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Mayor's Cup Golf Tournament June 25, 2016 Lakeview Golf Course

Lakeview Golf Course
Mayor's Cup Golf Tournament June 25, 2016 Lakeview Golf Course. Tee time 9am

Three person scramble $120.00 per team. Corporate Sponsor $150.00 includes (3) players and a hold sign

James Dillard 601 692 3922




The Ribbon Cutting for SuperTalk MS has been postponed.

SuperTalk MS 613 22nd Ave. Meridian, MS
The Ribbon Cutting for SuperTalk MS has been postponed.

Casey Holladay
Events Coordinator
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation

1901 Front Street, Suite A
Meridian, MS 39301

601-693-1306
601-693-5638
www.embdc.org




36th Year - Pastoral Anniversary

Center Ridge Baptist Church Shubuta, MS
36th Year - Pastoral Anniversary of Rev. Lorenzo Carter.
May 15th at 11:00 am
Guest Speaker: Rev. Everett Heidelberg, pastor of the
White Stone Baptist Church in Lawrence, MS
(601) 776-3649




EMBDC - Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Events

Dixie Supply
Ribbon Cutting
7730 Hwy 45 N
Tuesday, May 10th
10:30 a.m.

Young Professionals Beignet Breakfast
Temple Theater front steps
Friday, May 13th
7:00 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Mitchell Distributing
Business After Hours
100 49th Ave.
Thursday, May 26th
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Leadership Lauderdale Graduation
MSU Riley Center
Thursday, June 9th
8:00 a.m.




How to Appeal a FEMA Decision

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How to Appeal a FEMA Decision
RIDGELAND, Miss. – Some survivors, who registered for federal disaster assistance after the March storms and flooding, may have received a letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that says they are ineligible. However, the reason for the decision may be something that can be easily fixed, such as providing insurance documents or new contact information.
Applicants can appeal any FEMA decision.
The first step is to look at the specific reason the letter was sent. If it isn’t clear, or more information is needed, a specialist at the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711, video relay service) can help. TTY users can call 800-462-7585. The toll-free lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Information is also available online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
Appeals must be made in writing and sent by mail or fax to FEMA within 60 days of receiving the letter.
Mail appeals to:
FEMA National Processing Service Center P.O. Box 10055 Hyattsville, MD 20782-8055
Appeals and documents can be faxed to 800-827-8112.
Information on how and where to file an appeal is included with the letters and in the "Help After a Disaster" booklet, which can be downloaded at FEMA.gov/help-after-disaster.




2016 Spring Commencement exercises

MSU Riley Center
2016 Spring Commencement exercises this Friday, May 6 at 11 am in the MSU Riley Center.

9:30 am (May 6) Students arrive

10:15 – group photo in Charles Young Exhibit Hall

10:30 – line up on 2nd floor of Riley Center


The first of eight Kinesiology students will be the first to walk across the stage at the MSU Riley Center having earned their kinesiology degree at MSU-Meridian. The Kinesiology program with a clinical exercise physiology concentration was first offered in Meridian in the fall of 2014 and due to the generosity of The Riley Foundation, moved into its new state-of-the-art home, the former Kress building in downtown Meridian, in January 2016.
Students are: Brandon Ward (Meridian), Trevor Ayllon (Newton) Holly Stevens (Philadelphia), Meghan McPherson (Union), Cody Lewis (Meridian); NeyJimmy Rodriguez (Meridian), Alex Weir (Philadelphia), and Matthew Griffin (Union).

Also first two graduates in the Bachelor of Applied Technology program will be graduating as well. Addison Swink, Meridian (member of the 186th ANG Air Refueling Wing and Antonio Deshawn Brown of Marion.


Four outstanding graduates for 2015-16 will be among the 110 candidates to walk across the stage during Mississippi State University-Meridian’s spring commencement Friday [May 6] at the MSU Riley Center.

Newton resident Rayanne Craven will be recognized as Outstanding Undergraduate from the division of Arts and Sciences. A member of Phi Theta Kappa at East Central Community College and a recipient of the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Meridian Scholarship at MSU-Meridian, Craven earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology.

Brazilian native Luiza Dos Santos Dobbins will be recognized as Outstanding Undergraduate from the division of Business. A member of the Honors College and Phi Theta Kappa at Meridian Community College and a Riley Scholar at MSU-Meridian, Dobbins earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting.
Tyler Vick of Collinsville will be recognized as Outstanding Undergraduate from the division of Education. Vick transferred to MSU-Meridian from Meridian Community College where he was a member of Phi Theta Kappa national honor society. An honors student at MSU-Meridian he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education.

Suzanne Porter Stokes will be recognized as Outstanding Graduate student from the division of Education. A resident of Ocean Springs, Stokes earned a Master of Science in School Counseling from MSU-Meridian and her undergraduate degree in Communications from MSU Starkville.

Lisa Sollie
Project Coordinator
Office of Public Affairs
601.484.0113 (office)
601.484.0339 (fax)
lsollie@meridian.msstate.edu




Fourth annual Chunky River Raft Race & Festival

Chunky Shoals Fish Camp ... on the Chunky River
CHUNKY, MISS. - Chunky Shoals Fish Camp will be hosting the fourth annual Chunky River Raft Race &
Festival on Saturday, June 4 on the Chunky River at 10:00 a.m.
Many events will be held including a 5K charity float, rubber duck race, festival auction and the river raft
race. With this year’s theme of Rafting Rocks, the day will be filled with fun and fellowship for the whole
family. In addition to the events on the river, there will be other activities for families to enjoy such as the
kid’s zone, arts and crafts, and live music.
“With the support of our sponsors, we are proud to once again host the Chunky River Raft Race & Festival
with the first ever Chunky River 5K Race for charity benefitting Alzheimer’s Mississippi and The Wounded
Warrior Project,” said Rick Lewis, co-owner of the Chunky Shoals Fish Camp.
The Chunky River Raft Race & Festival will begin at the Chunky Shoals Fish Camp and end at Point Road
Landing due to the Tatum Landing in Chunky being closed. The float is approximately three miles, and,
depending on the paddler and water levels, will take one to three hours.
The Chunky River Raft Race & Festival mission statement is to promote outdoor family fun in their natural
environment setting. The goal is to raise awareness for the environment and local watershed while promoting
two great charities - The Alzheimer’s Association and the Wounded Warrior Project.
In the last three years, the Chunky River Raft Race & Festival raised over $8,000 for local non-profit organizations.
This year, a goal of $8,000 in donations has been placed to be raised from the raft race, 5K river
race for charity, rubber duck race for the Wounded Warrior Project, festival auction for the Alzheimer’s Association
and promotional item sales.
A grand prize trophy of $200 will be awarded to the most creative and innovative raft. First, second, and third
place trophies will be awarded for each class - kayak, canoe, and raft.
The Chunky River Raft Race & Festival is proud to support local first responders such as Lauderdale and
Newton and Clarke County Emergency Management Agencies, Volunteer Fire Departments, and Volunteer
First Responders.
“This year, we are hosting a tri-county multi-agency first responder training effort during the raft race,” Lewis
said. “These are the men and women that we never see until disaster happens. Training and cooperation
between agencies will enhance the public safety when disaster hits.”
The 5K river race will begin at 10:30 a.m., and all proceeds will go to participants’ charity of choice, Alzheimer’s
Association or Wounded Warrior Project.
The mission of the Alzheimer’s Mississippi is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of
research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia
Chunky Shoals Fish Camp to Host Fourth Annual Chunky River Raft Race & Festival
through the promotion of brain health.
Alzheimer’s Mississippi, Inc. provides care and support for Mississippians affected by Alzheimer’s disease
while advancing statewide research in pursuit of a cure. We provide vital services and support to individuals,
caregivers, and families in all 82 counties in Mississippi. For more information on Alzheimer’s disease, visit
www.alzms.org.
The profits from the rubber duck race as well as part of the 5K river race will benefit the Wounded Warrior
Project whose vision is to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wouded service members
in our nation’s history.
The purpose of the Wounded Warrior Project is to raise awareness and to help with the needs of injured
service members. Thanks to the support of people who donate to the cause, 100,000 warriors and their
families will be served. For more information on the Wounded Warrior Project, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.
org.
“We want to thank our sponsors, customers and the community for their continued support,” Lewis said.
“Without the support of local business, we would not be able to give back to the community.”
Premier sponsors for the Chunky River Raft Race & Festival include Bank Plus, Magnolia Beverage Company,
and WTOK-TV.
“We want to make this the most successful event ever and show support for these great charities as well as
respecting our environment and recognizing the first responders,” Lewis said. “We are passionate about
each of these organizations and what they represent.”
For more information on the Chunky River Raft Race & Festival, visit www.chunkyshoalsfishcamp.com, or
call 601.655.8311

Contact: Rick Lewis
601.655.8311



Kids Wish Network’s Holiday of Hope On Tour, a groundbreaking

North Sumter Junior High School in Panola, Alabama
WHAT: Children’s charity Kids Wish Network and Sumter County, Alabama, unite to bring joy to local
children in need through Kids Wish Network’s Holiday of Hope On Tour, a groundbreaking
program designed especially to help at-risk children facing life-altering challenges such as abuse,
neglect, illnesses, homelessness or poverty.
ABOUT THE EVENT:
Kids Wish Network’s Holiday of Hope On Tour will arrive in Sumter County with a truck filled to
the brim with more than $300,000 worth of new toys, school supplies, baby items and other
necessities. During a day of festivities, these necessities will be placed by local law enforcement,
firefighters and other county officials directly into the hands of 2,000 at-risk children affected by the
02/10/2016 tornado in the Aliceville area and facing life-altering situations. In addition to bringing
smiles to the faces of deserving local children, this event will foster better relationships between the
kids, their families and their community. Letting these families know that the Sumter County officials
truly care will make a positive impact on their relationships in the future.
WHO: Kids Wish Network, County Commissioner Drucilla Jackson; Panola Outreach Coordinator Lovie
Parks; Sumter County Sheriff Department; volunteers; and 2,000 local children and their families will
be in attendance.
WHEN: Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The opening ceremony will begin at 9:45 a.m.
WHERE: North Sumter Junior High School in Panola, Alabama
GPS ADDRESS:
3835 Panola Parkway
ALICEVILLE, AL 35442
SPONSORS: Sumter Co. Board of Commissioners, Commissioner Drucilla Jackson, Panola Outreach Coordinator
Lovie Parks, Sumter Co. Schools, Sumter Co. Sheriff Department, Am Star Emergency Medical Service, Sheriff Tyrone
Clark, The Lodge at Cameron’s Quail Preserve, Chemical Waste Management, Supt. Dr., Tyrone Yarbrough, Principal
Melissa Woods , Coca Cola Bottling Company, McInnis Mortuary, Sumter Co. Opportunity, Inc., Zion Valley Missionary
Baptist Church, Greater Salem A. M. E. Zion , St. John Baptist Church, Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Panola Church of
God, St. Paul A. M. E. Zion, Galilee Baptist Church, Mt. Tabor Baptist Church, Panola United Methodist Church, Rome
C. M. E. Church, Cluster Baptist Church, Hardaway's Funeral Services, Pizza Hut Livingston, Sumter Co. Dept. of
Human Resources, U. of West Alabama Outreach Program, Sumter Co. Board of Education, Sumter Co. Retired Teachers
Association, Sumter Co. Record Journal, North Sumter Day Care Center, Inc. , The Salvation Army, and Alabama
Cooperative Extension System.
ABOUT KIDS WISH NETWORK:
Kids Wish Network is a national charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy
memories, and improving the quality of life for children facing life-altering circumstances. For more
information on Kids Wish Network, visit us at www.kidswishnetwork.org.

Every child deserves a chance at happiness; a wish is a way of bringing them that joy. If you would like to sponsor a child’s wish or if
you know a child who is suffering from a life-threatening illness and may be in need of Kids Wish Network’s wish-granting services,




Beignet Breakfast

Temple Theatre

9th Annual Beignet Breakfast
The Young Professionals of Meridian will have their annual beignet breakfast on Friday, May 13th from 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
at the Temple Theatre

(601) 693-2139


JCJC holds two Spring Commencement Ceremonies ...

Jones County Junior College
JCJC holds two Spring Commencement Ceremonies with Wyatt Moulds as keynote speaker

ELLISVILLE - Jones County Junior College will be holding two Spring Commencement Ceremonies on Friday, May 13, at 10 a.m. for students whose names begin with the letters “A” though “L” in the A.B. Howard/Bobcat Gymnasium. The second ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. for those students whose last names begin with letters “M” through “Z.” Both ceremonies will also be live-streamed on the JCJC web page, http://www.jcjc.edu/.

About 623 of the more than 732 students eligible to graduate with either, an Associate in Arts degree, Associate in Applied Science degree, or a Vocational Certificate have chosen to participate in the ceremonies. About 300 students will participate in each of the ceremonies.

For the first time in recent history, a Jones County Junior College faculty member will be the keynote speaker. Wyatt Moulds is a 1972 graduate of Heidelberg High School, earning his Associate of Arts degree from Jones County Junior College, and both his Bachelors of Science and his Masters of Science degrees in history from the University of Southern Mississippi. Additionally, he has completed advanced studies in history and political science at the University of Southern Mississippi.
For 42-years, Moulds has taught history in Mississippi’s public schools with the last 34-years teaching at Jones County Junior College. The native of Jasper County has served as chairman of JCJC’s Social Science Division until his retirement in 2009. Ironically, Moulds has continued to teach a full-load of classes on an adjunct basis at JCJC during his “retirement.”
Mr. Moulds has also found time, since 2006 to serve as a consultant to Hollywood film director Gary Ross. His research of various topics will be included in the upcoming movie, “The Free State of Jones” which features a notorious Civil War rebel and relative of Moulds.
His address to the graduates is titled, “The Importance of Being on the Right Side of History.” Moulds explained, “I hope students will learn from my speech, that sometimes you have to make unpopular decisions to move civilization forward and I hope they will lead because that will be their responsibility to do so!”
Wyatt has been married to the former Faye Evans of Pachuta, Mississippi, for 42 years after meeting while in school at JCJC. They have two children, Zachary and Erin Moulds, who are also both JCJC graduates.

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




EMBDC - Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Events

Trustmark Ribbon Cutting
700 23rd Ave.
Tuesday, May 3rd
3:30 p.m.

Mississippi Scholars & TechMasters Awards Reception
MCC Tommy Dulaney Multi-Purpose Building
Wednesday, May 4th
6:00 p.m.

SuperTalk Mississippi
Ribbon Cutting
613 22nd Ave.
Thursday, May 5th
10:30 a.m.

Dixie Building Supply
Ribbon Cutting
7730 Hwy 45 N
Tuesday, May 10th
10:30 a.m.

Mitchell Distributing
Business After Hours
100 49th Ave.
Thursday, May 26th
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m




Sumter Welcome Center ... Alabama Welcome Center Tourism Celebration

Sumter Welcome Center Instate 59 North and 20 East Cuba, Al 36907
The Sumter Welcome Center Staff invites you to attend our Alabama Welcome Center Tourism Celebration Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 10:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m. Make ”Sweet Home Alabama” your vacation destination this year By “Taking a Road Trip” in Alabama with family and friends.

The Theme for this year is “The Year of Alabama Makers”.
Sumter Welcome Center Business Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


205-392-5443


205-392-5443



City of Meridian announces temporary closing of Bonita Lakes Walking Trail ...

lower lake walking trail at Bonita Lakes
City of Meridian announces temporary closing of Bonita Lakes Walking Trail
May 2, 2016 (Meridian) – The lower lake walking trail at Bonita Lakes will be temporarily closed beginning Wednesday, May 4, 2016, until further notice. City of Meridian officials will be making needed repairs to the walking track. Notifications will be sent out once the track is reopened for public use.

For more information please contact:

Laura Carmichael
Cultural Affairs

City of Meridian
601 24th Avenue
Meridian, MS 39302-1430
Office: 601-485-1944
Cell: 601-480-2614

lauracarmichael@meridianms.org
www.meridian.org




Mt. Gilead Baptist Church - Homecoming

Mt. Gilead Baptist Church 3456 KOA Campground Road Meridian, MS
Homecoming ...
Bro. Dennis Dunn will be the guest speaker.
Dinner on the Grounds to follow.

Dr. Marcus Finch is the pastor of the church
(601) 632-4752



Community Wide Baccalaureate Service

New Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church Old Hwy 45 Loop Rd. Waynesboro, MS
The New Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church will host "A Community Wide Baccalaureate Service " on Sunday, May 15, 2016 during the regular 11:00AM Morning Worship Service. All Graduates will be recognized and are urged to bring their caps and gowns. Also, all youth who achieved honor roll for the 2015-2016 school year will be recognized. All youth are invited to attend and participate. A reception will follow the service.
Rev. Ecclesiastes Goodwin
Pastor

601-938-8903
newpilgrimchurch@gmail.com



SuperTalk Mississippi Meridian 103.3fm invites you to our Ribbon Cutting

WZKR 103.3fm 613 22nd Avenue - corner of 8th street and 22nd Avenue. Meridian, MS
SuperTalk Mississippi Meridian 103.3fm invites you to our Ribbon Cutting at our new station location; 613 22nd Avenue, this Thursday, May 5th at 10:30am
It is at the corner of 8th street and 22nd Avenue.

Wanda Russell
General Manager
WZKR 103.3fm Meridian, MS
Station: 601-693-1103
Cell: 601-616-4565
wharrison@telesouth.com




Mothers' Day Program

New Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church Old Hwy 45 Loop Rd. Waynesboro, MS
The New Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church will recognize all Mothers for Mothers Day on Sunday, May 8, 2016 during the 11:00 AM Morning Worship Service. Everyone is invited to attend.
Rev. Ecclesiastes Goodwin
Pastor


601-938-8903
newpilgrimchurch@gmail.com



Wayne Henson to give MSU-Meridian commencement address

MSU Riley Center for Performing Arts and Education
Wayne Henson to give MSU-Meridian commencement address


MERIDIAN, Miss.—Wayne Henson, East Mississippi Electric Power Association’s CEO, will be the spring 2016 graduation speaker for Mississippi State University-Meridian.
The May 6 commencement program begins at 11 a.m. at the MSU Riley Center for Performing Arts and Education. Some 110 students are candidates for degrees.
A Kemper County native and longtime Clarke County resident, Henson graduated from Zack Huggins High School in Quitman. He went on to Mississippi State University, where he earned an electrical engineering degree in 1974.
During a more than four-decade-long EMEPA career, he has been CEO for the past 11 years. Along the way, he held positions of planning engineer, assistant director of engineering, assistant manager, director of system support services and general manager. He also owns Meridian-based Engineering Support Services LLC.
Henson is a National Society of Professional Engineers member who has represented Mississippi on its governing board. He also has led the Mississippi Engineering Society.
Henson also serves on numerous boards including The Riley Foundation, East Mississippi Business Development Corp., Southeastern Federal Power Customers, Electric Power Associations of Mississippi, and is a former chairman of the board of the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association.
Henson and wife LaNeta are the parents of two children, Brian and Joy, and have two grandchildren. The couple attends Union Baptist Church in Clarke County, where Wayne leads a Sunday School class and serves as a deacon.
For more about MSU-Meridian, visit www.meridian.msstate.edu.
MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

Office of Public Affairs
MSU-Meridian News Bureau 601-484-0113
Contact: Lisa Sollie
lsollie@meridian.msstate.edu



Center Ridge Baptist Church May 2016 Announcements

Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS ALSO Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Collinsville, ms
Center Ridge Baptist Church May 2016 Announcements


Tuesday Teaching in the Word
May 3 & 17, 2016
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Collinsville, MS, will be hosting, “Tuesday Teaching in the Word," on Tuesday , May 3 & 17, 2016 @ 7:00 pm. For more information call (601) 776-3649. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.


Wonderful Word Explosion
May 4, 11, 18, & 25, 2016
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting, “Wonderful Word Explosion ,”on Wednesdays, May 4, 11, 18, & 25, 2016 @ 7:00 pm. For more information call (601) 776-3649. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.
Mother's Day Program
May 8, 2016
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Collinsville, MS, will be hosting, “Mother's Day Program," on Sunday, May 8, 2016 @ 11:00 am. For more information call (601) 776-3649. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.


Pastors' 36th Year Anniversary
May 15, 2016
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Collinsville, MS, will be hosting, “Pastors' 36th Year Anniversary," on Sunday, May 15, 2016 @ 11:00 am. Guest Speaker will be, Apostle Everett, Pastor of White Stone Baptist Church, in Lawrence, MS. For more information call (601) 776-3649. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.

New Foundation Theological Seminary Spring Commencement Exercise
May 21, 2016
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting, “New Foundation Theological Seminary Spring Commencement Exercise, "Saturday, May 21, 2016, @ 10:00 am. For more information call (601) 776-3649. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.




The 63rd Annual Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival ...

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The 63rd Annual Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival
Meridian City Hall Green - May 6th and May 7th


Tuesday, May 3rd, 5:30 p.m. Industrial Heritage Museum(Soule’} Volunteer Orientation
Thursday, May 5th, Meridian Little Theatre, Highway 39, Mississippi Premier of “Jimmie Rodgers: America’s Blue Yodeler” The play will also be presented May 6,7,9,10 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, May 8th at 2:00 p.m.,
Friday, May 6th 5:00 p.m. Meridian City Hall Green JRMF OPENS Music from 6-10 featuring Cedric Burnside, The Marcus King Band and Blackberry Smoke
Saturday, May 7, 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. MSU Riley Center Music Symposium featuring Merle Haggard Remembers Jimmie with Frank Mull and Paul Burch, Meridian Rising
Saturday, May 7, 12:00 Gates open Meridian City Hall Green
Saturday, May 7, 1:00 p.m. Jimmie Rodgers Talent Final Competition
Saturday, May 7, 2:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Great musical lineup featuring Big Sandy and The Fly Rite Boys, James McMurtry, Elizabeth Cook, Keller Williams, The Lone Bellow, Billie Joe Shaver,and Grammy winner Lucinda Williams.

Betty Lou Jones, President
The Jimmie Rodgers Foundation
bebestuartjones@comcast.net
601-917-4344



Active Shooting Situation ... Seminar

Demopolis Police Dept. 301 Washington Street Demopolis, AL
A seminar on an active shooting situation will take place May 25th
at the Demopolis Police Dept. from 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Free to all area business owners ...
Find out what to do .....
ALERT
LOCKDOWN
INFORM
COUNTER
EVACUATE



Register on-line WWW.DEMOPD.ORG UNDER THE SUPPORT SERVICE DIVISION/TRAINING


ECCC Hall of Fame, Annual Award Winners Recognized

East Central Community College in Decatur
ECCC Hall of Fame, Annual Award Winners Recognized
Recipients of Hall of Fame and other honors were recognized during the annual Awards Day program held April 28, 2016, at East Central Community College in Decatur.
Selection to the Hall of Fame is considered the highest honor a student can receive at the college, according to Dr. Billy Stewart, ECCC president, who presented the awards.
“To be considered for the prestigious honor,” Dr. Stewart said, “students must demonstrate exemplary character, superior scholarship, worthy leadership and contribute to the betterment of East Central Community College.”
Hall of Fame inductees for 2016 include: Louise Berryhill of Union, Anthony Emmons of Lake, Hannah Mitchell of Lawrence, Benjamin Pace and Devin Skinner, both of Philadelphia, and Kaylee Yates of Decatur.

Berryhill is a graduate of Newton County High School and the daughter of Richard and Paula Berryhill of Union.
She was selected for Who’s Who Among Students in American Community/Junior Colleges and received the L.B. Simmons History Award, Conrad Barnes Math and Science Scholarship and Lucille Wood Scholarship.
She serves as vice president of fellowship for Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society and is a drum major for the Wall O’ Sound Marching Band. She is a member of the President’s Council, Sigma Sigma Mu Tau, Concert Choir, Voce vocal ensemble and Catholic Campus Ministries.
Those nominating her wrote, “Louise Berryhill is one of the hardest workers and brightest, most intelligent students on this campus. She excels in all that she does, classes and otherwise. She is involved in many activities and is usually a major part of those activities. She has the most spirit, ambition, and intelligence of any person I know. I cannot think of any one other student who would embody a Hall of Fame student any better than her.”
Emmons is a graduate of Lake High School and the son of Tim and Kathy Emmons of Lake.
He was named to the Phi Theta Kappa All-Mississippi Academic Team and Who’s Who Among Students in American Community/Junior Colleges. He received the R.O. and Bertha Hannah Scholarship and the Tony Dobbs Memorial Golf Scholarship, as well as valedictorian, STAR Student, ACT, band and choir scholarships.
He serves as vice president of Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society, treasurer of Warrior Corps, French horn section leader for the Wall O’ Sound Marching Band, tenor section leader for the Concert Choir, and is a member of the Pep Band, EC Encore Players, “Wo-He-Lo” yearbook staff and Student Education Association.
Those nominating him wrote, “Anthony Emmons is a strong representation of East Central Community College and its vision. Through various leadership roles and several educational opportunities, he always strives to be the best that he can be. Instead of working on just himself, he also helps others to strive to do the same. ... His kindness and motivation allow him to better anything around him. … He is a truly exceptional student and an even more exceptional human being. …”
Mitchell is a graduate of Newton County High School and the granddaughter of Earnest and Patty Sue Gibbs of Lawrence. She is the daughter of the late Dedria Mitchell.
She was selected for Who’s Who Among Students in American Community/Junior Colleges and received the La-Z-Boy Scholarship and John Lambert Neill Memorial Scholarship. She was also awarded scholarships for ACT, choir and band.
She serves as vice president of leadership for Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society, trombone section leader for the Wall O’ Sound Marching Band, alto section leader for the concert choir, head media technician for the Collegians rock and roll band, and is a member of the EC Encore Players, Voce vocal ensemble, Sigma Sigma Mu Tau, Jazz Band and Can Bangers percussion ensemble.
Those nominating her wrote, “Hannah Mitchell lives up to the standard of Excellence with Class. … She has made her mark on East Central by her numerous leadership positions she has earned. … Her mind is set to achieve goals, no matter the obstacle. She excels in her academics and extracurricular activities. She has helped many people by helping them understand things that seem confusing in class. She is willing to help those in need, which speaks for her character.”
Pace is a graduate of Neshoba Central High School and the son of Derek and Patty Pace of Philadelphia.
He was selected to the Phi Theta Kappa All-Mississippi Academic First Team, HEADWAE Student of the Year and was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Community/Junior Colleges. He received the Aaron Ronald Davis Memorial Scholarship, Ben Myers Memorial Scholarship, Classes of 1957, 1958 and 1959 Scholarship and the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship. In addition, he received awards in both state and national competition for Phi Beta Lambda.
He serves as president of Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society, president of the President’s Council, co-president of Warrior Corps, and is a member of Concert Choir, Theta Chi Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, Sigma Sigma Mu Tau, Students Against Destructive Decisions and the Baptist Student Union.
Those nominating him wrote, “Ben Pace is an ECCC Warrior through and through. He strives for perfection in all that he does and it is evident in his accomplishments both academically and in the extracurricular activities that he is involved in. … Ben is very unassuming and his hard work and dedication in everything he attempts sets him apart from other students. … Ben is one of the finest students I have had the opportunity to work with at ECCC.”
Skinner is a graduate of Neshoba Central High School and the son of Scott and Angie Skinner of Philadelphia.
He was selected for Who’s Who Among Students in American Community/Junior Colleges. He received the freshman engineering award and the Ben Myers Memorial Scholarship. He was also selected a freshman and sophomore class favorite.
He serves as president of Alpha Alpha Epsilon engineering club, vice president of the sophomore class, co-captain of the tennis team, co-president of the Baptist Student Union and a leader for the BSU drama team. He is a member of Theta Chi Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, Warrior Corps, President’s Council and Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society.
Those nominating him wrote, “Devin Skinner is a person of great quality and substance. … He treats everyone who he meets with friendliness and he does not ever seem to meet a stranger. … Devin is very committed to doing the best that he can in the classroom because he knows that his studies are one of the keys to fulfilling his dreams. … By holding leadership positions in several organizations on campus, he strives to lead and be a positive example in the lives of others on campus. … ”
Yates is the daughter of Karen Robertson of Decatur and the late Mickey Yates.
She was selected for Who’s Who Among Students in American Community/Junior Colleges. She received the Leon Eubanks KALJYC-Peers Scholarship and the Bonnie P. Saxton Scholarship. She was also selected a freshman class favorite and a sophomore Homecoming maid.
She serves as president of the Student Body Association, co-president of the Baptist Student Union, vice president of the President’s Council and is a member of Concert Choir, Centralettes dance line, Theta Chi Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, Warrior Corps, Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society and the “Wo-He-Lo” yearbook staff. In addition, she served as vice president of her freshman class.
Those nominating her wrote, “ … I can think of no one who has been more involved and more dedicated to East Central Community College than Kaylee Yates. Not only has she been a fully involved and committed member of numerous campus clubs and organizations, she has also put every effort into maintaining a high GPA with plans to finish her degree and attend physical therapy school. I have no doubt that whatever Kaylee does in her future, she will not only make her alma mater proud, but she will be a loyal alumna as well. … ”
Additional honors presented during Awards Day include the following:
Career award recipients include Josh Crutcher of Sebastopol, residential carpentry; Christina McKinnion of Noxapater, cosmetology and Career Student of the Year; and Tristan Clay Willis and Tina Vaughn, both recipients of the Welding & Cutting "Taylor Cup.”
Technical awards were presented to Jordon Prisock of Louisville, collision repair technology; Jacob Robinson of Meridian, automotive technology; Malinda Harris of Newton and Sharon Bout of Decatur, co-recipients of early childhood education technology; Alan Graham of Forest, electrical technology; Jay Riser of Forest, heating and air conditioning technology; Tamara Boydstun of Louisville, culinary arts technology; Karen Cleveland of Decatur, hotel and restaurant management technology; Bay White of Sturgis and Samuel Kelly of Union, manufacturing and machining technology; Caleb Terry of Newton, network support technology; and Laren Copeland of Walnut Grove, Technical Student of the Year.
Recipients of healthcare education awards include Kelsey Porter of Morton, associate degree nursing Outstanding Achievement; Shantel Body of Newton, practical nursing; and Michael Eichelberger of Conehatta, paramedic technology.
Those receiving special awards were Ben Pace of Philadelphia, Citizenship Award and Dr. Margaret Mosal for Leadership Scholarship; Kaitlyn Ware of Lake, Ann Burkes Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship; Aaron Scoggin of Lawrence, Alford J. Deaton Physics Award; Louise Berryhill of Union, Richard Fisher Organic Chemistry Award; Erica Myers of Philadelphia and John Thames of Decatur, co-recipients, East Central Environmental Club Award; Anna Claire Housley of Morton, Astronomy Club Award; Randy Phillips of Jackson, Anthony Coleman Men’s Basketball Award; Kellen Clark of Chunky and Brittany Rasco of Pascagoula, co-recipients, Roy Pete Award for Soccer; Sarah Laird of Meridian, ECCC Concert Choir Award; Kirk Griffin of Union, EC Encore Players Award; Chris Kelley of Newton, ECCC Gospel Choir Award; Charlie Wilcher of Carthage, S. Lebrun Hutchinson Engineering Scholarship; Blake Fortenberry of Forest, Freshman Mathematics Award; Megan Parrish of Pascagoula, Sophomore Mathematics Award; Bruce Hedrick of Newton, Secondary Education Award; Emily Beckham of Philadelphia, Myrtle R. Hutchison Elementary Education Award; Memry Thompson of Morton, Mississippi Business Educators Association Award; Ben Pace, Caleb Brown, CrisAnn Bryan and Katie Hillman, all of Philadelphia, and Madelon Taylor of Louisville, all recipients of Phi Beta Lambda Hall of Fame; Chaney Mills of Hickory, Alyne Simmons Recruitment Grant; Madelon Taylor of Louisville and Hannah May of Little Rock, co-recipients of “The Tom-Tom” Award; and Katie McCool of Louisville, Lucille Wood Scholarship.
Alumni Memorial Awards were presented to Michael Whitlock of Philadelphia, Billy Wayne Baucum Secondary Education Award; John Creekmore of Noxapater, W.A. Coursey, Jr. Engineering Award; Kellen Clark of Chunky, Danny Ray Killens Engineering Award; Scott Main of Meridian, Ruth Carr-Vincent Academic Award for Excellence in Non-Traditional Education; Jacob McNeil of Louin, Alatha Chaney English Award; Paxton Holmes of Morton, Sara Carr Deaton Business Technology Award; Sarah Laird of Meridian, Sue Yarbrough Fulgham Speech Award; Kellen Clark of Chunky, Arno Vincent Award for Academic Excellence in Athletics; Corey Hilliard of Ocean Springs, William S. Giffin Men’s Intramural Award; Johnta’ Hughes of Hattiesburg, Earline Wood Memorial Award for Women’s Basketball; Blaze Gibbs of Brandon, Homer F. Hunter Athletic Managers Award; Jesse Hosket of French Camp, Andrew F. Webb Football Award; Ravion Henry of Carthage, Howard Sessums Men’s Basketball Award; Ben Pace of Philadelphia, Jack B. Mayo Phi Theta Kappa Award; and Samm Thompson of Decatur, Dr. Edwin Miller Medical Services Award.
Faculty Memorial Awards were presented to Katie McCool of Louisville, Aaron R. Davis Memorial Scholarship; Weiying Wang of Noxapater, Frank Edwin & Nena Holt Leatherwood Biology Science Award; Katie McCool of Louisville, Dr. Shelby L. Harris Memorial Scholarship; Carly Dickerson of Louisville, J. Wallace Bedwell Business Award; Lindsey Ayllon of Newton, Frank M. Cross Freshman Chemistry Award; Gage Leifried of Meridian, J. Andy Miller Freshman Engineering Award; Lauren Copeland of Walnut Grove, O.L. Newell Drafting Award; Alisha Tamara Savell of Philadelphia, Charles E. Pennington Business Technology Award; Anastasia Crout of Lake, Robert G. Fick Memorial Scholarship; Lillian Shuler of Carthage, Ruth Hull Memorial Wo-He-Lo Award; Matt Mitchell of Lake, Jamie Clark Memorial Baseball Award; Makenzie Byrd of Sebastopol, Leon Eubanks Kaljyc-Peers Leadership Award; Pashien Kelley-Johnson of Diamondhead, L.B. Simmons History Award; Amanda Creekmore of Newton, Thomas W. Thrash Memorial Scholarship; and Khalil Triplett of Philadelphia, General William Patrick Wilson Academic Scholarship.




ECCC Graduation Scheduled May 6 at Neshoba County Coliseum

Neshoba County Coliseum in Philadelphia
ECCC Graduation Scheduled May 6 at Neshoba County Coliseum
East Central Community College President Dr. Billy Stewart said the college could have another record graduating class, with more than 600 students applying to graduate May 6 when the institution holds its 87th Commencement beginning at 6 p.m. in the Neshoba County Coliseum in Philadelphia.
East Central had its largest graduating class in history in May 2015 when 568 students received diplomas or certificates.
Dr. Stewart said that the final number of graduates will be determined after all applications for graduation are reviewed and final grades for the spring 2016 semester are posted.
Included in the total are those who completed degree requirements following the 2016 spring and the 2015 summer and fall terms, according to Dr. Teresa Houston, vice president for instruction.
Those participating in the program include graduating sophomores Pashien Kelley-Johnson of Diamondhead, who will give the invocation; Benjamin Pace of Philadelphia, commencement speaker; and Elias Jimmie of Choctaw, benediction. Presenting the musical selection “You’ll Never Walk Alone/Climb Every Mountain” will be graduating sophomores Louise Berryhill and Kirk Griffin, both of Union, Taylor Lott of Forest, Hannah Mitchell of Lawrence, Ryan Mott and Kaylee Yates, both of Decatur; Madelon Taylor of Louisville, Anna Claire Webb of Noxapater, and Pace. Nina LaBlue of Conehatta will play the trumpet.
This year’s Commencement will also be available for viewing on live stream video by visiting ECCC’s website at www.eccc.edu.
Dr. Houston will present candidates for graduation and Dr. Stewart will award degrees and certificates to the following:
CANDIDATES FOR MAY GRADUATION
(by hometown)
BRANDON: Jacob Huff, Marcus T Johnson Jr. and Sarah Jennifer LaRochelle;
CARROLLTON: Patrick Knox Morrison;
CARTHAGE: Hunter Brown,Thomas Weston Brown, Joseph Burgess, Demetrius Shantez Clark, Chelsea RayJean Cleveland, Mia Coleman, Emily Delana Crane, Kristen Chipley Dowell, Ariel Claress Enoch, Philip Wayne Evans, Haley Ezelle, Taurus Gray, Jamari Green, Evangeline Turner Harvey, Ravion Xavior Henry, Keanu L. Hoye, Wesley Kyle Jelen, Shannon Keene, Tristen King, Austin Moss, Ryan Shayne Moss, Darnell Veshion Artez Myrick, Taylor Gene Nazary, Thomas Nazary, Joshua Peoples, Madie Pigg, Kaitlin Pittman, Candace Mae Reeves, Enoc Pablo Reynoso, Letecia M. Rome, Kayla Jean Searcy, Lillian Nichole Shuler, Jimmy Lee Tangle, Jr., Chloe Thaggard, Jessie McCleary Verry, Brandon Wilcher, Keely Lynn Wilcher, Corey Wilder and Delia Q. Wilder;
CHOCTAW: Latonya Denise Bell, Michael Keith Billie, Elias Braden Jimmie and Nashima Breann Thompson;
CHUNKY: Destinee Buckley, Joseph Kellen Clark, Kayla Kennedy, JoHannah Smith, Shala Smith, Christy D. Stewart;
CLARKSDALE: Euphrates Jiuawnique Jones;
CLINTON: Michael R. Davis;
COLDWATER: Lacey H. Field;
COLLINS: Peyton Lott;
COLLINSVILLE: Tommy L. Griffin, Leslie Kinney, Benjamin Derek Pace and Mason Grant Wooldridge;
CONEHATTA: Whitney Ann Billings, Tanner Davis, Courtney S. Johnson, Nina Gabriel LaBue, LaShayla McMillan, Caylin Loriann Nickey, Emily LeAnn Shoemake, Shawn Anthony Smith and Reagan Warren;
DECATUR: Colby W. Amis, Erick Keith Bishop, BriiAnna Bout, Sharon Bout, Faith Lauren Brown, Latoya Brown, Kaley Anne Bufkin, Quanzavious Trevon Caples, Leah Chandler, AnnaLea Marie Clarke, Antonio Curry, Brandon Davis, Haley Dawkins, Jason M. Forrest, Savannah Marie Glover, Lyndsey LJ Gooden, Hailey Nicole Mamrick, Rachael Havard, Kaitlyn Holmes, Mary-Grace Jones, Hamzeh Husam Khader, Alana R. Knowles, Lalah McMullan, Samuel James Mitchell, Regan Curtis Monk, William Ryan Mott, James Nathan Nance, Keion M. Peoples, Lindsey Savell, Chantelle D. Shelton, Stephen Stewart, John Abel Thames, Caleb Scott Vaughn, Katina Windham and Kaylee Elizabeth Yates;
DEKALB: Quantel Deaton;
DUCK HILL: George Brown Jr.;
EDWARDS: James Fitzgerald McGee;
ELLISVILLE: Lindsi DiAnn Coleman;
FLORENCE: Kayla B. Anderson and Durham Alexander Norman;
FOREST: Logan Cain Alford, William Arender, Jasmine Nicole Bobbitt, Acacia Brown, Kelsey Cox, Candice Brianna Crimm, Shanna Cromwell, Shaquille T. Evans, Katherine Fortenberry, Alan M. Graham, Calvin C. Harris, Lindsay Leann Hedge, Crystal Roxanna Hernandez, Lazaro Hernandez Jr., Ryan Scott Hill, Ryan Scott Hill, Stephanie Katrina Holifield, Shanetria Symone Ickom, Alexander Leon, Taylor Ryan Lott, Christain Mazique, Nicholas Dewitt Monk Jr., Adrianna Mosley, Constance N. Perkins, Chandler McLaurin Powell, Bryce Logan Power, Brittney Rachel Rawson, Casey Nichole Reed, David Reyes, Jay Riser, De'Angelo M. Shepherd, Peggy Wilkerson Sims, Tyler G. Sullivan and Trace Wade;
GULFPORT: Pashien Simone Kelley-Johnson and Carrissa Stevenson;
HARPERVILLE: Louis Tolbert, Jr.;
HATTIESBURG: Jamylia McLemore, Hunter Soileau, Samantha Rae Duncan, Mahalia Shane Gibson, Johnta' Dominique Hughes and Pilar D. Lyas;
HICKORY: Melanie Lorraine Brashier, Benjamin Tyler Brown, Peyton Cain, Kelly Leigh Chapman, Everett Fisher, Gary Levell Johnson Jr., Jace Allan Parker, Alexa Roberts, Nacole Pritchett Simmons,Tabitha Walker and Courtney Williams;
JACKSON: Kelly Buchanan, Koren R. Butler and Randy Poppa Phillips;
KOSCIUSKO: Roshumbria Nash;
LAKE: Taylor Bone, Elwando Brown, Rachel Ann Clay, Bryant Terry Crosby, Anthony Curtis Emmons, Emily Faith Emmons, Zachary Emmons, Whitney M. Fountain, Rico Wade Graydon Jr., Cody Welch Hollingsworth, Tallie Johnston, Shelby J. McGrew, Matthew Lucas Mitchell, Jasmine Moore, Melanie S. Moore, Kimbrianna Spivey, Allie Roxanne Turner, Danny E. Ware, Dalton Shea Wilson and Colby Scott Yarbrough;
LAMAR: Richenda L. Crutcher;
LAUREL: Courtney Harper and Ashley Leann Seals;
LAWRENCE: Carson Lyles Bounds, Daneisha S. Fulton, Hannah Grace Mitchell, Hanah Gilmer, Micah Kolby Tillman, James P. Travassos, Anthony D. Valentine, and Samuel Ryan Williams;
LENA: Blake Barnes, Shelly Dowell, Randell Brice Morgan, Mya Coceder Smith and Casaundra White Lena;
LITTLE ROCK: Duster J. Allgood, Christian Blum, Quenten Tyler Brown, Matthew D. Cress, Troy Gregory, Hannah Cathryn May, Elisha A. McDaniel, Kasey Marie Miller, Jessica Leighanne Powell and Kory Swift;
LOUIN: Jacob Blayne McNeil;
LOUISVILLE: Taylor Alexander, David Karl Boydstun, Tamara Boydstun, Dustin Burton, Tiara Faith Coleman, Kayla Covington, Ashley Burch Dickerson, Carly Denise Dickerson, Darius Dora, Lawanna L. Edwards, Laken Fulcher, Emily Logan Gregory, Kira Hardin, Joelie Fay Hill, Quanaeqa S. Hunt, Cody Glenn Johnson, Dylan Jones, Jamey Lea Kinard, John Calvin Lipsey, Michael Stephen Miller, Margaret LaRose Morris, Morgan Ashleigh Orr, Rebecca Rodman, Daphne Sanders, Chandlor Dale Swearingen, Madelon Dianne Taylor, D'Atra Chanteal Triplett, LaKendrick Vaughn and Channing Wall;
MACON: Reagan Dawn Fleming;
MAGEE: Addie Sarah Ambrosier and Cayla Emily Myers;
MERIDIAN: Shelby Lauren McKelvaine, Sharee Nickole Parrish-Parker, Samuel J. Robinson, Jamie Collie Mathis, Nikki Chenise Cole, Terrell Palmer and Miracle Rushing;
MORTON: Jennifer Argueta, Brittany Bryan, Hope Martine Craft, Skylar Davidson, Jayson Scott Dempsey, Evan Cooper Derrick, John Hill, Jimmy Wayne Jones Jr., Morgan Allane Jones, Mahari Kincaid, Wesley C. Mattix Jr., Zachary Ryan Moore, James O'Cain, Kayla Sudduth, Memry Estelle Thompson, Tina Marie Vaughn, Neely Anne Watford and Kelsey Faith Porter;
NEWTON: Catherine R. Arrington, Kadarias Buckley, Zack Hammons, Malinda Harris, Jelisa D. Hillie, Christopher Lance Kelley, Lamont David May, Zachary Alexander Munn, Trenea Pruitt, Miriam Ann Rivers, Charles Roebuck, Shannon St. Clair, Caleb C. Terry, Lisa Deshun Walker and Jennifer Marie Watkins;
NOXAPATER: Candace Barrett, Steven C. Curtis Jr., Hanna Hamilton, Ashley Nicole Hill, Sarah Johnson, Chase Jordan, Brooke Smith, Taylor Smith, Brady Thomas, Sara Dawn Thorne, Anna Claire Webb, Anna Katherine Wells, Michael Dewayne Yates Jr. and Brian Austin Rushing Snow;
OLIVE BRANCH: Megan Yarbrough;
PASCAGOULA: Prince Charles McDaniel, Katherine Ashlynn Moran, Brittany Leigh Rasco, Megan Cimone Parrish and Jamar Simms;
PASS CHRISTIAN: Gabrielle Stapp;
PELAHATCHIE: Kayley Pennington;
PETAL: Caitlyn Aldous, Austin Franklin and Erin Golden;
PHILADELPHIA: Butch R. Adcock, Rachel J. Alexander, Brittany Deshea Anderson, Faith Boyette Anderson, Tanesha Niecy Barham, Cole Barnes, Chasity Madison Barrier, Fallon L. Beckham, Shannon Brazzle, Caleb Brown, Christy Anna Bryan, Mykitia Burrage, Pat Burrage, Ayla Destini Burton, Miranda Kay Carpenter, Dareyl Kanard Carter Jr., Miranda M. Clark, Mary Katherine Collins, Ivey C. Commer, Alexey Danilov, Katlyn Nichole Duke, Tammie Easley, Luke Hardy Eldridge, Ibrahim Obaid Elnaham, Keona Foster, Kaelin Alexandria Gentry, Grant Gordon, Sarah Kathleen Hall, Shelby Renee Hemphill, Cassie S. Henson, Kathryn Hillman, Sydney Keith, Colt Andrew Kilpatrick, John Mark Kilpatrick Jr., Ashley Lawrence, Layne Marie Lepard, Anna Lewis, Christina Marie Lewis, Christian Little, Jaice K. Marsh, Hosea C. McBeath, Brandon McCarty, Ben McDaniel, John W. Meazell, Karliscia Uzuri Moore, Erica Daniella Myers, Lanna Parker, Kendrell Peden, Casaja Marie Phillips, Taylor Leigh Phillips, Hannah Marie Pilgrim, Daniel T. Powell, Chasity Wedgeworth, Jacob Rosales, Keona Sanders, Alisha Tamara Savell, Michael Devin Skinner, Clarissa Smith, Wesley Smith, James Dylan Spears, Warlchez Spencer, Truvette Cobb Thompson, Janera Clarice Triplett, Jeannie Triplett, Mahlih Vaughn, Gloria Nohemi Velez, Heather K. Watkins, Jeremy Watkins, Kimberly Renee Watkins, Dianna Wesley, Michael Whitlock II, Peyton Williamson, Shaneisha Renay Willis and Tristan Willis;
PRESTON: Karla L. Higginbotham;
PULASKI: Heather Russum Hayman, Stephanie Michelle Hord, Victoria Megan McNeal and Spencer Tullos;
QUITMAN: Mallory A. Lee, Jelisa Bre'kenya Pearson and Mecklin D. Soules;
RALEIGH: Raven Alexia Strong and Justin Thornton;
RICHLAND: Maya Erecca Cole;
RIDGELAND: Summer Lavender;
SALLIS: Caitlyn Bree Burnley;
SALTILLO: Abimael Rivera Romero;
SEBASTOPOL: Ashley Barber, Nathanael Hall Barber, Natalie Jane Guidry and Cody Brown Shaw;
SENATOBIA: Andrea Gale Hannaford;
STARKVILLE: Raphael McClain;
STATE LINE: Dylan Snypes;
STONEWALL: Randy Creighton;
STURGIS: Bay White;
SUMRALL: Jordan Malik Thomas;
TERRY: Shavonda Charde Fields;
TOOMSUBA: Aaliyah Samone Smith and Aaliyah Smith;
TUPELO: Isaiah Traylor, Carlos Abrahan Gutierrez Alonso, and Omar Gutierrez Alonso;
UNION: Adriana Alderson, Kristy Alexander, Raven JoAnn Bane, Agatha Louise Berryhill, Ashley Bozeman, Jason Corbett Bradley, Josh Crutcher, Aaliyah Monique Cunningham, Toby Luke Edwards, Kirkland Griffin, Kristen L. Hawks, Madison Herrington, Stephen Ralph Horne, Samuel A. Kelly, Will Kennedy, Mary Elizabeth Levin, David Houston Martin III, Matthew Scott Mason, Keri Ann Mayfield, Breanna McBeath, Jennifer McCraw, Brady McElhenney, Colby Morris, Karleigh Moss, Brooke Elizabeth Payne, Maggie Claire Peebles, Kia Rogers, Caleb Scharer, Tyler Dale Sistrunk, Christopher Smith, Colby Alan Todd, Zachary Lee White and Karey Williams;
WALNUT GROVE: Aleiaha Kasha Bloodsaw, Krystan Leah Bolton, Jennifer Lynn Burns, Amber Hayley Chandler, Lauren Taylor Copeland, Ashland Brooke Ellington, Jasmine KeAnna Nicole Jones, Shelly Rebecca Kyzar, Molly A. Neal, Dekendrick Darvege Rushing, Todd Smith, Edward Spivey, Dezmon Summers, Carrie Virginia Summers-Jones, Erin Thornton, Brittany Thrash and William Wragg;
WEIR: Pamela Nanette Lane;
WEST POINT: Maegen Elizabeth Ellis;
WINONA: Joshua Adam Carpenter;
YAZOO: Chelsea Covington Wright;
BRENT, AL: Terry Ray Lockett Jr.;
MONTGOMERY, AL: Robert Lee Johnson;
MOODY, AL: Leslie Randelle Asmus;
OXFORD, AL: Derek Quintez Mahaffey;
MEMPHIS, TN: Derrick D. Dandridge Jr.;
MIDLAND, TX: Mitzi C. Kirk;
DESTREHAN, LA: Jacob Burrows Johnson; and
KILBOURNE, LA: Lacey Renee Hill.
DECEMBER 2015 GRADUATES
BRANDON: Kardarius Santedrick Evans-McClendon, Micah Jett Parten and Brett Michael Warren;
CARTHAGE: MaChasity S. Leflore, Vincent Hernandez May, Johnny Lee Stephens III and Calvin Trevon Tate;
CHUNKY: Colby Skelton;
CLINTON: Con'Brianna T. Evans;
COLLINS: Jerry Magee Jr.;
COLUMBUS: Austin B. Mize;
CONEHATTA: Andreka M. Buie and Dakota Nita Osie Hicks;
DALEVILLE: Keith Hudson;
DECATUR: Brandy Shelanda Graham, Lahoma L. Hawkins, Anthony Trell Wansley and O'Sheana Wheaton;
FLORENCE: Christopher M. Yarbrough;
FLOWOOD: Leah Vincent Corhern;
FOREST: Christopher Devonte Brown, Shaquille T. Evans, Kara K. Falcon, Alan Graham, Evany BaRae Gray, Jaylon J. Lofton, Katlyn Brianna Patrick and Bailey Wedgeworth;
FRENCH CAMP: Jesse Hosket;
GOODMAN: Jamal L. Keith;
HATTIESBURG: Aubrey J. Bourn and Allen Lamarr Fails Jr.;
HICKORY: Joseph DeShaun Page, Jace Parker and Kadrian R. Williams;
JACKSON: Eric M. McPherson, Jr. and Treveontae Willis;
LAKE: Pamela Jenny Robinson;
LAUDERDALE: Arkeem Rashawn Johnson;
LAWRENCE: Shaniqua L. Hardy;
LENA: Lorrie Kate Moore;
LOUISVILLE: Richard Colby Eaves, Stanley P. Foster Jr., Ashley B. Grant, Tynneshia Henton, Morgan T. Hillhouse, Angela Jenkins-Coburn, Jordan E. Prisock, William Christian White and Maya'Rose Wilmer;
MAGEE: Zachary Lawrence Graves and Ariana White;
MERIDIAN: Christopher Deion Nathan Evans, Christopher Edward Ivy and Tyisha Monae Sims;
MORTON: Jasmine Nasha Brown, Patrick Ryan Harrell, Lucas Morgan and Alice J. Towner;
NEWTON: Michael A. Buntyn, Eddie Joe Houston III, Toretha Carollynn Norman, DaQuaun "Oshea" Robinson and Karen L. Sims;
PACHUTA: Zachary Edmonson;
PHILADELPHIA: Jennifer Lynn Anderson, Rashada Boler, Matthew Brescia, Scottie Coleman, Shana Chaney Ely, Angela S. Harrison, Robin D. Isaac and Emma Kate Savell;
PRESTON: Ty'Asia La'Treci Nicholson;
TOOMSUBA: Justin Houston;
UNION: Janiya Laque Evans, Brandi Nicole Kilpatrick, Haley Moorehead, Kenneth Brian Stephens and Dustin Yeager;
VICKSBURG: Devontae Malik Wilson;
WALNUT GROVE: Lauren Taylor Copeland, Alexis Alfredo Flores and Tatyana Li'tiese Johnson; and
PINE BLUFF, AR: Kabion Ento;
AUGUST 2015 GRADUATES
BAY SPRINGS: Michael Bender;
CARTHAGE: Den'Nisha K. Harvey, Julianna Elizabeth Ingram, Artesia M. Richmond and Matthew Jerome Sullivan;
CHOCTAW: Erin Marie Cantrell;
COLLINSVILLE: Malorie Hunt;
CONEHATTA: Kelsey Taylor McDonald, Joseph A. Shelley, Mitch B. Shoemake and Daniel Scott Watkins;
DECATUR: Stephen Scott Armstrong II, Christopher Cain, Megan McElhenney and Kalena Yolanda Smith;
FOREST: Arieel Tona Carter, Monica Gray, Tamantha Rae Harris, Kerry Keith Ingle, Abraham Mahdi, Kirstie G. Shaw and Candice Nicole Stewart;
HICKORY: Charles Kirby Bishop;
LAKE: Kasey Logan;
LITTLE ROCK: Leslie Brooke Howington and Summer Jenkins;
LOUISVILLE: Jordan Lovorn and Lauren Marie Whitehead;
MERIDIAN: Brittany Kelly;
MORTON: Tynequa Bryant, Gloriana Latham and Rachel Marie Lopez;
NEWTON: BriAnna V. Buckley, Jurnee Denise Jordan, William Tyler Pace and Jeremy Scott Tune;
NOXAPATER: Robert L. Taylor and Shamari Williams;
PASCAGOULA: Austin Landry Lofton;
PHILADELPHIA: Elizabeth April Abdelgadir, Sarah Cathleen Alexander, Caitlin Bounds, Hailey Coate, Chelsea Doss, Breona Foster, Deanna M. Glass, Jordan Caitlin Jay, Andrew B. Jones, Chance Lovern, Melissa N. Miles, Brianna Peeples, Lauren E. Posey, Cappi Elizabeth Reese, Micheal Andrew Reynolds, Brittany Robinson Stinson, Sharon R. Strait, Jennifer Whatley, Lacey Willis and Elizabeth Withers;
PRESTON: Hansel Bell;
QUITMAN: Asia Jarde' Ruffin;
SAUCIER: Donnie Farmer;
UNION: Jonathan Adkins, Katelynd Elizabeth Andrews, Ryan D. Burkes, Jessie Hennington, Nikki Tucker and Teoneka Marsha Wallace;
WALNUT GROVE: Hannah Elizabeth Kersgaard; and
YAZOO CITY: Kiese DeAndre Kirkland




As support for ‘Infinite Impact’ soars, Mississippi State extends fundraising campaign goal to $1 billion

Miss. State - Starkville, MS
As support for ‘Infinite Impact’ soars, Mississippi State extends fundraising campaign goal to $1 billion

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Inspired by the overwhelming response to “Infinite Impact” ― the most successful fundraising campaign in university history ― Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum announced a historic retargeting of the campaign with a fundraising goal of $1 billion by 2020 during a news conference today [April 28] on campus.
“When the campaign opened to the public six years ago, supporters stepped up like never before to demonstrate their belief in Mississippi State’s bold vision for the future,” said Keenum. “Donors representing virtually all walks of life in the MSU community helped achieve the $600 million fundraising goal far ahead of schedule, and the momentum continues.
“Now it’s time to raise the bar even further in our journey to become one of the nation’s leading research universities,” Keenum said. “We know we can count on the support of our generous donors to help us secure an additional $400 million in gifts by 2020.”
Keenum said donations to Mississippi State are investments in the future as student-led research teams continue making groundbreaking strides in a number of fields with local, national and global impacts. Mississippi State scientists are designing the eco-friendly “Car of the Future,” finding a cure for pandemic flu, developing concussion-free helmets, and partnering with NASA on future space exploration.
Mississippi State has been in the top 10 nationally in agriculture-related research for more than 15 years and is applying its vast body of knowledge to find solutions for world hunger and food security. The university also serves as the national lead for the FAA’s Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, and last year Boeing selected MSU’s Raspet Flight Research Laboratory for relocation of their Stitched Resin Infusion Composite Research Center.
The success of Infinite Impact has helped expand scholarship programs for students across the spectrum from differing economic backgrounds and driven sweeping improvements in all spheres of campus life, including academics, athletics, the arts, and facilities and infrastructure.
“Infinite Impact is being fueled by donors who want to make a positive difference in the lives of people everywhere,” said John Rush, MSU’s vice president for Development and Alumni. “With their support, Mississippi State has become more competitive and successful in its efforts to recruit top-performing students and faculty who will continue building our legacy of academic excellence.”
With record enrollment last fall, MSU also welcomed the largest and most academically advanced freshman class in school history. This month, MSU seniors Natalie Jones of Flowood and Johnie Sublett of Pensacola, Florida, were recognized as Truman and Goldwater scholars, respectively, two of the nation’s most prestigious scholarships for students. In 2013, Vicksburg native Donald “Field” Brown became MSU’s second Rhodes Scholar, the world’s most celebrated and prestigious international fellowship.
Since the launch of Infinite Impact, Mississippi State athletes have achieved unprecedented milestones. The Bulldogs vied for the 2013 national baseball championship, and the following year the football team held the No. 1 national ranking for five consecutive weeks. This year, the women’s basketball team achieved its highest national ranking in university history on its way to the NCAA’s Sweet 16.
Mississippi State also is a powerful economic driver for the state of Mississippi. Last year MSU’s Bagley College of Engineering announced an international collaboration in automotive materials engineering with the Universitie Internationale de Rabat in Morocco. MSU and the state of Mississippi are exploring opportunities to enhance education, research and economic development through the new relationship.
“What we’re doing drives Mississippi,” said Earnie Deavenport, an alumnus and chair of the Mississippi State University Foundation board who is the retired chairman and CEO of Eastman Chemical Company. “We’re an economic engine for the state and a key asset in building Mississippi’s profile as a research, technology and innovation leader. We plan to build on our momentum by expanding our footprint beyond Mississippi and exploring more opportunities for our students to shape the world of the future.”
Mississippi State continues on the path set forth in the five-year strategic plan adopted in 2012, a plan that renews a commitment to core principles and provides direction for the future — from faculty and student recruitment to cutting-edge research programs to a more diverse, dynamic and enriching campus community.
“The outpouring of support from donors at all levels has been a driving force in Mississippi State’s rise to the top,” Keenum said. “The Infinite Impact campaign has been embraced by a growing community of supporters, and their enthusiasm gets stronger every year. Now we’re taking another bold step forward by asking supporters to recommit to Mississippi State’s future by propelling the Infinite Impact campaign to the $1 billion mark.
“This is not just a financial milestone ― it represents Mississippi State’s aspiration to be the best of the best,” Keenum said. “MSU is well on its way to expanding our position as one of the nation’s premier research universities, and the continued generosity of our donors will make the vision a reality.”
Chartered in 1962, the MSU Foundation administers most of the campus-based fundraising activities and endowment funds. For more on the Infinite Impact campaign, visit www.infiniteimpactmsu.com.
MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.




Morton Students Participate in ECCC Senior Day

East Central Community College
Morton Students Participate in ECCC Senior Day
Morton High School seniors Tavarious James and Paden Horton were among area students who attended East Central Community College’s annual Senior Day activities held recently on the Decatur campus. Also pictured is ECCC Director of Housing and Student Life/Recruiter Amanda Walton. The day’s activities included an information showcase held in the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building featuring all campus clubs and organizations as well as information on academic, career, technical and health-related programs. Also on tap were performances by the Collegians rock-n-roll band, Voce vocal ensemble, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Warrior Cheerleaders and the Centralettes dance line. The event concluded with a complimentary lunch. For more information or to schedule a campus visit, contact Dr. Randall Lee, vice president for student services, at 601-635-6375. The e-mail address is rlee@eccc.edu.




MCC salutes outstanding students ...

Meridian Community College
MCC salutes outstanding students ...
Awards night yields applause and congratulations

Meridian Community College sophomore Walt Herrington received the H.M. Ivy Award from MCC Vice President of Operations Barbara Jones during the College’s Awards Night Program held Tuesday in the McCain Theater.

Herrington, a graduating sophomore, is a University Transfer Program student who plans to pursue a career in education.

The H.M. Ivy Award is given to the most outstanding graduating sophomore. The recipient is active on campus and has shown a positive impact in the school and surrounding area.

The Awards Night spotlighted students who excelled in various programs throughout the 2015-16 academic year. Tapped for awards included:

Daniel Ray, Lucile Reisman Rosenbaum Memorial Scholarship; Anna Kathryn Jones, the Robert Cochran Memorial Scholarship; Mary Kaytee Nelson, the Royalty Education Scholarship; Joshua S. Johnson, the Sammy Broadhead Memorial Scholarship; Mallory Harmon, Ian Garner and Chanler Pickering, MCC Faculty Staff Association Awards; Daphna Allen, Freshman Military/Veteran of the Year; Paul Robinson, Sophomore Military/Veteran of the Year; Michael Bell, G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Foundation Scholarship Award; William Pierce, Chuck Nicholson Community Bank Veteran Scholarship;

Emilio Luna Suarez, Outstanding Biological Science Student; Joshua S. Johnson, Business Student of the Year; Ian Garner, Maude Smith English Award; Tori Wolverton, Sue Key Excellence in Mathematics Award; Caleb Landrum, Music Major Student of the Year; Tori Wolverton, Outstanding Physical Sciences Student; Jessica Crevitt, Jimmie Evans Social Science Award; Morgan Wall, Outstanding Theater Student; Cara McQuaig, Outstanding Visual Fine Arts Student;

Cash Matlock, Outstanding Broadcast Communications Student; Matthew Kittrell, Outstanding Business and Marketing Management Technology Student; Barbara A. Holiday, Outstanding Business and Office Technology Student; Jason Ledean McPherson, Commercial Truck Driving Program Best All Around Driver; Carol Lee Huggins, Commercial Truck Driving Most Improved Driver; Jodi Pope, Outstanding Cosmetology Program Student; Megan Gressett, Outstanding Dental Assisting Student; Candice White, Meridian Area Dental Association Scholarship; Katherine Manno, Outstanding Dental Hygiene Student; Brandon Prince, Outstanding Drafting and Design Technology Student; Kelsey Lucas, Ann Tucker Early Childhood Education Scholarship; Kalynne Bracey and Angela F. Davis, “Star Polisher” Early Childhood Education; Cody Shirley, Outstanding Electrical Technology Student; Yue Lu “Moon,” Outstanding Electronics Technology; Kevin J. Miller, Outstanding Fire Protection Technology Student; Justin D. Roberson, Outstanding Graphic Design Technology Student; Alena Wash, Outstanding Health Care Assistant Student, Fall 2015; Harley Todd, Outstanding Health Care Assistant Student, Spring 2016; Dawn Barker, Outstanding Health Information Technology Student; Brian Kennedy, Outstanding Industrial Maintenance Technician Student; Shawna M. Jenkins, Outstanding Information Systems Technology Student; Candace Davis, Outstanding Medical Assisting Technology Program Student; Alysia Shaw, Medical Laboratory Technology Student of the Year; Thresa M. Jones, Outstanding Medical and Office Technology Student; Shaquanta Boyd, Excellence in Practical Nursing, Fall 2015; Kristen Holmes, Excellence in Practical Nursing, Spring 2016; Kelly Goszkowicz, Margaret Armstrong Excellence in Nursing, Fall 2015; Allison Davis and Christie Presley, Margaret Armstrong Excellence in Nursing, Spring 2016; Jeremy Pogue, Outstanding Paramedic Student; Sam Hudnall, Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Student; Beau Corella, Outstanding Precision Manufacturing and Machining Technology Freshman; Kyle Stiefel, Outstanding Precision Manufacturing and Machining Technology Sophomore; Jason McCans, Outstanding Radiologic Technology Program Student; Sarah Keyes, Respiratory Care Practitioner Program Student of the Year; Danielle Creighton, Outstanding Surgical Technology Student; Jaimarcus Randle, Outstanding Telecommunications Service Technology Student; Danielle Nap, Outstanding Welding and Cutting Technology Student;

Campus organizations were also saluted with the presentation of the B.G. Raden Memorial Award given to the top three outstanding groups. The groups named were Phi Beta Lambda Information Systems Technology, Student Association of Dental Hygienists and Phi Theta Kappa.

Daniel Ray and Alexis Rivers, Outstanding Ivy League Student Recruiters; Chelsea Angel Thornton and Jaylon Keys, Outstanding Student Athletes; Thomas Walter Harrington and Mary Katherine Nelson, Scholar Athletes of the Year; Mallory Harmon, Phi Theta Kappa Courtyard of Scholars Recipient; Walt Harrington, first team and Devin Logue, second team, All-Mississippi Community College Academic Team; and Alysia Shaw and Otis Gowdy, Higher Education Appreciation Day Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE).

Recipients of Who’s Who Among Students in American Community and Junior Colleges were also named. They were: Brittany Allen, Matthew Berler, Jami Daugherty, Regan Dupre, Rebecca Estes, Brandon Evans, Ashley Fedrick, Ian Garner, Paige Gibson, Clayton Gray, Fisher Gray, Trace Hamby, Tyus Harden, Thomas Walter Harrington, Austin Harrison, Heather Harwell, Daniel Hill, Sophie Hodge, Derek Hoffman, Ronald Holloway, Kristen Hull, Anna James, Joshua Johnson, Lakia Jones, Ryan Lane, Ryder Leifried, Devon Logue, Megan Mallette, Adrianna Mendoza, Michael Meyers, Steven Adam Motes, Kaytee Nelson, Chanler Pickering, Shelby Proaps, Daniel Ray, Grant Renegar, John Ricks, Victoria Riebock, Alexis Rivers, Esmeralda Rodriguez, Alana Sanders, Alysia Shaw, Shamiah Sims, Dalton Smith, Drew Smith, Morgan Wall, Tyler Weeks, Emily Williams and Tori Wolverton.

-- Kay Thomas
Director of College Promotions
Meridian Community College
910 Highway 19 North
Meridian, MS 39307
601-484-8689
kthomas@meridiancc.edu



(EMBDC) recently held a ribbon cutting for Brookdale Meridian

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Meridian, MS ¬ - The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation (EMBDC) recently held a ribbon cutting for Brookdale Meridian. They have recently remodeled their entire facility. Brookdale Meridian offers a full range of Senior Adult living options: retirement living, assisted living, and Alzheimer’s and dementia care. They are located at 4555 35th Avenue in Meridian. For more information Brookdale Meridian can be reached at 601-841-0059.
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 .




State Farm Insurance and Mississippi Youth Highway Safety Programs ...

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I am excited to share that State Farm Insurance, DREAM, Inc.’s Mississippi Youth Highway Safety Programs and the Mississippi Office of Highway Safety are partnering together to bring Mike Lutzenkirchen to Mississippi schools to talk to students about their decisions on the road. Mike lost is son to highway fatality, at the age of 23, where he was the passenger and alcohol was involved and wasn’t wearing his seat belt. His son, Phillip Lutzenkirchen was an Auburn University football player. This tour was focused to be in schools in the top 25 counties of highway fatalities in Mississippi due to alcohol involved crashes or no seat belt usage fatalities.

For any questions, email me here or call my cell 601.750.3329.

Tawni Basden, CPM
Youth Programs Director & Mississippi SADD State Coordinator
DREAM, Inc. s
Mississippi Youth Highway Safety Programs
310 Airport Road
Pearl, MS 39208
601.933.9197 | 601.933.1138 Fax
Email: tbasden@dreaminc.org
Website: www.msYOUTHhighwaysafety.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MsYHSP
Twitter: @MsYHSP
Instagram: @msyhsp




MCC Events Calendar

Meridian Community College
MCC Fine Arts Students Exhibit/Competition Reception is set for Tuesday, April 26, from 4-5:30 p.m. In the Miller Art Gallery. John Marshall is the contact person.

The College's Awards Night is Tuesday, April 26, at 6 p.m. In the McCain Theater. Patrick Lovette is the contact person.

The Arts & Letters Series will host the Dimensions concert Thursday, April 28, at 7 p.m. In the McCain Theater. Dr. Todd Brand is the contact person.

-- Kay Thomas
Director of College Promotions
Meridian Community College
910 Highway 19 North
Meridian, MS 39307
601-484-8689
kthomas@meridiancc.edu




ECCC Retirees Look Forward To New Activities

East Central Community College
ECCC Retirees Look Forward To New Activities
East Central Community College faculty and staff members Vicki Blaylock, Tina Harris and Dr. Evadna Lyons are each looking forward to new and varied activities when they retire at the end of the 2015-16 term.
Blaylock joined the ECCC staff as choral director/vocal instructor in 2000 and also serves as Fine Arts Division chairperson. She has completed 33 total years in the field of education.
As with many who have worked in education for so long, Blaylock said it’s the students and her colleagues she will miss most.
“Retirement is bittersweet,” she said. “East Central has two great things: wonderful students and great people working here. It will seem strange to give up my identity as someone’s music teacher. That may be the hardest adjustment but life is comprised of chapters and it is time for me to move to the next chapter.”
Those students have also been the best part of her job.
“The thing I have enjoyed most is teaching music to my students and watching them grow to produce a musical program that touches others.”
She added, “If I could give advice to my students it would be to choose a career that you enjoy getting up and doing each day. That has been the biggest blessing for me. For me, my work as a music educator was not a job. It was fun every day.”
Her retirement plans include family, church and hobbies.
“I look forward to visiting my parents, my 96-year-old grandmother, my sister and others. I plan to get more involved with church activities and spend time with my hobbies, including reading, refinishing furniture and playing my new grand piano.”
After her husband, Ronnie, retires, Blaylock said they plan to retire to western North Carolina and hope to volunteer with the Red Cross.
The Blaylocks have two grown children: Clanton and Anna-Rose.
Harris has served as basic skills specialist in the college’s Workforce Development Center since 2001. She has completed 25 years total in education.
When asked her thoughts as she nears retirement, she said, “I never thought I would retire this young, but I am so excited to begin this new phase of my life.”
She said her plans include spending more time with her husband, Britt, and family, studying her Bible and working to become healthier.
“The one thing I look forward to most in retirement is being able to rest. I take medicine that makes me tired and sick a lot. I don’t have energy to do anything except work now. I want to cook supper and clean house and would also like to teach and/or tutor part-time.”
Like those before her, Harris says it’s the people who have made her job enjoyable.
“I love working with the community, people in industry and the students at East Central. That is what I will miss most.”
Lyons joined the ECCC faculty as an associate degree nursing instructor in 2009 and has completed 28 years in education
Reflecting on her career and upcoming retirement, Lyons said, “I am grateful that God enabled me to fulfil my passion and purpose in life by teaching and being able to retire in early middle age. I truly love teaching students and I could literally teach for free. I also reflect on the challenging times that have occurred in my career and realized that though obstacles exist, God will always carry you through. I have been an instructor, director, professor, and program head, but the most important title that I have acquired is that of ‘teacher.’ I am proud to have touched the lives of thousands of nurses in Mississippi.”
She added, “I have enjoyed teaching the students from the five-county area of East Central Mississippi. The students are intelligent, caring, compassionate and, most of all, have excellent manners.”
In her retirement, Lyons said she hopes to take as many trips to the Florida beaches as possible and eventually would love to write a book, teach online and teach wellness education classes.
Lyons also said of her career, “It is important to give people opportunities based on their skills and talents. I was given an opportunity to teach at a very young age. This opportunity has allowed me to continue to grow and become an expert educator who has achieved a terminal degree. I am grateful that Dr. (Bill) Scaggs welcomed me with open arms into the wonderful world of educating students at the community college level over 28 years ago.”
Retirees and other award recipients will be honored at the college’s end-of-the-year faculty and staff luncheon scheduled May 6 in Mabry Cafeteria.




MSU alumna in Meridian named national Milken Educator

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MSU alumna in Meridian named national Milken Educator


STARKVILLE, Miss.—A Mississippi State graduate with two degrees from the university is the state’s 70th selection for a prestigious national Milken Educator award.
Rhonda R. Burrage, who teaches at Meridian’s Magnolia Middle School, earned a mathematics education degree in 2003 and master’s in secondary mathematics in 2010.
Known as “the Oscars of teaching,” the annual recognition program was established in 1987 by the California-based Milken Family Foundation to reward and inspire excellence in education. Burrage is among 40 honored this year.
Each award is accompanied by a $25,000 check and, to date, more than 2,600 totaling in excess of $65 million have been presented.
Winners also become part of a resource network to assist U.S. policymakers, researchers and members of the news media and general public on matters involving their respective academic subject areas.
At Magnolia Middle, Burrage additionally mentors first-year teachers, tutors students outside of class and chairs the school’s BETA Club. She has not missed a teaching day in the past four years.
Richard Blackbourn, MSU College of Education dean, praised Burrage’s selection. Her achievement exemplifies the quality of teacher education at the 137-year-old land-grant institution, he added.
“We in the College of Education take great pride in this outstanding accomplishment,” Blackbourn said. “Ms. Burrage has worked diligently to perfect her craft, and her students have benefitted greatly from it.”
Jane Foley, senior vice president of the Milken Educator Awards program, also commended Burrage.
“Middle school math can be a challenging subject both to teach and learn, but Rhonda is an exceptional instructor and students are known to thrive in her classroom,” noted Foley, a former public school teacher and principal who holds a doctorate from Purdue University.
Foley also expressed confidence that Burrage will continue to grow as an exemplary Milken Educator and remain a leader in the education field for years to come.
For more information about Milken Foundation and its award program, visit www.milkeneducatorawards.org.
Complete information about MSU’s College of Education and its teacher education programs is found at www.educ.msstate.edu.
MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.




ECCC Announces Inaugural Alpha Delta Nu Inductees

East Central Community College
ECCC Announces Inaugural Alpha Delta Nu Inductees

Ten East Central Community College Associate Degree Nursing students were the first inductees into the college’s newly established Gamma Tau Chapter of the Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society of Nursing at a ceremony held on the Decatur campus in April. The inductees were:
Erin Thornton of Sebastopol, Shelby McKelvaine of Meridian, vice president; Kelsey Porter of Morton, Tanesha Barham of Philadelphia, and Jamie Mathis of Meridian

Kristen Chipley Dowell of Carthage, Madie Pigg of Carthage, president; Peggy Sims of Forest, Christina Lewis of Philadelphia, and Colby Amis of Decatur

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




First Lady Deborah Bryant to Speak at ECCC ADN Pinning Ceremony

E C C C Huff Auditorium on the Decatur campus
First Lady Deborah Bryant to Speak at ECCC ADN Pinning Ceremony


Mississippi First Lady Deborah Bryant will be the keynote speaker for East Central Community College’s annual Associate Degree Nursing Pinning Ceremony scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in Huff Auditorium on the Decatur campus. Approximately 50 students are expected to receive their pins.

“Mrs. Bryant is a strong supporter for healthcare and education in Mississippi. We appreciate her passion and commitment to caring for Mississippians. It is an honor for her to speak to our ADN graduates,” said Denita Thomas, ECCC Dean of Healthcare Education.

Having worked in the medical records profession for more than 39 years, Bryant has a strong passion for the healthcare of all Mississippians and is involved in a wide variety of healthcare events and initiatives.

Since becoming First Lady, Bryant has been involved with various healthcare initiatives including Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, 2014 "Women of Excellence" Award recipient and Statewide Walk Chair; "Light It Up Blue" for Autism Awareness where the Capitol Dome and Governor's Mansion were illuminated in observance of World Autism Awareness Day in 2014; Susan G. Komen Central Mississippi Race for the Cure, 2012-2013 Honorary Chair; Mississippi Society for Disabilities "Tis the Season", 2014 Honorary Chair; Batson Children's Hospital, Ambassador; University of Mississippi Medical Center Children's Heart Center, Strong Advocate/Supporter; Governor's Healthy Teenage Pregnancy Task Force; and Governor Bryant's 5k Run in Downtown Jackson.




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

Workforce Development Center on the Decatur campus
ECCC SBDC to Offer ‘How to Develop a Business Plan’ in Decatur
East Central Community College’s Small Business Development Center will offer a free seminar on “How to Develop a Business Plan” from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Monday, May 23, 2016, at the Workforce Development Center on the Decatur campus.
Course topics include industry research, description of company products and services, identifying target customer groups, marketing plans, startup costs and preparation of a projected cash flow statement.
Ronald Westbrook, director of ECCC’s Small Business Development Center, will serve as facilitator for the class.
For more information or to register, contact the Small Business Development Center at 601-635-6297. The e-mail address is rwestbrook@eccc.edu or vthames@eccc.edu.




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

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




ECCC SBDC to Offer ‘Business Issues-Disaster Recovery” in Philadelphia

Neshoba Business Enterprise Center in Philadelphia
ECCC SBDC to Offer ‘Business Issues-Disaster Recovery” in Philadelphia
East Central Community College’s Small Business Development Center will offer a free seminar on “Business Issues-Disaster Recovery” from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at the Neshoba Business Enterprise Center in Philadelphia.
Ronald Westbrook, director of ECCC’s Small Business Development Center, will serve as facilitator for the class.
For more information or to register, contact the Small Business Development Center at 601-635-6297. The e-mail address is rwestbrook@eccc.edu or vthames@eccc.edu.




ECCC SBDC to Offer ‘Starting a Business-First Steps’ in Decatur

E C C C Development Center on the Decatur campus
ECCC SBDC to Offer ‘Starting a Business-First Steps’ in Decatur
East Central Community College’s Small Business Development Center will offer a free seminar on “Starting a Business-First Steps” from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Monday, June 27, 2016, at the Workforce Development Center on the Decatur campus.
The seminar outlines the basic steps to start a business. Topics include regulations such as licenses and permits, legal forms of business ownership, basic marketing concepts to help analyze the revenue potential, lending terminology, outline for a business plan and other resources to assist in starting a business.
Ronald Westbrook, director of ECCC’s Small Business Development Center, will serve as facilitator for the class.
For more information or to register, contact the Small Business Development Center at 601-635-6297. The e-mail address is rwestbrook@eccc.edu or vthames@eccc.edu




EMBDC - Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Events

State Games of Mississippi
Sponsor Reception
Business After Hours
Union Station - 2nd floor
Thursday, April 21st
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Brookdale Senior Living
Ribbon Cutting
4555 35th Ave.
Tuesday, April 26th
4:30 p.m.

Trustmark Ribbon Cutting
700 23rd Ave.
Tuesday, May 3rd
3:30 p.m.

SuperTalk Mississippi
Ribbon Cutting
613 22nd Ave.
Thursday, May 5th
10:30 a.m.

Dixie Building Supply
Ribbon Cutting
7730 Hwy 45 N
Tuesday, May 10th
10:30 a.m.




ECCC Choir, Voce Vocal Ensemble to Present Annual Concert April 26

East Central Community College ... Vickers Fine Arts Auditorium
ECCC Choir, Voce Vocal Ensemble to Present Annual Concert April 26


The East Central Community College Concert Choir and Voce vocal ensemble will present their annual spring concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in Vickers Fine Arts Auditorium on the Decatur campus. There is no charge for admission and the public is invited to attend.

The program will be lead by Vicki Blaylock, ECCC fine arts division chair and choral director.

Choir selections will include “Majesty and Glory of Your Name,” “Red, Red Rose” and “Wayfaring Stranger.”

Voce will perform several selections including “I Wish” by Stevie Wonder, “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding and “Crazy” by Patsy Cline.




Join Dan & Megan Mullen and support the Meridian Freedom Project

The Meridian Freedom Project 2415 8th Street Meridian, MS
Join Dan & Megan Mullen and support the Meridian Freedom Project

Where?
The Meridian Freedom Project
2415 8th Street
Meridian, MS 39301

Parking is available in the parking garage on 24th Avenue.
When?
Plan to arrive by 11:15 am for your chance to get a photo with the Mullens and the MSU Road Dawgs Tour Bus.

Join Dan & Megan Mullen and support the Meridian Freedom Project today!

Meridian Freedom Project | 601.207.5121
meridianfreedomproject@gmail.com
www.themeridianfreedomproject.org




Home Buying 101

4927 Highway 493, Meridian, MS
Presented by the Meridian Board of Realtors Home Buying 101 is free and open to the public - a panel consisting of a Realtor, Loan Officer, Appraiser, Attorney, Home Inspector and a Termite Inspector will answer your questions and give you the knowledge you need to help you buy a house.
May 12th - 5:30 - 7:00 pm


Betty Oletramari, 601-485-7113


Relay For Life - Butler, AL

Courthouse Square Butler, AL
American Cancer Society - Relay For Life -
May 6th 6:00 pm
Courthouse Square
Butler, AL




American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Newton County

Show Barn in Newton, MS
Hundreds to Participate in American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Newton County on Friday April 22, 2016 at The Show Barn.

WHAT: Cancer survivors, caregivers, volunteers, and community members will unite for the annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Newton County to help save lives from cancer. The Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising event to fight every cancer in every community, with four million participants in 6,000 events worldwide in 2015.

Dollars raised help the American Cancer Society save lives by funding groundbreaking cancer research, providing free information and critical services for people with cancer, and supporting education and prevention programs.

WHEN: Friday April 22,2016 6pm-12am

7 p.m. – Opening Ceremony and a celebratory cancer Survivors Lap

10 p.m. – Touching Luminaria Ceremony, where candles are lit in honor and memory of locals who have battled cancer

WHERE: Show Barn in Newton, MS.

DAY OF CONTACT: Judy Linton, Event Lead at 601-527-2682

BACKGROUND:
The Relay For Life movement unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. Relay For Life events are community gatherings where teams and individuals camp out at a school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Individuals and teams raise funds and awareness to help the American Cancer Society save more lives from cancer.




EMBDC - Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Events

Small Business Leadership Award Reception
MCC Tommy Dulaney Multi-Purpose Building
Wednesday, April 20th
9:00 a.m.

Business & Community Showcase
MCC Tommy Dulaney Multi-Purpose Building
Wednesday, April 20th
10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

State Games of Mississippi
Sponsor Reception
Business After Hours
City Hall Lawn
Thursday, April 21st
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Brookdale Senior Living
Ribbon Cutting
4555 35th Ave.
Tuesday, April 26th
4:30 p.m.

Trustmark Ribbon Cutting
700 23rd Ave.
Tuesday, May 3rd
3:30 p.m.

SuperTalk Mississippi
Ribbon Cutting
613 22nd Ave.
Thursday, May 5th
10:30 a.m.

Dixie Building Supply
Ribbon Cutting
7730 Hwy 45 N
Tuesday, May 10th
10:30 a.m.




Choctaw Community Law Day ...

Golden Moon (VIP Room) 13541 Highway 16 Philadelphia, Mississippi
Legal Services Along With Choctaw Legal Defense
To Host Choctaw Community Law Day
Philadelphia, MS

Mississippi Center for Legal Services Corporation (MCLSC) and Choctaw Legal Defense will sponsor an educational workshop discussing civil legal matters on Thursday, May 19, 2016, 9:00 a.m., at Golden Moon (VIP Room), 13541 Highway 16, Philadelphia, Mississippi. (Breakfast and Lunch will be provided to all participants) Registration and breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. Topics to be discussed are Children and Family Services, Custody, Distribution, Divorce, Expungements, Guardianships, Power of Attorney, Health Care Directives & Wills, Buying Used Cars/Warranties and Foreclosure Prevention. We will also discuss the eligibility requirements for various benefit programs.
Mississippi Center for Legal Services Corporation’s mission is to serve eligible persons in Mississippi who cannot afford civil legal services by protecting their legal rights and providing competent legal representation in civil matters.
We believe that it is important to let people in the Choctaw Community know there is help available. In order to promote awareness and inform the community, Mississippi Center for Legal Services Corporation has formed a partnership with Choctaw Legal Defense.
For any additional information, please contact Jossellyn Sampson, State Initiatives, Mississippi Center for Legal Services Corporation, (601) 948-6752 ext. 2918, jsampson@mslegalservices.org or Sam Buchanan Jr., Executive Director, Mississippi Center for Legal Services Corporation, (601) 545-2950 ext. 2616.




21 AT&T Mississippi Employees Honored for Exceptional Commitment ...

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21 AT&T Mississippi Employees Honored for Exceptional Commitment to Community Service
More than 4,500 AT&T employees nationwide receive
President’s Volunteer Service Award


Jackson, MS, April 19, 2016 — AT&T recognizes 21 employees from Mississippi who are being honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) for giving their time to transform communities across our state for the better.

The PVSA, the nation’s premier volunteer awards program, gives U.S. Presidential recognition to individuals who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteerism throughout the year. AT&T employees in Mississippi are among 4,527 AT&T employee awardees nationwide to receive this honor. They logged a minimum of 100 hours in service to others last year, with some employees volunteering more than 500 hours to receive the Gold Award.

"The employees receiving the PVSA award are improving our communities through their selfless acts every day – whether it’s mentoring students, helping our veterans find job opportunities, cleaning up our parks or feeding those who are hungry. Impacting a community can take many forms," said Mayo Flynt, president of AT&T Mississippi. "We would like to congratulate these employees and hope their stories inspire others as much as they inspire us."

Over time, these moments of giving can add up to millions of service hours. AT&T employees and retirees volunteered more than 5.4 million hours in 2015 alone. To learn more about all of AT&T’s PVSA winners go to http://about.att.com/csr/pvsa.

PVSA is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and is administered by Points of Light. With a shared mission of inspiring more to answer the call to service, PVSA celebrates the impact we can all make in bettering our communities and our world. The award is available on an annual basis and is an honor that every American – from youth to seniors – can participate in and be recognized by our nation’s President for being civic leaders.

AT&T has participated in awarding employees with the PVSA since 2012, and the number of honored employees grows each year. To be eligible to receive the award, AT&T submits a record of employees' annual volunteer service hours to be verified and considered eligible for the award.

For more information, visit: www.presidentialserviceawards.gov.

© 2016 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the Globe logo and other marks are trademarks and service marks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.





Tarvis Thompson
AT&T Corporate Communications East Region

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




EMBDC Business After Hours hosted by State Games of Mississippi

City Hall Lawn ... (In case of rain, will be on 3rd floor of City Hall)
What: The EMBDC Business After Hours hosted by State Games of Mississippi

When: Thursday, April 21st from 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Where: City Hall Lawn
(In case of rain, will be on 3rd floor of City Hall)

Why: State Games of Mississippi will be hosting the Business After Hours to honor their sponsors for the 25th Annual State Games of MS.

Thanks,


Casey Holladay
Events Coordinator
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation

1901 Front Street, Suite A
Meridian, MS 39301

601-693-1306
601-693-5638
www.embdc.org




ECCC Students Named to All-Mississippi Academic Team

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ECCC Students Named to All-Mississippi Academic Team

East Central Community College sophomores Ben Pace of Philadelphia and Anthony Emmons of Lake were named to the 2016 All-Mississippi Community College Academic Team.

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

Pace, a pre-dental major, was one of 15 students named to the First Team. He received a $1,000 scholarship.

His honors include selection as HEADWAE Student of the Year and Who’s Who Among Students in American Community/Junior Colleges.

He serves as president of Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society, president of the President’s Council, co-president of Warrior Corps, and is a member of Concert Choir, Theta Chi Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, Sigma Sigma Mu Tau, Students Against Destructive Decisions and the Baptist Student Union.

Pace is a graduate of Neshoba Central High School and the son of Derek and Patty Pace.

Emmons, a liberal arts major, was one of 42 students named to the Second Team.

He was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Community/Junior Colleges.

He serves as vice president of Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society, treasurer of Warrior Corps, French horn section leader for the Wall O’ Sound Marching Band, tenor section leader for the Concert Choir, and is a member of the Pep Band, EC Encore Players, Wo-He-Lo yearbook staff and Student Education Association.

Emmons is a graduate of Lake High School and the son of Tim and Kathy Emmons.

They were honored along with other outstanding community and junior college students from across the state during an event in Jackson.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, State Sen. Terry Burton, vice chairman of the universities and colleges committee; Dr. Andrea Mayfield, executive director of the Mississippi Community College Board, and Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society executive director served as distinguished speakers at the recognition luncheon.

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

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




59/Twenty Music Fest ... 2016

City Hall on the Greens Meridian, MS
59/Twenty Music Fest featuring ...
John Michael Montgomery and many other performers.
This is a benefit for the Care Lodge

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MSU graduate student receives national teaching honor

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MSU graduate student receives national teaching honor

STARKVILLE, Miss.—A Meridian public school educator currently pursuing a Mississippi State graduate degree is receiving a national honor.
Melanie S. Pittman of Carver Middle School is a 2016 selection for the National Association for Alternative Certification’s Teacher Intern of the Year award. A seventh-grade mathematics instructor, she is scheduled to graduate from the university next month with a master’s degree in teaching.
Each year, the Washington, D.C.-based NAAC recognizes three new teachers for demonstrating successful classroom instruction that contributes significantly to the profession. Other winners this year work at schools in Austin and Irving, Texas.
After a decade with the Regions banking system, Pittman said she decided to volunteer with Mississippi Gulf Coast middle schools “to teach financial literacy through a program that Regions offered.” When her family decided to move to Meridian, “I knew it was the perfect time for me to go back to school to get my teaching license,” she said.
Propelled by a passionate belief that all children deserve good teachers, Pittman enrolled in the alternative-route teacher certification program in Mississippi State’s College of Education. The training holds participants to the same standards and coursework requirements that all state teachers must meet.
Associate professor Rebecca Robichaux-Davis recommended Pittman for the NAAC award “because she was one of the best first-year teachers I ever have observed in my 20-plus years of observing pre-service and beginning in-service mathematics teachers.”
Robichaux-Davis is an Auburn University doctoral graduate with earlier degrees completed at Louisiana State and Nicholls State universities. She said Pittman’s passion for teaching is evident from the moment one walks into her classroom.
Pittman admitted recently that “becoming a teacher and actually teaching have been some of the hardest things I ever have done.
“They also have been among the most rewarding,” she quickly emphasized.
For more about MSU’s alternate route teaching certification program, visit www.distance.msstate.edu/mats.
Information on the NAAC is found at www.alternativecertification.org.
MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.




Boys Reign at LCSD’s 1st Annual Keyboarding Competition

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Boys Reign at LCSD’s 1st Annual Keyboarding Competition

When Lauderdale County middle school technology teachers and the district’s Career and Technical Education Director Kevin Cheatham planned the district’s first ever keyboarding competition, no one could have predicted that all of the winners would be boys. But that’s exactly what happened recently when the top four keyboarders from each school competed at Northeast Middle School.
Even more astounding, the top winner, Alex Eaves of Southeast Middle School, keyed 101 correct words per minute! Keying at this speed is an accomplishment for anyone and is especially surprising for an 8th grader.
Robert Ward, president of the Board of Directors of the Phil Hardin Foundation, was on hand to present awards to the winning keyboarders. The PHF recently awarded a grant to Northeast and West Lauderdale Middle Schools, allowing a Technology Foundations lab at each of the two schools to be updated with new computers.
On Friday, April 15, two 7th graders and two 8th graders from each of the four county schools competed for the most correct words per minute at the district’s 1st Annual Keyboarding Competition for middle school students.
Daulton Nelson of NEMS took home the 1st place trophy for 7th graders, and Riley Crawford of WLMS placed 2nd for 7th grade.
Alex Eaves of SEMS was the 1st place winner in the 8th grade round, where Brennyn Robson of NEMS won 2nd place.
Teachers and school officials were both surprised and pleased at the results of this first-ever competition and are already talking about future contests. Cheatham said that future competitions will be held on a rotating basis at each of the county middle schools.
Other participants in the competition were: Dennilyn Hoang and Erin Brown of NEMS; Taylor Buchanan, Gage Buteux, and McKayla Odom of SEMS; Reah Clymer, Conner Smith, and Leigh Wallace of WLMS; and Ean Fisher, Christian Smith, Star Scott, and Lucas Vanderburg of Clarkdale Middle School.




JCJC Magnolia GOLD hosts “A Run in Their Boots” 5K Run/Walk

Jones County Junior College Bobcat Stadium
JCJC Magnolia GOLD hosts “A Run in Their Boots” 5K Run/Walk

ELLISVILLE-The Jones County Junior College Magnolia GOLD Program is hosting its first 5K benefit run on Saturday, May 14, to assist the Wounded Minutemen of Mississippi. The 5K run/walk will be held on the JCJC campus with registration at the Bobcat Stadium at 7 a.m. and the race beginning at 8 a.m. The cost is $30 for participants registering through race-day and $25 for walkers registering through the day of the event. T-Shirts will be provided on a first-come first-served basis.

“As leaders, both at JCJC and our community as a whole, we learn to lead by example. This event gives our students an opportunity to do just that by giving back to our wounded veterans here locally,” said SFC Buster Bounds, who represents the Mississippi Army National Guard and is the MS Magnolia GOLD instructor at JCJC. “Mississippi service members have sacrificed time from their families, jobs and communities in recent years answering the call to serve their state and country. Their efforts come at a high cost, not in dollars and cents, but in the lives of our guardsmen and their families. This 5K benefit run is just a small gesture to give back to a group that has done so much behind the scenes for years. The young soldiers/students in our program are excited about the opportunity to give back to these heroes and are looking forward to the community coming out and joining them in their effort.”

The walk will immediately follow the 5K run. Awards will be given to the: Overall Male and Female, Overall Masters Male and Female, and 1st, 2nd, 3rd place per age division. All walkers participating in the Fun Run will receive a dog-tag ribbon with the Wounded Minutemen military motto. The age groups will be: 17 under, 17-25, 25-30, 31-50, 50-65, and 65-older.

“We are anxiously looking forward to a successful first 5K Wounded Minutemen of Mississippi benefit,” said Bounds.

Registration forms can be picked up at the JCJC OneCard Office, by clicking on the Pine Belt Pacers web page at: http://www.pinebeltpacers.org/RaceInfo/Races16.html#May or by contacting Bounds at 601-310-8923 or email: milton.b.bounds.mil@mail.mil; or contact Lauren Wade at: lauren.wade@jcjc.edu. Other links to visit include: https://www.facebook.com/#!/A-Run-In-Their-Boots-1580912422199239/ and http://www.woundedminuteman.com.

Wounded Minutemen of Mississippi was founded in 2010 and is comprised of Mississippi civilian and military personnel. During the last several years, several hundred units from Mississippi have deployed to either Iraq and/or Afghanistan with some units being deployed on multiple tours. Many of our soldiers have been wounded in action and are now seeking to rebuild their lives as a private citizen. It is the organizations desire to provide financial assistance to these warriors who are having trouble reintegrating into their civilian jobs and community.

As a private, non-profit organization, it is the organization’s mission to honor and empower wounded service members from Mississippi and provide assistance to those who have sacrificed much to defend our freedom.
All, 100-percent of the money donated through, gifts, raffles, and various events is donated to the recipients.

The JCJC Magnolia GOLD Program was created by the MS National Guard and partnered with Jones County Junior College in 2014. The GOLD program offers classes in advanced leadership skills to both military and non-military students. The program was the first of its kind in Mississippi when the MS National Guard partnered with Jones County Junior College in its pilot stage.

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




The City of Meridian announces that On April 25th phase 3 of the Downtown Revitalization project will begin

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The City of Meridian announces that On April 25th phase 3 of the Downtown Revitalization project will begin. The West lane of 22nd Avenue from 5th to 8th Street will be closed for sewer and drainage repair leaving one lane open. Upon completion of that phase repairs will then be made closing the East lane of the street.

Business traffic will still be able to drive through our downtown area and shop at local businesses and dine at our restaurants.

There is a By-Pass area on 18th Avenue as well as 25th Avenue that can be used for through traffic if necessary.

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




Creedence Clearwater Revisited Brings String of Hits to MSU Riley Center

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Creedence Clearwater Revisited Brings String of Hits to MSU Riley Center


MERIDIAN, MS – Creedence Clearwater Revisited brings all the great hits of one of rock ’n’ roll’s most successful and influential bands to the MSU Riley Center on Thursday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. As a warm-up, a pre-show party will offer free refreshments in the Grand Lobby starting at 6 p.m.

The band brilliantly reproduces the original sound of Creedence Clearwater Revival, which pioneered “roots rock” decades before it became cool. The original rhythm section, drummer Doug “Cosmo” Clifford and bassist Stu Cook, still keeps the beat as propulsively as ever. Lead singer John Tristao (who sounds eerily like original Creedence vocalist John Fogerty), lead guitarist Kurt Griffey, and multi-instrumentalist Steve Gunner round out the lineup.

Creedence Clearwater Revival reeled off an incredible streak of hit songs in the late 1960s and early 1970s. They included “Travelin’ Band,” “Lookin’ Out My Back Door,” “Green River,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Fortunate Son,” “Up Around the Bend,” and of course “Proud Mary.” That band broke up in 1972. After its 1993 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Clifford and Cook formed Creedence Clearwater Revisited to keep the great music going. “I’m moving forward,” Clifford says today, “bringing back memories for the folks and – for the younger folks – making memories for them.”

If you are a season ticket holder and do not plan on using your tickets for the Creedence Clearwater Revisited show please let the MSU Riley Center Box Office know as we have a waiting list to purchase tickets. We can help sell your seats by getting you in touch with someone wishing to purchase them from you.

For fans of: John Fogerty, Steve Miller, The Band

What critics say: “Clifford and Cook do more than just pay tribute to these tunes. They pour their hearts and souls into them. … This band is in love with the music they perform.” – Jeb Wright, Classic Rock Revisited

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




ECCC Students Participate in NASA Program

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ECCC Students Participate in NASA Program

Six members of Alpha Alpha Epsilon engineering club at East Central Community College were recently selected to participate in NASA’s Community College Aerospace Scholars program.

Those selected for the prestigious program at Stennis Space Center April 11-14, 2016, included Kellen Clark of Chunky, John Creekmore of Noxapater, Megan Parrish of Pascagoula and Aaron Scoggin of Lawrence. Lane Wooten of Carthage was selected to attend the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., also held April 11-14. Samuel Mitchell of Decatur will participate at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, May 22-25, 2016.

According to ECCC mathematics instructor and AAE sponsor Michael Miles, “This program gives students an authentic NASA experience that will encourage them to finish a two-year degree or transfer to a four-year university to pursue a NASA-related career.”

To be considered for the program, students had to complete a multi-phase application process. The first phase included an application, letters of recommendation, submission of transcripts and a written essay. Upon acceptance, students then participated in interactive web-based activities including online coursework and webinars.

Those successfully completing the second phase were then allowed to apply for the onsite experience and had to undergo a competitive selection process which was based in part on the online coursework and project papers submitted.

The ECCC students selected worked on a team project mentored by NASA engineers, attended briefings by engineers and scientist, toured NASA facilities, completed a rover competition and much more.




Governor signs child protection legislation

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Governor signs child protection legislation

April 18, 2016
Gov. Phil Bryant today signed into law the Termination of Parental Rights Act and the Juvenile Detention Licensing Act.
“With your help we have taken that next step in making sure juvenile detention centers are licensed for safety,” the Governor told judges, child protection agency heads and children’s justice advocates who had gathered at the Mississippi Supreme Court to hear a presentation about protecting infants and toddlers who are abused and neglected.
The Governor and First Lady Deborah Bryant sat in on part of a presentation about the Zero to Three Safe Babies Court Team Approach and the Excel by Five program for infants and toddlers. The Governor brought with him and signed the Juvenile Detention Licensing Act. He signed the Termination of Parental Rights Act earlier in the day before attending the meeting.
Jurist in Residence John Hudson of Natchez, who has worked for many years to bring about improvements in juvenile detention facilities, said, “I think it’s a huge step forward in juvenile justice in Mississippi. It will mean that when children are placed in detention facilities, we can be confident that they are placed in a facility where their safety and well being is uppermost.”
Rankin County Court Judge Thomas Broome, chair of the Council of Youth Court Judges and co-chair of the Commission on Children’s Justice, said, “The administration of justice for children has been greatly improved today by the signing of the Termination of Parental Rights Act and Juvenile Detention Licensing Act. The Governor and the First Lady understand the importance of the collaborative efforts of all the stakeholders working together to improve the lives of children and families.”
Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr., who had asked the Legislature to revise the termination of parental rights law, said the revisions will benefit children who come under the protection of the courts.
The Termination of Parental Rights Act, House Bill 1240, introduced by Rep. Trey Lamar of Senatobia and Rep. Kimberly Campbell of Jackson, repealed problematic sections of the existing laws and replaced those with statues which are intended to achieve permanent placement more quickly for abused and neglected children. The legislation removed provisions that blocked adoption of children by relatives in some cases and removed provisions that prevented termination of parental rights of an estranged parent in some cases.
The Termination of Parental Rights Act brings help to “lots of children who are presently hung up in the foster care system, so that they can be placed in safe homes,” said Judge Hudson.
Judge Broome said that reunification of families is always the most desirable outcome in cases involving children. “However, in those instances in which the harm has been too great, termination of parental rights is the way these children achieve permanency, well being and safety.”
HB 1240 went into effect immediately.
HB 1240 is at this link: http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2016/pdf/history/HB/HB1240.xml.
The Juvenile Detention Licensing Act, Senate Bill 2364, introduced by Sen. Brice Wiggins of Pascagoula, requires licensing of juvenile detention facilities by October 2017 to assure minimum standards. Facility reviews will start in October 2016. The new law increases the authority of the existing Juvenile Facilities Monitoring Unit, giving it the role of a licensing agency. Previously, the Juvenile Facilities Monitoring Unit, a part of the Department of Public Safety, could inspect and point out shortcomings, but lacked authority to force improvements. Under the new statute, if a facility fails to make improvements, it won’t be licensed.
Judge Hudson sad, “The main thing that this does is it creates minimum standards for all of our detention facilities to make certain that children who are detained are safely detained. The purpose was to create minimum standards that would benefit both the detention facility and make sure that children housed there would be housed safely and cared for appropriately. The primary reason was the safety of the kids. Those standards first and foremost are to protect those children who have to be detained. It also protects the facilities. It gives them a standard to qualify under, which protects them from lawsuits.”
About 15 juvenile detention facilities operate in the state. Counties which do not have a facility pay to house juvenile detainees in another county’s juvenile detention center.
The Act seeks to improve training of juvenile detention facility staff and improve education provided to juveniles while they are confined.
The new statute directs input from the Council of Youth Court Judges.
The Juvenile Facilities Monitoring Unit will adopt the standards proposed by the Juvenile Detention and Alternatives Task Force in 2014. Judge Hudson, who led that organization, said giving the authority to the licensing agency and the advisory agency, rather than setting out the standards in the statute, will make it easier to upgrade those standards in the future.
Senate Bill 2364 will go into effect July 1.
SB 2364 is at this link: http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2016/pdf/history/SB/SB2364.xml.
The Governor signed the Juvenile Detention Licensing Act at a presentation about devoting more resources to improving the lives of at risk infants and toddlers. One of the benefits of the Safe Babies Court Team approach is that abused and neglected children who receive intensive attention from the courts and child protective services are less likely to become juvenile delinquents who would land in detention.
Forrest County Court Judge Michael McPhail, who implemented the Zero to Three and Excel by Five programs a decade ago, estimates that they have saved Forrest County $1 million that would have been spent dealing with juvenile delinquents.
Forty communities across the state use the Excel by Five program.
The Safe Babies Court Team is a community engagement and systems-change initiative focused on improving how the courts, child welfare agencies, and related child-serving organizations work together, share information, and expedite services for young children in the child welfare system. The Safe Babies Court Teams help very young victims of maltreatment by
protecting babies from further harm and addressing the damage already done. Each Safe Babies Court Team is a public–private collaboration between Zero to Three, local courts, community leaders, child and family advocates, child welfare agencies, early care and education providers, government agencies, private philanthropies, nonprofit and private service providers, and attorneys committed to improving the community’s response to child abuse and neglect.
Janie Huddleston, director of the Washington, D.C.-based Quality Improvement Center for Research-Based Infant-Toddler Court Teams, and Josie Brown of Hattiesburg, Senior Community Coordinator for the Forrest County Zero to Three program, gave an overview of the programs. Some of those gathered to hear about the programs included Dr. David Chandler, director of the Division of Family and Children’s Services, John Davis, executive director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services, and Youth Services Director James Maccarone. Chief Justice Waller, Children’s Justice Commission members Justice Dawn Beam and Court of Appeals Judge Virginia Carlton, Mississippi Judicial College Director Randy Pierce and University of Mississippi School of Law Child Advocacy Center Director David Calder were among participants.
Huddleston said, “We talked with agency directors, the governor and other staff about how we can all work together to improve the lives of infants and toddlers....We have the opportunity to move forward.”
A photo is attached. Cutline info is: Gov. Phil Bryant signs the Juvenile Detention Licensing Act as Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. and Division of Family and Children’s Services Executive Director David Chandler watch.

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




Java & Jazz at JCJC ...

Jones County Junior College ... Bobby Shows Exhibit Hall of the Ronald E. Whitehead Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville
Java & Jazz at JCJC
ELLISVILLE -Two of the small ensemble student groups at Jones County Junior College, JC Jazz along with JC Voices will be continuing a fifteen-year tradition on Thursday, April 28, at 7 p.m. when they present “Java and Jazz” in the Bobby Shows Exhibit Hall of the Ronald E. Whitehead Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville. This concert, featuring JC Jazz, under the direction of interim Director of Bands, Jeff Cannon, and JC Voices, under the direction of Fine Arts Division Chair, Dr. Susan Smith, is free and open to the public.

The jazz band will perform works arranged by Mike Baron, Scott Ragsdale, Dave Barduhn, Andy Clark, as well as pieces composed by retired JC Jazz Band Director, Jeff Brown. Kay Guiles, faculty piano and organ instructor, will accompany JC Voices, who will be honoring Frank Sinatra this year with crowd favorites like “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “My Funny Valentine,” “I’ll Be Seeing You,” and “All the Things You Are.” Student soloists will be featured in both JC Jazz and JC Voices, and a surprise guest artist might even perform with the band.

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

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




EMBDC - Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Events

Small Business Leadership Award Reception
MCC Tommy Dulaney Multi-Purpose Building
Wednesday, April 20th
9:00 a.m.

Business & Community Showcase
MCC Tommy Dulaney Multi-Purpose Building
Wednesday, April 20th
10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

State Games of Mississippi
Sponsor Reception
Business After Hours
City Hall Lawn
Thursday, April 21st
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Brookdale Senior Living
Ribbon Cutting
4555 35th Ave.
Tuesday, April 26th
4:30 p.m.

Trustmark Bank
Ribbon Cutting
700 23rd Ave.
Tuesday, May 3rd
3:30 p.m.

SuperTalk Ribbon Cutting
613 22nd Ave
Thursday, May 5th
10:30 a.m.




Medical Grants for Miss. Families ......

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I wanted to let you know that medical grants are available to help families in Mississippi pay for their child’s health care needs.

Unfortunately, many local residents are unaware of this great resource so I’m hoping you will consider a story that will get the word out to Mississippians that child medical grants are available.

Since 2007, the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) has awarded over 10,000 grants valued at more than $29 million to children and their families across the United States for treatments to help pay for medical services and equipment such as physical, occupational and speech therapy, counseling services, surgeries, prescriptions, wheelchairs, orthotics, eyeglasses and hearing aids.

In Mississippi, very few families applied for grants last year. Therefore, we’re launching an awareness campaign to inform people about the foundation and encourage families to apply for grants at www.UHCCF.org.

I will follow up with you shortly to determine your interest in a story. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me for additional information.

Thanks for your consideration,
Lindsey

Lindsey Rousselle Andry
Communications Strategist
Gambel Communications
204 Metairie Road, Suite C
Metairie, Louisiana 70005
(o) 504.324.4242 | (c) 615.310.0024
gambelpr.com




EMBDC Recognizes April Ambassadors of the Month

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




Casey Holladay
Events Coordinator
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation

1901 Front Street, Suite A
Meridian, MS 39301

601-693-1306
601-693-5638
www.embdc.org




Reading Rock ... J A and Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library

Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library
The Junior Auxiliary of Meridian is hosting along with the
Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library. Reading Rocks
will take place Saturday, April 16th from 10 to noon.






Choctaw Indian Fair Announces Entertainment and Fair Extras

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Choctaw Indian Fair Announces Entertainment and Fair Extras

CHOCTAW, Miss. – (April 8, 2016) – It is that time of year again! The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians will once again showcase their beautiful Choctaw cultural traditions during the 66th Annual Choctaw Indian Fair July 13-16, 2016. The fair will host chart-topping and award-winning country music artists on the main stage. Also performing will be the Living Traditions Dance Troupe with World Champion Hoop Dancer Derrick Davis. Fan favorite the Scales, Tails and Teeth Gator Show featuring Andy Riffle and Ian Tyson as seen on Animal Planet’s “Gator Boys” will return to the fairgrounds.

2016 Fair Entertainment Schedule
Wednesday, July 13 62nd Choctaw Indian Princess Pageant at 7:00 PM
Thursday, July 14 Sawyer Brown at 8:30 PM
Friday, July 15 Sara Evans at 8:30 PM
Saturday, July 16 Trace Adkins at 8:30 PM

2016 Fair Extras Schedule
Scales, Tails & Teeth Gator Show Thursday – Saturday (three shows daily at 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM)
Living Traditions Dance Troupe Thursday-Saturday (special performance Thursday, July 14 at 7:00 PM on main stage)

2016 Fair Competitions
Gospel Night Tuesday, July 12 with a special performance by winning act on Thursday, July 14 prior to Sawyer Brown
Iron Warrior Thursday, July 14 - Saturday, July 16 (Men’s & Women’s Divisions), Registration open at www.choctawindianfair.com/competitions
5th Annual REZ RUN Saturday, July 16 at 7:00 AM at Warrior Stadium, registration is now available at www.racesonline.com

As always, Choctaw Social Dancing and cultural displays will also be showcased at the stage nightly before the musical performances. Immediately following the show, World Series of Stickball games will be played at Warrior Stadium with the World Series Stickball Championship Game capping off the last night of the fair Saturday, July 16th at 10:15 PM.

To learn more about the 67th Annual Choctaw Indian Fair, visit www.choctawindianfair.com, like us on Facebook at Choctaw Indian Fair or call the fair hotline at 601-650-7450.




MSU-Meridian Education Career Fair

(3rd floor MSU Riley Center)
MSU-Meridian Education Career Fair – Friday, April 15
(3rd floor MSU Riley Center)

10:30 – 12 Fair
1:00 – 3:30 Interviews

Our career center is hosting an education career fair for our education students. The fair will be broken into two parts – from 10:30 -12 noon, thirty-one education students from Meridian, Starkville and distance learners will have the opportunity to visit 31 school districts from all over Mississippi to gather information and learn more about what the districts are about and openings they may have. Then from 1-3:30, the students will interview with prospective students.





Lisa Sollie
Project Coordinator
Office of Public Affairs
601.484.0113 (office)
601.484.0339 (fax)
lsollie@meridian.msstate.edu




The Mississippi Reentry Council .....

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Reentry Council makes recommendations on jobs, housing, mental health

April 14, 2016
The Mississippi Reentry Council today made recommendations regarding employment, housing, mental health care and other issues affecting former inmates after their release from prison.
The Reentry Council presented its report to the Governor, the Legislature and the Supreme Court. The report examines, among other things, post-release housing, mental health care and job finding for inmates leaving prison, and calls for complete implementation of criminal justice reform law enacted two years ago.
Among the recommendations is a proposal to use the Marion/Walthall Regional Jail for a pilot program for transitional housing, a halfway house, a technical violation center and a cognitive behavior modification program for inmates leaving prison.
The report said, “A significant impediment for inmates leaving institutions is a suitable place to live. In fact, a significant number of parole eligible inmates remain in custody because they have no place to go. This results in significant incarceration costs and is of no benefit to the inmate.”
The Reentry Council report called for continued development of programming in prisons to prepare inmates for jobs.
The Reentry Council asked the Legislature to investigate possible creation of a system of mental health and reentry courts modeled on the state’s drug courts. About 17 percent of inmates leaving state prisons have diagnosed mental health issues. Many are on medications, and they are provided a 30-day supply upon release from prison. The report also called for implementing a memorandum of understanding with the Social Security Administration to provide immediate access to SSI and Medicaid benefits for mentally ill inmates upon release from prison.
“Mentally ill inmates are at high risk to recidivate without continued mental health treatment, including medications,” the report said.
The Reentry Council works to create effective strategies to assist former inmates in their return to society, reduce recidivism, provide ample funds for operating the state prison system and improve public safety. The Reentry Council began as an ad hoc group in December 2013 and was formalized by the Legislature in 2015.
U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett of Hattiesburg, chairman of the Reentry Council, said Thursday, “Almost 10,000 Mississippians leave prison each year and return to our communities. Everyone benefits when they return, join the mainstream of society and become productive, law abiding citizens. Transitioning from years of incarceration back to freedom is difficult. We will make our communities safer, save taxpayers money and improve the lot of reentering inmates and their families when the transition is successful. The Reentry Council is working to develop programs, partnerships and accountability to make these goals achievable.”
The Reentry Council report noted that from 2013 to 2015, the state’s inmate population declined by more than 4,000. The report credited sweeping changes in sentencing laws brought about by House Bill 585, which was passed by the 2014 Legislature.
But the report said that labor-intensive and expensive requirements of HB 585, including risk-needs assessments of inmates, have not been completely implemented. The report called for appropriate funding to allow all mandates of the reform legislation to be put into practice quickly.
Other recommendations include:

• determine future prison space needs and develop objective criteria to evaluate incarceration trends and the most efficient use of resources;
• conduct a study of the disabled, sick elderly population in prison to develop a cost-saving plan to release those inmates to specially designed nursing homes, families or other suitable places in the communities;
• conduct a study to determine the advisability, cost and benefits of abating inmates’ child support obligations while incarcerated;
develop an enforcement mechanism for the HB 585 requirement that inmates leaving prison have a government issued identification card.
Beverly Pettigrew Kraft
Public Information Officer
Administrative Office of Courts
Jackson, MS
601-576-4637
bkraft@courts.ms.gov




“The Ultimate Showdown.” ... Forum

Hale County Courthouse 1001 Main Street Greensboro, AL
Place: Hale County Courthouse Courtroom
Date: April 20,2016
Time: 5:00 p.m.
We, the founders and Board of Directors of Generation of Tomorrow’s Ambassadors, Inc., present “The Ultimate Showdown.” This is a forum to bring to the table all local, county, and state officials who will come ready to answer your questions, and to enable us all to move forward together. Let’s better our community, county, and state.
We want to see Hale County grow and to see new businesses that will bring more jobs come to our area. All of our district’s officials have been invited to participate as panelists, and most have already confirmed attendance. Andrea Williams, news anchor and reporter for WTOK Newscenter 11 (ABC affiliate), Meridian, Miss., will be the guest moderator. Already confirmed state-level panelists include Regis King, spokesperson for ALEA; a representative of the Secretary of State’s Office; a representative of the Attorney General’s office; and a representative from the NAACP.
It gives us great pleasure to invite you to attend our forum entitled “The Ultimate Showdown” to be held at the Hale County Courthouse in Greensboro, Ala., at 5:00 p.m. on April 20, 2016. Officials, please keep an open mind to our citizens’ questions and concerns. In order to consolidate and categorize questions from our Hale County Citizens they need to be pre-submitted to GOTA. You can fax them to (334) 624-8327, mail them to: GOTA, Attn: The Ultimate Showdown, 1005 Market Street, Greensboro, AL 36744, or drop them off at the GOTA office, currently located within The Greensboro Watchman office. It’s time for us all to work together to better our community, county, and state.
Thank you in advance for your support!!
If you have any questions, please contact me at (205)-844-2098.




EMBDC will host a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Chunky River Harley Davidson

Chunky River Harley Davidson 584 Bonita Lakes Dr. Meridian, MS
What: The EMBDC will host a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Chunky River Harley Davidson

When: Friday, April 15th at 3:30 p.m.

Where: 584 Bonita Lakes Dr.
Meridian, MS

Why: Chunky River Harley Davidson has recently come under new ownership. We will host a ribbon cutting.


Casey Holladay
Events Coordinator
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation

1901 Front Street, Suite A
Meridian, MS 39301

601-693-1306
601-693-5638
www.embdc.org




EMBDC Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for Nissan of Meridian

Nissan of Meridian ... next to their New South Ford dealership
EMBDC Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for Nissan of Meridian
Meridian, MS ¬ - The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation (EMBDC) recently held a Groundbreaking Ceremony for Nissan of Meridian. They are breaking ground on the new Nissan of Meridian next to their New South Ford dealership.
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
601-693-5638
www.embdc.org




MPSD - Upcoming Events - April

See Schedule
Northwest Middle School Spring Concert
Thursday, April 14 – 6:00 p.m.
Northwest Auditorium

Magnolia Middle School Presents “No Child…”
Thursday, April 14; Monday, April 18; and Tuesday, April 19 – 7:00 p.m.
Meridian High School Auditorium
Admission $5
Students from Magnolia Middle School will present the play “No Child…” The play was written by Nilaja Sun and is directed by Randy Ferino Wayne, Magnolia Band Director.

MPSD Fourth Grade Students Participate in the Meridian Symphony Orchestra Link-Up Program
Friday, April 15 – 9:00 a.m.
MSU Riley Center

Get to College Scholarship Winner Announcement
Thursday, April 21 – 11:10 a.m.
Meridian High School
An MHS student has won a $1,000 scholarship from the “Get to College” Essay Contest. The contest staff will be at MHS to surprise the student and present the check. The student is one of 50 winners that were selected from over 2,000 entries!

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




College Park United Methodist Church will hold outdoor services at the Island at Bonita Lakes

Island at Bonita Lakes
College Park United Methodist Church
Event Dates and Times
5/1/2016 - Starts: 11:00 AM
Island at Bonita Lakes
College Park United Methodist Church will hold outdoor services on Sunday, May 1st at 11am on the island at Bonita Lakes. Bring a sack lunch and a lawn chair and join us, weather permitting. Bottled water will be provided.




Lending a Help Hand Program for Sister patricia Thompson

Christian Fellowship Baptist Church Cr. 32 Yantley, AL
Lending a Help Hand Program for Sister patricia Thompson
Event Dates and Times
4/23/2016 - Starts: 4:00 PM
Christian Fellowship Baptist Church Center 32 Yantley, Al
Lending a Helping Hand Program for Sister Patricia Thompson will be held at Christian Fellowship Baptist Church, Cr. 32 Yantley, AL. on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
Featuring the Sunset Jubilees of Mobile, AL. and other local talent
Rev. Robert Webb, Sr., Pastor




Intersection of 23rd Avenue and 6th Street will be closed for short periods of time for street paving.

Intersection of 23rd Avenue and 6th Street Meridian, MS
The City of Meridian announces that the week of April 18th the intersection of 23rd Avenue and 6th Street will be closed for short periods of time for street paving. The right turn lane onto 6th Street will remain open as it is outside the limits of construction.

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




Heaven's Gates Hell's Flames

Antioch Baptist Church 12150 Rd. 298 - Off of Highway 19 North Union, MS
Antioch Baptist Church to present
the live drama production
Heaven's Gates Hell's Flames
Sunday, April 24th - Tuesday, April 26th, 2016
with shows at 7:00p.m. nightly
For more information call 601-986-8771
FREE ADMISSION
Childcare provided

Kellie Penson
601.504.5719




The Main Street Chamber of Leake County Presents: Square Affair 2016

McMillan Park Carthage, MS
The Main Street Chamber of Leake County Presents:
Square Affair 2016
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McMillan Park, Carthage, MS 39051
Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
FREE ADMISSION
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On Saturday, May 21st, the Main Street Chamber of Leake County will unite with patrons from multiple Mississippi regions, walks of life, age ranges, and disciplinesto present The Square Affair 2016. This statewide event, having grownexponentially, is expected to be the largest in two decades. There will be something for every age range to enjoy, including live music from multiple genres,garden tractor pulls, the kids fishing rodeo, kid's zone, baseball, car shows, art and crafts exhibits, talent shows, great food and much more. “The day long activities are family friendly and free of charge,” says Russell Baty, Executive Director.

The Square Affair begins at 8 am with the Baptist Medical Center Leake County Heart of Dixie 5k Run. There will be live music during the day which will culminate with an evening of live blues presented by the Mississippi Delta’s own James SuperChikan Johnson. As many as 100 vendors will be in place.

For program information, contact Russell Baty at carthagemainstre@bellsouth.net
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What: The Square Affair
Where: McMillan Park in Carthage, MS 39051
When: Saturday, May 21st, 2016, 8am-9pm


For program information, contact Russell Baty at carthagemainstre@bellsouth.net


Revival Services

Union Missionary Baptist Church Meridian, MS
Revival Services ...
April 25h -29th
Guest Evangelist: Rev. Robert Smith, pastor of
New Bethel Baptist in Detroit, MI

Rev. Melvin Hendricks is the pastor of the church


ECCC Art Exhibit Opens

East Central Community College Lobby of the Vickers Fine Arts Center
ECCC Art Exhibit Opens

The East Central Community College Art Department will host its 2016 Student Art Exhibition beginning Monday, April 18, through Friday, April 29, in the lobby of the Vickers Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

A reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in the lobby of the Vickers Fine Arts Center. Refreshments will be provided by the college’s Culinary Arts department.

The exhibition will feature drawings, paintings, sculpture and designs produced by EC students during the 2015-2016 school year.
Students whose work will be featured include:

Madelyn Ball and Amaziah Sierra, both of Louisville, Blake Barnes of Lena, Sarah Barfield of Walnut Grove, Amber Chaney of Conehatta, BriiAnna Bout of Decatur, Shawna Bush of Lawrence, Jala Hobson of Brandon, Michael Hackett of Union, Madison Kennedy of Little Rock, Kristie Kitchings of Carthage, Sydney Keith of Philadelphia, Kayley Pennington of Pelahatchie, Lauryn Tucker of Pearl and Caleb Welch of Brandon.

Jeffrey Hodges serves as art instructor. For more information, contact Hodges at 601-635-6229 or email jhodges@eccc.edu.




City of Meridian announces Street Closure

65th Avenue between 5th Street and Old 8th Street Road
The City of Meridian announces that beginning Friday, April 15th 65th Avenue between 5th Street and Old 8th Street Road will be closed
for approximately one day for a water & sewer tap.

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




Heart Behind the Music Brings Intimate Songs, Stories to MSU Riley Center April 30th

MSU Riley Center Meridian, MS
Heart Behind the Music Brings Intimate Songs, Stories to MSU Riley Center April 30th


MERIDIAN, MS – The Heart Behind the Music singer-songwriter showcase will return to the MSU Riley Center on Saturday, April 30, with John Berry, Will Champlin, Linda Davis, Billy Dean and special guest Chloe Channell. The concert will start at 7:30 p.m.

After charming audiences during several previous visits to the MSU Riley Center, the intimate Heart Behind the Music series has become a Meridian favorite. The musicians sit side by side on a bare stage, each with just a guitar or keyboard. They take turns singing songs that mean something to them and telling inside stories about their professional – and personal – lives.

Here’s a little background on the performers:
• John Berry’s soulful tenor voice first hit the country charts in 1994 with “Your Love Amazes Me.”
• Will Champlin, whose father, Bill, appeared in a Heart Behind the Music concert at the MSU Riley Center in April 2015, placed third on Season Five of “The Voice” in 2013.
• Linda Davis, mother of singer Hillary Scott of the superstar country group Lady Antebellum, reached number one on the country charts herself in 1993 with “Does He Love You,” a duet with Reba McEntire.
• Billy Dean has put more than 20 songs on the Billboard country charts, starting in 1990 with “Only Here for a Little While.”
• Chloe Channell, who at age 14 is already an eight-year stage veteran, has teamed with Dean to write a new anti-bullying song, “Hurt People.”

Not even the performers know in advance what songs they’ll perform or what secrets they’ll reveal. But they can guarantee at least one thing: a deeply touching evening of music and memories.

For fans of: singer-songwriters, acoustic music, stories behind the songs

What Heart Behind the Music artists say about the MSU Riley Center: “HUGE THANKS to Dennis Sankovich and his team at the MSU Riley Center for Education & Performing Arts for a great night on April 11th, 2015. We love going to Meridian, Mississippi.” – The Heart Behind the Music Facebook page

Tickets are $39 and $33 at the MSU Riley Center Box Office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.msurileycenter.com or by calling the box office at 601.696.2200




The original 1817 Mississippi Constitution to be on display at State Law Library April 12th

Mississippi Supreme Court building 450 High Street Jackson, MS
1817 Mississippi Constitution to be on display at State Law Library
April 12th

The original 1817 Mississippi Constitution will be on display on Tuesday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the State Law Library in Jackson. The historic display is free and open to the public at the Mississippi Supreme Court building at 450 High Street.
The display of the more than 40-page hand written document that established Mississippi’s government at the inception of statehood is part of the prelude to the state’s Bicentennial in 2017. The Mississippi Department of Archives and History will make the Constitution of 1817 document available for public viewing at the Law Library during National Library Week.
The 1817 Constitution and the 20-star flag that marked Mississippi’s addition to the Union will travel the state starting in October. Plans for events leading up to the state’s Bicentennial call for the 1817 Constitution and the flag to be part of a traveling exhibit in 10 communities around the state.
“We are excited to be able to give the public a glimpse, if only briefly, of this historic treasure,” said Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. “The constitutional rights that we as a court are called upon to interpret today trace their beginnings to this document.”
Opportunities to see the actual document are rare. Because of its age, it is rarely removed from secure, climate controlled storage, said Chris Goodwin, director of public information for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
State Law Librarian Stephen Parks arranged to have the 1817 Constitution displayed. “When I read about the upcoming tour of the Constitution, I felt it would be nice that the State Law Library display it due to our role as the state's library. The Department of Archives and History has been gracious in allowing us to display it, especially during National Library Week.”
Parks said, “This year’s National Library Week theme is ‘Libraries Transform.’ We are thrilled at hosting this document that assisted Mississippi in transforming to the state it is today, 200 years later.”
Mississippi became the twentieth state of the United States on Dec. 10, 1817. The Mississippi Territory took its first step toward statehood when President James Madison authorized people living in the western portion of the Mississippi Territory to form a state government. A constitutional convention of 48 delegates met in the town of Washington, near Natchez, on July 7, 1817, and began drafting the constitution. On Aug. 15, 1817, the 8,957-word document was signed by 45 of the delegates. One of the delegates objected, one was absent due to illness and one had died.
A digital copy of the document is at this link: http://mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives/series/constitutions/detail/34611. A digital copy of the first page is attached.
A transcript of the entire text of the Mississippi Constitution of 1817 is at this link:
http://mshistorynow.mdah.state.ms.us/articles/100/index.php?s=extra&id=267.

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




Make-A-Wish Foundation - 2 Day garage Sale

10165 Lynwood Drive Tanglewood Estates
April 22 and 23, Friday and Saturday, 7 am to 2 pm at 10165 Lynwood Drive, Tanglewood Estates will be our next make a wish garage sale. All cloths, shoes, purses, hats, are .50 each, 7ft Christmas tree 20.00, girl crib set 20.00, 20 inch GE TV 25.00, all books .25 each, puzzles and toys .25 and .50 each. Prints and frames .25 to 2.00, whatnots,household items etc. Bring your recyclable items cans, inkjet cartridges, and old locks and keys. Help us grant wishes in this area. 601-4838144




Jimmie Rodgers Musical Stage Play "America's Blue Yodeler"

Meridian Little Theatre Highway 39 North Meridi9an, MS
Jimmie Rodgers Musical Stage Play
May 5th - 10th
Call for show times (601) 482-6371




Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival

Meridian City Hall Green
Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival
May 6th & 7th
Meridian City Hall Green

(601) 917-4344

(601) 917-4344


EMCC MUSIC THEATRE WORKSHOP TO PRESENT MURDER MYSTERY

East Mississippi Community College Scooba campus in the Board Dining Room of the Student Union
EMCC MUSIC THEATRE WORKSHOP TO PRESENT MURDER MYSTERY

Come eat dinner and watch a play during East Mississippi Community College 2016 Music Theatre Workshop’s production of “Dinner at Eight, Dead by Nine.” The play takes place Thursday, April 28, at 7 p.m. at the Scooba campus in the Board Dining Room of the Student Union. A meal is included in the $10 admission cost. During the play, one of the main characters falls over dead in a plate of spaghetti. During the rest of the play, the remaining characters attempt to solve the murder. There will be a special appearance by EMCC Funeral Service Technology students. Tickets need to be purchased by April 18. To purchase a ticket, call Music Theatre Workshop instructor Wendy Smith at (662) 476-5004 or send her an email at wsmith@eastms.edu. Cast members for the play are: front row, from left, Lauren Mott of Caledonia; Eli Hatch of Steens; Pauline Pimolle of Marseille, France; Sarah Watkins of Philadelphia; Hope Smith of McComb; Tamyiah Hibbler of DeKalb; and Taylor Hasson of Meridian. In the back row are, from left, Desiree Savage of Columbus; Ashley Henley of Brooksville; Mary Utz of Columbus; Eddie Franklin of Macon; Ada Bash of Starkville; Anna Lane of Macon; Tremaine Rencher of Scooba; Antonia Cole of Dekalb; and Alicia Robertson of Scooba. Not pictured is Tia Smith of Columbus.




JCJC’s PTK officers earn regional awards

Jones County Junior College
JCJC’s PTK officers earn regional awards
ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Rho Sigma chapter of the academic international Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa have earned six awards at the regional conference held recently. With more than 200 members of the organization working to complete various projects and fundraisers, the group was recognized for their efforts as a Top 10 Distinguished Chapter and the officer team was recognized as the runner up, Distinguished Chapter Officer Team. The student chapter officer team includes: Luke Tucker: Vice President of Fellowship-Ellisville; Jonathan Jones: Director of Website-Purvis; Ethan Davis: President-Laurel; Wes Herring: Vice President of Scholarship-Laurel; Adam Wigley: Director of Social Media-Richton; Chase Roberts: Historian, Mize; Kiana McFadden: Vice President of Leadership-Waynesboro; Hannah Boyte: Director of Campus Activities-Sumrall; Geneva Catlett: Director of College Project- Lucedale; Natalie Beth Seales: Vice President of Service-Hattiesburg; Virginia-Leigh Donohue: Director of Honors in Action-Vicksburg; Jenna Smith: Director of Publications and Marketing-Columbia; Annie Price: Director of Fundraising-Tupelo and Morgan Lewis, Ellisville, Southern District Representative for MS/LA Region, Laurel.

“Our chapter officers and advisors take the mission of Phi Theta Kappa, to give students a global perspective and help them achieve excellence, very seriously. We want to do our best to honor the time our members give us, from ensuring meetings are effective to communicating through Canvas, and winning some awards doesn't hurt either,” said the sophomore, PTK president, Ethan Davis. “You may join other clubs for your present enjoyment or benefit because you want something fun to do in college, but joining Phi Theta Kappa benefits your future.”

Davis, a Soso native majoring in English was also recognized individually for his efforts by receiving the Order of the Golden Key Award. He was chosen by his fellow officers for his exceptional work as PTK president and involvement in the Honors in Action project, among other projects. Davis was also selected by the college as a JCJC finalist for the Academic All-American/New Century Scholars program and was included in the JCJC Hall of Fame and “Who’s Who.”

“I could not be more honored to have been given this PTK award; I'm taking it as a sign that hard work does pay off. I have genuinely enjoyed working with the entire team this year and firmly believe that nothing would have happened without their help,” said Davis.

As a chapter, JCJC’s PTK students earned first place for its, “Honors in Action” theme, “Ideas and Ideologies.” The group worked on improving the community through several initiatives, like a voter registration drive and the Informed Citizens Endeavor campaign. Davis explained the chapter worked hard to develop a topic that had both academic merit and could cause meaningful change, not only at Jones, but everywhere. He believes they created something unique with the Informed Citizens Endeavor.

“We can say we registered hundreds of students to vote, but that was not the goal. Our mission was to show people that they have a voice and that a better world can only exist if they work for it. I honestly believe we did that for many people, even if only one person becomes politically active because of ICE, our efforts were well spent,” said Davis.

The College Project included a campus beautification component, utilizing two, student-designed sculptures to be placed on campus. That project, which included community sponsors and JCJC welding students, earned fifth place in the region. The student development newsletter for JCJC’s students was recognized with a runner-up award.

One of the four advisors of the organization, Julie Atwood also found herself in the spotlight. She received the Bennie Warren Outstanding Advisor Award at the regional conference. She was one of 15 advisors selected by a panel of judges from 48 nominees internationally.

“I was stunned but very pleased to receive the Bennie Warren Outstanding Advisor Award. I greatly enjoy working with students from year to year and it is nice to be recognized for my efforts."

The Ellisville resident has been advising the group for the last seven years. She will be honored at the annual convention in Maryland in April. The chapter may be awarded more honors at that convention, but she is already very proud of the chapter’s accomplishments and recognition bestowed this year.

“Our officer team and chapter members have worked diligently to assure that our College Project came to fruition with two student-designed sculptures being unveiled on campus as well as our Honors in Action project reminding our student body and community of the importance of civic involvement and, particularly, exercising the right to vote. In a very active and competitive region, being recognized as one of the Top 10 Distinguished Chapters is a very significant accomplishment,” said Atwood.
The chapter is positioned to earn more awards and honors at the annual international convention in April.

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




JCJC’s Concert Choir performing at First Baptist Church of Laurel

First Baptist Church of Laurel
JCJC’s Concert Choir performing at First Baptist Church of Laurel

ELLISVILLE–Jones County Junior College’s Concert Choir will be performing on Sunday, April 10, at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Laurel. JCJC choral director, Joel Dunlap will be leading the 102-member concert choir and invites the public to this event, free of charge.

The program will include a variety of selections with excerpts from Mozart's, “Requiem.” Additionally, the concert will include a gospel and spiritual selection featuring student soloists: Lydia Myers of Laurel, Austin Perkins of Ellisville, Trey Hicks of Ellisville, Lexus Peppers of Ellisville, Gary Young, Jr., of Ellisville, Jessica McLaurin of Louin, Jarvis Russell of Long Beach and J.D. Bilbo of Ellisville.

Also on the program will be organist Nathan Jones and Dr. Victoria Johnson. Assisting the choir as the group’s accompanist is JCJC’s fine arts faculty member and organist, Kay Guiles. For more information contact the JCJC Fine Arts Department at 601-477-4094.

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




ECCC Drafting Program Receives $25,000 Grant

East central Community College
ECCC Drafting Program Receives $25,000 Grant
The Drafting and Design Technology program at East Central Community College in Decatur was recently awarded a $25,000 grant by the Mississippi Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors.
The grant, applied for by instructor Chris Ryals, is awarded to those promoting surveying and professional licensure and was based on “the college’s need for equipment and the merit of the education that was being provided for the students.”
According to Ryals, East Central was the only college with a Land Surveying Technology Program to receive the grant.
Ryals said, “Based on the needs and the amount of funding available, I requested that the college purchase a new Robotic Total Station to meet MDOT equipment standards, a new Survey-Grade Global Positioning Unit capable of centimeter accuracy, additional necessary survey equipment such as Tripods and Prism Rods to replace aging equipment, hand-held radios for across campus communication between survey parties and a new Data Collector capable of operating the GPS and Total Station.
“These purchases will enable the surveying program at East Central to not only grow in numbers with new pieces of equipment, but we will maintain technological standards and be capable of teaching the latest methods of surveying to our students.”
For more information on the college’s Drafting and Design Technology program, contact the Workforce Education Division at 601-635-6210 or email weason@eccc.edu.




ECCC SkillsUSA Participants Win State Honors

East central Community College ... see schedule
ECCC SkillsUSA Participants Win State Honors

During the 2015-16 Mississippi SkillsUSA Competition, East Central Community College students captured top awards in 15 areas of competition. All first place winners advance to the SkillsUSA National Conference in Louisville, Ky., this summer.

Award winners included Jason Forrest of Decatur, first place in technical drafting; Alan Graham of Forest, first place in industrial motor controls; Ryan Hill of Forest, first place in heating, ventilation and air conditioning; and Enoc Reynoso of Carthage, first place in restaurant service.

Josh Crutcher of Sebastopol, second place in cabinetmaking; Cody Hollingsworth of Lake, second place in plumbing; Ben McDaniel of Philadelphia, second place in carpentry; and Jordan Prisock of Louisville, second place in automotive refinishing.

Lauren Copeland of Walnut Grove, third place in architectural drafting; Eric Gunn of Forest, third place in electrical construction wiring; Amber Jamerson of Tupelo, third place in job interview; Samuel Kelly of Union, third place in CNC Turning; George Brown of Duck Hill, third place in collision repair; Bay White of Sturgis, third place in CNC Milling; and Hagen French of Lake, and Jay Riser, Tyler Sullivan and Trace Wade, all of Forest, third place in team works.




FEMA will have representatives at the Shubuta Fire Department ...

Shubuta Fire Department
FEMA will have representatives at the Shubuta Fire Department April 7 & 8, 2016 from 10:00 – 5:00 each day to assist residents who suffered losses during the recent floods.

If you would like to come down and do a story I will be available to assist you in any way possible. I would like to get the word out so that anyone who needs assistance is able to get it.
I have attached a copy of the flyer that FEMA/MEMA is passing out to residents. It contains information on how to register for assistance.

Contact me if you have any questions.

Eddie Ivy
Director
Clarke County Emergency Management Agency
Clarke County Fire Service
P.O. Box 155
115 East Church Street
Quitman, MS 39355
ema@clarkecounty.gov
601-776-2256 Office
601-776-1089 Fax
601-776-3960 24 Hour Dispatch




JCJC offering ACT Prep Camp

Jones County Junior College
JCJC offering ACT Prep Camp

ELLISVILLE– High school students entering their sophomore year and older next fall are encouraged to participate in an opportunity for academic enhancement through Jones County Junior College’s ACT Prep Camp. The three-day camp, June 6, through 8, includes instruction from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., and is prior to the national ACT test on June 11.

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

The deadline to register for the ACT test is May 6, and the deadline to register for the ACT Prep Camp at JCJC is May 20. To request an ACT camp registration form, call Jamie Williams at 601-477-4030 or email her at: jamie.williams@jcjc.edu.

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




JCJC - entry-level Heavy Equipment Operator

Jones County Junior College ... Advanced Technology Center Ellisville, MS
ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College Workforce Development Team is offering training for jobs as an entry-level Heavy Equipment Operator. The class will meet at the JCJC Advanced Technology Center on Monday and Tuesday, nights from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. with hands-on training on Saturdays, at 6 a.m. The first class meeting will be held on Monday, May 9, 2016, at 6 p.m. at the ATC in Ellisville. Tuition is $714 for the Heavy Equipment Operator Training with possible tuition assistance available through your local WIN Job Center.

This course will include lecture, simulator training and hands-on training. Trainees will learn the basic operation of excavators and dozers from the ground up with a strong emphasis on safety. Upon successful completion of this course students will receive a certificate from Workforce Development and a National Center for Construction Education and Research transcript. Call JCJC for program information and to register at: 601-477-4114 or 601-578-0293 or contact Webb Evans by email at: webb.evans@jcjc.edu.

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




Prophetic Outreach service ... also 2016 Youth Around the World Conference /

God Cares Ministries P.O. Box 15 DeKalb, MS 3932
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We would like to invite you to help us celebrate what God is doing in the lives of the youth everywhere during our 2016 Youth Around the World Conference. The services will begin on Friday night, April 29th at 7:00 p.m. and will culminate on Saturday morning, April 30th at 10:00.

The guest speakers for the services are Minister Toddrick Rush (Associate minister) of Mt. Salem Baptist Church in Preston, MS and Minister Darrio Melton (State Senator, AL) of Tabernacle of Praise (TOP) in Selma, AL.

We would also like to invite you to worship with us in our Prophetic Outreach service on April 8th beginning at 7:00 p.m. Our guest speaker is Apostle Annie Cross of I Care Ministries in Chicago, IL.

Please feel free to come and fellowship with us in either or both services. We are expecting an awesome move of God!

God Cares Ministries
God Cares About Reaching Every Soul
(601) 743-5500 * Fax * (601) 743-5520

Annie Brown, Pastor
Mavis Boyd, Pastoral Assistant



Wright Selected ECCC Instructor of the Year

East Central Community College in Decatur
Wright Selected ECCC Instructor of the Year
Jenna Wright of Madden was selected the 2015-16 Instructor of the Year at East Central Community College in Decatur.
When notified of her selection, Wright said, “I was overwhelmed when I found out that I received this honor. I am grateful to God first, my husband and my co-workers for the support and encouragement they give me daily.”
It is those co-workers who top the list of people who have influenced her career the most.
“My biggest influence would have to be my co-workers at EC, being that this is my first job out of graduate school. The Math and Computer Science Department took me under their wing and have taught me everything I know, not only about the art of teaching, but the importance of compassion towards students.”
Wright has been employed as a mathematics instructor at the college since 2012.
Her honors include selection as 2016 HEADWAE (Higher Education Appreciation Day: Work Toward Academic Excellence) Instructor of the Year.
When asked her about her advice to those who are considering a career in teaching, Wright said, “Teaching is a calling and will be what you make it. Learn all you can from the people around you, and laugh with your students daily.”

She earned the bachelor’s degree in math education at Troy University and completed a master’s in statistics at Mississippi State University.

Prior to joining the ECCC faculty, she was a graduate teaching assistant at Mississippi State University.




State Games of Mississippi Awareness Night

Trustmark Park in Pearl, MS
State Games of Mississippi Awareness Night
Opening Day Mississippi Braves Thursday April 7 at 7:00pm
Mississippi Braves VS Pensacola Wahoos
AT&T Male Athlete of the Year Armani Lewis will throw out the first pitch
Team Calendar Giveaway
Opening Night Fireworks show!

Come support State Games of Mississippi and enjoy a fun night of family fun with the Mississippi Braves at Trustmark Park in Pearl, MS
Thursday April 7 at 7:00pm
www.stategamesofms.org
www.milb.com




EMBDC - Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Events

Nissan of Meridian Groundbreaking Ceremony
1200 North Frontage Rd
Tuesday, April 12th
10:00 a.m.

Small Business Leadership Award Reception
MCC Tommy Dulaney Multi-Purpose Building
Wednesday, April 20th
9:00 a.m.

Business & Community Showcase
MCC Tommy Dulaney Multi-Purpose Building
Wednesday, April 20th
10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

State Games of Mississippi
Sponsor Reception
Business After Hours
City Hall Lawn
Thursday, April 21st
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Brookdale Senior Living
Ribbon Cutting
4555 35th Ave.
Tuesday, April 26th
4:30 p.m.




City of Meridian kicks off Mayor’s Health & Fitness Challenge

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City of Meridian kicks off Mayor’s Health & Fitness Challenge
April 4, 2016 (Meridian) - Meridian residents and members of the business community are invited to participate in the upcoming “Mayor’s Health and Fitness Challenge”, a 10-week event to promote wellness, nutrition, and fitness.
This initiative, created with the goal of developing a community-wide awareness of health-related issues that can positively affect the work place and the community includes the following:
•    The Mayor’s Health and Fitness Challenge: a 10-week challenge to include exercise, weekly walks with the Mayor, City Council, and City of Meridian Department Heads, and much, much more to keep you engaged and motivated;
•    Social media campaign featuring healthy fitness, wellness & nutrition tips;
•    Weekly weigh-ins at Anderson Health & Fitness Center, Greater Meridian Health Clinic, and Meridian Weight Management Center; and
•    Various community events offered to promote wellness.
Please join us at our Kick-Off event on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at City Hall Lawn, featuring:
•    Sponsor tents with health screenings and information on recreational programs offered by local businesses; and
•    A special message from City officials with music to keep you motivated and moving!
The Mayor’s Health and Fitness Challenge will conclude on Monday, June 13, 2016, and winners will be recognized during the Opening Ceremony of the 25th Anniversary of The State Games of Mississippi on Friday, June 17, 2016, where Mayor Bland, along with City Council Members and Sponsors, will announce the top male and female and top business winners of the Challenge. Winners from each category will each be recognized and presented with achievement awards and prizes. Make sure you “Like” us on the Get Healthy Meridian Facebook page and visit our website at www.meridianms.org for information and enrollment details for the Mayor’s Health and Fitness Challenge.
For more information please contact:
Laura Carmichael 601-485-1944 lauracarmichael@meridianms.org
Laura Carmichael
Cultural Affairs

City of Meridian
601 24th Avenue
Meridian, MS 39302-1430
Office: 601-485-1944
Cell: 601-480-2614

lauracarmichael@meridianms.org
www.meridian.org




Missing Person ... The Clarke County Sheriff's Department is looking for Mr. Paul Powe

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Update on information. The vehicle is a 2004 Ford Taurus with a MS license plate of CKL-862. There is a dent in the drivers side rear door and a dent on the trunk.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 4, 2016, at 1:32 PM, Eddie Ivy wrote:
>
> Please help us get the word out on this missing person.
>
>
> The Clarke County Sheriff's Department is looking for Mr. Paul Powe, a
> 73 year old black male who was reported as missing when he failed to
> show up last night. Mr. Powe was last seen wearing a blue sweatshirt,
> blue pants, black boots and a maroon hat approximately 3:00 pm Sunday
> April 3 at his residence on County Road 690. He may be driving a 1999
> Ford Taurus, silver/grey in color with Clarke County tag CKF-205. Mr.
> Powe has medical conditions and needs his medicine. If you see him or
> have any information please contact the Sheriff's Department at 601-776-5252.
>
> Thank you in advance!
>
> Eddie
>
>
> Eddie Ivy
> Director
> Clarke County Emergency Management Agency Clarke County Fire Service
> P.O. Box 155
> 115 East Church Street
> Quitman, MS 39355
> ema@clarkecounty.gov
> 601-776-2256 Office
> 601-776-1089 Fax
> 601-776-3960 24 Hour Dispatch




Annual Spring Revival Services at First Enterprise M. B. Church

First Enterprise Baptist Church P. O. Box 175 / 156 County Road 3332 Enterprise, MS 39330-9307
Annual Spring Revival Services at First Enterprise M. B. Church, Enterprise MS will be held on Monday-Wednesday, April 25-27, 2016 @ 7pm nightly. Guest Speakers will be as followed: Monday night: Rev. Leander Bridges, Tuesday night: Bro. Macon Phillips, & Wednesday night: Rev. Melvin Newell.

Thanking you in advance,
Pastor Aaron Heidelberg & FEMBC Family





Rev. Aaron Heidelberg, Pastor,
Mrs. Anita Lowery, Secretary
First Enterprise Baptist Church
P. O. Box 175 / 156 County Road 3332
Enterprise, MS 39330-9307
Office: 601.659.3441
Email: firstenterprise156@att.net




Pace Davidson Selected Mr., Miss ECCC

East Central Community College
Pace, Davidson Selected Mr., Miss ECCC

Ben Pace of Philadelphia and Skylar Davidson of Morton were selected Mr. and Miss East Central Community College for the 2015-16 school year by a vote of the student body in February.
A sophomore nursing major, Davidson is actively involved in various campus activities.
She is a member of the Warrior Corps, serving as co-president her sophomore year, and vice president of the Student Body Association. She is a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions, Diamond Darlings, and President’s Council. She also serves as a residence assistant for Barber Hall and is on the Dean’s List.
Davidson was selected as a Freshman Class Favorite, Freshman Homecoming Maid and Homecoming Queen this year.
A graduate of East Rankin Academy, she is the daughter of Joel and April Davidson of Morton.
A sophomore pre-dental major, Pace is actively involved and has received numerous honors.
He is president of Phi Theta Kappa and co-president of Warrior Corps this year. He also is a member of the Baptist Student Union, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Sigma Sigma Mu Tau, Phi Beta Lambda, Concert Choir, President’s List, and President’s Council. As a freshman, he was a member of Ac’cents and Wall O’ Sound Band.
Pace was selected for Who’s Who Among Students in American Community/Junior Colleges, Phi Theta Kappa All Mississippi Academic First Team, and 2015-16 HEADWAE Student of the Year.
A graduate of Neshoba Central High School, he is the son of Derek and Patty Pace of Philadelphia.




ECCC Phi Beta Lamda Students Take Top Honors

East Central Community College
ECCC PBL Students Take Top Honors

Members of East Central Community College’s Theta Chi Chapter of Phi Beta Lamda competed in 21 events during state competition and had winners in each category. Each of the 20 members participating placed first in at least one event and will attended the national competition this summer in Atlanta. Theta Chi was also recognized for largest chapter in membership, Gold Seal Recognition and Foundation Recognition. State award winners include:

Alely Cruz of Philadelphia, first place, community service, and second place, management analysis and decision making; Alisha Savell of Philadelphia, first place, business ethics, and third place, desktop publishing; and Whitney Billings of Sebastopol, first place, business ethics, and third place, desktop publishing

Jennifer Watkins of Decatur, first place, integrated marketing campaign, and second place, management analysis and decision making; Kimberly Watkins of Philadelphia, first place, small business management plan, and third place, economic analysis and decision making; Katie Hillman of Philadelphia, first place, business presentations, and third place, economic analysis and decision making; CrisAnn Bryan of Philadelphia, first place, business presentations, and first place, local chapter annual business report; and Anna Claire Housely of Morton, first place, hospitality management, and first place, parliamentary procedure

Memry Thompson of Morton, first place, computer applications, and first place, integrated marketing campaign; Paxton Holmes of Morton, first place, administrative technology, and first place, integrated marketing campaign; and Morgan Jones of Pontotoc, first place, small business management plan, and second place, public speaking

Caleb Brown of Philadelphia, first place, parliamentary procedure, and third place, economic analysis and decision making; Morgan Cain of Carthage, first place, business presentations, and first place, entrepreneurship; and Khalil Triplett of Philadelphia, first place, community service project, and second place, financial concepts

and Ben Pace of Philadelphia, first place, business ethics, and first place, parliamentary procedures; Enoc Reynoso of Carthage, first place, community service project, and first place, hospitality management; Lane Wooten of Carthage, first place, microeconomics, and fourth place, impromptu speaking; and Tyler Sistrunk of Union, first place, small business management. Not pictured are Cody Stevens of Philadelphia and Madelon Taylor of Lousiville, who both received first place honors in parliamentary procedures. Stevens also received fourth place in personal finance and Taylor received second place in business communications. Caleb Brown, CrisAnn Bryan, Kimberly Watkins and Katie Hillman were also selected for Who’s Who in PBL.




ECCC Collegians to Present Spring Campus Concert April 11

East Central Community College
ECCC Collegians to Present Spring Campus Concert April 11

East Central Community College’s rock-n-roll band, “The Collegians,” will present its annual spring campus concert at 7 p.m. Monday, April 11, in Huff Auditorium on the Decatur campus. There is no charge for admission and the public is invited to attend. The popular group will perform hits by AC/DC, Demi Lovato, Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett, Justin Bieber, Tori Kelley, Metallica, Nirvana, Spice Girls and many more.

Members and their respective high schools include -
Director Chas Evans, Anna Wells, Winston Academy; Aleia Sharp, Union; Tallie Johnston, a homeschooler from Lake

Chris Kelley, Newton; Peyton Jones, Nanih Waiya; Dustin Morgan, Union; and Anastasia Crout, Lake

Caleb Franklin, Morton; Garrett McDill, Sebastopol; and Houston Martin and Brad Taylor, both of Newton County

Stephen Stewart, Newton County; Anna Claire Webb, Noxapater; and Michael Buntyn and Graham Murphree, both of Newton County

Lucas Bates, Lake; Ryan Packer and Hannah Mitchell, both of Newton County; Danny Smith, Carthage; and Evan Derrick, Morton

and Troy Gregory, Newton County; Christian Richardson, Union; Sam Mitchell, Leake Academy; and Christian Bounds, Lake.




These students were recently selected class favorites following elections held on the Decatur campus

East Central Community College
These students were recently selected class favorites following elections held on the Decatur campus.
Freshmen Makenzie Byrd of Sebastopol, Jordan Phillips of Decatur, Hannah Payne of Union, Peyton Jones of Louisville, Colton Tharp of Sebastopol and Will Stewart of Decatur
Sophomores Mahalia Gibson of Hattiesburg, Anna Claire Webb of Noxapater, Hannah Mitchell of Lawrence and Brooke Payne of Union; and sophomores Kirk Griffin of Union, Devin Skinner of Philadelphia, Anthony Emmons of Lake and Evan Derrick of Morton.