MBJ wins 14 awards in MPA newspaper contest

This photo by Frank Brown of a display of bicycle wheels at the Bike Crossing won first place for Best Feature Photo in the state Better Newspaper contest.

This photo by Frank Brown of a display of bicycle wheels at the Bike Crossing won first place for Best Feature Photo in the state Better Newspaper Contest.

The Mississippi Business Journal won 14 awards, including eight first place awards and finished second in General Excellence Saturday at the Mississippi Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest at the IP Biloxi Resort and Casino.

The MBJ competed in the Weekly Division B category along with other mid-size weeklies. Contest entries were from newspapers in Mississippi for work published in 2013.

Staff writer Ted Carter won a first place in the In-depth/Investigative Coverage category for his work on “Mississippi’s Tuscaloosa Marine Shale showing promise as a Texas wannabe,” a package of stories that outlined how drillers were enthusiastic about prospects in southwest Mississippi. The award marked the third time in the last four years the MBJ has won the Investigative category. It is Carter’s second consecutive win in the category.

Editor Ross Reily won a first place for Best Editorial Page and a first place for Editorial Writing, which included opinions on moving the Jackson Zoo and taking the Madison mayor and Tulane University to task of over Jackson State moving a campus to Madison.

MBJ staff writer Frank Brown won three first place awards: Best Graphic on Mississippi exports, Best Headline for a collection of work, and Best Feature Photo for a photo from the Bike Crossing showroom in Ridgeland.

This Fondren Public photo by Stephen McDill was part of the Best Picture-Story Combination winning entry.

This Fondren Public photo by Stephen McDill was part of the Best Picture-Story Combination winning entry.

Stephen McDill won Best Sports News Story along with Reily and Brown for their local coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing, which included stories on local runners Martha Davis and Donna Bruce.

McDill’s photographs and Clay Chandler’s writing combined to win the Best Picture-Story Combination for a business feature on the opening of Fondren Public.

Second and third place awards are listed below:

» Second Place — General Excellence — MBJ Staff

» Second Place — Best Planned series of stories — Ted Carter: “Mississippi’s Tuscaloosa Marine Shale showing promise as a Texas wannabe”

» Second Place — Best News Photo — Tacy Rayburn

» Second Place — Best Special Section — MBJ Staff

» Third Place — Best General News Story — Ted Carter

» Third Place — Best Special Section — MBJ staff


Camellia Healthcare acquisition gives it an Alabama footprint

camelliaSpecial to the MBJ

HATTIESBURG, Mississippi – Camellia Home Health & Hospice, a Mississippi-based healthcare company, has acquired Lawley Premier Hospice Care of Rainbow City, Ala. Situated near Gadsden, the hospice has operated since 2008, serving patients primarily in Etowah, Cherokee, Calhoun and St. Clair counties of Alabama.

The acquisition marks Camellia’s entrance into the Alabama market. Camellia, headquartered in Hattiesburg, already operates home health and hospice services in Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia and Tennessee. Camellia plans to retain former Lawley employees as the company continues providing hospice services to its Alabama service area.

“Camellia has examined the Alabama market for years and we finally found the ideal situation that will best serve our company and the community,” Abb Payne, President of Camellia Healthcare, said in a news release. “This was the perfect opportunity to partner with an established and reputable provider of hospice services. We look forward to working with the excellent team members already in place as we continue providing high quality hospice care to patients and families.”

The facility will continue operating under the Lawley name, and owner Brent Lawley will remain as the facility’s top administrator.

“This is a positive step for the community and the patients and families we serve,” Lawley said. “Camellia has a long track record in outstanding care and this will help position us to continue providing this needed service to this region of Alabama.”

Founded in 1974, Camellia Healthcare is a Medicare certified, state licensed provider of home health and hospice services.  Camellia has 42 home health and/or hospice offices located throughout Mississippi, Georgia, Louisiana and Tennessee. The company employs approximately 950 caregivers and staff and also operates services providing private duty nursing, pharmacy services, and Urgent Care facilities.

This year, Camellia is celebrating its 40th anniversary and has been named one of Mississippi’s Best Places to Work by the Mississippi Business Journal, one of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies by Inc. Magazine and consistently appears on the Mississippi Business Journal’s list of Mississippi’s Fastest Growing Companies.

‘Adweek’ names GodwinGroup to exclusive ‘Top Shop’ list

Godwin GroupJACKSON, Mississippi — Advertising industry trade magazine AdWeek has selected Jackson-based GodwinGroup as the ad agency to represent Mississippi in it list of top agencies in each state. Only one agency in each state was selected for what the magazine called, “The one that, more often than not, just gets it right.”

“It’s certainly an honor just to be named on a list with names like Fallon, The Martin Agency, Crispin Porter + Bogusky, BBDO and Wieden + Kennedy,” said Philip Shirley, chairman and CEO of GodwinGroup. “Those firms set the bar high for our industry and it’s gratifying to work with prestigious clients who partner with us to produce work that gets this kind of recognition.”

AdWeek published the list this week as a map titled “The United States of Agencies — Our picks for the top shop in each state.” The criteria included head count, notable clients, legacy and reputation. The agencies also had to be founded in their state.

Earlier this year, GodwinGroup was also named by the Mississippi Business Journal as one of its “Best Places to Work in Mississippi.”

GodwinGroup was founded in 1937 had has headquarters in Jackson, and offices in Gulfport. It serves clients nationwide, primarily in healthcare, banking, finance, utilities, tourism, manufacturing, food and consumer goods. GodwinGroup provides branding, advertising and reputation management services, as well as web marketing services through its digital arm WebMetro/Godwin. For more information visit www.godwin.com.


Coopwood to MBJ: Gov. Bryant’s comments taken out of context


Scott Coopwood

Let’s take a closer look at Gov. Phil Bryant’s comments he made a couple of weeks ago when he responded to the question, “How did America get so mediocre?” As we all know, Bryant has been demonized by the liberal press for his response… well, the part of his response on which they chose to focus because it served their purpose in being able to define him as “ the type of conservative who boxes women into a corner with mixed messages,” as one Jackson publication put it. Bryant said, “You know, I think both parents started working, and the mom is in the workplace.” That’s the fragment, which was extricated from the remainder of his response and started the firestorm. Bryant continued on with many clarifying statements, saying, “That’s not a bad thing….They’re pursuing their careers. It’s a great American story now, that women are certainly in the workplace.” And, ”I think there was that loving, nurturing opportunity – that both parents had a little more time.” He goes on to describe his own childhood and in an era when Bryant says both parents had more time, and compares that era to today, where he acknowledges, “In today’s society, parents are so challenged. Not just the mom, but the mom and dad. They’re working overtime. They’re trying to balance both of them in the workplace.”

Bryant was being unfairly judged in this. As much or more was said about “both parents” as it was about mothers. Bryant’s own wife, Deborah, worked outside the home for years. He does not seem to be arguing here over the fact that women have had to work, often out of necessity, to help provide for their families. However, Bryant is pointing to the connection between parental involvement and the well being of the children. He is pointing to the vitally important position women have in our families and society. Surely, no one could argue that the decline in education and in our culture in general is related, to a great degree, to the drastic changes in the stability of the family unit over the past several decades. Having a mother and a father. Having a Mother and Father who understand the sacrifice it takes to raise children well, even when both parents work outside of the home.

There are many people, many women, who would agree that the most important place a woman can be is in the home caring for and nurturing their families. They would agree, if this were financially possible, that this is a place of honor for her, not a position of being “subservient” as we all read so often.

I believe Governor Bryant would agree with this. I believe his comments reflected a concern for the American family, not a disdain for women who work, whether by choice or necessity.

» Scott Coopwood is owner and publisher of the Delta Business Journal, Delta Magazine, and The Cleveland Current, based in Cleveland, Mississippi. He can be reached at scott@coopwood.net.

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