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Dustin Cardon

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Scholarship Funds, Women's Business Center and Fanraiser Challenge at JSU

John Nau, president and CEO of Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P., bestowed $1 million to Jackson State University to support STEM scholarships and to name the atrium in the JSU College of Science, Engineering and Technology building after Brig. Gen. Robert Crear, a 1975 graduate of JSU.

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Dr. Phillip Burch

Alabama native Dr. Phillip Burch moved to Jackson and took on the position of chief of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at Children’s of Mississippi hospital in October.

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New Stage Theatre's "A Christmas Carol," Capital City Lights and Ohashi Bowls

New Stage Theatre will begin hosting its annual production of "A Christmas Carol" on Saturday, Dec. 4, with performances running through Sunday, Dec. 19.

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Brad Martin

Madison resident Brad Martin has served as a program administrator with the Mississippi State Department of Health's Office Against Interpersonal Violence since October 2021.

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Small Business Saturday Coming to Jackson and Surrounding Areas

Small Business Saturday, a national event dedicated to small businesses, will take place on Saturday, Nov. 27.

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New JXN Icons, LeFleur's Bluff Playground and S.T.E.M. with Snowflakes

Visit Jackson recently unveiled a second phase for the JXN Icons mural on the back of the Old Capitol Inn on North Street. Visit Jackson’s Creative Design Manager, Reshonda Perryman, painted the first four Jackson Icons depicted on the mural in 2020.

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JSU Grants for Health Education and Driving Safety, Payne Scholarship at USM

Jackson State University’s College of Health Sciences recently received a $10 million cooperative grant from the U.S. Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

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Robert Martez Hopkins

Jackson native Robert Martez Hopkins has worked with Jackson Public Schools students for seven years through his mentoring group, Knowledge Camp University.

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Hal and Mal's Attic Sale, New Exhibit at the Museum and Coffee Bean Corral

Malcolm White, owner of Hal and Mal's restaurant in Jackson, is hosting an event called the "Big Ass Attic Sale" from Thursday, Nov. 18, through Saturday, Nov. 20.

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JSU Disaster Preparedness Videos, MSU Repatriation Project and USM Wesley Worldwide Wishes

Jackson State University is releasing a series of videos to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies.

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Dr. Carlos Wilson

Dr. Carlos Wilson, director and associate professor for the School of Lifelong Learning at Jackson State University, recently received a sub-grant from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security to fund a new project at the Continuing Education Learning Center.

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Holiday Book Festival, Governor's Art Awards and Mississippi Humanities Council Grants

Community Library Mississippi recently announced the second annual Holiday Book Festival, which will take place live via Zoom and Facebook on Saturday, Nov. 27, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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JSU Real-Estate Scholarship and Case Western Partnership, MSU Museum Partnership

Commercial real-estate executives and business leaders John Michael Holtmann and John Crossman recently gifted Jackson State University an established real-estate scholarship.

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Antonio Ross

Biloxi-based Keesler Federal Credit Union recently named Captain Antonio Ross of the Jackson Fire Department as First Responder of the Year.

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Harvest Festival at the Ag Musuem, Mississippi Blues Marathon and Mississippi Symphony Orchestra

The Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum will host its annual Harvest Festival event from Tuesday, Nov. 9, through Saturday, Nov. 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

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Girmay Berhie

"The Digital Tele-Health Hub project arose because health disparity is such a critical issue in Jackson, especially after all that has happened during the pandemic," Dr. Girmay Berhie says. "I realized the need to build trust while ensuring privacy within the African American community, and I believe telehealth is the key to addressing those needs."

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CAPE Publications, Meals That Heal and The Village at Livingston

Husband and wife Yasmin Gabriel and Eric Collins opened Meals That Heal together with their friend Detrice Roberts and chose Aug. 29 as the opening day because it coincides with the Haitian Revolution, a successful insurrection by self-liberated slaves against French colonial rule in what is now Haiti.

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JSU Hosting Sheriff Debate, MSU Race in America Series and USM Cybersecurity Event

Jackson State University's Department of Political Science will host a debate between Hinds County Sheriff candidates running to fill the position of the late Lee D. Vance on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 6 p.m.

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Mississippi Boychoir Be the Light Fun Run, Broadway in Jackson and Mississippi Nonprofit Grants

Mississippi Boychoir will host its annual Be the Light 5K-10K Fun Run on Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Flowood Nature Trail. Registration packets will be available at 7 a.m., and the race will begin at 8 a.m.

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JSU/WCC Partnership, MSU Trick or Trot Event and USM Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition

Jackson State University is partnering with Washtenaw Community College in Michigan to create a program allowing students to transfer their associate degrees, with benefits such as guaranteed admission and access to in-state tuition.

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Mea Ashley

Mississippi University for Women named Columbus native and Jackson State University alum Mea Ashley as its new director of Student Life on Sept. 1, 2021.

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Jurassic Quest, Bean Path Sprouting Season and Pumpkin Adventure at the Ag Museum

The Jackson Convention Complex will host a dinosaur-themed edutainment event called Jurassic Quest from Friday, Oct. 22, through Sunday, Oct. 24.

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JSU Opendorse Partnership, MSU 4to24 App and Complete 2 Compete Tuition Assistance Grant

The Jackson State University Division of Athletics has partnered with sports technology company Opendorse to provide JSU student-athletes with education and resource opportunities to capitalize on their name, image and likeness, otherwise known as NIL.

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Mississippi ToyCon 2021

Classic toy vendors from across Mississippi and beyond gathered for the second annual Mississippi Toycon, which took place on Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Pearl Community Center.

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Dogmud Tavern Expansion, Extra Table Everyone Eats Program and Magnolia Speech School

Dogmud Tavern, a Ridgeland-based gaming bar and restaurant connected to local game developer Certifiable Studios that opened on April 1, 2021, announced on Friday, Oct. 1, that it will be expanding its facilities in honor of the tavern's six-month anniversary.

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Scholarship Luncheon and Endowed Scholarship at JSU, MSU Reveille 25 Awards Program

Jackson State University's 2021 Mary E. Peoples Scholarship Luncheon will take place on Friday, Oct. 11, at 11 a.m. in the Jackson Convention Complex. The university plans to raise $150,000 for high-achieving students who are in financial need.

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Mary Eileen Paradis

The University of Mississippi Medical Center named Mary Eileen Paradis as its first female Chief of Police and Executive Director of Public Safety in July 2021.

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Mississippi ToyCon 2021, New Stage Theatre and Southern Unity Project Pet Parade

Neal Bumpus, who organized the inaugural Mississippi ToyCon in 2020, is partnering with Nerdvana Comics, Games & Collectibles to bring the event back in a new location for 2021.

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MSU Diversity Award, WJSU CPB Grant and USM STEMed Speaker Series

Mississippi State University recently became a 2021 recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, which recognizes universities for a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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Rethreads Grand Opening Photo Tour

Rethreads (242 US-51, Ridgeland), a consignment retailer that sells curated clothes and accessories from vendors across the state, held its grand opening on Tuesday, Sept. 7. The business resides inside Repeat Street’s secondary building, which owner Michelle Austin decided to remodel earlier this year in honor of the store’s 15th anniversary.

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Lorenzo Neal

Dr. Lorenzo Neal, pastor of New Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Jackson since 2011, has spent the past five years advocating against gun violence as part of the nonprofit organizations Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action.

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Un(re)solved at Two Mississippi Museums, TECH JXN and Simply Salad

The Two Mississippi Museums in Jackson opened a new traveling augmented-reality exhibit from PBS Frontline called Un(re)solved on Saturday, Aug. 28.

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JSU HBCU Technology Conference, MSU-SEAS Program and USM Gulf Park Pantry

Jackson State University is one of several historically Black colleges and universities convening with major corporations in September at the inaugural HBCU Technology Conference, which aims to address the racial divide in STEM education and careers.

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Roderick Little

Dockers recently featured Roderick Little, director of bands at Jackson State University, in the most recent entry of its "Recognize" storytelling series, which features regular interviews with African Americans who have had a profound influence on their local communities.

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Rethreads Opening, 2021 Virtual WellsFest, and Van's CCG Anniversary and Alzheimer’s Fundraiser

Repeat Street, a Ridgeland consignment store specializing in contemporary and vintage clothing, furniture and accessories, remodeled its second building and turned it into a new clothing store called Rethreads on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

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USM National Juried Painting Exhibition, JSU Digital Tele-Health Hub and MSU Wildfire Project

The Museum of Art in the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Performing and Visual Arts is hosting its biennial 2021 National Juried Painting Exhibition through Oct.1 at the university's Hattiesburg campus.

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Maruice Mangum

Jackson State University named Maruice Mangum, who previously served as chair of the Department of Social Sciences at Alabama A&M University, as chair of the JSU Department of Political Science in August.

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Invisible Histories Project, MHC COVID Recovery Grants and Musical Expressions Experience

The Mississippi Museum of Art is hosting a Community Mapping Activity with the Invisible Histories Project on Friday, Sept. 10, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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MSU Student COVID Relief, USM 4 + 1 = Done! Initiative and JSU TRIO Program Grant

Mississippi State University recently announced that it is disbursing more than $12 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funding directly to university students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Bernice Rivers

Madison County native Bernice Rivers became inspired to take up crafting and selling her own handmade jewelry out of her Camden home after a visit to Village Beads in Ridgeland in July.

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Pop-Up Gen Con at Van's CCG, Bricks in the Wall at Duling Hall and 2021 Mississippi Black Pages

Ridgeland comic, card and game store Van's CCG is hosting a Pop-Up Gen Con 2021 event on Saturday, Sept. 18. Gen Con is an annual tabletop game convention that features traditional pen-and-paper, board, and card games.

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Edward G. Cortright Jr.

Edward G. Cortright Jr., who served as chancellor for Mississippi's 11th Chancery District for 26 years, died on Wednesday, Aug. 11, at age 94.

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Women of Distinction Event and Coding Academy at JSU, MSU Center for Academic Advising

Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi will honor Ebony Lumumba, an associate professor of English at Jackson State University, and four other leaders at its Women of Distinction event on Thursday, Sept. 16, at the Westin Hotel in downtown Jackson.

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Poké Stop Coming to Dogwood, Catfish Row Museum and Red Brick Roads Music & Arts Festival

Poké Stop, a restaurant that California native Rachel Phuong Le originally opened in Cultivation Food Hall at the District at Eastover in Jackson, is set to reopen in Dogwood Festival Market in Flowood later this year.

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USM Sculpture Exhibition and iGrad Partnership, MSU Poet Laureate Event

The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art recently opened submissions for entries in its Little Things Matter: National Juried Small-Scale Sculpture Exhibition. The exhibition features small-scale sculptures by artists across the United States.

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Bill Moak

William “Bill” Moak, chair of the Communication Department at Belhaven University, recently became one of two Mississippians inducted into the Public Relations Society of America’s College of Fellows this year, bringing the total of Mississpians who have earned the honor to five.

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Duling Hall Vaccination Policy, Red 8 Kitchen and SBA FAST Grants

The Duling Hall event venue in Jackson recently announced that beginning Monday, Aug. 30, visitors, staff and artists entering Duling Hall must present proof of a full-course COVID-19 vaccination.

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New Master's Degrees and Pediatric Lab at MSU, USM Grant Funding

Two departments in Mississippi State University’s College of Forest Resources are adding new online master’s degrees, making online degree options available in all three of the college's departments.

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Marina Brito

Marina Brito, a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and a member of the Jackson State University women's volleyball team, received a full scholarship in April to pursue a master's degree in business education at JSU this fall.

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Jerk City Grille, Birdie’s Nourished Kitchen and Mustard Seed Backpack Blessings

Ridgeland native Wendell Brewster opened his own Caribbean fusion food truck, Jerk City Grille, in April 2021. On Friday, Aug. 6, Brewster opened a new indoor location for his restaurant on 4157 Robinson Road in Jackson.

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