JROTC Learns About Cyberspace Security At USM

It's one of the best programs around, and it has been going on for years. "It gave me the understanding that I can achieve something that no one would let me go for," the JROTC Lt. Colonel, Tonie Tarrio said. "Ten of thousands of students have reaped the benefits of this program," said the Director of Army JROTC for Jackson Public School District, Paul Willis. The program is Junior ROTC. Jackson and the Mobile county public schools came together Friday at USM to discuss a new form of national security. Retired army veteran and current USM technology manager, Daniel Demott spoke with students Friday about the importance of cyber-security. "Well we talk about cyber-security, so were are talki

Forrest General Hospital hosts annual trauma symposium

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Forrest General Hospital hosted their annual Trauma Symposium Friday. The symposium is an educational event for staff and Pine Belt providers to learn about Trauma care in different settings. "Continue to promote and educate our staff and people of the Pine Belt area about how we can continue to improve and as trauma care providers here for the whole pine belt,” said Trauma Medical Doctor, Dr. Duncan Donald. Attendees also participated in lectures about orthopedics, neurosurgery, active shooter, bleeding control and ICU Care.

Hattiesburg tourism receives distinguished MTA awards

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Mississippi Tourism Association awarded the Hattiesburg Zoo with travel attraction of the year and Convention Commission Executive Director, Rick Taylor with member of the year award for his expertise and track record. "Well I think it is a validation and an encouragement to keep going. It indicates that the industry recognizes it’s value to bringing visitors to the state of Mississippi. We certainly see it’s value of bringing people to Hattiesburg but also to our local community,” said Rick Taylor. Over the past year, attendance increased over 20 percent and earned income over 30 percent. According to Taylor, the zoo made a profit for the first time in it's 68 year

Hattiesburg Art Council Prepares For The Annual Art Walk

Shoppers across the Pine Belt will have their eyes set towards downtown Hattiesburg on Saturday, November 11 for this year's art walk. The Annual fall Art Walk offers shoppers a chance to purchase numerous paintings, sculptures, and pottery items at booths and exhibits located all over downtown Hattiesburg. The event will also feature live music and dance performances. The deadline to submit your artwork for this year's Art Walk is November 6-8. For more information please visit /www.hattiesburgartscouncil.org.

Mars Wrigley Executive Speaks at USM's Inspired Leaders Series

Vice President of Multi Channel for the Mars Wrigley Company and USM alum, Edward Taylor spoke to the college of business Thursday at USM's Scianna Hall. "I believe and my philosophy was... if I do that, get the right experience and get the right things in my bag. I call them tools in my my bag. If get the right tools in my bag, spend the right amount of time doing the right amount of things, the money will come," Taylor said. "I see so many people now, chasing the dollar. You can do that, nothing wrong with it," Taylor said. "I'm just saying it's more important to put the right tools and skills in the basket, than to chase the dollar." Taylor graduated from USM in 1987, and prior to his

Hattiesburg Police Department Swears in Two More Officers with Lateral Transfers

This is a press release from Hattiesburg City Council. HATTIESBURG, Miss. - At 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28, Mayor Toby Barker and Chief Anthony Parker will swear in two additional police officers for Hattiesburg Police Department at City Hall. Barker will issue the oath to Danielle R. Lewis, 29, and Andrew Reid, 27, both coming to Hattiesburg Police Department as lateral transfers. “As we continue to build our police force numbers, we are excited these experienced professionals have chosen to transfer to the Hattiesburg Police Department,” said Barker. “It demonstrates that our department is on the rise.” Lewis previously served with HPD in 2012 – 2014 and comes to Hattiesburg from Petal P

William Carey University named a 2018 “Hidden Gem” by College Raptor

This is a press release from William Carey University. HATTIESBURG, Miss. - William Carey University has been recognized as a “Hidden Gem” by College Raptor, a college planning website that helps families discover colleges based on personalized estimates of actual college costs. Carey earned spots as a 2018 Hidden U.S. Gem and as a Hidden Southeast Gem. This selection recognizes WCU as one of the best colleges in the country, based on a combination of factors, including number of applications received, graduation rates, campus diversity, endowment per student, and other key metrics as reported via the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for the most recently available enrollment

Hattiesburg Road Closures For Thursday

HATTIESBURG, MISS - Two more temporary road closures will be in Hattiesburg, as repairs are being made to water and sewer lines. Scooba Street between Broadway Drive and Corinne Street will be closed Thursday for repairs to a sewer main. One lane of traffic will be blocked as water line repairs are made on Hardy Street between 32nd and 33rd Avenues. Again, these closures are only expected to be temporary.

Man takes more than $200,000 from Vardaman Buick Honda

This is a press release from the Hattiesburg Police Department. HATTIESBURG, Miss. - On September 19, 2017, Vardaman Buick Honda made a report of False Pretense in $238,000.00 was taken. Todd Perry has an active warrant for False Pretense in regards to this incident. This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with any additional information should contact the Hattiesburg Police Department or Metro Crimestoppers.

Man Behind Bars After A Domestic Violence Shooting

HATTIESBURG, MISS - A second suspect has been arrested and charged in connection with last weekend's domestic violence shooting that left a woman critically injured and her husband in jail. Devin McNair is accused of obstructing justice and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon in the shooting of his step mother, Rosie McNair in the Palmers Crossing Community of Hattiesburg. The woman's husband, 59-year-old Robert McNair is charged with aggravated assault. The charges could be upgraded depending on the woman's condition.

Mayor swears in appointed and reappointed municipal court members

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Mayor Toby Barker swore in newly appointed and reappointed municipal court judges, prosecutors and clerks Wednesday downtown. “Our vision is that Hattiesburg, like everything else that it does will have a world class municipal court. We have the talent to do that we have the skill and now it’s a matter of putting together the pieces and getting it done,” said Mayor Toby Barker. Mayor Barker appointed the new Hattiesburg Municipal Court Judge, Wes Curry. “I’m honored, very thankful to the mayor for appointing me to this position. I’m excited about doing the work and looking forward to getting in there next week and seeing what we have to do. To make sure that we have to b

18-Wheeler Involved In A Deadly, Fiery Crash

HATTIESBURG, MISS - One man is dead after an 18-wheeler caught fire on I-59 South around 9:15 AM near the Evelyn Gandy Parkway exit. Forrest county coroner Lisa Klem confirmed the death of the male semi-truck driver who collided with a pickup truck with two people inside. The crash sent both drivers from the interstate lanes into the woods. "Two occupants in the vehicle in the pick up truck, a driver and an occupant were both injured and transferred to Forrest General Hospital," Mississippi highway patrol man, Brent Barfield said. "The semi-driver is still on the scene. Emergency workers, are working to try to get him from the wreckage. The semi was not hauling anything hazardous, we do no


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