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Times have changed but Watkins still fully invested

By NASH NUNNERY Adam Watkins officially launched his real estate career the day he graduated from William Carey College (now University) nearly two decades ago. There were no smart phones, text messaging, Realtor.com or Zillow. The highest tech tool used in real estate transactions was the fax machine. Comparatively, the process of buying and selling homes now is immersed in ...

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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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‘Public hanging’ remark puts spotlight on Miss. Senate race

A video of a white U.S. senator from Mississippi making a flip reference to a “public hanging” is incensing voters in a special election runoff, drawing attention to the state’s history of lynching and boosting Democrats’ hope of pulling off a stunner in the Deep South. Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith is facing former congressman and former U.S. agriculture secretary Mike Espy, ...

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Analysis: Candidates need motivated voters for Senate runoff

Candidates in Mississippi’s U.S. Senate runoff are competing with college football, Thanksgiving turkey and the mad dash of Christmas bargain hunting as they try to hold voters’ attention. Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democratic challenger Mike Espy are on the ballot Nov. 27, and the winner will get the final two years of a six-year term started by longtime Republican ...

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Ajinomoto Foods to expand in Oakland, Mississippi

A frozen food manufacturer is expanding its operations in Mississippi, investing $22 million and creating 76 jobs over four years. Ajinomoto Foods North America, formerly known as Ajinomoto Windsor, makes and markets specialty frozen foods for consumers, commercial restaurants and foodservice operations from nine plants in six states. The company opened in Mississippi’s Yalobusha County in 2007 and added jobs ...

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A Gulfport hospital is saving hundreds of endangered turtles

Imagine swallowing a hook with a large weight attached to it. Imagine spending months with that hook inside you while you try to carry on with your life. That happens to sea turtles on a regular basis when they take a fisherman’s bait. Lucky for them, there is someone here to help. Located on the industrial Canal in Gulfport, the ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Hyde-Smith will trump Espy in run-off

The hand has begun writing on the wall. The not-so-slim lady is tuning her pipes. The Nov. 27 run-off between Cindy Hyde-Smith and Mike Espy is all but a done deal, with Hyde-Smith the clear winner.   Barring a political miracle, that’s what the numbers and political realities say.   The numbers first.   Espy needed a strong, above average ...

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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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New Petal children’s clinic welcomes Carden

Hattiesburg Clinic recently hired Nicole E. Carden, MD. at the newly opened Children’s Clinic — Petal. Carden provides care for children who are well and sick, from birth to young adulthood, and has a special interest in the management of asthma and allergy. Carden received her medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson, and completed ...

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Merit Health River Oaks receives prestigious international award

Baby-Friendly USA recently announced that Merit Health River Oaks has received international recognition as a Designated Baby-Friendly birth facility. Albany, N.Y.-based Baby-Friendly USA, Inc is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing ...

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