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The DIME Crew

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Jacqueline Lee / Editor-In-Chief
Jackie has worked as a real estate agent, non-profit coordinator, marketing consultant festival planner and a maid over the last four years. She provides consulting to the Mississippi Main Street Association and loves spending time in historic downtown districts across the country, learning about old buildings and people watching. She is on a mission to find the perfect margarita if it takes the rest of her life.

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Courtney Creel / Assistant Editor
If you’re looking for Courtney Creel, try looking down. Standing at only 4’11”, Courtney is tiny yet twisted. You’ll typically find her listening to Modest Mouse or The Weeks while drinking a Starbucks Doubleshot. Courtney, 21, graduated Salutatorian of South Jones High School’s Class of 2013. She was previously employed with the Laurel Leader-Call where she was an intern, proofreader, accounting assistant, reporter and page designer. After work, Courtney returns to Ellisville where she resides with her fiancé Justin and their daughter Owyn Caroline. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, napping and watching True Blood on repeat. Two words: Joe Manganiello…. Wait, where were we again?

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Kassie Rowell / Art Director
Kassie is an Ellisville resident, hailing originally from Stonewall, Miss. If she had her way, Kassie would be raising chickens and painting fruit in her oikos located in a village in Malta. But alas, Kassie is legally obligated to not only stay within the confines of Southern Mississippi but she is also required to use her creative skills to put together each page of DIME magazine.
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Adam Myrick / Style Editor
Adam Myrick is a Hattiesburg native once removed (to New York), but he’s happy to be back home in Mississippi. Adam is the owner/operator of Weekender Studio, a women’s boutique, and Body Bar Fitness, a 24-hour personal training studio. In his limited free time, Adam enjoys cocktails with close friends and beach trips to Pensacola. In his next life he would like to come back as J.Crew creative director Jenna Lyons or interior designer Kelly Wearstler. Until then, Adam finds comfort in travel, local advocacy, excessive magazine reading, and taking care of his clients, also known as Weekenders. Follow Adam on Instagram @helloweekender to sneak a peek into his world of wanderlust.

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Amy Allegrezza / Marketing Rep
Feisty and fearless, Amy Allegrezza hails from Jackson, Mississippi but Hattiesburg is her home. Offering a smile in every avenue of life, you can find her bebopping around multiple hot spots in Hattie. Full time student at Southern Miss, marketing representative here at DIME and Hattiesburlesque member, her schedule is packed with new encounters. This little Italian loves life, adventure and the occasional Crooked Letter Mystery Romp. What will come next of her? Stay tuned to find out.
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Sarah Campbell / Marketing Rep
Sarah Campbell, born and raised in Pass Christian, is a recent grad from Southern Miss. She’s way too nerdy and enthusiastic about creative advertising campaigns, which is why you’ll see her grin ear-to-ear if you ask her about her job. In her time that isn’t DIME, she’s either traveling with her husband-to-be, hound dog, and hedgehog, wedding planning or she’s drinking an iced coffee while plotting her next escape to explore the world. Life’s next chapter for Sarah is to tie the knot and move to Tupelo, bringing DIME with her. She is ecstatic to see what North Mississippi and Memphis have in store for DIME and her! Follow all of her life’s adventures on Instagram  @sayruhcampbell.

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Jim Cegielski / Publisher
This reformed Yankee has called the ‘Sip home for the last 20 years. Unfortunately, to this day, the ‘Sip still refuses to accept him as a resident. Although extremely white, Jim enjoys singing Negro spirituals and gospel songs as well as anything by Barry Manilow. He once had lunch inside the Kremlin with the Olsen Twins, Mrs. Frank Sinatra Jr. and Greg Evigan, who played BJ on TV’s “BJ and the Bear.” Jim is a functioning alcoholic, who plans on hitting rock bottom in early 2018.

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Kendra Smith-Parks / Intern
Kendra Smith-Parks was born and raised in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. She moved to Hattiesburg three years ago to pursue writing and become a journalism student. Now residing in Hattiesburg permanently, she is a full time student at Southern Miss. Dime is lucky to have her as its very first journalism intern.  In the meantime she is probably eating ice cream, waiting tables at Cotton Blues or drowning in homework. You can catch her at your local restaurant or music venue around the Dirty South.

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Charlotte Blom / Arts & Community Contributor
Nine Septembers ago Charlotte packed a car with two humans (herself included), a Siamese cat and a semi-random dabbling of personal belongings. They said au revoir to a cabin in the Catskill Mountains, and headed for Hattiesburg where she still resides. Whether due to growing up amongst a wild, bilingual artist family in NY’s Hudson Valley region, or simply to an inborn inclination, she is passionate about nature, creativity, metamorphic occurrences and anything else that strikes her as beautiful or intriguing. As a teen, she developed a debilitating chronic illness and has explored countless forms of allopathic and alternative healing modalities ever since. Most recently, she has learned Reiki in order to help herself and others. She also works at Connect Chiropractic, where she and the doc assist each other in maintaining alignment. Her moniker on Twitter & Instagram is @CBradio33.

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Troy Coll / Food & Drink Contributor
Troy Coll is a New Orleans-born, Mississippi-raised investigator of all things gustatory. A 2007 graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi, Troy has written for a number of now-deceased Hattiesburg publications, along with hubcitylife.com and Signature Magazine. He also assisted in the efforts of Raise Your Pints, a grassroots organization dedicated to modernizing Mississippi’s draconian beer laws. By day, he runs Mr. Sippi Beverages, Hattiesburg-area bottled water provider. Otherwise you can find him roaming the South, with a glass in his hand and food in his mouth. His non-edible interests include meeting new dogs, making mix CD’s and tweeting a lot. Follow him across social media @TacoHole.

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Jennifer Devereaux / Photographer

A Mississippi native, Jennifer grew up with a camera in her hand and a passion for music. She moved from Starkville to Hattiesburg in 2006 and while working at a large electronics retailer, soon began pursuing her dream of photographing some of the biggest names in music history including, Paramore, KISS, Slash and Foo Fighters. When she is not in the photo pit shooting rock stars, she’s skating on the flat track as a veteran jammer for the Hub City Derby Dames or helping take care of her three mini me’s with her husband, Scott.

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Glory Fink / Literary Contributor
Glory Fink is a freelance writer, a wise cracking fairy godmother and enjoys spending her days working at a public library. Glory is a current and sometimes lapsed member of many societies both secret and public including the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, (redacted), (redacted) and the Association of Rural and Small Libraries. Glory has many honors, awards and distinguishments. Her most prized award is from the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council for Writing that she received in middle school. Glory is a charming conversationalist and storyteller who has received several marriage proposals from Arabian princes during her travels but she still enjoys residing in her beloved Mississippi except in July and August when she would like to “choose” to reside some place cooler, like a walk-in fridge. Follow Glory on Twitter, Instagram & Tumblr @gloryfink and www.gloryfink.com.

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Kyle Hilton / Illustrator
Kyle Hilton is a Jackson, MS-based illustrator and proud Southern Miss alum. His work can be found in the New York Times Magazine, Wired, Entertainment Weekly and more.

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Natalie Long / Contributor

Natalie Long has been a Jacksonian for 17 years. By day, she’s a librarian and bartender at The Pig and Pint. She enjoys writing, discovering new music and attending concerts.

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Sean Morgan / Illustrator

Sean is life-long artist, and a graduate from the renowned Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vt. He grew up on both sides of the Mason-Dixon, making his way between Wyoming, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Mississippi. While at once being a southerner and a yankee, this finds its way into his artwork by being bold and volatile. Sean has generations of family in Ellisville, Miss. but currently lives and works in West Hartford, Conn. His work can be found at vaginamind.blogspot.com.

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Amanda Pavlov / Contributor
“Andi” Pavlov is a New Orleans native who was lured to Ocean Springs by her persuasive husband Matt with raw oysters and sunset boat rides. She digs live music, interior design and doing good for goodness’ sake. Andi occasionally performs stand-up comedy and always enjoys making people laugh. She defeated several veteran comics to be crowned “The funniest person in Hammond, La.” and was also voted “crowd favorite” in Boomtown Casino’s comedy competition. Her work has been published in Hattiesburg area publications, however she’s proudest of her first fiction tale, dictated at age three: a modified account of Little Red Riding Hood in which the wolf ate everyone. These days the Polar Bear is her spirit animal, but there is still a tiny magnet in her heart that attracts puppies. She has three dogs of her own: Honey Butters, Puddin’, and Fozzie Bear. You can find more of her musings, along with fellow golden-hearted artists, on her website: www.24CaratHearts.com

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Paige Pritchard / Illustrator

Paige Pritchard is 22 years young and currently attending the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design for her BA in Illustration with a concentration in Concept Art. In her free time, she enjoys drawing and reading. She’s a wiz with watercolor, but you can catch a glimpse of her work for yourself in DIME’s beauty section each month or keep your eyes peeled for her work scattered throughout.

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Brittany Purvis / Satire Contributor
Brittany Purvis was born in Mobile, Ala. and came to Hattiesburg, Miss. for school. She fell in love with the charm of the Hub City and made it her new home. When she’s not performing stand up comedy across the Gulf Coast, she can be found at her home watching documentaries on Netflix or in the kitchen baking. She enjoys a good antiquing adventure to add to her collection of knick knacks and kitsch. She has no children, much to the chagrin of her family, but she does have three perfect cats and a pretty wonderful boyfriend. She is a firm believer in the Oxford comma. See what she’s up to on Instagram and Twitter @luckierthanthou.

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Jane Clair Tyner / Arts Contributor
Jane Clair was born, bred and bred her own in the heart of the Pine Belt. She recently moved to Pass Christian to get a step closer to her ambition of calling a boat “home” and for the ataraxia that comes with soaking in the salty air. An ardent supporter of all arts, she enjoys exploring in search of the next piece to add to their collection, the latest culinary feat, or to catch a live show. Having near grown children seeking their autonomy, she’s enjoying her own working with the Pass Christian Theatre Project, concocting delectable libations to add to her box of party tricks and picking up a variety of new habits, err, hobbies. Follow her on Instagram @janeclair.

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Courtland Wells / Photographer
Courtland is a 22-year-old Photojournalism major at the University of Southern Mississippi hailing from Tuscaloosa, Ala. He has been practicing photography for three years and utilizes 35mm film along with digital photography to capture raw honesty and emotion. Find him at courtlandwells.com

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Valerie Wells / Arts Contributor
Valerie Wells is a writer who lives in Hattiesburg but hits the road any chance she gets. Since the age of two, she has made frequent mistakes. On occasion, she learned something from these wrong turns. Many times, however, she repeated the same mistake with spectacular reinvention. She looks forward to a long life of continuing education of this sort. She enjoys unintentional eavesdropping in public spaces, even though some people find it a shameful practice. The way people talk and describe their lives fascinates her. She is in love.

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Robyn White / Travel Contributor
Robyn White is the proudest New Orleanian you will ever meet outside of New Orleans. In her past lives, she has lived amongst the world’s finest wineries in France’s breathtaking Loire Valley, called the Sydney Opera House her next door neighbor and bore the worst that winter can offer in western Massachusetts. She has also previously led short-term study abroad programs throughout Italy, Greece and South Africa. When Robyn isn’t obsessively photographing street art or her adventures, you can find her decked out in black and gold yelling WHO DAT?! When she finds time to stand still, Robyn is lucky enough to soak in sunrises over Zion National Park in southeastern Utah, where she is an Adjunct English Professor at Dixie State University.

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