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JIM McHALE — How we can help you elevate Mississippians to a higher degree

When I moved to Mississippi from Michigan less than two years ago, I was delighted by the warm reception I received from so many. I was welcomed mightily. Thank you to the funding community, including-foundations like the CREATE Foundation and Phil Hardin Foundation, to companies like Ingalls Shipbuilding, Entergy Mississippi, and the University of Mississippi Medical Center, for also welcoming ...

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Don’t miss these sites along the Natchez Trace

‘COME SEE US’ – The MBJ’s annual Meetings, Conventions and Tourism magazine (Spring 2014 edition)   PHARR MOUNDS, milepost 286.7, are a prehistoric Native American site built between 1 and 200 AD, making it about 2,000 years old. There are eight mounds on 90 acres. These mounds built by Native Americans during the Middle Woodland period are considered the oldest ...

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Top 40 nod comes with a responsibility

Change is inevitable, but, in Mississippi, often it can come as slow as the movement of the continents across the globe. From a health standpoint, obesity costs the Magnolia State more than $2 billion a year as our people have been tagged with the moniker of the fattest in the nation for more than 30 years. From an education standpoint, ...

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Top 40: Kevin Stafford

A typical day for Kevin Stafford is one that might be considered by most as atypical. The resourceful Stafford wears a lot of hats during the course of his work day as engineer manager in charge of Neel-Schaffer’s Columbus branch. For instance, as city engineer for the City of Columbus, he might have to explain why a certain ditch flows ...

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Top 40: Wes Rouse

Wes Rouse did not have to look far for a role model while growing up in South Mississippi. That’s because the object of his admiration was his father, Doug, a prominent Hattiesburg physician and a man who Wes Rouse says instilled hometown values in him at an early age. “My dad has lived a simple life and has shown me ...

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Top 40: Russell Bennett

When Russell Bennett arrived at the Mississippi Bankers Association to assume his duties as vice president for government relations, the public perception of the banking and financial services industries was at an all-time low. However, the Jackson native has worked with the Mississippi Legislature for the past three years to reverse the perception. Bennett said his purpose was to ensure ...

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Top 40: Timothy Beacham

For Timothy Beacham, a healthy workforce is a profitable workforce. An associate professor of anesthesiology at University of Mississippi Health Care, Beacham says research has proven that the benefits of healthy employees includes reduction of absences, lost time due to accidents, greater staff productivity and reduced employee turnover. None other than the American Medical Association Foundation has taken notice of ...

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Top 40: Lindsay Hamm

Lindsay Hamm’s personal philosophy is simple – never be afraid to try something different, set your goals high and work hard. The Austin, Texas, native certainly has lived by her own words as a working professional. As area sales director for MMI Hotel Group, Hamm oversees sales and promotion of two Cabot Lodge hotels and Madison’s Hilton Garden Inn. Through ...

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Top 40: Tina Williamson

With 19 years working experience in the healthcare, legal and criminal case management fields, Tina Williamson decided to take an opportunity to “pay if forward.” When the Mississippi College School of Law, Williamson’s alma mater, asked her to return in 2006 and establish an alumni affairs program, she didn’t hesitate. During her first year in the position, Williamson increased donor ...

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Top 40: Cheryl Atkinson-Bosarge

As general manager for the world-famous The Shed BBQ restaurants, there’s nothing Cheryl Atkinson-Bosarge relishes more than watching crew members come together into an empty building and transform their new Shed into their own. The Biloxi native certainly has had plenty of practice in that department. That is because Atkinson-Bosarge has opened six new Shed franchises in the past three ...

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