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Housing market improves

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM)- Last summer the housing market was feeling the heat. Foreclosures were popping up left and right, and fewer people were buying homes. Now things are improving.

"People are out looking for bargains," said Ric Corts, a member of the Hattiesburg Area Association of Realtors.

Existing home sales rose over seven percent last month. Hattiesburg has about 1,100 homes on the market right now. Corts said over 130 of those homes are pending.

"We have had continual increases in residential home units selling every month since January," said Corts.

Corts said the increase is in response to homebuyers taking advantage of the new home buyers credit and low interest rates.

"Hopefully the low interest rates, the stability in home pricing will offset some the lack of consumer confidence in the real estate market," said Corts.

Nationwide many of the homes on the market are foreclosed homes. Normally 2% of the homes in Mississippi are foreclosed. That number jumped slightly to 2.6% last quarter.

Realtors say the number of increased sales is positive, but they say there’s still a long way to go.

"We always need to do better, we always need to do better and it’s getting better every month with sales and with pendings," said Corts.

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Miss Mississippi Pageant Boasts Strong Ole Miss Class, Produces Winner

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Though many believe pageantry is all makeup and jewelry, often times the women behind the mascara advocate for programs and organizations rooted in changing the world for the better. For one Ole Miss graduate, she is getting the opportunity to take her platform to a national stage.

Mary Margaret Hyer, an English major from Hattiesburg, stole the show and the crown Saturday, June 22 in Vicksburg at the annual Miss Mississippi 2019 pageant. Out of the pool of 45 other contestants from various parts of the state, Hyer went up against 10 of her peers who also represented her alma mater – the University of Mississippi.

This was Hyer’s third year competing in the Miss Mississippi pageant. Over the past three years, Hyer has represented the state in three other pageants: Miss Southern Magnolia 2017 (representing the Hattiesburg area), Miss Southern Grace 2018 (representing the Jones County area), and Miss Riverbend (representing the Mississippi Delta).

Hyer said through the other pageants she has gained so much experience.

“I have met fellow candidates who I am now fortunate to call my friends,” Hyer told

Through those pageants, she said she has the opportunity to advocate for the importance of Organ and Tissue Donation with the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency along with becoming more qualified as a public speaker, employee and future attorney.

Hyer said she hopes to serve in Mississippi’s public office in the future and that through her experience in pageants she has been able to travel throughout the state and meet other Mississippians. While meeting other residents of the state, Hyer was able to have fellowship and gain so many memories and experiences with them, which in return she hopes to use to better that state as a public official.

As an Ole Miss alumna, Hyer was able to gain even more experience as a student at the university. She said through various organizations, such as Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society and the University of Mississippi Concert Singers, she expanded her leadership skills, improved as a singer, and challenged her critical thinking skills by engaging in conversations with fellow classmates.

“In addition to the practical skills that the University provided me, Ole Miss gave me a family of fellow students and alumni who were endlessly supportive in this journey to accomplish my dream of being Miss Mississippi and an advocate for Organ and Tissue Donation,” Hyer said.

When Hyer was announced Miss Mississippi 2019, she said her overall reaction was joy.

“After I was crowned and before I took my first walk, I went and shook every one of the judges’ hands and told them that they had just changed my life, and they had,” she said.

Now that six days have passed since being crowned, Hyer said she still feels the same joy and privilege of calling herself Miss Mississippi 2019. Hyer said she will use her platform to continue sharing her message of “prioritizing Organ and Tissue Donation in the hearts and minds of Mississippians.”

“My heart is so grateful to have the opportunity to share this message, not only for this year but for the rest of my life,” she said.

An Emphasis on Inner Beauty

Kelly Bates, an engineering major from Meridian admits she’s new to pageant life. However, the third preliminary event she competed in punched her ticket to the state pageant as Miss Golden Triangle. She said every stereotype she could possibly think of filled her mind when it came to competing on a statewide level, but with the eradication of the swimsuit competition, her views had changed.

“I love and am completely comfortable with my body, but I never would have tried competing if I knew I may have to wear a swimsuit on television,” she said. “With the emphasis placed more on inner beauty than outer, I felt much more confident competing.”

As a student of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and School of Engineering at Ole Miss, Bates is required to put in countless hours of rigorous work toward her degree. But when it came time to perform on the Miss Mississippi stage, she said those two organizations dedicated their time in support of her.

The university isn’t simply a four-year experience for her. The people of Ole Miss molded Bates’ early childhood, she said.

“I grew up in Oxford with my father finishing his Ph.D. in history and my mother working as Associate Director of Student Housing. I got to grow up surrounded by beautiful, hard-working women and see their roles on the University of Mississippi campus fulfilled,” she said.

Bates’ training at Ole Miss helped her prepare for the Miss Mississippi experience more so than she thought. Education has held such power over her that she decided to implement it into her platform “We Have the Right To – Consent Education.” That fueled a desire to pursue becoming a lawyer in the future.

As a lawyer, she wants to become a prosecutor who specifically works with abuse and assault cases, she said.

“I want Mississippi to believe survivors. Consent is not a hard concept, but it is often difficult for people to grasp because they have never been taught it. I want to change that,” she said.

Teaching Me How to Be Lexie

Lexie Harper, an integrated marketing communications student also from Meridian, said the people she’s met along the way to becoming a Miss Mississippi contestant who helped her find the real Lexie and be “proud of the person God had created.”

Not only did perfecting her hair and makeup skills advance throughout the competition, but so did her knowledge of social justice issues.

“I am knowledgeable about what goes on in our country and state. I have an opinion on different issues, and I understand that my voice does matter. I have learned how to have a conversation with another person even when they do not have the same views as me. I am more open-minded. I have learned to be adaptable,” she said, giving credit to the pageant experience.

One of the ladies on the board for Miss Mississippi told Harper something that stuck with her, the Miss Northeast Mississippi representative.

“People have a better chance of being drafted in the NFL than being Miss Mississippi,” the board member said.

Though Harper recognized it as a slim percentage, her determination to become the next Miss Mississippi will never falter, she said. Yet during that time, she plans to focus on a deeper meaning and context to her situation.

“Instead of worrying about who the next Miss Mississippi would be, I tried to be a light in another person’s life the week of Miss Mississippi. I wanted to soak in each moment and invest in those relationships I made,” she said.

Being an Ole Miss Rebelette gave her the confidence to thrive in the talent portion of the competition, she said, which counts for 50% of overall scores. She gives some credit to her teachers and coaches, but the majority goes to God, she said.

“During the week of Miss Mississippi, I had no expectations,” she said. “I prayed that the whole week I would not stress about where I placed on the final night, but I would really get to know some of the other girls. I wanted God to allow me to be a light to people that week. I wanted to learn about the other contestants. I wanted to learn about their stories and what made them, them.”

Eleven women represented the University of Mississippi last weekend. Listed below are the other participants. To learn more about these women, please follow this link.

Blair Wortsmith – Little Rock, Arkansas
Major: Managerial Finance

Charley Ann Nix – Batesville, Mississippi
Major: Biochemistry

Dana Wesley – West Point, Mississippi
Major: Spanish Literature

Grace McClanahan – Oxford, Mississippi
Major: Marketing

Kelly Bates – Meridian, Mississippi
Major: Engineering with an emphasis in Law

Kimberley Gordon – Brooksville, Mississippi
Major: Psychology pre-med

Lexie Harper – Meridian, Mississippi
Major: IMC with minor in business

Lydia Myers – Laure, Mississippi
Major: Musical Theatre

Mary Randall Ivy – Oxford, Mississippi
Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders (graduate)

Mary Elizabeth Killian – Oxford, Mississippi
Major: Accounting

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Jones Capital Completes Acquisition of Big Black River Timberland

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HATTIESBURG, Miss., June 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Big Black River Holdings, LLC ("BBRH" or the "Company"), a portfolio company of Jones Capital, LLC ("Jones Capital" or "Jones"), has completed the acquisition of approximately 55,000 acres of timberland and timber reserves from Anderson Tully Company. The acquired properties are located in south west Mississippi, principally along the Mississippi River and Big Black River. The area is nationally known for its excellent deer, turkey and waterfowl hunting, which is attributable to the superior genetic stock of the native deer population, favorable terrain, and years of consistent land and game management practices. The properties are also home to a dense and diverse stand of hardwood timber.

Jonathan Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Jones Capital, stated "Our company history is deeply rooted in the timber industry, dating back to the original Jones Lumber Company established in 1949. Sustainability is one of our core values, and we’re proud to display that through good stewardship of this property."

BBRH, with its operational partners Good Hope, Inc. and OneSource, Inc. will be engaged in the management of the properties going forward, which includes timber harvesting, reforestation, and forest management, as well as the licensing of land for recreational use and select land purchases and sales.

Perella Weinberg Partners L.P. acted as Anderson Tully Company’s financial advisor. Hogan Lovells LLP as well as Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes, PLLC acted as legal counsel to BBRH, while Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP acted as legal counsel to Anderson Tully Company.

About Jones Capital, LLC

Jones Capital is a privately owned holding company focused primarily on investing in timber, real estate and middle market businesses. Headquartered in Hattiesburg, MS, with offices in Houston, TX, Jones Capital traces its heritage over seven decades to the incorporation of Jones Lumber Company in 1949. Today, Jones’ portfolio currently includes investments in the timber, lumber mill, recycling, trucking and logistics, energy infrastructure services, technology, and real estate industries. Jones Capital is actively seeking new investment opportunities in its core market verticals. For more information, visit


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Hattiesburg, MS homes for sale

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Bynum joins Lincoln Road Family Medicine

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Stephanie Bynum

Stephanie D. Bynum, MD, joined Hattiesburg Clinic Lincoln Road Family Medicine as a primary care provider.

Bynum received her medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson. She completed an internship and residency in family medicine at the University of South Alabama in Mobile
Bynum is board certified in family medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine. She has professional affiliations with the American Academy of Family Practice, the Mississippi Academy of Family Practice and the American Medical Association.


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USM Track & Field sends 11 to NCAA Regionals

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) – For the second straight season, Southern Miss Track and Field is well-represented at the NCAA East Regionals in Jacksonville, Florida.

Eleven USM athletes compete in the regionals beginning on Thursday. The qualifiers will advance to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas from June 5-8.

Callie Jones looks to return to the Outdoor Championships for second straight year in the javelin throw. The sophomore is coming off a gold medal in the heptathlon at the Conference USA Championships. Jones owns the school-record in the javelin with a throw of 179-feet, 11-inches.

“Javelin is like a stress-reliever for me,” Jones said. “I really don’t think about it because I know I’m good at it and I know I can be good at it. It’s just me going out and performing.”

John Warren is another athlete hoping to make a return-trip to nationals in the long jump and triple jump. The senior is the C-USA’s two-time defending champ in the triple jump. His mark of 53-feet, 4.25-inches ranks third in the nation this season.

“Not really focused on getting into finals since they’re taking the top 12,” Warren said. “It’s mostly about getting on the board, executing what I’ve been doing all season and that should take me to nationals.”

For the second straight season, McKinely West grabbed two gold medals in the 100m and 200m, respectively, at the C-USA Outdoors. The senior eyes another trip to the NCAA Championships.

“I come out here every day, do what I need to do,” McKinely said. “It means a lot [to win gold] and shows Southern Miss has amazing talent…I try not to have a lot of pressure on my back because I end up making a mistake. But I think if there was a lot of pressure, I’d still be okay.”

After qualifying for the Regionals the last two years, Caleb Parker hopes to take the next step and earn a bid to the Nationals this season.

The junior set a personal-best of 13.73 seconds on his way to a gold medal in the 110m hurdles at the conference championships. Parker will also compete in the high jump this week in Jacksonville.

“Conference [meet] really cleared it up for me,” Parker said. “It motivated me more into regionals because I finally got a PR in hurdles again in outdoor and I finally hit my personal-best again in high jump. It’s a good driving force going into next week.”

Here’s a full list of the USM athletes competing at the NCAA East Regionals on Thursday through Saturday.

400m | Rian Robinson Discus | Danisha Jones Javelin | Callie Jones 100m and 200m | McKinely West 400m | Trey Johnson 110m Hurdles | Caleb Parker 4x100m Relay | Chedlin Sagesse, McKinely West, Trey Johnson, Elijah Burton High Jump | Eric Richards, Caleb Parker Long Jump | Eric Washington, John Warren Triple Jump | John Warren

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Old Hattiesburg High School one step closer to being converted into apartments

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For the past several months, officials have been patiently awaiting tax credits to help transform the former Hattiesburg High School on Main Street into an age-restricted apartment development.

Those credits were awarded last week from the Mississippi Home Corporation, knocking out the first step in the project and paving the way for a hopeful spring construction start on the $10 million project.

"We’ve made it through this process, which means it’s actually going to happen," said Andrea Saffle, executive director of the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association. "We had to get to this point to get the ball rolling, to get it started and moving.

"I’ve been so excited. This project is actually coming to fruition — it’s not just a ‘maybe’ or a ‘could be.’ It’s not going to be overnight, but something is starting to happen."

The upcoming facility, which is aimed at residents 62 years of age and older, is being undertaken by Jackson-based Intervest Corp. Tentatively called Preservation Crossing, the development is expected to offer 70 to 75 apartments that are 575 to 800 square feet per unit.

The majority of the units will be one-bedroom — although a handful of two-bedroom units may be available — and will feature a full kitchen, full bath and an on-site manager.

"I think this is important for that end of downtown," Saffle said. "It’s going to help create the momentum for the community arts center in the (former) Hattiesburg American building, and I think all of those things can build off each other and help each other happen.

"I think it’s huge for downtown — it’s such great news, and it shows that it can happen."

The next step for officials will be to shore up approximately $100,000 in gap funding and start part two of the application process for state and federal historic tax credits from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. As part of that process, officials will fine-tune of the construction documents in compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

"We’re real excited — just getting the credits is a major hurdle," Intervest owner Steve Nail said. "So now we’re working towards all the things you have to do, all the way from getting the plans and specs … all the way down to making the economics work."

To keep the apartments affordable, Nail expects to set rent for the units at approximately $600 per month. A similar project in Pascagoula, where he converted an old school into apartments for elderly residents, has so far been a success.

"We’re still trying to get subsidies for the tenants that are going to live there," Nail said. "We’re trying to find ways that we can provide services and things like that through some type of subsidy payment."

Construction on the original multiple-story building, at 846 N. Main St., began in 1911. The facility was used as a school until 1959, after which it served as headquarters for Hattiesburg Public School District and was home to an antiques mall until 2001. The building, which has remained vacant since then, was heavily damaged in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina and again in 2007 by arson.

The facility was named a Mississippi Landmark in 1986 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. The historic aspect of the building will continue during renovation, as officials plan to keep the frame intact and build around it.

"(This project) is a great opportunity to invest in quality living spaces in the North Main Street area," Ward 2 Councilwoman Deborah Delgado said. "Hopefully it will breathe new life into challenged neighboring properties."

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Third annual Hattie Hundred benefits DREAM of Hattiesburg

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The Hattie Hundred 30-mile bike ride begins at the Hattiesburg Train Depot Saturday morning.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) – More than 300 people gathered in downtown Hattiesburg Saturday to take part in cycling event to benefit DREAM of Hattiesburg, Inc.

The Hattie Hundred 2019 was a bike ride that featured various start times for 100 mile, 88 mile, 65 mile and 30 mile races.

DREAM stands for Drug-free Resources for Education and Alternatives in Mississippi and its mission is to help reduce and/or prevent the abuse of alcohol and other drugs by children in South Mississippi.

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Additional Information About Baneberry, Hattiesburg, MS 39402

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Dewmar International BMC, Inc. (DEWM) Announces Substantial Investments in Healthcare Real Estate Projects

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JACKSON, MS–(Marketwired – Jul 10, 2017) – Dewmar International BMC, Inc. (OTC PINK: DEWM), a diversified brand management and operating company that conducts business across a synergistic variety of business sectors announced today investments in multiple healthcare real estate ventures as part of its Profit Reinvestment Program (PREP).

As previously announced, PREP Investments focused primarily on three sectors: (1) Healthcare Services/Technology (2) Healthcare Real Estate and (2) Entertainment/Media.

This announcement is part two of a three-part series of the profit reinvestment program that will focus on the investments Dewmar has made in the Healthcare Real Estate sector.

First, the S&K Mainstay Hotel, LLC is a real estate investment in a medical practitioner-led hotel project in Hattiesburg, MS. The goal is to provide lodging for families of critically and terminally ill patients in need of care at Merit Health Wesley and other nearby regional hospitals. The lead physician on the project is the President of a large statewide community health center program.

Second, Dewmar Health RA is a real estate venture whereby Dewmar acquires existing buildings and leases them for medical use. The initial project in this venture was the acquisition of a property located at the address of 1001 Hwy. 80 E, Clinton, MS. The property was immediately rented to Merit Health System of Mississippi; a healthcare network that has approximately 6 hospitals, 36 clinics, 2,300 licensed beds, 2,500 physicians and more than 53,000 admissions each year.

Apart from the lease, Dr. Marco Moran, CEO and Founder of Dewmar, has been in discussions with Merit Health Center Executives to expand the relationship to include: 1) the transfer of all Pain Management referrals to Clinton Wellness Center for its central Mississippi patient population, 2) Dewmar offering to provide contract labor for c-arm lumbar pain surgical procedures at the Merit Health Central location and 3) Dewmar offering to provide telemedicine services for the entire health system.

Dr Moran stated, "Health & Wellness Research Consortium (HWRC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Dewmar, has been seeking a qualified spine surgeon for hire to complete the contract request whose backlog of procedures can provide over $1 million in annual referral fees to HWRC."

Dr. Moran also added, "I am hopeful that my discussions with Merit Health will result in a much needed medical procedure which will be made available almost immediately to hundreds that are suffering from debilitating back pain just in the Merit Health service area alone. Furthermore, Dewmar is seeking a practitioner for the implementation of a Suboxone opiate addiction therapy center at one of its clinic sites. Currently there is a backlog of untreated patients within the state of Mississippi."

About Dewmar International BMC, Inc.

Dewmar International BMC, Inc. is a certified service-disabled veteran business concern, new product development, manufacturing and brand management company. Established in 2003, Dewmar’s primary business strategy has been in creating high profit margins with functional foods and beverages, such as Lean Slow Motion Potion™, whose flavors include Yella, Purp and Easta Pink, is rated as one of the top 3 national selling relaxation beverages in the U.S. market. The company has offices in Clinton, MS; Houston, TX: Denver, CO and New Orleans, LA. Dewmar was rated by the Mississippi Business Journal in 2015 as one of the State’s top 15 publicly traded companies.

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