2018 Welcome

Business of the Month

Congratulations to Pioneer Ministries on being selected as the Pearl Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month. Camp Pioneer is located on Old Whitfield Road in Pearl and is celebrating their 70th anniversary this year. Kids from all over the state and some from out of state enjoy coming to Camp Pioneer for a time of Christian fun and learning. They are taught values, character development, respect for others and other life lessons as well as how to dress, speak and be a leader. They have so much fun camping in the log cabins, swimming in the in ground pool, playing basketball in the gym and playing on the challenge course that has zip lines, a climbing wall and so much more. They enjoy campfires and learning about nature but most importantly they learn about Jesus Christ and grow spiritually. Camp Pioneer is a non-denominational non-profit that has several fundraisers throughout the year to help with scholarships. Their annual golf tournament is coming up on Thursday May 10th at the Pearl Municipal Golf Course. They are accepting teams and hole sponsors at this time. For more information call 601-939-3659. Pictured are Executive Director Ronald Bingham, Lisa Cummings Willis, Program Director and Ann Bingham, retired Camp Pioneer Director.

Ambassador of the Month

Congratulations to Jerry Hester with Hinds Community College for earning the title of Ambassador of the Month in May. Jerry volunteers for the many events that the chamber hosts and attends the ribbon cutting ceremonies and other functions of the chamber. She has lived in Pearl for 25 years and is a member of McLaurin Heights Methodist Church. Jerry is married to her husband Ples who works for Gulf South Pipeline and she has one daughter, Jessica Holmes (Jessie) and two sons Jason and Sonny Hester. Jerry has 5 grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was presented with a $25 Gift Card to 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 Lieutenant Preston Harris. Lt. Harris is a graduate of Simpson Academy where he is a former State Champion in both football and baseball. He also attended the University of Southern Mississippi where he played running back on the Golden Eagles football team. Preston came to work at the Pearl Fire Department in April 2008 and was promoted to Lieutenant in July 2014. He has obtained nearly 1000 hours from the Mississippi Fire Academy and he is also a nationally registered EMT. He works on B Shift under the direction of Chief Ricky Purvis and is a great asset to the Pearl Fire Department.
The Pearl Chamber of Commerce presented Lt. Harris with a framed certificate, a $100 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card, a Cracker Barrel Gift Basket with a gift card for a meal for two. Cavender’s Western Wear donated a $50 Gift Card; The Pearl Municipal Federal Credit Union donated a $25 Gift Card; Church’s Chicken donated a $20 Gift Certificate; Scott’s Miracle Gro donated a Fit Bit; Great American Cookie donated a cookie cake; Eclipse Nutrition donated a Gift Certificate for 5 Free Shakes; McAlister’s Deli donated two complimentary meals and Focus Fit donated a 1 month free pass.

Officer of the Month

We are proud to announce that the Pearl Police Department Officer of the Month is Officer Glen Westbrook. Glen graduated from Madison Central Academy and later began working at the Rankin County jail. He graduated from MLEOTA in 2010 and went to work for the Brandon Police Department. He was hired by Pearl PD in 2016 where he has worked as a patrolman and SWAT Operator.
On Saturday evening, March 31, 2018, at approximately 8:45 p.m. Pearl Police Department received multiple calls in reference to a welfare concern of a subject seen on the side of Interstate 20 east near mile marker 50. Different callers stated the male subject was lying on the shoulder of the roadway and appeared to either be sleeping or lying down. Another caller stated there was a concern that the subject had been struck by a car. Officer Glen Westbrook was in the area headed to another call but re-routed to this call due to the concern of the pedestrian near the roadway being higher priority. Upon Officer Westbrook’s arrival to the area, he passed the subject in question and quickly pulled to the edge of the roadway before exiting his car and walking back toward the subject. As Officer Westbrook made his approach toward the subject lying on the ground, he walked toward headlights of motorists traveling eastbound in excess of 70 mph. When Officer Westbrook was within range of the male subject, he noticed the subject to be moving but unable to see his hands. Officer Westbrook began numerous commands for the subject to show him his hands. After repeated commands, the subject drew a gun and pointed it toward Officer Westbrook, discharging his weapon toward the Officer. Officer Westbrook returned fire at the subject striking the subject as additional units responded to the area for assistance. The subject was quickly taken into custody and first aid was rendered to the suspect at the scene. The suspect was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and just after being released was booked on aggravated assault on a police officer, discharging a firearm in the city, and exhibiting a weapon. He has since been presented to the Rankin County District Attorney’s office where a true bill was reached and an indictment forthcoming of simple assault on a police officer by physical menace. He remains in the custody of the Rankin County Jail
Officer Westbrook’s enhanced training, precision skills, and quick thinking ended a potential threat not just to himself but as well as the many motorists that were traveling Interstate 20 at the time of this incident as well as residential areas parallel with I-20. This article could very well be an obituary but instead an officer went back to his shift, a community was kept safe, and a daddy and husband went home to his wife and 4 children. We are grateful and appreciative for Officer Glen Westbrook and present him as Pearl Police Department’s Officer of the Month. Lieutenant Brian McGairty

The Pearl Chamber of Commerce presented Officer Westbrook with a framed certificate, a $100 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card, a Cracker Barrel Gift Basket along with a gift card for a meal for two people and a $10 gift certificate to Frisco Deli. Jose’s Mexican Restaurant donated a $25 gift certificate; Moss Creek Fish House donated a $25 gift card; Church’s Chicken donated a $20 gift certificate; The Pearl Municipal Credit Union donated a $25 Visa Gift Card; McAlister’s Deli donated 2 complimentary meals; Eclipse Nutrition donated a $25 gift certificate; Focus Fit donated a 1 month FREE pass and Scotts Miracle Gro donated a Fit Bit.

Membership Levels:
Individual: (retired or not representing a business)  $50 Click here to download application
Non-Profit: $100 Click here to download application
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6-25 Employees: $250 Click here to download application
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Mailing Address
P.O. Box 54125
Pearl, MS 39288

Telephone  
(601) 939 3338
Fax
(601) 936 5717
Email
pearlchamberofcommerce@pearlms.org

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.

2018  EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
President: Scott Baldwin, Scotts Miracle Gro
President-Elect: Cindy Williams, Community Bank
1st Vice President: Tammy Karnes, T&D Furniture
2nd Vice President: Emily Fisher, Renasant Bank
3rd Vice President: Ron Bingham, Camp Pioneer Ministires
Past President: Ron Morgan, Acu Tax
Treasurer: Debby Jones, Bank of Yazoo


2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS​
Andy Eaton, Andy Eaton Insurance Agency
Brandy Hales, Hales CPA
Brian Hughes, Priority One Bank

Dave Burke, Mississippi Braves
Derek Havard, Havard Real Estate
Dr. Norman Session, Hinds Community College 
Edd Rogers, Edd Rogers Insurance Agency
Gene Newman, Newman Insurance Agency
Theressia McAlpin, Retired Pearl Public Schools


STAFF

Kathy Deer, Executive Director   
Katie Watson, Administrative Assistant
Carrie Frierdich, Member Services

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