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Charles Rees wins Millsaps grant

Charles Rees of Baton Rouge has been named the recipient of the Allison Coggin Lee Scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year at Millsaps College. The $12,000 Allison Coggin Lee Scholarship is the largest endowed scholarship awarded to a Millsaps MBA student. The recipient must exemplify exceptional aptitude for graduate business study, exhibit involvement in college and community activities and demonstrate ...

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Ingalls appoints 2 VPs

George Jones has been appointed vice president of operations, and Tim Farrell has been appointed vice president of new Navy programs at the Ingalls Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries in Pascagoula. In his new position, Jones will be responsible for all facets of ship construction through delivery. He is responsible for enhancing cost and schedule performance, process and facility ...

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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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