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Planet Fitness ‘lunk’ views differ in California, Mississippi

RIDGELAND, Mississippi — Most people who join gyms set out to get toned up – or even ripped in their arms, shoulders, midsections and legs. But those body improvements can make others feel inadequate, and in these politically correct times that’s not good for business. At least that’s how the management of a Planet Fitness in Richland, Calif., sees things. ...

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Oxford‑Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce unveils 2014 class of the Leadership Lafayette

The Oxford‑Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce has unveiled its 2014 class of the Leadership Lafayette program. The 2014 class includes: Maranda Anderson, FNB Oxford; Steven Ash, Newk’s Eatery; Allissa Barkett, Volt; Angela Barlow, University of Mississippi; Joe Bishop, Oxford Police Department; Matt Bishop, Shelter Insurance; Gant Boone, Oxford University Bank; Dawn Boutwell, Alfa; Matt Burris, Mayo Mallette, PLLC; Courtney Cedotal, ...

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Mississippi Municipal League hires Chris Hinton

The Mississippi Municipal League (MML) has hired Chris Hinton of Raymond as its director of governmental affairs. Hinton brings over 10 years of professional and communal service through his previous roles with Natchez Inc., Center for Business Development & Economic Research, Jackson Redevelopment Authority, Mississippi Economic Development Council and Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services in Disability Determination. Hinton obtained a ...

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Brandon Presley named a chair of National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners president Colette D. Honorable has named Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley chair of the association’s Committee on Consumer Affairs. Presley is replacing outgoing committee chair Betsy Wergin of Minnesota, whose three-year term expired. Presley was elected public service commissioner for the Northern District of Mississippi in 2007 and re-elected in 2011. He was the ...

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Alana Jackson, Marshall Wingard named senior account executives at wheretogo411.com

WhereToGo411.com has expanded its staff, adding Alana Jackson and Marshall Wingard as senior account executives. Jackson earned a bachelor of science degree in mass communications with a public relations emphasis from Jackson State University. She is working towards a master of public administration degree at Belhaven University. Jackson has more than five years of experience in media relations and sales. ...

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MSU's John Forde named to national boards

Associate professor John E. Forde, the head of Mississippi State University’s communication department, now serves on two national boards dealing with public relations education. Forde recently was appointed to the Universal Accreditation Board of the Public Relations Society of America and the UAB’s Commission on Public Relations Education. The UAB appointment represents Forde’s second term on the body. His first ...

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MSU’s John Forde named to national boards

Associate professor John E. Forde, the head of Mississippi State University’s communication department, now serves on two national boards dealing with public relations education. Forde recently was appointed to the Universal Accreditation Board of the Public Relations Society of America and the UAB’s Commission on Public Relations Education. The UAB appointment represents Forde’s second term on the body. His first ...

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Whiskey rebellion looms in Tennessee over Jack Daniels’ protection law

A year-long fight among state legislators over the definition of true Tennessee whiskey is spilling over to the international distilled spirits business, dividing both Tennessee’s powerful whiskey interests and multinational corporations battling for billions of dollars in global market share, the Washington Post reports. For more than a century, distillers around Tennessee have produced whiskey — some legal, some illegal ...

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MEC surveys find optimism, confidence in state's economy

JACKSON — Leaders from across the state are showing great confidence in the direction Mississippi is moving and in the ability to improve its economic competitiveness, according to the Mississippi Economic Council (MEC). Surveyed during the MEC’s Blueprint Mississippi Pathway to Progress Tour, business and community leaders rate Mississippi as a newly emerging growth state, higher than any other category. ...

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