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Blue Mountain College Fund Raiser

Invitation from Blue Mountain College:

We hope you will make plans to join us via live stream for a night to remember as Guy Penrod performs a Christmas concert for the 5th Annual Scholarship Gala. While we cannot gather in person we hope you will gather with us in spirit to enjoy this special night! If you would like to purchase a live stream ticket, please click on the link below.


MDES Changes Phone Numbers

MDES Phone Numbers Change in Contact Center to Better Serve Mississippians

Jackson, MSToday, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security announced a change in phone numbers for their Contact Center in an effort to streamline services for Mississippians requiring assistance with Unemployment Insurance Assistance. The new numbers go into effect Thursday, November 12, 2020.

Claimants should call 601-493-9427 or 601-326-1119 for the following services.

  • To file unemployment claims,
  • Ask questions about existing claims,
  • Password reset assistance, and
  • How to file weekly certifications

Claimants should call 601-493-9427 for the following services.

Call: 601-855-3133 for the following services.

The MDES Contact Center is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

For more information, please visit


Deck the Town

Deck the Town of Ripley

Ripley Main Street is getting ready for the Holidays but they need your help. They want businesses, organizations or groups to decorate the 12 beds around the town square with holiday decor. Sponsor forms must be turned in by November 13th and the beds must be completed by November 28th. For more information call 662-512-0226.

Senior Day

Senior Day in Tippah County

Thursday, November 19th starting at 11 am at the Tippah County Fair Grounds Tippah County Senior citizens are invited to come out and pull up and receive a goodie bag and a sack lunch. It's sponsored by community businesses like: Diversicare, Southern Sentinel, Food Giant, The Peoples Bank, Kindred at Home, Tippah County Hospital, Legacy Hospice, Tippah County, MS, Med Supply Plus, Extension Office, Ripley Main Street and WR Community Services.


Together for Tippah

Together for Tippah Christmas

Together for Tippah has partnered with Timber Hills, The Tippah County Sheriff's Department, Good Samaritan Center and other organizations to find out Tippah County Families in need and bring smiles to their faces this Christmas. If you would like to be a sponsor, please message Together for Tippah o Face book or call 662-993-5683.



Job Fair

Job Fair

Ashley Furniture is hosting a Job Fair on Monday, November 9th from 10am to 3 pm.  Help spread the word to anyone you know that may be looking for a job.  


Veterans Parade

Honor our Veterans

There will be a parade around the Ripley Court Square on Wednesday, November 11th to honor all of our Veterans.  For more information, contact Ripley Main Street at 662-512-0226.

J. C. Nance Fundraiser

J. C. Nance Park Fundraiser

The City of Ripley is going to be home to a new park. Grants have been approved for partial funding, but fundraisers will be needed. Help support the J. C. Nance Park by purchasing a steak dinner on October 16th. For tickets, call 587-9908 or 223-0539.


Veterans Park

Bricks Being Sold for Veterans Park

Bricks are still being sold for the Veterans Memorial to be located in the Fred and Elizabeth Smith Memorial Park.  If you would like to purchase one, go to or you can contact our office for more information.


Eddie Van Halen passes away

Co-founder of the group Van Halen dead at 65

Edward Lodewijk Van Halen died October 6, 2020 after a long battle with cancer. He was 65 years old. He and his brother and drummer Alex Van Halen formed the band Van Halen. Who had such hits as "Dance the Night Away", "Panama", and "Jump". His death was announced by his son Wolf Van Halen.


Helen Reddy "I Am Woman" Artist Dead at age 78

Helen Reddy Dead at age 78

Grammy Award winning singing artist and song writer Helen Reddy died in Los Angeles Tuesday, September 29th in the afternoon. She was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1941 and had hit songs like: "I Am Woman", "Delta Dawn," "Angie Baby," "Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)", and "Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady." She was best known for her 1971 hit "I Am Woman". The song won her a Grammy Award in 1972 for Best Female Pop Vocalist.


The Ripley Midnight 5K goes Virtual

Ripley Midnight 5k Goes Virtual

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing requirements, this year's event will be Virtual. Registration will start September 1st and end September 25th, 2020.  You may do your virtual 5k race anytime between September 1st and September 30th, 2020.  Please send a screen shot from any running app at the completion of your 5k.  The only requirements are the date that you completed your run must be between September 1st and September 30th, must register a minimum of 3.1 miles, and have completed time in screen shot. Email those screen shots to  Everyone who enters will receive a t-shirt and the top three female and male winners will receive a plaque.  Official results will be available by October 10th, if not before.  


Football Jamboree Postponed

Ripley Tiger Jamboree

Hey Shark Fans, the Ripley Tiger Football Jamboree that was scheduled for tonight has been rescheduled for 6 pm Saturday night, August 29th.  You can get the game on Mixlr or listen live on The Shark 102.3. You could also listen at our website and click Listen Live, or download the app in your app store!

Office of Commissioner Brandon Presley

Presley Warns Consumers of Cell Phone SIM Card Scam, Urges Consumers to Take Action to Protect Accounts

Jackson, Mississippi (August 19, 2020) – Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley is warning consumers about a recent rise in cell phone scams involving the swapping of SIM cards and theft of funds through cash apps. Presley is urging the consumer to take action to protect their accounts.


The scam activity begins when a criminal contacts a consumer’s cellular provider posing as the accountholder. After doing so, they convince the carrier to deactivate the consumer’s current SIM card and activate a new SIM card. The criminal then activates the new SIM card to block the actual consumer from accessing their own accounts. By doing so, scam artists are then able to access a consumer’s cash apps like Venmo and PayPal to steal money.


Commissioner Presley advises consumers to make sure they have a PIN code or password set for their account with their cell phone carrier. This adds a layer of security to prevent unauthorized account changes.


Commissioner Presley also suggests consumers take a minute to review passwords and consider ways to increase security on accounts, including multifactor authentication. Multifactor authentication allows a phone’s user to set up certain apps to require two positive confirmations of the user. An example is a PIN number and a password, or a password and a text message confirmation.


“This is one of the latest ways criminals are trying to prey on hard working Mississippians,” said Commissioner Presley. “Always be careful with your personal information. Don’t reply to calls, emails, or texts that are asking for your personal details and be careful what you share online.”         

If you suspect that you have been the victim of this scam, please contact Commissioner Presley’s office at 1-800-637-7722 to speak with a fraud investigator or contact local law enforcement.

Governor Tate Reeves and MEMA Launch COVID-19 Emergency Relief Program

Governor Tate Reeves and MEMA Launch COVID-19 Emergency Relief Program


Pearl, Miss. (MEMA)–  Governor Tate Reeves and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency are launching the MEMA COVID-19 Emergency Relief Program. Through Mississippi Legislature’s House Bill 1799 and Senate Bill 3047, MEMA was allocated $70,000,000 of CARES Act money to assist counties and municipalities with their COVID-19 expenses.

Through FEMA’s COVID-19 Economic Disaster Declaration, counties and municipalities and specific nonprofits are eligible for public assistance. While FEMA reimburses 75% of those approved expenses, some entities struggle to meet the 25% match. Through the MEMA COVID-19 Emergency Relief Program, the burden is now lifted from the counties and municipalities to provide that match.

Not all COVID-19 expenses are eligible for federal reimbursement through FEMA; therefore SB 3047 details what other expenses can be covered by the CARES Act funds.  The allocation of funds from the Relief Program is based on the county or municipality’s population as listed in the 2010 U.S. Census. If a government entity’s costs are not entirely covered by FEMA’s reimbursement, MEMA will work with remaining CARES Act funds to help ensure a 100% reimbursement.

The CARES Act funding application process will be open from August 3- October 15. Information on how to apply for CARES Act funding will be available by July 31 on MEMA’s website: According to SB 3047, reimbursements must begin August 15. Monies must be obligated by November 30 or will be returned to the governor.

Counties and municipalities can apply for public assistance through FEMA’s Grants Portal now by visiting


Subway Gives Back To Hospitals

Mid-South Subway® Restaurants Give Back to 11 Local Hospitals 

GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (May 12, 2020) – Mid-South Subway® restaurant Business Development Agents and local Franchise Owners worked to deliver 1,100 boxed meals to 11 hospitals across the Memphis, Tenn.; Jackson, Tenn.; Columbus-Tupelo, Miss., and Corinth, Miss. areas through last week to the healthcare workers on the frontlines helping patients combat the Coronavirus pandemic.

“We received lot of positive feedback from our crews. They were very appreciative of the gesture from Subway during this time. I am one who is among that group,” said Kevin Deaton from Jackson General Hospital.

During this unprecedented time, Subway remains committed to not only providing nutritious meals, but also getting them to those who need it the most. Along with keeping restaurants open and ready to serve, individual Subway Franchise Owners in Memphis have also stepped up in big ways with over 450 additional boxed meals and sweet treats donated in their local community to healthcare workers and first responders, including a local police department.

“This series of donations to our frontline healthcare workers exemplifies how Subway Franchise Owners are woven into the fabric of their local communities. We’re incredibly proud to be a part of this team,” said Jake Ring, Subway Business Development Agent.

In addition to local efforts, Subway and Feeding America® teamed up in April to provide 15 million meals* to feed people nationwide. With Feeding America predicting food banks needing an additional estimated $1.4 billion over the next six months to feed people in need due to the COIVD-19 pandemic, Subway and its guests landed their support by simply ordering their favorite Footlong from participating restaurants through the Subway app, on or by visiting

Subway has also taken steps in restaurant to ensure a safe experience, including increased frequency of cleaning and sanitizing, continued reinforcement of existing health and food safety protocols and moving to a takeout and delivery-only model.

For more information about how Subway and its Franchise Owners are addressing the coronavirus outbreak, visit


Feeding America

Subway® Restaurants and Feeding America® Partner To Provide 15 Million Meals

For every Footlong purchased, Subway will donate a meal to Feeding America

MILFORD, Conn. (April 17, 2020) – For more than 50 years, Subway® restaurants have been open to serve guests and communities. Now, during this unprecedented time, Subway remains committed to not only providing nutritious meals but getting them to those who need it the most. Starting today, Subway and Feeding America® are teaming up to provide up to 15 million meals* to feed people in need across the country. With the purchase of every Footlong through April 30 for takeout, catering and delivery, Subway will provide a meal* to Feeding America.


With Feeding America predicting food banks needing an additional estimated $1.4 billion

over the next six months to feed people in need due to the COIVD-19 pandemic, Subway

and its guests are lending their support by simply ordering their favorite Footlong from

participating restaurants through the Subway app, on or by visiting to find their closest restaurant offering takeout.


“Subway has always been a part of the community to provide delicious subs and a

helping hand – and we plan to continue to do just that during this time of hardship,” said

Subway’s North America President, Trevor Haynes. “From keeping our restaurants open

and safe, to providing better-for-you food options, to our Franchise Owners dedicating

their time and donating food, Subway is open to serve. And, we are proud to once again

partner with Feeding America to help make sure our neighbors are getting the nutritious

meals they need and deserve.”


As of December 2019, the Feeding America network of food banks served about 40

million people a year. It has seen a drastic uptick in need, an unprecedented increase of

17 million people, who will rely on food banks during this uncertain time. This has put an

unexpected burden on the Feeding America network, and despite increased support, it

still doesn’t have all of the resources it needs to meet demands. As a long-standing

supporter of Feeding America, Subway wants to lend its support in helping to alleviate

some of this need, using the community reach of its over 24,000 restaurants nationwide

to help feed millions of Americans in these uncertain times.


“Feeding America network food banks have seen an unprecedented increase in need for

food assistance across the communities they serve,” said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot,

CEO of Feeding America. “Subway’s donation of 15 million meals will help ease the

burden felt by our neighbors struggling with hunger so they can instead focus on

navigating this difficult time with their families.”


Along with keeping restaurants open and ready to serve, Subway Franchise Owners

across the globe have stepped up in big ways in their local communities donating meals

to those on the frontlines including healthcare workers and first responders, as well as

donating meals to children who normally rely on school lunches.


Subway has also taken steps in restaurant to ensure a safe experience, including

increased frequency of cleaning and sanitizing, continued reinforcement of existing

health and food safety protocols and moving to a takeout and delivery-only model.

For more information about how Subway and its Franchise Owners are addressing the

coronavirus outbreak, visit


MORA Scholarships

MORA Announces 2019-2020 Scholarship Winners

FLOWOOD —Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) recently announced its 2019-2020 scholarship winners.


This year, MORA added three memorial scholarships from donated funds raised by donor families in memory of their loved one who gave the Gift of Life: the Allie Carruth Memorial Scholarship ($5,000), the Walker Wilbanks Memorial Scholarship ($2,265), and the Matthew Gaskin Memorial Scholarship ($1,000). MORA also offered two $1,000 scholarships: the Annie Lucious Gift of Life Scholarship and the Dr. Shirley Schlessinger Scholarship, named after MORA’s long time medical director, as well as two $500 scholarships.

Among other criteria, students submitted a 300-750 word essay on the topics of how they or their family have been affected by donation and/or transplantation, why they are a registered donor or want to become registered, or the importance of encouraging others to be donors.

The Walker Wilbanks Memorial Scholarship, however, was based solely on a one page letter written by an administrator, faculty or staff member on behalf of the applicant describing how he or she exhibits exemplary character traits such as integrity, accountability, respect, and responsibility.


 The winners of the 2019-2020 scholarships are:

 ·        Allie Carruth Memorial Scholarship ($5,000)—Kaitlin Elise Myricks, Germantown High School

·        Walker Wilbanks Scholarship ($2,265)—Tyler Smith, Northeast Lauderdale High School

·        Matthew Gaskin Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)—Molly Stinson, Madison Central High School

·        Annie Lucious Gift of Life Scholarship ($1,000)—Hannah Johnson, Vardaman High School

·        Dr. Shirley Schlessinger Scholarship ($1,000)—Taylor Claire Lessley, Cathedral High School

·        MORA Scholarship ($500)—William Scott Giachelli, Washington School

·        MORA Scholarship ($500)—Dempsie Lindsey, Saltillo High School



Paycheck Protection Program

SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program for Small Businesses Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic Launches

One of Multiple Economic Relief Provisions to Protect Workers and Small Businesses

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza today launched the Paycheck Protection Program, a $349 billion emergency loan program created last week with the President’s signing of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES). The program provides forgivable loans up to $10 million to small businesses left financially distressed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The loans, which will be administered at the local level by a national network of banks and credit unions, are designed to maintain the viability of millions of small businesses struggling to meet payroll and day-to-day operating expenses.


“These loans will bring immediate economic relief and eight weeks of financial certainty to millions of small businesses and their employees,” SBA Administrator Carranza said. “We urge every struggling small business to take advantage of this unprecedented federal resource – their viability is critically important to their employees, their community, and the country.”

The loans, which are 100% backed by SBA, are being provided to small businesses without collateral requirements, personal guarantees, SBA fees, or credit elsewhere tests. Those eligible for the program include small businesses, certain non-profits, veterans’ organizations, self-employed individuals, independent contractors, and other businesses meeting size standards based on their North American Industry Classification System code.


The Paycheck Protection Program’s maximum loan amount is $10 million with a fixed 1% interest rate and maturity of two years.

The loans are available to cover up to eight weeks of average monthly payroll (based on 2019 figures) plus 25% and payments are deferred for six months (interest does accrue). The SBA will forgive the portion of loan proceeds used for payroll costs and other designated operating expenses for up to eight weeks, provided at least 75% of loan proceeds are used for payroll costs. Eligible expenses for the eight-week forgiveness include:

  • Payroll costs (excluding the prorated portion of any compensation above $100,000 per year for any person. Payroll costs include salary, commissions, tips; certain employee benefits including sick leave and health care premiums, and state and local taxes;
  • Mortgage interest (not prepayment or principal payments) and rent payments on mortgages and leases in existence after February 15, 2020;
  • Utilities such as electricity, gas, water, transportation, phone and internet access for services that began before February 15, 2020; and
  • Additional wages paid to tipped employees.

Visit for additional resources about protecting your business, employees and customers.


Utility Workers



JACKSON, Mississippi—The Mississippi Public Service Commission is urging the public to stay away from utility crews working in the field.


“These employees are working hard to ensure the public has essential services, like electricity and gas,” said Chairman Dane Maxwell. “When someone approaches these field workers, it can create a dangerous situation for the employees and the person who approaches them. It’s imperative that people stay safely away.”


"As we take precautions to protect ourselves during this crisis, we must be reminded that our utility workers continue their daily work in the field to ensure that we have the various utility services we need," Central District Commissioner Brent Bailey said. "Utility personnel and crews are taking special measures to help keep our lights, gas and water on and we ask you to help us all stay healthy and safe by adhering to CDC and MSDH guidelines and keep your distance from utility workers and work zones."


“We ask each Mississippian to please not complicate this crisis or make it more dangerous by approaching utility workers,” Northern District Commissioner Brandon Presley said. “These employees are critical to keeping our utility infrastructure up and running during COVID-19 and we need all citizens to commit to helping by staying away from these utility workers and adhering to health guidelines. We cannot afford to make this situation worse because of careless behavior.” 


Work sites can have any number of hidden dangers for the public, and distracting crews can cause accidents to happen. Practicing social distancing (six or more feet apart) is the best way to keep a safe distance from crews, so that citizens and workers can stay healthy and virus-free.

These workers provide an essential service and are working to ensure power and gas continues to flow to homes and businesses during these challenging times. Anyone who has a question about their utility’s service should contact the utility provider by phone, website or mobile app if available.


Concert Cancellations

Concert Calendar:

Please be advised that some of the events shown on our Concert Calendar page have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We make an attempt to provide you with information about these concerts but it is best to check with the event website or the promotors to see if they are still active or have been canceled.


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COVID-19 Information


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Pontotoc Main Street Events


Here are some upcoming events in Pontotoc.


Community Egg Hunt April 4, 2020
Pontotoc Art Guild Spring Gala April 25, 2020
Memorial Day Service May 25, 2020 • 11 am


Check with the Pontotoc Main Street Association for more information.

Phone: (662) 489-5042
Fax: (662) 489-5263

Falkner Heritage Museum Classic Car Show

Falkner Mississippi Heritage Museum will have a Classic Car Cruise-In on Saturday, April 25, 2020 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. All events will be in Old Downtown Falkner near City Hall. Come see the amazing classic cars, grab a bite to eat, relax in Falkner's lovely Grove Park, visit Cooper Hill School House and enjoy the day with your family. Entry donation is $20.00. There will be door prize drawings. For event and entry information contact Shelia Smith at 662-284-5938.

Falkner Spring Festival

Falkner Mississippi Heritage Museum's Spring Festival will be held March 20-21. There will vendors & a crafts fair. All events will be held in the Falkner Heritage Park Area in old downtown Falkner. Booth spaces for yard sale items, crafts and specialty vendors. It's "Kids Day" Friday, March 20th with Easter fun activities for all the children. The Easter Bunny will be joining the fun with baskets full of treats to share. Garden Decor, plants, herb, bulbs and more will be on sale! Applications available now for Booth Spaces at $20.00 each; contact Susan Rutherford for yard sale and vendor spaces at 662-587-4067.

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