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More Miss. hospitals switch to Merit Health brand


Gilmore Regional Medical Center in Amory has changed its name to reflect its affiliation with Tennessee-based Community Health Systems. The hospital is now Merit Health Gilmore Memorial. Community Health Systems acquired Gilmore and nine other Mississippi hospitals last year in a merger with Florida-based Health Management Associates. Several other hospitals also switched to the new brand Monday. Tri-Lakes Medical Center ...

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Oxford educator Jeff Clay honored

Oxford Middle School Principal Jeff Clay is the 2015 Oxford School District Administrator of the Year. He was presented with the professional recognition award at the district’s Board of Trustees March meeting. OSD Superintendent Brian Harvey says Clay “is truly one of the hardest working people I have had the opportunity to work with. He created his own professional learning ...

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Trustmark CEO Gerard Host to address Gulf South Bank Conference

JACKSON — Trustmark Corporation (NASDAQ:TRMK) President and CEO Gerard R. Host will address analysts and investors attending the Gulf South Bank Conference at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in New Orleans on Monday at 1 p.m. Trustmark Corporation is a financial services company providing banking and financial solutions through 202 offices in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas.  

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Mississippian Glenn McCullough Jr. gets nod as new MDA chief


By TED CARTER An executive search that never left Mississippi has led to the appointment of Glenn L. McCullough Jr., former mayor of Tupelo and chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority board, as executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority. Speaking to luncheon guests at the Mississippi Economic Council’s annual meeting, Gov. Phil Bryant said he kept the search within ...

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T.E. Lott makes staff changes

T. E. Lott & Company, PA, Certified Public Accountants, has announced several promotions and staff accomplishments. Leslie W. Wood, CPA, Matthew S. Sasser, CPA and J. Mark Ward, CPA have been named shareholders.  Robert M. Whitaker, recently became a Certified Public Accountant and has been promoted to manager.  Trent F. Yeatman and Camille G. Anderson recently became Certified Public Accountants.  ...

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Hattiesburg bank earnings rise to $1.9 million

Hattiesburg-based First Bancshares Inc. announced on Thursday that its net earnings for the first quarter were $1.9 million, or 36 cents per share, compared with $1.3 million, or 25 cents for the corresponding quarter in 2014. Assets grew by 4.8 percent to reach $1.1 billion as of March 31. Loans stood at $716 million, up $11.8 million in the quarter. ...

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MDA to close all its regional offices

The Mississippi Development Authority will close all eight regional offices around the state effective June 30. Eleven positions will be eliminated, 10 of which are currently filled, said Jeff Rent, public relations and media manager for the agency. The offices are located in Senatobia, Tupelo, Greenwood, Meridian, Summit, Hattiesburg and Gulfport, as well as Jackson. The agency employs about 300. ...

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Robinson and Associates Inc hires Pierre-Louis

Natasha Pierre-Louis of Atlanta has joined the staff of Robinson and Associates Inc., a Tupelo-based full-service marketing consulting, advertising, marketing and public relations agency, as an account executive. Her primary roles will be in public relations and social media. A Clark Atlanta University alumna, Natasha earned her bachelor’s degree in communications. She comes from a professional background of public relations, ...

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Soybean board officers

Members of the Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board elected new officers for the 2015 fiscal year at their recent board meeting, choosing Greenville farmer Tim Clements as chairman. Paul Dees of Leland now serves as vice chairman and Bill Ryan Tabb of Cleveland takes over as the organization’s secretary and treasurer. Other MSPB members include Jan de Regt, Hollandale; Wayne Dulaney, ...

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Ken McLemore to lead Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi

Ken McLemore of Port Gibson was recently elected president of the board of directors of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi. Born in Natchez and raised in Franklin County, McLemore attended Mississippi State University and spent 30 years of his professional career with Entergy Nuclear, where he was a senior nuclear scheduler and senior nuclear planner for the world’s largest nuclear ...

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