High-tech Therapy Lends Methodist Rehabilitation Center Patients Helping Hand 

Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson recently became one of only six centers in the Southeast -- and the only one in Mississippi -- to offer the innovative Armeo Spring therapy. The system, which pairs an assistive movement device with a virtual reality training program, can be used for patients who have suffered arm paralysis or weakness due to stroke, spinal cord and brain injuries and other neurological disorders.


Jackson Yacht Club Hopes to Make Blessing of the Fleet an Annual Event

Produced by Jim Albritton | Sister Mary Dorothea Sondgeroth, President and Chairman of the Board of St. Dominic Health Services, offered blessings to boats and their crews at the Jackson Yacht Club on the Ross Barnett Reservoir on Memorial Day as celebrities judged the decorated boats. The yacht club hopes to make this an annual event. 


Photos | The Memorial Day Blessing of the Fleet

 Photos of the 2011 blessing of the fleet at the Jackson Yacht Club on the Ross Barnett Reservoir.


UMMC, Health Department and Other Mississippi Agencies Respond to the 2011 Flood

Produced by Jim Albritton | Multiple Mississippi state agencies set up a base camp in Yazoo City to respond to flooding caused by the Mississippi River and its tributaries including the Yazoo River. Working together, agencies used the flood as a backdrop for training exercises. The State Medical Assistance Team (SMAT) set up Mississippi MED-1, a field hospital. SMAT is a joint operation of the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Mississippi State Department of Health.


Dragon Boat Regatta Brings Co-workers Together at the Ross Barnett Reservoir

Produced by Jim Albritton | More than 30 companies and hundreds of employees competed in the 2011 Dragon Boat Regatta at the Ross Barnett Reservoir. Sponsored by the Madison County Chamber of Commerce, the race is fast becoming one of central Mississippi's most popular annual events. | ‪


HAWAII | Surfing 101 on Waikiki Beach 

See all our Hawaiian video and stories in our Hawaii Y'all section. 

Produced by Jim Albritton | Honolulu's Waikiki Beach is one of the best places in the world to learn to surf. Each year thousands of people ride their first wave at the world-famous beach that plays host to surf schools, countless board rentals and soft, rolling waves. And many are surprised at how easy it is to learn the sport of kings.


Hawaii | Tourists Find Hawaii Hard to Leave and Some Never Do

See all our Hawaiian video and stories in our Hawaii Y'all section. 

Produced by Jim Albritton | The Hawaiian Islands are the dream destination for millions around the world. From Honolulu's world-famous Waikiki Beach to the Big Island's active volcanoes, they offer breath-taking beauty, from sea shore to mountain top and seemingly everywhere in between. Most tourists find it hard to leave Hawaii, and for some, the vacation never ends. Watch for more stories and video from Hawaii coming soon to Newsocracy.


Photos | Newsocracy Goes Hawaiian | View All Albums

Several hundred photos of Newsocracy's trip to Hawaii are now available with more to come soon. Photos posted so far:

Honolulu, Hawaii | Pearl Harbor | Hilo Area | Hawaii Volcanoes National Park 

See all our Hawaiian video and stories in our Hawaii Y'all section. 


Former Secret Service Agent Focuses on Workplace Violence

Reported by Gene Edwards | Former Secret Service Agent Larry Rowlett offers comprehensive security services to a wide variety of businesses and organizations. Drawing on his 33 years of experience at the highest levels of the US government, Rowlett also speaks to groups about workplace violence and other security issues that businesses and organizations face every day. He is the President and CEO of Presidential Security and Training Services, LLC. |


New Ole Miss Mascot Makes Debut at Batson Hospital 

Produced by Jim Albritton | Rebel, the University of Mississippi's new mascot, made his debut at the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, visiting patients in the Jackson hospital's lobby and in their rooms.


Pieces of Hope Autism Conference Brings Parents, Educators Together

Produced by Jim Albritton | Pieces of Hope sponsored by the National Autism Association of Mississippi brought together parents, educators and physicians for a day-long conference that focused on the spectrum of autism disorders.


Walk and Roll Raises $50,000 for Neuroscience Research

Produced by Jim Albritton | The second annual Walk and Roll on Methodist Rehabilitation Center's east campus in Flowood benefits the Wilson Research Foundation which funds neuorscience research at the Jackson, Mississippi hospital. This year's event raised $50,000 to fund brain injury, spinal cord injury and stroke research. For more information, go to Wilson Research Foundation.



Zippity Doo Dah Parade Brings Sweet Potato Queens to Fondren, Benefits Batson Hospital 

Produced by Jim Albritton | The inaugural Zippity Doo Dah Parade brought Sweet Potato Queens and their wannabes to Jackson, Mississippi's Fondren neighborhood for a unique Mardi Gras-style nighttime parade that featured fun-loving women out for a good time and a good cause. Proceeds from the parade and related festivities benefit the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children. For more information, go to or

Newsocracy RAW | Zippity Doo Dah Parade 2011

Produced by Jim Albritton | Raw footage of the 2011 Zippity Doo Dah Parade in Jackson, Mississippi's Fondren neighborhood.



Thousands Line Jackson Streets for the 29th Mal's St. Paddy's Parade

Produced by Jim Albritton | A look at the 2011 Mal's St. Paddy's Parade and Festival in downtown Jackson, Mississippi on March 19. The annual celebration of spring benefits the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children and features the BancorpSouth Run, the Trustmark Children's Festival, the Trustmark Children's Parade and the Pet Parade. For more information, go to http://childrenshospital.umc.


AirCare at 15 | New Helicopter Marks Milestone Anniversary | The Story 

Produced by Jim Albritton | AirCare, the air ambulance service at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, marks its 15th anniversary with a new replacement helicopter that is roomier, faster and can transport a larger crew and two patients instead of one. The crew and hospital staff gathered atop the Wallace Conerly Hospital for Critical Care for tours of the new chopper which is based at UMMC in Jackson. A second AirCare helicopter is based in Meridian. For more information about AirCare and the state's only level one trauma center, go to