Pemberton Mall will now be known as Uptown Vicksburg, according to a statement from Houston, Texas-based owner RockStep Capital.
“With the current COVID-19 retail realignment and the ever-growing transformation of the retail and restaurant sectors in general, RockStep Capital has decided to rebrand its current malls with the name Uptown,” the company said. “The following are the rebranded properties: Uptown Willmar, Uptown Hot Springs, Uptown Virginia, Uptown Meridian, Uptown Janesville, Uptown Aberdeen, Uptown McComb, Uptown Hutch, Uptown Vicksburg, Uptown Christiansburg and Uptown Scottsbluff.
“Part of our decision to change the name is that we believe that the word “mall” no longer reflects what is happening at these properties. The transformation of malls into a combination of non-traditional uses along with more traditional retail and restaurant uses has accelerated due to COVID. The non traditional uses for malls include educational (universities and community colleges), entertainment, fitness, hospitality, medical offtce, government offtce, corporate office and back office, multi-family and other non-traditional uses.
“Although the current climate has sped up the process, RockStep Capital has been transforming these mall assets to be epicenters of the community since their acquisition. The location of “downtown” has a clear perception in our markets. “Uptown” is the other part of the retail and commercial corridor and connotes mixed-use. Uptown helps to evoke the spirit of these properties, and we believe continues the positive momentum that has allowed for a powerful revitalization occurring in smaller communities. The rebranding at RockStep will take until the end of 2020 to complete. We feel that time is right to make a change. COVID is creating an environment for all of us to be more creative and to continue to move our properties in a positive direction.”
See the new branding on the mall website.
Vicksburg native Jaron Smith launched Run Your Gun Tactical to train firearm users
Vicksburg native Jaron Smith has launched Run Your Gun Tactical, a firearm training and manufacturing company based in Brandon, Mississippi.
Smith is a 2010 graduate of Vicksburg High School where he was known for his intelligence and being a great student.
He started his company in early August, and it has taken off in a good direction with Smith teaching multiple classes on firearm safety.
The company began after an incident at a local church where windows were broken out. The incident prompted the pastor to investigate firearm protection, and Smith stepped in to help by getting certified as a firearms instructor. Run Your Gun Tactical now deals with church security where Smith trains someone in the church to be prepared for incidents such as an active shooter situation.
“I want to build confidence in people while they are handling a firearm,” Smith said. “Safety cannot and will not be compromised.”
Smith and Run Your Gun Tactical are trained to handle any type of firearm but only offers training in handguns and AR-15-style rifles at this time. One of the purposes for the company is getting individuals prepared for concealed carry permits, which are popular in Mississippi. He gives firearm training to individuals 13 years old and up, and training with Run Your Gun Tactical begins with a classroom session before hands-on training.
The company is growing more each week and Smith has major goals for his business. In just a short amount of time, he has held firearm training classes in Tupelo and Greenwood, Mississippi.
By the beginning of next year or sooner, Run Your Gun Tactical will be able to manufacture and sell firearms made by Smith.
“Success can be yours,” Smith said. “Do not be afraid to succeed, and there will be many obstacles you will have to face.”
Farmer Jim’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze open through Oct. 31
Farmer Jim’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze co-owner Lynn Newman says they are thrilled to be open again this year as the Delta Backwater Flood of 2019 prevented them from planting last year.
The business is open to the public from now until Oct. 31 on Fridays from noon to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
They are open Tuesday through Thursday by appointment only to groups of 15 or more. Please call 662-907-3359 to schedule an appointment for a group.
Admission is $7 per person for ages 1 year and up and includes access to the corn maze.
Free admission per person with the purchase of a pumpkin valued at $5 or higher.
Best value is the $10 ticket per person for all activities and includes a traditional $5 orange pumpkin.
Night rates for a scheduled group of 15 or more is $10 each. Ask about set up rate for a bonfire.
Check the Facebook page for nighttime activities including the Haunted Maze Oct. 24.
Social distancing is required. If you cannot social distance, they ask that you wear a mask.
Farmer Jim’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze is located on state Highway 16 west of Rolling Fork, Mississippi. For directions, call or visit the farm’s website.
Hinds CC and Continental Tire announce new apprentice programs
Hinds Community College and Continental Tire have signed an agreement to launch two new programs that will support the academic goals and professional development of students who are interested in manufacturing careers.
The Production Apprentice and Mechatronics Apprentice Programs offer paid, on-the-job experience with a global company and industry certifications.
“Continental is proud to partner with Hinds Community College to establish a program that will create a solid foundation for many careers in Mississippi,” said Michael Egner, plant manager of the Continental Plant along Interstate 20 in Clinton, in a statement.
The program will be open to students who are dually enrolled in high school and the college’s Industrial Maintenance and Mechanics program. Initially, the program will be offered to high school juniors and seniors at Clinton High School and Hinds County Career and Technical Center.
The Mechatronics Apprentice Program, a combination of both mechanical and electrical disciplines, is a growing industry within advanced manufacturing. The program will be open to Hinds students who complete the company’s Production Apprentice Program.
“The Hinds Community College team is extremely excited about this partnership,” said Hinds President Dr. Stephen A. Vacik. “It is a great opportunity for students, and we are committed to implementing exceptional programming that allows us to train citizens in central Mississippi to work with a world class company.”
Both programs require students to balance a 2.5 GPA and 32-hour workweek. Participants will receive paid tuition and book fees while in the apprentice programs.
In 2017, Continental and HCC introduced the Maintenance Technician Internship Program.
Four students spent the summer in Mount Vernon, Illinois, working with specialists at Continental’s tire plant. Twelve of the interns were promoted to full-time maintenance technicians at the new plant in Clinton.
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