Associated Press Mississippi Daybook for Thursday, April 25
April 25-26. CONFERENCE — Mississippi Young Professionals to host conference entitled "Rethink Mississippi: No Suits, No PowerPoints, No Bull." Speakers to include Gov. Phil Bryant; Peavey Electronics Founder and Chief Executive Officer Hartley Peavey; Keyes Kennard, owner of Mobile Solutions and Paromita Mitra, Miss Mississippi USA 2013. Location: Mississippi State University Riley Center at 2200 Fifth Street in downtown Meridian. Contact: Fredie Carmichael at 601-692-2005 or Tammy Craft at 601-359-6556 or 601-383-4806.
April 25. CONFERENCE — Mississippi World Trade Center to host an intermodal transportation conference on economic opportunities in transportation for Mississippi. Location: Marriott Gulfport Beachfront Hotel & Conference Center at 1600 E Beach Blvd. in Gulfport. Contact: 601-353-0909 or www.mswtc.org
April 25. VISIT — The Mississippi Polymer Institute at the University of Southern Mississippi hosts a group of European visitors as part of a clean technology project that could lead to transformative partnerships. 7:30 a.m.-Noon. Location: Trent Lott Center on the USM campus in Hattiesburg. Contact: Heather Leighow at 601-266-6380.
April 25. MVSU CONVOCATION — Claude Grandford Perkins, president of Virginia Union University, to speak at Mississippi Valley State University's Founder's Day Convocation. 11 a.m. Location: H.G. Carpenter Auditorium on the MVSU campus in Itta Bena. Contact: Jennifer Freeman at 662-254-3577 or 662-299-4595.
April. 25. HIGHER ED COUNCIL — Mississippi Education Achievement Council to meet. 11 a.m. Location: IHL Board Room in the Universities Center, 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson. Contact: Caron Blanton at 601-432-6333 or 769-257-4585 or cblanton(at)mississippi.edu
April 25. GUARD UNIT RETURNS — About 140 members of the Mississippi Army National Guard's 289th Engineer Company, headquartered in Bruce, scheduled to return from a one-year deployment to Afghanistan. 11 a.m. Location: Tupelo Regional Airport. Contact: Timothy Powell at 601-313-6184.
April 25. NISSAN — Nissan to announce funding for a new education program in Canton elementary schools. 11:30 a.m. Location: Canton Elementary School auditorium/cafeteria at 740 E. Academy St. in Canton. Contact: Camille Young at 601-594-0945 or camille.young2(at)nissan-usa.com
April 25. COURTS — Mississippi Supreme Court to hand down decisions. 1:30 p.m. Contact: Beverly Kraft at 601-576-4637.
April 25. POND MANAGEMENT — Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks to host pond management workshop. 6 p.m. Location: Washington County Extension office in Greenville. Contact: Washington County Extension office at 662-334-2670 or the Delta region fisheries office at 662-759-6444.
April 26. ELECTRONICS WASTE — Greater Jackson Partnership and other organizations host an event allowing people to drop off computers, televisions and other used electronic equipment for disposal or recycling, with a $1 charge per monitor and $10 charge per television. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Location: Mississippi Farmer's Market, 929 High St., Jackson. Contact: Jenny Woodruff, 601-948-7575 ext. 231 or jwoodruff(at)greaterjacksonpartnership.com.
April 26. LEGISLATURE — The Mississippi Legislature begins a special session to consider an economic development project. 10 a.m. Location: State Capitol, Jackson.
April 26-27. BLACK SURGEONS — 23rd annual conference of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons hosted by University of Mississippi Medical Center. Speakers to include Dr. Thomas M. Scalea, physician-in-chief, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland Medical System; and Dr. Raphael Pollock, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Location: UMMC's upper amphitheater in Jackson and Hilton Garden Inn at 235 West Capitol Street in Jackson. Contact: http://www.sbas.net/events
April 26. SPECIAL SESSION — Mississippi House and Senate convene special session on an economic development project. 10 a.m. Location: State Capitol in Jackson.
April 26. GOVERNOR — Gov. Phil Bryant speaks at the Mississippi Young Professionals Summit. Noon. Location: MSU Riley Center 2200 Fifth St., Meridian. Contact: Fredie Carmichael, 601-938-0087.
April 26. BELHAVEN INTERNATIONAL CENTER — Belhaven University breaks ground for the Dr. Billy Kim International Center, an 18,000-square-foot facility in the center of campus. 1:30 p.m. Location: Entergy Pavilion on the Belhaven University campus, Jackson. Contact: David Sprayberry, 601-454-3579.
April 27. GOVERNOR'S RUN — Gov. Phil Bryant hosts his second annual 5K Run for Health. 8 a.m. Location: Mississippi Trademart, Jackson. Race Info: http://www.governorbryant.com/5k/ Contact: Mick Bullock 601-576-2811 or Nicole Roberts 601-576-2802.