Jones Co. EOC holding mask distribution throughout county Saturday

The Jones County Emergency Operations Center will hold a free community protective mask distribution program held for Jones County residents this Saturday, May 30th, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the following locations. • Ellisville: Jones College parking lot on the corner of Front Street and AHS Circle in Ellisville, across the street from the academic support building • Laurel Police Department – 317 South Magnolia in Laurel (Between the Fire Department and Police Department, enter on Magnolia Street and exit on Ellisville Blvd.) • Moselle Elementary School - 168 Rayner Road in Moselle • North Jones Elementary – 650 Trace Road in the Sharon Community • Northeast Jones High School – 68 North

Gov. Reeves releases new Safe Return plan for Mississippi

(The following is a press release from the governor's office.) JACKSON — Today, Governor Tate Reeves announced his Safer At Home order will be ending on June 1 to be replaced by new guidance for the next stage of economic recovery for Mississippi. In his new Safe Return order, Governor Reeves lays out the latest stage of his measured and strategic plan, opening all businesses in Mississippi to restart our state's economy while continuing to flatten the curve. Consulting with Dr. Thomas Dobbs and our state health experts, the new executive order details updated social distancing guidelines for Mississippians, businesses, healthcare professionals, and indoor and outdoor recreation. "We are fac

United Way offering new COVID-19 relief program for Pine Belt residents

HATTIESBURG, Miss (WHPMTV)- – United Way of Southeast Mississippi launches a new relief program to help communities in Forrest, Lamar, Marion and Perry Counties that are financially struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is fully funded through corporate and individual donations to assist those behind on rent and utility bills (power, water, and natural gas) that are past due at the time of application. To be eligible applicants are required to show proof of income loss due to COVID-19, such as employer notification or unemployment documentation. Applicants are also asked to show proof that rent or utility bulls are past due. “This is one of the most difficult times our society

Laurel couple among guests of "Tamron Hall"

You've seen the married couple on the hit series "Home Town". Now, Ben and Erin Napier of Laurel bring their positivity to today's broadcast of "The Tamron Hall Show". The parents of young Helen Napier are small business owners and devoted advocates for American- and locally-made items. They will discuss the small-town charm of their popular show. "The Tamron Hall Show" airs this, and every weekday, afternoon at 2 p.m. on FOX23. In case you miss it, the couple's segment will be available on www.TamronHallShow.com -- the program's official website. The following photos of Hall's interview with the Napiers are courtesy of Disney-ABC Domestic Television.

Officials prepare for 2020 Mississippi Miss Hospitality Competition

(The following is a press release from VisitHATTIESBURG.) HATTIESBURG (May 21, 2020) — Marking its 71st competition, the Mississippi Miss Hospitality program will once again be held in Hattiesburg, Miss on Saturday, July 18. This year’s program will feature more than 35 contestants representing all regions of the state. The health and safety of Mississippi Miss Hospitality participants has been the program’s top priority since the COVID-19 pandemic began. As a result, the State Office of Miss Hospitality has altered plans for this year’s program while still affording the opportunity for contestants to represent their communities in state competition. Preliminary competition for the 2

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