Saturday
Jan152011

The Help | Behind the Scenes | Jackson, Mississippi 

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NOTE | This is a slightly revised story with new graphics. Our original story has received more than 121,000 views on YouTube. 

Produced by Jim Albritton | Months of planning and days of work have transformed the Fondren neighborhood in Jackson, Mississippi back to the 1960s for the filming of the movie version of Jackson native Kathryn Stockett's novel, The Help. As area residents looked on, construction and utility crews worked side-by-side the film's production crew to recreate the look and feel of that era.

Saturday
Jan152011

The Help | Raw Footage of Location Shoot in Jackson, Mississippi

Produced by Jim Albritton | Scenes from a location shoot in Fondren for the movie version of The Help, a novel by Jackson native Kathryn Stockett.

Saturday
Jan152011

The Great Mississippi River Balloon Race 2010 | Follow the Budweiser Crew from Start to Finish 

Produced by Jim AlbrittonJoin the Budweiser Hot Air Balloon Crew as they launch, fly and chase the largest balloon at The Great Mississippi River Balloon Race in Natchez. See how they do it all and help a fellow balloonist out of the Mississippi River. Meet the winner of this year's race and its co-founder. And celebrate the race's 25th anniversary. Correction: Tom Oberheide is from Cary, Illinois, not Gary as identified in this video. For more information about the race, go to http://natchezballoonrace.com. To learn more about the Budweiser Balloon, go to http://budballoon.com.

‪The Great Mississippi River Balloon Race 2010 | Balloon Rescue from Mississippi River ‬

 

Produced by Jim Albritton | The Adams County Sheriff's Department and others rescued a balloon and crew stranded in the middle of the Mississippi River during the "barge drop" competition in the Great Mississippi River Balloon Race on October 16, 2010. Despite his difficulties on this day, Tom Oberheide, the balloon's pilot, went on to place first in the race. The barge drop isn't counted as part of the overall race. To learn more about the race, go to ‪http://natchezballoonrace.com.‬

Saturday
Jan152011

Camp Rainbow Fishing Tournament 

Produced by Jim Albritton | Twenty-five kids who have or have had cancer participated in this year's Camp Rainbow Fishing Tournament at Roosevelt State Park in Morton, Mississippi. The annual September event gives the kids and their families the opportunity to catch fish, barbecue and enjoy the water slide at the park. Camp Rainbow is a summer camp for kids with cancer held each June.

Saturday
Jan152011

Good Neighbor Day | Three hours, 30,000 Roses and One Great Cause 

Produced by Jim Albritton | In 1994, Brook Jacobs, a florist and owner of Greenbrook Flowers in Jackson, Mississippi, created Good Neighbor Day. Sixteen years later it has blossomed worldwide. The concept is simple: one day each September thousands of roses are given away by the dozen. Each person who takes them promises to keep one for themselves and give the others to friends, family or perfect strangers. For years the event in Jackson has also benefited the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children.

Saturday
Jan152011

Batson Law Enforcement Run

Produced by Jim Albritton | Graduates of the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Training Academy--now serving in various state and local law enforcement agencies--participated in a symbolic one-mile run from Millsaps College to the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children on the University of Mississippi Medical Center Campus. The run is intended to show support for the patients and staff at Mississippi's only children's hospital. Runners made donations and presented more than $1,000 to Dr. Bev Evans, Chairman of Pediatrics, at UMMC.

Saturday
Jan152011

Protecting Memories | UMMC to Lead in $26 Million Nationwide Alzheimer's Study 

Produced by Jim Albritton | The University of Mississippi Medical Center and four collaborating academic medical centers have received a $26 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to identify risk factors for Alzheimer's and related forms of cognitive decline. The multi-year study, building on clinical data collected from 16,000 patient participants over 20 years, is expected to give researchers a unique window on the early physiological changes that might eventually culminate in Alzheimer's.

The NIH grant and the creation of the MIND Center (Memory Impairment and Neurodegenerative Dementia Research) was announced at a press conference at UMMC. Supporters of the new research center combating Alzheimer's disease and dementia also announced a $9 million campaign aimed at raising private funds to support its work.

Saturday
Jan152011

Mississippi and the Civil War | Roads to Raymond 

Produced by Jim Albritton | Retired Brigadier General Parker Hills leads a bus tour of the "Roads to Raymond" during the Civil War's Vicksburg Campaign. Follow the path of Union troops from Grand Gulf to Port Gibson and on to the Raymond Battlefield and the burning of Jackson. The tour is part of the annual Pilgrimage celebration for the City of Raymond, Mississippi. For more information, go to Friends of Raymond of Raymond and BattleFocus

Saturday
Jan152011

Hurricane Katrina | Mississippi Then and Now | Five Years Later 

Produced by Jim Albritton | A look back at the devastation Hurricane Katrina brought to the Mississippi gulf coast from Pearlington to Pascagoula, ending with a brief look at parts of the gulf coast today.

Saturday
Jan152011

Summer of Newsocracy | 2010 

Produced by Jim Albritton | A look back at some of the highlights of Newsocracy's first summer online, including the BP oil spill on the Mississippi and Louisiana coasts. From Sardis Lake to Las Vegas, from Venice, Louisiana to Yazoo City, Mississippi, Newsocracy was there.

Saturday
Jan152011

UMMC, Mayo Clinic Sign Agreement to Increase Research and Training 

Produced by Jim Albritton | Researchers from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Mayo Clinic came together to sign a formal agreement to increase translational research and training between the the health institutions. For more information, go to http://www.umc.edu.

Saturday
Jan152011

Newborn Intensive Care Unit Reunion | 2010 

Produced by Jim Albritton | Hundreds of children who were born prematurely and treated at the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at the Winfred L. Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants at the University of Mississippi Medical Center gathered for a reunion with physicians, nurses and other staff in August at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union on the UMC campus. The NICU Reunion was sponsored and organized by the Junior League of Jackson. The NICU at the Wiser Hospital is the only Level 3 NICU in Mississippi, offering the highest level of care for premature births and congenital birth defects. It treats more than 4,000 patients each year.

Saturday
Jan152011

Miss Mississippi Sarah Beth James Visits Batson Hospital for Children 

Produced by Jim Albritton | Sarah Beth James, Miss Mississippi, visits the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, going room-to-room, giving each patient a teddy bear. For more information about Batson, go to http://childrenshospital.umc.edu.

Saturday
Jan152011

Dancing with the Mississippi Stars | A Benefit for Community Place 

Produced by Jim Albritton | Celebrity dancers competed in the inaugural Dancing with the Mississippi Stars, a benefit for Community Place. Proceeds from the fundraiser go to Community Place's relocation initiative. The celebrity dancers were Kristy Cronin, Mrs. Mississippi 2006, Linda Allen, WJTV News Channel 12, Pamela Nail, Mrs. World 1998, Othor Cain, The Mississippi Link, and Heather Sophia, 16 WAPT. Judges were Sister Dorothea Sondgerath, Sam Mims, Jill Conner Browne, Brad McMullan, LaRecca Rucker and Helen McDaniel. To learn more about Community Place, go to http://visitcommunityplace.org.

Saturday
Jan152011

What a Wonderful World | BP Free Version | Scenes for the Gulf 

Produced by Jim Albritton | Scenes from the gulf coasts of Mississippi and Louisiana shot in early July, remembering the area as it was before the oil spill and hopefully will be again. There is an oily version, too ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhAhUc... ), that shows the effect of the BP oil spill on the area. The music is copyright 2006 Gold Star Records and is used with the permission of Pete Vallee and Star Entertainment Worldwide. To learn more about Pete/Big Elvis, go to http://bigelvis.biz.