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Oct. 30, 2012

Chamber Celebrates 2012 "Best of Madison County" Award Winners

The Madison County Chamber is proud to celebrate seven winners of their “Best of Madison County” Awards Program, honoring companies and individuals who have played a significant role throughout 2012 in making Madison County a great place to live and work.

The categories and winners are as follows: Business of the Year: Butler Snow; Community Impact: Brown Bottling; Best New Business: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory; Best Place to Work: C Spire Wireless; Executive of the Year: Jim Jeter, St. Dominic Foundation; Sales Representative of the Year: Cindy Brinson, Hilton Jackson; Marketer of The Year: Jan Collins, Madison County Business League; Rising Star Award: Brant Ryan, Adams & Reese LLP

The Chamber also recognized two individuals who gave time and effort to the Chamber over the course of the past year. The two surprise awards were given to Clint Barr of Raising the Barr Fitness and Sherry Pratt of Arbonne International for Male and Female Volunteers of the Year.

The Chamber welcomed nominations from the public and compiled the entries to create a Constant Contact e-mail survey. Once voting went live, all Chamber members received an e-invitation to submit their vote, and links to the survey were continuously posted on the Chamber website, Facebook and LinkedIn pages, as well as Twitter to allow the community to vote for their favorite nominees. In 15 days, over 1,650 votes were submitted. The winners were announced at the “Best of Madison County” Annual Event & Awards Program, which took place Tuesday, October 30 at Plantation Commons in Madison.

The Madison County Chamber would like to extend their gratitude and appreciation to the following businesses for their role in the event’s success: Kent’s Cajun Kitchen, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Catering by George’s, Kristo’s, Corner Bakery, Wings To Go, Great Southern Events, Preferred Linen Services, Cool Water Catering and to our 2012 Key Investors: Baptist Health Systems, C Spire Wireless, State Bank and Trust, BankPlus, Brown Bottling Group, Community Trust Bank, HORNE LLP, McGraw Gotta Go, River Oaks Healthcare, Solve Design Studio, St. Dominic Health Services, Trustmark Bank, Adams & Reese LLP, Butler Snow, Entergy Mississippi, Lightheart Sanders & Associates, Nissan, Regions Bank and Viking Cooking School.

The Madison County Chamber of Commerce provides quality leadership that enhances the business climate, education and the quality of life for all of Madison County. Since 1921, the Chamber has served as business-builders and community enhancers to aid in the amazing growth of the county and its ranking as one of the best places to live and work in Mississippi.

For additional information about the “Best of Madison County” Annual Event & Awards Program, or the Madison County Chamber of Commerce you may visit our website, or email

St. Dominic's Physician First In Nation To Use Ocelot Device For Peripheral Artery Disease

St. Dominic Hospital's cardiovascular surgeon Huey B. McDaniel, MD became the first in the nation to commercially use the Ocelot Device that helps treat peripheral artery disease.

St. Dominic's is the only hospital in Mississippi where the Ocelot device is available.

Ocelot, a new sophisticated imaging technology tool designed to help patients suffering from Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), was recently cleared for use by the FDA. Physicians at St. Dominic's are experts in the use of this device, as they were among the first to use this new technology.

"We constantly strive for a better way to treat patients with PAD, and we want to stay on the cutting edge of medical care," said Huey McDaniel, M.D.

The Ocelot catheter allows physicians to see from inside an artery during the procedure, using optical coherence tomography. This is a significant advancement because in the past, operators had to rely on x-rays and touch and feel to guide the catheters through blockages. With the Ocelot system, physicians are able to more accurately navigate the catheter.

A procedure, using the Ocelot system, is a minimally invasive treatment designed to allow patients to leave the hospital within hours, and return to normal activities within days.

PAD affects between 8 and 12 million adults in the United States. It is caused by a build-up of plaque in the arteries that blocks blood flow to the legs and feet. Symptoms of PAD are often dismissed as normal signs of aging and may include painful cramping, numbness, or discoloration in the legs and feet. More than 200,000 amputations occur each year as a result of PAD, and many could be avoided with the use of this new technology.

St Dominic's encourages those who are experiencing any of the above symptoms to ask their doctor about their risks for PAD, as early detection is key to saving limbs.

Mississippi Opera to Perform Amahl & The Night Visitors

The Mississippi Opera continues its stellar 68th season with Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and The Night Visitors (sung in English), Friday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Madison Square Performing Arts Center. The perfect entertainment in anticipation of Christmas, Amahl and the Night Visitors is a family-friendly opera that tells the story of a poor boy and his mother who are visited by the Wise Men on their way to visit the infant Jesus.

Mississippi Opera’s Artistic Director Ed Dacus, a music department professor at Mississippi College, directs this timeless holiday classic. Cast members include: Mother – Amy Pfrimmer (voice professor at Tulane), Amahl – (Jackson Creel from Hattiesburg), Amahl – (Jay Warnock from Jackson), Kaspar – Ross Price (from Madison, voice instructor at Mississippi College), Melchior – Patton Rice (on faculty at Mississippi School for the Arts, Brookhaven), Balthasar –Franklin Turner (vocal performance major at Mississippi College), Page – Landon Scriber (vocal performance major at Mississippi College).

Since its first performance on Christmas Eve, 1951, Amahl and the Night Visitors has taken its place with A Christmas Carol as a holiday classic. Performed on every continent and in many languages, it has been seen by more people than any other opera in history.

The story tells of the night the Three Kings, following the star to Bethlehem, stop for shelter at the home of Amahl, a poor, crippled shepherd boy, who lives with his widowed mother. Inspired by the Wise Men's tale of a kingdom "built on love alone," Amahl offers his own simple gift to the Christ Child. And then a miracle happens . . .

In this warm and compassionate story, Gian Carlo Menotti has captured the essential spirit of Christmas. At its premiere, The New York Times called Amahl, "rare art . . . tender and exquisite."

For more information, call the Mississippi Opera office at 601.960.2300 or visit their Facebook page.

Join The Pulse Group At the 35th Annual Art For Heart Gala

Grace Sturdivant, Lanie Bowlin and Laura Stansell are young volunteers dedicated to helping Mississippians live longer, healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke, through the American Heart Association’s Pulse Group. Pulse - it’s the beat underlying everything that keeps you on the move. When it's strong, it tells you instantly you're alive. When it's weak, it's a sign that help is needed. At Heart, Pulse is a group of local young professionals working to build a strong beat of commitment to heart health in the next generation of community leaders, by encouraging good health in a new generation.

Join the Pulse Group at the 35th Annual Art For Heart Gala on Friday, January 25th at the Country Club of Jackson. The event is a celebration of the community’s support of the lifesaving mission and has contributed over $5.4 million to the cause since its inception. Art For Heart is a black-tie dinner-dance and art auction, with silent and live components, that gives sponsors, survivors and community leaders a chance to fight heart disease and to help, heal and hope together. For more information, please visit

New Stage Brings Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory To The Stage

New Stage Theatre presents Truman Capote’s Holiday Musical A Christmas Memory November 29-December 16, 2012. Preview night is Tuesday, November 29 at 7:30 p.m. Curtain times and dates for all other performances are Thursday through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Sundays. Ticket prices are $25.00 with discounts available for students, senior citizens and groups. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, located inside the Jane Reid Petty Theatre Center, charged by phone by calling the theatre at (601) 948-3531 or ordered online at A Christmas Memory is sponsored by St. Dominic Hospital.

The aroma of pecan pie and the flicker of candles in the window banish the December chill of a 1930’s Alabama winter. This musical version of Truman Capote’s enchanting holiday tale follows the deep friendship and delightful shenanigans of cousins Buddy and Sook, who make the most of what may be their last Christmas together. Sure to delight the entire family, Truman Capote’s enchanting masterpiece springs to life in this big-hearted musical treat. A wistful memoir of cherished youth, it chronicles the friendship of a shy boy and his eccentric cousin — misfits who launch kites, haunt speakeasies, and mail fruitcakes to everyone from Jean Harlow to President Roosevelt!

“A Christmas Memory is a wistful Southern Christmas tale,” said artistic director Francine Thomas Reynolds. “We are excited to be presenting this brand new holiday musical. The stage adaptation captures the magic of the Truman Capote story and the music is delightful. This is a Christmas Musical the entire family will enjoy.”

Central Mississippi Medical Center Welcomes Home Olympic Gold-Medalist Knight

During a celebration on the campus of Central Mississippi Medical Center, hundreds of employees, many chanting “Bianca!” and waving American flags, welcomed home Bianca Knight from a victorious showing at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

CMMC associates cheered when Bianca, daughter of ICU nurse Annie Knight, a 24-year-veteran of CMMC’s nursing staff, appeared in the hospital lobby, showing off her Olympic gold medal and bright smile.

At the 2012 London Olympic Games, Bianca, who competes in the 100 and 200 meters, won a gold medal as part of the American 4x100 meters relay team. In the final, Bianca, Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix and Carmelita Jeter, broke the 27-year-old world record, in addition to taking the gold.

Representing her country in the Opening Ceremonies was one of the highlights of the Olympics, Bianca says. Hearing the thunderous applause and cheers for the U.S. team was an unbelievable experience, especially because she was part of one of the largest and most successful contingencies at the Olympics.

Knight, 23, who lives in Ridgeland with her mother when she’s not on the road training or competing, said that there were times during her Olympic quest when she wondered if she would ever make it to her destination. She described it as “a long, but exciting, journey.” She looked at her mother, who was sitting beside her, and said, “But, I can’t really say I didn’t visualize it and know it would happen, if I trained hard enough.”

Despite winning the gold in her first attempt, Knight hopes to achieve another personal goal.

“I really wanted to compete in the solo event,” she said. “My goal is to train hard, compete in the 2013 World Championships in Moscow and go back even stronger in the 2016 Olympics.”

Charlotte Dupré, CMMC’s chief executive officer, called Bianca’s visit “a special day in the history for Central Mississippi Medical Center.”

“While watching the Olympic Games, I felt extremely proud of both Bianca and Annie,” Dupré said. “I know of the sacrifices Annie has made for her daughter and the support she has given her every step of the way. Annie was there for Bianca in London and during the Olympic trials, but also during almost every meet since she began competing at the age of 12. We know our employees are world-class, and this exemplary mother and daughter team back up this statement.”

The event at her mother’s workplace was one of Bianca’s first since returning to the U.S. In fact, while she was at CMMC, her fellow Olympians met with President Obama in the Oval Office. She said she needed some time to rest and to be at home.

For now, Bianca is concentrating on her studies at the University of Texas, where she’s able to maintain full-time status with online classes. She’ll also work with local charities, including the Sunnybrook Children’s Home, make appearances for Adidas, her sponsor, and continue training for next year’s World Championships.
“I’ve always felt like I could do anything I set out to do, and that confidence has served me well,” Bianca said. “Now, it’s on to the next event and then training for the 2016 Olympics.”

Leadership Madison County Selected

The Leadership Madison County Board of Trustees and the Madison County Chamber of Commerce are proud to present the 23rd class of Leadership Madison County (LMC). Leadership Madison County’s mission is to provide leaders with a deeper understanding of the critical issues affecting Madison County in an environment that furthers their leadership skills and encourages graduates to take their knowledge and experience into the community for the betterment of Madison County.

Over the next six months, class members will begin community awareness sessions that address a variety of topics including education, healthcare, diversity, economic development, government, criminal and judicial systems and quality of life. Class participants will also design and implement group projects that address a need or opportunity in Madison County.

The opening retreat was held at Eagle Ridge Conference Center. The retreat emphasized team-building exercises and used a variety of teaching methods. “The retreat really sets the tone for our program. The participants are challenged to learn more about themselves and their leadership styles while getting to know each other in a great environment,” said Gay Saxon of Eagle Ridge Conference Center.

Members of the 2012 – 2013 LMC class are:

Seated: Laura Rose, Adams & Reese LLP; Sabrina Ruffin, Jones Walker; Portia Espy, Children’s Defense Fund. Middle Row: Buckley Stewart, Copeland, Cook, Taylor & Bush; Bill Senter, Atmos Energy; Talamieka Brice, Brice Media; Telford Lindsay, Community Bank; Rodney Brown, Wellspring Wealth Group. Back Row: Chris Shaw, Jones Walker; Jim Petersen, Pinnacle Trust; Daniel Barham, Community Trust Bank; Tim Walker, GSW Construction; Larson Frey, BankPlus; Gerald Collier, Stamps & Stamps Attorneys at Law; Doug Ward, C Spire Wireless; Jess New, Law Office of Jess New PLLC; Steven Parman, Entergy Mississippi; Benny Long, Baptist Health Systems. Not Pictured: Jack Taylor, Brown Bottling Group.

For more information about Leadership Madison County Program or The Madison County Chamber, email or call 601-605-2554.

Budweiser Project 12: Consumers Vote For Their Favorite Beer

Southern Beverage is proud to announce that the Budweiser brand is introducing Project 12, a collaboration of brewmasters from each of Anheuser-Busch’s 12 U.S. Breweries. Anheuser-Busch asked the 12 brewmasters to brew a beer that was worthy of the Budweiser name. Each of the 12 beers began with the same strain of 1876 Budweiser yeast.

In March, the 12 brewmasters each created a new beer idea for Budweiser leveraging the brand’s key attributes: a clean, crisp finish, brilliant color and our signature yeast strain. From the 12 ideas submitted, six were chosen by the 12 brewmasters. Anheuser-Busch sampled the six beers across the country this summer. The final three have now been chosen and are part of the Project 12 12-pack, available in stores now.

Batch No. 63118, from St. Louis, Mo.; Batch No. 23185 from Williamsburg, Va., and Batch No. 91406, from Los Angeles, are the three remaining beers. Consumers now have the opportunity to vote for their favorite beer of the three. Each 12-pack has a QR code that consumers can scan to vote.

Southern Beverage Company was founded in 1939 and is one of America’s leading Anheuser-Busch distributors. Southern Beverage is eager to see what consumers choose as their favorite Project 12 beer.

If you would like more information about Budweiser Project 12, please call Josh Brewer at 601.933.6900 or email him at

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