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Russia bans Vietnamese Pangasius; antibiotics and pathogens Found

The Russian Agency for Health and Consumer Rights barred imports of Vietnamese pangasius on January 31 until further notice. Russian inspectors in December found unacceptable levels of antibiotics and hormones. The Russian government also found E. coli and listeria in fish products from almost half of the Vietnamese exporting farms, which included 16 out of 35 facilities, according to the ...

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Producers learn how to grow safe, healthy product

With increased scrutiny on food safety, a recent event looked to give local growers the latest and greatest in the safe handling of their product from planting to harvest. More than 20 fruit and vegetable growers gathered at Mississippi State University recently for an all-day workshop about food safety and best practices. Instructors from the MSU Extension Service, Mississippi Agricultural ...

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Patrick Sullivan participates in the Energy Session at MEDC’s Winter Conference

Patrick Sullivan, president of the Mississippi Energy Institute, recently participated in the Energy Session at the Mississippi Economic Development Council’s 2014 Winter Conference. Sullivan briefly shared findings from a recent MEI-funded study conducted by Dr. David Dismukes, an economist with the Acadian Consulting Group of Baton Rouge, La., that identified and highlighted specific industrial and workforce opportunities based on the ...

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Trustmark names Cole McCarty as assistant vice president in Tupelo

Trustmark recently named Cole McCarty as assistant vice president in Tupelo. He is a relationship manager associate with responsibilities in commercial development. A native of Tupelo, McCarty earned a bachelor of science in managerial finance from the University of Mississippi. He is a member of the Lee County Ole Miss Alumni Board and Tupelo Rotary Club. McCarty and his wife, ...

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Jason Walton named head of school at Jackson Prep

Jason Walton, Ph.D., has been named the sixth head of school at Jackson Preparatory School. Walton succeeds Susan Lindsay, head of school since 2004, who will retire in June after serving the school for 40 years in a variety of positions. Walton is a fourth-generation educator in Mississippi. After receiving his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Mississippi, ...

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Brian Gearity serves as editor of Strength and Conditioning Journal

Dr. Brian Gearity, assistant professor of sport coaching education at the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Human Performance and Recreation, served as guest editor for the just released edition of the Strength and Conditioning Journal. Gearity opens the special issue with an editorial on coaching education and its growing importance as an area of study.

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Chris Anderson takes over as CEO at Baptist Health Systems in Jackson

Chris Anderson, CEO of Singing River Health System (SRHS) since 1998, has left to take a similar position at Baptist Health Systems in Jackson. Anderson originally came to SRHS in 1994 as controller. He steadily moved through the administrative ranks until being appointed CEO on June 1, 1998. Kevin Holland, currently COO/operations, has been named by the board of trustees ...

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Terry Sellers makes donation to Forest History Society Library

Mississippi State University forest products professor emeritus Terry Sellers Jr. recently donated his professional archives to the Forest History Society Library in Durham, N.C. A Sharp Professor of Forest Products, Sellers worked at MSU as a researcher and educator for 24 years before retiring in 2004. He studied natural and synthetic adhesives and engineered wood products, such as particleboard, plywood ...

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Keith Purvis promoted to vice president of transportation of Neel-Schaffer

Keith Purvis, PE, has been promoted to vice president of transportation of Neel-Schaffer. Purvis joined Neel-Schaffer in 2011 after retiring from the Mississippi Department of Transportation as an assistant chief engineer. Purvis leads Neel-Schaffer’s transportation department, working out of the firm’s headquarters office in Jackson. His work includes design-build bridge widening projects on I-55 in Pike County and I-20 in ...

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USM staffers Olivia Hurst and Catherine Lott recognized by Public Relations Association of Mississippi

Olivia Ann Hurst and Catherine Lott, staff members at the University of Southern Mississippi, were recognized at the Pine Belt chapter of Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM) annual awards banquet. Hurst received the Burlian O’Neal Walker Professional Promise Award, which recognizes potential in the field of public relations. She serves as the social media specialist in the Office of ...

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