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Government engineer of the year

Pictured are, from left: District 5 Engineer David Foster; District 5 Assistant Engineer Freddy Stokes; Former District 5 Resident Engineer Albert Sadd; Ratliff and his wife, Kimberly Ratliff; Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall; MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath; and, Southern District Transportation Commissioner Tom King.

Ben Ratliff of the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s Whitfield Project Office has been recognized as the Mississippi Engineering Society’s “Government Engineer of the Year.” The award is judged on the following criteria: education, professional/technical society activities, civic and humanitarian activities and primarily on professional achievements.  Ratliff received the award at MES’ Annual Awards Banquet. Ratliff has been with MDOT for ...

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Karen Dickey earns promotion

Karen Dickey has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Branch Administration Officer for Community Bank, North Mississippi.  She joined Community Bank in 2007, and was most recently a Vice President and Loan Officer. Dickey specializes in relationship management and business development, as well as consumer and commercial lending. Active in the community, Dickey is a member of the Advisory ...

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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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JSU grad Roy Thomas speaks at conference

Jackson State University class of ’84 alumnus Roy Thomas spoke March 20 during Social Work Month ceremonies at the Mississippi e-Center at JSU.

Jackson State University class of ’84 alumnus Roy Thomas was the featured speaker during Social Work Month ceremonies March 20 at the Mississippi e-Center at JSU. Thomas, a family and relationships therapist and owner of Stephen & Associates in Merrillville, Ind., presented a program on EMDR, a technique for healing trauma. Thomas says he is successfully treating emotional disorders, trauma ...

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Community Bank adds Bethany and Liles

Bill Bethany has joined Community Bank as an assistant vice president at the Jackson office on Old Canton Road. Bethany has over 10 years’ banking experience and most recently was employed as a branch manager at a regional bank. In his new role with Community Bank, Bethany will assist customers with personal and commercial finance needs. Bethany, an Atlanta native, ...

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Magnolia Business Alliance awards grants

The Magnolia Business Alliance has made two grant awards to Mississippi woman-owned small businesses to support their start-up and growth. MBA designed the grants along with Mississippi entrepreneur Beverly Dale to stimulate growth among small, woman-owned businesses and create a positive impact on local communities. MBA awarded a $5,000 new business grant to Toni Natson to purchase restaurant equipment for ...

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New architect in Clinton

The Clinton Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a ribbon cutting for a new architecture firm in Clinton. Mayor Phil Fisher among other guests welcomed Durrell Design Group, PLLC, during a ceremony March 31 at 851 E. Northside Drive, Suite B in Clinton. Greg L. Durrell, a native of Vicksburg, Mississippi, is a graduate of Mississippi State University. He has over ...

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Independent Roofing Systems, Inc. recognized

Independent Roofing Systems, Inc., 5090 McRaven Road in Jackson, has earned the 2015 Master Contractor Award from Firestone Building Products Company, LLC, a leading manufacturer and supplier of a comprehensive product portfolio for commercial building performance solutions. From a network of more than 3,000 Firestone Building Products Red Shield Licensed Roofing Contractors, the Jackson firm is one of 256 to ...

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Mississippi Young Bankers selects new officers

The Mississippi Young Bankers section of the Mississippi Bankers Association elected new officers and councilmen in March during the MYB Annual Study Conference and Convention in Point Clear, Ala. Officers include: President: Parker England, Planters Bank & Trust Company, Greenville; Vice President:  Kent Mortimer, Bank of Kilmichael, Kilmichael; Treasurer: Wes Rouse, Magnolia State Bank, Hattiesburg New councilmen include: Justin Bobo, ...

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Oxford educator Jeff Clay honored

Oxford Middle School Principal Jeff Clay is the 2015 Oxford School District Administrator of the Year. He was presented with the professional recognition award at the district’s Board of Trustees March meeting. OSD Superintendent Brian Harvey says Clay “is truly one of the hardest working people I have had the opportunity to work with. He created his own professional learning ...

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