Pamela Lacy, MD
SEGMENT: Here's What You Need to Know
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.
SEGMENT: Judgment Call
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.
SEGMENT: Caught in the Web
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?
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 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 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.
SEGMENT: Did You Know?
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.
SEGMENT: How to be a Gentleman
"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
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 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!
SEGMENT: Single in the South
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
SEGMENT: The Road Less Traveled
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 email@example.com.