Laurel Police Department teams up with the Good Samaritan Center

HATTIESBURG, MISS. - The Laurel Police Department is teaming up with the Good Samaritan Center to challenge the citizens and businesses of Laurel to fill a truck with non-perishable food items. This the third annual year, the police department and the Good Samaritan Center came together for this food drive. "Well, this is going to our third annual 'fill a truck' program. It's done to benefit the Good Samaritan's Center here in Laurel. Three years ago, Chief Stewart got together with the people at the Good Samaritans Center, and we've been trying to help them out with collecting non-perishable food items," Laurel police officer, Cpt. Tommy Cox said. "We are going to be in front of Walma

Canopy Children’s Solutions ask public to donate coats for children

This is a press release from Canopy Children's Solutions. HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Canopy Children’s Solutions (Canopy) needs your help collecting Cozy Coats for Kids throughout December. As the temperature drops, Canopy wants to ensure children across the state have access to warm clothing. Canopy operates 18 locations across the state and provides direct care to more than 4,400 children each year. Canopy’s continuum includes several 24-hour care programs including two children’s crisis shelters. However, the vast majority of children receive care within their homes and local communities. Many of the children Canopy serves rely on generous donations from the local community to meet clothing nee

Jones County Sheriff's Department Cracks Down on Major Drug Dealers

HATTIESBURG, MISS. - "It was one-hundred-forty-eight kilos of cocaine that we seized here in Jones County and about three-hundred-twenty-eight pounds, which is a lot of cocaine in one stop. The street value could be upwards of nine million dollars," Jones County Sheriff, Alex Hodge said. Jones County's Sheriff's Department is cracking down hard on a major drug trafficking organization. The sheriff's department emphasized that these drug dealers "were not your nickel and dime drug dealers," but they were a step above. Recently, Jones County's Sheriff Department made four major drug bust in an attempt to clean drugs off the street. "Well, I just say we identified here four significant c

Veterans Town Hall Meeting in Petal

HATTIESBURG, MISS. - The G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Center and VBA Regional Office held a town hall meeting with veterans Wednesday morning. The meeting served as an open forum for veterans currently receiving benefits and medical care from the VA. Veterans had the chance to learn more about services that the VA provides, but most of all the VA wants these veterans to know that they care. "The men and women that serve for the department of veterans care... that's a very, very, critical point for us, and we are all over the great state of Mississippi," Director of the Department of Veteran Affairs Regional Office (in Jackson, Miss.), Darryl Brady, said. "There are eighty-two countries in

Hattiesburg City Council host strategic planner to discuss change for community

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Hattiesburg City Council held a special meeting Wednesday at City Hall to discuss how to prepare a strategic plan for city development. Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker says he often hears people describe Hattiesburg as a place with potential. However, he mentioned that 'potential' can expire at any given moment. “Hattiesburg is a great city, but we know that we are capable of more. We want to make sure that we are reaching that potential as a community, across neighborhoods, across backgrounds. We’re defining what is that mutual point that we can all get to and how do we get there,” Mayor Barker explained to the public. Local businesses donated money to the city to hos

Ellisville Police Department host Toy Drive for local foster children

ELLISVILLE, Miss. - The Ellisville Police Department is hosting a toy drive for the foster children of Jones County. The police department have wish lists from 102 children apart of the foster care system. Authorities ask that you come by and pick up a list to make a Christmas wish come true for a local child. “It’s important for the kids to have a great Christmas and its important for the community to help these children that are apart of our community make sure their Christmas is special," Deputy Court Clerk, Lora Clifton explained. Officials asks that you bring the toys unwrapped. The department will be accepting toys until December 15. For more information call the Ellisville Police Depa

Hattiesburg Police Department Hold An Active Shooter Seminar

HATTIESBURG, MISS. - When an active shooter is on the hunt, you need to think quickly. Hattiesburg's Police Department taught a special active shooter class today to train civilians how to properly react when a mass shooting happens. "With all the stuff that is going on around churches, how do we protect ourselves," Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church's pastor, Carlos Wilson asked. "How do we build a strategy just in case something goes wrong while we're worshiping?" Wilson says it's time for his church to integrate a plan of action to ensure the safety of his congregation. "The Bible says to turn the other cheek too, but I tell you what... When Nehemiah was building a wall, the Bible

Local nurse says 'hope and quality of life' makes the difference for Pinebelt patients

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Brad Massey is a Hattiesburg Nurse Practitioner who finds passion in caring for others. “I went to USM and I went to nursing school through a ROTC scholarship. Subsequently [I] was in the army for about eight years as a nurse in the army, did a lot of neat stuff there. I moved around the country with that. Then when I got out of the army, I went back to nurse practitioner school at UAB in Birmingham,” said Brad Massey. After years of traveling, working and providing medical treatment for patients – he began his own health care practice. The name of his practice is Pioneer Health Care. "You know our focus is not on how much money can we make with this practice, our focus

United Way of Southeast Mississippi joins the global #GivingTuesday Movement

This is a press release from United Way. HATTIESBURG, Miss. - United​ ​Way​ ​of​ ​Southeast​ ​Mississippi​ ​(UWSEMS)​ ​has​ ​joined #GivingTuesday,​ ​a​ ​global​ ​day​ ​of​ ​giving​ ​that​ ​harnesses​ ​the​ ​collective​ ​power​ ​of​ ​individuals, communities​ ​and​ ​organizations​ ​to​ ​encourage​ ​philanthropy​ ​and​ ​to​ ​celebrate​ ​generosity worldwide.​ ​#GivingTuesday​ ​is​ ​held​ ​annually​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Tuesday​ ​after​ ​Thanksgiving​ ​and​ ​the​ ​widely recognized​ ​shopping​ ​events​ ​Black​ ​Friday​ ​and​ ​Cyber​ ​Monday.​ ​This​ ​year,​ ​Nov.​ ​28​ ​will​ ​kick​ ​off the​ ​holiday​ ​giving​ ​season​ ​and​ ​inspire​ ​people​ ​to​ ​collaborate​ ​in​ ​improving​ ​their​ ​local​ ​commu

Cyber Monday Generates Record Breaking Sales

HATTIESBURG, MISS. - Cyber Monday sales hit 6.6 billion dollars, which is a new record in U.S. history. Tuesday morning, a business professor at USM, who had her research featured in numerous publications spoke about why she thinks Cyber Monday has become so popular. "I think they said that from Friday, forty percent of Black Friday sales were made from mobile phones. So, everyone is walking around with a computer fundamentally in their hand, which makes buying online even easier," USM's marketing professor, Leisa Flynn said. "So, it really puts a lot of power in the hand of the consumer. If you think twenty-five years ago before there was any internet power... the power was in the hand

Cyber Monday Could Out Sell Black Friday

HATTIESBURG, MISS. - Many customers waited outside several stores Friday night, while other sat in front of their computer waiting for Cyber Monday. Some believe Cyber Monday will one day make Black Friday a thing of the past. For the first time in history, Cyber Monday expects to generate more sales than Black Friday. This year, Black Friday generated a total of 5 billion dollars in sales. While Cyber Monday expects to generate 6.6 billion dollars in sales. "Cyber Monday is becoming bigger every year," Toys 'R' Us, manager, Tim Reeves said. But how big could Cyber Monday actually become? "I don't know," Reeves replied. "It's difficult to say. I mean it just seems to be growing ever

William Carey University Presents Reformation Program

HATTIESBURG, MISS. - Monday, William Carey held its Reformation Program. October 31, marked the 500th year of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. The program Monday educated the student body and others around the community about the importance of the Reformation. "Our department wanted to host an event that celebrated the Reformation. The Protestant of the Reformation that took place was primarily centered around the personality of Martin Luther," William Carey University's, department chair of Christian Ministries, Brett Golson said. "Luther of course, was calling the church back to an authority of scripture rather than tradition. So, that's primarily the whole basis of the Ref

Local tree farmer discusses environmental impact of real and artificial Christmas trees

MOSELLE, Miss. - When it comes to Christmas trees, some people like to keep things traditional by purchasing a real tree. Local tree farmer and owner of Smith's Christmas Tree Farm, Roger Smith, said buying a real Pine Tree for the holidays is the way to go. “Live trees, once you get through with them after Christmas, they are biodegradable. You can grind them up and use them. You don’t have anything to go into the landfill,” he explained on the porch of his business. According to the US National Library of Medicine artificial Christmas trees are made of Polyvinyl Chloride a non-recyclable plastic. "It contaminates the environment as a whole, where a live tree does not. Actually, live trees

Small Business Saturday

HATTIESBURG, MISS. - While everyone is shopping big today for Black Friday, local stores want residents to remember to shop small tomorrow. Tomorrow is Shop Small Saturday, and Visit Hattiesburg is encouraging residents to visit the local stores. "Hattiesburg was just recently named as a top twenty-five holiday destination for shopping in the nation. So, we are really excited about that. Then we have Black Friday going on today and Shop Small Saturday going on tomorrow. We have local and national business all over Hattiesburg, from downtown to midtown to West Hattiesburg," Visit Hattiesburg's director of communications and digital strategies, Paige Crane said. "Small Business Saturday is a

Hundreds fill Turtle Creek Mall for Black Friday Shopping

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - “When Black Friday comes around that’s when you know it’s Christmas time," said 17-year-old Hattiesburg native, Tyson King. People around the Pinebelt started their day before 6am for some traditional Black Friday shopping. “This is my first time coming without my mother, so I really don’t know what I’m looking for,” shopper, Kalen Megg explained. One Shopper shared how she took advantage of the 'Pre-Black Friday' deals before midnight. “We started last night at 6:30 and now we are in Hattiesburg, we worked our way back up from Gulfport," said Buffy Graves. Some people said with stores opening earlier on Thanksgiving, they see a change with Black Friday deals and crowds.

Hattiesburg Police Department collects toys for child victims of violence

HATTIESBURG, Miss - Hattiesburg Police Department officials are asking for your help this Holiday. HPD wants you to join them in collecting and donating toys for children of the Victim's Service Unit for their fourth annual toy drive at Ryan's Chevrolet. “They’re going to have a truck designated, you can come stuff the truck for toys not just for infants or toddlers, we have some children that are going to be teens. We’re going to adopt children who have been victims of violent crimes also the Mississippi’s children shelter. So there are kids ranging from all ages, from age 7 all the way to 18. So we encourage the public to get out and bring those toys and brings those gifts that are unwrapp


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