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Stone making her community a better place to live and work

By CALLIE DANIELS Three years ago, a Memphis native moved for the first time to Tupelo. Not only did she meet and marry her husband, become a mother to two sons: she impacted her community for the better. “I was born and raised in Memphis,” said Tiffany Stone. “I moved here because the job I had at the time was ...

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BankFirst Financial Services announces the launch of SBA Lending Division

BankFirst announced that it has expanded its business banking solutions to offer SBA 7a, and 504 loans to small business owners throughout Mississippi and Alabama. With a retail branch network in central Mississippi and Alabama, BankFirst’s entrance into SBA lending allows the Company to better serve its existing communities as well as develop a southeastern footprint to offer loan products ...

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O’Neal, Jr. appointed to the Regions Financial Corp. Board of Directors in Jackson

Regions Financial Corp. announced that Willie Anthony O’Neal, Jr. has been appointed to the company’s Board of Directors in Jackson, effective immediately. O’Neal is a third-generation business leader and pioneer with more than 28 years of professional experience in the areas of engineering, program & project management, business development & marketing, quality management and business operations. In 2015, O’Neal was ...

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Rice joins BankFirst Financial Services

BankFirst Financial Services announced that Renee Rice is the new Community Banking President for Madison County. Rice is active in the community, including serving on several local and state boards: Madison County Community Trust, Finance and Economics Advisory Board at Mississippi State University and Jackson Academy Board of Trustees. She is a Columbus native, receiving a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi ...

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Dellenger joins Community Bank

Charlie Dellenger has joined Community Bank’s Biloxi office as Senior Vice President. In his new role, Dellenger will focus on commercial and consumer loans, deposits, mortgages, and investments. Dellenger, a native of Biloxi, MS, is a graduate of Louisiana State with a Bachelor of Science in Finance. Dellenger recently served as Director of Business Development for Seymour Engineering, PPLC, and ...

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BankPlus hires Weems

BankPlus recently hired Ross Weems as First Vice President in the bank’s Private Client Group. He has been in the banking industry for over 8 years. Weems will be responsible for cultivating personal and business banking relationships and assisting clients with their various financial needs. A native of West Point, Weems holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Mississippi State University, ...

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Russell named VP of Community Bank Coast Region

Cindy Russell has been named Vice President of Community Bank Coast Region. A native of Pensacola, Florida, Russell recently served as Assistant Vice President and has been in banking for twenty-two years. In her new role, Russell will be responsible for Association Banking, Treasury Management, and Business Development. Active in her community, Russell serves on the board as President Elect ...

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Robinson promoted at Cadence Investment Services

Jerry Toney, Senior Wealth Advisor for Cadence Investment Services, announced that Cate Robinson has been promoted to wealth advisor in Starkville and received her designation as a Certified Financial Planner. Robinson became a member of the team at Cadence Bank in 2014. She then joined Cadence Investment Services in 2016 where she received her Series 7 and Series 66 registrations ...

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Mississippi bank to buy Louisiana bank for $86M in stock

A Mississippi bank is buying a Louisiana bank. The First Bancshares Inc. of Hattiesburg announced Tuesday that it’s buying FPB Financial Corp. for $86 million in stock. The Hammond, Louisiana-based company owns Florida Parishes Bank, with $383 million in assets and seven offices in the Hammond and New Orleans areas. The First’s would spread its Louisiana footprint, filling a hole ...

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