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Josh Moore joins Holcomb Dunbar

Josh Moore has joined the law firm of Holcomb Dunbar as a partner with its Litigation and Insurance Defense team.  Moore will concentrate his practice on providing general litigation representation with an emphasis on insurance related matters. Moore has practiced law across Mississippi for the past 11 years in insurance defense including Mississippi Tort Claims Act matters.  He received his ...

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Linda Orrison wins BBQ election

Linda Orrison, marketing director for The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint in Ocean Springs, has been  elected president of the National BBQ Association. “This is a vibrant organization filled with talented professionals doing great things in the industry,” said Orrison. “The NBBQA is where passion meets professionalism, and I’m proud to be part of the leadership team.” Among new members ...

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Stephen D. Kinsland to lead Griffin, Inc.

Griffin, Inc., a Mississippi-based armored vehicle manufacturer, has appointed Stephen D. Kinsland, Sr. as President. A graduate of Michigan State University, Kinsland began at Griffin in January 2006 as Materials Manager at the Navistar Defense assembly plant in West Point. In November 2007, he moved to the manufacturing facility in Byhalia in the same capacity. He became Purchasing Manager at ...

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Julie White in ag leadership class

Julie White of Starkville, an Extension Agent with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, has been selected to participate in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Partners in Agricultural Leadership class.  This two-year program is designed to enhance leadership skills and agricultural advocacy roles. White qualified to apply by being a National Top 10 Finalist in the AFBF Young Farmers and ...

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Mississippi Gulf CCC board adds Denise Doyle

Denise James Doyle began her term on the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Board of Trustees on March 16. A continuing professional education associate with Steve Passin & Associates, Doyle received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. She is treasurer for the Gulf Coast Symphony Guild and the chair of Marketing and Membership for the Gulf Coast Symphony ...

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Candace Sparks part of competition

The Magnolia Business Alliance in Long Beach has selected Candace Sparks, founder of BabyBedside, from 49 applicants in South Mississippi to participate in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s nationwide competition for women entrepreneurs called “InnovateHER.” It is for women who are developing products and services that will enhance the lives of women and their families. “S.P.A.R.K. LLC is so elated ...

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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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MSU grad gets turfgrass fellowship

Mississippi State University graduate student Phillip Vines presents results of his research to turfgrass professionals attending a campus field day.

A Mississippi State graduate student from Philadelphia is receiving a fellowship from the national turfgrass industry. Phillip L. Vines has been honored with a $5,000 grant from the Dr. James Watson Fellowship Program of the Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America. He is pursuing a master’s degree in plant pathology in the university’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Funded ...

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William Carey inducts 4 into Alumni Hall of Fame

Four inductees into William Carey University’s Hall of Fame were, from left, Dr. Eric Joseph Williams, Carl Merritt Jr., William Carey President Dr. Tommy King, Dr. Adam Breerwood and Vermester Jackson Bester.

William Carey University inducted four graduates  into the Alumni Hall of Fame during a banquet at Southern Oaks House and Gardens in Hattiesburg March 27. » Dr. Adam Breerwood is a two-time graduate of Carey, earning a bachelor’s degree in social science in 1997 and a master’s degree in education in 1999. He earned his doctoral degree in higher education ...

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Kerry Bernardo joins spine group

Kerry L. Bernardo, M.D. has joined Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A., as a clinical spine specialist in Hattiesburg. Bernardo received his medical degree from the University of California in Los Angeles. He completed his residency in neurosurgery at Barnes Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine, in St. Louis where he was chief resident. He was also an assistant professor ...

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