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Steve Forbert and Webb Wilder will be the guest artists on the Sucarnochee Revue Special Concert Series September 2nd @ 7 pm at the Temple Theater in Meridian, Ms. Bring $15 (regular Revues are still ten bucks) and as Webb always says, “Work hard, rock hard, eat hard, sleep hard, grow big, wear glasses if you need ’em!”

Presented by the Meridian Lauderdale County Tourism Commission

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Meridian Main Street

Ready to go on a cruise?

We may not have Tom Cruise in our office, but we do have cruise raffle tickets! For just $25 you can enter to win a Caribbean cruise for two for either a 4 or 5 day stay (your choice!). Tickets can be purchased in our office at 2120-A 5th Street or from any MMS board member. Drawing to be held July 19 and you do not need to be present to win!

Visit the Meridian Main Street Web Site here.

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ubsThe Doctors on MASH saved lives and so can you. United Blood Services invites you to give blood at the annual MASH Bash Holiday Blood Drive on December 29, 2009 from 10 am -7 pm at the Temple Theatre ballroom in Meridian.

Come in, dress up like your favorite MASH character and enjoy pizza, coke and MASH movies on the big screen and get a MASH Bash t-shirt. Hourly door prizes will be given away along with a Wii game system and flat screen TV. Also, donors will be entered into a drawing for the “It’s a Wonderful Life, Pass It On” $500 shopping spree.

 Blood is always in short supply during the holiday season. Officials with United Blood Services say the blood drive comes at a critical time when blood supply levels are low region wide.


“People should remember there are patients in our hospitals each day who need blood, platelet or plasma transfusions to restore their health.  They’re depending on volunteer blood donations to help save their lives and United Blood Services could not provide these products without the many donors who step forward each day to help meet these needs,” said Heather Knight, United Blood Services spokesperson. “Illnesses, accidents and diseases don’t take a holiday and neither can blood donations.  We need all eligible donors of all blood types to make time to donate blood, platelets or plasma during this drive!”


United Blood Services is the only provider of blood to hospitals and health centers in East Central Mississippi and West Alabama. Blood donated during this drive will go to help patients in need during the holidays. To make an appointment call (601) 482-2482 or visit us online at

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Merry Meridian Holiday Spectacular

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2009 Queen City Fair

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The 2009 Queen City Fair September 28th through October 4th. A Family Fun Tradition!

Visit the Queen City Fair web site by clicking here.

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meridianteapartyMeridian Tea will host a health care forum featuring Dr. Rutkowski (American physician), Dr. Malloy (Canadian physician), and Dr. Makey (UK physician), a business representative (TBD), and Lee McCarty (local youth debate leader)Meridian, MS Saturday, September 12, at 5:00 pm, (Dumont Plaza) will host a townhall meeting on the proposed health care overhaul plans being advanced by President Obama and Congress. The panel will include several local doctors and business owners. All concerned citizens are invited to attend this townhall meeting which will address many concerns over the long term cost of this legislation, the tax burden on the young, the coverage of illegal immigrants and the way medical care will be provided to their loved ones.

What: Townhall Meeting on Health Care Reform

Why: To inform the public about pending legislation

When: September 12, 2009, 5 pm – 7 pm.

Where: Dumont Plaza


* The Meridian Tea Party was formed by local citizens to give people from all walks of life a voice and an opportunity to create change in local, state and federal government. MTP is not associated with any particular party, nor do we receive any funding from outsiders. We simply want our freedom and our country back and we believe we can do it by having a truly representative government again not a government of special interests and self-serving politicians.

Faith in our fellow man, faith in our founding documents, faith in ourselves, and most importantly, faith in our Creator all encourage us that we CAN make a difference and we CAN revive true hope and we CAN make a change for the better.

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revueThe Sucarnochee Revue Radio Program comes back to Meridian, Mississippi’s Temple Theatre 7:00 p.m. September 4, Friday night for a “Rockabilly and Street Rods” show featuring Rockabilly Hall of Famers, Rayburn Anthony and C.W. Gatlin. Other performers include Alex Goldman, Chase Cooksey, Skylar Hardin, and Track 45. Also included are regular cast members,Mississippi Chris Sharp, J. Burton Fuller, Jacky Jack White,the Stage Hands, and Britt Gully. Everyone attending is encouraged to “dress retro” for the concert, according to producer/host Jacky Jack White. “The Sucarnochee Revue is family friendly entertainment and it’s all about having a good time.”
Rayburn Anthony recorded on Sam Phillip’s Sun Records during 1959-1960.  Rayburn remembers Elvis Presley would drop by the studio sometimes usually when he and his friends were renting the local roller rink or the movie theatre. The Sun roster included at various times Elvis, Roy Orbison, Charlie Rich, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and many other influential Rockabilly, and Country artists. Rayburn’s biggest hit was  a rocking version of “St. Louis Blues”. Later, Rayburn moved to Nashville and toured with Bobby Bare, and Billy Walker  while penning hit songs such as, “Sing Me a Love Song to Baby”.
C. W. Gatlin was born in Phillips County, Delta, Arkansas. C.W.’s mom, aunt and uncle played music. Gatlin says, “I’ve played guitar all my natural born  life. My first band was me and and my guitar.” Artists like Mack Self, Robert Nighthawk and Houston Stackhouse taught C.W. rockabilly and blues. C.W. Gatlin was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame as a top lead guitarist.
Admission is $5 at the door or call 205 652 6680 or the Temple box office at 601 693 5353. The Dixie Rodders and others will be displaying some of their classic cars outside the theatre.

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Meridian Tea Update

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meridian tea partyMark your calendars for Tuesday, September 1st, 2009. will be sponsoring a Public Meeting/Workshop at the EMEPA Auditorium from 6:00pm to 8:30pm in preparation for the September 12th March On Washington. The March On Washington is drawing people from all over the country to stand in unison in the center of Washington D.C. and raise their voices as one. We know of approximately 20 people who are planning to go to Washington to represent Meridian & Lauderdale County and we plan hear from some these people as they explain why they are going and what they hope will be accomplished. We are asking that everyone who is planning to go to Washington to attend this workshop if possible. would like to send them to Washington motivated and with the assurance that they have our support!

Additionally, we need everyone who has volunteered to work on any of the committees to please attend this workshop. The second half of this meeting will be an opportunity for all of the committee chairs to meet with their members and to work on the promotion of the 9-12 Support Rally that will be held here in Meridian. All of our committees will be involved in the promotion of this event and we need your help!

The Public is invited to this Workshop so bring your friends and family out learn about, support and promote the September 12th March On Washington, join a committee if you haven’t done so, and generally spend some quality time with like-minded individuals who are doing all they can to make Washington hear their voices!

In an effort to show local support for the September 12th March On Washington, will be sponsoring a 9-12 Rally in Dumont Plaza on Saturday, September 12th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. The agenda for this meeting will focus on Health Care Reform and several local doctors are scheduled to speak including one from Chicago, one from Britian, and one from Canada.

The good doctors will be providing a good overview of the changes the American Health Care system will experience should Obamacare pass and become law. The 9-12 Rally will include special music, a Boy Scout Honor Guard, and lots of other surprises. We would love to have between 300 and 500 people attend, so if you can’t go to Washington, D.C., come join us and celebrate the March On Washington right here in Meridian, MS!

More details on this event will announced in the coming days!

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Wesley House, United Way and Katrina

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It is hard to believe that it has been five years since Katrina…in many ways, it seems like yesterday. To witness and hear testimony of the devastation and despair of humankind on one hand, and yet, to see and feel the strength and survival of the human spirit as this tragic situation brought out the very best in so many, was nothing less than chilling. In the aftermath of Katrina, it was evident that, as we all worked together, God brought healing on so many levels and a new “normal” was, and still is being established for so many. Thank you for this moment of reflection and celebration. It is an honor and a privilege to take part in this time of sharing and commemoration as to the generosity of our United Way donors. The United Way of East MS and West Alabama stood in the gap as a broken Wesley House struggled to keep our doors open for the vast amounts of individuals that desperately needed our help. We were afforded $43,000 to assist us in this endeavor and we used this donation on the purchase pharmaceuticals and food. Medical assistance was offered to those victims who had left their homes with nothing but the clothes they were wearing…no medicines and no prescriptions. Many came to us who had mental and emotional illness and had not been on their medications for two weeks. Here are several medical stories:


#1 I will never forget the young, pregnant mother who showed up with her little toddler in her arms. She was from the New Orleans area and had been homeless before Katrina, but now, well, she had no hope at all for a better “tomorrow”. It was apparent to all that she was suffering from emotional/mental illness from the moment she walked through the door at Wesley. She expressed her fear that her toddler would be taken from her and she loudly expressed her panic and fear as to how she was going to take care of her children and herself. Eventually, she confided to a staff member that she was desperately in need of medicine. She had been diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic and had not had medication for two weeks…this was more than apparent to all present that day. Wesley House was able to locate a physician that could give her proper care and write her prescriptions. We were able to pay for her medications, which were numerous and expensive, thanks to the assistance from the UW.

#2 One afternoon, a family of three came to Wesley House, initially to seek medical attention for their little six year old boy. They were from the MS Gulf Coast and had family on the Alabama border. They were in our community because we had the closest lodgings available. The child was in much pain around the shoulder area. Our clinic referred the family to a local emergency room (we called ahead!) and later in the evening, the family returned.

 The  little boy had suffered a dislocated shoulder, a broken arm and a hairline fracture to his clavicle bone. They had come by to thank us for assisting them in getting proper medical attention and for helping with the medical and pharmaceutical costs for their child.  As we spoke with them, we learned that the also needed assistance with food. Thanks to UW, Wesley was able to help this family in ways in which they absolutely could not have afforded to help themselves.

  #3 We served a Katrina survivor who had come to us for assistance…she was 51 years old, had lost everything in the storm and now, she had just been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Wesley House was able to set her up with an appointment in the Wesley Clinic where one of her prescriptions was filled from our pharmacy…a pharmacy that had been stocked with prescription medications from UW donations. Her other prescription was filled through a local pharmacy that works with Wesley House throughout the year. It takes community. Thank you United Way!

 There are hundreds of stories that we could all tell. I was not Executive Director at that time, but I have documentation of helping 2,400 people with food and 269 people with prescriptions just during Phase I alone.

 Our entire Phase II donation went toward the purchase of medications and prescription drugs as we served 422 people.

We could not have provided food and medical treatment for so many without the support of  UW donors. Thank you for your generous hearts. You made a tremendous difference in the lives of so many.

Ginger Grissom Stevens

Wesley House

Visit the Wesley House web site here.

Executive Director

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