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Hinds CC names its heroes for Fall 2019



Hinds CC Heroes, Fall 2019. Left to right. Top row: Margaret “Nita” Burchfield, William Everett Carraway, Kathryn Cole and Betty Collins. Center row: Stephanie Henderson-Davis, Angela Hite, Dr. Phatia McClellan and Tangela Myles. Bottom row: Kathy Price, Ronald Rice, Jennifer Ross and Tiffany Taylor.

From Hinds Community College:

The Fall 2019 group of honorees in the Hinds Heroes employee recognition program at Hinds Community College have been named.

Hinds Heroes are chosen because they represent the college well, provide exceptional customer service to all its customers and consistently promote the Hinds mission of service. Heroes selected receive a lapel pin, a token of appreciation and one free day off work.

In alphabetical order, this semester’s honorees and a quote from their nomination are:

  • Margaret “Nita” Burchfield, of Raymond, business administration instructor, department chair and curriculum coordinator, based on the Raymond Campus. In addition to teaching, she ensures curriculum is consistent across the district. She has been with Hinds for six years. “Nita is ALWAYS looking for ways to help her students, her coworkers and Hinds in general! Nita is always using a new technique or tool that will garner mastery of the outcomes in her courses.”
  • William Everett Carraway, of Utica, history instructor at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus. He has been with Hinds for 10 years. “He is an excellent instructor who cares about his students and is well-deserving of the recognition.”
  • Kathryn Cole, of Clinton, district director of Enrollment Services, based on the Raymond Campus. Her duties include overseeing recruitment efforts for Hinds’ six locations and providing holistic enrollment services to prospective students. She has been with Hinds for 14 years. “Kathryn is amazing! She is very knowledgeable about every aspect of the college. She is a one-stop shop of information.
  • Betty Collins, of Raymond, mathematics department instructor and chair, based on the Raymond Campus. She teaches classes both on campus and online. She has been with Hinds for seven years. “Besides being a great chair, she is a great teacher, leader, co-worker and friend to all. She treats everyone with respect and kindness
  • Stephanie Henderson-Davis, of Raymond, financial aid adviser on the Raymond Campus. Her duties include collecting all required data for determining student eligibility for Title IV funds; advising students and families regarding federal, state and institutional guidelines and assisting students in person and via technology. She has been with Hinds for 32 years. “She goes above and beyond her duties to make sure that every student has the chance at an education! She has truly been my hero more than once!”
  • Angela Hite, of Raymond, administrative assistant and Hi-Stepper director on the Raymond Campus. Her duties include assisting the associate vice president for Student Services/district dean of students, directing homecoming court presentations, the Miss Hinds competition and the Eagle Beauty Revue. As director of the Hi-Steppers, she has a range of duties including recruiting dancers and scheduling performances. She has been with Hinds for 26 years. “She is always going above and beyond for her students and the Hi-Stepper Alumni. She wears a smile no matter what and is always encouraging students to do their best and keep their heads up.”
  • Dr. Phatia McClellan, of Jackson, biology instructor and department chair at Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. Her duties include leading instructors with academic instruction and advising the campus’ Phi Theta Kappa chapter. She has been with Hinds full-time for one year and seven overall, including six as adjunct faculty. “She is an awesome instructor and is willing to help her students succeed no matter what.”
  • Tangela Myles, of Brandon, director of the child care facility at the Rankin Campus. Her duties include caring for the children who attend the center, plus overseeing the safety procedures. She has been with Hinds for 19 years. “She makes sure that the childcare center on the Rankin Campus runs smoothly and without problems. She  is a great boss and a good person to work for.”
  • Kathy Price, of Terry, senior advancement specialist on the Raymond Campus. Her duties include being the financial manager for all accounts held by the Hinds Community College Foundation. She has been with Hinds for 22 years. “Kathy has taken on additional responsibilities with the New Market Tax Credit and is the ‘glue’ that holds it all together.”
  • Ronald Rice, of Wesson, instructor in the carpentry program on the Raymond Campus. He has been with Hinds for 10 years. “Those who have had the privilege of working with him have discovered a special person and friend. Many former Hinds Community College employees are now recipients of treasured items he crafted, showcasing his master craftsman talents as a carpenter.”
  • Jennifer Ross, of Raymond, administrative assistant in the Career-Technical Education Department at the Raymond Campus. Her duties include managing spending and budgets for several departments, purchasing equipment and handling inventory. She has been with Hinds for six years. “Her skills and knowledge of computer operations and software are performed at a level of expertise. She is always pleasant and takes initiative.”
  • Tiffany Taylor, of Utica, administrative assistant in the Career-Technical Education Department at the Utica Campus. Her duties include a variety of clerical functions, including handling mail, filing correspondence, scheduling, keeping staff meeting minutes and recordkeeping. She has been with Hinds for nine years. “Tiffany is an outstanding employee. She goes far above and beyond what is required of her on a daily basis.”


Louisiana to begin I-20 Mississippi River bridge work in January 2020



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A nearly 50-year-old major interstate crossing over the Mississippi River will soon be receiving a face lift and modern structural improvements, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced Nov. 15.

The project to rehabilitate the two-mile-long Interstate 20 bridge over the Mississippi River is set to begin in the next couple of months.

Built in 1973, the bridge connects Madison Parish, La., to Warren County, Miss., and provides one of the few interstate roadway crossings over the river.

The $27.7 million project will provide a number of significant repairs including the bridge deck, electrical system, and roadway lighting components.

“Ensuring these integral crossings over the Mississippi River are properly maintained and modernized is crucial to growing the state’s economy,” said Louisiana DOTD Secretary Shawn D. Wilson in a statement. “This project will extend the service life of this bridge for decades to come, an example of strategically investing in our existing infrastructure with our available funding and maximizing the use of those dollars.”

The old deck will be resurfaced with new concrete to improve traction and preserve the structural aspects of the bridge flooring. The current electrical circuits will be replaced, in addition to the replacement of nearly 100 roadway lighting fixtures with a modern LED system.

Roadway fiber optics will also be replaced with new cameras and radar, which will integrate the system into Mississippi’s IT network.

Additionally, selected bridge bearings will be adapted to provide the ability to re-position the bridge truss upriver as necessary. The steel structural connections at certain locations on the bridge will be modified to improve resilience against all loads and conditions.

New navigational lighting and aerial beacons will also be installed, along with improvements to the bridge monitoring system and enhancements to the inspection access walkways.

During construction, single-lane closures will be required, though there will be no lane closures conducted in both directions at the same time in order to maintain traffic flow as much as possible.

Work on the project is expected to begin mid-January 2020 and is anticipated to wrap up in early 2021, with progress dependent on weather conditions.


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Korean War casualty comes home to Greenwood after 69 years



Cpl. Joe T. Avant of Greenwood, Miss. went missing in 1950 during the Korean War. Photo from the DPAA.

After 69 years, the remains of U.S. Army Cpl. Joe T. Avant will come home to Greenwood, Miss.

On Nov. 30, 1950, during the Korean War, Avant went missing in action after his unit was attacked. He was 20 years old at the time. Three years later, Avant was declared dead, reports the Greenwood Commonwealth.

His funeral is scheduled for Dec. 13.

“He will have the same military honors of someone who is killed in war today,” Delores Moore, Avant’s younger sister, told the paper.

Avant’s remains will be in Jackson a few days before the funeral. From there, the family and a group of retired and active military motorcycle riders, the Patriot Guard Riders, will accompany his body back to his hometown.

In 2018, the North Korean government gave 55 boxes containing the remains of American service members lost during the Korean war to the U.S., according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Avant’s remains were among those identified from those remains through DNA and other methods.

Some 7,600 Americans are still unaccounted for from the Korean War.

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Vicksburg Police seeking help in locating William Taylor



The Vicksburg Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating William Alexander Taylor.

Taylor, 30, is wanted for discharging a firearm in the city limits and for weapon possession by a felon.

If you have any information on Taylor’s whereabouts, please call the Vicksburg Police at 601-636-2511 or Crime Stoppers at 601-355-TIPS (8477).

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