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Prather joins Community

Vic Prather has been named Vice President of Information Security for Community Operations, Inc. He joins Community Bank with over nine years of experience in banking, most recently from PriorityOne Bank in Magee. Prather will be responsible for Information Security, Corporate Security and Disaster Recovery, as well as, serving on committees related to IT and Risk Management. Prather, a native ...

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People Lease hires 2

People Lease recently hired Natalie Portera as a Payroll and Accounting Specialist and Pam Hamilton as part of the payroll team. Portera has 15 years of experience in office management, administration, payroll and accounting. She has worked as an Office Manager for a civil engineering firm for the past 11 years. Natalie is a resident of Rankin County where she ...

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Caldwell takes nursing post

James Caldwell, who has 30 years experience in the nursing profession, has been named chief nursing officer at the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s hospital campuses in Grenada and Holmes County. Caldwell joins UMMC after serving as chief nursing officer at Henry County Medical Center in Paris, Tenn. Before that, he was chief nursing officer at Baptist Memorial Hospital in ...

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McKewen to lead Habitat

Merrill Tenney McKewen has been named new executive director by the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area. She succeeds Cindy Griffin, who retired May 31 after 15 years of service to the non-profit organization. McKewen is a native of Grenada and a graduate of the University of Mississippi. She has more than 30 years of experience ...

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Telco wins Advocacy Award

Courtesy of Mississippi Telco
Mississippi Telco Federal Credit Union President/CEO Kevin Long (left) accepts the Advocacy Award from Mississippi Credit Union Association President/CEO Charles Elliott.

Mississippi Telco Federal Credit Union in Pearl has been honored as one of only 17 credit unions in Mississippi that earned an Advocacy Award, which recognizes credit unions for efforts to protect, strengthen and expand credit unions and improve the lives of members. The Mississippi Credit Union Association is the state trade association for 81 credit unions that serve more ...

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Pierce named to Hall of Fame

Mississippi Telco Federal Credit Union Director Joe Pierce was recently inducted into the Mississippi Credit Union Hall of Fame. Created in 1993, the Mississippi Credit Union Hall of Fame is the state’s highest credit union honor, recognizing individuals who have devoted their lives to the philosophy and success of credit unions at the local, state or national level. Pierce achieved ...

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GS&P promotes Battey

Randy Battey, P.E., has been named a senior associate in Gresham, Smith and Partners, a leading multi-disciplinary design and consulting firm for the built environment. Battey is a senior engineer and principal in GS&P’s Transportation market who joined the firm in 2014. He has more than 27 years of experience in pavement management and preservation, transportation research, materials testing, local ...

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MSU’s Kirkland honored

Brenda Kirkland, a Mississippi State University associate professor of geosciences, is the first woman to receive an international award given by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. Kirkland has been honored with the Grover E. Murray Memorial Distinguished Educator Award. The award, bestowed on a professional who has significantly contributed to geological education, emphasizes the recipient’s success in teaching, guiding ...

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Dale Partners adds partner

Jason Agostinelli, AIA, is now a partner with Dale Partners Architects P.A. Agostinelli started working for Barranco Architecture after graduating from Mississippi State University in 2010, and joined Dale Partners through the companies’ merger in 2011. He became a licensed architect in the state of Mississippi in 2014. Since being employed at Dale Partners, Agostinelli has been on many project ...

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Keesler FCU has new leader

Andy Swoger has been named new President and CEO of Keesler Federal Credit Union. Swoger was previously the Vice President/Chief Financial Officer of the $1.5 billion Texans Credit Union in Richardson, Texas. During his tenure at Texans Credit Union, the institution experienced its most successful years in its history. Swoger is a graduate of Kent State University where he majored ...

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