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bsa logoThe 2009 21st Annual Boy Scout Golf Tournament is coming and you don’t want to miss out on this great event.  The tournament is June 6th thru the 7th, 2009 at the beautiful Briarwood Country Club.  A team of two individuals is $160.00 and gets you 2 rounds of golf at the tournament and a practice round…that is 54 Holes of Golf for $160.00.  Also, if you are not a golfer, please look at other options – an ad, a hole sign, or both.  Either way, we need your help to continue to serve over 5,000 youth in our six county area. Thanks for helping send Scouts to camp. For more information or to sign up online click below.

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Sucarnochee Review at EMCC

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Some of the faces have changed over the years, and the band’s style has matured as new members folded their strengths into the mix. But along the way, Nash Street worked its way up to larger and more prominent venues – ultimately winning the 2008 Colgate Country Showdown at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

Nash Street

Nash Street


Nash Street (click here for poster)traces its musical roots all the way back to grade school, way before bluegrass became “cool” again, when a public school teacher in Starkville organized promising music students into a folk string band.


East Mississippi Community College will welcome the “Best New Act in Country Music” to the Lyceum auditorium on Friday, May 29, at 7 p.m. when Nash Street headlines a visit by the Sucarnochee Revue.

“The Sucarnochee Revue has performed for the last couple of years at EMCC’s Scooba campus, and we thought it was time to invite them to perform up in the northern end of the district,” said Dr. Paul Miller, vice president of EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus.

“The Revue’s line-up has something for everyone’s musical tastes. Beyond that, it gives people a chance to see a little bit of our campus – and proceeds from the concert will go toward EMCC’s tuition guarantee program, which enables qualifying students to attend EMCC tuition-free. To top it all off, one of the members of Nash Street, Jason Graham, is the son of Grady Graham, who teaches automotive technology here at EMCC, so we’re excited about that, too.”


Good years for the Revue


The last couple of years have been good for both Nash Street and the Sucarnochee Revue. The Revue is a nationally syndicated radio show highlighting music from the Black Belt region of Mississippi and Alabama. It is usually taped at the University of West Alabama, but founder Jacky “Jack” White also takes his act on the road.

The Sucarnochee Revue performed at EMCC’s Scooba campus for the first time in July 2007, when the show aired on 22 radio stations in eight states.  By the next year, the Revue’s reach had extended to 35 stations in 10 states. Today, the Sucarnochee Revue can be heard on 60 stations in 13 states – including Mississippi Public Radio and Alabama Public Radio.

“My dream was about putting a spotlight on music and artists from this part of the world. When I started the Sucarnochee Revue, people thought I was crazier than I really was, but God had a little bit of a hand in it and here we are,” White said.

“We are thrilled to have Nash Street joining us at the Revue again. And we’re looking forward to a great crowd of loyal listeners and new friends at the Lyceum at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus.”


Sucarnochee line-up


In addition to Nash Street, the May 29 Sucarnochee Revue line-up at EMCC also includes:

Jacky “Jack” White: The host of the Sucarnochee Revue lives in Livingston, Ala. More than 100 of White’s songs have been recorded since his music starting hitting the charts in 1985. Artists who have recorded his songs include Ray Stevens, Charley Pride, Buddy Jewell, Steve Wariner, Neal McCoy, Carl Ray and Mark Lowery.

“Mississippi” Chris Sharp and the Jang-A-Lang String Band: Interweaving bluegrass, folk and blues, Chris Sharp of Porterville says he cut his teeth on Jimmie Rodgers records – singing on the porch in Meridian with Mrs. Elsie McWilliams, Rodgers’ aunt, and taking guitar lessons from Mrs. Virginia Shine, his cousin.

Britt Gully: A lifelong resident of Cow Creek in Kemper County, honkabilly Britt Gully is one of the most popular singer/bandleaders within a 60-mile radius of his home. He is also well-known as a songwriter and guitarist – and is considered one of the top interpreters of Jimmie Rodgers music in the world.

J. Burton Fuller: Born and raised in Emelle, Ala., Fuller has been known for years as one of Sumter County’s best singers and guitarists – and he is also a master woodcrafter. At the age of 69, he released his first CD with international distribution, “On a Sumter County Porch.”

Track 45: Parents Joel and Susie Johnson and children Jenna, K.K. and Benjamin are from Meridian. They play and sing a variety of musical styles – from folk and bluegrass to country and gospel, and are known for their three-part harmonies. Track 45 also takes its music into schools with “Diggin’ Our Roots,” an education program that traces Mississippi’s musical heritage.

Ada McGrevey: A singer all her life, Ada McGrevey works with Mississippi State University’s Therapeutic Writing Program. Her husband, Mike, is MSU’s vice president of finance and administration.

The MaHarreys: For more than 30 years, the MaHarreys Gospel Singers have traveled the country presenting music that spans a vast spectrum of styles, including Southern gospel, Christian country, praise and worship, and bluegrass. Its members are Paul and Judy MaHarrey, Daniel and Nancy MaHarrey, Clint and Cliff Spicer, and Scott Roberts.

William Michael Morgan: Young country singer William Michael Morgan has been performing since he was 5 years old. Influenced by Tim McGraw, George Jones, Charley Pride and Hank Williams Sr., Morgan performs throughout the Southeast.

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Hartley and Mary Peavey

Hartley and Mary Peavey

Gov Haley Barbour

Gov Haley Barbour

Governor Haley Barbour and First Lady Marsha Barbour will host the third annual Mississippi celebration of its GRAMMY® legacy at 7 p.m. May 28, 2009, at Bluesville, part of Harrah’s Horseshoe Casino and Hotel in Tunica. The list of performers and honorees includes Joey Lauren Adams, Brandon Bennett, Eden Brent, James Burton, Eddie Cotton, Dorothy Moore, Paul Overstreet, Pinetop Perkins, Charley Pride, Marty Stuart, the Williams Brothers and Nanette Workman.

The event is sponsored by Meridian-based Peavey Electronics Corp. to celebrate Mississippi as the “Birthplace of America’s Music.”


Media check-in for the event will be held in the Jackson Room of Harrah’s Horseshoe Casino and Hotel from 3 p.m. until 4:15 p.m. May 28, 2009. Photo opportunities will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will end at 5 p.m. in the Oxford Room on the second floor of the Horseshoe Casino. Media interested in attending also can send their name, outlet name, e-mail address and phone number to either Dan Turner at or Laura Hipp at

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Mississippi Market 2009

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mississippi marketMore than 100 vendors are registered to showcase their products and goods at the 2009 Mississippi Market. The two-day business-to-business wholesale event will be hosted on June 4-5, 2009, at the Mississippi Trade Mart in downtown Jackson. Show hours are 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. each day.


Hosted annually by the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA), this year’s Mississippi Market offers a diverse field of products and services. More than 600 buyers and retailers from Mississippi and eight surrounding states registered for last year’s show. They represented gift shops, florists, drug stores, gourmet stores, interior designers, boutiques and clothing stores, jewelry stores, garden centers and other specialty shops.


“This year’s Mississippi Market will be bigger than ever,” said Elizabeth Taylor, one of the event’s coordinators and a member of MDA’s Existing Industry and Business Division. “We anticipate a packed house with more artisans, craftsmen and other unique Mississippi vendors on hand to showcase their products. The event is a retailer’s or buyer’s dream.”


All buyers are encouraged to pre-register by May 31. Registration, however, will be available on-site with the proper credentials. The Mississppi Market is not open to the general public.


Vendors and buyers are encouraged to visit the Mississippi Market website at or call 888.886.3323 for more information.

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Title: Paul (The Guru) Tarver
Location: Third Annual Memorial Day Show
Description: Join us Thursday, May 21st for Paul Tarvers Third Annual Memorial Day show. We will remember those who sacrificed it all with tributes, discussion and music. Dont miss it. Ken Storms will also be part of the show.
Start Time: 6:15
Date: 2009-05-21
End Time: 10:00

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Peavey Turns 44!

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Founder and CEO Hartley Peavey Reflects on the past & future


 As Hartley Peavey surveys the economic climate on his company’s 44th birthday, the music-industry magnate is holding fast to the core principals that earned his company the loyalty of a global customer base.


“I’ve discovered that business is like a rodeo — the winner is the one who can stay on the pony the longest,” he laughs. “When I started Peavey Electronics in 1965, conglomerates were buying up all of the famous music-products companies, reducing them to mere brands that were somehow supposed to be the same. They failed to realize that companies are made of people, and when the people change, the company changes, too. 


“When I look around today, I get a feeling of déjà vu. Yet we’re still here, operating under the original ownership and vision, continuing to progress and develop new products and technologies.”


Peavey founded Peavey Electronics Corporation after discovering that he was much better at building the gear to amplify music than he was at actually playing music. With the influx of corporate buyouts during the 1960s and ‘70s, Hartley saw his competitors’ prices rise and quality plummet, so he ran promptly the other way. He set out to prove that you can have quality, craftsmanship and value at fair and reasonable prices. That philosophy altered the course of the music industry and continues to drive his company today.


Now the CEO of one of the largest makers of musical instruments and professional sound equipment in the world—with more than 180 patents to its credit and distribution in 136 countries—Hartley Peavey is still looking ahead and dreaming up his company’s next big innovations.


“As we celebrate our 44th year in business, I can’t remember a more productive, exciting time in the history of Peavey Electronics. We have strong-selling, compelling products in several new categories: the Versarray™ line-array loudspeaker system for pro audio applications; ReValver™ MKIII, our debut into the world of virtual amplification software; and the Vypyr™ Series, our first modeling amplifiers, which were named Product of the Year by music retailers.”


Although Peavey is well known for pioneering the use of CNC manufacturing techniques in making musical instruments, Hartley has taken the company in a decidedly different direction lately. Recognizing the market segmentation that allows small niches to flourish, Peavey started a new custom-shop initiative to enter the boutique amplifier market with customizable amps made by hand, not machine, in the company’s hometown of Meridian, Mississippi.


“Our new 19th Street Custom Shop amplifiers are taking off quite well,” he says. “Since we debuted the program in January, we have had a solid demand for these point-to-point wired, handmade amps. That proves that there is always new ground to plow, and there is an ongoing need for companies to reinvent themselves. We’ve done that many times with great success while holding true to our core principals.”


Peavey recently began a company-wide Lean initiative that will maximize efficiency among its 33 facilities as part of a massive, multi-million dollar reinvestment that the company has made in its infrastructure just since 2008. The goal is to strengthen the organization’s position in the global marketplace, Peavey said, and help guide the company to new plateaus.

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Cheri Barry and Percy Bland on WMOX

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Cheri Barry

Cheri Barry

Percy Bland

Percy Bland

The two candidates for Mayor of Meridian will participate in a political forum Wednesday, May 13th 7:15a-9a. Republican Cheri Barry and Democrat Percy Bland will take questions from Bill, Dumpster and callers. Questions can also be submitted via email ( and @WMOX on The Meridian Star will be there with Star Cam. Watch the event on the Star’s web site by clicking here.

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MSU Riley Center

MSU Riley Center

Mississippi State University Riley Center for Education and Performing Arts is featured on Walt Grayson’s “Look Around Mississippi”

 The Weekly Program Highlights Our State’s Unique Assets


Meridian, MS—Weekly, Walt Grayson takes viewers on a “Look Around Mississippi” via a weekly program that first airs on WLBT-TV in Jackson, Mississippi. His segment explores the unique assets of Mississippi and is syndicated for air on other stations across the state, including WABG (Delta), WDAM (Hattiesburg/Laurel), WLOX (Biloxi, Gulfport, Pascagoula) WTOK (Meridian), WTVA (Tupelo-Columbus). This week, the Mississippi State University Riley Center for Education and Performing Arts is featured on the segment. Grayson takes viewers back in time comparing pre-restoration images of the center’s Grand Opera House theatre to the meticulously restored, premiere performing arts venue it is today.  


“Walt Grayson is a widely known and trusted source across the state. For someone of Walt’s caliber to call attention to this center and the unique asset it is for all Mississippians to be proud of and enjoy is wonderful,” said Penny Kemp, marketing director for MSU Riley Center. “We are working very hard here to provide culturally enriching educational and performing arts programming along with conferencing capabilities that enhance the quality of life and economic possibilities in this area and across the state. The more we can educate people in our own state about what a tremendous asset the MSU Riley Center is, the better.”


Walt Grayson also host Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s “Mississippi Roads” program, which featured the MSU Riley Center earlier this year.  More information about Walt Grayson may be found here


Meridian and Starkville residents can see “Look Around Mississippi” weekly on Sunday night’s during the 10 pm news broadcast on WTOK-TV and WTVA-TV, respectively. 


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Meridian High Wildcat Baseball

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Wildcat Baseball

Wildcat Baseball

The Meridian High Wildcat baseball team beat Biloxi in the Region 6 Tournament 6-3. The Wildcats are 19-8.  The Cats play Petal in the second round. The best of 3 series starts Friday, May 1st in Petal, MS. The Petal Panthers will visit Meridian Saturday, May 2nd at Q.V. Sykes Field for game 2.

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msu99One of Meridian’s biggest Miss. State Bulldog fans will coach the football team’s spring football game this weekend. He will coach the Maroon Team.

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