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BMG adds directors — Scott Stanford and Stephen Brown

Blake Management Group has added two new staff members. Scott Stanford has joined BMG as executive director of The Blake at Flowood. Stanford’s previous experience includes eight years with McAlister’s Corporation as vice president of human resources and administration. He most recently served as director of the Human Resources, Compensation and Benefits Division at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. ...

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Cadence promotes Matt Seawright

Cadence Bank has promoted Matt Seawright to branch manager of the bank’s Maben and Starkville Crossing locations. Seawright began his banking career at Cadence Bank in 2011 as a collections specialist and was later promoted to assistant branch manager of the Starkville Crossing location. Before joining Cadence, he was employed as an assistant branch manager for Tower Loan in Louisville. ...

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MARTIN WILLOUGHBY — Baldwin gets it: CEO says leadership is about people

Leadership guru Dr. John Kotter noted in a recent Harvard Business Review article about the distinction between management and leadership, “The confusion around these two terms is massive, and that misunderstanding gets in the way of any reasonable discussion about how to build a company, position it for success and win in the twenty-first century.” In the article, Kotter went ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — In search of the perfect written planner

When it comes to written planners, I am a maximizer, not a satisficer. It seems that I am in constant search of the very best when just any one of them would do. Why written, and not electronic? And which one do I always come back to? Read on to learn the answers to these profound end-of-year questions. Planners are ...

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JOHN SCOTT — A tax reform lump of coal: Democrats, Republicans far apart on any overhaul of the tax code; Or are they?

It’s the most wonderful time of year! Everywhere you look, children are anticipating the arrival of Old St. Nick. The lights are up, and the stores are packed. Everyone is hoping to be judged as nice, not naughty, and receive a stocking full of presents instead of a lump of coal. But, when the Jolly Old Elf makes his final ...

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State pecan crop falls short this year

This year’s pecan season is winding down and the crop has been a small one thanks to weather and the growing cycle. “A lot of factors were involved,” said Max Draughn, president of the Mississippi Pecan Growers Association. “We had a cold spring, we had a large crop last year and the wet weather this year made disease pressures higher ...

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Camellia Home Health and Hospice launches a new fleet of vehicles

Camellia Home Health and Hospice has flourished over the last 39 years, even through the recent downturn in the economy and deep reimbursement cuts. Now, Hattiesburg-based Camellia has rolled out a new fleet of 125 company-owned cars aimed at cutting expenses while also increasing its brand awareness. “Transportation costs are our third-largest expense behind salaries and benefits,” said Abb Payne, ...

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C Spire to acquire communications provider

Ridgeland regional telecom company C Spire is ending the year with a growth spurt in its business services with the acquisition of Mobile’s Callis Communications, a fast-growing provider of cloud-based unified communications for businesses. In announcing the acquisition, the privately held C Spire said adding Callis will strengthen its standing as a leading telecommunications- based diversified technology company. Callis serves ...

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