Working Mamas - Keeping it LocalBy ELISA MAYO,
Jennifer Bozeman Keeps Talent Local (pictured in the back of the photo)
Many of you know Jennifer Bozeman as the “face” of the Clarke County Tribune. Her kind smile and warm greeting has been the first thing you see when entering the lobby of the paper for many years. Jennifer is currently taking that genuine kindness outside of the office and is serving as the advertising representative for the Clarke County Tribune, but she also has vast experience in all areas of running the weekly newspaper.
Jennifer is a 1992 Honor graduate of Quitman High School and a High Honor graduate of Meridian Community College, where she majored in Business Technology. Jennifer also received a bachelor’s degree in photo journalism from the University of Southern Mississippi. While attending college, she was the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships highlighting her talents. Amazingly, Jennifer has been keeping it local since 1993 when she started working at The Clarke County Tribune. She has also worked for The Times of Hattiesburg, Laurel- Leader Call, and Buckley Newspapers. She has designed the 4-H sale tab for more than 15 years. She has also designed the Distinguished Young Women program, the Quitman High School Basketball program and numerous class reunion photo books.
Besides her extensive effort serving her community through her work at our local newspaper, she is an avid volunteer. Jennifer is a charter member of The Clarke County Lions Club where she serves as secretary. She is a former charter organization representative for The Cub Scouts Pack 35 and was a recipient of the Clarke County Chamber of Commerce Service Award in 2015.
Recently, Jennifer has highlighted her love for dogs by being instrumental in setting up the first animal shelter in Clarke County named Creature Comforts. She currently serves as president of the organization and spends countless hours volunteering there.
“I love helping people. I love helping dogs. I love my job. I cherish the people I have met over the years and love the interaction with our customers. Part of my job duties includes just talking to customers. People just need someone to listen sometimes,” says Jennifer of her years spent serving the community.
Besides her work, Jennifer also enjoys traveling with her kids, Jordan, 12, and Reid, 10. “I love getting my children involved in different things and making sure they ‘experience life’,” comments Jennifer, “I love attending their baseball and soccer games.”
Jennifer Bozeman is just one of the working mamas who make your local Clarke County Tribune, well, local. She works with our local businesses to assist them with marketing plans and helps them get their service or product in front of their customers. For Jennifer, being at the Clarke County Tribune is more than a job. It’s a career she has given her life to, “I love the flexibility of my job. I like being able to be close to my children and being able to attend their school events. I am thankful to live in Clarke County.”
Belinda Allen Brings It (pictured in the photo on the left)
Belinda Allen is the newest face to join The Clarke County Tribune staff. She brings unmatched creativity to the local newspaper and also a little history with the newspaper. Her grandparents, Cleo and Sybil Williams, worked at the newspaper stuffing and delivering during the 1990s. Belinda recalls, “They would make me a pallet in the back of the delivery van and I’d have all the newspapers surrounding me. When we made the stop at the store in Pachuta, papaw would let me get out and he’d buy me gummy worms.” Prior to coming to work full-time at the Tribune, Belinda had assisted with design and lay- out work for an interim period.
Belinda is married to Joseph Allen and they have one son, William, 6. The family lives in Quitman. They enjoy kayaking and building things together. Belinda and husband, Joseph, own a small baking business where they work together to produce sweet goods on weekends for their clients. Their company is called BAK. Belinda loves doing the design work on the sweet treats, but also loves designing custom cake stands, flags, and tables. She is one of those mamas who takes creativity to another level at school parties, “I like to create. I can envision exactly how I want something to look, and then I like to dive in and bring it to life,” explains Belinda.
Belinda worked as an assistant teacher at Quitman Lower Elementary for over 6 years and then managed JM Digital in Enterprise. There she designed t-shirts, managed large accounts, and installed signs. She has taken photography classes at Meridian Community College and attended modeling school with Barbizon in Columbus, Mississippi. When she isn’t working, Belinda likes spending time with her son, “William and I love building Lego sets together.” Her favorite holiday is Christmas and she enjoys transforming her house into a winter wonder land, “I normally put up 8-10 trees.” Her over-the-top desire to create what she visualizes gives her designs uniqueness. Belinda is competitive and enjoys seeing her ad designs come alive for her customer’s at the Tribune, “I had a friend help me learn to use software that is needed at my job. It’s fun to put the ads together and help our clients.”
Belinda attends Bethany PH Church with her family.
(Elisa Mayo is pictured sitting in the photo)