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Sanderson exec named to Fed board


MBJ staff Lampkin Butts, president and chief operating officer of Sanderson Farms Inc., has been appointed to the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s New Orleans Branch. Butts’ term ends Dec. 31, 2017. He is filling an unexpired term. Butts has served as president and chief operating officer of Sanderson Farms since 2004. He has been ...

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White’s ‘Outcasts’ being taken to the big screen

Neil White's memoir In The Sanctuary of Outcasts is being made into a movie.

  Neil White’s memoir, “In the Sanctuary of Outcasts,” details White’s conviction for bank fraud and his incarceration at the Federal Medical Center in Carville, Louisiana, which also housed more than 100 men and women with leprosy. And now, producer Stratton Leopold of Mission: Impossible III fame has hired award-winning writer-producer-director Dax Phelan to pen an adaptation of “In the Sanctuary ...

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Grammy Museum receives $100,000 from Entergy

Rendering courtesy of Dale Partners

The Mississippi Grammy Museum has received a $100,000 gift from Entergy Mississippi to support the museum’s operations, education outreach and public programs, according to a news release. The Museum expects to see 15,000 to 20,000 students per year and 80 percent of its focus will be on education, according to Jane Marie Dawkins, manager of education and public programs for ...

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5 join Maris, West & Baker

Maris, West & Baker Advertising has added five new employees recently. Josh Byrd, a Jackson native, joined MWB in January from another local agency. As art director, Byrd is responsible for graphic design and visual direction. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the University of Southern Mississippi. Erin Johnson joined MWB in February as public ...

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PriorityOne taps Natasha Nichole Braxton

Natasha Nichole Braxton was recently promoted to loan officer at PriorityOne Bank, which is based in Magee.  Braxton, who graduated from Magee High School, holds an Associate’s Degree from Hinds Community College. She has seven years of experience in banking, and has been with PriorityOne Bank since November 2008. Braxton has also served her community in leadership roles. She is ...

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Dr. Robert Bateman Jr. elected to board

Dr. Robert Bateman Jr., professor of biomedical sciences and associate dean for research at the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, has been elected to a four-year term on the executive board of the Association of Biochemistry Course Directors. Bateman joined the Carey faculty in 2011 after previously serving on the faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi, where ...

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Chris Bucher joins Hancock Bank

Chris Bucher has joined Hancock Bank to lead and build Hancock’s expanding equipment financing division. Bucher is the former national sales manager for Regions Equipment Finance Corp. and, before that, head of Hibernia National Bank’s equipment finance services. Hancock’s equipment financing business will serve middle-market and corporate clients by financing and leasing revenue-producing capital equipment.

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North Mississippi State Hospital workers graduate

North Mississippi State Hospital employees Sommer Armstrong, public relations manager, and Lisa Roberts, nurse supervisor, recently graduated from the State Executive Development Institute, an executive style, graduate level program offered by the John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development at Mississippi State University. SEDI is designed to prepare mid-to-upper level government executives to be more efficient leaders. Curriculum ...

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Ross & Yerger Insurance adds 3

Ross & Yerger Insurance recently added three to its agency. Kimberly Lovertich has joined the sales team as a Future Partner Group member.  Lovertich, who is a native of Jackson, graduated from Belhaven University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration.  She joined  Ross & Yerger with 19 years sales experience in insurance and healthcare. Jean F. Larroux III has ...

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Moves at Community Trust

Melissa Peters has been promoted to vice president/commercial relationship banker with Community Trust Bank, and four others have joined the bank in other roles. Jerrod Myers and Lauren Bishop join the bank as retail relationship bankers, Kela Allen-Williams as a personal banker, and Sara Coward as a business and consumer services underwriter. Peters has 10 years of banking experience.  Her ...

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