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Laura Land new HR officer

Laura Land has accepted the position of chief human resources officer and vice president at North Mississippi Health Services in Tupelo. Land moves to Tupelo from Vidant Health in Greenville, N.C., where she was chief human resources officer since 2013. She follows Rodger Brown, NMHS vice president who retired April 30 after 37 years of service. Land was also employed ...

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Butler Snow on 4 honor rolls

Butler Snow has been named to four BTI Honor Rolls in the BTI Brand Elite 2015 report. BTI is one of the preeminent market research firms for the legal industry and for professional services worldwide. BTI draws on 15 years of data to develop the framework for analyzing and measuring the market presence and brand imprint of law firms. The ...

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Bill Hankins named a 2014 CoStar Power Broker

William F. “Bill” Hankins has been named a 2014 CoStar Power Broker by CoStar Group, Inc., a leading provider of commercial real estate information, analytics and online marketplaces. The annual industry award recognizes distinguished professionals in commercial real estate brokerage by highlighting the achievements of the firms and individual brokers who closed the highest transaction volumes in commercial property sales ...

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Van Hedges selected president

Van E. Hedges, CPCU, CIC, CRM, CLU, ChFC, AAI, was installed as president of the American Association of Insurance Management Consultants at its recent annual conference in Philadelphia. Hedges is president of Southern Insurance Consulting in Corinth, where he specializes in agency valuations, mergers and acquisitions and expert testimony. He also serves as adjunct professor of insurance at the University ...

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OUR VIEW: Our new flag will be a sight to behold


In general relativity, an event horizon is a boundary in spacetime beyond which events cannot affect an outside observer. In layman’s terms, it is defined as “the point of no return”, the point at which the gravitational pull becomes so great as to make escape impossible. In Mississippi we passed an event horizon in 2001. That’s when Mississippi held a ...

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JSU promotes Dr. Nicole Edwards Evans

Jackson State University has promoted Dr. Nicole Edwards Evans to vice president and to the president’s Cabinet. Previously, Evans, a native of Jackson, served as associate provost for Institutional Research, Planning and Enrollment Management in which she was instrumental in pushing JSU to record enrollment of more than 9,500 students. As well, she was pivotal in increasing JSU’s online degree ...

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Mississippi US SBA district office kicked off its 2015 Emerging Leaders

In April, the Mississippi U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) District Office kicked off its Emerging Leaders training at the JSU e-Center in Jackson. In the class are Bill Griffiths, President of RBG Contractors Inc.; Calvin Ousby, Sr., President/CEO of C&B Enterprise, Inc.; Carolyn Cockrell, President/CEO of Premiere Shredding Inc.; Earl Washington, President/CEO of U.S. Coating Specialties & Supplies; James ...

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Adams and Reese add 3 products liability attorneys

Adams and Reese has added three products liability attorneys to its Jackson office, including Special Counsel Charles R. “Chip” Wilbanks, Jr. and Matthew R. Dowd, and Associate G. Austin Stewart, who are laterals from Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes. Wilbanks has close to 30 years of experience practicing law in Mississippi and concentrating his practice in product liability litigation, including ...

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State Bar inducts 2 fellows

The Mississippi Bar Foundation has inducted Phelps Dunbar partners W. Thomas Siler, Jr. and James G. Wyly III as fellows. This peer recognition connotes the Mississippi Bar Foundation’s highest honor, given to just 10 percent of practicing Mississippi attorneys. In order to become a fellow, an attorney must demonstrate utmost levels of professionalism, competence and leadership as well as commitment ...

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