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Keesler AFB’s impact is measured in more than dollars

Keesler Air Force Base’s presence in Biloxi and South Mississippi is so extensive that it has to be measured from several angles, including historical, economic and community service. The base is rooted in the region’s history, dating back to June 1941 when the War Department activated Army Air Corps Station No. 8, Aviation Mechanics School in Biloxi. The War Department ...

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Soft-spoken steel man Tommy Dulaney well-respected in his industry

Tommy Dulaney is well-respected statewide for taking an initial $60,000 investment in Meridian’s Structural Steel Services in 1975 into a business today that specializes in building structural steel for power plants, steel mills and other industries worldwide. But while building SSS into a business employing 330, Dulaney has found time to volunteer, including serving as chairman of the Mississippi Economic ...

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DUFFIE: Yes, your favorite recipes can be revived

We all have that favorite dish that our mom or grandmother made when we were growing up. Perhaps you have several dishes that come to right now. You can actually taste and smell them as your memory takes you back. As you reflect on the ingredients, you are also aware now that those dishes were “heavy,” made with a lot ...

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Physical therapist spreads her knowledge to patients, therapists

Physical therapist Jodie Stogner travels far and wide in her job as a rehab product specialist for Pride Mobility/Quantum Rehab. Stogner markets complex rehab wheelchairs to help people with disabilities get what they need, and also travels the country teaching physical therapists, occupational therapists, and medical equipment suppliers how to evaluate and recommend appropriate products. Jean-Michel Geoffriau, PT, director of ...

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Recruitment pays off for Tupelo hospital

TUPELO — Rodger Brown, vice president for human resources, North Mississippi Health Services, is proud to head up HR for an organization with 6,200 employees that is one of the top three largest private sector employers in the state. He is even more proud of the crowning achievement of NMHS in winning the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards in 2012. ...

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SouthGroup builds on legacy as state's largest private insurance agency

The folks at SouthGroup Insurance Services are fond of a saying that sums up the company’s complex beginnings. “We like to say we’re an 11-year-old company with a 115-year history,” said Ronnie Tubertini, president and CEO. Tubertini was one of the founders of SouthGroup, which was formed Jan. 1, 2002, when 12 “successful, old and respected agencies” from across Mississippi ...

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Insurance costs contribute to slow residential growth on Gulf Coast

A drive along coastal U.S. 90 reveals many vacant lots where homes and businesses sat before Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Eight years after the devastating storm, rebuilding is scarce along the beach and on nearby streets. While reasons vary, the high cost of insurance is heard more than any other reason. For full coverage, property owners near the water need ...

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Lawyers have guided state's casino industry since the beginning

Gutsy casino entrepreneurs helped launch Mississippi into the gaming business more than 20 years, and today a new breed of entrepreneurs are buying up properties for their portfolios. One constant in the casino market’s maturation process: lawyers. At the beginning, there were regulations to learn and transactions to clear for brand new clients. Now firms have teams of lawyers dedicated ...

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State bar foundation says legal help for the poor is one of its major accomplishments

The Mississippi Bar Foundation, a non-profit organization founded 50 years ago to improve the administration of justice in Mississippi, has a bevy of accomplishments to its credit. Significant especially in a state with the lowest per capita income in the country, the Foundation has provided $12.5 million in financial support to provide legal help for the poor. “We exist because ...

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West Point lawyer, wife, mother stays busy and loves it

Law is the right career for Michelle D. Easterling. The West Point partner in the firm of Edwards, Storey, Marshall, Helveston & Easterling chose the legal profession while growing up in Pearlington and can’t imagine doing anything else. “What I’m doing now truly satisfies me,” she said. “I chose a career in law for several reasons.” Easterling elaborates on those ...

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