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ALAN TURNER — Watkins & Eager: Spanning 3 centuries

There aren’t very many companies that can claim to have operated in 3 different centuries.  The Jackson law firm of Watkins & Eager is a firm that has accomplished that. The firm traces its roots back to 1895, when William Watkins began practicing law in Jackson.  He later partnered up with Pat Eager, and the firm has been in operation ...

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Scott Pedigo named shareholder

Scott W. Pedigo has been named managing shareholder for the Jackson office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC. Pedigo assumes the role held for eight years by William S. Painter, who will continue his corporate practice with the firm. While serving as office managing shareholder, Pedigo will maintain his litigation practice where he represents manufacturing and commercial clients ...

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HORNE admits 2 partners

Ashley McAdams, CPA, and Scott Keller have been admitted as partners with HORNE, LLP, one of the nation’s Top 50 accounting firms. McAdams is part of HORNE’s financial institutions team where she specializes in external and internal audit services including Sarbanes-Oxley compliance reviews to community banks and public companies. She has more than 10 years of experience providing assurance and ...

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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701 — Tax credits: key programs and select acronyms

T ax credit programs cannot be credited with the conception of the term “acronymophobia” – an irrational fear of acronyms – but the phobic population grows with each new program.  Three popular tax credit acronyms for developers are LIHTC, NMTC and HTC. These letters represent incentive programs, which account for about $8.5 billion of annual U.S. credited federal taxes. All ...

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John McLaurin named to chancery judge post

BRANDON — Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed John McLaurin Jr. as Rankin County chancery judge. The Brandon attorney replaces the late Dan Fairly, who died in April. Bryant announced the appointment in a news release Wednesday. McLaurin holds a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law. He has practiced law at McLaurin ...

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Thompson ordered removed as judge

JACKSON — Lee County Justice Court Judge Rickey Thompson has been removed from office by the Mississippi Supreme Court. Thompson, a justice court judge since 2004, has until June 4 to ask the Supreme Court to reconsider. If he does not ask for a rehearing, the removal will become effective June 11. Thompson was also fined $3,500 and ordered to ...

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PayPal latest company targeted for CFPB penalties

By TED CARTER Paypal Inc. is facing a $10 million fine and restitutions of $15 million for signing up users for a Paypal credit card without their knowledge, the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says. The global Internet payments and money transfer company is the latest entity in the last couple of weeks to draw the wrath of the CFPB, a ...

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UPDATED: Richland lifts ban on filling mobile home lots after ruling

By TED CARTER Reacting to last week’s Mississippi Supreme Court ruling, the City of Richland says it will let Cleveland Mobile Home Park resume placing mobile homes on vacant lots in the park. Mayor Mark Scarborough said Monday the only condition is that installation of the manufactured homes meets current state and city codes, including a city requirement that the homes ...

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