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Sam M. Brinkley alumni encouraged to attend 10th reunion in July


Sam M. Brinkley Jr.-Sr. High School, one of three original black schools in Jackson, is celebrating the school’s 10th reunion July 1-2.

A picnic at Grove Park Club House is set for July 1, and a banquet is planned for July 2 at the Hilton Garden Inn, formerly the historic King Edward Hotel, on Capitol Street in Jackson.

Sam M. Brinkley’s original school was located on Bailey Avenue, now Walton Elementary School. The second Sam M. Brinkley school was located on Livingston Road, now Powell Middle School, and the third location is Sam M. Brinkley Middle School located on Albermarle Road.

Students who attended school at any of these locations are encouraged to come and help celebrate the Sam M. Brinkley school spirit.

For more information, contact Cornelius Thompson, president of the Sam M. Brinkley Alumni Association, at (601) 594-2736; Fred Gross at (601) 506-8050, Bo Brown at (601) 983-9105 or Luneal Matlock Dickey at (601) 506-6595.


Minority Male Leadership Initiative Hinds CC to host Summer Fest


The Minority Male Leadership Initiative at Hinds Community College will host M2M Summer Fest June 24, at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center to highlight the program’s services.

Attendees to the free event may sign up for M2M, register for classes and visit information booths while they enjoy free food, prizes and a video game truck. The outdoor fest runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The program aims to help African-American males succeed in college by providing leadership training, career counseling, mentoring and tutoring. Participants discover personal strengths, interests and motivation, all of which can spur an array of career interests and post-graduate options.

Those who want to register for classes at M2M Summer Fest are advised to do the following before arriving at the fest:

• submit a current admission application for the Summer or Fall 2016 semester

• submit the official transcript from the last school attended

• submit official ACT scores or take the Accuplacer or submit a college transcript showing the completion of at least one Math and English course.

To become a member of M2M, students must be enrolled at JATC and complete an application for the program. The college’s Enrollment Services team will be on hand for the event to help prospective students apply to the college online.


Sen. Horhn raises $5,000 to go toward free, local basketball camp


After reading in The Clarion-Ledger about former ABA basketball player Jaborri Thomas’ sponsoring a free basketball fundamentals camp for inner-city youth, Sen. John Horhn in the inaugural edition of his radio show, “Tell John,” raised $5,000 to aid Thomas’ efforts.

The inaugural show aired at 8 p.m. June 7, on WMPR radio, a community-based radio station.

“Tell John,” which focuses on solving problems for citizens at the local, state and federal level, raised $4,000 in cash contributions from businesses, including Integrated Management Services, Neel Schaffer Engineering, Donelson Construction Inc., Dixon Interiors and Barefield Workplace Solutions and from businessmen Sutter Smith, Willie Bozeman and Worth Thomas. In-kind contributions of $1,000 were also pledged by Food Depot and McDade’s Markets.

“When I read about Jaborri’s almost single-handed efforts, I felt compelled to get involved to help make this summer camp for youth a success,” Horhn said. “Jaborri is not only teaching basketball fundamentals, he’s teaching character, discipline and team work.”

The camp took place at Callaway High School this week.


Gray Daniels Auto Family recruiting through city’s jobs program


The city of Jackson’s Jobs for Jacksonians program will hold a recruiting session at 10 a.m. June 17, in the conference room of the Department of Personnel Management at the Metrocenter Mall.

Gray Daniels Auto Family will recruit interested applicants for entry and master level service technicians, clerical and sales associate positions.

Each week, major companies are invited for the purpose of interviewing and potentially hiring prospective candidates.

Jobs for Jacksonians is an initiative created to provide accessible information on employment opportunities for Jackson residents. For job seekers, this program offers an array of services and training opportunities to assist participants. In addition to the recruiting sessions, the program offers job readiness workshops, job search and placement assistance and an annual job fair.

Other services, such as assistance with writing a professional resume, leadership and professional development and interviewing improvement techniques, are also available.

For more information, contact Jonathan Barnett at 601 960-0377.

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