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Stokes wins Entergy award

Tina Stokes, general manager of Schnuck’s Grocery in Horn Lake, is a 2009 recipient of the Teamwork Mississippi Community Leadership Award. Stokes and husband, Berry, moved to Horn Lake in Nov. 2000. She has been at the forefront of community development projects as a leader and volunteer ever since. Stokes is the incoming president of the Horn Lake Chamber of ...

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Raines named new shareholder

Marchetti, Robertson and Brickell Insurance and Bonding Agency is pleased to announce that John Raines has been made a new shareholder in the firm. Raines has 15 years of industry experience and serves as the firm’s bond manager. He handles commercial property and casualty accounts while specializing in construction, manufacturing and larger property sectors along with surety bonds.

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Keeping Our Eye On: Leigh Anne Mason

Age: 34 Hometown: Natchez Education: Bachelor’s degree from USM in education with an emphasis in mathematics Current Position: Group sales specialist for the Natchez Convention Center and the Natchez Grand Hotel Leigh Anne Mason attended Copiah Lincoln Community College on a cheerleading and softball scholarship, earning all-state and all-region as a freshman.  She completed her degree at USM in Hattiesburg. ...

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Renninger wins art fellowship

Gulfport artist Lee Renninger is the 2009 recipient of the Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship from the Mississippi Museum of Art. Administered through the museum, the Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship provides a study-and-travel scholarship to support an individual artist in the development and creation of art over the course of two years. Renninger will use the fellowship to work ...

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Ogletree Deakins lawyers honored

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., announced that 117 Ogletree Deakins attorneys have been named to the 2010 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America.” Its labor and employment attorneys based in Ridgeland who made the listing are Herbert C. Ehrhardt, Timothy W. Lindsay, M. Curtiss McKee and Emile C. Ott.

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Posey wins award, Karim lands grant

Longtime University of Southern Mississippi accounting professor Roderick Posey took home the Educator of the Year Award at the annual convention of the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants held June 27 in Sandestin, Fla. The Mississippi organization considers accounting educators from all of the state’s institutions of higher learning in bestowing this honor. Posey, a former director of the ...

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House to head up HCC’s student housing

DeAndre House of Raymond is the new director of student housing and residence life for Hinds Community College. The Coffeeville High School alumnus completed his education at Northwest Community College (associate’s degree, computer programming, 1998) and Delta State University (bachelor’s, computer information systems, 2001; master’s in business administration/management, 2007). Prior to taking this Hinds Community College post, House served Delta ...

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House to head up HCC's student housing

DeAndre House of Raymond is the new director of student housing and residence life for Hinds Community College. The Coffeeville High School alumnus completed his education at Northwest Community College (associate’s degree, computer programming, 1998) and Delta State University (bachelor’s, computer information systems, 2001; master’s in business administration/management, 2007). Prior to taking this Hinds Community College post, House served Delta ...

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Smith to lead Reconnecting America

Former Meridian Mayor John Robert Smith has been named president and CEO of the national non-profit Reconnecting America. He has served on Reconnecting America’s board for five years, and was a founding partner and board member of Reconnecting America’s predecessor organization, the Great American Station Foundation, voting to expand its mission and change its name in 2004. Smith was elected ...

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Murphy completes training for board

Martha Murphy, a member of the Mississippi State Board of Education, completed three days of intensive training to help new board members become highly effective state education policymakers. The training was provided by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) at no charge. Murphy joined state board members from 21 states and territories in sessions that covered basic ...

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