron Seven.
1st Lt. Theodore Joseph Hardee, USMC, received an Academic Achievement Award during Primary Flight Training and earned three Navy "E's" for bombing accuracy during Advanced Jet Flight Training. He carrier qualified in the T-45C on board the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) Nov. 9, 2015. Hardee completed Advanced Jet Flight Training with Training Squadron Seven.
Lt. j.g. Eric Dean Hinz, USN, earned three Navy "E's" for bombing accuracy during Advanced Jet Flight Training. He carrier qualified in the T-45C on board the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) Nov. 9, 2015. Hinz completed Advanced Jet Flight Training with Training Squadron Seven.
Lt. j.g. Westley Kyle Holt, USN, was selected as VT-9's Student of the Month for December 2015, and he earned two Navy "E's" for bombing accuracy during Advanced Jet Flight Training. He carrier qualified in the T-45C on board the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) Nov. 9, 2015. Holt completed Advanced Jet Flight Training with Training Squadron Nine.
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Lt. j.g. Ryan Earl Schmidt, USN, earned three Navy "E's" for bombing accuracy during Advanced Jet Flight Training. He carrier qualified in the T-45C on board the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) Nov. 9, 2015. Schmidt completed Advanced Jet Flight Training with Training Squadron Seven.

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ECCC To Offer Pharmacy Tech Class in Decatur

Workforce Development Building on the Decatur campus.
ECCC To Offer Pharmacy Tech Class in Decatur
The East Central Community College Workforce Development Center will offer a Pharmacy Technician course beginning Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, in the Workforce Development Building on the Decatur campus.
Classes will meet from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. for 18 consecutive Tuesdays. 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.
Registration is open Feb. 1-10 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Workforce Development Center or students may register at the same location between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11.
For more information, contact Debra Hutchins, workforce development coordinator, at 601-635-6295. The email is dhutchins@eccc.edu.




ECCC To Offer Pharmacy Tech Class in Choctaw

ECCC Integrated Technologies Training (ITT) Center in Choctaw.
ECCC To Offer Pharmacy Tech Class in Choctaw
The East Central Community College Workforce Development Center will offer a Pharmacy Technician course beginning Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, at the ECCC Integrated Technologies Training (ITT) Center in Choctaw.
Classes will meet from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. for 18 consecutive Thursdays. 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.
Registration is open Feb. 1-10 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the ITT Center or students may register at the same location between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11.
For more information, contact Debra Hutchins, workforce development coordinator, at 601-635-6295. The email is dhutchins@eccc.edu.




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

Neshoba Business Enterprise Center in Philadelphia.
ECCC SBDC to Offer ‘How to Develop a Business Plan’
East Central Community College’s Small Business Development Center will offer a free seminar on “How to Develop a Business Plan” from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, at the Neshoba Business Enterprise Center in Philadelphia.
Course topics include industry research, description of company products and services, identifying target customer groups, marketing plans, startup costs and preparation of a projected cash flow statement.
Ronald Westbrook, director of ECCC’s Small Business Development Center, will serve as facilitator for the class.
For more information or to register, contact the Small Business Development Center at 601-635-6297. The e-mail address is rwestbrook@eccc.edu or vthames@eccc.edu




MLK Commemorative Service at NAS Meridian

On board NAS Meridian
ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE SET FOR FRIDAY
ON BOARD NAS MERIDIAN


Naval Air Station Meridian will hosts its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Service on Friday, Jan. 15, at 10 a.m.
The program will have special music, scripture readings and more. Colors will be presented by the NJROTC unit from Northeast High School.
The keynote speaker will be Ward 4 Meridian City Councilwoman Kim Houston.
The theme is year is "Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On, Not a Day Off." In 1994, Congress designated the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday as a National Day of Service, the only federal holiday observed in this way.

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EMBDC - Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Events

Meridian High School
Race for the Future
Saturday, January 16th
9:00 a.m.

Business Before Hours
MEC Pacesetter Tour
MSU Riley Center
Tuesday, January 26th
7:30 a.m.
5th Annual Backstage Pass
Conference in Meridian
January 20-21, 2016
MSU Riley Center
Register Online @
www.msmainstreet.com

HELD OVER!
47th Annual Trees of Christmas
Through January 30th
Merrehope
905 Martin Luther King Dr.
Call 601-483-8439
for more information & rates




Community Health Event

Greater Meridian Health Clinic 2701 Davis Street Meridian, MS
Who: Greater Meridian Health Clinic

What: Community Health Event

Where: Greater Meridian Health Clinic
2701 Davis Street Meridian, MS 39301.
Phone: 601-693-0118

When: 01/25/2016 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Why: Community Health event open to the public offering Insurance Marketplace enrollment and assistance in attaining Affordable Health Insurance coverage. Insurance agents will be on site for questions and assistance. Light snacks and refreshments will also be available.

Brandy Bond
Greater Meridian Health Clinic
Community Outreach




Dance Praise Program

New Life Independent Baptist Church 2911 6th Ave. Meridian, MS
New Life Independent Baptist Church of Meridian will have their Dance Praise Program,
Jan. 31st at 2:30 pm (601) 685-0329

Rev. Paul Clayton is the pastor of the church


Junior Auxiliary of Meridian ... Annual Charity Ball

MSU Riley Center
Junior Auxiliary of Meridian
Annual Charity Ball
Winter Wonderland
February 6, 2016
7:00pm




St. Paul's Episcopal Church ... Mississippi Brass and Percussion with David Benson

St. Paul's Episcopal Church Meridian, MS
The Jan. 28th Event is being rescheduled ........
Mississippi Brass and Percussion with Meridian's own, David Benson.
Jan. 21st at 12:05 pm

ALSO ...
Feb. 4th Impromptu "Piano Quartet"
12:05 pm




Meridian Main Street - Downtown Happenings - week of Jan 11th

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Vol. lV No.60
Monday, January 11

STITCHIN' KRAZY
All week; With one purchase of monogram the 2nd is 50% off!
Call 601.286.5495 for more information

SAM'S FASHION
All week; Shirt & Tie normally $40 on sale for $24.99!
Call 601.693.2731 for more information

PLANTERS SUPPLY
All week; Time to plant! Potatoes, english peas, greens, fruit trees and more! We also have wood burning heaters.
Call 601.693.2684 for more information

NBS LADIES SHOES
All week; All boots 30-50% off!
Call 601.693.3761 for more information

LUCAS ROAD
All week; 10% off all sterling jewelry!
Call 601.483.0028 for more information

THE SEWING & VACUUM CENTER
All week; Up to 70% off select fabrics!
Call 601.693.1863 for more information

BAMBINO'S BOUTIQUE
All week; 70% of all prom dresses!
Call 601.693.5253 for more information

WEIDMANN'S
Mon - Sat, 4:00pm - 7:00pm; Half-price drinks during happy hour (bar only).
Half off bottles of wine every Monday!
Call 601.581.5770 for more information

BRICKHAUS
7:00pm - 8:00pm; Craft Beer Club
Call 601.490.5242 for more information

LIBERTY SHOP
All week; After Christmas sale continues, 50 - 75% off Fall & Winter
Call 601.693.5331 for more information

LABICHE JEWELERS
All week; 50% off Kameleon jewelry while supplies last!
Call 601.693.6071 for more information

SAXON'S FLOWERS
All week; Special savings on holiday items!
Call 601.693.6734 for more information

Tuesday, January 12

HARVEST GRILL
5:00pm; Surf n' Turf Night
Call 601.282.5609 for more information

BRICKHAUS
5:00pm - 11:00pm; Ladies Night
7:00pm; Name that Tune
Call 601.490.5242 for more information

WEIDMANN'S
8:00pm till close; Trivia Night
Call 601.581.5770 for more information

MERIDIAN CIVITAN CLUB
12:00pm; Rush Hospital Private Dining Room
Call 601.938.6409 for more information

Wednesday, January 13

BRICKHAUS
8:00pm- 11:00pm; Live Trivia
Call 601.490.5242 for more information

RHYTHM & BREWS
Karaoke, All you can eat tacos for $10!
Call 601.282.5608 for more information

MERIDIAN MUSEUM OF ART
11:00am - 5:00pm Wed - Fri; Membership Exhibit
Call 601.693.1501 for more information

Thursday, January 14

MERIDIAN LIONS CLUB
11:30am- 1:00pm; Rush Hospital Cafeteria
Call 662.418.5848 for more information

RHYTHM & BREWS
Dance Night with DJ Yoda
Call 601.282.5608 for more information

Friday, January 15

MERIDIAN UNDERGROUND MUSIC
All Day: MUM Day
Call 601.485.1363 for more information

RHYTHM & BREWS
DJ Yoda, Ladies get in Free!
Call 601.282.5608 for more information

FARM TO SCHOOL
2:00pm - 4:00pm; Make Informative Food Choices Seminar! Open to Public
Call 917.664.7255 for more information

Saturday, January 16

RHYTHM & BREWS
Chad Wesley Band!
Call 601.282.5608 for more information

Sunday, January 17

WEIDMANN'S
10:00am - 2:00pm; Jazz Brunch, Live Music by Steve Watson
Call 601.581.5770 for more information

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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Leighann McCoy - author and speaker at Clarke-Venable Baptist Church in Decatur, MS

Clarke-Venable Baptist Church in Decatur, MS
The Women’s Ministry of Clarke-Venable Baptist Church in Decatur, Mississippi invites women from 18 to 108 to join in the Audacious 2016 Experience as the church hosts author, speaker, and Pastor’s wife, Leighann McCoy, on Saturday, January 23rd, 2016. Tickets are available through the Church Office or by calling 601-635-2828. The event will cost $10.00, inclusive of lunch. Doors open at 8:00 am and the activities will conclude at 3:00 pm Groups are welcome. For more information, contact Janine Vincent at 601-357-0143.

Leighann McCoy is an author and speaker who helps women develop a never fail faith. She knows an unfailing faith is possible because she’s no stranger to the tough stuff in life. Leighann has endured a personal battle with cancer, walked with her daughter through a teen
pregnancy, and served for over 25 years as a pastor’s wife. That’s enough to test anyone’s faith! Yet, in those experiences, she wasn’t afraid to ask God the hard questions about disappointment, failure, and loss. What she learned changed her life and transforms the women she teaches. Leighann’s message helps women:
• Recognize every difficult situation as an avenue for God to prove His love.
• Exchange a weak “I hope so” faith for a strong “I know so” faith.
• Live with the same strength displayed by heroes of the Bible.
• Identify and apply specific biblical promises that God offers for every area of life…there
are over 3,000 of them!
Leighann’s books are born out of real-life experience. The week after she began writing Spiritual Warfare for Women, her 18-year-old daughter left home to live with her boyfriend and became pregnant. As Leighann lay on the floor of her daughter’s bedroom crying out in desperation, she put her own teaching to the test. Two years later, Leighann began work on A Woman’s Guide to Hearing the Voice of God, when she was diagnosed with a recurrence of colon cancer in her liver. Through it all, she remained certain that God meticulously and methodically works all things together for our good and His glory. Leighann knows that a never fail faith is possible because she’s stretched it, exercised it, and tested it in the trenches of life.
Leighann has served in ministry for over 25 years alongside her husband, Tom, who is the senior pastor at Thompson Station Church in Thompson Station, TN. During that time, their congregation has grown from 8 to over 2000. Leighann is on staff working with the women’s ministries, prayer team, and leadership development.
As a popular speaker, Leighann encourages women across the nation and overseas. She is a conference leader at Lifeway Christian Resources’ Women’s Leadership Forum and a frequent guest on radio programs, such as Divine Calling, Bold Living, The Morning Show on YESFM, and This is the Day on Moody Radio. She has also contributed to magazines, including Journey, Parenting Teens, HomeLife, Today’s Christian Woman, and Crosswalk.com.
Leighann has a bachelor’s degree from Samford University and a Masters of Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She spends most of her “free” time traveling to Knoxville, TN, where two of her children attend college at the University of Tennessee. She also has a daughter and son-in-law stationed at Fort Campbell, KY, where her granddaughter, Misty, waits anxiously for visits from




ECCC Announces Fall Semester Honor Roll - TBA

East Central Community College
ECCC Announces Fall Semester Honor Roll - TBA




Stephen Parks selected as new head of State Law Library

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Stephen Parks selected as new head of State Law Library

Stephen Parks of Jackson was elected State Librarian on Thursday, Jan. 7, during a joint session of the Mississippi Senate and House of Representatives.
The Supreme Court recommended Parks as its choice to head the State Law Library.
Parks, an attorney, previously served as research, instructional services and circulation librarian at his alma mater, Mississippi College School of Law. He was director of the Judicial Data Project, which compiles into a searchable database (www.judicial.mc.edu) the opinions, case briefs, and oral argument videos of the Mississippi Supreme Court and Mississippi Court of Appeals from 2007 forward. He also devised and directed the Legislative History Project (www.law.mc.edu/legislature), a searchable database which archives video of floor debate in the Mississippi Senate and House from 2012 forward. His work earned awards from the American Association of Law Libraries twice for technological innovation, and again for promoting public access to government information. He also received the Mississippi Historical Society Award of Merit.
Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. said, “I am very impressed with and appreciative of Mr. Parks’ work to preserve the discussions and actions of two branches of our state government, and to make those archives easily available to the public. Some of these resources didn’t exist until he set to work to build them. The judiciary, lawyers, legal researchers and the average citizen with an interest in the workings of government can make use of these archives.
“His tech savvy and his interest in public access will be an asset to the Law Library as he assumes responsibility for overseeing this extensive legal collection,” Chief Justice Waller said.
Parks said, “It is a great honor to be chosen for this position, one that dates back to the mid-Nineteen Century. Two of my favorite topics to read and research are Mississippi and the law, and this position will allow me to pursue those interests as I strive to provide the best services possible to the state judiciary, state officials and the citizens of Mississippi.”
The State Librarian oversees the State Law Library, which is located in the Supreme Court Building in Jackson. Known officially as the State Library, the law library is a specialized public library which provides legal research materials for the judiciary, state agencies, lawyers, students and the general public.
Parks taught legal research at MCSOL for the past five years. For the past year, he has also taught law librarianship as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has published an update to Mississippi court rules and legal journal articles on topics ranging from avoidance of unauthorized practice of law to the “birther” attacks on President Barack Obama.
Parks is president of the Central Mississippi Library Council, and previously served as vice-president and Scholarship Committee chair of the organization. He is a member of the Mississippi Bar, the American Association of Law Libraries and the Southeastern Chapter of AALL. He serves on the Southeastern Chapter’s Government Relations Committee.
He is a native of La Grange, North Carolina. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science, magna cum laude, from East Carolina University in 2006. He earned a law degree, magna cum laude, from MCSOL in 2010, and a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2013.
Parks replaced Clara Watson Joorfetz of Jackson, who retired as State Librarian on Dec. 31, 2015. Joorfetz’s 40-year career of professional librarianship included 16 years of service at the State Library, the past five years as State Librarian. She also serve as a medical librarian at St. Dominic Hospital, University of Mississippi Medical Center and Baptist Medical Center.
Chief Justice Waller said, “We appreciate her long and dedicated service. She is an encyclopedia of history and government. Her untiring enthusiasm well served library patrons ranging from scholarly researchers to school children. We will miss her, and wish her well in her retirement.”

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




Fall Honor Roll at JCJC Announced

Jones County Junior College
Fall Honor Roll at JCJC Announced

ELLISVILLE -Jones County Junior College has announced the 2015 fall 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.

JCJC PRESIDENT’S LIST HONOR ROLL FALL 2015

Millry, Alabama: Aaron Lee Pruett.
Franklinton, Louisiana: Kaitlyn Amber Kennedy.
Round Rock, Texas: Kassidy Mikal Tolbert.
Clarke Enterprise: Miranda Kaye Espey.
Clarke Quitman: Madison Viola Gandy and Hannah Elizabeth Hampton.
Covington Collins: Karlie Blake Hart, Arianna Faith Kitchens, Amber Marie Little, Nolan Kyle Stapleton, Amber Diann Stuart and Patrick Wayne White.
Covington Mount Olive: Denzel Xavier Edwards, Anthony Michael Hinton, Hannah Victoria Love and Allison Denise Rutland.
Covington Seminary: Rachel Suzanne Boling, Brittany Nicole Byrd, Sarah Caroline Ferris, Cameron Charles Harvey, Amanda Nicole McKenzie, Marcus Lamar Phillips, Angela Carol Pitts and Kamrie PaigeWalters.
Covington Taylorsville: John David Blackwell.
Forrest Brooklyn: John Wesley Aust.
Forrest Hattiesburg: Meagan Leanne Blackwell, Alicia Edell Brooks, Carolyn Kay Bullock, Blythe Leighton Griffin, Phadre Yvonne Hocker, Alexis Nicole LaNeve, Haley Rene' Martin, Erica Lynn Murphy, Rebecca Katherine Polley, Kia Deshae Pruitt, Austin M Riels, Natalie Beth Seales, Savannah Marie Troyer and Michelle Renee Wentz.
Forrest Petal: Marjorie Louise Bach, Connor Joseph Chancellor, Meagan Katherine Clatworthy, Jeffrey Michael Creel, Karen Anne Kennedy, Hanah Rhian Lott, Andreona Rachelle McLaurin, Clayton Taylor Mikell, James Cory Moree, Makenzie Jo Nagy, George Washington Nicholson, Mollie Kathryn Pitts, Jenna Marie Sewell, Madeline Claire Sheller, Jennifer Lynne Simmons, Joshua Tate Weatherford and Kenneth Lane Wittig.
George Lucedale: Alyssa Victoria Megan Hopkins.
Greene Leakesville: Kara Elizabeth Bailey.
Greene Lucedale: April Vanessa Pierce.
Greene Neely: Malcolm Conner McLendon.
Greene Richton: Jacob Randall Finley.
Hancock Diamondhead: Jared Layton Lal.
Hancock Kiln: Brina Ashley Breaux.
Hancock Waveland: Erubiel Alejandro Sandoval Araiza.
Harrison Biloxi: Zachary Alexander Torricelli.
Harrison Long Beach: Samantha Lynn Dean and Sarah Catherine Ryan.
Harrison Saucier: Hannah J Walker.
Jackson Pascagoula: Kinley Elese Davis.
Jasper Bay Springs: Julie Elizabeth Fail and Terry X Keyes.
Jasper Laurel: Adam Michael Clark, Donica Lynn Graham and Donna Chanel James.
Jasper Louin: Jacquelyn Sarah Jones, Ashley Nichole McDonald, Ieesha Necole Moore and Thomas Lewis Tullos.
Jasper Stringer: Kasey Elizabeth Fox.
Jasper Vossburg: Raven Caroline Chancellor and Malik Reshad Sampson.
Jefferson Davis Prentiss: Carrie Nicole Broome.
Jones Ellisville: Lea Valeree Adlaon Abao, Lacey Marie Ainsworth, Edwin Van Alford, Natalie Nicole Buckley, Hunter Lamar Carpenter, Bridgett Nicole Cooley, Rachel Suzanne Ellzey, Sherry Shaffer Farmer, Jonathan Ryan Fennell, Kelsie Hope Hathorn, Elizabeth Enochs Herring, Cayden Granger Hill, Karly Lane Jones, Gavin Wayne Knight, Morgan Olivia Lewis, Pamela G McDonald, Durland Dwight McGill, Kaylee Alyssa Parker, Shreyaben Dilip Patel, Cody Lane Robertson, William Cody Sanderson, Alyssa Jade Sumrall, Jonathan Tyler Turner and Hans Derek Van Houten.
Jones Hattiesburg: Abby Rebecca Cascio and Katelyn Angela Stone.
Jones Heidelberg: Samantha Hailee Davis.
Jones Laurel: Emily Kranz Bedwell, Cheyanne Marie Boyd, James Nathaniel Breland, Anthony Maurice
Brown, Erik Thomas Buckley, Landon Blaise Bullock, Jeremy Bryce Bynum, William Alexander Chancellor, Benjamin Paul Council, Lauren Elizabeth Craven, Callie Lynn Crosby, Shelby Milia Edwards, Deserae Leigh Grafton, Abbey Faye Graham, Sarah Elizabeth Gregory, Jessie Leigh Hall, Brayden Alexander Hodge, Jordan Nichole Holifield, Mason Alan Howell, Tamara Kali Hullings, Robert Dean Cody Johnson, Christopher Gayle LaPan, Megan Elise Livingston, Brandi Ann Lott, Monica Lanelle Ozugha, Aubrey Nicole Parker, Cody Ryan Patrick, Jennifer Joan Payne, James William Pistole, Carter Burke Poister, Samantha Kate Powell, April Machae Rudolph, Marisa Renee Rushton, Susan L. Sturdivant, Brittany Nicole Walters, Chelsee Jeanette Washington, Thomas Patrick Watson, Leslie Jeanine Weaver, Taylor Pyeatt White, Benjamin Caleb Wilson and Hannah Lynne Wilson.
Jones Moselle: Thomas Lee Bryant, Matthew Glen Eavenson, Katherine Anne Martin and Shelby Nicole Reed.
Jones Ovett: Austin Edward Flynt and Brianna Hope Woodward.
Jones Sandersville: Jacqueline Elizabeth Holifield and Shasta Michele Pitts.
Jones Seminary: Jason Thomas Gunnell.
Jones Soso: Blake Dempsey Beach, Ethan Garret Davis, Geoffrey Charles Grayson, Rachel Harley Holifield, Marianna Gayle Lunsford and Kelsey Cheyenne Quarles.
Lafayette Oxford: Thedford James Hollis.
Lamar Hattiesburg: Deena Leigh Barnes, Latosha Michelle Bass, Elijah Grant Cummins, Rita Maria Griffis, Joseph Anderson Hollomon, Toney Tamario Johnson, Cade David Lott, Felicia R Miller, Denice Renee Pearson, Vivian Marie Sills, Leia Claire Swilley and Bethany McKayla Thornton.
Lamar Lumberton: Katlyn Marie Wennett Barrett and Sierra LeeAnn Holmes.
Lamar Purvis: Kelsey Elaine Addison, Jenna Allyn Hauk, Kaliana Marshay Holloway, Crystal Lynn Jones,
Shameria Juanese Jones,Evelyn Kay Lawson and Brittany Mashea Whiddon.
Lamar Sumrall: Nicholas Mack Davis, Kimberly H Miley, Ann Marie Norris and Sarah Elizabeth Whiddon.
Lauderdale Collinsville: Brittany Ellen Hedgpeth.
Lauderdale Meridian: Mason LouAllen Irby.
Lawrence Monticello: Joanna Leigh Espy.
Leake Carthage: Jeremiah Donavan Tindol.
Lowndes Columbus: Abigail Camille Wilson.
Marion Columbia: Rachel Marie Shinn and Jeffrey Daniel Sloan.
Pearl River Poplarville: Kristina Nicole Pertuit.
Perry New Augusta: Stephanie Lynn Hill.
Perry Petal: Tracey Quynh-Tram Hoang Nguyen.
Perry Richton: David Brandon Breland, Alec Travis Kittrell and Makayla Jordan Waites.
Rankin Florence: Joshua Phillip Hester, Alexandria Stori Parker and Thomas Luke Sims.
Simpson Magee: Christopher Matthew Pickering, Cady Nicole Smith and Joanna Catherine Word.
Simpson Mendenhall: William Aeron Jones, Tarena Michelle Marshall, Abigail Marie Sullivan and AshleyBrooke Williamson.
Smith Bay Springs: Danah McKean Sigler.
Smith Mize: Samuel Stone Allen, Destiny Lynn Hux, Christina Laverne Lewis, Matthew Chase Roberts,Ashton Breann Rouse, Joseph Paskell Speir.
Smith Raleigh: Ny'Kierra Danielle Stribling.
Smith Taylorsville: Kayla Jaquaya Clark, Amber Nicole Meador and Erin Delane Norris.
Warren Vicksburg: Virginia-leigh Donohue.
Wayne Buckatunna: Tristin Noel McLain.
Wayne Shubuta: Dylan Trent Loper and Charseanna Sharae Odom.
Wayne State Line: Katie Amelia Westbrook.
Wayne Waynesboro: Kayla Danielle Bunch, Alyssa Deione Cochran, Lashunda Hundley Everett, Kristen
Tomorrow Gandy, Logan Skylar Holyfield, Brooks Francis Little, Teleshia Marshea Miller, Sharianna Shermaine Parker, NaTasha D Ramey, Dallas Paige Sanderson, Savannah Leeann Sharkey, Jeri Renee' Singley, Katherine Colleen Singley, Corey Allen Stevens and Lindsey Claire Walker.
JCJC DEAN’S LIST HONOR ROLL FALL 2015

Chatom, Alabama: Madeline Joanna Everett.
Fruitdale, Alabama: John David Thornton.Abbeville, Louisiana: Ashailee Renee Brailey.
Mount Vernon, Alabama: Alyssa Marie Sullivan.
Satsuma, Alabama: Courtney Helen Parker.
Sarasota, Florida: Taqel Tamrin Lewis.
Ellenwood, Georgia: Kanisha Renae Tharpe.
Amite, Louisiana: Dylan Daniel Dover.
Denham Springs, Louisiana: Amanda Marie Holliday.
Houma, Louisiana: Lanie Marie Ronquille.
Houston, Texas: Scott Tyler Jarvis.

Carroll McCarley: Cori Lane McCrary.
Claiborne Hermanville: Jimmieya BriShay Anderson.
Clarke Enterprise: Breanna Leigh Cunningham.
Clarke Meridian: Victoria Lea O'Quin.
Clarke Quitman: Jordan Olevia Graham, April Kristine Lawson, Joshua DaShawn Robinson and Shiwuan Lamar Saddler.
Covington Collins: Faith Marie Anderson, Justin James Aultman, Dillon Wade Chain, Tristan Schrader Coulter, Matthew Dwain Cross, Kristi Nicole Doby, Fate Massengale Eiland, Jacob Brody Keys, Blake Dell Lightsey, Suzanna Marie Salinas, Laken Olivia Sanford, Karla Ann Wilson and Kaitlyn Jasmine Windham.
Covington Hattiesburg: Lakan Diana Guelker.
Covington Mount Olive: La-Deja Monet Janae Easterling, Jacqueline Nicole Grantham, Jessie Jameel Hills, Me'lea Yasmeen Johnson and Tyler Calvin Kennedy.
Covington Seminary: Jarred Clint Ashley, Timber Josi Lott, Kristen Nicole Nelson, Kirkland Chad Sharplin, Kelsey Madison Venable, Victoria Ryan Hope Wheat and Leila Celeste White.
Covington Sumrall: Marissa Faye Ciraco.
Covington Taylorsville: Gregory Paul Bolton.
Forrest Carriere: Mallori Lynn Rodrigue.
Forrest Hattiesburg: Madalyn McNeel Beckham, Noah Lance Billingsley, Jacob Matthew Blesse, Matthew Baron Breland, Shooter Glenn Carswell, Kamron Chance Carter, Breauna Nicole Chapman, Mary Cathryne Crutchfield, Kenya Latrece Culpepper, Kyrstin Necole Dahmer, Adam Christopher Danner, Joshua Aaron Goldman, Scott Tyler Jarvis, Mary Louise Johnson, Chelsey Lyn Jones, India Selena Kohli, Uniqua Jhane Lewis, William Robert Lowery, Michael Jason McCool, Dezarae Faye Quintero, Marisa DeeAnn Redmond, Adam Lee Rigney, Kayla Dione Satcher, Kristin Dominique Shelby, Ericson Heath Wade and Michael Taylor Webb.
Forrest Laurel: Megan Louise Meadows.
Forrest Petal: Jared Evan Bennett, Katelynn Renee' Brock, Matthew Warren Bryant, Stacy Lashon Carter,Stephanie Nicole Collier, Zackary Ray Eddy, Trystan Tyler Hancock, David Landell Holmes Jr., Franki LaRae Hubbard, Clint Owen Lee, Briana Joy Lewis, Shanta Cieanna Magee, Christandre Chardette McCaskill, Louis Charles Powell and David Anthony Williams.

Forrest Petal: Carrie Rene Robertson, Amanda Ortego Rowley, Jared Michael Sewell and Seth Timothy Walters.

George Lucedale: Geneva Ellyn Catlett, Joni Marie Creel, Alexis Michelle Horton, Tanner Lang Huddleston, Jerrica Brooke Miller and Juliana Leigh Rouse.

Greene Leakesville: Emily Reve' Batley, Melissa Dial Clark, Brandon Skyler Parker, Joseph Michael Storment and Kayla Joann Williams.
Greene Lucedale: Kody Paul Davis.
Greene McLain: Jonathan DeWayne Draughn and Robert James Rhodes.
Greene Richton: Lindsey Lauren Byrd, Shelby Lynn Freeman, Jonathan Marshall Henderson, Huston Alexander Kittrell, Regan Ashley Nicholson, Kristen Elizabeth Templeton, James Christopher Turner and Lexus Caroline Watson.
Greene State Line: Kaitlyn Nicole Hovatter.
Hancock Bay St. Louis: Morgan Alexandra Kowalski.
Hancock Waveland: James Patrick Ponder.
Harrison Biloxi: Jhadia Adajha Harris and Sabrina Jean Sagers.
Harrison Gulfport: Jordan Alexander Jones.
Harrison Long Beach: Melody Alexa Howard and Jessica Lee Seal.
Harrison Saucier: Natalie Lauren Hogue and Kirstin Briana Woods.
Hinds Jackson: Taylor Elise Dodd and Toni Vontrell Leverette and Chase Tyler Pennington.
Hinds Terry: Chancee Lynn Davis.
Jackson Moss Point: Okemah Deshawn Durgan and Shelby Lawson Nelson.
Jackson Pascagoula: Chris Todd Daugherty, Catherine Elizabeth Locklear and Lanecia Shakari Stallworth.
Jasper Bay Springs: Mayson Elizabeth Barnes, Selena Susan Cannon, Autumn Rivers Mattox, Keshundra
Leaisa Moore, Anna Claire Odom, Fallon Rebekah Sims, Amber De'Vay Walker and Bailey Diane White.
Jasper Heidelberg: Brittny Kristen Belding, Lenora Carter Carr, Phillip Mason Gray, Erica Jeanell Hobson and Bailey Christian Nichols.
Jasper Louin: Ricardo Ja'Roy De'nario Jones.
Jasper Raleigh: Robia SheraeBobbett and Rebekah LeAnne Sullivan.
Jasper Stringer: Stormy Cheyenne Boyanton, Quade Tanner Clark, Michael Jason Gambrell, Bridges Case
Johnson, Taylor Renea Parker, Ryan Chanler Smith and Ashley Caselle Valentine.
Jasper Vossburg: Morgan Lindsey Holifield.
Jefferson Davis Bassfield: Hannah Kate Hathorn and Jacob Lee Jackson.
Jefferson Davis New Hebron: Brianne Lyn Kelly.
Jefferson Davis Prentiss: Courtnay Lorraine Evans, Mary LeAnne Griffith, Macon Cortez Holliman, Jasmine Shaquilla Price and Tyler Chadwick Shivers.
Jones Ellisville: Abbey Dale Adams, Penny Cash Aultman, Kayla Alicia Donald, David Jacob Driskell, Dylan Milton Finch, Christen Nicole Ford, Austin McKinley Herrington, Kasey Katherine Hughes, Thomas Kirk Johnson, Christa Beth Knight, Ethan Patrick Laird, LeDaria Noel Moody, James Brandon Perry, Jamie Devonte Pruitt, Sabrina Claire Rounsaville, Austin Harold Rowzee, Clinton Thomas Sasser, Kaitlin Diane Sellers, Carly McKinnon Shoemake, Sarah Mackenzie Shows, Cory Austin Skellion, Alden Jae Swindle, Luke Lowery Tucker, Chris Norman Wallace, Lenzi Nicole Weems, Alexus Nicole Wilks.
Jones Hattiesburg: Alexis LeAnn Guthrie.
Jones Heidelberg: Brittany Kay Kitchens.
Jones Laurel: Laura Ann Armour, Kayte Anne Avera, Britany Nicole Blakeney, Bailey Elise Brown, Charles
Edward Brown, Madison Lynn Brownlee, Keundreiah Wa'ne Burns, Kaitlynn Amber Busby, Anna
Nicole Caldwell, Mason Chase Cook, Amber Dawn Craven, Emily Nicole Davis, James Aaron Tyler Dyess, Hunter Analisa Eady, William Robert Farquhar, Lauren Millicent Farragut, Rexal Bernard Heidelberg, Victoria Renae Hodge, Aaron Holmes Huff, Bryan Andrew Hutchinson, Joshua James Ishee, Matthew Townsend Ishee, Reese Timothy Ishee, Shelby Reese Ishee, David Keith Jones, Lindsey LeeAnn Jones, Alexis Michelle King, Kacie Danielle King, Robert Christopher Laypath, Karley Brooke Livingston, Latonya Rachelle Lyons, Donaldo Vicente Martinez, Brittany Leigh Matthews, Shareena Marie McCullin, Hannah Colleen McFarland, Lacey Michelle McLain, Mikala Breanne McLaurin, Destiny Arianna Molloy, Marcie Lynn Napier, Jeremy Loyd Noble, Lauren Elizabeth Norris, Chad Hubert Parker, Katherine Elizabeth Phillips, Peyton F Ramsey, Willie Thomas Segrest, Cristina Lucerito Serrano, Brandon Louis Shelby, Madison Kate Smith, Bridgett Alexis Taylor, Lucy Caroline Taylor, Phebe Alexis Tisdale, Jacob Chauncey Walker, Mollie Renee Ward, Allison Lane Wigley, Matthew Evan Wilson, Haylee Alexandria Windham, Benjamin Austin Winpigler, Shelby Lea Yarber and Robert Steven Zugg.
Jones Moselle: Curtis Walter Maney, Dennis Christian McWilliams, Stephanie Lauren Murrell, Katie Breanne Nelson, Lourdes Sanchez Paz and Mercedes Starr.
Jones Ovett: Taylor Allen Byrd, Donna Lamanda Collins, Andrew James Hargrove, Steven Tyler Lirette, Rachel Victoria Tucker and Jessica Glenita Creppel.
Jones Richton: Caitlin Brooke Malone.
Jones Soso: Quentin Sace Buck, Emily Lynn Davis, Miles Dwayne Dennis, Ashley Nicole Hitem, Kaitlyn Danielle Hite, Joshua Laz Newcomb, Nathaniel Austyn Sumrall and Ross Graham Thompson.
Jones Taylorsville: Debra Dian Carr, Matthew Garland Huff and Zandreka Quashai Ratcliffe-Graves.
Jones Wesson: Johnkil Wiyon Skipper.
Lamar Hattiesburg: Paul James Andrews, Cruise Allen Beeding, Rayna DeShae Brumfield, Emily Allison Burnett, Mary Jaclyn Creel, Leiloni Lynn Davenport, Eden Danielle Dearman, Brian Charles Evans, Lindsey Allison Garrity, Nicole Lynda Hebert, Kristen Jarnae Hollingsworth, Terry Curtis Jackson, Zane Robert Jarvis, Joshua Stephen Kemp, Rushton Lewis Kennedy, Jillian Leigh Ladner, Ashley R Lavallais-Hocker, Rachel Lynn Martin, Alejandra Ortiz, Joseph James Patterson, Kayla Marie Phipps, Kaitlyn Megan Pittman, AJ Thomas Robinson, Ethan Buck Rushing, Tanner Scott Shutze, Natalie Lauren Woo and Madison Alicia Knoll.
Lamar Lumberton: Haven Cheyenne Kiser.
Lamar Purvis: William Noah Clark, Logan Wade Scott, Bailey Nicole Simmons, Cody Randal Steele and Madison Kate Torres.
Lamar Sumrall: Stephen Heath Benson, Christopher Theadore Bond, Katherine Maria Forsmark, Jared Anthony Idom, Sheri Denise Lowery, Brianna Laine Risley, Dustin Keith Russell, Patrick Dalton Smith and Rebecca Gail Turner.
Lawrence Monticello: Sarah-Rebecca Karissa Citlahua.
Lee Saltillo: Anna Claire Price.
Lincoln Brookhaven: Madison Rae Currie.
Madison Canton: Courtney Simone Catchings and Jaylin Nicole Goodloe.
Madison Madison: Kiyah LaNiece Hillman and Emily Hannah Jones.
Madison Ridgeland: Carlie Elizabeth Kellems.
Marion Columbia: Jordyn Nicole Brown, Jacob Terrell Ham, Samuel Kirklan Landrum, Ashley Lauren Purvis and Jenna Denise Smith.
Marion Kokomo: Sophia Jerenea Daniel and Danita Daichon Stevenson.
Marshall Waterford: Joshua Guy Keel.
Neshoba Philadelphia: Bethany Hope Young.
Newton Hickory: William Troy Brand.
Newton Newton: Toshiaunna Lashun Evans.
Oktibbeha Starkville: Michael Frederick Godley, Stephen Harris Jones and McClain Michelle Morgan.
Pearl River Picayune: Taylor Nashira Haralson and Paige Elizabeth Monnin.
Perry Petal: Destiny Elizabeth Barrett, Billy Dillon Byrd and Julie Linh Nguyen.
Perry Richton: Lyric Ailiyah Brown, Janson Scott Conway, Melanie Brooke Dunnam, Emily Milagros Frometa, Camille Brooke Fulmer, April Marie Graham, Krista Noel Robinson, Adam Reece Wigley and Eules Claude Williams.
Pike McComb: Pennie Marie Frith.
Rankin Brandon: Madison Renee Frazier, Cannon Jennings Gibbs, Shelton Mackenzie Wallace and Ethan Alexander Williams.
Rankin Florence: Abigail Faith Taylor.
Rankin Pearl: Katelyn Renee Files and Benjamin Malone Husbands.
Simpson Magee: GlenCade Cockrell, Porcha Mishia Leggett, Molly Elizabeth McCool and Anfernee Darnell Showers.
Simpson Mendenhall: Aaliyah Zhane Chatman and Megan L Fewell.
Simpson New Hebron: Brody William Matthews.
Smith Bay Springs: Samantha Alese Dupree, Madison Taylor Matthews and Thomas Jack McMullan.
Smith Louin: Regina Markesial McLaurin and Alexis Dominique Rambo.
Smith Magee: Joshua Noel Allen and Katelyn Elizabeth Martin.
Smith Mize: Tyler Cole Austin, Makayla LeAnn Bavido, James Allen Bynum, Kimberly Leann King, Hannah Alyse Middleton, Marissa Fay Mulconrey, Bethany Brianna Pace, Paul Devin Pinkerton, Donnette Rachel Sanderford and Amanda Kay Turnage.
Smith Mt. Olive: Courtney Shanta Autman and Jonathan Kendall Goforth.
Smith Raleigh: Monica Faith McDonald, Roslyn Nico Miller, Kevin Dean Sullivan, Bethany Lynn Vanderford and Tyler Mitchell Wells.

Smith Taylorsville: Joseph Cade Atwood, Ashleigh Marie Blakeney, Ethan Aaron Blakeney, Rhonda Jean Blakeney, William McKinley Butler, Michael Robertson Coats, Justin Micheal Evans, Lukas Thomas Ishee, Zachary Taylor McKinley, Samantha Denise Pitts, Joylynn Marie Rhinehart, Dakota Lee Sills, Seth Walters and Raegan ReeAnn Yelverton.
Stone Perkinston: Traci Andrae Monroe.
Sunflower Bay Springs: Patrick Douglas Lofton.
Walthall Sandy Hook: Caleb Mitchell Ladner.
Walthall Tyertown: Jahmaad Isaac Harrell, Cameron Edward Crawford, Raven Deshawn Owens and Coleman Seth Reagan.
Warren Vicksburg: Kristen Elizabeth Buchanan, Alexis Jolene Hearn and Katie Liane Schroeder.
Wayne Buckatunna: Kayla Rene Hopkins.
Wayne Shubuta: YaRaeonna Luisa Gandy, Seitoku Michael Hoffman and McKensie Elise Pugh.
Wayne State Line: Jennifer Annette Crager and Jone't Dominique Johnson.
Wayne Waynesboro: Larry Daquon Carter, Tyler Reed Cochran, Alexa Blake Deas, Sumerlea Covington Douglas, Alaynna Rose Eidson, Larryme Shantina Everett, Madison Brittany Freeman, Kayla Michelle Gordon, Ashley Danielle Green, Shaquavous On'Yale Harris, Natalie Quatraile Howard, Jordynne Alexis Rose McCarty, Branna Shanay McDougle, Kiana De'Marius McFadden, Tracey Skylnn McGill, Shy Erviyunna Moore, Adaisha Kieanna Nobles, Michael Cade Owen, Devante Lashawn Ramey, Kianna Antwanetta Ramey, Kassidy Mikayla Smith, Janice Renee Tiner and Corrina Vidalia Waller.
Wilkinson Woodville: Jennifer Dawn Chaffin.
JCJC FACULTY LIST HONOR ROLL FALL 2015
Grand Bay, Alabama: Ashley Mache' Mitchell.
Mobile, Alabama: Mugisho Moses Muhubao.
Little Rock, Arkansas: Christian Terrale Robertson.
Sarasota, Florida: Lew Andre Johnson.
Alpharetta, Georgia: Carlos Montez Burse.
Smyrna, Georgia: Quonterius D Thomas.
Harvey, Louisiana: Wendion Marisha Bibbins.
New Orleans, Louisiana: Jonathan Thomas Parker.
Jamaica, New York: Janae Cattyana Humes-Fairley.
Memphis, Tennessee: Kazeto Alisio Lakok.
Tennessee Colony, Texas: Elizabeth Laura-Marie Hensarling.

Adams Natchez: Kiera Michelle Knight.
Claiborne Port Gibson: Xavierana LaTerraneka Nicholas.
Clarke Enterprise: Katlyn Alyssa Mosley.
Clarke Heidelberg: Bridgette Nicole Ross.
Clarke Meridian: Sammi Jo Rich and Haylee Dawn Riley.
Clarke Quitman: Kristen Brooke Nichols and Monshae La'Trese Williams.
Clarke Shubuta: Thomas Michael Campbell, Trey Tajarius Gilliam, Zacchaeus Lavon Harris and Johnny De'Andre McCarty.
Clarke Stonewall: Bethany Paige Rivers.
Clay Cedarbluff: Mikka Gail Davis.
Covington Collins: Edwind Jamal Blackwell, Chrissy Marie Casey, Victoria Whitney Darby, Alyssa Nicole
Ervin, Yasmine Sha'neca Fairley, Julie Renee Hall, John Adam Hart, Bailey Anzie Holder, Savannah
Marshall, Jesse Adam McKenzie, Elizabeth Hope McNair, Rosalind Michelle Pittman, Brianna Michelle
Rials, Brittany Marie Riley, Kathryn Rae Taylor, Allie Keyera Trotter and Erica Dianne Wylie.
Covington Mount Olive: Mindy Renee Dennis, Ericka Hope Ingram, Taylor Ann Sasser, Joel Brian McBeth, Mary Baylea Powell, Ryan David Sanford and Akili Saifullah McInnis-Hammond.
Covington Seminary: Megan Brianna Aultman, Shynequa Shira Booth, Allysia LeAnn Broome, Jessica Renee Carter, Hannah M Dutton, Kathryn Rose Hester, Allison Leigh Humphrey, John Patrick Kitchens, Coty Allan Owens, Kala Shontai Owens, Jenna E Sanford, Ronald James Smith, Austin Rocky Thornton, Bryan Carlton Travis, Alison Paige Williams, Michael Tanner Windham and Tyler Wayne Windham.

Covington Sumrall: Whitney DeAnna Clinton, Christian Joseph McLaurin, Amy Hosey Smith and Aaron Wesley Ward.
Desoto Olive Branch: Dalton Jacob Skelton.
Desoto Southaven: Jessica Dale Bumpous.
Forrest Brooklyn: Zachary Taylor Breazeale andDevin Clay Vete.
Forrest Hattiesburg: Mandy Renee Baker, Laramie BreAnn Barlow, Asia Wicole Bennett, Brian Keith Bennett, Hunter Gage Bounds, Darian Kristine Brown, Jordan Lee Callahan, Sabrina Ann Carlisle, Dallas Joseph Carter, Marco Antonio Chapman, Casey Daniel Coleman, Braxton Fletcher Eubanks, Miesha Janae Ford, Charles Donald Funderburk, Joseph Burton Goff, Hannah Leigh Guy, Lucas Kayne Hinton, Jamal Malik Jackson, Tevin Brendan Kirkham, Misty Lee Larmore, David Joseph Mapp, Santresa Michelle Myers, Matthew James O'Quinn, Sandra Bailee Reid, Bryce Kirkland Sheasby, Elizabeth Danielle Smith, J Daulton Speed, Jessica Alexandria Strickland, Nakedra Chantay Toney, Cynthia Nicole Waller, Derek Duane Walley, Toni Briana White and Meghan Bianca Williams.
Forrest Petal: Zane Thomas Adams, Savannah Leigh Barnett, Carlton Zachary Blackwell, Diana Carolina Bolanos, Stuart Williams Bowman, Mary Amanda Brady, Joseph Orville Edward Brewer, Krystal DaSharon Brown, Tyler Reid Brown, Michael Thomas Bullock, Bradford Jacob Crosby, Payton Channing Culpepper, Vicenta Del Pilar Delgado, William Clayton Dueitt, Michael Anthony Garnand, Seairra L Hayes, Jenna Lyn Henry, Amanda Rose Hensarling, Maggie Alyssa Herrin, Jacob Matthew Hiatt, Graceanna J Hickman, Kennedy Blake Hogan, Shaneshia Yakaia Huderson, Amber Marie Hudson, Victoria Jean Jackson, Alexis Chante' Keyes, Zachary Andrew Kizer, Tristan Wayne Labove, Justin Ross Lingle, Hayle Raegn Lott, Brooke Rechelle McAlexander, Crystal Val Marie McNair, Calder Hale Mikell, Keisaac Wayne Moore, Chasity Nichole Pierce, Asia Renata Ramsey, Olivia Grace Rhodes, Ryan Lynn Rich, Kelsey Marisa Riels, Alexandria Lauren Robinson, Jessica Elizabeth Rogers, Owen Anderson Scott, Kayla Cheree Sledge, Tristan Alexander Smith, Jane Ann Stansell, Lexie Ann Swaim, Russell Wayne Thompson, Taylor McKenzie Townsend, May Lia Tran, Thomas Edward Turner, Collin Andrew Tweedle, Ashlyn Raine Vallon, Sydney Tristan Wade, Brittany Nicole Ward, Kyle Evan Watkins, Hanna LeAnn Wells, Jonathan Dawson Wilkerson,Timothy Luke Williams, Fredrick WR Woodruff, Angel Tyra Young and Tara DarleneYoung.
Franklin Roxie: Amy Claire Champion and Sarah Elizabeth Conn.
George Lucedale: Crystal Elizabeth Beech, Devin Nelson Boothe, Elise Jensen Bowie and Enrique Diaz, Trenton Cole Fairley.
Greene Leakesville: Bailey Abigail Summers, Gregory Neilsen Cochran, Laura Elizabeth Cooley, Joseph Tyler Hand, Lillian Peyton McArn, Abbie Elouise Moreno, Amanda Marie Noaker, Aaron Brett Pugh, Logan Conner Robbins, Ashley Marie Strickland, Dalton Dakota Strickland and Steven Skylar Tribble.
Greene Lucedale: Tristan Eugene Blankinchip, Lauren Michelle Turner and Logan Noel Young.
Greene Neely: Joseph Montgomery Denmark.
Greene Richton: Jesse Tyler Brewer, Kristan Loretta Brewer, John Peter Clark, Cassidy Marissa Graham, Cady Layne Howard, Jesie Rhea Allison McLain, Devin Kyle Overstreet, Harrison Ely Pitts, Andrew Keith Roberts.
Greene State Line: Garner Ted Leverette, Emily Faith Walley and Emily Michelle Stewart.
Grenada Grenada: Kendra Shamera Lee.
Hancock Bay St. Louis: Tyler Anne Kelley.
Hancock Pearlington: Daiquiri Marquis Gladys Burton.
Hancock Waveland: Brandon Keshawn Jones and Nicholas Robert Proulx.
Harrison Biloxi: Rachel Amanda Hayes.
Harrison Gulfport: Jared Michael Brister, Stephen Perry Byrd and Grace Alexandra Carter.
Harrison Long Beach: Brianna Cortlyn Burns, Jonathan Joseph LaCourse and Wilson Theodore Miller.
Harrison Pass Christian: Aliyah Alyse Nicole Bell and Zachary Thomas Ladner.
Harrison Saucier: Reagan Donald Wease.
Hinds Byram: TarRon Chardonae Walker.
Hinds Jackson: Tatyana Danae Lofton, Mickel Jared McCann and James C Williams.
Hinds Terry: Darius Walker Bowen, Allison Dijon Bradley and Christopher Oneal Pendleton.
HindsUtica: Shelldreonna M Odoms.
Jackson Moss Point: Markelia Shuntrice Roberson.
Jackson Pascagoula: Jirany S Davis.
Jackson Vancleave: Kassie Lynn Hunt.
Jasper Bay Springs: Jordan Montel Bolden, Rebecca Leigh Cargile, Jakayl Alexandria Gavin, Laquisha Katrice Gavin, Logan Kyndall James, Rebecca Lynn Malone, Heather Nicole McNeil, Mallory Ann Odom, Kendalen Carol Russell, Rustin Kyle Smith and Whitley Lauren Smith.

Jasper Heidelberg: Deneshia Shanta Clayton, Jasmine Denae Goins, Kaliyah Di'Jon Heidelberg, Kendra Nicole Russell, Caleb D Schubert, Caroline Denise Turner and Le'kilo Montreon White.
Jasper Laurel: Baylee Nicole Arender, Mandy Ellise Hester, Anthony Scott Hill, Erin Elisabeth Miller and Olivia Suzanne Russell.
Jasper Louin: Breuna Gray, LaDonavan Kryshun Halton, Javien Demicheal Hamilton, Mila Ann Hillman and Kiamilia Audriana Ross.
Jasper Paulding: Malik Rashad Porter, Melanie D'anne Trotter and Jahtai Charrelle Whitfield.
Jasper Stringer: Jameson Keith Buckley, Reagan James Holifield, Dalton Emette King and Taylor Clarke Sprouse.
Jasper Vossburg: Calijah Shantel Cooley and Ge'Randall Trevail Horne.
Jefferson Davis Bassfield: Tiffany Nicole Audevert and Latricia Ju'Juana Kay Fairley.
Jefferson Davis Bassfield: Joel Phillip Wambolt.
Jefferson Davis Carson: Amanda Michelle Creel.
Jefferson Davis Oakvale: Raven Deshasta Armstrong and Christianna Deareale Williams.
Jefferson Davis Prentiss: Brennen Jordan Boleware, Valerie Holliman Evans, Jamarius Rae'shawn Fairley, Amaris Vonnae Gray,Tinea Trameker Jackson, Lisa Adelynn McNeil, DeAnna Rachelle Moore, Cabrina Anna Offutt, Joy Dionne Powell, Calvin Lashad Sands and Myyah JaNae West.
Jones Ellisville: Mary Frances Atwood, Wesley Coulter Beasley, Haley Renee Biglane, Allen Tee Boleware, Brittany Denise Boleware, William Alan Boot, Shelby Anthony Bounds, Savannah Joyce Bynum, Reagan Alana Chaney, Taylor Morgan Clark, Austin Michael Delmas, Jacob Chase Evans, Hannah Grace Ewing, Erin MiKaylan Ezell, Kaylie Suzanne Flynt, John Tyler Graves, Leighton Nicole Griffin, Joseph Wesley Holybee, Christopher Shane Jackson, Landon Marquell Jackson, Kennedy Alissa Jarrell, Mary Kathryn Landrum, Madison Webster Manning, Kayla Hope Maskew, Kaleb Robert Meeks, Dallas Alis McKinnon, Corey Richard Motes, Kathleen Schinell Murphy, Bethany LeeAnn Nobles, Jessica Erin Nowell, Austin Allen Perkins, Sandra Lee Portillo, Ashtyn Kay Rowell, Krystal Samantha Shamburger, Shakeisha Shaynell Sims, Morgan Rebecca Sparrow, Martin Berlie Spell, Gelinda K Stewart, Joetta Marie Stewart, Jordan Marie Touchstone, Cheyenne Renee Weems, Lauren Victoria Welch, Hayden Rayne West, April Allissa Willey, Tyler Alex Wilson, McLain Robison Windham and Lyndsay Danielle Wuertz.
Jones Hattiesburg: Blake Mackenzie Cowart and Ashley Elizabeth Martinolich.
Jones Heidelberg: Morgan Renee Kitchens, Aubrey Suzanne Nickey and Breanna Rashelle Waller.
Jones Laurel: Morgan Paige Alizzi, Emily Joy Armour, Zoe Nicole Baldwin, Alexandra Leigh Ball, Cassandra Dawn Bates, Ebony Sherelle Blockmon, Heath Alan Blue, Illisia Marie Breazeale, Eryn Sanderson Brown, Nathan Cale Bynum, Katlyn Alexandra Carter, William Patrick Chard, Christan Dayne Clark, Jammi Phanvongsa Clark, Mary Hannah Clark, Melody Lee Clark, Morgan Elise Clark, Seleta Marie Coleman, Casey Gabrielle Cook, Courtney Michelle Corey, Robert Westley Crane, Ebony Nychelle Davis, Jacquelyne Carole Davis, Laquata Aquanette Davis, Malik Rashad Davis, Sydney Nicole Dickerson, Dalton Christopher Drennan, William Thomas Drennan, Lakisha Rena Ducksworth, Brodrick Donte Everett, Andrew Fredrick Fiala, Allison McKenzie Foster, Jackeline Francela Gaitan, Kimberly Dianne Gill, Madison Leigh Harbour, Damian Michael Harman, Brooke Danielle Hembree, James Wesley Herring, Jeffrey Hunter Herrington, Lauryn Glennisha Hicks, Haley Brooke Hill, Philip Kaleb Hilton, Sarah Jessica Hinton, Priscilla Victoria Hodge, Destiny Faith Hodgson, Rickey Juwan Holden, Markyse Cornelius Holmes, Jessica Nichelle Hosey, Kelsie Chase Hosey, Reginald Keith Hunter, Hannah Nichole Hutson, Vincent Sinclair Hutton, Rhonda LeAnne Jones, Teresa Ann Jones, Karley Michelle Keene, Leundra Nicole King, Ainsley Nicole Lapan, Brittany Elizabeth Lee, John Walter Leggett, Rodolfo Patricio Lopez, Kendra Rochelle Lyons, Katlyn Marie Martin, Mindy Dooley Mason, Haden Alexis Mauldin, Dane Michael McCormick, Collin Tyler McCraw, Christopher Jardian McDonald, Vincent M McGill, Keturah Monique Milsap, Benjamin Charles Mitchell, Brandy Lanell Morris, Cristen ShaLane Nash, Haleigh Lauren Nichols, Clifford Brandon Noel, Hailey Breanne Parish, Tanner Kenneth Parker, Wendy Lynn Penny, Abigail Danielle Pitts, Dagan Dewain Pitts, Eric Steven Pitts, Lexi Nichol Pitts, Michael Davis Porter, Peyton Leigh Prine, Katie RaeAnn Rayner, Karlee Raelyn Reeves, Brooke Alexandra Riley, Jermarcus Lovell Ross, Timothy Austin Rozek, Denward, Levi Sasser, Jimi Santanna Sims, Jordan Ann Slade, Katelyn Joy Smith, Madelyn Elizabeth Smith, Alexis Hope Starcher, Kelli Sue Sullivan, Zachary Tyler Tew, Hannah Elizabeth Thornton, Hanna Da'Shae Tolbert, Shaquino Aurora Triplett, Dalton Adam Voge, Tabitha Jo Flora Wade, Austin William Waldrup, Demant S Walker, Jade Marcelle Walley, Gabriella Marie Watson, Jaquaveon Malek Watson, Austin Tyler West, Alana Michelle Westmoreland, Kimberly Michelle White, Jon Weston Widener, Salena Hope Wilson, Zanquelis Amontte DeVonne Wolverton, Timothy Jordan Wooten and Kerisha Khantay Young.
Jones Louin: Connie Dessica Payton.
Jones Moselle: Dakota Dewayne Davis, Randy W Duhon, William Austin Hodges, Christopher Andrew James, Amberlly Hope Jarrell, Kaylin Nikole Ryals, Amanda Joy Schrader, Lauren Hope Stringer, Jessica Reagan Taylor and Rachel Lorin Webb.
Jones Ovett: Hannah Shae Brooks, Zachary Layne Cole, Gregory Alan Herrington, Anna Kaitlyn Hinton, Landon Blake James, Jared Allen Russell, Courtney Paige Scarbrough, Coby Brice Walters, Brooke Erin West and Michaelah Kirstin Clark.
Jones Richton: Gabriel Edward Malone.
Jones Sandersville: Christy Lee Reeves.
Jones Seminary: Richard Blake Ellis.
Jones Soso: Cole Alexander Bynum, Christopher Ray Davidson, Grant Edward Dillard, Kasey Joy Gavin,
Pamela Lynn Huddleston, Kaylee Elizabeth Jones, William Alan Knotts, Samantha Diane Phillips,
Tiffany Lynn Renfroe, William T Smith, Kennedy Elizabeth Taylor, John Robert Walters, Kristiona
Lynn Williams and Santiago Emmanuel Yanez.
Jones Taylorsville: Tiffany Danyale Barnes, Jaylen Kordell Butler, Caswanna Kaneisha Keyes, John Tyler
Moore and MaRhonda Jaqavia Ratcliffe.
Jones Waynesboro: Eric Tristan Blackwell.
Kemper Dekalb: Brittany Elizabeth Baty.
Lamar Hattiesburg: Amanda Lee Boyd, Lamonte Juwan Brown, Erica Vivan Brumfield, Zachary Michael Culpepper, Lisa Gayle Diaz, India R-Miracle Edison, Joshua Scott Friend, Lashunda D Gardner, Matthew Lawrence Havard, Joe Vonte Robert Hinton, Tyler Andrew Hunt, Brandon Kyle Hussey, Desirae Nichole Knight, Nathaniel B Lavallais-Hocker, Charlotte Louise Lear, Nicos D Martin, Tycelin Rodnae McDonald, Myja Caree McKenzie, Jamal Antonio Moore, Sarah Jane Murdock, Tara Lane Nance, Jennifer Mims Niemeyer, Ashley Morgan Peterman, Holly Ann Pike, Shakira Michelle Pittman, Kaci Alicyn Raimey, Kevin B Rieder, Ian Elias Robinson, Kwadric Rashad Smith, Mary Lashae Smith, Alexandra Leann Thaggard, Misty Dawn Trosclair, Aaron Robert Turner, Stacy Lee-ann Wall and Reid Don Wilder.
Lamar Lumberton: Shelby Nicole Gray, Kelsey Grace Hannaford and Brandi Lee Overstreet.
Lamar Purvis: Connor Robert Boleware, Shane Tyler Bolin, Kira Armani Gaines, Joshua Ray Gargis, Colby
Ellis Goggans, Toni Janae Gray, Shelby Brooke Hensarling, Justin Wendell Lee, Nathan Lane
Letchworth, Jacob Alexander Moore, Ashley Nicole Patterson, Jazmon Patrece Rankin, Trace Alan
Robinson, Tanner Graham Shows and Nicholas A Young.
Lamar Sumrall: Madison Drew Aultman, Brittany Lee Bland, Hannah Marae Boyte, Robert Matthew Breland, Haleigh Ann Brock, Garrett Alan Clement, Jackie Dustin Davis, Austin Brentley Jackson, Briana Victoria Lee, Allison Denise Lucus, Michael Alan Mann, Mollie Anniston Munn, Ariale Marie Nelson, Jeremy Dean Newsom, Brittney Ann Smith, Taylor Craig Varnado and Malia K Zortman.
Lauderdale Meridian: Nathan Perry Lucky.
Lawrence Monticello: Carlie Braiden Ard, Melissa Lorraine Errington and Jennye Allyssa Hanna.
Lincoln Bogue Chitto: Quenetta Donishia Wilson.
Lincoln Brookhaven: Yasmine Kiara Hill.
Lowndes Columbus: Samantha Nicole Vogel.
Madison Camden: Patrice Danielle Tate.
Madison Madison: William Andrew Edgar and Virginia Elizabeth Endris.
Madison Ridgeland: Ryan Shelton Kennington and Madison Brooklyn Leigh Smith.
Marion Columbia: Makayla Nicole Bell, Shannon Kay Breeden, Zana Rychell Bridges, Ashley Nicole Delancy, Cody Austin Dubose, Madaline Marie Langford, Shabre J'Etta Mingo, Andrew Russell Palmeri, Charles Jacob Speights, Doniqua Gleniece Strickland and Anna Leslie Wilks.
Marion Foxworth: Amanda Lynn Creel, Courtney Katherine Lowery and Destini M Swanigan.
Marion Kokomo: Robert Dale Warner.
Marion Sandy Hook: N'Tyrhee Myte' Watts.
Marion Tylertown: Megan Irene Pounds.
Newton Lawrence: Gregory O'Neal Jones.
Newton Newton: Cortez Montrell Page and Rhian Christopher Young.
Oktibbeha Starkville: Zebedee Rice.
Pearl River Carriere: Lindsey Rhae Lee and Ashley Reece Roche.
Pearl River Picayune: KarDarius Malike Cross and Hannah Leann Talavera.
Pearl River Poplarville: Emetric Jamil Fells.
Perry Beaumont: Colton Bryant Freeman and Dalton Michael Jordan.
Perry New Augusta: Samuel Lee Hinton, Steve Allen Lambert, Christina Lavonne Mixon and Thomas Adam Phillips.
Perry Petal: Ryan Matthew Breland and Kaylee Marie Simpson.
Perry Richton: Keely Shaye Beasley, Taylor Danielle Breland, James Logan Cooper, Lindsey Alyssa Crane, Lacey Kaitlyn Feduccia, Brianna Laine Freeman, Pamela Leann Henderson, Mary Katherine Ivy, Hunter Lane Jones, Rachel Elizabeth Myrick, John Adam Newell, Nekeyous Tre Robertson, Bridge Summer Tucker and Brittany Kathleen Welsh.
Pike McComb: Brandon Charles Andrews, Dorian Venice Felder and Eniaya Janeise Leonard.
Pontotoc Pontotoc: Mattie Renee Mills.
Rankin Brandon: Joshua Adam-Wendell Alford, Chance Robert Allen, Brooks Reed Edwards, Daniel Bernard Haggerty, Baylee Alexis Parker, Sandra Faye Reddick, Blake James Taylor and John Alan Wall.

Rankin Florence: Kelton Malik Carr, Trace Aidan Duncan, Spencer Thomas Fyke, Joshua Thomas Hamby, Jake Kendall Holland, Sarah Beth Scarbrough, Ali Noelle Sullivan and Rylee Morgan Sullivan.
Rankin Flowood: Luke William Armstrong.
Rankin Pearl: Xavier Lamar Howard.
Rankin Pelahatchie: Mary Katherine Shoultz.
Scott Morton: John Christian Rush.
Simpson Braxton: Scott Claude Welch.
Simpson D'Lo: Natassja Jane' Griffin.
Simpson Magee: Jacob Mark Brown, Unique Markell Cooper, Samantha Ann Grubbs, Juwuan D'Untez Hill, Harley Diane Hilton, Christin Jordan King, Alison Nicole Padgett, Christopher Cullen Richardson and Tyler Cantrell Slater.
Simpson Mendenhall: William Isaac Allen and Laraven Simone Stapleton.
Simpson New Hebron: Eric Christopher Welch.
Smith Bay Springs: Ashley Janell Hosey, Claire Ann Hutchinson and Matthew Taylor Sullivan.
Smith Forest: Marisa Lynne Morgan.
Smith Louin: Jessica Shalane McLaurin and Candice Marie Wilson.
Smith Mize: Dakota Aleczander Brannon, Kolby Lee Burton, Bethany Hope Eubanks, Allison Danielle Harris, Christopher Troy Hinsz, McKenzie Claire Rice and Kaitlyn Nicole Sullivan.
Smith Mt. Olive: Pearlie Ann Knight.
Smith Pulaski: Brittany Ann Bradshaw.
Smith Raleigh: Katie Carsyn Arender, Dawnya Jhonell Hammons, Adrian Nicole Robertson, Dmarco Javez Sanders, Tyler Christian Shepherd, Hannah Danielle Smith and Kimberly Lynn Vinson.
Smith Seminary: Jared Patrick Smith.
Smith Taylorsville: Olivia Helen Adams, Alaina Nicole Harper, Macy D'Lyn Hegwood, Amanda Latrice Hill, Brianna Taylor McMillan, Bethany Leandra Newell, Keisha Sherree Payton, Cassidy Laurel Rice, Justin Tyler Sharpley, Jeremy Phillip Skinner, James Dallas Stringer and Nicholas Kaine Wilson.
Stone Perkinston: Taylor Michelle DeHarte.
Stone Wiggins: Dalton Wesley Stanley.
Walthall Jayess: Victoria Lacey Webb.
Walthall Tylertown: William Edward Bowman, Shadana Lanae' Daugherty, A'taizha Monae' Thornton and Cody Lee Wilhite.
Wayne Buckatunna: Ashtin Holly Beasley, Zachary Kade Feather, Derek Michael Manning and Jared Levean Walley.
Wayne Heidelberg: Summer Anne Moore.
Wayne Laurel: Sarah Elisabeth Carlisle.
Wayne State Line: Taylor Paige Cartwright, Bridgette Lynn Gardner, Skyler Hope McLain, Darrion Levon Miller, Alaysia Brieanna Pou and Demarius L Street.

Wayne Waynesboro: Chase Elie Bedwell, Kayla Nichole Bishop, Shania Brielle Bradley, Kayleigh Christina Brown, Haley Lynn Davis, Jessica Rose Doby, Emma Christine Everett, Ethan Daniel Freeman, Sevin Marc Gandy, Montana BreAnne Goodwin, Devonte Lavoris Hayes, Jessica Simone Howard, Saterria Shradai Howard, Victoria Michelle Jones, Erin Elizabeth Knight, Jalin Brejon Lacey, Paige Sharon Lanter, Jacob Troy Lee, Zackary Taylor Lewis, Katelyn Elizabeth Malone, Chelsea Elise McCarty, Keri Alexandra McDonald, Abbeygail G Miller, Steven Craig Miller, Gary Rashaan Myers, Rose Mary Odom, Jill Tonettee Phillips, Jabe Andrew Powe, Andreanna Shanae Rankin, Chelsie Kimberly Richardson, Kelsie Faith Richardson, Devon Michael Sickinger, Braelyn Faith Smith, Abby Marie Trigg, Marissa Jalin West, James Thomas Williams, Kaley Brooke Williams and Laterrius M Williams.
Webster Eupora: Autumn Michelle Frost.
Wilkinson Woodville: Jacelia LaSha Fountain and Hannah Michelle Lanehart.

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




Make A Wish kickoff Meetingfor the upcoming annual Walk for Wishes.

Lauderdale County Farm Bureau
Thursday, February 4 at 5:30 pm at Lauderdale County Farm Bureau will be our Make A Wish kickoff meeting for the upcoming annual Walk for Wishes. We will have door prizes, walk team/sponsor information will be provided, hear inspiring words from wish families, refreshments and this years wish shirt will be revealed. For more information contact Brenda or Courtney Golisch at 601-4838144.

Thank you,
Brenda Golisch
MAW Volunteer




Make-A-Wish Pancake Breakfast

Applebees - Meridian
Saturday, January 30 at 7 AM to 9 AM join us for a Pancake Breakfast supporting Make A Wish at Applebees. Tickets are 5.00 each. For more information and get your tickets contact Brenda at 601-438144.

For more information contact Brenda or Courtney Golisch at 601-4838144.

Thank you,
Brenda Golisch
MAW Volunteer




ECCC President Appointed to Phi Theta Kappa Presidential Advisory Board

East Central Community College
ECCC President Appointed to Phi Theta Kappa Presidential Advisory Board

East Central Community College President Dr. Billy Stewart has been appointed to the new Presidential Advisory Board for the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Stewart is one of only 33 college presidents nationwide on the board, which will provide input into the organization’s strategic plan, priorities, and direction. Advisory Board members will advocate for Phi Theta Kappa, its members and its mission; serve as liaisons between Phi Theta Kappa headquarters and the college leaders in their states; and advise Phi Theta Kappa’s executive director and other leaders.

“I am honored to be asked to serve on the Presidential Advisory Board for an organization that recognizes the academic achievements of community college students,” said Stewart, who was named the eighth president of East Central Community College in Decatur in July 2012. “Having attended the inaugural meeting of the Advisory Board, I look forward to continuing to participate in the discussion among community college leaders from across the nation in regards to initiatives that will enhance Phi Theta Kappa’s impact on student success. And, having two children who are currently members of Phi Theta Kappa here at East Central, I am personally invested in the outcome of those discussions.”

Phi Theta Kappa, with headquarters in Jackson, is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,285 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in the U.S. and overseas. East Central Community College is home to the Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

A native of Pearl, Stewart earned his bachelor’s degree in history and his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, both from the University of Southern Mississippi, and his doctorate in higher education administration from Mississippi State University.

At East Central, Stewart initiated a strategic planning process to shape and guide the future of the institution. As a result, 2020 Vision was adopted in February of 2013 and includes a long-term desire to be nationally recognized and locally preferred while meeting the educational and training needs of all residents of the college district.

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 Recognizes December Ambassadors of the Month

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EMBDC Recognizes December Ambassadors of the Month
Meridian, MS - The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation (EMBDC) recently presented its December Ambassadors of the Month awards to three very deserving participants. In first place was Jennifer Booker with WGBC-TV, second place went to Krilecia Gianakos with State Games of Mississippi, and third place went to Sonya Scarbrough with BankPlus. Also, winning the red ticket drawing was Tiffany Stringfellow with 1st MS Federal Credit Union. The red ticket drawing is from the pool of ambassadors who have attended EMBDC events over the past month.
This committee of dedicated volunteers assists with numerous membership activities and events throughout the year including ribbon cuttings and ground breakings conducted by the EMBDC. They work to secure new members and increase membership retention by building relationships and maintaining communication with existing and prospective members. This group consists of a limited group of people. The EMBDC would be unable to do all that it does without these dedicated volunteers. To find out more about becoming an Ambassador for your community, contact the EMBDC at 601-693-1306.
The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation is a private, not-for-profit organization committed to improving economic vitality and quality of life for our citizens. The EMBDC serves as the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development organization for the community. The EMBDC is located at 1901 Front St., Suite A/ P.O Box 790, Meridian, MS 39302, or on the web at www.embdc.org.

Casey Holladay
Events Coordinator
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation

1901 Front Street, Suite A
Meridian, MS 39301

601.693.1306
F 601.693.5638
www.embdc.org



Sherlock Holmes Will Match Wits with Rogues at MSU Riley Center on February 12

MSU Riley Center
Sherlock Holmes Will Match Wits with Rogues at MSU Riley Center on February 12


MERIDIAN, MS – The game will most definitely be afoot when the MSU Riley Center presents Aquila Theatre in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes on February 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Aquila, founded in London and now based in New York, has built a reputation for presenting classic theater in bold new ways, with a trademark energetic, physical style. This witty, fast-paced production uses an international cast to bring the fabled London investigator and his Victorian London milieu to vivid life. Doyle, the Scottish physician and writer who created Holmes, imbued the sleuth with some of his own acute powers of observation and deduction. Nearly 130 years after Holmes debuted, he remains the world’s most famous fictional detective.

Stirring the plot in this production is Femme fatale Irene Adler, the only woman whom Holmes ever respected. Faithful sidekick Dr. Watson assists the great detective as best he can. Suspense, intrigue, surprising twists, and brilliant deductions abound.

This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

For fans of: Detective stories, British theater, Victorian England

What critics say: “Aquila’s productions are beautifully spoken, dramatically revealing, and crystalline in effect.” – The New Yorker

Tickets are $27 and $21 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.




Naval Technical Training Center Meridian ... Change of Command

On board at NAS Meridian
Naval Technical Training Center Meridian Holds Change of Command

Cmdr. Robert Stockton will be relieved by Cmdr. Michael P. Moran during a change of command ceremony for Naval Technical Training Center on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, at 1 p.m. on board Naval Air Station Meridian.
Stockton served as the commanding officer of the schoolhouse from April 2014 to January 2016. He is transferring to Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tenn.
During his tour, Stockton achieved spectacular success by focusing on the professional development and personal growth of his staff and students, spearheading the implementation of numerous initiatives lauded throughout the training community as benchmarks in student management. As a result, NTTC received seven Naval Education and Training Command Training Excellence Awards, the 2014 Retention Excellence Award, Project Good Neighbor Community Service Award and a perfect score on the Naval Education and Training Command Safety and Occupational Health Evaluation inspection.
Cmdr. Moran graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and received a commission through the NROTC program. After completing flight school, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1996. He reported to his first fleet tour, Patrol Squadron Nine, NAS Barber's Point, Hawaii, in October 1996. While in VP-9 he deployed to Fifth Fleet twice and Seventh Fleet once.
In 2000, Moran reported to Naval Personnel Command, Millington NSA, as the flight student placement officer and student aviator detailer. In 2001 he reported to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as the assistant strike officer. In 2003 he reported to Naval War College where he was conferred a master's degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies. Upon graduation he reported to Naval Personnel Development Command, Norfolk, Va., as the flag secretary. In 2005, he reported for department head duty at Patrol Squadron Forty Five, at NAS Jacksonville. While in VP-45 he filled various department head billets including administrative, training, and warfare development officer, and completed a Fifth and Sixth Fleet deployment.
In 2007, Moran reported to Naval Mine and ASW Warfare Command, Det Norfolk where he assumed the role of East Coast lead mentor for CSG/ESG Integrated ASW Course Training. Upon a lateral transfer to the Human Resource community in January 2009 he obtained his Executive MBA from Naval Post Graduate School.
In 2010 he was assigned as the officer-in-charge of Personnel Support Detachment, Oceana and Customer Service Desk, Dam Neck where he oversaw the pay and personnel records for 116 commands and 10,000 individual accounts. While there he obtained his HR Generalist certification from the Human Resource Certification Institute and was conferred a master's degree in Human Resource Management from Troy University. In January of 2012, Moran was transferred to the Strategic Programming office as the section head and lead intelligent workbook program analyst. Since July 2013, Moran has served as the assistant director of the Office of Military Compensation.
NTTC Meridian is the Navy's primary training facility for enlisted Administrative and Supply Class "A" schools. Instruction is provided in the following class "A" schools for Navy personnel: Ship's Serviceman (SH), Logistics Specialists (LS), Personnel Specialist (PS), and Yeoman (YN). In addition, NTTC also provides advanced training to senior Yeomen, Coast Guardsmen, and Marines returning from the fleet with the Flag Officer Writer (YN "C" School - NEC 2514) course.
Approximately 2,600 Navy personnel graduate from the center's schools annually. The average on board student population is 450

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January is Nation Radon Action Month

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Radon Action Month United States - January is Nation Radon Action Month. This Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initiative brings the dangers of radon to the forefront of news and media nationwide. Radon is a naturally occurring carcinogen with many case studies showing a direct correlation to Lung Cancer and other possible diseases. Radon is a radioactive gas produced by the breakdown of uranium, thorium, and radium in rock and soil. With no scent or taste and being invisible, Radon is a silent killer that seeps into building structures and does not discriminate against its victims.
The EPA has set an action level against radon of 4.0 pCi/L (picocuries per liter of air.) However, regular exposure to this level of radon is equivalent to smoking 8 cigarettes a day, likewise, the radiation level is like having 200 chest x-rays per year. The World Health Organization (WHO) states to take action at 2.7 pCi/L, however, both the EPA and WHO state that there is no safe level of radon exposure.
Studies among miners, laboratory animals, and cancer victims have proven the radon exposure is a cause of Lung Cancer. Radon is the number one cause of Lung Cancer in non-smokers. Cancer from exposure to Radon could take 5 to 30 years to develop; However, there are other ailments that have been linked to Radon. A factor in understanding the full body effect of radon is that one-third of inhaled radon enters the blood stream through the lungs. Radiation has been found in the brains of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's patients. There have also been studies showing the link between children with Leukemia and Radon, however, the evidence has not been as strong as it being a main cause of Lung Cancer, second only to smoking and causing 21,000 deaths a year.
Safety from high levels of radon is possible, but action must be taken. First, knowing the radon gas level in homes, workplaces, and schools is key. Second, sealing cracks and crevices to help minimize the entry of gas into the structure. Lastly, installing a radon mitigation system in necessary for removing the radon from under the buildings foundation, before it can enter in and affect those within the walls. Radon is naturally occurring and outdoor levels can be as high as 0.75 pCi/L, therefore, taking action means to reduce indoor levels as much as possible.
There are several ways to test levels of radon. Radon testing professionals that have been trained and certified can set up testing devices and results can be obtained in 24-72 hours. Do it yourself test kits can be obtained by going to 911Radon.com and purchased for $5.00 with promo code TSTNOW, available until the end of January. These test kits are simply set up for three days, mailed to a laboratory, and results are available within 72 hours. Long-term test kits are another way of "do-it-yourself" testing. This can take 9 months to a year. These tests will give you the average over time and can be purchased through various outlets. The key to all forms of testing is understanding that radon levels can fluctuate based on the time of year, weather, wind, how well the home is insulated, and ventilation systems in the home.
Radon levels can be elevated in new homes due to the insulation and sealing. As the heat and air conditioning is kept in the home, so is the radon gas. However, with older homes, radon gas levels can be elevated due to cracks in the foundation. Reducing levels of radon with a radon mitigation system is the best way to ventilate radon gas and move it from under the structure to the outside air where it is diluted.
January is the one time of the year that EPA and health experts push testing for radon, however, keeping safe from high levels of radon and the effects of this deadly gas is a year-round process. Take the time to Test, Fix, and Save a life from Radon Gas




East Mississippi Baptist State Convention ... Annual Mid Winter Board Meeting

Old Palestine Missionary Baptist Church 60-Old Palestine Church Road Taylorsville, MS
East Mississippi Baptist State Convention P. O. Box 224 Meridian, MS 39302 Rev. Willie E. Jones, President

The East Mississippi Baptist State Convention will hold its Annual Mid Winter Board Meeting on Friday, February 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, February, 13, 2016 at 8:30am. It will be held at the Old Palestine Missionary Baptist Church, located at 60-Old Palestine Church Road, Taylorsville, MS. Rev. Marvin D. Chapman is the host pastor.

For more information, please call 601-604-6846.

Rev. Willie E. Jones-Convention President Rev. Ecclesiastes Goodwin-General Secretary




EMBDC will hold a Ribbon Cutting at Meridian Pediatric Extended Care.

Meridian Pediatric Extended Care Hwy 45 N Meridian, MS
What: The EMBDC will hold a Ribbon Cutting at Meridian Pediatric Extended Care.

When: Monday, January 11th at 2:30pm

Where: 3850 Hwy 45 N
Meridian, MS

Why: The EMBDC will host a Ribbon Cutting for newly opened Meridian Pediatric Extended Care.


Debbie G. Mathis
Chief Operating Officer
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation

1901 Front Street, Suite A
Meridian, MS 39301

601.693.1306
F 601.693.5638
www.embdc.org




MCCSA will host the "Homeless Connect"

Multi-County Community Service Agency (MCCSA) 2906 St. Paul Street Meridian, MS
MCCSA will host the "Homeless Connect" an event that will offer free services and a free lunch for anyone needing various assistance.

Jan. 29th 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Call (601) 482-1140 for more information
SERVICES PROVIDED:
• LUNCH MEAL
• MEDICAL EXAMS
• HAIR CUTS
• EMPLOYMENT
ASSISTANCE
• LEGAL SERVICES
• HOUSING SERVICES
• SERVICE REFERRAL
INFORMATION
• CASE
MANAGEMENT
• HYGIENE KITS
• AND MORE!!!
DATE: Friday, January 29, 2016
LOCATION: Multi-County Comm.
Service Agency
(2906 St. Paul Street)
TIME: 10am - 1pm
Free Services | Free Lunch
This event is sponsored by the social services
agencies of the Central MS Homeless Coalition.
This coalition is a regional extension of the
Mississippi Balance of State Continuum of Care.
For questions about the event, call Marci Ann
Reynolds at (601) 482-1140 or Leslie Payne at
(601) 482-8719.
www.yourmccsa.com | www.msbos.org

(601) 482-1140
(601) 482-8719



Meridian Main Street ... The Meridian Mardi Gras Festival

Downtown Meridian - Front lawn of City hall
Please join us Saturday February 6, 2016 for The Meridian Mardi Gras Festival. We will be having a parade that we would love to have you participate in! Please contact us with any questions.

Please join us Saturday February 6, 2016 for The Meridian Mardi Gras Festival. We will be having a parade that we would love to have you participate in! Please contact us with any questions.



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



New Year 3-Night Revival Services

Living Water Full Gospel Church of Meridian
Living Water Full Gospel Church of Meridian will have their New Year 3-Night Revival Services
Jan. 26th - 28th nightly at 7:30 (601) 745-1333




"Scale Back Alabama Weigh-in"

Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church of Lisman
Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church of Lisman will be the host site
for the "Scale Back Alabama Weigh-in" ...
Jan. 27th & 28th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm
(205) 499-6416




January Make A Wish Garage Sale

10165 Lynwood Drive, Tanglewood Estates
January 15 and 16, Friday and Saturday, from 7 AM to 2 PM will be our January Make A Wish Garage Sale at 10165 Lynwood Drive, Tanglewood Estates. All clothes, shoes, and purses are .50 each. Over 500 books .25 cents each, DVD's, VHS, and CD's .25 cents each. Over 100 cassettes .10 each., fabric .25 and .50 each, patterns .10 each, games and puzzles .25 and .50 each, toys and Christmas items 25 to 1.00, Christmas trees 20 and 30 dollars, frames all sizes .25 to 3.00 and formal wear 5.00 each. guinea pig cage 10.00, household items and whatnots. Bring your recyclable cans, old locks and keys, and inkjet cartridges. New items each month and always great buys. For information call 601-483-8144.

Thank You,
Brenda Golisch
MAW Volunteer




Street Closing Announcement

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The City of Meridian announces that Poplar Springs Drive from 43rd Street-North Hills Street will be closed
beginning Monday, January 11th thru Jan. 12th for street repair.

For more information Contact: Hugh Smith, City of Meridian
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Ordination Service for Rev. Adrian Lowery

First Enterprise Missionary Baptist Church 156 County Road 3332 Enterprise, Mississippi 39330
First Enterprise Missionary Baptist Church
Rev. Aaron Heidelberg, Jr., Pastor
Post Office Box 175 Church: 601.659.3441
156 County Road 3332 Email: firstenterprise156@att.net
Enterprise, Mississippi 39330 Residence: 601.477.9220
Greetings,

The Pastor and members of First Enterprise M. B. Church located in Enterprise MS cordially invites you to come and fellowship with us during our
Ordination Service for Rev. Adrian Lowery.

This service will be held on Sunday, January 10, 2016 at 2:30PM with
Rev. Alexander Campbell - Pastor of Oak Grove Baptist Church,
located in Ellisville MS as the guest speaker.

We welcome each and every one of you to come out and worship with us as we give God all the Glory for the things that He has done, is doing, and will do in the life and ministry of Rev. Lowery.


Thanking you in advance,

Pastor Aaron Heidelberg Jr. &
First Enterprise M. B. Church Family

“God said it, we believe it, His word is Final”

Church: 601.659.3441
Email: firstenterprise156@att.net