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Surrette leading center

Sherry Bell Surrette has been named the new head of Mississippi State University’s Central Research and Extension Center in Raymond. As director, she will oversee the daily operations of this regional facility, one of four located across the state to meet the information, research and programming needs of Mississippians. The center serves as a hub for research and outreach activities ...

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Nosef elected chairman

The Mississippi Republican Party has elected Joe Nosef of Jackson as its new chairman. Nosef was elected by a unanimous vote shortly after the resignation of former chairman Arnie Hederman. Nosef grew up in Clarksdale and attended the University of Mississippi earning both undergraduate and master’s degrees in accounting. He graduated from the University of Mississippi Law School and also ...

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Firm welcomes Jamison

Rena Jamison has joined Ross & Yerger Insurance Inc. as an account manager on the firm’s Construction/Oil & Gas Team.  Rena has over 13 years of commercial lines experience primarily in the area of construction.

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Merchants awards promotions

Merchants Foodservice in Clanton, Ala., has promoted Scott Casey to division president. Casey started his career with Merchants in 2005 as director of operations in Jackson. In 2007 Scott was promoted to general manager of Merchants Clanton distribution center. Casey resides in Deatsville, Ala., with his wife, Cindy, and son, Micah. Hal Hiatt has been promoted to division president of ...

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Dantin dies at home

Maurice Dantin, a former district attorney who made unsuccessful runs for governor and U.S. Senate in Mississippi, has died at his Columbia home. He was 82. Dantin was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for governor in 1975. He also was the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in 1978, an election won by Republican Thad Cochran. Dantin was elected mayor of ...

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Center chooses Whelan

Bryant Whelan has been named the new executive director of the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center for Arts and Education in Ocean Springs. A native of Mobile, Ala., Whelan has a bachelor of fine arts degree from Auburn University and more than 20 years’ experience in marketing and the arts. With a career span that includes working in Atlanta, Nashville, ...

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Phelps Dunbar elects new partners

Paige C. Jones has been elected a partner at Phelps Dunbar, LLP. Jones practices in the firm’s Houston office in the area of insurance and reinsurance. Her litigation experience encompasses a broad range of insurance coverage matters. Jones represents admitted and surplus lines insurers regarding various first-party coverage and defense matters including large loss commercial claims, reinsurance claims, residential property ...

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Chapter names officers, board

The Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM) Mississippi Beach Chapter has announced its 2012 board of directors. Charmaine Williams Schmermund, University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, will serve as president, and April Lollar, APR, Coast Electric Power Association, will serve as vice president. Also serving on the board are: Keith Guillot, Mississippi Power Company, past president; Megan Burkes, American Red ...

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MDOT promotes McConnell

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has appointed Mark McConnell to the position of deputy executive director-chief engineer. McConnell, a 24-year employee of MDOT, will oversee highway and bridge construction projects as well as MDOT’s maintenance program throughout Mississippi. He will also oversee MDOT’s divisions and districts. McConnell started his MDOT career in construction in the Vicksburg project in 1988. ...

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Supervisors tap Dollar

Adams County has hired a new road manager. The Natchez Democrat reports the Adams County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to hire Natchez public works director Robbie Dollar as the new county road manager. The position had been vacant since former road manager Curley Jones retired last fall. Sammy Lee Gaines has filled it in the interim.

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