Archive for the ‘Newsmakers’ Category

Southaven’s Stephen Benson elected as rep for PERS

by Published: May 1,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, Newsmakers

Southaven Fire Department training officer Stephen Benson has been elected as the municipal employee representative on the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi (PERS) board of trustees. At its April 22 meeting, the board certified results of the runoff election between Benson and Deborah Lea, Monticello director of administration. Benson is filling an unexpired term […] [...]

Scott Pickering, Gus Brand earn promotions earn promotions at Community Bank

by Published: May 1,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, Newsmakers

Scott Pickering was recently promoted to senior vice president at Community Bank, Coast. Pickering joined the bank in 2007 after graduating from the University of Mississippi with a degree in banking and finance. He is also soon to complete his studies at the LSU Graduate School of Banking. He has quickly become one of the […] [...]

Dr. Yolanda Powell-Young named dean of nursing on Alcorn’s Natchez campus

by Published: May 1,2014

Tags: Business, education, healthcare, Mississippi, NEWS, Newsmakers

Alcorn State welcomes Dr. Yolanda Powell-Young as new dean of nursing on the Natchez campus. Powell-Young has been in the nursing field for 21 years, 12 of which has been dedicated to educating both practicing and aspiring nurses. She has been an investigative member of funded research totaling more than $7 million. Her most recent […] [...]

PRCC inducts six into Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame

by Published: May 1,2014

Tags: Business, education, Mississippi, Newsmakers

Pearl River Community College recently honored six outstanding alumni with induction into the Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame. Honored were entertainer Jimmy Buffett, the late Delos H. Burks of Picayune, James Ginn of Diamondhead, Francis Herrin of Hattiesburg, Howell Purvis of Purvis and Donnie Waits of Gulfport. Burks graduated from PRCC in 1936, served in […] [...]

Granville Tate and Jana Edmondson-Cooper honored by MC School of Law

by Published: May 1,2014

Tags: Business, education, law, Mississippi, Newsmakers

Mississippi College School of Law leaders have selected Granville Tate and Jana Edmondson-Cooper as the 2014 Lawyer and Young Lawyer of the Year. The awards, presented annually by the law school, recognizes lawyers who have been a credit to the law school and legal community. Tate is chairman of the board of directors at Brunini […] [...]

Beverly Martin named executive director of Gulf Coast branch of Hospitality and Restaurant Association

by Published: May 1,2014

Tags: Business, Gulf Coast, Mississippi, Newsmakers

The Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association has named Beverly Martin as its new executive director of the Gulf Coast chapter. Martin brings a wealth of experience as a non-profit executive, most recently as the executive director of the Mississippi Casino Operators Association.  Her career in tourism included appointments to the Mississippi Coast Coliseum Commission, the […] [...]

Four Pine Belt residents Spirit in Action Awards

by Published: May 1,2014

Tags: Business, education, Mississippi, NEWS, Newsmakers

Five Pine Belt residents were recently honored for their commitment to caring for the community as winners of the Spirit in Action Awards. Dr. Rodney Bennett is the 10th president of the University of Southern Mississippi. But, before he even became president, he jumped into action leading the university’s recovery from the powerful EF-4 tornado […] [...]

USM’s Elena Azadbakht receives honor

by Published: May 1,2014

Tags: Business, education, HATTIESBURG, Mississippi, Newsmakers

Elena Azadbakht, a reference librarian for health sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi, recently received the 2014 EBSCO American Library Association (ALA) Conference Sponsorship. The award provides up to $1,000 in reimbursements for expenses to attend the 2014 ALA Conference in Las Vegas June 26-July 1. Azadbakht is one of seven librarians to receive […] [...]

Thomas M. Fortner, J. Cal Mayo Jr. and David W. Upchurch inducted to College of Trial Lawyers

by Published: May 1,2014

Tags: accounting, Business, law, Mississippi, Newsmakers

The Mississippi Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers has inducted Thomas M. Fortner, J. Cal Mayo Jr. and David W. Upchurch into the Fellowship. Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years trial experience before being considered for Fellowship and membership in the College cannot exceed 1 percent of the total lawyer population […] [...]

Willmut Gas adds Dean Wade and Joseph Barker to its staff

by Published: May 1,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, Newsmakers

Willmut Gas has added Dean Wade and Joseph Barker to its staff. Wade will serve as the company’s residential marketing specialist. He will focus his efforts on serving residents living inside the Willmut Gas service area who are looking to add natural gas to their homes or businesses. Dean recently worked as a news anchor […] [...]

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