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Wednesday nights are Steak Nights in the Lounge! You get a grilled to perfection 10-12 ounce Ribeye with French Fries and a salad for the mind boggling price of only $13.99. But wait… there’s more! Mississippi Mike is in the house with Wednesday Night Karaoke! PLUS – as an extra added bonus – There’s no cover charge!!!  It’s all happening in the Lounge every Wednesday Night!!! How could it possibly get any better than that! Great food, fun entertainment and friendly service. Spice up your hump-day. See you there! Happy hour is Monday – Thursday from 5 – 7 p.m. in the lounge (1/2 priced appetizers and drink specials). The Beechwood Restaurant & Lounge is located at the intersection of Highway 80/Clay Street & Highway 27. Give them a call at 601 636-3761 Get geared up for the weekend because Crossin’ Dixon is headed to Beechwood!!!. This high-energy, three-piece band is one of the south’s hottest commodities!  They’ve wowed crowds all over the place and this weekend, they’re headed to spread their blend of southern-fried rock (or ROCKED OUT country, if that’s how you want to see it) to the Red Carpet City of the South!!! Check out their website at www.CrossinDixon.com Here’s their bio: Members: Jason Miller – Vocals Charlie Grantham – Vocals and Guitar Brandon Hyde – Vocals and Guitar “We want to spread Crossin Dixon fever across the world,” declares the four-man band’s lead singer, Jason Miller. “We want to let everybody know how we feel and what we think, and if you can relate, that’s cool—jump on board!” Thousands have already done just that since the members of Crossin Dixon first hit the stage together in 2002, and more fans are being won over by the band’s edgy brand of rockin’ country every day. With a touring schedule that regularly includes more than 100 shows a year and that has found the group sharing the stage with everyone from Dierks Bentley and Jason Aldean to Merle Haggard and Bad Company, Crossin Dixon has earned its stripes through talent, determination and a relentless work ethic. The band has its roots in Central Mississippi. Miller was playing in one local band, while guitarists Brandon Hyde and Charlie Grantham were in another. “We were following one another around, playing the same venues on different weekends,” Miller recalls. When both acts experienced lineup changes, the four decided to try joining forces. From their first rehearsal together, they knew something special was happening. “We just had something that was unique to us, something that we really liked the sound of,” Hyde says. “It was perfect, it was like it was meant to be.” In particular the guys found that their voices merged naturally in harmony that would eventually become one of the band’s trademarks. After a couple of years slugging it out on the nightclub circuit, fate intervened when Crossin Dixon opened for Aldean in Hunstville, Ala. The group had almost decided to cancel, since they wouldn’t be breaking even on the date—but luckily, they forged ahead anyway. “Somebody there was friends with Michael Knox, who produced Jason,” explains Hyde. “After they heard our show they called Michael the next day.” Things began falling into place immediately. Two weeks later Knox came to see them play at legendary Nashville nightspot Tootsies Orchid Lounge; he liked what he heard, and introduced them to several record labels. In August 2006, the band signed with Broken Bow Records. Crossin Dixon released its self-titled debut, featuring the radio favorites “Guitar Slinger” and “Make You Mine,” in 2008. For the follow-up, a more seasoned and confident Crossin Dixon returned to the studio with producer Garrett Parris. “It’s a little more edgy than the first record,” Hyde says. “Everything happened so fast when we got the record deal that we didn’t really have time to tell people who we were and what we were about. Between then and now we’ve had time to write songs and figure out who Crossin Dixon is.” Today, Crossin Dixon is a band that can communicate real, raw emotion while still rocking a party like nobody’s business. The pounding “Lovin’ in the Country” celebrates living the good life in the backwoods, a subject the group knows very well. “It’s something you’ll hear on the radio and go, ‘What’s that? That’s something I’ve never heard before, that’s not what you’d normally hear,’” says Miller. “You’ll crank it up loud and say, ‘Wow, it’s a band.’ That song tells our story right there.” Indeed, the members all continue to live in Mississippi rather than relocating to Nashville. “It really keeps us grounded,” Hyde says. “We can stay with our families and not be in fast-forward all the time. “ Elsewhere on the album, “The Women ‘Round Here” pays fond homage to the endless fine examples of femininity to be found all over America. “It doesn’t matter where you are, it’s about ‘the women ‘round here,’” Miller says. “That flies anywhere—east, west, north and south. Anybody can relate to that.” In a more serious vein is “I’m Not About To,” a romantic pledge of fidelity written by Grantham and Parris. “We got to talking about things that go on out on the road,” explains Grantham. “I said, ‘It’s taken me this long to find who I’m looking for, and I’m not about to jeopardize that for a one-night stand. I’m not about to.’ We looked at each other, and in 15 minutes we had it written.” Armed with a set of outstanding new songs and a neverending mission to convert new fans, Crossin Dixon is eager to take its music as far as it can go. “We want to be people’s escape,” Miller says. “They get away from their jobs, they get away from everything when they come to hear us.” “Playing music and seeing people sing our songs and having a great time—it’s just incredible,” Miller says. “We’ve had people telling us our music has changed their lives. We’ve seen people getting Crossin Dixon tattoos. What’s next?”


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Vicksburg named Water Treatment Plant of the Year for second consecutive year

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For the second year in a row, the City of Vicksburg has received the 2020 Water Treatment Plant of the Year Award from the American Water Works Association. The award cites overall water quality, plant improvements, energy efficiency and regulatory conformance as criteria for the selection.

“Having the best water treatment plant in the State of Mississippi for two years in a row is just one more reason why people should move to Vicksburg,” said Mayor George Flaggs Jr. in a statement. “Our philosophy is to provide the best quality service at the least cost to the taxpayers. Today, we’re continuing to deliver on that promise.”

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen hired ESG Operations, Inc. in 2016 to manage and operate the city’s water treatment plant on Haining Road. The plant has received a five-star rating from the State Department of Health for the past four years and has been in 100% compliance with all regulatory agencies.

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Governor announces two MS Board of Ed appointments

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Gov. Tate Reeves announced two Mississippi State Board of Education appointments Tuesday: Angela Bass from Jackson and Glen East from Gulfport. The appointees reflect the Governor’s commitment to continuous improvement in education.

“Mississippi’s children deserve our steadfast commitment to improving education. We must continue to improve outcomes for these students without fear of upsetting the status quo. I am confident that Angela and Glen will serve with honor and represent the interest of parents, teachers and — most importantly — students. Their achievement has to be our top priority,” Reeves said in a statement.

Dr. Angela Bass served as a Teach for America corps member and studied education policy and management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, later becoming a teacher in both the Tunica and Desoto County school districts and an administrator at the KIPP Memphis Collegiate High School. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Mississippi Early Learning Alliance.

Mr. Glen East serves as the Superintendent of the Gulfport School District. The district represents 10 schools and approximately 5,800 students. It has been designated an Excellence for All School District.

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Alcorn State University, IRS and USDA partner to provide webinar on Economic Impact Payment 

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Alcorn State University, the Internal Revenue Service and the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement have partnered to provide a webinar on the upcoming Economic Impact Payment.

During this Zoom meeting, participants will discuss strategies to help eligible Mississippi residents get their Economic Impact Stimulus payments. Individuals who were excluded from automatic delivery of payments must sign up by Oct. 15 to get their stimulus check this year.

The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST) via Zoom.

Register for the meeting online.
Zoom Webinar ID: 851 3831 6826
Passcode: 185598

Register by phone at 408-638-0968 | Code: 85138316826# or
646-876-9923 | Code: 85138316826#

For more information, contact Jacqueline A. Davis-Slay, deputy director, Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement, United States Department of Agriculture, 202-720-2032

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