Thursday, March 19, 2009
Over 200 attend conference
By LEMON PHELPS
“The Good, The Bad and The Fake” was the theme for the first Marshall County Money Matters Conference that took place on February 25 at the Eddie L. Smith Multi-Purpose Building in Holly Springs.
Committee members met in early December to plan this conference that had been sponsored by the Mississippi Jump Start Coalition in previous years but due to funding cuts had been dropped.
Topics included “Good Credit, Bad Credit” presented by T.J. Vanzant of First State Bank; “Identity Theft” presented by John LoPreta, Solomon Inc.; “Investing” presented by Jeff King of Bank of Holly Springs; and “Law Enforcement and Fraud” presented by Kelly McMillen with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Dept.
Tammy Cupp from First Security Bank provided the conference overview and John Jones with Merchants and Farmers Bank closed the conference with timely remarks.
Over 200 students from Ashland High School, Byhalia High School, H.W. Byers High School, Holly Springs High School and Potts Camp High School attended this conference. In addition to the valuable information that the students received on Money Matters, students also received goody bags that were filled with information and “stuff” from the sponsoring banks. Wal-Mart gift cards were also given out as door prizes as well as sports chairs from one of the banks. Students were also treated to a pizza lunch from Pizza Hut.
The Mississippi State University Extension Service Marshall County Office would like to thank all of our sponsors – Bank of Holly Springs, Citizens Bank of Byhalia, First Security Bank, First State Bank, Merchants and Farmers Bank, and Linda Turner with the Mississippi State Dept. of Health.
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