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Scarlett Johnston Painting Cynthia’s Hope Distributed and sold in Kirkland’s Stores Nationally.

Scarlett has a new painting, Cynthia’s Hope, which will be distributed and sold in Kirkland’s Stores nationally. Cynthia’s Hope is named after and in memory Scarlett’s mother-in-law, Cynthia Anne Dubard Johnston. 

Founded in 1966, Kirkland’s is based in Brentwood, Tennessee and operates 434 stores in 37 states. This is Scarlett’s fourth painting to be distributed by Kirkland’s. Scarlett’s work is curated by Pearre Spring Home and Curated American Artists located in Franklin, Tennessee. Digital scanning was handled by Damico Gallery.

 

Governor Tate Reeves Announces Launch of Anti-Human Trafficking Website Designed by Omega Group.

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation Human Trafficking/Special Victims Unit, a division of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, recently launched a newly designed website dedicated to combatting human trafficking.

The goal of the new website, funded by the Mississippi Legislature, is to provide citizens with a centralized location for information related to human trafficking in Mississippi. Most importantly, the website provides instructions and contact information to report human trafficking for victims and those that suspect human trafficking. Users can also access statistics related to human trafficking reports for the most recent reporting period. The website also contains links to recent media releases related to human trafficking operations.

The website offers citizens a variety of resources, including links to numerous national and state organizations committed to fighting human trafficking and assisting victims of human trafficking. Users interested in hosting a training or in need of a speaker to discuss human trafficking can submit a training request through the website. The website also outlines the establishment, purpose, structure, and initiatives of the Mississippi Human Trafficking Council.

The newly designed website can be accessed by visiting www.dps.ms.gov/humantrafficking. Website content will be continually updated to provide citizens with current information on human trafficking in Mississippi.

“The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation Human Trafficking/Special Victims Unit’s new human trafficking website illustrates our continued commitment to ending human trafficking in Mississippi,” said Governor Tate Reeves. “The website will raise awareness about human trafficking while providing citizens with the tools needed to identify and report this heinous crime, ultimately allowing us to hold traffickers accountable and create a safer Mississippi for all.” “With the mission of making Mississippi a safer place for the state’s residents in mind, we are proud to announce the launch of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation Human Trafficking/Special Victims Unit’s dedicated human trafficking website,” said Commissioner Sean Tindell. “It is our hope that this website will serve as a resource for citizens and an instrument in the fight against human trafficking in Mississippi.”

Omega Group Designs Anti-Human Trafficking Website in Conjuction with Department of Public Safety and Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.

Governor Reeves announced the launch of a newly dedicated website designed to fight human trafficking in Mississippi. This Anti-Human Trafficking website was developed and designed by Omega Group in conjunction with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Public Safety. Ashlee Lucas, Mississippi Statewide Human Trafficking Coordinator with MBI spearheaded the project.

“We are honored to be a part of this extremely important work in our State and grateful to Governor Reeves for standing with us in this fight to protect our children,” says Brent Johnston, President of Omega Group. “We began working with Ms. Lucas in 2015 under the leadership of then-Governor Bryant as a part of his Task Force on Human Trafficking Prevention.” Former Governor Bryant’s anti-human trafficking efforts and Ms. Lucas’ commitment to the protection of children laid the groundwork for this new anti-human trafficking website – a practical tool that non-profits, agencies, ministries and leaders may use to educate, create awareness and assist in stopping the human trafficking of children.

Omega Group congratulates Anna Hays Zachary who was awarded Top 50 Leading Business Women in Mississippi by the Mississippi Business Journal.

This honor and selection included competition from across the State. A graduate of Mississippi College in the field of graphic design, Ms. Zachary has served as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Graphic Designer for Omega Group Advertising Agency for 11 years. Her principle role includes the management of the Omega Group client portfolio, brand strategy and management and oversight of the Omega Group internship program. Anna’s award was presented at the Top 50 Leading Business Women in Mississippi Awards Luncheon on Thursday, August 19, at Old Capitol Inn.

Ms. Zachary was previously honored by Mississippi College Department of Art with the Distinguished Young Alumna of the Year Award. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mississippi College in 2009 with a degree in Graphic Design. While at MC, Anna received numerous awards including Graphic Design Major of the Year and the Art Department Rising Star Award. While at MC, she was inducted into the Mortar Board Honor Society. Ms. Zachary worked with Ergon Inc. as a Graphic Designer before joining the Omega Group in 2010.

Omega Group is pleased to announce the official release of Velvet Meets The Iron Curtain: The Autobiography of a Czech Dancer by Jiri Sebastian Voborsky.

Omega Group designed the front and back cover of the book published by Christian Faith Publishing. Velvet Meets The Iron Curtain: The Autobiography of a Czech Dancer tells the story of a man born behind the Iron Curtain of Czechoslovakia under the heavy fist of a totalitarian regime and the profound truth that God orchestrates through Voborksy’s life – from revolution into the realm of freedom as a world class dancer and choreographer. Velvet Meets The Iron Curtain: The Autobiography of a Czech Dancer hits retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble soon.

Congratulations to the Jackson Splash! Omega Group recently designed the logo for the Jackson Splash uniforms.

The Jackson Splash won the 7th Grade Boys Title in the Mississippi Madness Basketball Tournament hosted by MBA of Jackson on March 20-21. The Splash is coached by Cratin Luckett and Chris Mathison.

The Jackson Splash competed against teams from Memphis, Birmingham and the Metro Jackson Area. (Pictured Back Row from left to right) Marcus Goodloe, Bralan Womack, Carter Mathison (Front Row from left to right) Jesse Johnston, Jaxon Jenkins, Cray Luckett, Will Bizot. Go Splash!

Expedition Point, a client of Omega Group, was featured as a front page story in the Madison County Journal. 

Situated just off the Natchez Trace Parkway, Expedition Point is a breathtaking 120-acre lake-front neighborhood featuring home sites and a wide variety of public and private amenities including hiking, equestrian trails, multi-use ball field, paddleboarding, fishing, skiing, and boating. 

With shoreline and waterfront lots available, Phase 1 and 1A lot reservations are available now at Expedition Point. For more information visit www.expeditionpoint.com.

Brent Johnston Addresses Jackson Academy Students on Anxiety and Depression 

Jackson, MS – February 20, 2020 – Brent Johnston, who graduated from Jackson Academy in ’83, spoke to the Middle and Upper School students about anxiety and depression during their chapel service. Johnston focused his message on encouraging students to honestly answer the question “How’s it going?” He described many symptoms and factors that can contribute to anxiety and depression, such as inordinate amounts of time spent on social media or watching television. His message ended with a challenge to reach out to trusted individuals rather than hiding behind a mask – pointing them to their need for relationship with God and with other people as they continue through the challenges of this adventure we call “life.”

Brent Johnston, President of Omega Group, says, “As Americans and, in particular, as a Southern culture, we so often want to put on a face and communicate to everyone that “everything is fine” and that “we are okay”. The truth is that about 1/3 of all teenagers struggle with anxiety, and almost 1/4 of teens will experience some form of depression before adulthood. We need to educate students to let them know that they are not alone while encouraging them to seek out a trusted resource such as a parent, school counselor, teacher or pastor to talk to about their anxiety and depression.” Brent studied at Fuller Seminary in the School of Psychology based in Pasadena, California. He holds a Master’s Degree in Science in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Omega Group Develops Brand for MS Human Trafficking Council 

Jackson, MS – January 30, 2020 – Omega Group was honored to design the logo and brand for the Mississippi Human Trafficking Council. The logo was unveiled at the recent Mississippi Human Trafficking Summit where Governor Tate Reeves was a featured speaker. 

The Mississippi Human Trafficking Council is chaired by the US Attorney’s Office and the MS Bureau of Investigation (MBI) and the MS Department of Public Safety (MDPS). In a victim-centered, collaborative, and multi-disciplinary model, the Mississippi Human Trafficking Council Partners to Prevent Trafficking, Protect Victims and Prosecute Criminals in all forms of domestic and international human trafficking, to include commercial sex trafficking and labor trafficking, for the protection of both adult and minor victims.

Brent Johnston, President of Omega Group, says, “The effort to prevent human trafficking in Mississippi is extremely important to me and to our organization. We are committed to utilizing our resources to bring awareness to the public and to advance the rescue of those caught in the cruel web of human trafficking.“ Johnston also serves on the Outreach and Public Awareness Subcommittee of the Mississippi Human Trafficking Council and attended the summit.

Anna Hays Honored as Mississippi College Department of Art Distinguished Young Alumna of the Year

Clinton, MS – October 26, 2018 – Anna Hays was honored as the 2018 Distinguished Young Alumna of the Year by the Art Department at Mississippi College during the annual Alumni Association Meeting and Awards Dinner held on October 26 at Anderson Hall on the MC campus. 

As the Art Department Young Alumna of the Year Hays is a featured exhibit artist at the Samuel Marshall Gore Art Galleries at Mississippi College. Hays was honored with a reception gathering on October 27th to celebrate the 2018 Department of Art Distinguished Alumni. Her graphic design and photography work will be on display at the Gallery through the month of November.

The Mississippi College Alumni Association recognizes outstanding service and dedication to MC, professional achievement, and leadership through their Recognition Programs. Working with each academic department on campus, graduates are selected for the Departmental Alumnus of the Year.

“I am humbled and honored to accept this award from the Mississippi College Art Department. The education that I received at Mississippi College as a graphic design student has been truly rewarding, and I consider my time at Mississippi College very special with memories that I will never forget. I would like to recognize the outstanding faculty and staff for their support,” Hays stated.

Hays graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mississippi College in 2009 with a degree in Graphic Design. While at MC, she received numerous awards including Graphic Design Major of the Year and the Art Department Rising Star Award. While at MC Hays was inducted into the Mortar Board Honor Society. She worked with Ergon Inc. as a Graphic Designer before joining the Omega Group in 2010. Hays is currently the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Graphic Design with the Omega Group Advertising Agency, a full-service marketing firm in Ridgeland.

“We are absolutely thrilled for Anna that she is being recognized as the Distinguished Young Alumna of the Year by the Mississippi College Art Department. The Omega Group Advertising Agency would like to officially congratulate Anna Hays, our COO and overseer of our art direction, for this tremendous honor. Anna is extremely deserving of recognition like this in light of the humility she possesses. She has the professional respect of everyone who knows her, and her artistic talent is certainly validated by this honor. Anna has guided numerous Mississippi College graphic design students through the Omega Group internship program. Through this mentoring role and in her advisory role at MC, she is helping prepare future Mississippi College alums for successful careers. We are extremely proud of Anna’s achievement and recognition as the Distinguished Young Alumna of the Year.” Brent Johnston, President, Omega Group Advertising Agency
Hays has developed national brands and designs for businesses, and her work consists of designing and developing creative services including print, website design, commercial production, digital mediums and photography.

She enjoys speaking to university and high school classes and has been a keynote speaker for marketing and media seminars. Hays currently serves on the Mississippi College Graphic Design Advisory Board. She is a member of First Baptist Jackson and is active with charitable organizations.