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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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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Singing River Health System Creates Healthy Program Guide for Jackson County

It’s no surprise that Mississippi is known for its high rates of diabetes, obesity and heart disease. In fact, Mississippi ranks 2nd for the highest adult obesity rate in the nation, according to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America
 
Singing River Health System seized an opportunity to aid in improving the health of their patients and the members of Jackson County. Therefore, Singing River created a new program, Healthy Selection, which is aimed to encourage the citizens of Jackson County to choose the healthier option when dining out.
 
The purpose of the program is to feature a healthy meal choice from each of your favorite restaurants along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Each featured dish will be certified as a ‘Healthy Selection’ by Singing River Health System to meet the following criteria:
  • 550 calories or less
  • 20 grams of fat or less
  • 600 milligrams of sodium or less 

These guidelines follow the American Heart Association and US Dietary Guidelines standards for a flexible, yet healthy meal. 

“Our goal for this program is for anyone to walk into any of the many restaurants Jackson County has to offer and have a healthy option at their fingertips; something that is handpicked by Singing River Health System specifically for its nutritional value”, says Singing River’s Marketing Associate, Lauren McDavid.

The program is currently in the midst of launching and seeking restaurant partners in Jackson County to feature their signature ‘Healthy Selection’ meal.

There is no cost in becoming a partner. Each restaurant will not only have a Healthy Selection ‘plaque’ or signage of some sort to display the healthy selection(s) they offer, but will also be featured in the Singing River Healthy Selection Guide that will be distributed to all patients, employees, and throughout all of Jackson County. All of the ‘Healthy Selection’ partners will also be included in Singing River’s Healthy Selection social media posts and on their website: singingriverhealthsystem.com.

Singing River Health System hopes that this program will educate restaurant owners within the county and make healthy changes to their menu to improve the nutritional value of their meals.

“We believe a major change starts with small changes first, and we want to help change the health of our citizens for the better”, states McDavid. 

To become a Healthy Selection Partner Restaurant, contact Lauren McDavid, Marketing Assistant, at (228)-239-2315 or Lauren.McDavid@mysrhs.com.

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RCS Students Take A Break from Class to Watch the Solar Eclipse

IMG_3071-1024x768 RCS Students Take A Break from Class to Watch the Solar EclipseThe 5th and 6th grade class at Resurrection Catholic Elementary School took a break from their studies today to check out the solar eclipse. Despite the weather the sun peeked out from the clouds right at the opportune time to get a glimpse of what some call a once in a lifetime event. Jenna Baber, one of the 5th grade teachers said, “This is a once in a lifetime experience, where they may be closer to 90 years old the next time this happens, so we wanted to be sure that we made it a fun, educational experience for them.” Mrs. Baber’s class along with the rest of the 5th and 6th grade patiently awaited large storm clouds to part for those who had special eye glasses to see the phenomenon. Some of the students laid in the grass gazing into the sky, while others viewed the eclipse from a pin hole camera. It is for certain that these group of youngsters made a great memory for themselves today thanks to the the teachers at RCS Elementary.

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IMG_3071-1024x768 RCS Students Take A Break from Class to Watch the Solar Eclipse

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Information and Events for Solar Eclipse

For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will occur across the entire continental United States. 

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. “Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk”, according to NASA. 

The total eclipse starts near Lincoln City, Oregon, at 10:15 a.m. (12:15 p.m. Central time) and ends at 2:48 p.m. (1:48 Central Time) near Charleston, South Carolina, according to NASA, taking just over an hour and a half to cross the country. The partial eclipse will last about 2-3 hours and the total eclipse just over two minutes.

Branch libraries of the Jackson-George Regional Library System will host several events to celebrate the rare occurrence. The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses that will be provided free of charge to those attending library events. 

Scheduled programs are as follows: 

  • Ocean Springs Municipal Library- Family Event, Saturday, Aug. 19, at 10 a.m.
  • St. Martin Public Library- Monday, Aug. 21, at 1 p.m. 
  • Vancleave Public Library- Monday, Aug. 21, at 12 noon. 

For more information about library events, visit the library website at www.jgrls.org or find posts on Facebook @JacksonGeorgeLibraries. For more information on eclipse activities, observing assets, and viewing safety, visit https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov

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Moss Point Named ‘Healthiest City in the State of Mississippi’

Last week, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation named the city of Moss Point “Mississippi’s Healthiest Hometowns”. Runner-ups were Meridian, Hernando, and Mantachie. They were awarded $25,000.

The city of Moss Point will be awarded $50,000 to use on one of its initiatives. Use of the funds is to be determined in consultation with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, the Healthy Hometown Committee, the Mayor, and the Board of AldermenThe Healthy Hometown Committee will be meeting Thursday of next week to discuss specific plans. 

The Healthy Hometown Awards Program was established in 2010 to encourage healthy lifestyles at the community level, while providing financial incentives to the cities and towns that have demonstrated the most progress. Healthy Hometown winning municipalities are chosen based on select criteria.

Healthy Hometown applications are evaluated by a panel of distinguished health and wellness champions from Mississippi and around the country.

The City submitted an application form on March 30, 2017.  The form included information about the work being done by Moss Point’s Healthy Hometown Committee and City departments to promote healthy living.  

For example, in 2016, the City amended its smoking ordinance to include electronic cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.  The Parks Department maintains several fitness zones and walking tracks, and hosts outdoor events throughout the year.  The Community Development Department sponsored a health fair and the Fire Department raised funds to support breast cancer research.  

When asked how Moss Point plans to remain healthy, City Grant Writer, Felicia Yearwood, stated, “The Mayor, Board of Aldermen, and Healthy Hometown Committee are committed to encouraging healthier living by providing opportunities for exercise, information on healthy eating, and promotion of smoking cessation.”

The city of Moss Point hopes to encourage other cities to become healthier by enforcing rules and regulations that promote the city’s well-being. “The City of Moss Point is proud to serve as an example of resident engagement in furtherance of community health through public policy and programming that encourage healthier living”, says Yearwood. 

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Singing River Medical Clinic Pascagoula Now Serving Patients Seven Days a Week

Singing River Health System’s Pascagoula Medical Clinic has announced new hours to serve patients seven days a week.   The clinic, located on Highway 90 next to Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula, is now open for appointments or walk-in visits as follows:
 
Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday:  8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday:  10:00 am – 4:00 pm
 
The clinic is staffed by seven physicians and nurse practitioners along with their support staff to treat everything from acute to chronic conditions for children and adults. Jason Ely, Director of Primary Care Services for the health system, notes that the new hours will better serve the Pascagoula community. “As a community health provider, making our team available whenever they’re needed most is a priority, be it for an earache, a fever, or chronic conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure. We invite everyone to come out and see us,” he said. 
 
More information on the clinic is available at https://www.singingriverhealthsystem.com/clinics/pascagoula/ or by calling 228-762-3466.
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Ocean Springs Community Pep Rally

The Ocean Springs School District will be hosting their Annual Back to School Pep Rally Thursday, Aug 10 at 5 pm.

The pep rally will be held at the Greyhound Stadium and is open to the public for a family-fun night of Greyhound Pride. 

There will be food, drinks, face painting, water slide, dunk tank, bounce house, snow cones and prizes to this free event. The rally is sponsored by Bienville Animal Medical Center, Bay Pest Control, Garden Park Medical Center, Hendren Law Firm, Henze Enterprises, Mississippi National Guard, Mustang Alley Body Works, Pilger Title Co. and Team Waste. 

You will also be able to meet the cheerleaders, dance team, football team, and the Blue Grey Pride Band. 

Be sure to come out to paint the town Blue & Grey as Ocean Springs School District prepares for a wonderful school year!

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Greyhounds Give Helping Hand to Hungry

Over 200 Ocean Springs High School students volunteered to pack over 44,000 meals last week at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum & Convention Center in Biloxi. 

The meals were packed during the Southern Legislative Conference in support of the Mark Norris Campaign Against Hunger. The campaign against hunger is spearheaded by Tennessee Senate Majority leader Mark Norris and the Southern Legislative Conference. The meals were sent to the Mississippi Food Network to feed those who go hungry within the state. 

Attendees at the conference helped pack meals between 10 and 11:30 a.m., but the student volunteers arrived earlier at 8:45 to get a jump start on helping with the job. Students were encouraged to wear their class shirts and football uniforms to spark Greyhound school spirit.

Ocean Springs School District athletic director, Mark Hubbard, and his coaches recruited over 150 student athletes to work alongside student club representatives and parents. 

The Greyhound Nation volunteers were honored to donate their time and efforts to service those in need. 

 

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