What You Need to Know for the Gulf Coast Blues and Heritage Festival

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Blues and Heritage Festival is back to celebrate 26 years of blues, good food and a great time this weekend.  

The festival will be held on Saturday, September 9 from 12-10 pm at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Pascagoula. The price for tickets are $15 advance and $20 the day of the show. 

The festival features a lively array of southern soul, blues, zydeco, and gospel acts. It originally started in Biloxi, but has outgrown itself and its festival goers to a new location and a new audience. Phyllis Owens, President of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Blues Commission, says the festival has expanded its interest to host younger blues entertainers, as well as younger festival attendees. 

“It seems the crowd is getting younger each year. And that’s what we hope to do-continue the legacy of blues by including young ambassadors of the blues to become more involved”, says Owens.

Over 1,200 visitors are expected to attend this year, with some traveling all the way to the Gulf Coast from cities such as Chicago and Memphis to be a part of the longest running blues festivals in the Deep South. 

The featured artists this year include: André Lee, legendary Carl Sims, Columbus Toy, Yazoo Bayou Band, Donna Renae, Ms. Charli “Creole Diva” and many more. 

“The festival brings people and families together through their love and passion for the blues and is an important social event for many local organizations”, says Owens. “We hope this will serve as a signature event for the city of Pascagoula in hopes to increase interest in music amongst younger audiences in Jackson County,” said Owens. 

If you would like to find out more information about the festival, visit msgulfcoastbluesfest.com

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OSSD Leaders Serve Breakfast for Bus Drivers

Members of the Ocean Springs School District Cabinet provided breakfast on August 24 for their bus drivers, other transportation department employees, and members of the OSSD Police  Department to say thanks for the job they do every day. 

“Our bus drivers hold this incredibly important responsibility of transporting every parent’s child to and from school each day,” says Brooks McKay, director of operations for OSSD. “Not everyone is cut out for this task, and we are thankful for our drivers who choose to do this every school day.” 

There are also other employees who work in the background of the district’s transportation department. One example is Jay Brown, who was recently hired as the head mechanic in the OSSD Operations Department. 

While transportation employees work to safely move students to and from school, members of the OSSD Police Department work daily to provide the safest possible learning environment for students, staff and teachers. 

“Members of our police department have to have a heart for students,” says Jesse Galloway, OSSD Police Department. “For us to perform our duties effectively, we have to really get to know and understand our students.” 

The Ocean Springs School District Superintendent Bonita Coleman, Ph.D., says an important aspect of leadership is helping those through service. “We could not accomplish all that we do as a district without the men and some in our transportation and police department,” said Coleman. “We wanted to let them know how much we appreciate them by thanking them with a good breakfast.” 

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First Round of Flood Buckets, Beaumont Bound

21273330_726413284215875_4157953929642481845_o-300x225 First Round of Flood Buckets, Beaumont BoundIt’s an understatement to say Jackson County is full of cheerful givers. Since last week’s conception of the “#floodbucketchallenge” an outpouring of generosity from businesses and individuals has created a viral movement on Facebook. The first round of flood buckets will be loaded at Ocean Springs Lumber today starting at 5:00 pm. We are loading a trailer and will head for Beaumont early tomorrow morning.

UPDATE:   OVER 200 buckets are expected to be on the trailer filled with cleaning supplies, personal notes, and lots of prayer. Jackson County is no stranger to what the people of Texas are going through. “These flood buckets are filled with basic items that people will need as they clean out their homes. It’s our way of paying it forward and paying it back for those who helped us,”  says Beverly Dees of Ad-In Advertising.

Thank you to EVERYONE who participated!  ESPECIALLY our drop-off locations and sponsors: 

  • Heritage Funeral Home (http:www.heritagefuneralhome.com  https://www.facebook.com/HeritageFuneralHomeMossPoint/)
  • First United Methodist Church of Pascagoula  http://fumcpascagoula.org/  https://www.facebook.com/fumcpascagoula/
  • Ocean Springs Lumber and Supply Co. http://www.oslumber.com  https://www.facebook.com/OceanSpringsLumberSupplyCo/

 

After this first shipment of buckets, the #floodbucketchallenge will continue, however relief efforts shifting to larger boots on the ground organizations. Flood Buckets are still being collected at FUMC Pascagoula, where they will be handed off to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Similar relief efforts are happening locally which you can stay up to date by following the JaxCoHome Facebook page. This relief effort has truly shown the heart of Jackson County. The effort spearheaded by JaxCoHome.com can not thank Jackson County and everyone who has donated enough. This movement is a success and has been felt all the way in Texas. JaxCoHome.com would like to thank Ocean Springs Lumber, FUMC Pascagoula, and Heritage Funeral Homes for serving as drop off locations, and their personal donations to this relief effort. The Beaumont Chamber of Commerce will be receiving the truck and handling the distribution of the buckets on site.

On the heels of Harvey, we all sit with eyes on Irma. We encourage every resident to be prepared and stock up on items needed in case Jackson County is affected. 

You can find hurricane information and supply lists at the MEMA Preparation page: http://www.msema.org/be-prepared/hurricanes

Other ways you can help relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey:

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How Jackson County Can Help with #BucketsForBeaumont

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JaxCoHome is excited to announce that we will be sending all of our collected flood buckets to the people of Beaumont, Texas. 

Beaumont is located in Southeast Texas, along the Texas/Louisiana border and near the Gulf of Mexico. The city has become a watery wasteland after heavy impact of Hurricane Harvey. 

“The storm that inundated Houston swamped the city of Beaumont with a record 30 inches of rainfall, unleashed flash flooding that police said claimed two lives in Beaumont and forced hundreds of residents to flee to local shelters”, according to a report from NBC News. 

We selected Beaumont for our flood bucket project due to their proximity and similarity to the Gulf Coast. The city of Beaumont is not as large as Houston, but has received more flooding than Houston in the storm’s total rainfall.

“Many Texans in and around Beaumont [and] Port Arthur are fighting for their lives against an incredible amount of water,” said NBC News Meteorologist Bill Karins. “This is just as bad, if not worse, than flooding in Houston.”

The city of Beaumont continues to flood and is not getting as much media attention as other cities, such as Houston. Beaumont’s relief needs are just as important as those in bigger cities. The Mississippi Gulf Coast remembers when New Orleans was the center of focus, but we also were majorly impacted by Katrina. Beaumont is a smaller town and needs help from Jackson County, Mississippi.

Over the last 30 hours since Harvey has landed, Beaumont has received 26.5” of rain- putting storm totals at 43.67” of rain and is continuing to receive more rain and Harvey rips through what’s left of the city. 

“We are so appreciative of the people of Jackson County coming together to help us”, says Regina Lindsey, Beaumont Chamber of Commerce. 

You still have until Tuesday, September 5 to fill your flood buckets and drop off at any of our three locations in Jackson County:

First United Methodist Church, Pascagoula, 2710 Pascagoula Street

Heritage Funeral Home, Moss Point, 9721 Hwy 63

Ocean Springs Lumber, Ocean Springs, 1611 Government Street

For more information and updates on our #FloodBucketChallenge, visit jaxhome.com

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The Shed Helps Flood Victims with BBQ

Operation BBQ Relief is lifting spirits of those affected by Hurricane Harvey with delicious BBQ cooked by The Shed. 

Coast volunteers are teaming up with The Shed to send their food and love to those devastated by Hurricane Harvey. The owner of The Shed, Brad Orrison, is a volunteer with Operation BBQ Relief. He’s been cooking up some pork and brisket to send to those affected by the storm. obr_lg_logo-300x242 The Shed Helps Flood Victims with BBQ

Operation BBQ Relief is a national organizaiton composed of over 5,000 volunteers who either own a BBQ joint, work in BBQ, or even just love BBQ. These volunteers are all about cooking flavorful food in bulk to help those in need. The organization was started in May of 2011 in response to a need for relief efforts in tornado-stricken Joplin, Missouri. 

“We’ll cook bulk meals to feed entire churches, first responders, and even The Red Cross”, he said. “We’re expecting to collectively cook between 300,000-400,000 meals for the people affected by Hurricane Harvey”, stated Orrison. 

The relief fund currently has crews in Katy, Texas and Hammond, Louisiana on the ground ready to help feed. 

Orrison plans to offer more than just bbq to the people affected by Harvey. The Shed is now accepting large bulk items for donations to the organization and relief efforts. They will be accepting these items for the next 2 weeks. 

When asked how the people of Jackson County can help, Orrison suggested people donate $20 online to the Operation BBQ Relief website or by donating bulk canned items to The Shed. 

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Operation #JaxCoHomeRelief – Hurricane Harvey Aftermath: Project Flood Bucket

 

Do you want to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey?

Residents of the Gulf Coast have sat watching Hurricane Harvey pound the Texas coast all weekend. Flood waters have literally submerged major areas of Houston and thousands are left with homes in ruin. This hits very close to the residents of Jackson County. We don’t NEED to help, we HAVE to help. Some of the major needs for Texas victims right now are bottled water, and cleaning supplies. Thousands will return home to the muck we experienced during Hurricane Katrina, and we all know the monumental task of cleaning up that is ahead. JaxCoHome.com is calling all Jackson County residents and surrounding areas to join in relief efforts by joining “Project Flood Bucket.” Operation #JaxCoHomeRelief


Important: Do not donate old clothes!

 

JaxCoHome has partnered with 3 strategic drop off locations in Jackson County. You may drop off supplies or assembled “flood buckets” at any of these locations. Assembled flood buckets preferred!


 

Jackson County drop off locations:


First United Methodist Church, Pascagoula, 2710 Pascagoula Street – Map


Heritage Funeral Home, Moss Point, 9721 Hwy 63 – Map


Ocean Springs Lumber, Ocean Springs, 1611 Government Street – Map


Bring bottled water, supplies for buckets, OR ASSEMBLED flood buckets to any of these locations by Sunday, September 3rd, afternoon. Transport will be taking supplies early next week. We invite you to include a personal note to the recipient. Share words of encouragement that you feel they need to hear during this tragic time. Knowing that their Gulf Coast neighbors are thinking of them may be the boost they need to get through the recovery phase. Be sure to enclose in a ZipLoc bag so not to get ruined during delivery. Let the victims know we are thinking about them here in Jackson County!


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Some other suggestions you can include in your flood bucket (as long as the lid closes securely):

  • A Walmart gift card
  • Scouring pads
  • Fully wrapped and bagged candy or treats


This is our turn to give back Jackson County! Let’s help our brothers and sisters in Texas. Pay it forward and pay it back!

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Ocean Springs Receives $30,000 ‘Meet Me at the Park’ Grant

Ocean Springs has been selected to receive a $30,000 play space grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Walt Disney Company. This investment supports NRPA and Disney’s combined goal of providing one million kids and families with greater access to play.

Twenty-five park and recreation agencies and cities nationwide were selected to receive grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to support projects that increase access to play spaces in local parks for children and families.

The projects selected include a variety of innovative play space enhancements, sport field/court enhancements, trail and walking path enhancements, and mobile play spaces, which include flexible play equipment and activities that can be moved and put to use in different locations. All of the projects focus on inclusive play spaces that increase physical activity and play for children and families.

The city of Ocean Springs is partnering with Disability Connection on this project and will use the $30,000 grant to provide four fully accessible play structures in the Little Children’s Park. These structures provide opportunities for physical and sensory activity to children and adults of all physical abilities. 

“NRPA is proud to collaborate with The Walt Disney Company to help more children and families experience the benefits of play,” said Kellie May, NRPA director of health and wellness. “By increasing access to play spaces, this program will also provide new activities that support healthy lifestyles in local communities.” 

The Meet Me at the Park program includes an Earth Month campaign as well, where funding is awarded for local park improvement projects that connect kids to nature, inspire healthy living and provide access to sports. The campaign celebrates Earth Month and the importance of local parks. 

To learn more about Meet Me at the Park, visit www.nrpa.org/disney

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Mississippi Gulf Coast: How You Can Help People Affected By Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey continues to strengthen in the western Gulf of Mexico and is expected to land as the nation’s first Category 3 landfall in almost 12 years.

Weather.com predicts the storm to make landfall tonight or Saturday morning in the Texas Gulf Coast. Harvey will then stall or meander for several days, leading to a threat of catastrophic flooding in parts of Texas. Dangerous storm-surge flooding and damaging winds are also threats.

The Gulf Coast has received thousands of helping hands from other states after the impacts of hurricanes from Camille to Katrina. Now, it’s our turn to unite together and extend our resources to help the people of Texas and Louisiana. 

The city of Gautier has already gathered a crew that will be heading out to Texas to help with recovery, clean up and repair efforts after the storm makes landfall. If you would like to make a donation of supplies, (bottled water, canned goods, hygiene supplies, but NOT CLOTHES), then you may drop off at 1512 Highway 90 Gautier, Mississippi. The crew is currently unsure of when they will depart for Texas, so you still have time to drop off some supplies. 

In regards to our local organizations, The American Red Cross of Pascagoula is arranging to help people affected by Hurricane Harvey as well. “We’re in the middle of mobilizing and have over 100 volunteers on standby”, says Tamica Smith Jeuitt, Regional Director of Communications and Marketing Manager. 

The organization is currently on standby mode to see what specific areas Harvey will impact, but will be working closely with their emergency management partners to monitor every step of the way. “We’re refreshing training, fueling trucks, changing tires-preparing all that we can, so we’re ready to go when they call”. 

When asked how the people of Jackson County can help, Jeuitt suggested donating monetary funds to the organization and becoming certified to volunteer for future natural disasters. The American Red Cross of Pascagoula works with multiple, local and state-wide vendors and agencies to ensure there is plenty of food and means of shelter to provide for people, but they are “always in a constant replenish mode”, says Jeuitt. 

There will be a disaster cycle service, ‘Just In Time- Shelter Training’, session held tomorrow from 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. at locations in Tupelo, Gulfport, Flowood, Laurel and Hattiesburg. Visit their training and certification page on the website for more details. 

You can make a $10 donation to help those affected from Hurricane Harvey by: texting ‘Harvey’ to 90999, visiting their website at redcross.org or calling the Pascagoula location at 228-762-2455. 

 

 

 

 

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CBRES Hosts Summer Interns

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For the seventh year in a row, Chevron Business & Real Estate Services (CBRES) has welcomed summer interns to the Pascagoula Refinery.

Open to dependents of current Refinery employees, the program employs 15 interns through TMG Industrial. The group reports to Kathy Council under the direction of David Trott (CBRES). The team is performing various jobs to spruce up the refinery, such as painting the Shipping building and parking bumpers for upcoming turnarounds as well as general clean up at Procurement warehouses during inclement weather. They have also assisted with less routine projects, like pretending to be accident victims during an emergency services training exercise in June.

This year’s interns and mentors are (from left) Wesley Drivers (GCA), Jon Tibbs (Gulf Breeze Landscape), Avie Porser (GCA), Keaton Walley, Clarence Kelly (GCA), Tristen Eubanks, Jerry Williams (GCA), Patrick Taylor, Joshua Robinson, Lashaun Love, Whitney Owens (GCA), John Tyler Howell, Christopher Graham, Chandler Fox, Cassie Crocker, Dylan Cagle, Hailey Boney, David Trott (CBRES), Montie Smith, Laken Lambert, Jon Hansen (GSI), Aaron McDaniel, Kathy Council (TMG) and (not pictured) Alora Houston.

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Refinery Reps Help With B&GC Gala

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Volunteers with the Pascagoula Refinery’s Black Employee Network (BEN) lent a helping hand during the 20th annual Boys & Girls Club “Steak and Steak” fundraiser.

The event brings together children who participate in local Boys & Girls Clubs and community members to enjoy a steak dinner and guest speaker. Former NFL great Andre Reed provided this year’s keynote address.

Attendees also have an opportunity to bid on items in the silent auction. Chevron volunteers helped staff this portion of the event, including (from left) DaJohn Murray, Sarah Denney, Brandon Gray, Nicole McBeath, Alecia Asiamigbe, Kentrell Owens, Penny Barbour, Valerie Brune, Austin McSpadden, Carlos Moore, Tiahirih Moore, Mike Seales, Rayford Harris, Makamba Sackey, Cheryl McLeod, Jamie Smith and Catherine Glaude (Chief Professional Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Jackson County).

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