What Happens When You Roll Ice Cream and Serve Coffee?

OCEAN SPRINGS—Since Fahrenheit Café opened in Ocean Springs, the rolled ice cream eatery has captured an audience with a novel way to eat a classic dessert.
“I call it an ‘Instagrammable’ business,” said owner Justin McMillian. “It’s very eye-appealing. People enjoy watching the process.”

The art of rolled ice cream begins with a base liquid poured onto a cold metal surface and ends with the ice cream artist scraping your ice cream into little columns that stand upright in your container. Basic vanilla and chocolate are available, of course, but it’s the interesting flavors and endless topping combos—like, say, fruity pebbles ice cream topped with brownie bites and strawberry syrup–that have helped sustain the buzz. “I think it’s a good fit for Ocean Springs, because it’s just different,” McMillian said. “You can’t get it anywhere else.”

If rolled ice cream isn’t enough for you, McMillian, who purchased the café on U.S. 90 about a year ago, has recently added more options to satisfy your sweet tooth:  A Hawaiian shaved ice machine, scooped ice cream, cake slices, cake pops and a full-service coffee bar for coffee however you want it. If you need something savory to go with the sweet, Fahrenheit Café also dishes up pizza.

The idea, McMillian said, is to sustain his business beyond the rolled ice cream “fad” inspired by Thailand street vendors. The original owners opened the shop here after visiting a rolled ice cream shop in Atlanta, and the concept is spreading across the United States. Still, while people are still enjoying rolled ice cream, McMillian and his crew enjoy experimenting with flavors. His personal favorite flavor so far has been a king cake flavor that was offered during Mardi Gras season, but any cake that catches McMillian’s eye could end up a special flavor of the week—if it passes the taste-testing phase. (McMillian admits, however, that his idea for Takis-flavored ice cream was immediately rejected by his employees.)

“That’s what I like about it. We experiment and come up with new stuff all the time.”

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Jackson County’s Newest Waterfront Seafood Restaurant is in Moss Point!

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Nestled at the foot of the Highway 613 in Moss Point is a new restaurant offering fresh seafood and gorgeous water views. Brackish Waters is a family-friendly counter service restaurant located at the convergence of the Pascagoula and Escatawpa rivers. General Manager and an Owner, Darin Matthews, hopes to reinvigorate the Moss Point waterfront with the restaurant.

Since opening on June 15th, Manager Emily Roberts says, “business has been good. Figuring out all the kinks; working everything out. It gets better every day.” The menu includes local favorites like poboys, fish tacos and crawfish, along with a variety of appetizers. The menu, along with the spectacular view of the river, makes for a winning combination. “It’s the perfect location for the kind of food we have. We have a dock, boat access, seafood… coastal food in a coastal place,” says Roberts.

The elevated building allows for plenty of outdoor seating on the dock below, which is also the venue for live music on the weekends. The dock is also available for private party rentals. For those who wish to come by boat, there are eight boat slips available for use on a first-come, first-serve basis.  

Mr. Matthews insists on using local vendors for supplies. From Bozo’s and Family Frozen Foods to Four Seasons Produce; Matthews buys locally to support to other businesses. Another interesting aspect is that all Brackish Waters employees live close by. According to Ms. Roberts, “Everyone lives within 5 to 15 minutes (of the restaurant)…we’ve become a family now.”

Roberts says opening the business in Moss Point has been a good decision. “It’s nice. We feel welcome. Everyone has been super supportive as we’re trying to work out the (logistical) problems we face.”

By next summer Roberts says the crawfish hut will open downstairs, and possibly a tiki bar offering up frozen beverages such as, daiquiris and bushwhackers.

Brackish Waters is located at 5542 Main Street in Moss Point. Check out the Facebook page for more information on weekend music acts.

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Launches Guided Missile Destroyer Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121)

ddg_121_launch16july18 Huntington Ingalls Industries Launches Guided Missile Destroyer Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121)

PASCAGOULA, Miss., July 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division successfully launched the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided missile destroyer Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121) on Friday.

“This is the one of the most significant milestones in the life of any ship,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. “Our shipbuilders implement such an organized launch plan, and they have once again executed it in a quality manner. We are proud to have DDG 121 one step closer to completion and look forward to presenting this invaluable asset to the Navy fleet in the future.”

Frank E. Petersen Jr. was translated via Ingalls’ rail car system to a floating dry dock. Once on, the dry dock was moved away from the pier, and it was ballasted down to float the ship.

To date, Ingalls has delivered 30 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to the U.S. Navy, most recently delivering USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), which was commissioned on March 24. Other destroyers currently under construction at Ingalls include Paul Ignatius (DDG 117), Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123) and Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125).

“Launch and translation are always an exciting turning points in the life of a ship,” said George Nungesser, Ingalls’ DDG program manager. “Our team works vigorously to ensure everything is in place in for weeks leading up to launch to ensure its success. Serial production has allowed us the opportunity for learning that has been vital to the continued progress of the DDG 51 program.”

DDG 121 honors Frank Emmanuel Petersen Jr., who was the Marine Corps’ first African-American aviator and general officer. After entering the Naval Aviation Cadet Program in 1950, Petersen would go on to fly more than 350 combat missions throughout the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are capable, multi-mission ships and can conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection, all in support of the United States’ military strategy. The guided missile destroyers are capable of simultaneously fighting air, surface and subsurface battles. The ship contains myriad offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime defense needs well into the 21st century.

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Integrated Missions Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 39,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit:

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M&M Bank Holds Groundbreaking, Announces Changes

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On June 27, Merchants and Marine Bank broke ground on a new bank building in Gautier, after announcing earlier in the month that Clayton Legear would be succeeding Royce Cumbest as bank president. Board of Directors member, Jerry St. Pe’, said the promotion of Legear, as just the seventh president in the bank’s 86-year history, reflects his increased level of responsibility at the bank; as well as the strength and stability of the bank’s management team.

Cumbest will stay on as chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors. “We’re getting ourselves into position for tremendous growth and success for the next 10 to 15 years,” St. Pe’ said. He added that many of the bank’s employees are well-known, active pillars of the community.  “It reflects the community banking attitude and culture that M&M Bank displays.”

Legear said that his internal goals for the bank are to acquire and develop talent and to focus on technology. “Our value proposition is not necessarily the products being a step up from somebody else, but it’s the level of service and the personal relationships,” he said. Because of this, they will invest in hiring the best team of bankers on the Gulf Coast and develop the current team with additional training. He said that technology is rapidly changing in the banking industry. M&M Bank will be investing heavily in technology that will allow them to operate more efficiently, accurately and securely and to enhance the overall customer experience.

Externally, Legear wants to continue to be involved in the local community – even more so than they already have been. “We are a community bank through and through, and we hope to put our money where our mouth is time after time, and show that we are the bank that can be counted on when the community needs it,” he said. Part of this commitment is shown in the recent groundbreaking of the multi-million dollar branch of M&M Bank that is set to open next year in Gautier. Legear says the investment of more than $2 million shows they believe in the city of Gautier. He hopes the new facility will lead to additional development and revitalization in Gautier and that the new design aesthetic will set a tone for other facilities in the area as well. “I think this, hopefully, sends the message that we are very committed to home,” Legear said. “We are very excited about the future of our organization. We think our future is very bright, and we are excited to be a part of Jackson County.”

M&M Bank went public in January. For more information on M&M, visit their website: https://www.mandmbank.com/

Author Bio:Lindsay Mott writes about community and local news in the Jackson County area. She previously worked for the Mississippi Press and Singing River Health System.

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Merchants & Marine Bank Announces Promotions, Executive Leadership Team

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Pascagoula, Mississippi:  Royce Cumbest, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Merchants & Marine Bank (“M&M Bank”) (OTC QX: “MNMB”), proudly announces several key promotions, including the promotion of Clayton Legear to Bank President.  Legear succeeds Cumbest as Bank President.

Legear will be joined in leading M&M Bank by a seasoned executive leadership team.  Members of the executive leadership team include: Jimmy Conyers, promoted to Executive Vice President and President of the Bank’s Alabama Market; Mack Rushing, promoted to Executive Vice President / Chief Lending Officer; Kristi Burge, promoted to Executive Vice President / Chief Retail Banking Officer; and Elise Bourgeois, who serves as Executive Vice President / Chief Financial Officer.  

Cumbest remarked, “These promotions reflect the extraordinary talent of our executive leadership team.  Clayton’s experience, community involvement and leadership qualities ideally qualify him to lead this strong team.”

Legear has served as a member of M&M Bank’s senior management team for 7 years, and as Executive Vice President / Chief Operating Officer for the last 2 years.  In this role, he oversaw a significant majority of the Bank’s operations, business lines and strategic initiatives.  Legear is a native of Webb, Alabama, and is a graduate of Troy University.  He is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at LSU, Leadership Jackson County, and Leadership Mississippi.  Legear is actively involved in numerous charitable, civic and professional organizations, including:  United Way of Jackson and George County, the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, the Pascagoula Rotary Club, and the Mississippi Bankers Association. 

Conyers, has over 15 years of banking experience, and has worked with M&M Bank for 7 years.  He has extensive experience in commercial lending, relationship management and business development.  Conyers most recently served as Senior Vice President / Senior Banking Officer of the Bank’s Baldwin County Market.  He is a graduate of Auburn University and the Graduate School of Banking at LSU.  Conyers currently serves on the City Council in Fairhope, Alabama, and is actively involved in numerous civic and charitable organizations in Baldwin County, Alabama. 

Rushing has worked in numerous roles within M&M Bank since being hired as a management trainee in 1988. He has extensive experience in commercial lending, credit analysis and portfolio management, and most recently served as the bank’s Senior Vice President / Senior Lending Officer. Rushing is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and the Graduate School of Banking at LSU. 

Burge has over 25 years of banking experience, with over 12 years of service at M&M Bank.  She has extensive experience in all facets of retail banking, bank operations and talent development.  She most recently served as Senior Vice President / Senior Administrative Officer.  Burge is a graduate of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and the Graduate School of Banking at LSU. 

Bourgeois has over 30 years of broad ranging experience in public accounting, auditing and financial management.  She has worked with M&M Bank for 12 years, and has served as the bank’s Chief Financial Officer since 2010.  Bourgeois is a graduate of Northeast Louisiana University, and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

About Merchants & Marine Bank

Merchants & Marine Bank (M&M Bank) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Merchants & Marine Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX: MNMB), a Mississippi based bank holding company.  Unlike most banks, M & M Bank was established in the middle of the worst economic disaster in the history of the United States. In 1932 a small group of Pascagoula citizens saw the potential of the local area, considered the risk of probable failure, and then made the bold commitment to provide dependable financial services to the people and businesses in the area. More than eight decades later, M&M Bank’s assets have grown from $25,000 to over $600 million and from 2 offices to 12 locations in Jackson and George Counties in Mississippi and Baldwin County in Alabama. Along the way M&M Bank has earned numerous awards, including a listing in the U.S. Banker Magazine as a Top 200 Community Bank and multiple 5-Star Superior Ratings from Bauer Financial, Inc. Most banks can quote growth figures and at M&M we’re proud to cite those numbers. But we’re most pleased with the way we’ve helped our communities to grow. We know that our success as a bank depends on how we help our customers achieve financial success.

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Jackie Skelton

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Allen Now OF Counsel with Pascagoula Law Firm

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The law firm of Heidelberg Steinberger, P.A. is pleased to announce that David M. Allen has been named Of Counsel to the firm. With more than 40 years of widely diverse legal experience, Allen has worked with two of the world’s largest energy firms and has been a partner in two of Mississippi’s regional law firms. His practice is concentrated in commercial real estate transactions, banking and mortgage law, estate planning and probate administration.

He received his juris doctorate from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1977 and has continued the pursuit of his educational goals receiving an MBA from Tulane University in 1989 and an LL.M. in taxation from the University of Alabama in 2010. He is a Fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and has been selected by his peers as a “Best Lawyer” since 2012. He is also the author and co-author of several business-focused articles. “David adds years of experience and vast knowledge to our firm,” said firm shareholder Karl Steinberger. “We are pleased to have him on board and believe he will be an asset to our already broad scope of legal practice.”

“David will help us continue to fulfill the promise of our firm to all of our clients: accepting challenges-delivering results,” added firm shareholder James Heidelberg. “We believe he will help us provide our clients with excellent legal advice and the best possible service.”

With offices in Pascagoula and Jackson, Heidelberg Steinberger is a multi-service law firm that has been representing businesses, individuals and companies for over three decades. Areas of practice are vast but include: workers’ compensation, employment law, insurance, medical malpractice, liability, real estate and appellate law.

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Awards 100 Scholarships Through Annual Scholarship Fund

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., June 28, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that the HII Scholarship Fund, now in its third year, has awarded 100 pre-kindergarten and post-secondary scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year. To date, nearly 400 scholarships have been awarded or renewed for a total of more than $1 million, providing educational opportunities to 271 children of employees across the HII enterprise.

The HII Scholarship Fund was formed to provide financial assistance to qualified and selected dependent children of HII employees who are pursuing a post-secondary college or technical/vocation degree and dependent children who are enrolled in quality pre-kindergarten school readiness programs. HII was able to award its annual goal of 100 scholarships due to HII president and CEO Mike Petters declining his annual salary, but for $1, to fund program for the third year in a row.

“Three years after its creation, we now have HII Scholarship Fund recipients who are entering the workforce equipped with important skills to help ensure their success,” Petters said. “Not only that, but we’ve also focused on early childhood education for 132 preschoolers because we believe this is where the true love of learning begins. The HII Scholarship Fund has created an opportunity for our employees and their families to have access to the academic resources necessary to flourish in the workforce.”

Individual award amounts range from $1,500 for selected students enrolled in a two-year college program to $3,000 for selected students enrolled in a four-year program; the post-secondary awards are renewable for recipients who remain in good academic standing. The fund also awards scholarships of up to $3,000 for pre-school education costs.

As part of HII’s commitment to workforce development, efforts to invest in the future generations of workers through education, from pre-K through college, is a top priority. HII supports numerous workforce development efforts, including investment in STEM education programs; partnerships with local high schools, community colleges and technical schools to develop trade-based curriculum; summer internships for both students and teachers, and industry-leading apprentice schools at the company’s two shipyards.

Of the scholarships awarded, 30 were granted to post-secondary students in four-year education programs, 20 were granted to post-secondary students in two-year technical/vocation programs, and 50 were granted to students in scholarships for early childhood school-readiness programs. The parents of the scholarship awardees work across the HII enterprise.

Children of all HII employees are eligible to apply for the scholarship fund, with the exception of children of senior executives and those employees who have been with the company for less than two years. Guidelines and applications for the 2019 program will be available in early 2019.

The HII Scholarship Fund is administered through Scholarship America. The selection process for awards is independent of HII and based on both academic scholarship and financial need. No employee or officer of HII plays a part in the selection process.

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Singing River Health System Stroke Team Celebrates Quality Award

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Today the Singing River Health System Board of Trustees recognized members of the system’s Stroke Team for their recent Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. Congratulations to our first responders, doctors, nurses and support staff who make this level of care possible in our community!

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Announces Opening of New HII Family Vision Centers

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PASCAGOULA, Miss., June 21, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced that it has opened two HII Family Vision Centers for its employees and their families. The vision centers are an expansion of the services available at the HII Family Health Centers in Gautier and Newport News, Virginia.

“The addition of vision services to our health centers is another step toward ensuring the overall well-being of our workforce and their families,” Bill Ermatinger, HII’s executive vice president and chief human resources officer, said. “We are committed to the belief that a healthy employee is an engaged employee, and this expansion highlights that commitment.”

The vision center in Mississippi opened on Tuesday, and the vision center in Virginia opened on May 1.

A photo accompanying this release is available at: http://newsroom.huntingtoningalls.com/file?fid=5b2be69d2cfac24fa71b0f35.

The new vision centers, operated by Vision Services Plan (VSP), offer comprehensive eye care with an optometrist and opticians on-staff. The centers also house retail sections, complete with adult and children’s eyeglasses, safety glasses, sunglasses, contact lenses and more.

Other vision center services include:

  • Adult and pediatric annual eye exams
  • Correction exams
  • Diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism
  • Vision therapy
  • Lens prescriptions
  • Frame selection and fitting

The vision centers offer preventive and acute eye care to all HII employees and their dependents. In-network rates and discounts are available to employees enrolled in an HII or union vision plan. Employees are encouraged to contact their vision insurance provider for details and pricing.

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Business of the Week: Edd’s Drive-In

If you live in the Pascagoula-Moss Point area, you have likely enjoyed a meal (or 200) at Edd’s Drive-In. Since 1953, Edd’s has been serving up its famous chili cheeseburgers and handmade milkshakes to loyal patrons and newbies alike. The consistently good food and nostalgic atmosphere keeps people coming back for more.

The original location at 3834 Market Street has kept its retro vibe with the green-striped awning and neon ice cream cone signage. Customers place orders at the walk-up window and usually chat with one another while waiting for pickup.

In 2001, the Foster-Martin family purchased Edd’s and have maintained the quality that customers have come to expect for over 60 years. In 2012, a new location was opened at 19400 Highway 63 in Hurley offering the same menu favorites; plus a few new items, like chicken nuggets and catfish plates.

The next time you are in Pascagoula or Hurley, stop in at Edd’s Drive-In and enjoy a chili dog or chocolate malt.  You know you won’t be disappointed!

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