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Vicksburg native created a small business and a big future

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The pressure to succeed in life and overcome obstacles is what led Vicksburg native Alan Jones to create a construction company and a better future for himself.

Jones grew up in a single parent household after his father died at a young age. As a adolescent, he struggled to find inspiration while trying to figure out his passion in life.

“Life was more challenging but not hard,” Jones said. He knew that to become successful, he would have to lean on those close to him.

Jones looked at the lives of his grandparents, Laura and Roosevelt Jones, who always taught him to finish what he started. He always relied on them for good advice.

His mother, Mary Jones, was also very influential in his decisions. Jones watched how his mother raised him by herself, while putting herself through school.

“My mother always taught me that it is important to get things done, no matter how long it takes,” Jones said.

By 2015, Jones was enrolled at Hinds Community College where he earned a career certificate in 2016, an industrial maintenance technology certificate in 2017, and in 2018 he graduated with a degree in electrical technology.

Jones Construction opened in December 2017, and today the company has a staff of 10 people concentrating on a variety of customer needs.

”We work on plumbing, drywall, roofing, framing, heavy and light maintenance work,  “Jones said. “We basically do it all.”

The company has worked on many projects in apartments, homes and commercial buildings.

Jones plans one day to leave the company to his children, and hopes his legacy to be an example to young kids who struggle to find their way.

 

 

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COVID-19 shutters recycling and in-house Midd-West Works programs

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Citing concerns over the safety of their clients, Midd-West Works has closed its recycling program along with its adult day care and in-house work programs until theCOVID-19 pandemic subsides.

Midd-West provides work and care for disabled adults in the Vicksburg and Warren County area.

“With these being disabled individuals, many of these people have compromised immune systems and medical conditions, and the risk is too great,” said Director Kearney Waites. “I have to put their health and safety above everything else.”

Estimates are that many as 60 percent of the recycling centers across the United States may have shut down citing concerns over how long the virus can live on various forms of recyclable materials.

“It will probably be as much as 30 days after we are given the all clear before we allow the program to resume,” Waites said.

Other Midd-West programs continue to function normally around the area. Approximately 45 Midd-West clients perform janitorial services for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District and the Engineer Research and Development Center. Others operate the mail rooms in both facilities. Midd-West clients also provide janitorial and stocking services in many stores around the area.

Waites hears frequently how the disabled workers are some of the company’s most valued employees.

“They have a tendency to work harder and value the opportunity to be self-sufficient more than the average worker,” Waites said.

Waites took over what was then called the Sheltered Acres Program in 1980. At the time, they had four clients and $22,000 in the bank. Through the years and with the addition of various programs, the non-profit organization has grown to generate more than 90% of its operating budget. They also receive some funding from the United Way and additional donations from private sources.

For more information on how disabled individuals can join the program, call them at 601-638-2770 and be sure to visit the Midd-West Facebook page.

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Big Fix spay and neuter clinic shutting down due to COVID-19 concerns

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A low-cost spay and neuter program that serves Warren County is temporarily shutting down due to COVID-19 concerns.

The Big Fix Clinic has been making its way to the area about twice a month, but it has made the difficult decision to close for at least two weeks for the safety of clients and staff.

In an email to supporters, Executive Director Sharon Garner of Mississippi Spay and Neuter said they will reopen “as soon as it is safe to do so.”

“I know that being closed will further exacerbate the problem of pet overpopulation in Mississippi, and our staff will be working hard to catch up when we return,” Garner wrote. “Additionally, I know that the families we serve in the near future will be hurting. Due to the closure of our clinic and thrift store, we will also be hurting.

“It is our goal to ensure that no animal is turned away due to their guardian’s ability to pay for spay and neuter because we know it is essential to ending the suffering, homelessness and euthanasia of animals in our community. We want to keep that promise to our clients and to the cats and dogs of Central Mississippi.”

Garner asked that supporters consider donating to “ensure that we can retain our incredibly hardworking staff, reopen promptly and continue to do what we do best—spay and neuter.

For more information visit the Big Fix website.

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Cannon Toyota welcomes ‘Coach’ Davis to its management team

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Samone “Coach” Davis (Photo by Chris Tankesly)

Samone “Coach” Davis has joined Cannon Motors of Mississippi as manager of Cannon Toyota of Vicksburg.

Davis brings 12 years of auto sales experience to the dealership including 10 in senior management positions around the region, most recently with Sango Buick GMC in Winnsboro, La.

“Coach brings a wealth of experience and an infectious attitude to our team. His reputation of customer care and service is what we strive for in the Cannon family of dealerships.” said Vicksburg Operations Director Billy Crozier.

For his part, Davis is happy to be working in the River City.

“Growing up in Madison Parish, I feel like I have returned home,” Davis said.

“Toyota is a premium automotive brand, and we have a huge inventory,” he added. “Through our Cannon family of stores, we have access to an unrivaled selection of pre-owned vehicles. A lot of people are riding this crisis out at home, so, check us out online at www.CannonToyotaVicksburg.com, or call me at 318-341-4452.

“I invite all my friends to contact me soon and come see why, when the smoke clears, nobody beats a Cannon and Coach Davis deal.”

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