By Jodi Marze, Lifestyles Editor
The Picayune Item
PICAYUNE — Picayune residents are advised to be on alert next week as the troops are rumored to return to Gulfport, on this coming Thursday or Friday, time of arrival to be determined. Picayune Fire Chief Keith Brown said, “We urge residents to stay connected to us through Facebook and Blackboard Connect which is located on the City of Picayune website, on the bottom left hand side.” Blackboard Connect is the orange link that lead to: http://picayune.ms.us/blackboard-connect/, and will let residents in Picayune register as either an individual or business. It communicates news via email blast. Both sites will have late breaking news on official time of troop return at the earliest possibility. Those already registered, need not register again. Those without Internet access are welcome to call Janet Guidry, at the Picayune Fire Department, at either 601-798-6513 or 601-799-0614 to be put in the system. “We want everyone to come out and line Memorial Boulevard to show the troops our gratitude and support for the sacrifice they and their families have made to protect our freedoms. We will have flags to hand out to individuals and yellow ribbons will be in place. We encourage businesses and citizens to place yellow ribbons to show their individual support. “We also want to remind everyone that the city is still accepting donations through the Picayune Police Officer Association (PPOA) and donations and checks can be made out to that association and directed to 857th monument effort,” said Brown.