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Waggoner promotes three

Waggoner Engineering Inc. has made several staff promotions. John C. Bourgeois, PE, has been named vice president for engineering operations. He has over 26 years of experience in civil, structural and aviation engineering and program management. He previously served as senior director of Waggoner’s Civil/Structural/Aviation Division. Bourgeois received his B.S. in civil engineering from Mississippi State University, and holds the ...

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Busy year ahead for film producer

On the heels of the recent first, highly successful It’s About You Film Festival highlighting films made by or about Mississippi African Americans, Dr. Wilma E. Mosley Clopton has four film projects on deck this year, as well as serving as president of the Central Mississippi Steel Magnolias Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Clopton, a ...

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Air control towers at Golden Triangle Airport, Meridian’s Key Field get reprieves on closings

Ties to military operations have exempted Golden Triangle Regional Airport near Columbus and Key Field in Meridian from closing under a funding cutoff set to begin April 7 under the federal budget sequester. Five other “contract towers” in the state — Tupelo, Greenville, Oliver Branch, Jackson, and Bay St. Louis – failed to gain exemptions under “national interest” criteria set ...

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Cook promoted, transferred

American Truck Showrooms has promoted and transferred Samantha Cook from its American Truck Showrooms dealership in Gulfport to its new Atlanta area branch. Cook will act as assistant to the general manager of American Truck Showrooms Atlanta. She will be responsible for transportation of trucks within the American Truck Showrooms operation, as well as being the liaison between the Atlanta ...

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BBB seats directors

The Better Business Bureau has named its 2013 executive board of directors. They are: chairman, James Finley, The Growth Coach, Jackson; chair-elect, Jeff Taylor, Two Men and a Truck, Ridgeland; treasurer, Mike Allen, ShoppingBargains.com, West Point; secretary, Foster Ellis Jr., General Maintenance Systems, Jackson; and, immediate past chair, Patricia Rucker, Entergy Mississippi, Madison.

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OP-ED — Wicker: Reform at Jackson VA long overdue

Last week’s headlines about the quality of management and care at Jackson’s G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center were not a surprise to those of us who have sought reform for the past two years. In fact, national attention – heralded by a comprehensive article in the New York Times – was long overdue. Under the headline “A Pattern of ...

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TURNER: HORNE LLP is positioning to deal with change

In a recent conversation with John Scott, tax partner and board member for HORNE LLP, we talked about some of the changes that are on the horizon for Mississippi businesses of all sizes in the coming months and years. As Mississippi’s largest CPA firm, HORNE has offices in Mississippi (headquarters), Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Texas. In addition, the firm has ...

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Bank taps Brown, Mangum

Kris Mangum and Tom Brown have been elected to the board of directors of Magnolia State Bank. Brown joined the mortgage division of Magnolia State Bank in Petal in 2009. As mortgage loan originator, Brown is responsible for all mortgage loan requests in Petal and Laurel. He attended Ole Miss and graduated from Colorado State University where he received a ...

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Pilots recognized for stewardship

Four aerial applicators were recently recognized for exemplary environmental stewardship. Selected pilots were ranked highest among their peers based on criteria established through the A.C.E. Pilot Program. Those pilots selected for recognition are Ellis Russell of Planters Air Service Inc. in Alligator; Kelly Peeler of Producers Flying Inc. in Yazoo City; Matt Brignac of Brignac Flying Service, LLC in Columbus; ...

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Cumbaa dies at 96

Retired Air Force Col. Noel Cumbaa, who flew combat missions in World War II and was commander of the Air Force Base in Greenville where pilots were trained for the Korean War, has died. He was 96. Cumbaa, a native of Girard, Ala., flew B-17 combat missions from Britain during World War II. He moved to Greenville in 1951 to ...

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