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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 www.SBA.gov/Coronavirus for additional resources about protecting your business, employees and customers.

 

Utility Workers

MISSISSIPPI PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION URGES PUBLIC TO STAY AWAY FROM 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

 

Here's Where you can get information about the Corona (COVID-19) virus. Learn about the symptoms, what to do if you are sick, how it affects older adults, and get the latest updates concerning travel, school care and other pertinent information. Click Here.

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
Email: chamber@pontotocchamber.com

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.

Top Schools

Newest BackgroundChecks.org Report Uncovers Top US School Districts for 2020

 

March 10, 2020 — BackgroundChecks.org recently announced the 2020 Top School District Rankings for every state in the US. The analysis covers a variety of metrics for over 10,000 schools, highlighting the districts that have produced and fostered the highest-quality educational environments for its students.
 
Which school districts made the top of the list in Mississippi?

  1. Ocean Springs School District
  2. Clinton Public School District
  3. Oxford School District
  4. Biloxi Public School District
  5. Tupelo Public School District

See the full report and list of rankings: https://backgroundchecks.org/top-school-districts-in-mississippi.html

One of the main considerations for families looking to relocate is choosing a city based on how well its school district – and ultimately, its students – perform. Some of these differences in performance stem from the additional resources certain school districts have access to, which, in turn, lead to better scholastic conditions and a stronger education for students involved.

BackgroundChecks.org’s Top School District Rankings were determined by assessing crucial scholastic and financial metrics, including student-to-teacher ratio, standardized test scores, teacher quality, graduation rate, and school funding for over 10,000 schools in the US. Data was gathered from databases at the National Center for Education Statistics and the U.S. Department of Education.

 

 

Ripley Sports

Ripley Boys Game tonight at 8:30 p.m. on The Shark 102.3!

Ripley Sports

RIPLEY HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS PLAYING RAYMOND RIGHT NOW ON THE SHARK 102.3!

Tippah County Hospital Food Drive

Food Drive

The Tippah County Hospital is having a Food Drive now through March 6th in the Tippah County Hospital Lobby. All proceeds go to the Tippah County Good Samaritan Center. Help provide healthy meals to more families for a "Happy Healthier Tippah!" Your dollar goes farther at the Food Bank! Bulk buying means they can double and sometimes triple the buying power. $10 will buy $30 worth of food! Contact the Tippah County Hospital for more information. 662-837-9221. Visit their website here.

 

Athletic Banquet

Blue Mountain College Athletic Banquet

Blue Mountain College will have its Athletic Banquet Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at the Blue Mountain College Ray Dining Hall. The guest speaker is Herbert Davis, the 2019 State Champion Head Football Coach at Madison Ridgeland Academy. A silent auction will also be conducted. Cost of the dinner will be $25.00 per ticket. All donations are tax deductable. Register online here: https://t.co/vlHeThqWsg.

The Wall that Heals

The Wall That Heals Coming to Ashland, MS

The Wall that Heals a Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica and Mobile Education Center will be coming to Ashland, Mississippi March 12 - 15, 2020. It is expected to arrive in Ashland at the Benton County Fairgrounds on March 10 by motorcycle escort from the American Legion Riders. There will be a Memorial Ceremony at the Benton County Fairgrounds, 17136 Highway 5 in Ashland on March 14th at 10 a.m. School groups and all Veterans are welcome. There will be a Mobile Education Center open with displays of Hometown Heroes, a display of items representative of the items left at The Wall in Washington, D. C. in remembrance of those on the The Wall, a map of Vietnam, "In Memory Honor Roll" as well as other items. It is a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. To set up a school tour call 662-224-4881. For General information call 901-359-4360.

Head Start Registration

Let's Leap into another year!  

 

Prather Head Start is currently registering children for the upcoming school year 2020 to 2021. Registration is open for children between the ages of 3 and 4, if their birthday is before September 1st. You need to bring proof of income for 2019, shot record, and birth certificate and insurance or Medicaid card. They are located in the Tippah County Industrial Park (White Oak Community) in Ripley. Open from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. Monday through Friday. For more information call 662-837-3269.

Our Black Ancestry

Sharon Leslie Morgan to Speak

The Tippah County Historical and Genealogical Society invites you to hear Sharon Leslie Morgan speak on February 27, 2020 at 6:00 pm at the Ripley Public Library on "Discovering Your Ancestry". Sharon Morgan is the founder of Our Black Ancestry. She is a genealogist, writer and multicultural marketing expert who has served as a consultant to the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society and is a founding member of Afrigeneas. She is the co-author of "Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade" (Beacon Press, 2012).  She is also a contributor to "Slavery's Descendants: Shared Legacies of Race & Reconciliation" (Rutgers University Press, 2019), and "The Little Book of Racial Healing: coming to the Table for Truth-Telling, Liberation, and Transformation" (Good Books, 2019).

Steel Magnolias

 

The Ripley Arts Council Presents Steel Magnolias!

 

Steel Magnolias will be presented on February 18, 20-22, and 23.  You can also find out more information by going to the Dixie Theatre Facebook page or call 662-993-ARTS.

 

 

 

Dixie Theatre Auditions

Dixie Theatre production of "Clue" Auditions

Auditions for the Dixie Theatre's upcoming production of "Clue" will be held February 3 & 4, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Dixie Theatre.  Production dates are April 14 -19.  The hilarious play is based on the movie and classic board game of the same name.  The cast calls for 6 women, 5 men, and multiple set movers.
 

 

 

Benefit for St. Jude

Benifit for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Wig’n Out 4 St. Jude

Join us for a fun fundraiser benefiting St. Jude January 31 at the Tupelo Cotton Mill. Wear your favorite wig and come dance and rock the night away with our DJ! Cash bar and hors d’oeuvres will be available. Tickets are $25. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Meredith Martin at 662-401-0811 or Mendy Ramey at 662-321-5626 or email tupelodreamhome18@gmail.com for more information.

Delta Water Fowl Banquet

2020 Alcorn County Delta Waterfowl Banquet

Saturday, February 1, 2020
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 7 p.m.

Crossroads Arena
Intersection of U.S. Highway 45 and Harper Road , Corinth, Mississippi

Our annual banquet will include great door prizes, silent auction, live auction, hunting gear, guns, dinner, raffles and much more.

 

Tickets Options:
Youth Tickets $25 (15 & Under)
Single $55
Couples $75

High School Sports

Here are a few upcoming High School basketball games in our area:

 

Friday, January 31 New Albany vs Ripley

 

Alabama Music Hall of Fame

What's your 2020 like?

What do you have planned for 2020? There are so many things to do in the Shoals area!! Like checking out the Alabama's Music Hall of Fame Museum open 9-5 Tuesday-Saturday! Concerts and special events, group rates, and sock hops galore! Plus, rent the venue for your special event or record your own track in the studio!

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