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Every piece is unique at Midnite Pottery

Midnite Pottery got its name because it was started by family members who had full-time jobs, and took up pottery making with a passion that left them often working until midnight or later. “My brother, Dean Webb, started the business,” said Midnite Pottery owner Jennifer Shelton. “He had just taken a pottery lesson. He didn’t really have a hobby. He ...

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John Calhoun sports passion & persistence

John D. Calhoun, Ph.d, CEO of IMS Engineers, isn’t content to just be an entrepreneur involved with doing engineering work on major projects such as the 18-mile Byram-Clinton Corridor and the $700-million Army Corps of Engineers Permanent Pump Station Project in New Orleans. Calhoun, who was recently named by President Barack Obama as one of 18 Champions of Change in ...

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Whirling derby

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of busy is “engaged in action, full of activity.” Perhaps the volume’s publisher should have added a photograph of Rubye Del Harden to accompany the text. There is busy, and then there is Rubye Del Harden. Consider that the Tupelo resident owns a printing shop, weekly newspaper, consulting firm and now a ballroom ...

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Making great strides

Junior League of Jackson has grown to one of largest in the world When the Junior League of Jackson (JLJ) was formed in 1941, it was a far different world than today. Most women didn’t work outside of the home, and it wasn’t until late in 1941 that the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor drawing the U.S. into World War II. ...

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Educating America about money

Franks passionate about show others how to make money work for them When he speaks, Paul Franks exudes the charismatic flair of fictional character Elmer Gantry, made famous in the novel of the same name by author Sinclair Lewis. And though he’s married to a Greenwood minister/evangelist, just like Gantry, that’s where the comparison begins and ends. A senior regional ...

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Flenorl has a life of firsts to her credit

Rose Flenorl, manager of Corporate Social Responsibility at FedEx in Memphis, has traveled the world in her job that includes managing millions of dollars of donations by FedEx and its 285,000 team members in the 220 countries served by the world’s largest express transportation service. The native of Clarksdale didn’t attend an integrated school until she was a sophomore, and ...

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The balancing act

Caution. Volunteering to make your community a better place can be addictive. Just ask some of the most active volunteers with the Junior League of Jackson (JLJ). Camille Scales Young, government affairs representative for Watkins Ludlum Winter and Stennis, P.A., is married with three children. She finds time for a career, family life and volunteering because all are important to ...

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No underestimating Tyler these days

Greenwood business is flourishing and everyone taking her seriously after 17 successful years When Cindy Tyler opened the Mississippi Gift Company in downtown Greenwood, she was 27-years old but looked 10 years younger. Tyler admits that no one took her very seriously. “When I first started the business, customers and vendors would come in and ask me, ‘Is your momma ...

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Attitude goes a long way

DeJonnette Grantham King launched Advanced Environmental Consultants in a converted room of her house on a complete leap of faith. After a career with the state Department of Environmental Quality and several private firms, she found herself without a job after Professional Services Industries’ environmental division shut the doors on its Jackson office in 1997. Armed with a telephone, fax ...

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Out of Oxford and to Africa

Mississippi couple runs successful safari business On an African safari trip last year, Warigia Bowman and her family came a little too close for comfort to wildlife when an elephant charged the vehicle they were traveling in. Luckily, her husband knew what to do to quickly get the family out of her harm’s way. His expertise lies in his 15 ...

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