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JCJC is offering non-credit computer classes in Ellisville

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

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

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

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




JCJC is offering non-credit computer class in Waynesboro

Jones County Junior College’s Wayne County Center
JCJC is offering non-credit computer class in Waynesboro
ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Wayne County Center will be offering an Introduction to Personal Computers class beginning Tuesday, March 24, 2015. The class will meet each Tuesday night for six weeks from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The cost for the class is $55.00 which includes books. CEUs are available at the conclusion of the class for $10. Registration is required one week prior to the start date of the class. For more information or to register for the class, please contact Melanie James at 601-735-2228.

For the most current schedule of JCJC’s non-credit courses, please visit the website: http://www.jcjc.edu/atc/eventscalendar_noncreditclasses.php or visit the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/jcjc.atc.

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




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

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


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

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

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COC 2-2-2

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

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

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




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

8 a.m.

Choctaw, MS

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

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

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

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

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


2015 USSSA Jackson, MS Region Amateur Tour Schedule

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


March 21st, 2015
Refuge Golf Course
Flowood, MS

April 4, 2015
Oaks Golf Course
Philadelphia, MS

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

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

May 30th, 2015
Dogwoods Golf Course
Grenada, MS

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

June 29th, 2015
Castlewoods Country Club
Brandon, MS

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

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

August 22nd, 2015
Deerfield Golf Course
Canton, MS

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

September 13th, 2015
Azaleas Golf Course
Philadelphia, MS

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

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




ECCC ... school closing

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

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




Meridian Main Street invites you to attend a FREE webinar

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

RSVP: karen@meridianmainstreet.com




EMBDC Holds Ribbon Cutting for Care Companions

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

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

Casey Holladay
Events Coordinator
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation

1901 Front Street, Suite A
Meridian, MS 39301

601.693.1306
F 601.693.5638
www.embdc.org



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Mississippi Democratic Party Announces Affirmative Action Committee

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Mississippi Democratic Party Announces Affirmative Action Committee

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

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

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




EAST CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE Winter Weather Update

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

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




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

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

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




Heating Safety Precautions Crucial during Extreme Temperatures

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March 4, 2015
Heating Safety Precautions Crucial during Extreme Temperatures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More detailed fire safety information and tips can be found on the special State Fire Marshal Heating Fire Safety page on the Mississippi Insurance Department website at www.mid.ms.gov. Heating safety tips will also be available via the MID and State Fire Marshal Twitter accounts @MSInsuranceDept and @msfiresafe.

Donna J. Cromeans
Public Relations Director
Mississippi Insurance Department
Office-(601)359-3579
Cell – (601)-826-9600



Read Across America with Community Leaders / Diversity Career Fair

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

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

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




2015 Youth Explosion

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




Meridian Community College - Events for March 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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


Tuesday:
5:30 Pilates
6:15 BellyDance


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


Thursday:
5:30 Yoga
6:30 Swing Dance


Friday:
6 Ballroom


Saturday:
8AM Tai Chi
9AM Yoga


Sunday
3 Hot Yoga


Upcoming Events:


March 26: 6 week Salsa series begins


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


May 8: Dancing Like the Stars- Youth Version!


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

601-934-1414


EMCC’S DICKERSON, WIGGINS HONORED AT HEADWAE LUNCHEON

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EMCC’S DICKERSON, WIGGINS HONORED AT HEADWAE LUNCHEON

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


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

Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296



E M C C Council of Teachers of Mathematics District Tournament

East Mississippi Community College
EMCC DISTRICT MATH TOURNAMENT STAND-ALONES


EMCC MCTM 7th Grade Winners

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



EMCC MCTM 8th Grade Winners

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

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

Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296



Easter Cruise-In Car Show

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




EMBDC - Ribbon Cutting

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

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

Where: 5009 Highway 493 Suite 410 Meridian, MS 30305

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



Casey Holladay
Events Coordinator
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation

1901 Front Street, Suite A
Meridian, MS 39301

601.693.1306
F 601.693.5638
www.embdc.org




Meridian Main Street - Downtown Happenings - March 2nd- 8th

See Schedule
Downtown Happenings - March 2nd- 8th Vol. lV No. 15

Monday, March 2, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Event: Hooper's Eyes & Ears
Location:Hooper Electric Supply Co.
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2715

Event:Dress Tie Special
Location:Sam's Fashion
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2731
All Dress Ties for 15.95!

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

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

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

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

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

Event: The Great Gatsby
Location: MSU Riley Center
Time: 7:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.483.9810
Admission $30, $24

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

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Event: Starting a Business - First Steps
Location: EMBDC Conference Room
Time: 2pm - 4pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.1306
Free Admission

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

Event: Live Trivia
Location:The Brick House Bar & Grill
Time: 8pm - 11:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242


Thursday, March 5, 2015

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

Event:Lawyers in the Library
Location: Meridian - Lauderdale County Library
Time: 2pm - 6pm
For More Information: Call 601.576.4208
attorneys offering free one - on - one legal advice
Event: After School Art Classes
Location:Meridian Museum of Art
Time: 4pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.1501
Every Thursday from now until April 30, after school art classes will be held.

Event: Live Music
Location:Rhythm & Brews
Time: 8pm - 2am
For More Information: Call 601.282.5608
18 to get in, 21 to drink

Friday, March 6, 2015

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

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

Event: Sucarnochee Revue
Location: Meridian Temple Theatre
Time: 7pm - 9pm
For More Information: Call 205.499.9988
Admission $10

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

Event:DJ Breaker
Location:Rhythm & Brews
Time: 8pm
For More Information:Call 601.282.5608
18 to get in, 21 to drink

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

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

Saturday, March 7, 2015

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

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

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

Sunday, March 8, 2015

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


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

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


MISSISSIPPI COUNCIL OF THE NAVY LEAGUE TO RECOGNIZE MILITARY CITIZENS OF THE YEAR

NAS Meridian
NAVY MERIDIAN
NEWS RELEASE

Public Affairs Office
Naval Air Station
255 Rosenbaum Avenue, Suite 201
Meridian, MS 39309-5003
(601) 679-2318/2602

PRESREL #04-15 Release Date: Feb. 26, 2015


MISSISSIPPI COUNCIL OF THE NAVY LEAGUE TO RECOGNIZE MILITARY CITIZENS OF THE YEAR


The tradition of celebrating and honoring those who volunteer in the local community continues on March 3 with the presentation of the AC2 Whitney Powell Military Citizen of the Year Award.
This year's nominees are Religious Program Specialist Second Class Melissa Derr, NAS Meridian; Personnel Specialist First Class Shanita Jackson, Naval Technical Training Center Meridian; Staff Sgt. Gregory Flowers, Marine Aviation Training Support Squadron One, and Hospital Corpsman Second Class Erin Clark, Naval Branch Health Clinic Meridian.
Sponsored by the Mississippi Council of the Navy League, this award recognizes those individuals who have distinguished themselves both in their commands and in their communities. Military Citizens of the Year are selected by individual commands and then go before a board where the overall winner is chosen. That person will be named during the luncheon.
In 2013, the Military Citizen of the Year Award was named in honor of AC2 Powell, a well-respected Sailor who was extremely active in the community. Powell died in a tragic car accident Feb. 7, 2013.
Other organizations honoring the nominees include the East Mississippi Business Development Corp. and Navy Federal Credit Union.
This year's Military Citizens of the Year have contributed numerous hours of community service throughout the Meridian area, continuing the legacy of those recognized before them.
Petty Officer Derr is stationed at the NAS Meridian chapel. She was selected as the NAS Meridian Blue Jacket of the Year for 2014. Some of her duties include coordinating worship services, and setting up for winging ceremonies and other events held at the chapel.
She also serves on the Ceremonial Detail Team, assisted in the VITA Tax Center, and coordinated the National Prisoner Fellowship Program this past holiday season that provided gifts for less fortunate children whose parents are in the prison system.
Her volunteer activities off base included the Freedom Summer of 1964 Movement, Northeast High School NJROTC activities and Career Day, Bedford Care Center events, Mississippi Swim Association Invitational, and Mississippi Veteran's Memorial Cemetery activities. The volunteer work she enjoys most is coaching Meridian Youth Girls Soccer. Derr said, "Young girls need a positive role model and I hope I can be that for my team of six year olds."

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Petty Officer Jackson serves as a PS "A" School instructor at NTTC Meridian. On board the installation, she volunteered many hours toward youth and sexual assault victim programs, and participated in the POW/MIA ceremony and the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. She also served as the secretary on the Navy Ball committee.
Her other volunteer work included the Starkville Youth Offender Rehabilitation Program and the Supporting Women and Nurturing Survivors (SWANS) program that assists women veterans who were sexually assaulted. The volunteer work she enjoyed most was working with the SWANS program. Jackson said, "It's rewarding to be able to assist these victims. They might not have found all the help they needed in the military, so to do whatever we can to help after they get out is needed."
Staff Sgt. Flowers is currently stationed at Marine Aviation Training Support Squadron One and serves as a curriculum developer for the Aviation Supply Specialist course.
His volunteer work included serving as a judge at Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps Sanctioned Academic, Athletic and Drill meets at Neshoba Central High School and Warren Central High School. He also participated in the Scooba Fall Festival. He volunteered to play the drums at the base chapel church services and special events. Flowers said, "I was in the JROTC in high school and I enjoy going back to mentor the cadets. It is very rewarding."
Petty Officer Clark is involved in patient care at the Naval Branch Health Clinic. She also is taking classes at Meridian Community College pursuing a degree in nursing. She currently serves as president of the Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions and is vice president of the Clinic's Morale, Welfare and Recreation Program.
Her volunteer activities included assisting with the wheelchair basketball game, Special Olympics at Naval Construction Battalion Group Two in Gulfport, and the Salvation Army Angel Tree. Clark said, "I enjoyed working with the Salvation Army Angel Tree very much. It was very rewarding knowing that we helped all those children (72) have a wonderful Christmas."




Center Ridge Baptist Church March 2015 Announcements

Center Ridge Baptist Church Shubuta MS
Center Ridge Baptist Church March 2015 Announcements

Wonderful Word on Wednesday
March 4 & 25
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting, “Wonderful Word on Wednesday,” on Wednesdays, March 4 & 25 2015 @ 7:00 pm. For more information call (601) 776-3649. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.

CRBC Word Explosion Revival
March 18-20, 2015
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta MS, will be hosting a,“Word Explosion Revival, " on March 18 - 20, 2015 @ 7:30 pm nightly. March 18, 2015, Pastor Rosie Bumpers, Pastor of Anointed Word Church in Quitman MS, will be the guest speaker. March 19, 2015, Pastor Cornelius McDonald, Pastor of John The Baptist Church in Barnett MS, will be the guest speaker. March 20, 2015, Pastor Darren Rogers, Pastor of Greenhill Baptst Church in Shubuta MS, will be the guest speaker. For more information call (601) 776-3649. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.

Pastor's 35th Year Anniversary Appreciation Banquet
Black and White Formal Attire March 28, 2015
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta MS, will be hosting a, “Pastor's 35th Year Anniversary Appreciation Banquet," on March 28' 2015, @ 7:30 pm, at the New Beginnings Fellowship Center. "Members and Friends Showing Their Love." For more information call (601) 776-3649. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.




EMBDC - Upcoming Events

See Schedule
Upcoming Events

Care Companions Ribbon Cutting
5009 Hwy 493 Suite 410
Tuesday, March 3rd
11:00a.m.

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

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




(MDOC) intends to hire 50 new correctional officers for the prison in Leakesville

South Mississippi Correctional Institution (SMCI) in Leakesville, MS
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) intends to hire 50 new correctional officers for the prison in Leakesville, Miss. in March.

Interviews and screenings will be held Saturday, March 7, 2015, at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution (SMCI) in Leakesville starting at 8:30 a.m. Starting pay is $1,833.80 per month.

Correctional Officer Trainees are responsible for the supervision, care, custody, and control of inmates in a correctional institution or facility. To become a correctional officer, an applicant must be 18 years of age, provide proof of a high school diploma or G.E.D., possess a valid driver’s license and Social Security card and have no felony or domestic violence conviction. Males between the ages of 18-25 years of age must show proof of selective service registration. Applicants also must complete a math quiz, a written report, a physical agility exercise and a drug test (at no cost to the applicant).

“We are always recruiting,” said MDOC Commissioner Marshall Fisher. “After a couple of years as a correctional officer, there are numerous opportunities for promotion and advancements to correctional sergeant, lieutenant, captain and higher.”

Applicants can apply online at the MDOC website, www.mdoc.state.ms.us or the Mississippi State Personnel Board website, www.mspb.ms.gov. Applicants may contact MDOC Personnel Services at (601) 359-5696 or the SMCI Personnel Department at (601) 394-5600 ext. 1217.




6th year Pastoral Anniversary - East Jerusalem MBC

East Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church 8089 Lauderdale Toomsuba Rd Toomsuba, MS
Dear Christian Friends,

It is that time again that we, the East Jerusalem MB Church Family, celebrate the 6th year Pastoral Anniversary for our Pastor, Rev. Timothy T. Sears, Sr. We cordially invite your pastor and church family to come and celebrate with us during this joyous occasion. This event will take place on Sunday, March 8 at 2:30 PM. Rev. Stanley J. Coleman, Pastor of New Canaan MB Church, Meridian, MS will be the guest speaker.
Please come and praise the Lord with us. Thanking you in advance for your prayers and support.

Yours in Christ,

Sis. Brenda Mosley, Church Clerk
Rev. Timothy T. Sears, Sr., Pastor

call 6015277067 or 6016041340


The Emergency Accountability Plan ...

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GENERAL
The Emergency Accountability Plan for Local Governments is on the State Auditor’s website at http://www.osa.ms.gov/downloads/emergency-accountability-plan.pdf. While your local government should have an emergency plan in place, this provides a good reference for emergency operations, purchasing, travel, etc...

Q May a County Coroner also serve as Director of the County Emergency Management Organization?
A This does not violate the Ethics in Government Act. While Section 25-4-105(3(a) generally prohibits a county official from also serving as a county employee, the exception in Section 25-4-104(4) (h) applies because the two offices are separate component units of county government. The requestor should contact the Technical Assistance Division of the State Auditor’s Office for advice on avoiding dual compensation. The requestor may be required to take leave from the emergency management organization when performing duties as Coroner. The requestor may also wish to consult with the Office of the Attorney General regarding Sections 1 and 2 of the Mississippi Constitution, the Separation of Powers Rule, incompatible offices, as well as dual compensation and any other potential issues arising outside the Ethics in Government Laws. (Mississippi Ethics Commission Advisory Opinion No. 15-001-E, January 9, 2015)
COUNTIES
The Annual Financial Reports (AFRs) for Circuit Clerks, Chancery Clerks and Constables are now available on the OSA website at http://www.osa.ms.gov/resources.html , listed under “Counties.”

Q May the County Road Department hire more employees or give its employees a raise during the last year of the Supervisors’ term of office?
A Section 23-15-881 prohibits the Board or any member of the Board from employing during May, June, July and August of the Supervisors’ election year, hire more people to work the roads than the average number employed during May, June, July and August of the first three years of the term. In addition, Section 23-15-881 also prohibits paying total wages or other compensation for those four months that exceed the average for those four months during the previous three years, so if raises would increase the total for May through August they may not be granted.

Q We have a vacancy in the Office of Election Commissioner. May the Board of Supervisors appoint the wife of one of its members to fill that vacancy? May the Supervisor from that district perform the duties of an election commissioner until the special election is held?
A The appointment of a Supervisor’s wife to fill the Election Commissioner vacancy would violate the nepotism statute, Section 25-1-53 and is therefore prohibited. Under Section 23-15-215, the Board of Supervisors is authorized to perform the duties of the County Election Commission if there are no Commissioners or if they fail to act. There is no authority for an individual Supervisor to act as a member of an existing County Election Commission. (Attorney General’s Opinions to Daughdrill, January 30, 2015)

Q May the Sheriff impose a fee for the registration of sex offenders in his county?
A No. Section 45-33-57 provides that the Department of Public Safety may do so and, since the Legislature expressly gave this authority to the Department of Public Safety, a Sheriff is not authorized to impose such fees. (Attorney General’s Opinions to Rinehart, January 30, 2015)

Q May the County pay for the damage done to a driveway or other property outside the right-of-way when the damage is done by the County while maintaining a public road?
A Yes. If a Board of Supervisors makes a finding, consistent with fact, that work must be performed in order to maintain and protect a county road or county right-of-way and damage occurs to private property in the course of this work, the Board is authorized to reimburse the landowner for the damages resulting from the work performed by the County or the County may take the necessary corrective actions to make repairs to the damaged property. (Attorney General’s Opinions to Quimby, January 23, 2015)

Q Is there a statute requiring a regional facility to be accredited through the American Correctional Association (ACA) in order to house state inmates?
A Section 47-5-931 authorizes the Mississippi Department of Corrections, in its discretion, to contract for housing inmates in a regional facility. While the statute does not require the facility to be accredited through ACA, the statute does require any facility owned or leased by a county or counties to house state prisoners to be “designed, constructed, operated and maintained” in accordance with ACA standards. In addition, the Department of Corrections has the discretion to require the facility to be ACA-accredited in order to house prisoners under the terms of this statute. (Attorney General’s Opinions to Simmons, December 12, 2014)

Q May the County purchase road equipment using installment notes in the last year of the Board of Supervisor’s term of office?
A No, Section 19-13-17 prohibits purchases of equipment financed with installment notes during the last year of the Board’s term. A county could, however, lease purchase road equipment in the last year of the Board’s term. Sections 31-7-13(e) provides authority for lease purchases of equipment and provides that any such lease must include a lease dependency clause as described in Section 31-7-10(8). This provision is effective regardless of whether a majority of the Board has been reelected.

Q May the Board of Supervisors’ enter a contract for road construction or maintenance that extends into the next Board’s term of office?
A No, Section 65-7-95, which authorizes road construction and maintenance contracts, states “In no event shall any contract provided above be awarded that shall extend beyond thirty (30) days from the termination and end of the term of office of the members of the Board of Supervisors awarding same.” This provision is effective regardless of whether a majority of the Board has been reelected.

Q May the Board of Supervisors budget a specific dollar amount and contract with a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization to administer and manage a first-time homebuyer and rehabilitation program with county funds?
A No. Doing so would directly conflict with the statutory authority granted in Section 43-33-1, et seq, which provides for the method in which a county and/or municipality may utilize public money to establish a public housing program. (Attorney General’s Opinions to Dunn, December 5, 2014)
EDUCATION
Q The district needs to renovate and expand athletic field houses, renovate a classroom building, and build a classroom building that includes a band hall (at different schools). May the district borrow from the sixteenth section principal fund to pay the costs of these construction projects under Section 29-3-113?
A Yes. Section 29-3-113 authorizes such borrowing “for the erection, equipment or repair of said district schools. . .” This language authorizes the types of construction and renovation in question. (Attorney General’s Opinions to Young, January 30, 2015)

Q Our School Board created a position for an Assistant Superintendent, mid-year, and it was filled by someone who was previously a school principal. She entered into a contract at the same rate of pay for the remainder of the year, and her contract was renewed the following year. Now she has requested additional compensation because she alleges that she was not paid in accordance with the School’s Administrative Pay Scale. May we pay her the additional compensation?
A Section 96 of the Mississippi Constitution prohibits the payment of extra compensation to a public employee, but back pay clearly owed to a public employee but not paid because of an Administrative error is permissible. If the School Board determines that the amount in question was required to be paid pursuant to School Board Policies without exception, then such payments may be lawfully made. If the policies allow exceptions or variations in salaries at the discretion of the School Board and such discretion was exercised in the approval of the contracts at issue, then such additional payments would be prohibited. (Attorney General’s Opinions to Mayfield, January 15, 2015)
MUNICIPALITIES
Q The Mayor suspended a municipal employee with pay. The Board reinstated this employee. May the Mayor immediately re-suspend this employee?
A No. A Mayor has no authority to veto a Board of Aldermen vote to reinstate an employee, and a second suspension immediately following reinstatement would have the same effect as a veto. (Attorney General’s Opinions to Levingston, January 23, 2015)

Q May a municipality restrict the use of emergency lights on personal vehicles of volunteer firemen and cites such firemen for violating traffic laws when responding to emergency calls while traveling through the municipality?
A Section 63-7-19 authorizes privately-owned “vehicles of firemen of volunteer fire departments which receive funds pursuant to Section 83-1-39 when responding to calls” to be marked with blinking, oscillating or rotating red lights. A municipality may not restrict the use of such emergency lights explicitly authorized by statute. As to traffic rules, certain ones are relaxed by statute for “authorized emergency vehicles,” as defined in Section 63-3-103. While fire department vehicles are included, the definition of an “authorized emergency vehicle” does not include the private vehicle of a volunteer fireman, who must observe the general traffic rules and may be cited for violating traffic laws when responding to an emergency in his private vehicle. (Attorney General’s Opinions to Marx, January 30, 2015)

Technicalities is a monthly publication of the Office of the State Auditor, Division of Technical Assistance. The purpose of this bulletin is to communicate information concerning inquiries directed to the Office of the State Auditor and other relevant information. The interpretations herein are those of the Division of Technical Assistance.
Web Address: www.osa.ms.gov
Email Address: tech@osa.ms.gov
Phone: 1-800-321-1275




EMBDC Recognizes February Ambassadors of the Month

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

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




Night classes at all E M C C locations have been canceled for tonight, Thursday, Feb. 26 ...

East Mississippi Community College
Night classes at all East Mississippi Community College locations have been canceled for tonight, Thursday, Feb. 26. Unless otherwise notified, normal operating hours for the college will resume Friday, Feb. 27, at 8 a.m.

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




MISSISSIPPI COUNCIL OF THE NAVY LEAGUE TO RECOGNIZE MILITARY CITIZENS OF THE YEAR

On board NAS Meridian
NAVY MERIDIAN NEWS RELEASE

Public Affairs Office
Naval Air Station
255 Rosenbaum Avenue, Suite 201
Meridian, MS 39309-5003
(601) 679-2318/2602

PRESREL #04-15 Release Date: Feb. 26, 2015


MISSISSIPPI COUNCIL OF THE NAVY LEAGUE
TO RECOGNIZE MILITARY CITIZENS OF THE YEAR


The tradition of celebrating and honoring those who volunteer in the local community continues on March 3 with the presentation of the AC2 Whitney Powell Military Citizen of the Year Award.
This year's nominees are Religious Program Specialist Second Class Melissa Derr, NAS Meridian; Personnel Specialist First Class Shanita Jackson, Naval Technical Training Center Meridian; Staff Sgt. Gregory Flowers, Marine Aviation Training Support Squadron One, and Hospital Corpsman Second Class Erin Clark, Naval Branch Health Clinic Meridian.
Sponsored by the Mississippi Council of the Navy League, this award recognizes those individuals who have distinguished themselves both in their commands and in their communities. Military Citizens of the Year are selected by individual commands and then go before a board where the overall winner is chosen. That person will be named during the luncheon.
In 2013, the Military Citizen of the Year Award was named in honor of AC2 Powell, a well-respected Sailor who was extremely active in the community. Powell died in a tragic car accident Feb. 7, 2013.
Other organizations honoring the nominees include the East Mississippi Business Development Corp. and Navy Federal Credit Union.
This year's Military Citizens of the Year have contributed numerous hours of community service throughout the Meridian area, continuing the legacy of those recognized before them.
Petty Officer Derr is stationed at the NAS Meridian chapel. She was selected as the NAS Meridian Blue Jacket of the Year for 2014. Some of her duties include coordinating worship services, and setting up for winging ceremonies and other events held at the chapel.
She also serves on the Ceremonial Detail Team, assisted in the VITA Tax Center, and coordinated the National Prisoner Fellowship Program this past holiday season that provided gifts for less fortunate children whose parents are in the prison system.
Her volunteer activities off base included the Freedom Summer of 1964 Movement, Northeast High School NJROTC activities and Career Day, Bedford Care Center events, Mississippi Swim Association Invitational, and Mississippi Veteran's Memorial Cemetery activities. The volunteer work she enjoys most is coaching Meridian Youth Girls Soccer. Derr said, "Young girls need a positive role model and I hope I can be that for my team of six year olds."

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Petty Officer Jackson serves as a PS "A" School instructor at NTTC Meridian. On board the installation, she volunteered many hours toward youth and sexual assault victim programs, and participated in the POW/MIA ceremony and the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. She also served as the secretary on the Navy Ball committee.
Her other volunteer work included the Starkville Youth Offender Rehabilitation Program and the Supporting Women and Nurturing Survivors (SWANS) program that assists women veterans who were sexually assaulted. The volunteer work she enjoyed most was working with the SWANS program. Jackson said, "It's rewarding to be able to assist these victims. They might not have found all the help they needed in the military, so to do whatever we can to help after they get out is needed."
Staff Sgt. Flowers is currently stationed at Marine Aviation Training Support Squadron One and serves as a curriculum developer for the Aviation Supply Specialist course.
His volunteer work included serving as a judge at Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps Sanctioned Academic, Athletic and Drill meets at Neshoba Central High School and Warren Central High School. He also participated in the Scooba Fall Festival. He volunteered to play the drums at the base chapel church services and special events. Flowers said, "I was in the JROTC in high school and I enjoy going back to mentor the cadets. It is very rewarding."
Petty Officer Clark is involved in patient care at the Naval Branch Health Clinic. She also is taking classes at Meridian Community College pursuing a degree in nursing. She currently serves as president of the Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions and is vice president of the Clinic's Morale, Welfare and Recreation Program.
Her volunteer activities included assisting with the wheelchair basketball game, Special Olympics at Naval Construction Battalion Group Two in Gulfport, and the Salvation Army Angel Tree. Clark said, "I enjoyed working with the Salvation Army Angel Tree very much. It was very rewarding knowing that we helped all those children (72) have a wonderful Christmas."


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all ECCC offices will open and classes will begin at 10:00 a.m

East Central Community College
all ECCC offices will open and classes will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 26, 2015, to allow for employees and commuters to travel to campus as the temperature rises above freezing.
With this delayed start, ECCC will make one class schedule modification. The 9:25 – 10:45 a.m. class will be held from 10:00 – 11:20 a.m. with Activity Period being canceled on Thursday. We will then resume our normal class schedule at 11:30 a.m.
As always, should developments in weather conditions in the morning necessitate additional changes to any campus activity/schedule, we will inform all of our college constituents as soon as possible via the college’s website and e-mail system; the college’s emergency notification system, Warrior Alert; television stations in Jackson and Meridian; and/or local radio stations.
Once again, at this time, all ECCC offices will open and classes will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 26, 2015. I encourage all of our students and staff to exercise extreme caution as they travel to campus. Please maintain an emphasis on personal safety at all times.




Taylor Machine Works first shift report to work

Taylor Machine Works
Taylor Machine Works first shift report to work Thursday February 26 at 9:00AM Louisville and Philadelphia plants




Meridian Public School District - Delayed start of classes

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Due to the possibility of unfavorable road conditions, MPSD will have a delayed start this morning ...Thursday, February 26.

Elementary Schools will begin at 9:40 a.m. and Middle and High Schools will begin at 10:10 a.m.

Buses will pick students up two hours later than their normal pick up time.

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




Spring Revival

East Pleasant Grove Baptist Church of Quitman
Event Title: Spring Revival

Event Date: March 15-18

East Pleasant Grove Baptist Church of Quitman With Nick Holden and The Carvers Sunday @11:00 am & 5:00 pm
Monday-Wednesday @6:30 pm
Info: 601-776-3878


Blessings...
Pastor Joshua Meadows
East Pleasant Grove Baptist Church




JCJC’s “Operation JumpStart” expands to Hattiesburg & Waynesboro

2 locations .... Hattiesburg at the Woodall Center, on the Pearl River Community College campus at 906 Sullivan Drive and in Waynesboro, at JCJC’s Wayne County Learning Center located at 103 Collins Street in Waynesboro.
JCJC’s “Operation JumpStart” expands to Hattiesburg & Waynesboro
ELLISVILLE - Entrepreneurs in the Pine Belt area will now have the opportunity to realize their dreams of small business ownership with the help of Jones County Junior College’s, “Operation JumpStart.” This six-week course is a nationally-recognized, highly successful training model delivered to individuals who want to start or expand a small business. The Operation JumpStart: First Step curriculum teaches participants essential small business planning and preparation skills with practical hands-on training from experts in the field.

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

The training program will be held on Monday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. for six weeks beginning on Monday, March 23, through Thursday, April 30. Classes will meet in two locations:
Hattiesburg at the Woodall Center, on the Pearl River Community College campus at 906 Sullivan Drive and in Waynesboro, at JCJC’s Wayne County Learning Center located at 103 Collins Street in Waynesboro.

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

Interested participants need to register by March 17, to be considered for the Operation JumpStart program. For more information or to apply for this new business coaching and training program, contact: Shannon Wilks at 601-477-4114 or email: Shannon.wilks@jcjc.edu or call Crystal Nail at 601-477-4235 or email: crystal.nail@jcjc.edu.


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




Spring Revival

Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church Boose Road Hickory, MS
Revival Services ...
March 1st - 3rd nightly at 7:00
Different speaker each night




Fellowship Baptist Church- Wednesday Activities cancelled

Fellowship Baptist Church
Fellowship Baptist Church- Wednesday Activities cancelled




United Blood Services ... community blood drive at the Bonita Lakes Walmart today

Bonita Lakes Walmart
Due to the winter weather this week, over 100 units of blood have been lost due to drive cancellations. United Blood Services is holding a community blood drive at the Bonita Lakes Walmart today in an effort to recoup as many lost units as possible. Thank you so much for your assistance in raising the awareness of the need for blood donors during this critical time.


Dustin Hollingsworth
Donor Representative
United Blood Services
805 South 28th Avenue
Hattiesburg, MS 39402
Direct (601) 264-0743 ext. 5973 l Cell 601-381-4312 l Fax (601) 271-7999
www.unitedbloodservices.org

Find the Hero in you. Give blood 3 times a year.




The Purvis Clinic will be closed Wednesday

The Purvis Clinic
The Purvis Clinic will be closed Wednesday.
Ben Box Office Manager




Meridian Housing Authority Offices Closed..except emergency crew...

Meridian Housing Authority Offices
Meridian Housing Authority Offices Closed..except emergency crew...




Disabled American Veterans transportation van will not be running ...

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The Disabled American Veterans transportation van will not be running to the Jackson VA Hospital on Wednesday

Thank you,
Norm Copeland
DAV Van Driver
VFW District 4 Commander




Agape Storehouse Apostolic Church - Wednesday Cancellation

Agape Storehouse Apostolic Church 4603 Hwy 39North
Agape Storehouse Apostolic Church 4603 Hwy 39North will not have its 10am morning bible class or 7pm evening bible class on Wednesday, February 25, 2015.




JCJC's Theater department presents, “Guys & Dolls”

Jones County Junior College
JCJC's Theater department presents, “Guys & Dolls”
ELLISVILLE – The “Golden Age of Broadway” will be resurrected in Ellisville as Jones County Junior College’s Fine Arts department presents, “Guys and Dolls.” The 1950 Tony Award winning musical will be presented on Friday, March 20, through Sunday, March 22. The weekend shows are at 7 p.m. in the M.P. Bush Auditorium with a Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, and will be available in the lobby each night. All students, from any school can watch the show at no cost with a valid school ID.

The cast is made up of a motley crew of gamblers, female night club performers and Salvation Army workers determined to win souls. These unlikely groups are intertwined in a tale of good and evil, love and deception and the challenges of life. The abundance of male talent in her theater class prompted JCJC producer and musical director, Nikki Johnson to showcase the classic musical which takes place in New York City.

“’Guys and Dolls’ is the perfect musical for this group of students and we often laugh because so many of the roles seem to be people we know and love. We will definitely be making type-casting jokes long after this production,” said Johnson.

Rob Mulholland continues as guest director for the production and JCJC music instructor, Jennifer Hart joins the team as the orchestra conductor and assists with music and producing the show. The leading man in this year’s spring musical is a familiar face and familiar to being the lead. Hattiesburg’s Harlan Mapp plays gambler and self-described “goof,” Nathan Detroit. His fiancé of 14-years, Miss Adlaide, the lead dancer at the “Hot Box” night club is played by newcomer to the JCJC stage, Lydia Myers of Laurel.

“My character, Nathan Detroit’s relationship is comical and his wit is quick which I find easy to tap into,” said Mapp. “My favorite part of this show has been getting to star alongside Lydia Myers, my character’s fiancée. She’s very talented both as an actress and as a vocalist. She’s so quick to adapt to any situation we’re in.”

Myers is also very complimentary of Mapp’s skills and being able to adjust to anything. Both said they push each other to do more and to be better actors.

“We have great stage chemistry so we can work off of each other,” said Myers, who has been on the stage in pageants and dance since she was two-years old and plays since she was seven. “When one of us does something unexpected, the other can immediately adapt and play off of it. That’s the great thing about working with him; he’s ready for anything!”
Morgan Scott of Meadville is returning to the JCJC stage as Sarah Brown, a Salvation Army worker determined to save all the sinners in New York. Things get dicey when Mapp’s character bets Sky Masterson, played by JCJC freshman, Steve Jones of Starkville, he can’t get Sarah Brown to fall in love and leave the country with him. The funny thing is Sky’s charms seem to be working!

“Compared to the previous roles I have had at JCJC, I love this one the most!” said Scott. “My character has a tough exterior…but throughout the show, that exterior begins to break down.”

Jones admitted playing Masterson was a little difficult at first because it is very different from his personality.

“While I enjoy Sky Masterson’s character, I don’t at all like the beginnings of his character. He is suave, while very fake trying to uphold his reputation. It made it difficult to relate to him at first,” said Jones, who is no stranger to the stage with previous lead roles like Ren in “Footloose,” Moonface Martin in “Anything Goes,” and the Geni in “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp.”

These four actors are surrounded by a cast made up of sinners and saints who dance and gamble, chased by Salvation Army soul-winners who all roll the dice on love and adventure. For more information about “Guys and Dolls,” contact the JCJC Fine Arts Department at 601-477-4094.


Cast of Characters in Alphabetical Order
Agatha Rohini Malkani, Hattiesburg
Arvide Abernathy Reagan Arnold, Collins
Assistant Stage Manager Doby Herring, Waynesboro
Big Jule Jordan Sanders, Ellisville
Benny Southstreet Gary Young, Ellisville
Brandy Bottle Bates Chip (James) Cooley, Hopkinsville, KY
Crew Victoria Craft, Raleigh
Crew Sophia Daniel, Hattiesburg
Crew Brian Doyle, Taylorsville
Crew Simone Johnson, Hattiesburg
General Cartwright Roxie (Taylor) Hudgins, Collins
Harry the Horse Dominic Vellon Diamondhead
Hot Box Girl Lauryn Easley, Laurel
Hot Box Girl/Mimi Hanna Lester, Magee
Hot Box Girl Katie Garretson, Hattiesburg
Hot Box Girl/Martha Hannah Hankins, Laurel
Hot Box Girl Victoria O'Quin, Meridian
Hot Box Girl Jenna Smith, Columbia
Liver Lips Louie DeJuan Sam, Stateline
Lt. Brannigan James Moss, Petal
*Miss Adelaide Lydia Myers, Laurel
*Nathan Detroit Harlan Mapp, Hattiesburg
Nicely-Nicely Johnson David Walker, Ellisville
Rusty Charley Austin Perkins, Ellisville
*Sarah Brown Morgan Scott, Meadville
Scranton Slim Tanner Crabtree, Gautier
*Sky Masterson Steve Jones, Starkville
Society Max Ricky Chambers, Waynesboro
Stage Manager Leah Dueitt, Neely
The Greek Reed (Stephen) Schaub, Magee
*Lead Roles


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




Psychology Associates, closed all day Wednesday

Psychology Associates
Psychology Associates, closed all day Wednesday.

Sandra MacKrell
Psychology Associates
Office Manager
601-693-8307




Creative Kids Daycare will be closed on Wednesday, 02/25/2015

Creative Kids Daycare
Creative Kids Daycare will be closed on Wednesday, 02/25/2015




All East Mississippi Community College locations ... weather info

All East Mississippi Community College locations
All East Mississippi Community College locations will be closed Wednesday, Feb. 25, due to impending severe winter weather. Food service at the F.R. Young Student Union will continue as usual for residential students at the Scooba campus. A decision about Thursday classes will be made that morning about 6 a.m.


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




EAST CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Winter Weather Update

EAST CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE
EAST CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Winter Weather Update
for
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2015
Officials at East Central Community College (ECCC) have been continually monitoring the potential for winter weather developments in our five-county district throughout the day. In anticipation of a significant weather event beginning early in the morning, several school districts in our service area have made the decision to close tomorrow. Therefore, acting upon the best information we have at this time, all ECCC offices will be closed and all activities canceled on Wednesday, February 25, 2015.
Please know that predicting weather developments and their impact on our College, our communities, our students, and our employees is an inexact science. It is my intention to always make a wise decision in these circumstances. And, although I prefer, and would normally wait, to make this type of decision in the morning, the potential timing of the weather event early Wednesday morning will preclude me from waiting this time.
It is anticipated that this significant weather event will occur from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Therefore, we do not anticipate any changes to Thursday’s schedule. Also, Tuesday night classes and the ECCC Beauty Pageant will go on as scheduled. However, should developments in weather conditions necessitate additional changes to any campus activity/schedule, we will inform all of our college constituents as soon as possible via the college’s website and e-mail system; the college’s emergency notification system, Warrior Alert; television stations in Jackson and Meridian; and/or local radio stations.
For our dormitory students, all meals will be served in Mabry Cafeteria (the Grille will be closed) on Wednesday, February 25, according to the following schedule:
Breakfast 7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Lunch 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Supper 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Once again, at this time, all ECCC offices will be closed and all activities canceled on Wednesday, February 25, 2015. Please maintain an emphasis on personal safety at all times during this potential winter weather development.




NAS Meridian will have a delayed start

NAS Meridian
NAS Meridian will have a delayed start on Wednesday, Feb. 25. Personnel should report at 10 AM.




Meridian Public School District - Delayed start of school

Meridian Public Schools
Due to the possibility of unfavorable road conditions, the Meridian Public School District will have a delayed start today ...Wednesday, February 25.

Elementary Schools will begin at 9:40 a.m. and Middle and High Schools will begin at 10:10 a.m.

Buses will pick students up two hours later than their normal pick up time.

We will continue to work with the Lauderdale County Emergency Management Agency (LEMA) throughout the night and in the morning. If conditions should worsen, we will let you know as soon as possible.

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




2Serve Community Outreach ... Annual Health Fair

EMEPA Auditorium
2Serve Community Outreach will be having their Annual Health Fair this year on April 18, 2015 from 11am-2pm at the E.M.E.P.A's Auditorium where we will heave Anderson Fitness Center, blood pressure checks, hearing health information, nutritionist on-site, mental health information and much more. We would love for WTOK to cover this awesome event. Please call the Director Paris Hearn for more info at 601-513-4148




Oakland Heights Elementary School Black History Program

Oakland Heights Elementary
Since we had a delayed school start this morning, Oakland Heights has changed the performance times for the Black History program. They will have it at 10:30 and 12:30 today.


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




EMBDC - Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Events

Business Before Hours
MEC's Roundup
MSU Riley Center
Thursday, February 26th
8:00 a.m

Care Companions Ribbon Cutting
5009 Hwy 493 Suite 410
Tuesday, March 3rd
11:00a.m.

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

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




JCJC holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at new Clarke County Center

the new Clarke County Center 1200 South Erwin Road, Stonewall MS
JCJC holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at new
Clarke County Center


WHAT: Ribbon Cutting ceremony for the new Clarke County Center in Stonewall

WHO: JCJC President Dr. Jesse Smith, the Clarke County Board of Supervisors, State and County representatives, elected officials along with Clarke County school representatives will be a part of the ceremony.

WHERE: 1200 South Erwin Road, Stonewall MS

WHEN: 10 a.m. Thursday, February, 26, 2015.


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




Mt. Zion MBC - Enterprise ... Church Dedication Service

Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church 885 County Road 353 Enterprise, MS
Church Dedication Service
11:00 am ... Rev. Jimmie Bunch brings the message

2:00 pm ... Rev. Odell Hopkins brings the message


Rev. Jimmie Bunch is the pastor of the church
(601) 659-4896



Meridian Public School District will have a delayed start

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Due to the possibility of winter weather, the Meridian Public School District will have a delayed start ... Today, February 24.

Elementary Schools will begin at 9:40 a.m. and Middle and High Schools will begin at 10:10 a.m.

Buses will pick students up two hours later than their normal pick up time.


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




Taylor Machines Works, Louisville Ms and Philadelphia Ms facilities will not start work until 10:00 AM Today

Taylor Machines Works, Louisville Ms and Philadelphia Ms facilities
Taylor Machines Works, Louisville Ms and Philadelphia Ms facilities will not start work until 10:00 AM Today ... February 24 .

Use caution and be safe when traveling to work.

Greg Sisson
Manager of Operations

Stay tuned to local TV and radio stations for updates




Meridian Exchange Club Honors Local Law Enforcement Officers

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Meridian Exchange Club Honors Local Law Enforcement Officers

Law Officers are called to put their lives on the line for the protection of the public every day. Meridian is blessed to have many fine law officers who do their jobs efficiently and effectively every day. Wednesday the Exchange Club is honoring the officers selected by their respective organizations as the best of the best.

The Exchange Club of Meridian is proud to present the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Awards to Deputy Joseph Mathis of the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department, Sergeant Gary Seale of the Mississippi Highway Patrol, and Sergeant Erik Shirley of the Meridian Police Department. These awards will be presented during a special club meeting on Wednesday February 25, 2015 at 11:30. The luncheon will be in the private dining room of Rush Hospital and invited guests include all area judges and prosecutors who work with the officers.

Deputy Joseph Mathis exhibited his interest in and love for law enforcement in his early life by serving as a cadet in the Meridian Police Department. He began his professional law enforcement career with the Mississippi Department of Transportation. Joseph joined the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department as a full time deputy in September 2006. He has been recognized by the law enforcement community in Occupant Protection Laws and Crisis Intervention. Billy Sollie, Sheriff of Lauderdale County, will present the award to Deputy Mathis and he will receive a plaque from the Exchange Club.

Sergeant Gary Seale began his tour with the Mississippi Highway Patrol in
October 1999 in Newton County. He continues to be recognized for his consistent job performance and his loyalty to the Patrol. He is a respected member of the Mississippi Highway Patrol Honor Guard and a primary Field Training Officer for district six. Patrick Boyd, Captain Troop H Mississippi Highway Patrol, will present the award and plaque to Sergeant Seale.

Erik Shirley served as a Deputy Sheriff in Sumter County Alabama and as a fighter/EMT for the City of Livingston before becoming a Police Officer with the Meridian Police Department in 2005. He is recognized by his department as a dedicated and conscientious leader. Erik currently serves the Meridian Police Department as Patrol Sergeant. Benny Dubose, Chief of the Meridian Police Department, will present the award and plaque to Officer Shirley.

Each of the officers to be honored was selected by his respective agency based on his performance.

This year’s keynote speaker is Lewis (Lou) Robbins, retired law enforcement officer. Lou has been a servant leader in our community for 42 years, having provided his law enforcement energy and talents to the Meridian Police Department, East Mississippi State Hospital, and the Lauderdale County District Attorney’s office.

This annual Exchange Club program is designed to honor the men and women who serve as law enforcement officers. The award serves as a magnifying glass which enables the public to see the individuals behind the uniforms and badges and to generate a better public understanding of the sacrifices they make.

Made up of more than 700 clubs, and more than 22,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico Exchange, America’s Service Club, is a group of men and women working together to make our communities better places to live through programs of service in Americanism, Community Service, Youth Activities, and its national project, the Prevention of Child Abuse.

The Meridian Exchange Club meets every Tuesday at Ryan’s Steak House from 11:30 to 1:00 PM. New members are always welcome. For more information or to attend a meeting as a guest, contact club President Jerry Stevenson at (601) 938-0064.




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

Jasper County Learning Center in Bay Springs
JCJC’s Jasper County Learning Center is offering Stained Glass class
ELLISVILLE – The Jasper County Learning Center in Bay Springs is offering the popular Stained Glass Non-Credit Course. Enterprise’s North River Studio artist, B.J. Hatten will be teaching the class beginning on Thursday, March 19. The class meets from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., for six weeks. The cost is $75, which does not include supplies. Register by March 6, to reserve your place. There is limited seating. Call the JCLC at 601-764-9393 for more information.


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




JCJC’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is Accepting Applications

Jones County Junior College
JCJC’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is Accepting Applications

ELLISVILLE- Jones County Junior College’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is now accepting applications for the fall 2015 semester. The application deadline is April 30, 2015. The program at Jones County Junior College is designed to train a sonographer to work in each type of general sonography setting and to proficiently perform each task. General sonography includes, but is not limited to; abdominal organs, pediatric studies, obstetrics and gynecology and the endocrine system. Although our program does not offer a full vascular study, due to the organization of our clinical sites, our students are exposed to a considerable amount of vascular sonography.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography curriculum is a one-ear program which combines classroom instruction, laboratory work, and clinical experience to prepare students for employment and advancement in the sonography field.

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

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

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

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


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




Meridian Main Street ... Downtown Happenings ...February 23rd- March 1st

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Downtown Happenings ...February 23rd- March 1st
Vol. lV No. 14

Monday, February 23, 2015

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

Event: Bo & The Show
Location:The Echo Lounge
Time: 9pm - 1am
For More Information: Call 601.938.7509
No Cover
Event: Dress Sale
Location:Bambino Children's Boutique
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.5253
Glitz pageant dresses 20% off.

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

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

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

Event: Hooper's Eyes & Ears
Location:Hooper Electric Supply Co.
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2715

Event:Dress Tie Special
Location:Sam's Fashion
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2731
All Dress Ties for 15.95!

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

Event: Michael Swann Invitational
Location:Meridian Museum of Art
Time: all week
For More Information: Call 601.693.1501
Invitational will last until March 28.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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

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

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

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


Event:Identity Crisis
Location:The Echo Lounge
Time: 9pm - 1am
For More Information: Call 601.938.7509
No Cover

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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

Event: Live Trivia
Location:The Brick House Bar & Grill
Time: 8pm - 11:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Event:Chad Peavey
Location:The Echo Lounge
Time: 9pm - 1am
For More Information: Call 601.938.7509

Thursday, February 26, 2015

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

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

Event: Eric Sommer
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 8:00pm - 12:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
Admission $5.

Event: Live Music
Location:Rhythm & Brews
Time: 8pm - 2am
For More Information: Call 601.282.5608
18 to get in, 21 to drink

Event:JJ Hat trick
Location:The Echo Lounge
Time: 9pm - 1am
For More Information: Call 601.938.7509

Friday, February 27, 2015

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

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

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

Event:Live Music
Location:Rhythm & Brews
Time: 8pm
For More Information:Call 601.282.5608
18 to get in, 21 to drink

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

Event:Southern Drive
Location:The Echo Lounge
Time: 9pm - 1am
For More Information: Call 601.938.7509

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

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Event: Shut up & Dance - The Dancing Dolls
Location: Meridian Temple Theatre
Time: 4pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.5353
Fees/Admissions:Adults $20; Children $10. Special VIP Meet & Greet Package*: $50 (*available only at the Temple). On sale at Sam's Fashion, Meridian Boys & Girls Club and the Temple Theatre Box Office Tues-Fri, 10 a.m-noon and 2-4 pm.

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

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

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

Event:Will Wesley
Location:The Echo Lounge
Time: 9pm - 1am
For More Information: Call 601.938.7509

Sunday, March 1, 2015

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

Event: Open Mic Night
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 12pm - 10pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
Free Admission

Event: Bo & The Show
Location:The Echo Lounge
Time: 9pm - 1am
For More Information: Call 601.938.7509


For all community events check out the Meridian Community Calendar




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


LEAKE COUNTY BROKEN AND BEAUTIFUL - SECOND ANNUAL WOMEN'S CONFERENCE

Carthage Coliseum - Carthage, Mississippi

LEAKE COUNTY BROKEN AND BEAUTIFUL
ANNOUNCES THE SECOND ANNUAL WOMEN'S CONFERENCE:

UNFAILING LOVE

MARCH 21st, 2015, 3:00 PM, Carthage Coliseum - Carthage, Mississippi

UNFAILING LOVE CONFERENCE GAINS MOMENTUM

On Saturday, March 21, Leake County Broken and Beautiful will unite with women from all walks of life and denominations to present UNFAILING LOVE at the Carthage Coliseum. The doors will open at 2:30 PM for an afternoon and evening of inspirational worship, empowering messages, and prayerful fellowship. All are welcome.

The spirit of this year's conference reflects the message that no matter who you are, or where you come from, you can always count on HIS faithful presence and love. Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.

UNFAILING LOVE will feature internationally renowned best-selling author and keynote speaker Kasey Van Norman; Mississippi-born Evangelist, Nurse, and Prison Mentor, Gwen Brinston; as well as founders of Grace House. Music will be provided by local Mississippi artists, headlined by the worship band, Surrender. Prayer counselors will be available for everyone.

Leake County Broken and Beautiful, launched by Mississippian and 2014 Leake County Woman of the Year, Tonya Dorman, continues to build momentum as an ongoing grass roots Christian movement, growing from one person to a praying army of more than 200 members. Businesses, regional churches, and organizations have joined forces as well.

Admission to the conference is free. Concessions available for additional charge.
• What: UNFAILING LOVE - Women's Conference
• Where: Carthage Coliseum, Carthage, Mississippi, 39051
• When: Saturday, March 21, 2015, 3-8 PM with a break for meal
• Cost: Admission is FREE, Concessions available for additional fee
• RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED: unfailinglove2015.eventbrite.com

For additional information, contact leakecountybrokenandbeautiful@gmail.com




1st Annual Spring Break 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

Velma Young Park
The 1st Annual Spring Break 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament will take place
March 7th at the Velma Young Park beginning at 12:00 noon
Boys ages 10 - 13 and Girls ages 12 - 17
(601) 227-571
Presented By; The Carter Foundation




Storm Spotter Training

Choctaw County Courthouse - Butler, AL In the large courtroom
Storm Spotter Training ... a free event.
An introductory Course.
Info .... (205) 459-2153
email ... choctawcountyema@tds.net




Go Red for Women ...

Newton Family Medical Associates 252 Northside Drive Newton, MS
Go Red for Women ...
An American Heart Association Event
RSVP by calling .... (601) 683-3117




Heartthrob 5K Run/Walk

Quitman High School
The Heartthrob 5K Run/Walk .....
Pre-registration is $20 "Thru Feb. 23rd"
T-shirts for the first 150 participants
Proceeds from this event will go to the Lion's Club of Clarke County.
Contact Pacesetters of Lakeside Living Center
(601) 776-2141




JCJC inducts 209 students into PTK international honor society

Jones County Junior College
JCJC inducts 209 students into PTK international honor society

ELLISVILLE – Two-hundred-and-nine Jones County Junior College students were recently inducted into the international honor society for two-year colleges, Phi Theta Kappa. These students are enrolled in 15 credit hours of classes and have maintained a 3.5 GPA and will have to continue to meet academic standards to remain a member in good standing. Being a member of PTK also provides scholarship opportunities for senior college.

Before being inducted in the prestigious organization, keynote speaker, Executive Director of the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel, George Bassi quoted Mahatma Gandhi, encouraging students to, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” He added, “One thing that doesn’t change is education and its importance….(while in college) Join a group and stand out. Be a leader and do something.”

The honor society provides opportunities for its members to volunteer and work on campus and community projects. One of PTK’s community projects this year included adding beauty to the campus. Bassi commended the PTK officers for selecting a project to bring an outdoor sculpture to the campus. He said, “Raising awareness of the arts is one of the things that make JCJC special.”

The museum executive recommended students “enjoy the journey” and find their passion to help give focus and zest to their lives.


PTK Spring Inductees 2015

Name Major Hometown


Abbey Adams- Pre-Radiology, Ellisville
Erica Adams-Education/Teaching, Ovett
Lacey Ainsworth-Education/Teaching, Ellisville
Madison Allbrooks-Business/Education, Waynesboro
Faith Anderson-Mathematics, Collins
Penny Aultman-Liberal Arts, Ellisville
Shanakan Barnes-Education/Teaching, Taylorsville
William Baskin-Physical Therapy, Louisville
Emily Batley-Education/Teaching, Leakesville
Makayla Bavido-Liberal Arts, Mize
Madalyn Beckham-Biological Sciences, Hattiesburg
Emily Bedwell-Engineering Mechanical, Laurel
Cruise Beeding-Computer Sciences, Hattiesburg
Miranda Beesley-Biological Sciences, Ovett
Kallie Belcher-Pre-Medicine/Pharmacy, Quitman
Brittny Belding-Nursing, Heidelberg
Haley Biglane-Medical Technology, Ellisville
Zachary Biglane-Agricultural Sciences, Ellisville
Ashleigh Blakeney-Business, Taylorsville
Brady Boleware-Health Related Profession, Prentiss
Rachel Boling-English, Seminary
Shanice Bolton-Criminal Justice, Hattiesburg
Name Major Hometown
Will Boot-Engineering, Ellisville
Savannah Boswell-Fashion/Merchandising, Ellisville
Elise Bowie-Nursing, Lucedale
Hannah Boyte-Biological Sciences, Sumrall
Robert Breland-Meteorology, Sumrall
Jaina Brockaway-Engineering, Pascagoula
Allysia Broome-Veterinary Medicine, Seminary
Kayla Broome-Legal Services/Paralegal, Petal
Jacob Brown-Accounting, Magee
Lyric Brown-Sports Medicine, Richton
Kristen Buchanan-Psychology, Vicksburg
Lindsey Byrd-Accounting, Richton
Hunter Carpenter-Liberal Arts, Ellisville
Brandon Carter-Welding, Seminary
Taylor Cartwright-Psychology, Stateline
Geneva Catlett -Biological Sciences, Lucedale
Sharniece Chambers-Health Related Profession, Waynesboro
Connor Chancellor-Health Related Professions, Petal
Raven Chancellor-Accounting, Vossburg
Cody Courtney –Nursing, Leakesville
Sasha Coyle-Biological Sciences, Hattiesburg
Cameron Crawford-Agricultural Sciences, Tylertown
Ethan Davis-English, Soso
John Davis-Nutrition, Hattiesburg
Alexa Deas-Psychology, Waynesboro
Summer Deloach-Public Relations/Advertising, Soso
Katelyn Dew-Education/Teaching, Stonewall
Ashley Dickerson-Liberal Arts, Laurel
Sydney Dickerson-Marketing , Laurel
Virginia Donohue-Education/Teaching, Vicksburg
Hunter Eady-English, Laurel
Denzel Edwards-Psychology, Mount Olive
Yasmine Fairley-Pre-Medicine, Collins
Dorian Felder-Health Related Profession, McComb
Emetric Fells-Pre-Medicine, Poplarville
Ryan Finley-Business, Richton
Kaylie Flynt-Psychology, Ellisville
Brittany Franks-Veterinary Medicine, Waynesboro
Madison Freeman-Sociology/Social Science, Waynesboro
James Fuller-Information Technology, Prentiss
Lindsey Garrity-Public Relations/Journalism, Hattiesburg
Roshita Gates-Nursing, Paulding
Kayla Gordon Speech-Pathology, Waynesboro
Megan Grafton-Business, Laurel
Ashley Green-Health Related Profession, Waynesboro
Blythe Griffin-Veterinary Medicine, Hattiesburg
LaDonavon Halton-Engineering, Louin
Hannah Hampton-Physical Therapy, Quitman
Jhadia Harris-Computer Sciences, Ocean Springs
Karlie Hart-English, Collins
Hannah Hathorn-Education/Teaching, Bassfield
Jenna Hauk-Chemistry, Purvis
Anndra Havard-Health Related Profession, Lucedale
Nicole Hebert-Art, Hattiesburg
Elizabeth Herring, Speech Pathology, Ellisville
James Herring-Chemistry, Laurel
Kent Herring-Music/Theatre/Dance, Waynesboro
Micah Herrin-Hinnzhses-Nursing, Sumrall
Haley Hertenstein-Health Related Professions, Laurel
Joshua Hester-Engineering Civil, Florence
Anna Hinton-Pre-Medicine, Ovett
Ashley Hite-Education/Teaching, Soso
Kaitlyn Hite-Liberal Arts, Soso
Victoria Hodge-Veterinary Medicine, Laurel
Thedford Hollis-Engineering Mechanical, Oxford
Sierra Holmes-Engineering Mechanical, Lumberton
Destiny Hux-Speech Pathology, Mize
Mason Irby-Business/Finance, Meridian
Shelby Ishee-Liberal Arts, Laurel
Landon James-Pre-Medicine, Ovett
Logan James-Biological Sciences, Bay Springs
Me'lea Johnson-Nursing, Mt. Olive
Jonathan Jones-Business, Purvis
Jordan Jones-Engineering Electrical, Gulfport
Joshua Keel-Business, Waterford
Hannah Kelly-Education/Teaching, Seminary
Abigail Kennedy-Pre-Law, Mize
Alexis King-Architecture Drafting/Art, Laurel
India Kohli-Medical Technology, Hattiesburg
Jared Lal-Aerospace Engineering, Waynesboro
Mary Landrum-Veterinary Medicine, Ellisville
Brittany Lee-Nursing, Laurel
Eniaya Leonard-Psychology, McComb
Hanna Lester-Liberal Arts, Magee
Toni Leverette-Biological Sciences, Jackson
Keandra Lindsey-Nursing, Heidelberg
Marianna Lunsford-Health Related Profession, Soso
Michael Mann-Engineering Mechanical, Sumrall
Tarena Marshall-Sports Medicine, Mendenhall
Ashley Martinolich-Business/Pre-Law, Hattiesburg
Mickel McCann-Business, Jackson
Collin McCraw-Pre-Medicine, Laurel
Pamela McDonald-Legal Service/Paralegal, Ellisville
Kiana McFadden-Physics, Waynesboro
Toronzo McInnis-Engineering Civil, Gulfport
Dallas McKinnon-Engineering, Ellisville
Lacey McLain-Architecture/Design, Laurel
Skyler McLain-Education/Teaching, State Line
Andreona McLaurin-Liberal Arts/General Studies, Petal
Lisa McNeil-Marketing, Prentiss
Dalton Middleton-Journalism/Broadcasting, Florence
Ashton Miller-Music/Theatre/Dance, Ellisville
Christian Miller-Education/Teaching, Ocean Springs
Traci Monroe-Sports Medicine, Perkinston
Sarah Murdock-Nursing, Hattiesburg
Lydia Myers-Communications, Laurel
Julie Nguyen-Physical Therapy, Petal
Haleigh Nichols-Nursing, Laurel
Ann Norris-Culinary Arts, Sumrall
Mallory Odom -Nursing, Bay Springs
Ricci Page-Biological Sciences, Laurel
Disha Patel-Medical Technology, Laurel
Sunny Patel-Political Science, Ellisville
Cody Patrick-Engineering Electrical, Laurel
Austin Perkins-Music/Theatre/Dance, Ellisville
Kayla Phipps-Nursing, Hattiesburg
Brandi Pittman-Liberal Arts, Collins
Michael Platt-Physical Therapy, Waynesboro
Leslie Pounds-Pharmacy, Columbia
Jabe Powe-Information Technology, Waynesboro
Mary Powell-Liberal Arts, Mt. Olive
Anna Price-Education/Teaching, Ellisville
Kaci Raimey-Nursing, Hattiesburg
Alexis Rambo-Health Related Profession, Louin
Danielle Rando-Speech Pathology, Magee
Andreanna Rankin-Business Office Technology, Waynesboro
Jessica Rice-Business, Ellisville
Adam Rigney-Electronics, Hattiesburg
Bethany Rivers-Education/Teaching, Stonewall
Matthew Roberts-Nursing, Ellisville
AJ Robinson-Music/Theatre/Dance, Hattiesburg
Stephen Rogers-Computer Information Technology, Hattiesburg
Claire Rounsaville-Nursing, Ellisville
Allison Rutland-Biological Sciences, Mt. Olive
Tyler Sanders-Engineering Electrical, Columbia
Erubial Sandoval-Pre-Medicine, Waveland
Alyssa Sanford-Business, Collins
Laken Sanford-Accounting, Collins
Clinton Sasser-Pre-Medicine, Ellisville
Taylor Sasser-History, Mt. Olive
John Scarborough-Business, Mendenhall
Kailey Scarbrough-Pre-Medicine, State Line
Natalie Seales-English, Hattiesburg
Cristina Serrano-Marketing, Laurel
Lauren Sheller-Health Related Professions, Petal
Tanner Shutze-Business/Marketing, Hattiesburg
Thomas Sims-Engineering Mechanical, Florence
Tameia Singleton-Nursing, Heidelberg
Kayla Sledge-Dental Health, Petal
Ashley Smith-Nursing, Laurel
Cady Smith-Accounting, Magee
Jenna Smith-Biological Sciences, Columbia
Kyle Smith-Nursing, Columbia
Madison Smith-Health Related Profession, Laurel
Melanie Soldinie-Music/Theatre/Dance, Petal
Sara Stevens-Nursing, Ellisville
Danita Stevenson-Nursing, Kokomo
Rayne Strickland-Nursing, Lucedale
Amber Stuart-Nursing, Collins
Krissy Stutts-Speech Pathology, Petal
Alden Swindle -Education/Teaching, Ellisville
Ross Thompson-English, Soso
Hanna Tolbert-Sports Medicine, Laurel
Luke Tucker-Agricultural Sciences, Ellisville
Aaron Turner-Veterinary Medicine, Hattiesburg
Dalton Voge-Criminal Justice, Laurel
Tabitha Wade-Nursing, Laurel
Amber Walker -Business/Accounting, Bay Springs
Joel Wambolt-History, Bassfield
Aaron Ward-Engineering Mechanical, Sumrall
Robert Warner -Pharmacy, Kokomo
Gabriella Watson-Nursing, Laurel
Eric Welch-Engineering Civil, New Hebron
Brandon West-Forestry, Waynesboro
Brittany Whiddon-English, Purvis
Adam Wigley-Nursing, Richton
Kayla Williams-Liberal Arts, Leakesville
Kayleigh Williams-Communications, Georgetown, TX
Sara Williams-English, Laurel
James Williams Jr.-Pre-Medicine, Waynesboro
Ashley Williamson-Nursing, Magee
Matthew Wilson-Engineering, Laurel
Quenetta Wilson-Nursing, Bogue Chitto
Kirstin Woods-Nursing, Saucier
Brianna Woodward-Pre-Medicine, Ovett
Joanna Word-Liberal Arts, Magee
Emily Wright-Biological Sciences, Laurel

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




Peavey Electronics® Proudly Supports Mississippi Arts During Mississippi Governor’s Arts Awards

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Peavey Electronics® Proudly Supports Mississippi Arts During Mississippi Governor’s Arts Awards
27th Annual Governor’s Arts Awards highlights accomplishments of Mississippi artists and arts organizations


February 19, 2014, Meridian, Miss. – Peavey Electronics® is proud to announce its participation at the 27th annual celebration of the Governor’s Arts Awards, hosted by the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) at Belhaven University Center for the Arts on Thur., Feb.19, at 6:00p.m.
This inspiring event spotlights Mississippi’s outstanding cultural resources and honors those who contribute to the state through their vision and creativity. The awards are presented to individuals and organizations for exceptional work in visual, literary, and performing arts, community development through the arts, and arts patronage.
Mary Peavey, President of Peavey Electronics, longtime MAC board member and a former Texas “Arts in Community” award recipient, applauds Governor Phil Bryant for his ongoing support of the arts.
"Governor Bryant is a strong ally to arts in Mississippi," shared Peavey. "He and our First Lady, Deborah Bryant, understand the importance of the arts in our schools across Mississippi. One of the most important accomplishments of the arts commission has been its Whole Schools initiative, which is a statewide comprehensive arts education program. Children are truly inspired by our educators who are bringing arts into the classroom."
Peavey further stated, "Mississippi is famed worldwide for its artists, writers, poets, musicians, and soon in 2015 the citizens of Cleveland, Mississippi will complete the GRAMMY museum there, the only official GRAMMY museum location outside Los Angeles. The arts are becoming more of a focus, but they have always been strong and enduring in our Mississippi culture. This year's "Arts in Community" award will go to Mississippi State University's Riley Center here in Meridian. I wish all those on that original committee to revitalize (or really, rebirth) the Grand Opera House could accept this award along with its exceptional director, Dennis Sankovich.
"We celebrate the Riley Center and anticipate the soon-to-be-completed beautiful Arts and Entertainment center, which will also be located here in Meridian!"
The five gifted recipients for the 2015 Governor's Arts Awards are the Lane Chapel Quintet from Tupelo, Excellence in Music; Chesney Blankenstein Doyle from Natchez, Excellence in Media Arts; Maude Schuyler Clay from Sumner, Excellence in Visual Arts; Mississippi State University Riley Center for Education & Performing Arts in Meridian, Arts in Community; and Craig Wiseman from Hattiesburg, Excellence in Music.
For more information, visit peavey.com.


About Peavey Electronics®
Founded in 1965, Peavey® is one of the world's largest manufacturers and suppliers of musical instruments and professional sound equipment. Peavey has earned more than 180 patents and distributes to more than 130 countries. Peavey and its MediaMatrix®, Architectural Acoustics®, Crest Audio®, Composite Acoustics® and Trace Elliot® brands and affiliates can be found on concert stages and in airports, stadiums, theme parks and other venues around the world. To find out more, visit www.peavey.com.

About The Mississippi Arts Commission
The Mississippi Arts Commission is a state agency, funded by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mississippi Endowment for the Arts at the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and other private sources. MAC is the official grants-making and service agency for the arts in Mississippi. The agency serves as an active supporter and promoter of arts in community life and in arts education.





: Pinewood Derby Council Race this Saturday

North East Elementary, Meridian MS
Cub Scouts and Parents:
: Pinewood Derby Council Race this Saturday

Alright racers, this is the date you have been waiting for…this Saturday, February 21, 2015 North East Elementary, Meridian MS. The biggest Race of the year!!! It is also one of those things you will always remember doing with your son or grandson. Remember, the cost of entry is 2 cans of food. Can’t beat the price. The trophies are ready, the patches are ready, the track is ready…are you ready?

Sincerely,

Kenneth P. Kercheval | Scout Executive/CEO

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Choctaw Area Council

4818 North Park Drive | P.O. Box 3784
Meridian, MS 39305
P 601.693.6757 | F 601.693.6758
C 601.527.7464

Ken.Kercheval@scouting.org
www.cacbsa.org





PLAN TO PREVENT FROZEN PIPES THIS WEEK

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PLAN TO PREVENT FROZEN PIPES THIS WEEK

Latest Cold Weather Blast Could Cause Losses

Jackson, MS- February 18, 2015 — Winter is obviously not going away quietly and State Farm® is reminding homeowners about the possibility of once again seeing frozen pipes. With temperatures predicted to drop into the teens, Mississippi residents can take steps both inside and outside their homes to prevent losses connected to frozen pipes. The frigid temperatures can cause pipes to freeze and burst, destroying floors, furniture, appliances and treasured family heirlooms. A few simple precautionary measures can help avoid the headache and aggravation caused by water damage.

“Homeowners should think about frozen pipes prevention every time an Arctic air mass moves across the South,” says State Farm spokesman Roszell Gadson. “It’s easy to let your guard down after a few weeks of comfortable temperatures.” A small crack in a pipe can leak water at a volume of 14 gallons a minute causing thousands of dollars in damage in a very short period of time.

Beat the Freeze - Minimize the chance your pipes will freeze by insulating pipes in unheated areas and those that run along outside walls, floors and ceilings. Disconnect outside garden hoses and seal foundation cracks that let arctic air freeze pipes in crawlspaces.

A few simple tasks can help protect pipes and homes when a severe freeze is predicted:

• Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to piping under sinks and vanities near exterior walls.
• Run a small trickle of water from hot and cold faucets during extreme cold.
• Keep exterior doors to unheated spaces closed as much as possible during winter months.
• If you are taking a short trip or own a business that will be unoccupied for more than 24 hours, make arrangements to have the dwelling checked regularly during severe cold spells. Discovering a burst pipe or water leak quickly can prevent excessive damage.
• Install a whole house water leak detection system. For a list of manufacturers visit: http://www.statefarm.com/learning/loss_prevent/learning_loss_water_leak_det_system.asp

Contact Public Affairs at (770) 243-9049 to schedule local interviews about frozen pipes prevention and expenses related to homeowner losses.


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



EMBDC - Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Events

Business Before Hours
MEC's Roundup
MSU Riley Center
Thursday, February 26th
8:00 a.m

Care Companions Ribbon Cutting
5009 Hwy 493 Suite 410
Tuesday, March 3rd
11:00a.m.

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

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





Community Health Fair

Freedom Rock Church 5718 5th St. Meridian, MS
Event: Maximizing Your Health, Community Health Fair, will be on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Freedom Rock church from 11am - 3pm at 5718 5th St. Meridian, MS 39307. Various health and wellness vendors will be present for health checks and demonstrations.
For additional information, please contact Larita Barr at 601-486-3718




GOVERNOR’S TASK FORCE ON MDOC WANTS TO HEAR FROM THE PUBLIC

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GOVERNOR’S TASK FORCE ON MDOC WANTS TO HEAR FROM THE PUBLIC

(JACKSON) - A task force Gov. Phil Bryant created to oversee the Mississippi Department of Corrections’ contracts review will hold three hearings to get input from the public, starting Saturday.

Elected officials, families of victims, families of inmates, current and prospective vendors, and suppliers to MDOC facilities are invited.

“The task force is interested in hearing real-life experiences from Mississippians, including these groups directly affected by the management of the Department of Corrections,” said co-chairman Andy Taggart, an attorney and former chief of staff to Gov. Kirk Fordice.

The first hearing will be held this Saturday, Feb. 21, in Hattiesburg at USM's Thad Cochran Center, Room 418A and B from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The other two are as follows:
• Cleveland, Delta State University. 12 p.m.- 2 p.m., March 7, 2015
• Jackson, Woolfolk State Office Building, Room 145, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., March 20, 2015

Comments will be limited to five minutes, however, the task force may extend them. Task force members also are accepting written comments. “If people prefer to provide information confidentially, arrangements have been made to make that possible,” Taggart said.

Those wishing to provide written commentary, may send to:

Mr. Andy Taggart, MDOC Task Force Co-Chairman
1022 Highland Colony Parkway
Suite 101
Ridgeland, MS 39157
The three hearings will help the task force fulfill its charge from Bryant to solicit public comments on needed changes to procurement law, regulations and policies. Bryant created the five-member panel in November following the indictment of former Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps for alleged kickbacks from contracts.

Attorney and former Hinds Circuit Judge Robert Gibbs is co-chairman of the task force.

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


Tara B. Scott
Office of Communications
Mississippi Department of Corrections – Central Office
633 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39202
601.359.5701
Fax 601.359.5738
www.mdoc.state.ms.us



Leadership Mississippi Announces Class of 2015

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Leadership Mississippi Announces Class of 2015
JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Economic Council’s Leadership Mississippi program recently announced its Leadership Mississippi Class of 2015 and held its first session in Jackson on Feb. 5-6
This year, the 52-member class will visit Jackson to discuss the state's government process; Laurel, where they will discuss technology; the Mississippi Gulf Coast, which will focus on eco-tourism; Clarksdale, which will highlight the culture of the Mississippi Delta; Tupelo, where they will discuss economic development and then they will return to Jackson, where the class will hold their Graduation.

These sessions present exciting opportunities where the Leadership class can see the strategic, long-range planning and changes that are occurring in our state. Through this program, MEC continues to shrink the miles that divide us by broadening our understanding of life and leadership in communities throughout Mississippi.
Congratulations to the Leadership Mississippi Class of 2015!

Michael Bellipanni
Northcentral Electric Power Association
Byhalia

Sherri Bevis
Secretary of State
Gulfport

Gary Bouse
Delta State University Foundation
Cleveland

Stephanie Clarke
Clarke Consulting
Brandon

Taylor Coombs
The Alliance
Corinth

Bethany Cooper
FNC, Inc.
Oxford

Ricky Cox
Balch & Bingham LLP
Gulfport

Mary Cracchiolo-Spain
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
Biloxi

Chad Davidson
Phelps Dunbar, LLP
Jackson

Kevin Gilbert
NEA/Clinton Public Schools
Clinton

Christopher Gray
Roy Anderson Corp
Ridgeland

Glenn Griffin
Entergy Mississippi, Inc.
Jackson

Steven Griffin
Daniel Coker Horton & Bell P. A.
Jackson

Ryan Holmes
Dungan Engineering, P.A.
Brookhaven

Steve Jent
Sanderson Farms Championship
Laurel

Todd Joachim
Corso, Inc.
Biloxi

Paul Jones
Multicraft International
Pelahatchie

Mark Lishen
Eley Guild Hardy Architects
Biloxi

Barbara Logan
Teach For America
Oxford

Wayne Madkin
PACCAR Engines Company
Columbus

Donald Matthews
Cadence Bank, N.A
Starkville

Ramin Maysami
Jackson State University
Jackson

Joni McClain
McClain Lodge
Brandon

Gaylene McHale
Ingalls Shipbuilding
Pascagoula

Carolyn Moore
United Way for Jackson & George Counties
Pascagoula

Tonya Moore
The University of Mississippi Medical Center
Jackson

Walter Moore
Navigator Credit Union
Pascagoula

Brian Nettles
Waggoner Engineering, Inc.
Jackson

Katy Pacelli
The Kelly Gene Cook, Sr. Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Jackson

Bernadette Parks
Mississippi Department of Medicaid
Jackson

Emily Pickering
Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce
Gulfport

Kaytie Pickett
Jones Walker LLP
Jackson

Micah Poole
Hol-Mac Corporation
Bay Springs

Robert Ridgway
Yates Construction
Biloxi

Melissa Russo
Coast Electric Power Association
Kiln

Ed Simmons
HORNE LLP
Ridgeland

Aaron Sisk
Magnolia Health, Inc. (wholly-owned Subsidiary of Centene Corporation)
Jackson

Laura Smith
Trustmark National Bank
Jackson

Stephen Stiglets
Mississippi Power
Gulfport

Jonathan Still
Butler Snow LLP
Ridgeland

Jerry Taranto
Keesler Air Force Base
Biloxi

Tony Taylor
Ingalls Shipbuilding
Pascagoula

Danny Thomas
Southern Cast Products, Inc.
Meridian

Edward Turnage
BKD, LLP - CPAs
Jackson

Srinivasan Vijayakumar
The University of Mississippi Medical Center
Jackson

Amanda Villeret
Mississippi National Guard
Jackson

Dr. Carmen Walters
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Perkinston

Anthony Warren
Northside Sun
Jackson

Michelle Whittle
Atmos Energy
Columbus

Tonitrice Wicks
Mississippi State Department of Health
Jackson

James E. Williams, Jr.
National Center on Education and the Economy
Flowood

Joy Yates
Hattiesburg Clinic, P.A.
Hattiesburg


About MEC: The Mississippi Economic Council has been the voice of Mississippi business since 1949. MEC deals with broad issues that relate to businesses through advocacy, research, resources and leadership. MEC has more than 8,000 members from more than 1,100 member firms in 2,400 locations throughout Mississippi. For more information, go to www.mec.ms.
About M.B. Swayze Foundation: The M.B. Swayze Foundation is a non-profit organization that promotes leadership, educational achievement and economic competitiveness. Leadership Mississippi and the STAR Student-Teacher Awards Recognition program are annual programs of the Mississippi Economic Council and conducted by the M.B. Swayze Foundation.



Proper Heating Safety Difference between Life and Death

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Proper Heating Safety Difference between Life and Death

Jackson – Of the 20 fire deaths in Mississippi between December 1, 2014 and today, nearly half can be attributed to the improper use of heating sources. At least 12 of those fatal fires occurred in a residence without a smoke alarm. While smoke alarms were present in the remaining eight, it is not known if they were operational.

“Properly using heating sources to stay warm in extreme temperatures and having working smoke alarms in your home is literally the difference between life and death,” is the message Mississippi State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney has repeated over and over.

With another hard freeze predicted for the state by Thursday, it is a message that he continues to repeat in order to protect lives in Mississippi.

“Everyone must use extra precaution when using space heaters or alternative methods as heating sources. Space heating poses a much higher risk of fire, death and injury than central heating, and it cannot be stressed enough that using a stove to heat a home is extremely dangerous,” Chaney said.

“Every home should have a working smoke alarm. Working smoke alarms can cut the risk of people dying in home fires in half.”

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

The State Fire Marshal’s Office offers these heating safety tips:
• Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
• Supervise children when a fireplace, fire pit, or other space heater is being used. Use a sturdy, metal screen to prevent contact burns, which are even more common than flame burns.
• All heaters need space. Keep things that can burn, such as paper, bedding or furniture at least 3 feet away from heating equipment.
• Use heating equipment that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
• Never use your oven for heating.
• Install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment, according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
o Have a qualified professional install the equipment.
o Make sure all fuel-burning vented equipment is vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. CO is created when fuels burn incompletely. CO poisoning can cause illness and even death. Make sure the venting for exhaust is kept clear and unobstructed. This includes removal of snow and ice around the outlet to the outside.
• Install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms to avoid risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Portable electric space heaters
• Turn heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.
• Use and purchase portable space heaters with an automatic shut off so if they’re tipped over they will shut off.
• Place space heater on solid, flat surface.
• Plug power cords directly into outlets and never into an extension cord.
• Inspect for cracked or damaged, broken plugs or loose connections. Replace before using.
Fuel burning space heaters
• Always use the proper fuel as specified by the manufacturer.
• When refueling, allow the appliance to cool and refuel outside or in a well-ventilated area.
• When using the heater, open a window to ensure proper ventilation.
• In portable kerosene or other liquid-fueled space heaters, always use the proper grade of the proper fuel.
• All new unvented gas-fired space heaters have an oxygen depletion sensor that detects a reduced level of oxygen in the area where the heater is operating and shuts off the heater before a hazardous level of carbon monoxide accumulates. If you have an older heater without this feature, replace it.
• If the pilot light of your gas heater goes out, allow 5 minutes or more for the gas to go away before trying again, do not allow gas to accumulate, and light the match before you turn on the gas to the pilot to avoid risk of flashback.
• If you smell gas in your gas heater, do not attempt to light the appliance. Turn off all the controls, and open doors and window. Call a gas service professional.
Wood burning stoves
• Install the stove, chimney connectors and chimneys following manufacturer’s instructions or have a professional do the installation.
• Wood stoves should bear the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
• In wood stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood. In pellet stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood pellets.
• Start the fire with newspaper or kindling, never with a flammable liquid, such as lighter fluid, kerosene or gasoline.
• Keep the doors of your wood stove closed unless loading or stoking the live fire.
• Allow ashes to cool before disposing. Dispose of ashes in a tightly covered metal container and keep the ash container at least 10 feet away from the home and any other nearby buildings. Douse and saturate with water.
Should a fire break out in the home, have an emergency evacuation plan for the family to follow and have a designated meeting place for all family members. Once everyone is outside the burning home, call 911 and DO NOT RE-ENTER THE HOUSE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!!! (A chart for planning a family escape plan is available on the Mississippi State Fire Marshal webpage.)

For more fire safety information and tips visit the special Heating Fire Safety web page on the Mississippi Insurance Department website at www.mid.ms.gov. Find the Mississippi State Fire Marshal on Facebook and you can also follow the SFMO on Twitter at twitter.com/msfiresafe, for additional fire safety tips.


Donna J. Cromeans
Public Relations Director
Mississippi Insurance Department
Office-(601)359-3579
Cell – (601)-826-9600



JCJC’s Pharmacy Technology Program is Accepting Applications

Jones County Junior College
JCJC’s Pharmacy Technology Program is Accepting Applications

ELLISVILLE-- Jones County Junior College’s Pharmacy Technology Program is now accepting applications for the fall 2015 semester, with April 1, 2015 as a priority deadline. Applications can be downloaded from the website at http://www.jcjc.edu/programs/pharmacy/pharmacy_howtoenroll.php or by calling the department at 601-477-4230.

The JCJC Pharmacy Technology curriculum is a two year program which combines classroom instruction, laboratory work, and clinical experience to prepare students for employment and advancement in the pharmacy field. Admission requirements for the program include a high school diploma or GED, a minimum score of 17 on the ACT, and a background check. The student will obtain an Associate of Applied Science Degree after successfully completing the program and will be eligible to take the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.

The Mississippi Board of Pharmacy has now required technicians who register with the board, to pass the technician certification exam within one year. The focus of the JCJC program is for students to earn an associate degree in Pharmacy Technology and to prepare for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. The first graduates completed the program 14 years ago and since that time, JCJC has maintained a 99% passing rate for the exam.

The Pharmacy Technology program at Jones is designed to train a technician to work in each type of pharmacy setting and to proficiently perform each task. The US Department of Labor has forecasted pharmacy technician job growth of over 31% by 2018. Currently, there are an estimated 381,000 full and part-time pharmacy technicians in the United States.

Students will learn pharmacology, pharmaceutical compounding, dosage calculations, pharmacy management, pharmacy law, therapeutic classification of drugs, drug use and abuse, trade and generic nomenclature, medical transcription abbreviations, and health care devices utilization. Through classroom and laboratory instruction, students will learn methods of drug preparation, packaging and distribution, and the function and services provided by retail and hospital pharmacies. The technician will be prepared to transcribe physician orders, prepare, dispense, and deliver orders, prepare admixtures of intravenous solutions, maintain inventory control, replenish pharmaceutical supplies, maintain patient records, and communicate effectively with patients, other health care providers, and third party insurance agencies. Practical experience in community clinical and retail settings will enhance the learning experience.

Graduates of this program will have the skills necessary for employment as technicians under the direct supervision of a registered pharmacist. They will be qualified to assist and support pharmacists in providing health care and medications to patients in retail settings, hospitals, home health care, nursing homes clinics, nuclear medicine settings, and compounding pharmacies. Non-traditional employers will also include medical insurance companies, drug wholesale companies, medical computer software vendors, and drug manufactures.

For more information call 601-477-4230, or email Tracey McCraw at: tracey.mccraw@jcjc.edu or visit the website at: http://www.jcjc.edu/programs/pharmacy/index.php. Program applications can be found at: http://www.jcjc.edu/programs/pharmacy/docs/application.pdf.

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




Meridian Main Street - Downtown Happenings - February 16th - February 22nd

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Downtown Happenings - February 16th - February 22nd
Vol. lV No. 13

Monday, February 16, 2015

*Meridian Main Street will be closed today in observance of Presidents' Day.


Event: YPM Monthly Meeting
Location:Rush Hospital Cafeteria
Time: 12pm
For More Information: Call 662.418.5848
YPM meets in the Rush Cafeteria private dining room on the 3rd floor of the Ambulatory Building.

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

Event: Bo & The Show
Location:The Echo Lounge
Time: 9pm - 1am
For More Information: Call 601.938.7509
No Cover.

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

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

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

Event: Hooper's Eyes & Ears
Location:Hooper Electric Supply Co.
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2715

Event:Dress Tie Special
Location:Sam's Fashion
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2731
All Dress Ties for 15.95!

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

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

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Event:ECMHRA Meeting
Location:MSU Downtown Campus Room 301
Time: 12 - 1pm
For More Information: Email k.konkus@gmail.com
The speaker will be Jennifer Hall with Baker Donelson. Bring your lunch with you if you would like to eat during the meeting.

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

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

Event: Live Trivia
Location:The Brick House Bar & Grill
Time: 8pm - 11:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Event: Chad Peavy
Location:The Echo Lounge
Time: 9pm - 1am
For More Information: Call 601.938.7509
No Cover.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

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

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

Event: Scott McQuaig & The Tomcats
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 8:00pm - 12:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
Admission $5.

Event: Greenhouse Effect
Location:The Echo Lounge
Time: 9pm - 1am
For More Information: Call 601.938.7509

Friday, February 20, 2015

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

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

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

Event: Le' Andria Johnson - Jesus: "God's on Your Side"
Location: Meridian Temple Theatre
Time: 7:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.5353
Doors Open at 6:30pm. $30 VIP, General Admission: $20 advance; $25 at the door

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

Event: Garrett Thornton
Location:The Echo Lounge
Time: 9:30pm - 2am
For More Information: Call 601.938.7509

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

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

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Event: Meridian/Lauderdale Miss Hospitality Pageant
Location: Meridian Temple Theater
Time: all day event
For More Information: Call 601.481.5712
Age division is 18-24 year olds who must have a residence in Meridian or Lauderdale County (Not where you go to school/college).Registration fee is $25 (includes official T-shirt)

Event: Jimmie Rodgers Pageant
Location: Meridian Temple Theater
Time: 6pm
For More Information: Call 601.481.5712
Age groups are 4-6; 7-9; 10-13; and 14-17.

Event:Meridian Symphony Orchestra
Classical Mystery Tour
Location:MSU Riley Center
Time: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.2224
Admission $55

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

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

Event: Leggs Brown Band
Location:The Echo Lounge
Time: 9:30pm - 2am
For More Information: Call 601.938.7509


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

Sunday, February 22, 2015

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

Event: Open Mic Night
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 12pm - 10pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
Free Admission.

Event: Michael Swann - 40th Annual
Bi State AwardWinner Invitational Reception
Location:Meridian Museum of Art
Time: 2-5pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.1501

Event: Bo & The Show
Location:The Echo Lounge
Time: 9pm - 1am
For More Information: Call 601.938.7509
No Cover.

For all community events check out the Meridian Community Calendar



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


NAS Meridian has completed the annual Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield

NAS Meridian
NAS Meridian has completed the annual Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield, our first major exercise of the year. As a result of the training provided during the exercise, all hands are reaping the benefits of an installation more aware of threat response and an even better trained security force.




MDE to Hold Regional Literacy Meetings for Parents of K-3 Students

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MDE to Hold Regional Literacy Meetings for Parents of K-3 Students
JACKSON, Miss. – To help parents strengthen their children’s early literacy skills, the Mississippi Department of Education will hold eight meetings throughout the state for parents of Kindergarten through 3rd grade students. The meetings will provide an overview of the Literacy-Based Promotion Act and teach strategies that parents can use at home to help their children improve their reading.
“Parents are their child’s first teacher, and reading with children is a proven way to promote early literacy,” said Dr. Kymyona Burk, state literacy coordinator. “Helping to make sure children are reading on grade level by 3rd grade is one of the most important things a parent can do to prepare their children for the future.”
The Literacy-Based Promotion Act focuses on prevention and intervention to help children develop the reading skills required for 4th grade. The legislation requires that 3rd grade students who do not meet reading standards by the end of the school year will not be promoted to 4th grade, unless they qualify for a “Good Cause Exemption.”
All 3rd graders will be tested on the reading assessment that will determine promotion to 4th grade during the testing window of April 10-23, 2015. This test is called the 3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment.
The Literacy-Based Promotion Act has made reading instruction a major focus of Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Throughout the school year, teachers have been providing intensive reading instruction to students reading below grade level. Parent involvement is also critical to students’ success.
“By reading with their child for 20 minutes per day and making a few simple strategies a part of their daily routine, parents can make a positive impact on their child’s success in school,” Burk said.

Parent meeting dates and locations:
All meetings will be held at 6 p.m.
• Wednesday, February 18: Jackson - Cardozo Middle School
• Thursday, February 19: Jackson – Kirksey Middle School
• Monday, February 23: Meridian - Meridian High School Auditorium
• Wednesday, February 25: Oxford - Oxford Conference Center
• Tuesday, March 3: Hattiesburg - N.R. Burger Middle School Transploreum
• Tuesday, March 17: Cleveland - Jacob Center (Ewing Hall), Delta State University
• Thursday, March 19: Flowood - Northwest Rankin High School Auditorium
• Tuesday, March 24: Biloxi - Biloxi High School Lecture Hall

No registration is required. For information about the February 18 and 19 meetings in Jackson, call Sherwin Johnson at 601-960-8935. For information about all other meetings, call Tina Sellers in MDE's Office of Professional Development at 601-359-2869.




Delta Regional Authority’s Entrepreneurial Pitch Competition, “Delta Challenge

Linden, AL
Marengo County Economic Development Authority to host
Delta Regional Authority’s Entrepreneurial Pitch Competition, “Delta Challenge”

The Marengo County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA) is proud to announce that the Marengo County Business Development Center has been chosen by the Delta Region Authority (DRA) as one of 5 host sites throughout the Delta Region for the Entrepreneurial Pitch Competition, “The Delta Challenge,” that will take place March 2nd beginning at 6pm in Linden Alabama. The Delta Challenge is a series of entrepreneurship pitch competitions, and a part of a newly established program called the DRA Entrepreneurship Network, to boost entrepreneurial success in the Delta region and DRA Black Belt Counties in Alabama.

The Pitch Competition is much like some of the current shows airing on television. An individual or company has 3 minutes to “pitch” their idea to a panel of judges who are experts in various business fields. There will also include a 1 minute Q&A time immediately following the 3 minute presentation. The top 3 winners from each location will qualify to compete in New Orleans March 25-27, with one additional alternate chosen from all locations for a total of 16 finalist.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for our entrepreneurs and small businesses that are ready to take their idea or business to the next level,” says MCEDA’s Executive Director, Brenda Tuck. “Locally, we will have resources available that may be of great assistance to those competing regardless of whether or not they make the finals, but we certainly look forward to the winners competing in New Orleans and the opportunities that will bring.”
Within Alabama, anyone within the 20 DRA Counties may register to compete for an opportunity to advance to the finals in New Orleans as an Entrepreneurship Network Fellow. Eligible Alabama counties include Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Dallas, Escambia, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Monroe, Perry, Pickens, Russell, Sumter, Washington, and Wilcox. This is an 8 state event; entrepreneurs and small businesses from any DRA County throughout the DRA’s 8 state region are eligible to compete in any or all of the 5 competitions. To compete, you must register at least 24 hours in advance of the competition site that you wish to attend:
• Cape Girardeau, Missouri – February 24, 2015
• Ruston, Louisiana – February 26, 2015
• Jackson, Mississippi – February 27, 2015
• Jonesboro, Arkansas – February 28, 2015
• Linden, Alabama – March 2, 2015
Individuals and non-profit organizations that provide direct entrepreneurship support or educational services are encouraged to apply to join this new Network as well. Representatives from up to 16 support organizations will be identified to officially join this effort. Application guidelines and instructions for interested entrepreneurs and support organizations can be found at dra.gov/entrepreneur.




Meridian High School College Goal Sunday

Meridian High School Main Campus Computer Lab (next to Library)
Meridian High School College Goal Sunday
Thursday, February 12 – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Meridian High School Main Campus Computer Lab (next to Library)
College Goal Sunday is a program to help students and families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other financial aid forms. Parents should bring their latest tax information with them to the school. More information can be found on www.mscollegegoalsunday.org. Refreshments will be served to parents, and GEAR UP MS will draw one $250 scholarship award from the parents or students that attend this event.


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




Meridian Arbor Day Celebration

Meridian's City Hall
Meridian Arbor Day Celebration
National Arbor Day is observed the last Friday in April and was first observed in Nebraska in 1872. Since 1926, the State of Mississippi has declared the second Friday in February as Arbor Day - a state holiday set aside for the planting of trees.
The Meridian Tree Commission invites the public to attend Meridian’s annual Arbor Day celebration at City Hall, Friday, February 13, 2015. The ceremony will begin at 10:00 A.M. The Arbor Day proclamation will be given by Mayor Percy Bland. Presentation of the colors will be performed by Meridian High JROTC Color Guard, and students of Meridian Freedom Project will provide special entertainment.
The Arbor Day tree is a Chinese Pistache Pistacia chinensis donated by Southern Pipe & Supply Co., Inc. The ceremony will conclude with a fruit tree seedling giveaway sponsored by Mississippi Power Company. Seedlings (limit 2 per person) consist of:
Moonglow Pear American Plum Big Red Mayhaw
Orient Pear Golden Nectar Plum Georgia Red Mayhaw
Fuji Apple Methley Plum Angel Red Pomegranate
Gala Apple Santa Rosa Plum Wonderful Pomegranate
Meridian was recognized by the National Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA in 1990, and has maintained the annual designation ever since.
For more information contact:
Kevin Locke
Senior Planner
Community Development Department
601.485-1892




Mississippi’s community colleges thank legislators for support

Jones County Junior College
Mississippi’s community colleges thank legislators for support

JACKSON –Representatives from the state’s 15 Community/Junior Colleges gathered for a special luncheon honoring legislators in Jackson. The event, hosted by the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges was an opportunity to thank legislators for supporting the two-year college system. The informal luncheon was also used as a special venue for faculty and students to show off some of their culinary arts, hospitality and music programs. Governor Phil Bryant surprised the crowd and took a moment to share his success story as a community college graduate.

“If I can be the Governor of Mississippi starting out a community college, students I want you to know you can reach and attain your goals too….Community colleges are very important to the workforce development of this state.
Employers can’t find skilled workers without community colleges,” said Governor Bryant. “There is nowhere else we’re going to get skilled, trained workforce in the future except through community colleges and we’ve got to help you help us do that,” he said.

The Governor discussed two pieces of legislation being proposed to help in that effort. One plan, the Mississippi Works Scholarship with a price tag of $3 million, will help to pay for “blue-collar kids who are working hard and need a break” to continue their career-technical programs they started in high school. The other proposal is a $50 million program with $25 million for the next two years to go toward workforce training.

“I am thankful for this opportunity to meet our legislators,” said Chandler Brinson of Prentiss. “I was both astounded and comforted to learn that Governor Bryant and numerous other state officials are community/junior college graduates. I am so grateful for their support of the community/junior college system and feel we are very fortunate to have them as leaders.”

Each community/junior college’s faculty, students and administrators had the chance to meet with some of the state’s highest officials like Lt. Governor, Tate Reeves and district legislators. Mississippi’s community colleges enroll more than 75,000 students, including 54 percent of all undergraduates and nearly half of all students taking a college credit course. The nation’s oldest community college system serves nearly 250,000 Mississippians each year in university transfer, career/technical, workforce and adult education programs.

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




JCJC offering Mid-term Mini Session Courses

Jones County Junior College
JCJC offering Mid-term Mini Session Courses

ELLISVILLE-Jones County Junior College is offering twelve mid-term mini session classes. The online and traditional lecture formatted classes will begin Wednesday, March 18, through Wednesday, May 14. Students may begin registering Tuesday, February 24, for these courses through the Student Success Center. The last day to register is Thursday, March 19, 2015.

Tuition for these courses is $120 per credit hour, plus books for current students. Tuition for new students is $120 per credit hour, plus books and fees. Tuition is calculated as part of the students’ spring 2015 semester credit hours. For questions concerning tuition and fees, contact Student Accounts at 601-477-4225.

Spring Mini-Session Courses

BAD 2523—Personal Financial Management (Online), Class #2435, Instructor: Dusty Holifield.
Course description: This course deals with an individual’s optimal management of personal income and expenditures over a lifetime to best meet the needs of his/her financial objectives. The course focuses on the areas of budgeting, insurance, borrowing and credit purchases, home ownership, investment, taxes and family financial planning. This course is three semester credit hours.

BIO 2524—Anatomy and Physiology II (Hybrid), Class#2446, Instructor: Jeremiah Estes. Face-to-face meetings on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on March 21, 28; April 4, 11, 18, 25; May 2, 9.
Prerequisites for the course include: ACT score of 21 on science component or BIO 1134 or 1144 or CHE 1214 or admission to health-related program at JCJC or permission of instructor.
Course description: A combined lecture and laboratory course that includes detailed studies of the anatomy and physiology of human endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic & immune, respiratory, digestive, and urinary systems, as well as reproduction and development. Labs associated with this course contain experiments and exercises that reinforce the principles introduced in lecture classes. This course is four semester credit hours.

CSC 1123—Computer Applications I (Online), Class #2436, Instructor: Charlotte Williams.
Pre-requisites for this course include: Typing or keyboarding skills. This course is designed to teach computer applications to include: word-processing, electronic spreadsheet, database management, presentation design, and electronic communications. This course is three semester credit hours.

HIS 1123—Western Civilization II (Online), Class #2442, Instructor: Jacquelyn Canizaro.
Course description: A general survey of European History since the 17th Century. This course is three semester credit hours.
HPR 1121—Gen. Physical Ed. Fitness (Online), Class #2437, Instructor: Katie Herrington
Course description: This course is designed to give students a modern concept of physical education and recreation by developing body skills. This course is one semester credit hour.

HPR 1223—Personal and Community Health II (Online), Class #2438, Instructor: Katie Herrington.
Course description: A continuation of HPR 1213 that is designed to give students information on how to avoid or overcome habits that jeopardize or destroy one’s health, happiness, or health, happiness, and life. This course is three semester credit hours.

LLS 1312—Freshman Orientation (Online), Class #2448.
Course description: This course is designed to help the new college student adjust to college life. It includes a study of personal and social adjustments. It teaches effective study habits, reading methods, use of the library, note taking and report writing and gives the student guidance in collegiate life. This course is two semester credit hours.

MAT 1234—Intermediate Algebra (traditional lecture meeting every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. This course begins Thursday, March 19, through May 14), Class # 2439, Instructor: Lynn White
Pre-requisites for this course include: MAT 0123 with a grade of C or higher or ACT math score of 16 – 18.
Course description: Topics include linear equations and their graphs; inequalities and number line graphs; rational expressions; factoring; laws of exponents; radicals; polynomials. This course is four semester credit hours.

MAT 1313—College Algebra (traditional lecture meeting every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. This course begins Thursday, March 19, through May 14), Class #2440/2441, Instructor: Kerri Pippin- All students must take accompanying lab
Pre-requisites for this course include: MAT 1233 with a grade of C or higher or ACT math score of 17 or above.
Course description: Topics include inequalities; functions; linear and quadratic equations; circles and their graphs; rational, radical and higher-order equations; applications; polynomials and rational functions; logarithmic and exponential functions; systems of equations. The lecture portion of the course is three semester credit hours with the lab receiving one semester credit hour.

MUS 1113—Music Appreciation (Online), Class #2445, Instructor: Dr. Victoria Johnson.
Course description: A course designed to give the student, through listening and written work, the ability to understand, appreciate, and evaluate music of Western Culture. This course is three semester credit hours.

PSY 1513— General Psychology (Online), Class #2443, Instructor: Stephanie Green.
Course description: An introduction to the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. This includes history and theories of psychology, research methods, biological bases of behavior, the principles of learning, personality and abnormal behavior. This course is three semester credit hours.

SOC 2113—Introduction to Sociology (Online), Class #2444, Instructor: Tina Chisholm.
This course introduces the scientific study of human society and social interaction. Social influences on individuals and groups are examined. This course is three semester credit hours.


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




National Evangelistic Worship Service

Macedonia P.B. Church
Local Congregation in Meridian, Mississippi, Macedonia P.B. Church will host Dr. Bernard C. Yates and Members of the National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA to National Evangelistic Worship Service on Sunday, February 15, at 5:30 P.M.




JCJC HEADWAE recipients selected

Jones County Junior College
JCJC HEADWAE recipients selected
ELLISVILLE – A prestigious honor was recently bestowed upon Jones County Junior College business faculty member and business division chairperson, Rick Bedwell and JCJC sophomore, Bridgette Wagner of Biloxi. They are two of 72 outstanding students and faculty members from 34 Mississippi public and private universities and community colleges receiving special recognition from the Mississippi Legislature. They have been selected as JCJC’s HEADWAE recipients. The 27th annual Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) honors a faculty and student representative from each of Mississippi’s higher institutions as a reward for their excellence in education. The honorees are invited to the State Capitol and will be acknowledged in each chamber of the Legislature. The day concludes with a luncheon, thanks to the generosity of corporate sponsors, where each student and faculty honoree is recognized for their accomplishments.

“I am honored to be selected for this recognition! To receive recognition for something I love and get to do every day is great! However, the greatest reward I get from what I do every day is to hear and witness the success of my former students as they further their academic careers and enter the work force!” said Bedwell.

Some of his success as a business instructor may be attributed to being an entrepreneur before going back to school to change careers. The Petal resident started out working in the automotive industry as the general manager for Auto Alignment Inc., in Hattiesburg in 1976. He became the body shop manager for Ryan motors a year later and then the parts department manager for Vardaman Buick Honda in 1982. He graduated from JCJC in 1992 with numerous honors like being a PTK Gold Key recipient, PTK Regional Most Distinguished Student and the PTK President along with Who’s Who and Hall of Fame honors. During his more than16 years teaching at Jones, he has also owned and still operates Rick’s Rehab. Bedwell spends his free time restoring and repurposing antiques and furniture as well as being the advisor for the Southern Christian Student Center at USM. He is a member of the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants and a member of the Teachers of Accounting at Two-Year Colleges organization.

Biloxi native Bridgette Wagner is a sophomore chemical engineering major with aspirations to retire to the coast to work. Moving to Ellisville included the opportunity to continue her softball career. The D’Iberville High School graduate plays left outfielder and was on the State Championship JCJC team that also finished the season second in the nation. Juggling academics and the demands of being an athlete also taught her something else being away from home.

“I think being away from home has helped me mature and grow as an independent person. I have enjoyed the teachers and classes; each teacher has showed me kindness and has challenged me in the classroom every semester,” said Wagner. “I am happy to know that my teachers have recognized my hard work this past year to recommend me for these honors.”
Wagner was also chosen to be one of only five freshmen selected to be a Tullos Scholar and was most recently named to the JCJC Hall of Fame. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and was nominated as one of seven students to be an Academic All-American finalist. Wagner also volunteers with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and other community service projects. She said she is looking forward to her first visit to Jackson for the HEADWAE honor.
“I have never been to the Capitol in Jackson. I am really looking forward to seeing the city as well as meeting the legislators of our state. I feel blessed to be recognized in such a prestigious way by the state legislators. I also feel very privileged to have been chosen by the Jones faculty to represent JCJC,” said Wagner.


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




Marengo County Economic Development Authority to host

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Marengo County Economic Development Authority to host
Delta Regional Authority’s Entrepreneurial Pitch Competition, “Delta Challenge”

The Marengo County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA) is proud to announce that the Marengo County Business Development Center has been chosen by the Delta Region Authority (DRA) as one of 5 host sites throughout the Delta Region for the Entrepreneurial Pitch Competition, “The Delta Challenge,” that will take place March 2nd beginning at 6pm in Linden Alabama. The Delta Challenge is a series of entrepreneurship pitch competitions, and a part of a newly established program called the DRA Entrepreneurship Network, to boost entrepreneurial success in the Delta region and DRA Black Belt Counties in Alabama.

The Pitch Competition is much like some of the current shows airing on television. An individual or company has 3 minutes to “pitch” their idea to a panel of judges who are experts in various business fields. There will also include a 1 minute Q&A time immediately following the 3 minute presentation. The top 3 winners from each location will qualify to compete in New Orleans March 25-27, with one additional alternate chosen from all locations for a total of 16 finalist.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for our entrepreneurs and small businesses that are ready to take their idea or business to the next level,” says MCEDA’s Executive Director, Brenda Tuck. “Locally, we will have resources available that may be of great assistance to those competing regardless of whether or not they make the finals, but we certainly look forward to the winners competing in New Orleans and the opportunities that will bring.”
Within Alabama, anyone within the 20 DRA Counties may register to compete for an opportunity to advance to the finals in New Orleans as an Entrepreneurship Network Fellow. Eligible Alabama counties include Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Dallas, Escambia, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Monroe, Perry, Pickens, Russell, Sumter, Washington, and Wilcox. This is an 8 state event; entrepreneurs and small businesses from any DRA County throughout the DRA’s 8 state region are eligible to compete in any or all of the 5 competitions. To compete, you must register at least 24 hours in advance of the competition site that you wish to attend:
• Cape Girardeau, Missouri – February 24, 2015
• Ruston, Louisiana – February 26, 2015
• Jackson, Mississippi – February 27, 2015
• Jonesboro, Arkansas – February 28, 2015
• Linden, Alabama – March 2, 2015
Individuals and non-profit organizations that provide direct entrepreneurship support or educational services are encouraged to apply to join this new Network as well. Representatives from up to 16 support organizations will be identified to officially join this effort. Application guidelines and instructions for interested entrepreneurs and support organizations can be found at dra.gov/entrepreneur.





Meridian Tree Commission and Go Green Meridian

City Hall in Meridian
I would like to make you aware of an event coming up this Friday, Feb. 13. Members of our Newton County Service office will be assisting the Meridian Tree Commission and Go Green Meridian by purchasing and handing out trees to the public at City Hall in Meridian. The event is set for Friday, Feb. 13, at 10 a.m. in downtown Meridian.
For more information, contact the Corporate Communication team at 228-861-5543.
Thanks,

Bill Snyder
Mississippi Power/Corporate Communications
228-865-5543
24/7 Media Line: 228-861-5543
Fax: 228-865-5771
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AIRPORT BOARDINGS TAKE ANOTHER BIG JUMP

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AIRPORT BOARDINGS TAKE ANOTHER BIG JUMP

Passenger boardings at Meridian Regional Airport last month far surpassed boardings from January of 2014, according to Tom Williams, president of Meridian Regional Airport.

Total enplanements for January of 2015 were 1,191 on American Eagle, compared with 314 enplanements the previous January on the former carrier, Silver Airways. That’s an increase of 279.3 percent, a huge jump under American Eagle, which has been Meridian’s commercial air carrier only since November.

“Just as important as the huge increase in the number of passengers are American Eagle’s on-time performance figures,” according to Williams. On-time performance within 15 minutes jumped from 59.1 percent in January of 2014 to 88.7 percent in January of 2015. On-time performance within 30 minutes was even more impressive, jumping from 63.6 percent in January of last year to 92.5 percent last month. And there were no cancellations at all last month.

“When the people of our region fly, they’ve got to feel confident that they’ll get where they’re going on time,” Williams said. “Whether the flight is to an important business meeting or to a family reunion, reliability counts. American Eagle is proving every month that it is dependable and competitive.”

The January figures continue the upward trend that has been the hallmark of American Eagle’s service. In November of 2014, which was slightly less than a full month of service, the airport saw enplanements jump 60 percent over both the previous month and November of 2013. In December, the number of passengers was 2½ times higher than in the previous December.

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





Meridian Little Theatre's "Red Velvet Cake War"

Meridian Little Theatre
Meridian Little Theatre's "Red Velvet Cake War"
February 26th-March 4th
Enter Cake Bake contest! More details at www.meridianlittletheatre.com
601-482-6371




JCJC annual Black History program

Jones County Junior College Fine Arts Auditorium
WHAT: JCJC annual Black History program will focus on the theme, “The Value of Your Education”

WHO: Dr. Samuel Jones, JCJC Dean of Student Affairs has invited internationally renowned speaker, a best-selling author of five books and business professor at Clark Atlanta University, Dr. Dennis Kimbro.

WHERE: JCJC Fine Arts Auditorium

WHEN: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 10 a.m.

MORE INFO: Dr. Jones said Dr. Kimbro is a perfect example of someone who has succeeded in many areas and will help the audience learn how to be successful. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Oklahoma, and a M.A. and doctorate degree from Northwestern University where he studied wealth and poverty in underdeveloped countries. In 2005, the National Black MBA Association presented him with the 2005 H. Naylor Fitzhugh award, recognizing him as one of the top professors in the nation. His life's work is to share this valuable knowledge with people of all races, socio-economic levels, cultures and beliefs.

Dr. Kimbro’s speaking clients include: General Motors, Walt Disney Corp., Citigroup, Frito-Lay, Eli Lilly, Apple Computers, Exxon Mobil, NIKE, Gallup Organization, Ohio State ‘Buckeye’ football team, Notre Dame ‘Fighting Irish’ football team, Kansas City Royals baseball team, Denver Nuggets basketball team, and many other groups of people who want to improve their lives and increase their success in life and in their careers.

For more information on Dr. Kimbro, go to his website: www.denniskimbro.com.
For more information: about the program contact Samuel Jones, PhD. at 601-477-4038.

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




INMATE POPULATION DROP PROMPTS CHANGES AT TWO PRISONS

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JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Corrections is saving $1.4 million in its private prison program for fiscal 2015 thanks to a drop in the state inmate population.

The population decrease also has allowed the agency to address staffing shortages and overtime at one of the three state-operated prisons.

MDOC has amended its current contract with Management & Training Corp. (MTC) for operating Walnut Grove Correctional Facility in Leake County primarily because of the declining inmate population. The change also helps to ensure the agency stays in compliance with a 2012 federal consent decree. The number of inmates has been reduced from 1,300 to 962.

“Failure to do so would have unnecessarily cost taxpayers money,” said Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher.

The inmate reduction at Walnut Grove occurred during the same week 186 inmates were moved from South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville. The change was made in response to the concerns from staff and the community about safety at the state prison.

“The inmates from both prisons have been distributed among other facilities throughout the state,” Fisher said. “Both moves are to provide effective security, custody and control of inmates and to ensure the safety of staff.”

SMCI, opened in 1989, is the newest of the three state-run prisons. It now houses 2,491 inmates.

Walnut Grove is one of the four privately run prisons operated by Utah-based MTC.




Learn How to Avoid Contractor Scams as Part of Mississippi’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week

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Learn How to Avoid Contractor Scams as Part of Mississippi’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week
Mississippi – As part of severe weather preparedness week, a national nonprofit organization encourages Mississippi homeowners to think about home repair scams before severe weather hits. Tornadoes and hail storms can be dangerous and costly, and so can the large number of contractors who appear in storm damaged communities. Billions of dollars are lost every year and story after story is reported on how homeowners are scammed by con artists posing as legitimate home repair contractors. Senior citizens and stressed out disaster victims are often the easiest prey for a dishonest repairman.
The National Center for the Prevention of Home Improvement Fraud (NCPHIF), is a national nonprofit whose mission is to educate communities on how to protect themselves. “It’s so frustrating to get calls from homeowners who have been scammed,” says home repair fraud prevention expert and NCPHIF Executive Director, Phae Moore. “It breaks my heart because by then, it’s too late.” Moore is also the author of “Don’t Even Think About Ripping Me Off!” a book on how to find, hire, work with and pay contractors to avoid being scammed.
According to the latest reports from the Consumer Federation of America, home improvement/ construction fraud is second in a list of top ten complaints the agency receives (misrepresentation in auto sales is CFA’s top complaint). The Better Business Bureau reports inquiries regarding home contractors outnumber all other inquiries.
“It’s always sad to see severe weather victims who have been paid for insured losses not receive the repairs they expected from a contractor they trusted,” says State Farm spokesman Roszell Gadson.
Do not use a contractor who:
1. Is going door to door or who is calling because they are “in the neighborhood.” Selecting a contractor on the basis of them coming to your door or via phone call is always a questionable selection method.
2. Wants to “inspect” your property when you are not home. Take photos before, during and after an “inspection.” Some contractors have been known to cause damage intentionally during an inspection.
3. Asks you to get any required building permits. The party pulling a building permit is responsible, among other things, to assure code compliance.
4. Offers you a discount because they have “leftover materials.” This may be a signal that another consumer paid for the materials and the contractor failed to leave the materials or give proper credit, or that the materials may be stolen.
5. Only accepts cash. If you do pay cash, be sure to get a clear written receipt.
6. Claims you will get a great rate because you project will be a “demonstration.”
7. Offers exceptionally long guarantees or warranties.
8. Asks you to pay for the entire job up front.
9. Tries to scare you into repairs claiming they are urgent.
10. Asks you to “deed” or “transfer title” to your property or sign a promissory note secured by your home.
“The key to protecting yourself is to be proactive” says Moore. “Educate yourself before you hire anyone is the best advice I can give.”

About The National Center for the Prevention of Home Improvement Fraud (NCPHIF). NCPHIF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to educate at risk communities on how to protect themselves from home repair fraud and scams. Since 2009, NCPHIF has educated over 250,000 people nationwide.




Elegance Ballroom Dance & Fitness Studio ... Events Calendar - Feb. 2015

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


Tuesday:
5:30 Pilates
6:15 BellyDance


Wednesday:
4:30 LA Blast
5:30 Barre
6:30 Krav Maga


Thursday:
5:30 Yoga
6:30 Swing Dance


Friday:
6 Ballroom


Saturday:
8AM Tai Chi
9AM Yoga


Sunday
3 Hot Yoga


Upcoming Events:


Feb 5th starts our 6-week Swing Series


Feb. 14th Ladies Only Valentines Burlesque class


601-934-1414




Meridian Main Street Downtown Happenings - February 9th - February 15th

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Downtown Happenings - February 9th - February 15th
Vol. lV No. 11

Monday, February 9, 2015

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

Event: Bo & The Show
Location:The Echo Lounge
Time: 9pm - 1am
For More Information: Call 601.938.7509
No Cover.

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

Event: Gifts for Valentine's Day
Location:The Liberty Shop
Time: all week
For More Information: Call 601.693.5331
Tyler Candles, Minnetonka, Spirit Jersey's, and much more!

Event: Hooper's Eyes & Ears
Location:Hooper Electric Supply Co.
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2715

Event:Dress Tie Special
Location:Sam's Fashion
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2731
All Dress Ties for 15.95!

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

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

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

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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

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

Event:Ladie's Night/Karaoke
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
Local Live Music!

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

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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

Event: Live Trivia
Location:The Brick House Bar & Grill
Time: 8pm - 11:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Event: Chad Peavy
Location:The Echo Lounge
Time: 9pm - 1am
For More Information: Call 601.938.7509
No Cover.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

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

Event: St. Paul's Music Series
Location:St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Time: 12:05pm - 1pm
For More Information: Call 601.639.2502
Impromptu Quartet. Free Admission.

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

Event: Jimmie Rodgers Press Conference
Location: Soule Museum
Time: 6pm
For More Information: Call 601.485.1808
Jimmie Rodgers Festival will be announcing their 2015 line-up.

Event: John Puzan
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 8:00pm - 12:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
Admission $5.

Event: Live Music
Location:Rhythm & Brews
Time: 8pm - 2am
For More Information: Call 601.282.5608
18 to get in, 21 to drink

Event: Identity Crisis
Location:The Echo Lounge
Time: 9pm - 1am
For More Information: Call 601.938.7509

Friday, February 13, 2015

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

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


Event: The Red and White Blues Valentine's Show
Location: Meridian Temple Theatre
Time: 7:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.940.1749
Join Legendary recording artist Latimore and The Eddie Amerson Time Zone Band for an evening of Blues. V.I.P. Tickets $27, General Admission $22.

Event: The Berenstain Bears LIVE!
Location:MSU Riley Center
Time: 7:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.2224
Admission $18, $10.

Event:Live Music
Location:Rhythm & Brews
Time: 8pm
For More Information:Call 601.282.5608
18 to get in, 21 to drink

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

Event: Greenhouse Effect
Location:The Echo Lounge
Time: 9:30pm - 2am
For More Information: Call 601.938.7509

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

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Event: Meridian Mardi Gras
Location: City Hall Lawn
Time: 11am - 5pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.7480
A FREE, day -long festival in downtown Meridian. There will be a Krewe of Barkus Pet Parade, Krewe of Midas Parade, Gumbo & Chili Cook off, Kid's Activities, King Cakes for Sale, Mardi Gras store, Food, Prizes, and Live Entertainment.

Event: Ladies Nite Out - Valentine's Day Show
Location: Meridian Temple Theatre
Time: 8:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.940.1749
A show that promises to entertain & excite ladies of all ages! This show has been screened & selected for its tasteful, classy style & features cast members from the Original Chippendales! Advanced Ticket Sales: VIP $30 - General Admission $20 - General Admission at the Door: $25

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


Event: Greenhouse Effect
Location:The Echo Lounge
Time: 9:30pm - 2am
For More Information: Call 601.938.7509
Sunday, February 15, 2015

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


Event: Bo & The Show
Location:The Echo Lounge
Time: 9pm - 1am
For More Information: Call 601.938.7509
No Cover.

For all community events check out the Meridian Community Calendar


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




CHAIRMAN RICKEY COLE STATEMENT ON CONGRESSMAN NUNNELEE'S PASSING

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JACKSON, MS – Mississippi Democratic Party Chairman Rickey Cole issued the following statement on the passing of Congressman Nunnelee:

"We are saddened today at the passing of Congressman Alan Nunnelee. He will be remembered as a collegial gentleman of the old school, a man of abiding faith, and an effective legislator who focused on his work with a keen sense of duty. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and staff. 'Go rest high upon that mountain,' Congressman."




JCJC family mourns the loss of Board of Trustees Vice Chair, “Coach” William Boone

Jones County Junior College
JCJC family mourns the loss of Board of Trustees Vice Chair, “Coach” William Boone
ELLISVILLE –The Jones County Junior College family is saddened to learn of the recent loss of Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees, “Coach” William Boone. The 82-year old died Sunday, February 1. He has served on the Board of Trustees for more than 30 years and as Vice Chairman for the last seven years. He was also a member of the JCJC Foundation Board of Directors since 2007 and he was a 1992 Mississippi Association of Coaches Hall of Fame recipient. The Biloxi native retired from coaching at Quitman High School.

“Coach Boone was such a joy to work with,” said JCJC President Dr. Jesse Smith. “He cared about every student he met and was genuinely concerned about how the college was progressing with the students in mind.”

Even though Boone was not a JCJC alumnus, he supported every effort and event. Both of his two daughters, Sandra Kay Boone Alexandra and Kimberly Ann Boone Lozano are Jones graduates. He and his wife Joyce established the Coach William C. Boone Scholarship Endowment a couple of years ago, through the JCJC Foundation Inc. for JCJC students. Despite not feeling well, he awarded the family scholarship during the September Scholarship Day to personally meet scholarship recipient from Quitman, Tori Dew.

“Coach Boone was especially proud of our athletes like softball player and reigning NJCAA Division II Player of the Year, Tori Dew. To be able to personally award Dew his family’s scholarship meant so much to him. He was very proud to meet students like Dew and have a role in their success. He will be missed by all those who were touched by his many endeavors,” said Dr. Smith.
Most recently he reconnected with a childhood friend from the coast, Max Jordan who read about Boone’s Scholarship in the JCJC Alumni Magazine. It was something special to watch unfold according to Alumni Association Coordinator, JoAnna Newcomb.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 6, at the First Baptist Church in Quitman. Graveside services were held at Boone Cemetery in Purvis, Mississippi.


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




East Mississippi Community College’s 2015 Scholars’ Olympiad

East Mississippi Community College
CALEDONIA TAKES OVERALL PRIZE AT EMCC SCHOLARS’ OLYMPIAD

MAYHEW – Caledonia High School outperformed eight other area high schools to claim first place overall at East Mississippi Community College’s annual Scholars’ Olympiad.
The academic and career-technical testing competition was held Friday at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus. More than 100 students participated. Participating schools included Caledonia High School, Columbus High School, McKellar Technology Center, Millsaps Career and Technology, New Hope High School, Oak Hill Academy, Starkville Academy, Starkville Christian School and West Point Career and Technology Center.
Michael Black, head recruiter for EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus in Mayhew, said the Scholars’ Olympiad is an ideal way for EMCC to introduce itself to future college students and vice versa.
“It’s exciting for the students because they get out of regular class for the day, but for an academic competition where they can earn money for college. And it’s exciting for us because we get to bring the brightest students in the area to our campus, show them what we have to offer and make a good impression with the hope that they’ll choose to begin their college careers at EMCC,” he said.
First place finishers were awarded $2,000 scholarships to be distributed over four semesters at EMCC. Second place earned $1,000 over four semesters. And third place earned $400 over four semesters.
Winners and their high schools are listed below:


ART
1st Karlie Lockhart from Starkville Academy
2nd Haley Barton from New Hope
3rd Effie Morrison from New Hope

Biological Science
1st Gabrielle Norton from Caledonia
2nd John Willis Stevens from Oak Hill Academy
3rd Judson Bristow from Oak Hill Academy

English
1st Minnie Duke from Oak Hill Academy
2nd Margaret Hay from Oak Hill Academy
3rd Kayla Howell form New Hope High School

Math
1st Jack Mitchener from Oak Hill Academy
2nd Carson Lawrence from Starkville Christian
3rd Robert Reed from New Hope High School

History/Government
1st Reagan Brown from Oak Hill Academy
2nd Shelbie Kellum from Caledonia
3rd Jacob Smith from Caledonia

Physical Science
1st Trevor Gibson from New Hope High School
2nd Adalis Wicks from Columbus High School
3rd Buck Morgan from Oak Hill Academy

Performing Arts-Dance
1st Zykia Bell from Caledonia High School
2nd Anna Beth Robertson from Starkville Academy
3rd Sierra Roberts from New Hope High School

Performing Arts-Theatre
1st Callie Hester from Starkville Academy
2nd Oshia Cobb from New Hope High School
3rd Marlee Maples from Starkville Academy
3rd Johnna Chaney from New Hope High School

Performing Arts-Music
1st Ty Jernigan from Caledonia High School
2nd Trey Steward from New Hope High School
3rd Malik Richardson from Caledonia High School

Career/Technical Winners

Automotive Technology
1st Austin Glorioso from McKellar Technology Center
2nd Morgan Robertson from Starkville Academy
3rd Casey Staples from Caledonia High School

Culinary Arts
1st Rebecca Stewart from Caledonia High School
2nd Caitlin Crimm from Starkville Academy
3rd Briana Tillman from West Point Career and Technology Center

Drafting and Design Technology
1st Elizabeth Dexter from West Point Career and Technology Center
2nd Cooper Weseli from McKellar Technology Center
3rd Russell Taylor III from McKellar Technology Center

Electrical Technology
1st Lexus Price from West Point Career and Technology Center
2nd Carter Wood from Starkville Academy
3rd Colin Wall from Starkville Academy

Precision Machining
1st Nathan Albert from West Point Career and Technology Center
2nd Neal White from New Hope High School
3rd Paul Bridges from West Point Career and Technology Center

Marketing, Finance, and Hospitality
1st Alicia Henderson from Millsaps Career and Technology Center
2nd Tori Boatner from West Point Career and Technology Center
3rd Ashley Johnson from West Point Career and Technology Center

Nursing
1st Alexandria Lee from Caledonia High School
2nd Shersentria Williams from McKellar Technology Center
3rd Latasha Latham from Caledonia High School

Nutrition
1st Henley Hardin from Millsaps Career and Technology Center
2nd Telvin Shinn from Caledonia High School
3rd Kyiesha Beard from McKellar Technology Center

Welding
1st Darren Melton from West Point Career and Technology Center
2nd Omar Lemus from West Point Career and Technology Center
3rd John Foster from Starkville Academy





Poplar Springs Elementary “Celebrate Meridian!”

Poplar Springs Elementary in the auditorium
Poplar Springs Elementary “Celebrate Meridian!” Third Grade Program
Friday, February 6 - 10:30 a.m.
Poplar Springs Auditorium
Third grade students present an arts integrated program celebrating the birthday of our hometown, Meridian. This is a culminating activity as students share the information that they have learned in the study of Meridian through music, dance and drama.


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




The Meridian Gospel Travelers ... 30th Anniversary

Mt. Carmel Baptist Church 4126 York Road Lauderdale, MS
The Meridian Gospel Travelers ... Celebrating their 30th Anniversary
Saturday, Feb. 28th at 7:15 pm ... also
Sunday, March 1st at 3:00 pm

Rev. Grover Mosley is the pastor of the church
(601) 482-5138
(601) 693-0503
(601) 917-6190



(EMBDC) Fall 2014 Head of the Class award recipients

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Meridian, MS - The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation (EMBDC) recently awarded its Fall 2014 Head of the Class award recipients. In an effort to promote the vocational and technical programs offered in the public schools in Meridian and Lauderdale County, the EMBDC recognizes students enrolled in these programs. Each semester, the schools are asked to submit the name of two students to be recognized as Head of the Class. One award is given for the career and technical student with the highest overall achievement, and one award is given for the career and technical student who shows the most improvement in grades, skill performance, and/or attitude.

The Head of the Class recipients were selected by the East Mississippi Business Development Education Committee. The EMBDC and the Education Committee are committed to partnering with our local city and county schools. Debbie Mathis, who oversees the education programs at the EMBDC, said “recognizing our top career and technical students each semester is an honor for the EMBDC. These students are planning for their careers now and will, one day, be an great asset to our local workforce.”

The recipients from each school were as follows:

Ross Collins/Meridian High School
Highest Overall Achievement: Emilia Calderon – Teacher Academy
Most Improved: Shaomari Cole – Collision Repair

Clarkdale High School
Highest Overall Achievement: Joshua Redmond – Health Science II
Most Improved: Shauna Donaldson – Health Science II

Northeast High School
Highest Overall Achievement: Darren Kentfield – Career Pathway Experience
Most Improved: Kayla Wallace – Career Pathway Experience

Southeast High School
Highest Overall Achievement: Kara Jones – Marketing
Most Improved: Jordan Tanner – Marketing

West Lauderdale
Highest Overall Achievement: Lacy Billings – Health Science & Clinical Pathways
Most Improved: Yaretzi Pina – Health Science Core

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 Null 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