Business of the Month

The Pearl Chamber of Commerce June Business of the Month is Coffee News. Ed and Marty Douglass bought an existing Coffee News franchise and published their first edition in July of 2008. Adding to the strong history, the little tan paper has now entered it’s 18th year in this market. Coffee News provides affordable advertising with high visibility and is distributed weekly in over 60 locations in Pearl/Richland/Florence. The Douglass’s believe they can serve their advertisers and readers through community involvement, and use the paper to promote Chamber events and family-oriented activities.

Ambassador of the Month

Congratulations to Lacy LaBorde of McAlister's Deli for receiving the July Ambassador of the Month Award. Lacy received a $25 Gift Certificate from the Alumni House Sports Bar & Grill.

Firefighter of the Month

We are proud to announce that the Pearl Fire Department Firefighter of the Month is Firefighter Phillip Ohlis.  Phillip is currently a firefighter on C Shift at Station 1.  Phillip began work with the Pearl Fire Department 3 years ago on June 10, 2013.  Phillip is a Nationally Registered EMT and has already documented 1000 training hours at the State Fire Academy. Phillip is a highly dedicated firefighter who has that a passion for the job that is contagious. Phillip also serves our country in the National Guard as a Black Hawk Helicopter Pilot. He has served both war time and state time. Since joining the fire department Phillip has set an example as being a leader who loves his job and takes pride in his work.

The Pearl Chamber of Commerce presented Firefighter Ohlis with a framed certificate, a $100 Bass Pro Gift Card and a Cracker Barrel Gift Basket complete with a dinner for two people. Buckley Security donated a $25 Kroger gift card, The Pearl Municipal Credit Union donated a $25 Visa Gift Card; MedScreens donated a $25 Subway gift card; Moss Creek Fish House donated a $25 gift card; McAlister’s Deli donated a meal for two; Jose’s Mexican Restaurant donated a $20 gift certificate and Signmark donated a soft side cooler.

Officer of the Month

We are proud to announce that the Pearl Police Department Officer of the Month in May is Detective Jim Brown. Jim is a retired Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force Security Police with 26 years of service. After his retirement from the USAF in 2006, Jim served for 5 years as a Conservation Officer with the MS Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, operating the Turcotte Education and Shooting Facility. In 2011 Jim continued his service as a Law Enforcement Professional with the Pearl Police Department where he is currently a Detective with the Criminal Investigations Division. Jim is certified in many classes and is a certified instructor in numerous classes. The list of his credentials is very long and extremely impressive. Jim has also had an extensive teaching career. He is currently certified as a firearms instructor with the State of Mississippi. Jim is the author of the plan of instruction for the Enhanced Carry Qualification Course, Mississippi Concealed Carry Weapon Permit.


On April 13th Detective Jim Brown responded to a medical call in response to a 30 year old male not breathing.  Once Det. Brown arrived on-scene he made entry to the residence and saw an older male attempting rescue breathing on the 30 year old male.  He then checked the gentleman’s neck and arm for a pulse and discovered that no pulse was present. He contacted headquarters and advised them that he was initiating chest compressions.  Det. Brown began and continued chest compressions until the Pearl Fire Department and Pafford arrived on-scene.  Once other emergency responders arrived, he continued chest compressions while medical responders prepped him for further lifesaving actions.  After being informed that they were ready to take over, he stopped administering chest compressions and allowed medical personnel to take over.  Immediately after stopping, it was obvious that the gentleman now had a pulse.  He was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Though medical help was not far away, Det. Brown chose not to wait and took immediate action that saved the man’s life. 


The Pearl Chamber of Commerce presented Det. Brown with a framed certificate, a $100 Bass Pro Gift Card and a Cracker Barrel Gift Basket with a meal for two included. Moss Creek Fish House donated a $25 gift card; Buckley Security donated a $25 Kroger gift card; The Pearl Municipal Credit Union  donated a $25 Visa Gift Card; McAlister’s Deli donated a meal for two; Jose’s Mexican Restaurant donated a $20 Gift Certificate and Signmark donated a soft side cooler.

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Mailing Address
P.O. Box 54125
Pearl, MS 39288

(601) 939 3338
(601) 936 5717

The mission of the Pearl Chamber of Commerce is to promote our business community, education, and assist with economic development in the city of Pearl.

President: Gene Newman, Mississippi Bonding Company
President-Elect: Ron Morgan, AcuTax
1st Vice President: Steve DeSalvo, Mississippi Braves
2nd Vice President: Cindy Williams, Community Bank
3rd Vice President: Scott Baldwin, Scott Miracle Gro
Past President: Terry Rast, Alphagraphics
Treasurer: Debby Jones, Bank of Yazoo


Tammy Armstrong, T&D Furniture
Ron Bingham, Camp Pioneer
Andy Eaton, Andy Eaton Insurance
Emily Fisher, Renasant Bank
Tommie Hill, Retired Educator
Rick Lacey, Spring Lake Event Venue
Dr. Ray Morgigno, Pearl Public School District
Dunaway Rooks, Revell Hardware
Phil Sanderson, Fads & Frames
Dr. Norman Session, Hinds Community College
Melissa Wade, Southern Society Real Estate


Kathy Deer, Executive Director   
Brande Lewis, Administrative Assistant
Jerry Hester, Member Services

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