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North Mississippi Regional Center

Staff, clients make center special for all involved

The North Mississippi Regional Center celebrated its 40th birthday recently. Long-term employees were honored with a special ceremony and former directors spoke about the center’s history. (August 30, 2013, Page 1B)

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    NMRC anticipates possible system changes

    North Mississippi Regional Center may soon feel the effects of a report issued in December 2011 by the Department of Justice that found Mississippi was in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act by serving persons with intellectual disabilities at large residential facilities operated by the Department of Mental Health, rather than in smaller community settings. (April 5, 2012, Page 1A)

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      Too far away for comfort?

      Assisted living facilities for seniors, veterans and persons with development disabilities in Lafayette County were all built where they are today largely because of their close proximity to where Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi is currently located.

      But now, with Baptist officials planning on moving the hospital, officials from those facilities are concerned about the possible impact the move might have on their residents — particularly if the site selected for the new $300 million facility will be where Baptist affiliates recently purchased 107 acres off Highway 6 West, about seven miles away from where the hospital is currently. (March 8, 2011, Page 1)

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        A boy named John

        Stevie Little writes a guest column to tell the story of her family’s move to Oxford and life with their special needs child and sibling, John Milton Little. She writes about how Oxford offers so much for those with special needs and thanks those who’ve played key roles in her son’s life and those of others in need. (January 7, 2011, Page 4A)

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          Regional Center residents create bowls from discarded magazines

          Johnny steadied his hand and aimed the glue gun at the small, folded magazine page. With careful precision, he applied the glue in a thin trail down the paper before placing the next strip of paper on top.

          “I’ve never burned my fingers,” he said with pride.

          Johnny has lived at the North Mississippi Regional Center for two years and says he really likes it there. He and several other NMRC individuals have been working everyday on making bowls out of magazines. A project, he said, has been “lots of fun.” (September 10, 2010, Page 1B)

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            Storm damage reported

            Heavy rains, high winds and lots of cloud-to-ground lightning wrecked havoc on some parts of Oxford Saturday afternoon. The storm, which blew into town around 3 p.m., toppled a few trees and caused a few power outages in the community, Oxford Emergency Management Coordinator Jimmy Allgood said. (June 28, 2010, Page 1)

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              Caregivers at NMRC charged with abuse crimes

              Two former caregivers with the North Mississippi Regional Center have been charged with crimes against vulnerable adults, according to the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office.
              Charged were Maggie Warren, 40, of Bruce and Zeporia Jones, 24, of 116 County Road 449 in Lafayette County.

               (June 18, 2010, Page 2A)

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