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Pickering Firm hires 2

Zach McCormick and Kevin Clarke have joined the Pickering Firm, Inc., in its Flowood office. McCormick has joined the firm’s Transportation Team as engineer intern. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University. Clarke has joined the firm’s Natural Resources Team as environmental technician. Kevin attended East Mississippi Community College. The engineering firm was ...

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Pat Lane joins Cadence panel

Pat Lane has joined Cadence Bank’s local advisory board for Starkville. Lane has been a real estate broker in the Starkville area for 39 years. She was recognized as Coldwell Banker’s top producer in Mississippi from 1998 to 2001 and was honored with the International President’s Elite designation eight consecutive times. She also has been voted by the community as ...

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Planters promotes Will Sledge

Will Sledge has recently been promoted to president of the Ruleville office of Planters Bank. Sledge has been in banking for 13 years with eight years at Planters Bank’s office in Cleveland. He received his BBA and MBA from Delta State University. He is a graduate of the Mississippi School of Banking and the Louisiana State Graduate School of Banking ...

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Lawdragon recognizes Christy Jones

Christy D. Jones, an attorney with Butler Snow, has been selected as a member of the 2014-2015 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America. The Lawdragon 500 is an annual guide to America’s leading lawyers. Selections are made from a combination of editorial research, law firm nominations and online nominations. Jones has served as national trial counsel representing numerous corporations, trying ...

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Gay Austin named nonprofit VP

Gay Austin of McComb, has been installed as second vice president the nonprofit National Garden Clubs., the largest volunteer gardening organization in the world. As second vice president for the next two years, Austin will chair the finance committee. Austin previously served as third vice president of National Garden Clubs. She has held various positions on a national level. Austin ...

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Dudley Barnes on Barron’s list

Dudley M. Barnes, CFP, a financial adviser at Barnes-Petty Financial Advisors in Clarksdale, was recently named to Barron’s list of “The Top 1,200 Advisors” in the nation. Barnes has been named to the list since 2011. The list criteria includes the adviser’s assets under management, revenue generated, quality of service and regulatory records. Barnes-Petty Financial Advisors also has offices in ...

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US Geological Survey: 3.2 earthquake in Madison Co.


JACKSON — A small earthquake shook Madison County, Mississippi, on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was the third quake in the area in the past two months. The 3.2-magnitude quake occurred at 8:23 a.m. Monday, said Paul Caruso, a geophysicist at the National Earthquake Information Center. The epicenter was about 4 miles southwest of Canton and 19 miles north-northeast ...

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Drop in casino revenue means tax hike likely by levee board


CLARKSDALE — The Yazoo Mississippi Delta Levee Board has scheduled a public meeting July 9 on a proposed tax increase. Since 1996, levee board has not raised taxes. The Clarkdale Press Register reports that’s likely to change. The levee board — which is tasked with maintaining the levee system in 12 counties — got its revenue from casino rentals. The ...

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