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Reunion tops week of good news

A family reunion tops this week’s list of good news. Members of the 155th have been arriving back home after a deployment in Kuwait, and their reunions with family members have been special to see.  Below is a look back at this story and more positive news from the past week.

• Staff Sgt. Carl Tate Jr. surprised his children at Enterprise Attendance Center Thursday after returning to the state Wednesday. He was met there by wife, Rebekah, and his two youngest, 21-month-old Gennifer and 7-month-old Kevin. Rebekah Tate was 8 months along when her husband was deployed in June. He held his youngest son for the first time at the base Wednesday. He surprised his three oldest children, Zoey Tate, 7; Wyatt McKenzie, 7; and Carl “T.J.” Tate III, 5.

“No more FaceTime dates, kissing pictures of Daddy’s face or counting down the days because Daddy’s home!” a sign read.

• The Brookhaven Panthers opened the tennis season with team win over Wesson. The BHS varsity team defeated Wesson 5-2 and the junior varsity won 2-of-4 matches played.

• They danced. They ate. They partied. The Jimmy Furlow Senior Citizens Center helped the area’s older generation celebrate in style at the Old Hollywood Glamour Senior Adult Prom.

• The Krewe of Ceres crowned AnnaRachel Margaret Breeland as queen and Michael Edward Said as king.

• They never trailed, never panicked, and never gave up an easy basket. The Brookhaven Academy Cougars made it back-to-back MAIS AA State Championships on Saturday with a wire-to-wire 37-31 win over the Marshall Academy Patriots at Benton Academy.

• Wesson senior guard J.D. Allen signed with the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves recently. The 6-foot-2 senior had a season to remember as he scored as well as anyone in the area in 2018-2019. Allen averaged 22 points per game and had an especially memorable run in late December when he scored 33, 33, 42 and 29 points in four consecutive games. “I knew I wanted to stay here and be part of their program,” said Allen. “I think I can come in next season and contribute.”