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Marianne Hill retires after tracking state economy for two decades

The logic of purposely dumping American grown wheat into the Gulf of Mexico while large parts of the world’s population starved didn’t compute for high school math whiz Marianne Hill. Her teacher’s short-form answer – the wheat dumping protected farmers in the Third World countries whose people were starving – equally befuddled Hill, who decided then to put her knack ...

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Jackson Convention hotel deal returns with new proposer, better terms

A Tampa hotel management and development company says it intends to break ground on a 330-room, $60-million convention center hotel in Jackson within six months. The saving grace of this project, said outgoing- Mayor Harvey Johnson, is that it would require the city to provide a backstop of only $9 million. Harvey called the proposal from Robinson Callen Development a ...

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Renasant, First M&F complete merger

Affirmative shareholder votes Tuesday cleared the way for Renasant to begin a $119 million acquisition of Kosciusko’s First M&F Corp. The acquisition gives the $4.2-billion regional bank based in Tupelo a central Mississippi presence and increased market shares in the northern part of the state as well as in Tennessee and Alabama. Tupelo’s Renasant announced the acquisition of First M&F, ...

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MSU Foundation names Asya Besova Cooley annual giving director

Asya Besova Cooley, a professional staff member in the Mississippi State University Foundation, is the university’s new annual giving director. In that role, she will direct fundraising efforts that typically focus on gifts made to any MSU area on a continuing basis. Cooley also will be responsible for securing annual gifts for the institution and its academic colleges through direct ...

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Royal College honors James Martin

Dr. James N. Martin Jr., professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of maternal fetal medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, has been unanimously elected to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in London as an ad eundem, or honorary, fellow. Martin earned his M.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, trained in obstetrics ...

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MSU thanks arts and sciences, business, agriculture and life sciences faculty

Faculty in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, and Agriculture and Life Sciences, as well as a member of the campus advising center staff, are 2013 selections for Mississippi State University’s annual faculty awards. Mark A. Novotny, head of the physics and astronomy department, was announced as the newest William L. Giles Distinguished Professor, the university’s highest academic rank. ...

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Kenneth Dean’s television contributions honored

Kenneth Dean’s 50 years of service in the television industry stands apart as unique and special. During his time at WLBT in Jackson, he built the nation’s first bi-racial commercial television station, which became the first black-owned network station in the country. This year, as the only National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Gold Circle inductee, he will ...

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Randy Little honored by National Academic Advising Association

Randy Little, a professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in Mississippi State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics, has received a national award for his excellence in student advising. Little has formally guided the career paths of more than 300 undergraduate students since he began at MSU in 1990, and he has informally advised more than 1,000 students ...

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Northpark Mall hires Megan Bailey

Megan Bailey is the new director of marketing and business development at Northpark Mall. Most recently, Bailey oversaw restructuring and branding of two longstanding urban radio stations in Indianapolis, Ind., as the director of promotions for Radio One Inc. She also spent five years as event manager for the Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium where she was part ...

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JSU brings in Ricardo Brown

Dr. Ricardo A. Brown, a veteran administrator and cardiovascular physiologist who has worked with the National Institutes of Health and led programs to open higher education pathways for underrepresented populations, has been named the new dean of Jackson State University’s College of Public Service. Brown comes to JSU after serving as assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs for the University ...

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