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addiction2009 has already gone down in history as a hard year for businesses. What some may not realize is that the economy has been just as hard on non-profits. In Meridian, Best of Both Worlds, a non-profit addiction recovery center for women, is struggling to make ends meet. The center accepts patients whether or not they can pay, and over the past year they have had too many patients who can’t.

Read the article by Jennifer Jacob Brown in The Meridian Star here.

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“The annual Music Inc Supplier Excellence Awards recognize the manufacturers and distributors that music retailers love doing business with,” said Zach Phillips, editor of Music Inc magazine. “Congratulations to Peavey, which continues to be a perennial Supplier Excellence Award winner. Peavey’s products, investment in infrastructure and fairness to its dealer base continue to make it an industry leader.”


Hartley Peavey, founder and CEO of Peavey Electronics, told Music Inc, “My methods haven’t changed in 45 years. From day one, Peavey dealers have had a direct line to my desk. I am always willing to listen to their needs and try to give them what they want. That continues today, because I don’t answer to a board of directors or banks. I answer to my dealers and our retail customers.”


Music Inc has produced the Supplier Excellence Awards since 2003. Companies are nominated by retailers, and the retailers vote via an online survey. Peavey has won previous Music Inc Supplier Excellence Awards in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.

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Alabama defeats Texas

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alabamaFirst, the Alabama defense knocked Colt McCoy out of the game. Later, it saved a national championship.

Hanging onto a precarious three-point lead and with momentum on the other side, linebacker Eryk Anders was determined not to let the Citi BCS National Championship Game slip away.

Read the ESPN article here.

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The Meridian Star Weather Blog

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meridianstarClick here for The Meridian Star Weather Blog.

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memaMEMA and state agencies are prepared for the winter weather moving into our state this morning.  Wednesday Governor Haley Barbour issued a state of emergency in advance of this wintery blast.

The current National Weather Service forecast calls for rain, sleet and snow with sub freezing temperatures moving into much of the state by this afternoon. Temperatures are forecast to remain below freezing through the weekend for much of the state.

The following is a list of actions and preparations being made by state agencies:

MEMA: Keeping in close contact with local emergency managers and state agencies to provide resources if necessary. For updates follow us on Facebook and twitter using MSEMA.

MS Dept. of Education: School closing can be found on the Mississippi Department of Education’s Web site at

MS Dept. of Transportation: MDOT crews are reporting ice roads and bridges in Alcorn, Benton, Bolivar, Calhoun, Coahoma, Desoto, Lee, Marshall, Panola, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Tunica, Union and Yalobusha counties.  MDOT crews are working to clear these roadways of ice.  All roads and bridges have been reported as passable.

MS State Dept. of Health: MSDH Emergency Response Coordinators across the state are continually checking on healthcare facilities licensed by MSDH to ensure they are prepared for impending winter weather and that they are able to continue all standard operations. The MSDH Bureau of Emergency Medical Services continues to remind State EMS of the immediate response necessary to residents exposed to extreme weather. More information on staying safe and healthy during severe winter weather is available on  

MS Institutions of Higher Learning: Classes have been cancelled at MSU, MUW and UM today due to the developing weather situation. Please refer to university Web sites for more specific information. Questions for IHL can be sent to

MS Dept. of Public Safety: MDPS has an 800 number the public can call to get updated with the latest road and weather conditions for their area. That number is 800-843-5352.  Mississippians can also go to, look under road conditions to find district by district information.

MS Attorney General:  “Consumer Tips for Storm Victims” guide can be found at .  Many of these tips are applicable in winter/ice storms.  Consumers with concerns or any fraud related complaints can call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-281-4418.

MS State Fire Marshal: Fire safety information and tips are available in the special Holiday and Heating Fire Safety Web page on

MS Department of Human Services: Marshall County DHS office is closed.  Currently all other county offices are open. Closings, if necessary, will be announced through MS Public Broadcasting and other local media sources as available.

MS Commission for Volunteer Service: MCVS has made initial preparations to manage a potential volunteer response, including placing two AmeriCorps NCCC Disaster Response Teams on standby and notifying Mississippi Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters to issue a tentative alert to affiliates.MCVS will work with local emergency managers to establish Volunteer Reception Centers as needed.

MS National Guard: The Mississippi National Guard is fully prepared to support state and local authorities with manpower and equipment statewide during and after this winter weather threat.

MS 211:  Hotline can be accessed from any phone around the state by simply dialing 211 just as you would 911 for an emergency.  Our call specialists can connect callers to the help they need–from shelter information to financial assistance with heating bills.

MS Public Broadcasting: Mississippians can stay informed of the latest weather updates, road conditions and shelter information across the state by tuning to Mississippi Public Broadcasting.  Starting today, MPB will increase its weather and emergency information reports.  Follow MPB weather updates on Twitter.

MS Forestry Commission: The Forestry Commission is prepared to provide wildfire protection in the event of any wildfire activity occurring during this period of severely cold weather. Also, the Forestry Commission stands ready to provide assistance to county emergency coordinators in response to damages caused by an ice storm event.

 For more information, contact Jeff Rent or Greg Flynn in MEMA External Affairs at 866-920-MEMA (6362), or visit us online at

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meridianstarMore than 350 mourners gathered at Academy Crossing Apartments Tuesday to grieve the loss of six children and three adults who were killed in an early-morning fire here Monday.

The victims died of smoke inhalation, and their deaths were an accident, the coroner said Tuesday.

Friends, family and neighbors gathered near the charred remains of the apartment late Tuesday for a vigil.

Read the article by Byron Wilkes in The Meridian Star here.

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Threefoot Project Dead…. for Now

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Mayor Cheri Barry

Mayor Cheri Barry

HRI Properties is walking away from the Threefoot project … at least for now.

The New Orleans based developer — Historic Renovations sent the City of Meridian an e-mail Tuesday alerting them they were terminating their agreement with the city to renovate downtown Meridian’s Threefoot building into an upscale hotel.

Meridian Mayor Cheri Barry said she received the e-mail from HRI at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday saying they were “not moving forward with the Threefoot project.”


Read the article in The Meridian Star by Fredie Carmichael by clicking here.

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Final MPSS Football Rankings

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footballlogoThe RANKINGS/TOP 15
Here are the final Mississippi Prep Sports Source Classification rankings for 2009.  An overall Top 25 will be released next week. The Mississippi Prep Sports Source rankings are produced each week by Austin Bishop and Bobby Gray. Bishop has been covering high school sports in Mississippi since 1975, while Gray is a longtime follower of prep football in North Mississippi. The ranking service is received by more than 30 media outlets and is in its second year.

1. South Panola (14-1)
2. Madison Central (13-1)
3. Oak Grove (11-3)  
4. Meridian (11-2)   
5. Ocean Springs (11-3)
6 Clinton (11-2)              
7. Olive Branch (10-3)
8. Southaven (9-3)
9. Brandon (7-3)
10. Natchez (9-4)
11. Harrison Central (9-3)                                 
12. Hattiesburg (6-6)                             
13. Petal (7-5)
14. Hancock (5-6)
15. George County (7-5)                                 

1. West Point (14-1)
2. Wayne County (11-4)                                         
3. Moss Point (11-3)                                    
4. West Jones (11-1)
5. Picayune (8-4)                
6. New Hope (11-2)                                   
7. Pearl (9-4)   
8 Ridgeland (10-3)                                                         
9. Callaway (8-4)        
10. Oxford (6-6)       
11. Stone County (6-5)
12. Forest Hill (5-6)
13. Brookhaven (5-6)                                                    
 14. Gautier (7-5)      
15. Hernando (6-6) 
1. St. Stanislaus (14-1)
2. Lafayette County (14-2)
3. Itawamba AHS (13-1)
4. Noxubee County (12-2)  
5. Shannon (11-2)    
6. Greene County (10-4)                                      
7. Forrest County AHS (10-3)     
8. Lawrence County (9-4)                   
9. Magee (9-3)     
10. West Lauderdale (9-3)
11. Louisville (8-5)   
12. Cleveland (8-5)   
13. Senatobia (9-3)        
14. North Pike (8-5)       
15. Pontotoc (8-3)  

1. Tylertown (14-0)
2. Morton (13-1)
3. Forest (10-2)
4. Aberdeen (12-3)         
5. Booneville (13-1)     
8. Perry Central (12-1)      
7. Charleston (13-1)     
8. Franklin County (10-4)                               
9. Philadelphia (11-2)                                           
10. Nettleton (9-4)        
11. Belmont (9-4)                         
12. Velma Jackson (9-3)
13. Collins (7-6)        
14. Cleveland East Side (8-4)
15. Seminary (7-6)    

1. Bassfield (13-2)
2. Ackerman (15-1)
3. West Bolivar (14-1)
4. Taylorsville (11-3)
5. Eupora (10-2)     
6. Puckett (11-2)                                       
7. Hollandale-Simmons (10-2)      
8. Loyd Star (10-2)        
9. North Forrest (10-3)       
10. Baldwyn (7-6)    
11. East Webster (7-7)                                           
12. Lumberton (8-4)    
13. East Marion (7-6)                                                  
14. Scott Central (10-2)
15. Mize (8-5)         

1. Mount Olive (10-5)
2. Durant (14-2)
3. Nanih Waiya (11-2)   
4. Sebastopol (11-3)                                        
5. Weir (10-3)   
6. Vardaman (9-4)
7. Coffeeville (8-5)                                 
8. Smithville (10-1)    
9. Okolona (9-4)   
10. Shaw (6-4)    
11. Greenville St. Joseph (6-5)        
12. French Camp (7-4)        
13. Bogue Chitto (5-7)                                            
14. Ray Brooks (4-6)
15. South Leake (6-6)        

1. Jackson Academy (12-1)   
2. Jackson Prep (10-3)    
3. Washington School (10-2)                                  
4. Brookhaven (15-0)
5. Lamar School (12-2)
6. Simpson Academy (11-2)                            
7. Pillow Academy (9-3)      
8. Trinity Episcopal (12-3)                   
9. Magnolia Heights (6-4)
10. River Oaks (La.) (11-2)     
11. DeSoto School (13-1)
12. Centreville (9-4)        
13. Marshall (10-2)        
14. Parklane (7-4)
15. MRA (6-5)

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Egg Bowl Impressions

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Rep Greg Snowden

Rep Greg Snowden

The cowbell ban is silly.  If anyone were really serious about enforcement, cowbell toting fans, easy enough to identify personally in the stands from any telecast, would be fined, or simply banned from future games.  That won’t be done, nor should it be, because the rule itself is ridiculous, as the SECs inaction tacitly acknowledges.  The bells are loud, for sure, but not as much as the annoying piped-in scoreboard noise so prevalent at todays big time college stadiums, including MSUs.  Change the rules to penalize the home team five yards whenever something artificial, whether Dolby or bovine in origin, interferes with the visiting team’s signals, then you would have a meaningful, self-enforcing rule.  Otherwise, just let the fans bring their bells and enjoy themselves.  If you got ‘em, ring ‘em, I say.

 Read the rest of the story at Greg Snowden’s blog in the Clarion Ledger by clicking here.

Rep Greg Snowden’s web site here.

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Matthew Perdie Is Coming

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Matthew Perdie

Matthew Perdie

So, who is Matthew Perdie? I hear you say! Well, the short answer is that Perdie is a 24-year old young man who decided to stage his very own protest march all the way across America. He started on June 22nd (the same day I might add that got started!) at the most northeastern tip of Long Island, NY and so far has walked over 1,500 miles carrying a backpack, a U.S. Flag and a big stick!

His website is Perdie carries a personal GPS and has a link on his website so everyone can keep up with where he is at any particular point in the trip. As I write this, he is in York, AL and will enter Mississippi today.

We got a call this morning from a fellow patriot in Atlanta, GA telling us about Perdie and asking us to help keep him safe as he crosses into Mississippi and WE ARE UP TO THE CHALLENGE! Perdie will be staying in Meridian for a couple of days before heading to Jackson. Hopefully we can get him re-stocked and rested to make that long trek across I-20. will be hosting Perdie for the first night, but if anyone wants to help us cover the costs of a hotel room for the second night or if you’d like to have Perdie stay in your home and get to know him, please call 601-207-0832 and let us know how you’d like to help. Mississippi Hospitality dictates that we feed him well and make sure he feels welcome. You can also reply to this email if you’d like to help.

We are considering setting up a time and place for those who would like to come and meet Perdie, but we’ll send out another email about that once we get something set up. In the meantime, go to and watch the short video we’ve posted on our site about Perdie’s Trek. Perdie is a film maker and is filming some of his encounters with real Americans and will be posting them on his website.

So, why would someone do this? Here’s Perdie’s answer in his own words:

“To walk across the United States of America, while spreading awareness of the dangers of massive government spending to the American people, and show everyone who and what is really out there in the United States of America.”

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