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Women Business Owners of the Pine Belt Hosts Annual Event

Members of the Pinebelt’s Women Business Owners recently recognized outgoing and incoming board members for 2017 and 2018. Pictured are, from left, Amanda Morris, 2018 Vice President; Kathi Sherman, 2017 Event Coordinator; Skye Dulin, 2017  and 2018 Treasurer; Victoria King, 2018 Secretary; Fernanda Roberts, 2017 Secretary; Rosie Knop, 2018 President and 2017 Vice President; Jennifer Clark, 2017 President. Officers not ...

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TODD SMITH: 7 technologies to watch in 2018

Blistering fast wireless networks, digital assistants everywhere, and a coming out bash for augmented reality. These and other technologies are worth keeping an eye on in 2018, according to USA TODAY. There is sure to be more digital innovations on the horizon in 2018! All of these new technologies will leverage advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence in a ...

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Forrest General names Employee Award Winners

Steven Allseitz was recently name Forrest General Hospital’s 2017 Employee of the Year during a celebration that recognized other employees, too. Allseitz is Equipment/Supply Management Coordinator in the Cath Lab. Also honored were the four winners of the 12th Annual Philip Rogers Quality Award. The award is named for Dr. Philip Rogers, a nephrologist with Hattiesburg Clinic, who dedicated 32 ...

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Blue Cross, Habitat dedicate 6th home

Constance Mitchell and her three children are now homeowners thanks to the support of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi and its Team Blue employee volunteers, as well as Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area (HFHMCA). Team Blue volunteers worked Saturdays during September and October to build Mitchell’s home on Smith Robinson Street in Jackson. This is the sixth ...

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USM Polymer Researcher Wins Prestigious Bell Labs Prize

Dr. Jason Azoulay, assistant professor in the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded a coveted research prize by the Nokia Bell Labs. Azoulay shared the $50,000 second-place honor with his collaborator Dr. Tse Nga (Tina) Ng, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of California at San ...

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Lunardini joins Catholic Charities as COO

John Lunardini has joined Catholic Charities Diocese of Jackson as Chief Operating Officer. As COO, Lunardini is responsible for the overall operations of Catholic Charities, a licensed social service agency which is an integral ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Jackson. He joins Catholic Charities after almost two years as Director of Communications & Business Development at Mississippi Primary Health ...

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LaTasha Simmons named Sous Chef at Dave’s Triple B in Jackson

LaTasha Simmons has been appointed Sous Chef at the soon-to-open Dave’s Triple B: The Butcher, The Baker, the Barbecue Maker in Jackson. Simmons began her culinary career in Jackson five years ago at the Reunion Golf and Country Club in Madison. She then worked at Shea’s on Lake Harbour where she met Chef David Raines. She later worked at Seafood ...

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Austin Appointed To TEC of Jackson Account Executive Contract sales

Joseph Austin has been appointed Account Executive in the Sales Department at TEC of Jackson, Inc. Austin is responsible for building and maintaining consultative relationships with clients through the sales of Mailing Routing Services products. Austin has over 10 years of experience in technology-related sales in several markets. Austin currently lives in Canton with his wife, Beth and daughter, Maddie.

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Hopkins Appointed to LecNet Systems Engineer

TEC is announced that Keith Hopkins has been appointed Systems Engineer at LecNet, Inc. in Jackson. Hopkins will provide support for the provisioning and maintenance of broadband communication services and systems. Hopkins has several years of experience in the technology industry. Hopkins lives in Brandon with his son, Taylor.

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Woodward Hines Education Foundation Elects New Board Members

The Woodward Hines Education Foundation (WHEF) has elected two new members to its board of directors, Robert E. Leard, IV, and Debra Barnes McGee. WHEF’s mission to help more Mississippians obtain postsecondary credentials, college certificates and degrees that lead to meaningful employment. Leard has 22 years of banking management and financial experience with Regions. He held several positions at Regions ...

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