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What does this community need the most?

Wed, 11 Jul 2012 17:02:31 -0500
Children, young people, seniors. Dozens of agencies rely on help from The United Way to help others in our communities. The United Way of Lowndes County is looking for input on the strengths and assets of the community, as well as gaps in services. and you can help them. Log onto the United Way website or call(662) 328-0943 to request a mail-in survey. http://www.unitedwaylowndescounty.org/

Is It All In Your Head? Making the Move from Junior High to High School

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 14:14:27 -0500
It is new faces and hiding pimples...trying to fit in and trying to stand out. Making the transition from middle school to high school is tricky. School attendance, social support, grade point average and academic motivation may all change. Counselor Cassandra Palmer has this advice for parents. *Gather information from the school, from guidance counselors and from teachers. *Use resources to stay in touch. *And, always communicate with your student. Help your child set realistic goals. Encourage involvement and friendships. And, expect success.

Scam Alert

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 14:04:45 -0500
If it sounds too good to be true.... There's always a new scam out there. John O'Hara, CEO of Mississippi's Better Business Bureau warns about the top frauds. * Utility scam * Work from home * Fake sweepstakes * Bank card scam Remember, your bank will not ask for your account number or your pin. And, legitimate companies won't ask you to invest in sweepstakes and work from home projects. The Better Business Bureau works to alert you to fraud and equip you with information to keep you safe from scammers. For more information, check out their website at http://ms.bbb.org/

ACHIEVEability

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 16:12:14 -0500
"Many of our families are the first in their families to graduate from college. We believe that once that first person goes to college and gets that education, that can break the generational cycle of poverty." Former professional basketball player Marcus Allen is achieving great things again - this time in the community. Allen believes that providing housing and promoting and supporting education can break the poverty cycle. Allen heads a program called "ACHIEVEability." Through federal tax credits and public funding, Allen and his staff offer homes and help people get a college degree through student grants and loans. To learn more about Allen's new team, log onto http://www.achieveability.org/

Make Mine Local

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 16:04:42 -0500
You want to go to a place where everybody knows your name. Locally owned and managed businesses do just that. And, while some hometown businesses may take a few bumps during a tough economy, there is one local store in Columbus that prospers because of their customer service and the customer base they have built over the years.

Mike Perkerson and his wife Carol own Military Hardware. They share the family business with their children. The Perkerson philosophy of customer service follows the Golden Rule. "Treat people the way you would want to be treated," Perkerson says.

For more information, contact the people at Military Hardware at 1002 13th St in Columbus or by phone at (662) 328-8073.

Getting off on the right foot

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 14:24:14 -0500
Step One: Dress and act the part. Follow these tips from a staffing agency when you come in to pre-interview for a position at a local company. * Be prepared. * Think of your meeting as a trial run. * And here are a few no-nos. No cell phones. No gum. No flip flops. And, no children.

A Real Good Man

Tue, 05 Jun 2012 16:12:58 -0500
In the short weeks between Memorial Day and the 4th of July, it seems we think about our nation's veterans more often. Maybe, it's because summer reminds us of just how american we are - with family reunions and ice cream and Elvis. And, those moments- some of them with service members in our own families - make us more grateful for the men and women who serve. This summer, one of country music's brightest stars is helping dreams come true for U.S. military families. Tim McGraw is helping to giveaway homes to vets who might never be able to afford one. For more information on Tim's project, go to operationhomefront.net.

Men Against Saggy Pants?

Tue, 05 Jun 2012 16:02:58 -0500
He may have said it in jest, but Lowndes County Supervisor Leroy Brooks said the best way to approach young men with saggy fashion is head-on, as in, "Would you please pull your pants up." Brooks, who admitted to wearing bell bottom pants in the 1970's, said "you can't police everything." The droopy drawers issue was a topic at the supervisors' meeting this week. Jeff Smith brought the issue to other supervisors' attention after concern from constituents. But, a possible ordinance against wearing saggy pants never made it to a vote. Supervisors Leroy Brooks and Harry Sanders both agreed that while wearing pants that sag may not make the most fashion sense - and, in fact, may be offensive to some people, it is not illegal.

It's All About Service

Tue, 05 Jun 2012 14:31:09 -0500
It is one the first programs of it's kind...and definitely the best. Mississippi State's G. V. "Sonny" Montgomery Center for American Veterans is located on the state campus and serves hundreds of veterans helping them make the transition from soldier to student. The Montgomery Center serves around 10% of the student population. And, now they have expanded, including community outreach for local veterans. The website has detailed information and links on programs and educational support for veterans. Retired Army Colonel Kenneth McRae is the man in charge. Colonel Mcrae is a veteran and served as Executive Director of the Alabama National Guard. If you need assistance or have questions about the services offered at the G. V. "Sonny" Montgomery Center for American Veterans, you can reach Colonel McRae and his staff at 662-325-6719. You can also email Colonel McRae kmcrae@saffairs.msstate.edu or go to their website at http://www.veterans.msstate.edu/mission/

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Meet Our Experts


Pamela Lacy, MD
SEGMENT: Here's What You Need to Know

Pamela Lacy, MD

For Columbus native Pamela Lacy, it was all about where babies come from. Apparently an infomative book on the topic made an impression on Lacy as a young girl. That's when she decided to become a doctor.

After graduation from Mississippi State University, she received a doctorate from the Medical College of Pennsylvania Hahnemann School of Medicine and completed her residency at UTSW Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. She was involved in research of abnormal Pap smears in pregnancy and received the Peggy J. Walley Medicus Award in 2006 as an outstanding resident. Dr. Lacy began her practice with Amory's Physicians and Surgeons Clinic in 2006 as the clinic's first female OB/GYN and the first minority.

Dr. Lacy says she believes in the importance of educating patients and the community. Dr. Lacy and her husband, Leroy have a young daughter, Jaden.


Chris Latimer
SEGMENT: Judgment Call

Chris Latimer

He's a favorite of ours. And, we hope he'll be a favorite of yours, too. Chris Latimer returns to WCBI twice a month on Mid-Morning with Aundrea as our expert in Judgment Call.

An attorney with Mitchell, McNutt and Sams, Chris represents clients involved in personal injury cases, employment and commercial claims and civil rights and governmental liability. Chris is the general counsel for the City of Starkville. But we knew him when he was Sports Director at WCBI-TV. That's why we know he'll do a great job talking justice and explaining the ins and outs of the legal system. Chris is a graduate of Ole Miss and and the University of Georgia School of Law.

He is married to Cassandra Roberts Latimer. The Latimers have a lovely daughter, Sarah Ross.


Mike Allen
SEGMENT: Caught in the Web

Chris Latimer

He is the man most women dream about. Mike Allen loves to shop. Well, maybe he doesn't love the shopping part as much as he loves the bargain part. Mike founded Shopping-Bargains.com in February of 1999 and currently serves as President and "Chief Executive Shopper."

From humble beginnings (Shopping-Bargains began as a hobby to help family and friends save money shopping online), to award winning, Mike and Shopping-Bargains have won several awards, including induction into the Mississippi BBB's Business Integrity Circle of Honor.

Now, Mike Allen joins Mid Morning with Aundrea to help us navigate the internet. Maybe he'll pass along a few bargains in the process.

Mike has a degree in political science from the University of Southern Mississippi and his Masters of Public Policy and Administration from Mississippi State University.


Leslie Fye, MS, LPC, NCC
SEGMENT: Is It All in Your Head?

Leslie Fye

An experienced counselor, Leslie Fye has been working in the mental health field since 1992. Leslie's experience includes in-patient psychiatric and chemical dependency settings, intensive outpatient programs, outpatient community mental health and a college counseling center. In private practice since 2002, Leslie currently serves as Executive Director of Starkville Counseling Associates. Over the years, Leslie has worked with adolescents and adults presenting with a broad spectrum of issues. Currently, she says she finds herself most passionate about work with survivors of abuse or trauma, eating disorders, addictive disorders, and couples counseling. Leslie has a Masters in Counselor Education with an emphasis in Community Counseling and Addictive Disorders from Mississippi State University.


Cassandra Palmer, MS, LPC, NCC
SEGMENT: Is It All in Your Head?

Cassandra Palmer

Cassandra has a broad spectrum of experience, including work with children, adolescents and adults. Her early work in counseling gave her experience in crisis therapy with children and families in critical situations, counseling and advocating for students in schools with various needs across a broad spectrum from special education to gifted education, and alcohol and drug counseling.

Cassandra's current case load consists of a mix of individual, couples, and family counseling. She says she works to integrate her experience and training to help clients discover for themselves how to make improvements in their lives.

Cassandra has a master's degree in counselor education with an emphasis in community counseling.


Daniel Russell, MS, LPC, NCC
SEGMENT: Is It All in Your Head?

Daniel Russell

Daniel tries to help his clients find productive ways of coping with life's stressors. He says as his clients begin a journey toward well being, he considers his role as a source of hope, support and clarity.

Daniel has been trained to work with adults, specifically college students. He has a Masters degree in Counselor Education with a concentration in College Counseling from Mississippi State University. He says he enjoys working with the dynamics of this phase in life and feel that it is a pivotal age for self discovery and change.

Daniel says he specifically enjoys the challenge of working with ADHD in both children and adults, relationship issues, anxiety (especially performance and testing anxiety), Asperger's Disorder, and mood disorders.


Rob Smith
SEGMENT: Did You Know?

Rob Smith

Why doesn't glue stick to the bottle? Why are tears salty? And why does Rob Smith know the answer to these and other important questions?

Trivia and random facts.These float around in Chief Meterologist Rob Smith's head. Now, once a week, he'll share his knowledge with the rest of us.

In addition to just knowing stuff, Rob is an award-winning meterologist, certified by the National Weather Association, a respectful cowbell ringer (graduate of the Mississippi State meterology program), and a pretty good cook. Rob and his wife Tatia have two children.


Andrew Harrison
SEGMENT: How to be a Gentleman

Rob Smith

"A gentleman never makes himself the center of attention. His goal is to make life easier, not just for himself but for his friends, his acquaintances and the world at large. Because he is a gentleman, he does not see this as a burden. Instead it is a challenge he faces eagerly every day."*

Our very own gentleman, Andrew Harrison, reluctantly yet agreeably (see above re: center of attention) brings us the do's and dont's of manners in todays world. Andrew will navigate the minefield of courtesy and behavior—tackling topics such as cell phones in public places, gentlemanly responses to emails, and the age old question, "if one drinks from the milk carton and no one is watching, does that make it okay?"

In addition to anchoring WCBI's news at 6 and 10, Andrew and his wife Tanya are raising two young gentlemen of their own.

* How to be a Gentleman." 1998. John Bridges. Rutledge Hill Press.


Dr. Keith Watson
SEGMENT: Raising Healthy Kids

Dr. Keith Watson

He's our expert on children. Dr. Keith Watson can help you navigate all the stages of childhood—because he has children of all ages himself. Dr. Watson, Medical Director at the Children's Clinic in West Point, and his wife of 16 years, Cindy are parents to Braun, Reid and Kendyl (ages 12 - 6).

Dr. Watson also serves as Vice Chief of Staff at NMMC in West Point. He is passionate about football. You may see him on the sidelines, coaching (and cheering on) the West Point Green Wave. Dr. Watson spent his own time on the football field, as an academic all conference player in football and track at Midwestern State University.

Dr. Watson joins us on a regular basis to share his advice on Raising Healthy Kids.


Kathy Edmondson

Kathy Edmondson is a graduate of the Ole Miss School of Pharmacy and is a registered pharmacist in the State of Mississippi.

When Kathy was in high school she knew she wanted to work in the medical field- thinking that "pills do not bleed" led her into a career of pharmacy! However, her choices of working the hospital practice setting including the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at the University Medical Center in Jackson as well as serving as the past president of the Mississippi Pharmacist Association- enlightened her that there is "Blood and Guts" in pharmacy.

Kathy lives in Starkville with her husband, Henry and their daughter, Molly, is a freshman at Ole Miss!


Michelle Lowe
SEGMENT: Single in the South

Michelle Lowe

What began as a conversation about first dates, has now turned into a segment with Michelle's special flair. Single in the South takes a weekly look at dating in our area.

A Southern girl herself, Michelle was raised to be independent, but appreciates when a fellow with manners. It speaks highly of his Mama. You can share your own "Single in the South" stories with Michelle at michellelowe@wcbi.com.

And, don't forget to join Michelle at 9pm for WCBI News on My MS as well as A Day in the Life with Michelle each week on WCBI News at Ten.


Joey Barnes
SEGMENT: The Road Less Traveled

Joey Barnes

Our Joey proves you can go home again. Born and raised in North Mississippi, when the phone rings in the newsroom, chances are--Joey will know the caller.

That's why we've asked him to take The Road Less Traveled.

Joey brings us great stories of people and places in our area. If you have an offbeat story idea, let Joey know at joeybarnes@wcbi.com.


Here's what Aundrea will be talking about...

Your Story

Everyone has a story. Yours may be a love story, a story of courage, or one of perseverance. Your story may be about where you've been or where you're going. Each week, we'll share in-depth stories about the people who make up our communities. Your words. Your story. If you have a life story to share, let us know.

BookMark

Weekly look at book club selections, local authors, holiday gift books, books for kids, books for friends/family. We will have regular contributors to discuss the latest.

What's Up?

Follows entertainment such as movies, TV shows, and events like Market Street and the Bridal Showcase.

Here's What You Need to Know

This segment looks at trends in health, money, style, etc.

The History Project

Do you know where you came from? What did they use this building for originally? Do you remember when? A regular feature - The History Project will look at topics from our family trees to local preservation to our favorite - "Do you remember when we used to ..." Everything old is new again on The History Project.

Do You Remember When?

Apple sells its first computer. Barbie has a "Fun in the Sun" pool and cabana. Farrah leaves "Charlies Angels," and James Earl Ray escapes from prison. You could listen to "Hotel California" on your 8-track or the crazy punks - The Clash. Focus on the Family is founded. And, Elvis dies.

Video Diary

Video clips from viewers—like letters home from overseas, college, old friends, military service men and women.

Is It All in Your Head?

No time for therapy... maybe you need a little one on one time with our counselors. Each week, we'll talk about the issues that are important to you. Blended families, the parent gap, eating disorders, childhood behavioral challenges, understanding your spouse. Real problems. Real answers.

Parenting Tips

Parenting tips from viewers on just about any family issue.

Caught in the Web

We will spotlight great websites and blogs as well as discuss protecting you and your family on the internet.

Makeover Blitz

Guest hair, makeup and fashion stylist will give ideas on the latest trends and techniques.

What Can You Do with 200 Bucks?

Topics will include clothes on a budget, redo your bathroom or kitchen, holiday shopping, etc.

Judgment Call

Guest expert will take on local and national legal battles, discuss family law, and other similar topics.

Patient Advocate

Things you need to know before going to the doctor, hospital, ER, nursing home, physical therapy, choose home health, change pharmacies, or pick a formula.

Did You Know?

We will pick the brain of our own Meteorologist, Rob Smith for random facts. Rob is a trivia buff.

Let's Talk About It

This will be a panel discussion with a focus on state and local politics through November.
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