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Here’s Mississippi’s best lawyers of 2017

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2017 Edition of Best Lawyers is the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession. Best Lawyers has published it list for over three decades as a source of legal referrals. Lawyers on the Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise, and undergo an ...

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3 Mississippi firms win national housing design honors

Photo by Tim Hursley
The Oak Ridge House in Jackson is shaped to draw the outdoors in and lure the family out. Boundaries of space are indeterminate, alive and negotiable.  At night and from the inside, a view of the living room is projected out into the trees; from the outside, the trees and the sky are cast into the house.

The American Institute of Architects Housing Design Awards program recognized only 14 projects from around the nation this year, but three Mississippi architectural firms designed two of them — a carefully detailed modern home in Jackson by Duvall Decker Architects, P.A. and a catalog of replacement housing in six neighborhoods of Houston after Hurricane Ike by unabridged Architecture PLLC in ...

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Parker joins Kelly staff

Rep. Trent Kelly (R-Miss.) has selected Susan Parker as his new communications director. Parker, a native of Columbus, attended the Mississippi University for Women where she studied journalism. Parker was a reporter with WTVA TV for 24 years. She has won numerous awards from the Associated Press for writing and photography, including the Howard Lett Newsperson of the Year award ...

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Gulf States names VP

John Murray, CSI, CDT of Canizaro Cawthon Davis Architects in Jackson has assumed the Vice President’s duties and responsibilities for the Gulf States Region Construction Specifications Institute. The Gulf States Region CSI is composed of 16 chapters with nearly 700 members of the construction industry in Alabama, Arkansas, Northwest Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Murray has been an member of ...

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Boggs named controller

The Washington County Economic Alliance in Greenville has hired Hillary Boggs as Controller. Boggs will handle the organization’s finances and investments. Boggs joins the WCEA with 10-plus years of work experience in advanced statistical and financial analysis as well as business development. She has experience in grant writing and business development, specializing in helping businesses develop marketing and financial plans. ...

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Parden joins Tupelo clinic

Vascular surgeon Justin Parden, M.D., has joined The Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery Clinic of North Mississippi in Tupelo. A native of Mobile, Ala., Parden earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Alabama, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He graduated from medical school at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. ...

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2017 Leadership Greater Jackson class

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The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership has selected 41 professionals for the Leadership Greater Jackson class of 2017. The  program is designed to develop existing and emerging leaders in the metro area from diverse sectors of the local community. The class will explore areas such as healthcare, economic development, diversity training, the criminal and justice system, the political culture and education. Members of this years class, listed alphabetically, are Curtis Anderson, Reformed Theological Seminary; Kimberly Bibb, University Mississippi Medical Center; Ryan Brown, Mississippi Public Service Commission; Jasmine Chapman-Powell, TransitCare, LLC; J.D. Cooley, Burr & Forman LLP; Allison Cox, Jackson Housing Authority; Victoria Gholar, University Mississippi Medical Center; Haley Gregory, Butler Snow; Trey Guerieri, Terramark Real Estate; Amber Hurtado, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management; Rafael Jackson, Neighborhood Christian Center; Shari Jones, River Hills Bank; Lori Liddell, Horne LLP; M. Douglas Loftin, Office of Speaker Philip Gunn; Alan McCormick, Security Ballew Wealth Management; Vernon McFarland, Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP; Julian Miller, Butler Snow; Robert Morgan II, Gov. Phil Bryant; Paul Moore, Mississippi Public Broadcasting; Quincy Mukoro, Octagon Group LLC; Jordan Musgrove, Company. Politics; Rob Oates Jr., Renasant Bank; Amorya Orr, Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP; Eric Payne, University Mississippi Medical Center; Keshia Sanders, Horne LLP; Jason Sartain, Bonefish Grill; Christina Seanor, Carroll Warren & Parker PLLC; Todd Stauffer, Jackson Free Press; Anna Sweat-Day, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP; Mary Thigpen, Hope Credit Union; Brandon Thompson, Margaret Walker Center, JSU; J. Leann Thompson, Mississippi Secretary of State; Lynn Tincher-Ladner, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society; Srinivasan Vijayakumar, University Mississippi Medical Center; Tommy Wallace II, U.S. Consolidated, Inc.; Tonya Ware, The Church Triumphant Global, Inc.; Lora Warren, YoungWilliams, P.C.; Nakesha Watkins, City of Jackson; Tonitrice Wicks, Alcorn State University; Rashad Williams, Community Bank; and Bryce Yelverton, Yelverton Consulting.

The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership has selected 41 professionals for the Leadership Greater Jackson class of 2017. The program is designed to develop existing and emerging leaders in the metro area from diverse sectors of the local community. The class will explore areas such as healthcare, economic development, diversity training, the criminal and justice system, the political culture and education. ...

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Chamber hires Hernandez

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Inc. has named Mei-Li Hernandez as the next Membership Coordinator. Hernandez’s focus will be on membership development, recruitment, and retention. A former Pass Christian resident, Hernandez graduated from Pass Christian High School in 2003. She now resides in Biloxi. Hernandez has been a member of Coast Young Professionals for one year, where she ...

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Shearer joins CPA firm

J. Robert (Bob) Shearer, CPA, has joined Smith Shellnut Wilson, LLC as vice president with responsibilities in the firm’s financial institution channel. Shearer recently retired as a partner from BKD, LLP where he had served as the industry leader for BKD’s financial institutions practice in Mississippi. Shearer was a founding partner of Shearer Taylor & Co. P.A., which merged with ...

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Forster on state board

Dr. Michael Forster, dean of the College of Health at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected to serve on the board of directors for the Mississippi Public Health Institute. MSPHI is a nonprofit dedicated to protecting and improving the health and well-being of Mississippians. It promotes public health by facilitating collaboration among programs and organizations, as well as ...

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