Archive for 2013

Jason Sarver hired as peanut specialist

by Published: December 20,2013

Tags: agriculture, Business, education, Mississippi

Jason Sarver was recently hired as peanut specialist by the Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. Sarver is a native of Berea, Ky. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology in 2006 and a master’s degree in plant and soil science in 2009 from the University of Kentucky. He […] [...]

Dr. Anna Woodson joins The Dermatology Clinic in Columbus

by Published: December 20,2013

Tags: Business, Columbus, Lowndes County, Mississippi

The Dermatology Clinic in Columbus welcomes Dr. Anna Woodson. A fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and the Women’s Dermatologic Society, Woodson is a Greenwood native and a graduate of Louisiana State University. She was trained in pediatric medicine at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and in dermatology at Vanderbilt University. Woodson […] [...]

Mike Pope named Clinton’s Administrator of the Year

by Published: December 20,2013

Tags: Business, Clinton, education, Hinds County, Mississippi

Mike Pope, principal of Lovett Elementary School, is Clinton Public School District’s 2013-14 Administrator of the Year. In March, the sixth-grade school’s roof was destroyed by baseball-sized hail, forcing students, faculty and staff to be relocated to another campus for the remainder of the school year. Despite this disruption, Clinton sixth-graders earned the highest state […] [...]

Todd Taylor appointed to Corinth planning commission

by Published: December 20,2013

Tags: Alcorn County, Business, Corinth, Mississippi

Todd Taylor has been appointed to the Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment in Corinth. Taylor replaces Jim Orr, who did not seek reappointment. The appointment was made by the city’s Board of Aldermen. [...]

Kelly R. Blackwood named chair of the board of trustees of The Nature Conservancy in Mississippi

by Published: December 20,2013

Tags: Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, Business, environment, Mississippi

Kelly R. Blackwood, a senior attorney in Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP’s Jackson office, has been named chair of the board of trustees of The Nature Conservancy in Mississippi. Blackwood has been a board member for The Nature Conservancy’s Mississippi chapter since 2011. A member of the firm’s Environmental and Litigation practice groups, Blackwood focuses […] [...]

BMG adds directors — Scott Stanford and Stephen Brown

by Published: December 20,2013

Tags: Business, Mississippi

Blake Management Group has added two new staff members. Scott Stanford has joined BMG as executive director of The Blake at Flowood. Stanford’s previous experience includes eight years with McAlister’s Corporation as vice president of human resources and administration. He most recently served as director of the Human Resources, Compensation and Benefits Division at the […] [...]

Cadence promotes Matt Seawright

by Published: December 20,2013


Cadence Bank has promoted Matt Seawright to branch manager of the bank’s Maben and Starkville Crossing locations. Seawright began his banking career at Cadence Bank in 2011 as a collections specialist and was later promoted to assistant branch manager of the Starkville Crossing location. Before joining Cadence, he was employed as an assistant branch manager […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: The Kitchen House— a big, full story — is a page turner

by Published: December 20,2013

Tags: books, Business, Mississippi

G et ready for a big, full story when you read this book. There are lots of richly drawn characters set against antebellum days in Virginia, but it’s all about the story and this story grabs the reader’s attention and won’t let go. The story begins in 1791 when a young white girl, Lavinia, is […] [...]

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY — Baldwin gets it: CEO says leadership is about people

by Published: December 20,2013

Tags: Business, leadership, Mississippi

Leadership guru Dr. John Kotter noted in a recent Harvard Business Review article about the distinction between management and leadership, “The confusion around these two terms is massive, and that misunderstanding gets in the way of any reasonable discussion about how to build a company, position it for success and win in the twenty-first century.” […] [...]

TODD SMITH — The Spin Cycle: Pithy PRognostications from a recovering journalist

by Published: December 20,2013

Tags: Business, Mississippi, Nashville, PR, Tennessee

If the Feds need a better barometer of the economy this holiday season, they need turn no further than the CPI – the Christmas Price Index – and focus on dancing ladies and leaping lords rather than consumer prices, GNP or the PPI! A huge spike in the price of nine dancing ladies and 10 […] [...]

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