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Thompson joins Hattiesburg Clinic Eye Associates

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Joshua Thompson

Joshua M. Thompson, CNP, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Eye Associates.

A native of Hattiesburg, Thompson has been working in the health care field since 2013. At Eye Associates, he works with Christopher L. Cooley, MD, in providing ophthalmologic care to patients.

He received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Miss., and a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

Thompson is board certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. He is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses.

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You can help Hattiesburg win $20K for park improvements

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Throughout the month of April, residents can nominate Hattiesburg in the “Meet Me at the Park” campaign hosted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) in collaboration with The Walt Disney Company. (Photo source: City of Hattiesburg)

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) –

Hattiesburg is hoping residents will help the city win thousands of dollars in grant money to go towards a local park improvement project.

Throughout the month of April, residents can nominate Hattiesburg in the “Meet Me at the Park” campaign hosted by the National Recreation and Park Association in collaboration with The Walt Disney Company.

At the end of April, the city with the most nominations will receive a $20,000 grant to improve a local park.

“Parks and green spaces are an essential quality of life offering for our neighborhoods. They encourage recreation, provide safe spaces for children and they foster community within our city,” said Mayor Toby Barker. “And in every neighborhood town hall that we’ve hosted, a common theme is the need for more park spaces, better equipment and facility upgrades.”

You can help by going to meetmeatthepark.org and typing in "Hattiesburg, MS." Voters can vote once a day until April 30.

"We know that we need to upgrade several aspects of our current parks, but we also think we want to do some new projects, too. So anytime there is a funding source that we can have our people get out and vote and hopefully secure, we are going to do that," said Barker.

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Mississippi-based bank, The First, expanding into Mobile

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A Hattiesburg based bank continues to grow. The First just acquired First Community Bank and its nine Mobile branches. (Photo source: The First/Facebook)

HATTIESBURG, MS (WLOX) –

A Hattiesburg based bank continues to grow. If you have money in an account at The First, and you drive over to Mobile, you can now do your banking at an Alabama branch. The First just acquired First Community Bank and its nine Mobile branches.

If you’re a stockholder in First Community Bank’s parent company Southwest Banc, here’s what that means. Southwest’s shareholders are entitled to receive 15.8804 shares of First Bancshares’ common stock and $336.08 in cash for each share of Southwest common stock outstanding immediately before the merger.

M. Ray "Hoppy" Cole is President & Chief Executive Officer of The First.

"We are thrilled that today First Community and The First are now one company," Cole said. "We are proud to join forces with a franchise that has such a rich history of exceptional service for its clients. We look forward to growing our combined market share in South Alabama, as well as the Gulf South Region."

The merger gives The First more than 50 locations across Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Florida.

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Walk-On’s breaks ground on first MS location

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Franchise owners and community officials break ground on the first Walk-On’s location in Mississippi. (Photo Source: WDAM)

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) –

A taste of the bayou is coming to the Hub City. Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar, a Baton Rouge-based restaurant, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday.
The Hattiesburg location is the first of its franchise to open in Mississippi.

“We are thrilled not just to bring this incredible restaurant to Hattiesburg, but to have the honor of opening the first Walk-On’s in Mississippi,” said Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar franchise co-owner Matt Gallagher. “We’ve found the perfect location with tons of space and visibility, and we will soon begin hiring a team of talented individuals to help us share our made-from-scratch Louisiana cuisine with the community.”

The 8,500-square-foot, family-friendly restaurant is located at 4400 Hardy Street in the Westwood Square Shopping Center.
The new business will bring 200 jobs to the area and will also feature a “unique outdoor beer garden and spacious parking lot,” according to a news release. Walk-On’s is set to open in early September.

“From what I’m hearing from the locals, this is the 50-yard line, the main and main, of Hattiesburg so we are very excited to be here,” said Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar Founder and CEO Brandon Landry. “As far as the jobs, we create something a little bit different. Our culture is second to none. When you look at our brand, we are a restaurant, so it’s not like we are reinventing the wheel.”

Hattiesburg adds to the list of locations, which include but are not limited to Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Shreveport, Lake Charles, Lubbock and San Antonio. New Orleans Saints quarterback, Drew Brees, and his wife are co-owners of the franchise.

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