A Central Mississippi church will be honored this week with the Department of Defense Freedom Award.
Sunday morning the congregation celebrated. Crystal Springs United Methodist Church is only one of 15 recipients across the country, to win the award.
The church is the only award winner in Mississippi this year. An appreciation ceremony was held at the church Sunday morning. The category under which Crystal Springs UMC won the award recognizes employers who take extra steps to support military members and their families, especially during deployment.
"This is a surprising event for this church, being that it's not one of the largest churches in Mississippi, but the thing about this church is it supports its military members, which is what this is all about. And I'm awfully proud to be a member of this church," said Brigadier General Robert Thomas, MS. National Guard.
"It's just unusual that you have an employer like this church, which goes above and beyond what the federal law and what we expect of them," said Jack Wallace, Chairman, MS Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.
The pastor of the Crystal Springs UMC and a member of the national guard.
Brigadier General Robert Thomas and others will travel to Washington D.C. to accept the award on Thursday.
Tuesday, September 2 2014 4:36 PM EDT2014-09-02 20:36:45 GMT
The search is over for the missing Mississippi 17-year-old at the center of the weekend Amber Alert. Katelyn Beard's body was found Tuesday before noon, off of Darden road, near the scene of a morningMore >>
The coroner said her body had been dumped for at least two days, and she was shot in the head.More >>
Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:22 PM EDT2014-09-02 18:22:45 GMT
The Mississippi Highway Patrol has issued an Amber Alert for 17-year-old Katelyn Beard. She was abducted Saturday morning from between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. from 4244 Lynda Street in Jackson. BeardMore >>
Katelyn Beard's body was found during a search by local law enforcement Tuesday morning. More >>
Thursday, August 28 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-08-28 13:33:06 GMT
SPARTANBURG COUNT, SC (WYFF) - Fifteen children living in a double-wide trailer were put into protective custody and seven adults were arrested, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office. DeputiesMore >>
Fifteen children living in a double-wide trailer were put into protective custody and seven adults were arrested, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office.More >>
Tuesday, September 2 2014 4:52 PM EDT2014-09-02 20:52:38 GMT
Tracy Lynn Garner is being sentenced, Tuesday, in connection to illicit silicone buttocks injections that led to an Atlanta woman's death. Garner was convicted Friday evening after the jury deliberatedMore >>
Garner was convicted Friday evening after the jury deliberated for about five hours.More >>
Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:07 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:07:52 GMT
Labor Day weekend has a special significance for alligator hunters in Mississippi. A few days into the start of this year's hunting season, a record-setting 756-pound gator was caught by Robert MahaffeyMore >>
Labor Day weekend has a special significance for alligator hunters in Mississippi. A few days into the start of this year's hunting season, a record-setting 756-pound gator was caught by Robert Mahaffey of Brandon in the first weekend of the season.More >>
Tuesday, September 2 2014 4:30 PM EDT2014-09-02 20:30:22 GMT
(WMC) – Memphis police are the scene of a shooting where a woman was possibly shot in the head. This happened in the 900 block of East Raines Road, near Elvis Presley Boulevard on Tuesday morning. ThisMore >>
A Memphis mother of two was shot and killed by her estranged husband outside a Whitehaven day care center Tuesday morning. More >>
WLBT 3 - Fox 40
715 South Jefferson Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39201