Good News You Can Use PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID PELAHATCHIE, MS PERMIT NO. 4 Pelahatchie News P.O. Box 771 Pelahatchie, MS 39145 INSIDE THIS ISSUE Shivers PHS Teacher of the Year - pg. 9 PHS Cheerleaders place second - pg. 9 January 2019 Volume 8 Issue 1 Pelahatchie, MS A Caring & Friendly Atmosphere Treating Children, Adults, and Seniors Cleanings • Fillings Extractions • Whitening Dentures • Crowns Root Canals • Implants and More Daughtry named Pelahatchie Police Chief Joseph Daughtry wanted to be a po- liceman since he was two years old in New Orleans. He started his law en- forcement career in 1995 there before moving to Mississippi, where he served as sergeant with the Jackson Police De- partment from 2001-2011, and captain with the Hinds County Sheriff’s Of- fice prior to joining the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office four years ago. Daughtry believes in community po- licing, and it is his goal is to bridge that gap. He served as the crime prevention spe- cialist for Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey, who "gave him the lee-way to get out in the community, because the only way to learn about the community is to be involved in the community." He set up and trained neighborhood watch groups as well as business and church watch groups in Rankin Coun- ty. Albert Brock from Star was com- plimentary of D a u g h t r y ’ s commitment to getting that com- munity’s Neigh- borhood Watch started, which allowed them to help stall drug trafficking in the area. "Joseph will be a great asset to the Pelahatchie c o mm u n i t y , " said Brock. "We will miss him." According to Barbara Rush of the Castlewoods' Neighborhood Watch, "Joseph taught our groups safety tips and provided training to keep us safe. He cares about people and loves kids. He makes an extra effort, and Pela- hatchie is lucky to have him." Daughtry holds Bachelor’s and Mas- ter’s degrees in theology with a mi- nor in Christian counseling from New Foundation Theological Seminary. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma frater- nity and is a thirty-second degree Ma- son. He has served as an active shooter instructor for Homeland Security in the State Law Enforcement Training Acad- emy and Jackson Police Department Training Academy. Daughtry’s family includes his wife of a year and a half, Cara Morgan, a Pearl family physician, and a blended family of six children. Joseph, Jr. is 26; Dia- mond Cassidy, 25; Jules Daughtry, 23; Malcolm Smith, 19; Joliyah Daughtry, 17; and Maason Smith, 16. His daugh- ter, Jnae, died in 2007. By Susie A. Wolfe Photo by Pelahatchie News ERA's Reeves named semifinalist in Coca-Cola Scholars Program Special to Pelahatchie News Pelahatchie Mayor Ryshonda Beechem is shown swearing in new Police Chief Joseph Daughtry, Sr., at the Knox Ross Community Center on December 28. Pictured (l to r) are: Dr. Cara Morgan, his wife, a Pearl family physician; Daughtry; Lovie L. Sanders, his mother; and the mayor. Aldermen Michael Adams, Frank Boyd, and James Harrell attended as did many police officers and local residents. Javeious Purvis, better known as JP, signed to play football next year at Mis- sissippi State University (MSU) on December 19 at Pelahatchie High School (PHS). The 6-2, 190-pound quarterback/safety had al- ready committed his junior year, but this was the offi- cial signing. He will report to State in June. JP had a busy week al- ready playing in the Mis- sissippi – Alabama game that Monday in Montgom- ery, Alabama. In addition to many honors received this season, JP was also named the WAPT Blitz JP signs withMSU By Susie A. Wolfe continued on page 2 Special to Pelahatchie News Claire Reeves, an East Rankin Academy senior, has been named a semifinalist for the 2019 class of the Coca-Cola Scholars Program, moving to the next round of the selection process to become a Co- ca-Cola Scholar and receive a $20,000 college scholarship. A joint effort of Coca-Cola bottlers across the United States and The Coca-Cola Company, the Coca-Cola Scholars Program is one of the larg- est corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship programs of its kind. This year, 1,896 high school seniors were selected as semifinalist from a pool of 95,715 applications from across the country based on their academic excellence, leadership and service demonstrated in school and community activities. The class of 2019 Coca-Cola Scholars will be named in March 2019.