Month: December 2011


Happy Holidays one and all!
We wish you a cozy, warm and wonderful Christmas season. Thank you for your support and interest in GTP, it has been our pleasure to provide you with each fun and informative issue during 2011.
The indoor recreational sport of Spinning has arrived on the Coast! GTP will tell you all about the brand new fitness center, Cycology. Find out how you can be a part of this invigorating, high energy, new way to exercise. You will be in the best shape of your life!
GTP will introduce you to the Executive Director of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention Center and Visitors Bureau, Beth Carriere. We proudly honor her accomplishments as our December Mover and Shaker!
This is the season of giving. Meet two Coast angels, Troy and Beverly Meacham, who selflessly look after abandoned and abused children at the Gilead Home in Long Beach. You can help them provide continued security and stability to many Gulf Coast little ones. GTP will tell you how.
No time to cook? Huge party to plan? We have the answers you need in Taste Buds this month!
All This…And so much More
Nancy Marchbanks
Executive Editor


Locals know that no other radio station comes close to puttting together the most awesome live concerts in Rock and Alternative than WCPR. Without fail, show after show, CPR brings the top selling, number one bands to the Coast, and the biggest line up of rock stars on the planet. What’s coming up next, thanks to 97.9 CPR, the Hard Rock Casino Biloxi, D.O.C.360 from Pepsi and WDSU South Mississippi, is so huge that it will undoubtedly go down in Rock/Alternative history as one of the greatest Mississippi Gulf Coast concerts of all time. For the small price of $42.00 per ticket plus Ticketmaster fee, you can be there and experience every pulse pounding moment from beginning to end. Ladies and gentlemen…The Mississippi Coast Coliseum will proudly present Staind and Chevelle in concert on the night of December 16. (more…)


Big Mike’s is doing nightlife in a BIG way! Located in downtown Gulfport, just off the beach, on 14th Street, the atmosphere is captivating and inviting. Whether you choose to laze on the porch and sip a mint julep or belly up to the bar and chat with friends over an ice cold martini, you will be amazed at how homey and old-world the feeling is.
Owner, Amy Tennyson, is bringing her southern Florida charm to this local hot spot. The bartenders are professionals that can mix up whatever you desire while making you feel at home with their down to earth ways. (more…)


Beth Carriere is a South Mississippi girl from head to toe. She was born in Biloxi and raised in Jackson County. She worked and resided in Gulfport for awhile, then moved to Hancock County and continued working there. Beth enjoyed a very successful twelve year run with the investment firm of Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith Inc and the Merrill Lynch Life Agency which lead to opportunities in the the Tourism industry. She has been married to her husband, Phil Carriere, for 31 years. They have four grown children and nine grandchildren.
Beth graduated from St. Martin High School and attended the Perk campus (short for Perkinston) of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. She holds degrees from both Perk and the University of Southern Mississippi (USM). Beth would monitor operations for the Merrill Lynch Life Agency, covering a fourteen state region and the District of Columbia. When MLLA reorganized their regions to 3 Districts, it necessitated a transfer to Dallas, Texas. Beth chose to remain in South Mississippi and took some time off to stay home with her children.
When a position with the Harrison County Tourism Commission became available in 1991, she applied and was hired as the Convention Sales Director for the Bureau. When encouraged to apply for the Executive Director position for a brand new CVB created in Hancock County in 1996, Beth applied again and was hired immediately. Here it is, fifteen years later and Beth Carriere is back in Harrison County serving as the Executive Director. She is delighted with her new job. The Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau is the largest CVB in the entire state. Beth said, “I am having too much fun to call it work…although it is a tremendous amount of work… I LOVE IT!” She presides over 9 commissioners, fifteen full time employees, and six or so part time employees. “My staff is wonderful! Everyone is so professional and are very motivated…everyone does their very best. The 9 member Board of Commissioners have been a joy to work with. They are so devoted to the success of this Bureau and the Tourism Industry of the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” Beth said. (more…)


Spinning was derived from real road cycling and combines three basic hand positions and five core movements that are simple, fun and easy to learn. The ride is a journey you take with an skilled instructor on state of-the-art stationary bikes that combine sound training principals, inspirational music, as well as a unique mind/body philosophy. Spinning has helped millions get into the best shape of their lives. Now this revolutionary sport activity is available to Coast residents at an extraordinary, brand new facility. Spinning just the beginning of what you will find at Cycology, and it is our extreme pleasure to tell you all about it. (more…)

The Gilead Home 140 Kids & Counting

It started off as the classic love story. Boy meets girl. A simple sweet wedding. Then, children playing in the yard. But this is where Troy and Beverly Meacham’s love story changes to something extraordinary. When they said their “I do’s,” they didn’t know that they were destined to be the parents to more than a hundred children. One hundred forty to date, and counting. They are the proud and dedicated foster parents at the Gilead Home for Children in Long Beach. (more…)