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MSU honors Diversity winners

Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum (left) congratulates 2017 MSU Diversity Award winners, from left, Roy Jafari, a doctoral student in industrial and systems engineering; Deborah Jackson, assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Foundations; Bailey McDaniel, a senior sociology student; and Scott Willard, associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Courtesy of ...

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Dealership ‘Best of the Best’

Mercedes-Benz of Jackson has been recognized by the luxury automobile brand as a Best of the Best for 2016, placing it among the upper echelon of Mercedes-Benz dealerships nationally. The Best of the Best Program recognizes dealers based on exemplary performance in sales, service and parts as well as excellence in operations and customer experience. The top 15 percent of ...

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Sutherland a top writer

Kari L. Sutherland of Butler Snow has been named a 2017 Law360 Distinguished Legal Writing Award winner by the Burton Awards. The honor is awarded to only 25 writers from entries submitted by the nation’s 1,000 largest law firms. Sutherland received the Burton Award based on her articled titled “Funding Litigation and Treatment: Leveling the Playing Field or Exploiting the ...

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Rogers directs MSU center

Marty W. Rogers, a nationally recognized aerospace authority, is now the new director of the Mississippi State-led Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence, which is the Federal Aviation Administration’s Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems. In addition to leading ASSURE as interim director, Rogers was the business director for the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems ...

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Nursing specialist certified

Xavier L. Agee, simulation & IT specialist in The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Nursing, has earned distinction as the state’s only Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist. Agee, a Bay Springs, native, has been a member of the Southern Miss nursing staff since 2012. He acquired the CHSOS title recently following an extensive national certification process which requires applicants ...

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Milstead elected to board

Marty Milstead, President of the Mississippi Automobile Dealers Association, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Automobile Trade Association Executives. The ATAE is a national organization offering an extensive menu of programs and services in the areas of professional development and automotive related issues.

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Merit Rankin taps Blaylock

Dwayne Blaylock, Chief Executive Officer of Merit Health River Oaks, will now also lead Merit Health Rankin as CEO in addition to his current duties. Blaylock has nearly 20 years of hospital administration experience. He was a member of the leadership team that helped create the Merit Health network. Previously, Blaylock was CEO at Merit Health Gilmore Memorial in Amory, ...

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Holton joins Columbia clinic

Nikki C. Holton, CNP, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Columbia Family Clinic. Holton received her Master of Science in Nursing and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing in Addison, Ill. She is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Holton is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, the Nurse Practitioner ...

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HORNE promotes 19 at Ridgeland office

HORNE, an accounting and business advisory firm, recently announced the promotion of 19 Ridgeland team members. Haley Cushing (Construction), Supervisor Stephen Massey (Construction), Senior Associate Emily Carpenter (Construction), Senior Associate Brent Gay (Financial Institutions), Supervisor Cory Bass (Financial Institutions), Senior Associate Sarah Olander (Financial Institutions), Senior Associate Marla Saxton (People Growth and Engagement), Supervisor Peter Graves (Technology), Supervisor Brandie Turner ...

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Ambassadors of the Month

The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation recently presented its March Ambassadors of the Month awards to, from left, Shawnda Grace, Trustmark, Red-ticket winner; Casey Hendricks, Montgomery Institute, third place; Mary Atterberry, Rush Health Systems, first place; and Derron Radcliff, MSU Riley Center, second place. Courtesy of EMBDC  

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