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MDOT elevates Raymond

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) appointed Edward Raymond to the position of assistant state traffic engineer. Raymond started his engineering career in 2000 with the City of Jackson, serving as the assistant traffic engineer until leaving in December 2004. In January 2005, Raymond started his MDOT career in the Traffic Engineering Division as a traffic signal engineer for Districts ...

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BKD promotes Swetland

Melissa A. Swetland, CPA, has been promoted to supervisor at BKD, LLP. Swetland joined BKD in the Oxford office in January 2010. She has over 12 years of experience in the accounting profession and provides tax services for a wide variety of both business and individual clients. Swetland is a graduate of the University of Mississippi where she earned a ...

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C Spire promotes three

C Spire Wireless recently announced promotions of three directors. Eric Hollingsworth, senior manager of network operations, has been appointed director of network operations. Hollingsworth is responsible for maintaining all C Spire cell sites and managing major technical projects. Ben Moncrief, public policy manager, has been appointed director of government relations. Moncrief will be responsible for managing all of the company’s ...

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MSU honors alumni

Mississippi State University has honored James J. “Jim” Rouse of Houston, Texas, a former oil company executive and 1962 industrial management graduate, with its highest alumni honor. Rouse received the 2012 National Alumnus of the Year award. A Libertyville, Ill., native who was reared in Germantown, Tenn., Rouse retired in 2004 as corporate vice president of ExxonMobil. Individual college alumni ...

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Chancellor succeeds McKinnon

Lance Chancellor has been named the new executive director of the Jones County Emergency Management Agency. He succeeds former director Don McKinnon. Chancellor previously was a grant writer for the sheriff’s department. He has been involved with Powers Volunteer Fire Department since 1988.

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Business Digest: Realtors hope $25B foreclosure settlement will spark housing revival

With the residential real estate industry shell-shocked from years of a moribund market, its spokespeople can be forgiven for taking a cautious attitude toward this week’s announcement of a $25 billion settlement with five of the nation’s biggest mortgage lenders over flawed and fraudulent foreclosure practices. The money in the settlement will mostly go to borrowers and homeowners who are ...

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BankPlus announces executive promotions

BankPlus has announced numerous promotions. Fil Hall was recently promoted to executive vice president and chief credit officer. Hall has been in the banking industry over 25 years. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama. Gee Gee Patridge was recently promoted to senior executive vice president and COO. Patridge most recently served as senior executive vice president and ...

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Gumm earns honor

Jay Paul Gumm, executive director of the Stone County Economic Development Partnership (EDP), received an award for leadership in economic development at the Mississippi Economic Development Council’s Winter Conference. Gumm, who just completed his first year with the EDP, won the Jimmy and Ray Heidel Leadership Award. Jimmy Heidel, for whom the award is named, presented the award. Heidel spent ...

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County fills positions

Gayle Beard, director of the Carroll County Emergency Operations Center, has been named civil defense director. The county also hired Scott Montgomery to be fire coordinator and assistant civil defense director. Beard succeeds Bobby Grantham, who was not retained by the county as civil defense and emergency management coordinator.

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