Alyssa Martin

About Alyssa Martin

I was born in Texas but I have called Tupelo, Mississippi my home for years. Tupelo High School graduate, Itawamba Community College graduate and Mississippi State University graduate. I am passionate about all things maroon and white! Ever since I was young I knew I wanted to go into TV news. Watching my dad as a young girl on TV, I knew that one day, I wanted to do the same. After graduating high school, I quickly began to pursue my degree in Broadcast Journalism. Never once did I second guess or change my major in communication. I love meeting people and being out in the community. News is my passion and I am so thankful to the opportunities offered to me out of college. I cannot wait to see where this career will take me in life!

Video: Back to School is Big Business for Utility Companies

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STARKVILLE, Miss. (WCBI) – School is back in session for many. Hundreds of college students are moving back to Starkville and area businesses are seeing an increase in business.

It’s officially August and that means on thing;back to school rushes are hitting businesses.

“Its also an exciting time because a lot of activity coming back into town, people are trying to set up their apartments, houses,” said Terry Kemp, with the Starkville Electric Dept.

Kemp says over the past few weeks, the company has seen a burst of phone calls and various service orders.

“We handled probably over 300 service orders and answered approximately 3,000 phone calls. So there is a lot of activity going on right now,” he said.

The period of transition from ending housing leases to beginning new one, brings customers into the electric department for more than general service information.

“A lot of it range from how do i get service to where your located, information about the community because in some cases, new students or families moving into Starkville, this is one of the first places they stop, so part of it is for direction,” he said.

Kemp says although there are longer days as a result of the business boom, it is all made possible by a team effort.

“We had a lot of folks involved. Its one of those times where that really becomes a priority, is to provide good service, timely, trying to meet expectations,” he said.

A few tips for new residents moving into Starkville are to plan ahead and print off all paper work upon arrival. For more tips visit our website at wcbi.com .