Month: January 2012


Happy 2012 and welcome back to Go To Places Monthly!
To kick off our Jan.  issue, we have the pleasure of  visiting with our old friend, Mr. Glenn Mattina, owner of Atlas Fights. He has a very big year planned for Atlas and GTP has an exclusive, inside line to everything!
Our first Mover and Shaker honoree for the new year is Ms.Kearn Cherry, Operation Manager and Owner of PRN Home Care. Get to know this dynamic and saavy business woman who has dedicated her life to the health and welfare of the elderly.
The restaurant biz is booming on the Coast!  Dining out is extremely popular nowadays and the selection of fine eateries keeps growing. Be sure to catch our Taste Buds feature each month to find the best places to go. This month we feature Sweet Water, a wonderful New Orleans style bistro located in Hardy Court in Gulfport.
The Mississippi Surge weighs in on their 2010 – 2012 season and gives us a look into their busy schedule.
All This…And So Much More
Nancy Marchbanks
Executive Editor


There is a primal urge inside humans to fight. We fight for our lives, our brothers, our country and for the thrill and adrenalin rush that the match up brings. We are compelled to fight by our nature and driven to fight by way of defense.
Watching a Mixed Martial Arts fight can arouse your senses and bring your blood to a feverishly pumping pace. There is nothing like watching a good fight between trained and skilled fighters. We know just where to go to get that rush that surpasses all others. Atlas Fights has all the excitement and adrenalin surges that you need to get your ‘fight fix.’ This year marks the 4th season for Atlas here in Biloxi and promoter, Glenn Mattina, Jr. is ready to kick it into high gear. (more…)


PRN Home Care is the third business venture of the entrepreneurial,  husband and wife team of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Cherry. Kearn was raised in  Biloxi and graduated from Biloxi High. While attending college, she worked as  a part time medical clerk at KAFB Medical Center. She has always been drawn to  business and specifically the medical field. Kearn’s husband was in the  military and was first stationed in Germany. During their time overseas she  continued her education in nursing.”I always expected to finish my nursing  degree over there but that didn’t happen,” she said. When Dennis received  orders to transfer to Arizona, the young couple moved again. Kearn was anxious  to pursue her studies but getting into nursing school was next to impossible  because there were so few slots and hundreds of applicants. “My husband and I  both tried for years to get into school, but in order to make a living as we  waited for a slot, we sought employment in a nursing home and started out as  nurses aids,” she said. (more…)

Gatlinburg, TN: History and Culture A Great Learning Vacation!

Close enough to drive from the MS Gulf Coast and perhaps no other state proudly showcases its unique culture and history the way Tennessee does.  There’s no better display of that Great Smokey Mountain History and culture than in Gatlinburg.
Two hundred years ago, in 1807, Martha Jane Huskey Ogle, her children and several other family members arrived in a remote locale of Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee to honor the wish of her recently deceased husband, William, to settle in the “land of paradise” he had found for them. Today, that remote locale is known as Gatlinburg, Tennessee. (more…)

7 Steps to Hosting a Safe New Year’s Eve Party

If you’re hosting a party this New Year’s eve, you have a lot of duties: menu planning, decorating, and securing entertainment. But don’t overlook your most crucial responsibility: keeping your guests safe
Alcohol is the common thread in New Year’s Eve partying. It’s also a factor in four in 10 deadly car crashes. Young people are especially at risk. Alcohol-related highway crashes are the leading cause of death for teens and the young – but no one is immune. (more…)

Combat Wounded Veterans of South Mississippi

Combat Wounded Veterans of South Mississippi is the first organization of its kind in the area that is run and maintained locally. President Donna Anderson works at Keesler Medical Center and saw a need here on the coast that was not being met on a federal level. “Our goal is to get immediate and local help for wounded veterans and their families by providing a place where they can be partnered with a personal caseworker to get them the services they need. We help wounded veterans get food, clothing, gas money, doctors appointments, bill payments and help with the V.A. The caseworkers help them cut through all the red tape and get them immediate services for their dire needs. The vets are often not able to fill out paperwork to get what they need and the caseworkers will do that for them,” Anderson said.
The most urgent need for the organization is for people to get the word out that the Combat Wounded Veterans of South Mississippi is up and running with already 9 wounded veterans taking advantage of their services. Going to the CWVSM is like having “boots on the ground” in a war. There is nothing like standing shoulder to shoulder with someone who can look you in the eyes and tell you that they are there to help you. It makes all the difference in the world to be connected to someone personally that can put your needs and your family’s needs first. The CWVSM has already provided food, rent money, gas money and help with paperwork to the 9 vets signed up with the program. CWVSM serves the entire state of Mississippi. (more…)

Handsboro Cleaners

At 767 Watkins Avenue you will find more than just a dry cleaning shop. Owners Pat and Denise Noonan came from Long Island, New York in 1985 and continued a family tradition of keeping their clients looking downright spiffy. Pat’s family has been in the cleaning and tailoring business for 4 generations. His grandmother and mother were both seamstresses and tailors and now his daughter and son are both in the business.
“The most important thing in any business is honesty and trustworthiness. I remember back in New York when a wealthy client left fifteen $1,000 bills in his pocket along with a solid gold and diamond money clip. He was so rich that he didn’t even know he’d lost it. He was shocked when I called him and told him that we found it in his pants and he could come pick it up when he got his clothes back,” Pat said.  There have been similar instances here on the Gulf Coast in the last 20 years that Handsboro Cleaners has been in business. The workers and management are adamant that all things left in the pockets or attached to the clothes will be returned with a smile. (more…)

Sweet Water Deli & Bakery

Paul Grimm has been in the restaurant business over 30 years and has chosen to bring his unique talents to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He and his wife, Kim, opened Sweet Water Deli & Bakery in the Hardy Court shopping center next to Tuesday Morning. The restaurant makes all items in-house and has some items that locals are calling ‘fresh’ and ‘tasty’.  When we arrived, Kim was hard at work at one of the dining room tables shelling pecans for the restaurants many favorite dishes. The pecan tarts are a great seller! (more…)

Year-End Tax Planning: the race for tax-loss harvesting

It’s painful to admit that you’ve lost money on an investment. But even worse is leaving those losers in your portfolio, and ending up paying capital-gains taxes because the only investments you’ve sold this year were the winners.
Tax rules allow you to get a benefit from taking losses, and this year you may have gains you need to offset. While tax-loss harvesting is best done throughout the year, most investors think about it at year end. For 2011, you’ve got just a little time left to get it done. (more…)

Warning Signs of Anorexia: Recognizing Anorexia Signs in a Loved One

If you think that a loved one may be suffering from anorexia, it is important that you try to recognize key warning signs of anorexia in order to help that person receive treatment as soon as possible. Anorexia nervosa is an extremely dangerous and potentially life threatening disorder that can also lead to other dangerous conditions. If you recognize that a friend, family member, or child is showing anorexia signs, it is important to take the proper steps to help them begin professional eating disorder treatment and begin the path to recovery. (more…)

A Non-Surgical Face Lift?

An Introduction to Non-Invasive Tissue Tightening:

Of the new choices of skin tightening procedures, the two that are best known are the proprietary procedures are Thermage and Titan. While these two treatments utilize different proprietary technology, the idea is essentially the same, in that they both aim to heat the deeper layer of the skin (the dermis) in order to effect a “healing response”. This healing response encourages increased collagen production and remodeling of existing collagen. Supportive underlying tissues of the skin contract, resulting in a tighter, more uplifted appearance to the skin. (more…)

Mississippi Surge Hockey

The Mississippi Surge is heading into the meat of its season with 17 of its 28 home games this season in the 2012 portion of the schedule. But there have already been some tremendous accomplishments in the first thrid of the season.
  After opening the season with three straight road games, the Surge came home and posted consecutive 3-0 shutouts over the Huntsville Havoc, and the newest team in the Southern Professional Hockey League, the Mississippi RiverKings (based in Southaven, in north Mississippi). Nick Eno was the goaltender who recorded the back-to-back shutouts. 
On December 17th, the Surge held its annual Teddy Bear toss, presented by Teddy Bear Carpet and Restoration. The Surge fans didn’t disappoint the area children who will benefit from the bears that got tossed on the ice. Shawn Skelly of the Surge scored before the game was even five minutes old, starting the fur flying as teddy bears rained down onto the ice from all parts of the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. The Surge collected an estimated 14 hundred teddy bears that have been distributed to various agencies helping area children.  (more…)

Unveiling the Truth of 2012 Predictions

Recently the end of the Mayan Long Calendar has received a lot of attention because of
the belief that the date is closely linked in with the end of the world as we know it today. These 2012 predictions range from those on a celestial level to those on a much more earthly realm. One of the reasons why researchers of Mayan culture and mythology are so certain that this calendar means something is because of the exacting relevance and research that was put into studying the solar system and the corresponding important dates.
For example, the end of the calendar takes place at the end of the thirteenth baktun. The number thirteen was considered by the Mayan to be a very important and spiritual number. Not to mention the fact that December 21st, 2012, is not only the winter solstice, but is actually the date that a rare alignment will take place of the entire Milky Way. This is something that only occurs once every twenty five thousand years. The fact that the Mayans knew this date was going to be an important one for the alignment of the planets is not a coincidence. In fact, the Mayan culture has several components that are closely linked in with the study of astronomy. (more…)