Hattiesburg nurse recognized as role model at Forrest General Hospital

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - There's a nurse in Hattiesburg with a reputation of providing her 100 percent best effort, 100 best of time. “I was very blessed to learn at an early age that I just wanted to be a nurse. The opportunities years ago was not such that women went into the medical field as a physician so the next best thing was to become a nurse,” said Forrest General Hospital Emergency Room Nurse, Betty Bly Hatten. Her co-workers and friends describe her as an excellent role model with impeccable work ethic. The FGH staff shared that she finds different ways to spread joy in the hospital and community. “I love helping children. They need me. I love the Aldersgate mission at our church...Ma

Recent Update About a Dog Fighting Ring Uncovered in Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, MISS. - The story of a dog fighting ring in Waynesboro continues to unfold. Wayne County deputies discovered the dog fighting ring on Sunday. Recently, they made one arrest, and they say they could be making more soon. “Two pit bulls go into a pit, it's a fight till the death,” Wayne County Sheriff Jody Ashley explained. “There's only one that comes out that wins. This pit that we discovered Sunday was badly scarred and bleeding real bad. It had been attacked.” Sheriff Ashley describes the disturbing discovery he and the Wayne County Sheriff's Department made Sunday after finding a pit bull critically injured in a dog fighting ring. The Wayne County Sheriff's Department r

Local authorities prepare for crisis intervention situation

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Crisis situations, de-escalation techniques and intervention strategies are a few procedures Hattiesburg first responders learned Monday. Police, firefighters, and other authorities participated in the Pine Belt Crisis Intervention Training seminar at the Hattiesburg Police and Fire training academy. Over the course of one week, 16 officers will learn how to keep people suffering from mental illnesses out of jail. “The purpose of the CIT program is to reduce officer injury, reduce consumer injuries, increase public safety and reduce incarceration of the mentally ill," said Pine Belt Regional Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator, Linda Foley. The program training requires

WaterShed Animal Fund Rescue Ride transported more than 700 animals rescued through ASPCA disaster r

This is a press release from ASPCA. HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced the WaterShed Animal Fund Rescue Ride (WAFRR), launched in January 2017, surpassed its first-year annual goal by more than 2,000 animals. The ASPCA transported 5,715 cats and dogs from shelters throughout the Midwest to areas where adoptable animals are in higher demand. Among the thousands of animals relocated by WAFRR in 2017, over 700 were moved out of areas impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma as part of the ASPCA’s disaster response efforts. Dudley, the 5,000th animal transported in the program’s first operational year, is a 10-week-old male

A Local Coach Fighting to Keep Kids Off the Streets at Hattiesburg Boxing Club

HATTIESBURG, MISS. – Many kids who come from the inner-city often have to dodge violence just to survive. However, a local boxing gym is teaching these kids to roll with the punches, and get back up when life knocks them down. “I see so many children drifting away. Getting caught up in the judicial system, and if I can save one, maybe two then, I have accomplished something,” Hattiesburg Boxing Club Coach, Robert Williams said. Williams uses the sport as a platform to teach life lessons. “I’m getting more than a boxing experience… everything is like family here,” stand out amateur boxer, Javonn Davis said. “He’s one of the greatest inspirations in my life. If weren’t for him, I would not b

US Congressman Palazzo hopes unpopular government shutdown doesn't strike twice

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The recent government shut down lasted three days after a failure to pass legislation to fund government operations and agencies. US Congressman Steven Palazzo hopes Democrats remember the effects of their decisions that caused the shut down and their drop in approval ratings. “The democrats aren’t going to forget that this wasn’t a very popular shut down. When you are picking people who are here illegally over the American citizens, over children who have health care needs and we we’re providing for that. They voted against it and also our military," said Palazzo. The government shutdown stemmed from disputes over the extension of those affected by the DACA immigration

6.7 Million People Expected to Celebrate National School Choice Week 2018

This is a press release from National School Choice Week. Washington, District of Columbia - The number of Americans celebrating National School Choice Week (Jan. 21 – 27, 2018) will hit an all-time high: nearly 7 million people. This includes the student bodies at more than 20,000 schools, more than 5,600 homeschooling groups, and millions of parents and community leaders. This will be the eighth National School Choice Week, which continues to see exponential growth year over year. The Week began in 2011 with 150 events, and last year, 21,392 events took place during the week. Each event is independently-planned and all are centered around the goal of providing a positive spotlight to all k

Leader of Eight Public Mississippi Universities Express Concerns about State Funding

HATTIESBURG, MISS. - Leaders of eight public Mississippi universities are expressing concerns regarding the amount of state funding their schools receive. These leaders question if they will be able to remain competitive with other institutions after having to raise tuition to make up for lack of state funding. “The State Institutions of Higher Learning, that's the eight public institutions in Mississippi. We've been collectively cut about one-hundred-seven-million dollars,” University of Southern Mississippi’s Vice President for External Affairs, Chad Driskell said. These cuts to higher education devastated universities throughout Mississippi. This particular cut Driskell speaks of is

William Carey University Talks about Life On Mars, and New Discoveries

HATTIESBURG, MISS. - Life on Mars, it happened to be a hot topic discussed at William Carey University. The university invited guest speaker, Dr. Mimi Gerstell. She addressed the problems people would face if we did try to live on Mars. A member of the William Carey University administration staff said he was more than happy to have Gerstell speak to the students on Friday. "She is here speaking about the discoveries on Mars, and some of the research she has done there [research done at California Institute of Technology). I think that it is a tremendous thing that our university is able to host such a prestigious scholar to be able to speak here at Carey,” William Carey’s Executive

State Economist Dr. Darrin Webb Visits USM

HATTIESBURG, MISS. - The State Economist, Dr. Darrin Webb made an appearance at the USM's College of Business Economic Outlook Forum. During the forum Webb took the time to discuss Mississippi’s current financial state, and what could possibly happen in the future. "We’re going to see some improvement in 2018 over 2017. I think 2017 was a little better than 2016, and I think when we go look out years... We're looking at growth somewhere maybe not quite two-percent for the next few years. Not super strong growth, but it is an improvement over what we've seen in the past few years,” Webb explained. “We do for example think that 2017 was our third year of growth since the recession. We'v

Law Enforcement Agencies Come Together to Stop Armed Robberies

HATTIESBURG, MISS. - Multiple Pine Belt law enforcement agencies are working together to stop armed robberies including one where a Columbia woman was shot in the neck twice. “We want to collaborate with other agencies that are having the same problems with armed robberies we're having, and we may be able to decide how many suspects we actually have… If it's one or two parties, or if it's more,” Columbia Police Department Captain of Investigations Rita Pickering said. This comes after a string of 10 plus armed robberies in the Pine Belt. The most recent armed robbery in Columbia left a Family Dollar's store manager with two bullet wounds to her neck. “She was released and she's home do

Hattiesburg mayor swears in two new police officers

Photo from: Hattiesburg City Hall HATTIESBURG, Miss -- Mayor Toby Barker sworn in Joshua Gandy and Dawn Garcia as the newest officers of the Hattiesburg Police Department. City Hall tells FOX 23 Gandy is transferring from Lamar County Sheriff's Department, where he serves as a part-time deputy. Gandy previously worked for the sheriff's departments of Forrest and Covington Counties. Garcia comes to HPD from Forrest General Hospital's Police Department. She also has experience with Laurel Police Department and the Forrest County Jail.

USM Speaks About Earning "Gold Status" as a Military Friendly School

HATTIESBURG, MISS. - USM Golden Eagles earned a gold status as a military friendly school. The University of Southern Mississippi emerged as a top ten school over more than 8,000 other universities nationwide to earn the gold status as a military friendly school. This is the first time the University has received such a distinction. “It’s not the first time we’ve been designated as a military friendly school, but this is the first time we’ve been recognized as a gold status institution,” Southern Miss. Senior VA Certifying Official, Michael McGee said. This status comes as a honor to the school’s commitment, effort, and success in creating benefits for their military personnel. Southern Mis

William Carey Hosts a Health Care Symposium for High School Students

HATTIESBURG, MISS. - Wednesday morning, William Carey University hosted its annual “Careers in Health Care Symposium.” The event featured educators from both William Carey University and Pearl River Community College to inform high school students about the career paths that exist in the healthcare field. “So, our purpose is to expose high school students, juniors and seniors typically... Not only to William Carey University and what we have to offer, but also to the different medical fields they might not even realize are a reality,” William Carey Admissions Counselor, Brennan Pitts said. The event sessions were held in the Student Conference Center and the School of Nursing auditorium. The

William Carey and United Blood Services Partner Together

HATTIESBURG, MISS. - William Carey is helping the United Blood Services replenish its blood supply after its depletion following the extreme winter weather experienced last week through a blood drive tomorrow. “Tomorrow there will be a blood drive in this exact location at the Student Conference Center here at William Carey University on the Hattiesburg Campus,” William Carey Admissions Counselor, Brennan Pitts said. “It will be through the United Blood Services and it will run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. So, come out and give some blood and do some good.” The United Blood Services lost over 800 units of blood following the extreme winter weather. Now, they’re hoping William Carey University c

Dixie Attendance Center students dress as 100-year-old people to celebrate school year

DIXIE COMMUNITY, Miss. - Dozens of children were spotted with gray hair and walking canes at Dixie Attendance Center Wednesday. Students had an opportunity to dress as 100-year-old people to celebrate to 100th day of school. Two elementary teachers said they have seen growth in academic and state test results. “We wouldn’t be able to do it without the parents. The parent’s play a really big role in the growth that we see here. The parents work with their kids at home and we do appreciate all the work that they do with their kids because we wouldn’t be able to do what we do without them,” said second grade teacher, Beth Ford. This is a long standing tradition at Dixie Attendance Center.

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