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SMPDD receives National Association of Development Organizations 2018 Innovation Award

Southern Mississippi Planning & Development District (SMPDD) in Gulfport recently received a 2018 Aliceann Wohlbruck Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for the 2017 Twin Districts Workforce Development Area (TDWDA) Sector Strategy Plan. The Sector Strategy Plan was produced by SMPDD to help guide workforce development efforts in the 24-county workforce area. The plan focuses on ...

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Crigler elected President of Mississippi Optometric Association

Dr. Amy Crigler, OD, of Starkville, has been elected the 2018-2019 president of the Mississippi Optometric Association (MOA). As president, she will lead a membership of over 240 optometrists located across the state who are dedicated to promoting the eye health and vision care of all Mississippians. Dr. Crigler, of Crigler Family Vision Center, has been a member of the ...

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Baker Donelson adds 5 tax attorneys to Jackson office

Baker Donelson has expanded its tax practice with the addition of five attorneys to its Jackson office. Joining Baker Donelson are C. Ted Sanderson Jr., James A. “Jay” Norris III, Leslie Bounds, William O. “Bill” Brown Jr., and Charles W. “Chuck” Goldberg Jr. Ted Sanderson joins as a shareholder with a primary focus on federal and state tax controversy and ...

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Dellenger joins Community Bank

Charlie Dellenger has joined Community Bank’s Biloxi office as Senior Vice President. In his new role, Dellenger will focus on commercial and consumer loans, deposits, mortgages, and investments. Dellenger, a native of Biloxi, MS, is a graduate of Louisiana State with a Bachelor of Science in Finance. Dellenger recently served as Director of Business Development for Seymour Engineering, PPLC, and ...

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Barnes Law Firm named one of “10 Best” Estate Planning Law Firms in Mississippi

Barnes Law Firm was selected by the American Institute of Legal Counsel as one of the “10 Best” Estate Planning Law Firms in Mississippi. Harris H. Barnes, III, is President of Barnes Law Firm. To qualify for the “10 Best,” each candidate must be formally nominated by the Institute, client, and/or fellow Attorney; have attained the highest degree of professional ...

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MOA recognizes outstanding members for 2018

The Mississippi Optometric Association recognized six of its members at its 2018 annual Fall Conference in Jackson. The association presents the awards annually to recognize significant contributions to the profession of optometry, paraoptometry, and the general public. Dr. David Parker, O.D., of Olive Branch, was presented with the inaugural Healthcare Award for serving as an advocate for patient safety and ...

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Forrest General Hospital designated a STEMI Receiving Center

Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg has been designated as a STEMI Receiving Center by the Mississippi State Department of Health. An ST-Elevated Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) is a type of severe heart attack that requires immediate intervention. This designation acknowledges that Forrest General employs scientifically recognized best practices when treating STEMI patients and that the hospital has the staff and equipment ...

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Copeland Cook announces new associates

Copeland, Cook, Taylor & Bush, P.A., welcomed attorneys Shauncey Hunter, Dillon King, and Ian Underwood to the law firm’s Ridgeland office. Hunter joins the firm as an associate in CCTB’s Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights, Litigation, and Real Estate practice groups after her role as attorney-adviser to nine administrative-law judges who hear disability appeals at the Social Security Administration’s Office of ...

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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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Partnership salutes new Ambassador team

The Greater Starkville Development Partnership recently recognized its 2018-2019 Ambassador team. They are, top row, from left, Hagan Walker, Matt Matthews, Jason Ryder, Brian McCaskill, Brad Jones, Gerry Logan, Terry Long, John Crecink. Middle row: Carrie-Beth Randall, Kelly Cutshall, Donna Sims, Barbara Foster, Lateshia Butler, Katherine Little, Adrienne Morris, Candy Crecink. Front row: Libby Gerald, Mary Jane Runnels, Pat Lane, ...

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