Archive for November, 2012

Pippins named warden

Mary L. Pippins has been appointed warden of the regional jail in Washington County. Pippins takes over from sheriff’s department Maj. Percy Miles, who was named interim warden in September. Former warden Alma Harris resigned on Aug. 31. Harris was the first warden of the jail, which opened in September 2011. Pippins has nearly 25 […] [...]

Gary Reed oversees the Gulfport Branch of SBA with servant’s heart

You are unlikely to find anyone who is a more passionate cheerleader for small businesses taking advantage of the programs of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) programs than Gary Reed. After about 15 years working to market SBA programs in Mississippi, Reed was appointed in February 2011 to be manager of the Gulfport SBA […] [...]

Blake Wilson makes MEC truly statewide with roadshows, technology

The Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) is the face of business, acting as a statewide chamber of commerce. And the face of MEC is president and CEO Blake Wilson, who will celebrate 15 years with MEC in January. “Blake is like the Eveready bunny on speed when it comes to the amount of energy he expends […] [...]

Rating agencies keeping a close eye on state’s pensions

Mississippi state government ended fiscal 2012 with the same solid credit ratings with which it started the year. Whether the Magnolia State maintains its strong credit in the years to come could hinge on the effectiveness of measures to fund the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi, or PERS. The pension funding picture is expected […] [...]

November 30, 2012- Ricky Nobile

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New Orleans developers look to Bay St. Louis ties

by Published: November 30,2012

Tags: Bay St. Louis, Hurricane Katrina, residential developer

New Orleans developers Jim and Catherine MacPhaille are counting on the strong ties between Bay St. Louis and the Big Easy to attract buyers for their new beachfront project playfully named The Recess Club. It’s seven houses on six acres with shared recreational amenities geared toward quick family getaways. Several years ago the couple bought […] [...]

Larry Houchins defies trend as executive director of state law bar

by Published: November 30,2012

Tags: Larry Houchins, Mississippi Bar Association

We rarely see leaders in long-term roles in organizations these days. In fact, a recent report by The Conference Board noted that, “The average tenure of a CEO declined to 8.4 years in 2011 from approximately 10 years in 2000.” Similarly, The NonProfit Times “2010 Nonprofit Organizations Salary & Benefits Report,” found that “the average […] [...]

November 30, 2012- Chuck McIntosh

by Published: November 30,2012

Tags: 2013 fiscal year, Mississippi, state economy

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Oil and gas production have Pike Co. seeking additional chancery judge

With oil and gas exploration on the rise in Southwest Mississippi, supervisors in one county hope lawmakers will create an additional chancery judge position in anticipation of increased legal activity surrounding the energy boom. Supervisors in Pike County passed a resolution in late October that essentially asked the Legislature to pass a bill that would […] [...]

Elections and the evolving status of Federalism

by Published: November 30,2012

Tags: Barack Obama, Federalism, Politics, Tea Party

With the presidential election holding our attention of late it has been easy to overlook the phenomenon that the 10th amendment to the United States Constitution is becoming supercharged. This rapidly evolving status of our federal system is almost as intriguing as the presidential election itself. It has not been long since the Tea Party […] [...]

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