The Mysteries of Family Histories

Once upon a time, there was a man whose last name was carried by two wives and many children- and yet, he remained a mystery to the whole family. It wasn’t until a little down-home detective work by a curious great-great-granddaughter did the family puzzle piece found its place. Chances are your family tree has some … Continue reading “The Mysteries of Family Histories”

Growing Confidence: NAM Miss Mississippi Pre-Teen

National American Miss (NAM) is a pageant to Grow Confidence and teach Real World Skills. NAM aims to foster positive self-image by enhancing the natural beauty within. It hopes to teach valuable skills that will give you a competitive edge to succeed in whatever fields you may choose. Serenity Sullivan is the 2019 NAM Miss Mississippi Pre-Teen and … Continue reading “Growing Confidence: NAM Miss Mississippi Pre-Teen”

Cotton Blues: Mississippi Made

Cotton Blues is a casual family restaurant that is Mississippi made to its core. From investing in local people, locally sourced ingredients, and keeping it’s “New York Approved” cheesecake manufactured in the Magnolia State, Chris Ortego, owner, and founder, of Cotton Blues, believes in all that Mississippi has to offer his customers. When Jon Quinones … Continue reading “Cotton Blues: Mississippi Made”

Mississippi’s Tanglefoot Trail Voted 2019 Rail-Trail Hall of Fame Inductee

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), the nation’s largest trails organization, announced the induction of Mississippi’s Tanglefoot Trail into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame. The Tanglefoot Trail is Mississippi’s longest rail-trail, stretching 43.6 miles through the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area. The paved trail winds through three counties (Chickasaw, Pontotoc and … Continue reading “Mississippi’s Tanglefoot Trail Voted 2019 Rail-Trail Hall of Fame Inductee”

Helping disabled veterans before and after 9/11

Thirteen years ago, Scott Burns, a Marine Corps Veteran, planned his first “7 Days for The Troops” event to raise money for veterans in need. What started as a passion project to bring awareness to disabled veterans before and after 9/11 has turned into a movement. Each year, “7 Days for The Troops” events give … Continue reading “Helping disabled veterans before and after 9/11”

Prepping for back-to-school means protecting your kids from cancer, too.

Prepping for back-to-school means buying new supplies, clothes, and backpacks, but it’s also time to make sure your children are protected from cancer. This fall, the American Cancer Society (ACS) is reminding parents that making sure girls and boys ages 11-12 receive the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine should be part of the back-to-school routine. ACS … Continue reading “Prepping for back-to-school means protecting your kids from cancer, too.”

Water Valley unofficially broke a Guinness World Record

During the 50th annual Water Valley Watermelon Carnival unofficially broke the Guinness World Record for the Largest Watermelon-Eating Contest with 754 participants competing simultaneously, beating the record set last year in Safety Harbor, Fla, with 259 participants.  Water Valley Chamber of Commerce spearheaded this endeavor and the community rallied around the idea of breaking a world … Continue reading “Water Valley unofficially broke a Guinness World Record”

Foster Children in Tupelo, Mississippi Kick-Off the New School Year with New-Kicks

Hannah Walker-Donelson understands the power a pair of shoes can have for students going back-to-school. She recognized some students in Tupelo don’t get to enjoy back-to-school shopping at no fault of their own and decided to help. At only 12-years-old, Hannah called on her family and the Tupelo community to help to provide 50 foster … Continue reading “Foster Children in Tupelo, Mississippi Kick-Off the New School Year with New-Kicks”

August heat can be risky for Mississippi student athletes

August is the deadliest month for student-athletes due to heat and hydration practices. Smart practices and awareness for student-athletes and parents can help save lives and make back-to-school sports safe and enjoyable. Dr. Chris Boston and Matthew Weisenberger with St. Dominic’s Sports Medicine joined Good Things with Rebecca Turner and offered their medical expertise to answer questions … Continue reading “August heat can be risky for Mississippi student athletes”

Good Things in Greenwood, Mississippi

Nestled 90 miles from Jackson, and 90 miles from Memphis, Greenwood, Mississippi is moving and shaking things up on Main Street. It took years of a collaborative effort, but downtown Greenwood has become a single, comprehensive, nationally registered historic district. This distinction opens Greenwood up to historic tax credits for renovation and more. Mayor of … Continue reading “Good Things in Greenwood, Mississippi”

Oxford Schools Carpool Karaoke into the New School Year

Oxford School District has taken the internet by storm with their carpool karaoke video. Taking time to enjoy the calm before the back-to-school storm, staff got together to have some fun to promote the start of a new school year. Oxford School District’s Communication Director, Heather, joined Rebecca Turner on Good Things to share the … Continue reading “Oxford Schools Carpool Karaoke into the New School Year”

Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) in Mississippi

Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) programs throughout the state. LEAD focuses on assisting officers in diverting people with addiction issues into treatment rather than jail.  Mississippi is piloting the program with Ridgeland Police Dept. and Biloxi Police Dept. Angela Mallette, the executive director of LEAD, and nationally recognized leader in addiction recovery joined Rebecca Turner … Continue reading “Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) in Mississippi”