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McCluskey director of investigations at Auditor’s Office

State Auditor Shad White announced that Richie McCluskey will replace David Huggins as Director of Investigations at the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor. Huggins resigned from his position shortly after White became State Auditor. McCluskey joins the Auditor’s office from a long law enforcement career which began in 1988 at the Flowood Police Department. McCluskey advanced from Patrolman to ...

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NBC poll: Gov. Bryant gets high marks; confidence in economy, legislature tepid

BY BOBBY HARRISON / MISSISSIPPI TODAY State Economist Darrin Webb told legislative leaders during a September budget hearing more of the same – the Mississippi economy is not doing as well as the national economy. “The state’s economy has struggled to gain the momentum in the years since the Great Recession,” which started in 2008, Webb said, echoing his comments ...

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Analysis: Debates might aid voters, but candidates pass

JEFF AMY If a debate in Mississippi’s U.S. Senate race to fill out the unexpired term of the retired Thad Cochran had gone off as planned last Thursday at Millsaps College in Jackson, you might be reading more about the event in this space. But the debate fell apart after appointed Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith said she wouldn’t be there. ...

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Hurricane Michael gains strength, takes aim at north Florida

Hurricane Michael intensified into a Category 2 over warm Gulf of Mexico waters Tuesday amid fears it would strike Florida on Wednesday as an even stronger hurricane. Mandatory evacuations were issued as beach dwellers rushed to board up homes just ahead of what could be a devastating hit. A hurricane hunter plane that bounced into the swirling eye off the ...

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EMBDC Recognizes September Ambassadors of the Month

The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation recently presented its September Ambassadors of the Month awards. Recognized were, from left, Mary Atterberry, Rush Health Systems, second place; Leah Hearn, Commercial Bank, place; Sonya Scarbrough, BankPlus, red ticket drawing winner; and Lee Williams, Regions Bank, third place. (Courtesy of EMBDC)

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Johnson named distinguished alumni

Dr. Linda Johnson of Jackson is the 2018 Indiana University School of Optometry Foley House Distinguished Alumni. The award is the highest honor the school awards to its alumni. Johnson is a 1978 graduate of IUSO, becoming the first African American woman optometrist in Mississippi. She is the Director of Optometry Services at the Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center. Over the ...

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Will Townes joins Beard+Riser Architects

Beard + Riser Architects recently announced that Will Townes, AIA, LEED AP has joined the firm in its Oxford office as a Project Architect. A native of Louisville, Ky., Townes graduated from the Louisville Collegiate School, received a Bachelor of Philosophy degree from Washington & Lee University and earned a Master of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech University. A licensed ...

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Origin Bank promotes Kilpatrick

Ryan Kilpatrick Origin Bank has announced that it has promoted Ryan Kilpatrick to Executive Vice President, Chief Brand and Communications Officer. Kilpatrick has served the Rustin, La.-based organization since April 2006, most recently as Senior Vice President, Director of Culture Strategies and Governmental Affairs. While at Origin he has been responsible for business development, building a strong corporate culture devoted ...

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BankPlus named one of American Banker’s Best Banks to Work For

BankPlus has been named one of the Best Banks To Work For in 2018 by American Banker. This is the sixth consecutive year BankPlus has been recognized by American Banker in their annual program. The Best Banks to Work For program, which was initiated in 2013 by American Banker and Best Companies Group, identifies, recognizes and honors U.S. banks for ...

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