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Gibson to lead Neel-Schaffer Central Mississippi Water/Wastewater Department

Phillip Gibson, PE, has re-joined Neel-Schaffer, Inc., and will manage the company’s Central Mississippi Water/Wastewater Department. Gibson has more than 26 years of experience, including 15 years working for Neel-Schaffer from 1992 through 2007. He founded Gibson Engineering, Inc., in 2011. He will be based in Neel-Schaffer’s Jackson office, providing water and wastewater services for clients across the state. Gibson ...

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Hester awarded Community Inspiration Award

Madison County community member Jason S. Hester of Navitas Wealth Advisors has been awarded AssetMark’s Community Inspiration Award for his contributions to and sustained support of a charitable organization. As part of the honor, AssetMark will donate $10,000 to Restoration Hope, an organization that funds and supports community building in Sweetwaters, South Africa, with which Jason is heavily involved.

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Drinkwater named to Who’s Who Legal: Product Liability Defence 2018

W. Wayne Drinkwater, a partner in the Jackson office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, has been named by Who’s Who Legal as among the world’s leading product liability defence practitioners. He is listed in the Who’s Who Legal: Product Liability Defence 2018. A member of Bradley’s Litigation Practice Group, Drinkwater has experience in major business, commercial and constitutional litigation. ...

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Winning teams from C Spire C3 coding challenge

The first, second and third place winning teams from C3 coding challenge. Long Beach High School Coding team members from Long Beach High School in Long Beach, Miss. won first place in C Spire’s C3 statewide coding challenge held at the company’s corporate offices on March 28. As part of its Tech Movement initiative, the company convenes the coding challenges ...

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MCBL&F Legislature Luncheon

The Madison County Business League & Foundation recently hosted the 10th annual “League & Legislature” luncheon at the Old Capitol Inn in Jackson. Over 375 MCBL&F Members, Statewide and Countywide elected officials, and Mississippi Legislators were in attendance. Chairman Phil Buffington and MCBL&F Government Affairs Committee Chairman Trey Dellinger shared the 2018 legislative agenda. Governor Phil Bryant was the keynote ...

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Dyess and Cockrell promoted at BankFirst Financial Services

La Donnia Dyess has been promoted to Loan Officer at BankFirst Financial Services in Louin. Her primary responsibilities will include serving existing consumer and commercial banking clients and developing new relationships with both personal and business customers. “We are very excited to have La Donnia serve in this new role,” said Doug Whittle, BankFirst Community President. “She brings a wealth ...

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Steve Parrott named chief information officer at MSU

Steve Parrott, a Mississippi State alumnus with 34 years of information technology experience, is the university’s new chief information officer. Parrott had served as interim CIO since July 2017. He succeeds former CIO Mike Rackley, who retired last year. Parrott will oversee 126 full-time staff positions within the Enterprise Information Systems, Information Technology Infrastructure and User Services departments. These departments ...

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Highland Village names Lynsie Armstrong as Marketing Director

Highland Village has named Lynsie Armstrong as its new Marketing Director. After years of marking work for local companies from nonprofits to restaurants, Armstrong started her own marketing company, Simpatico. She later joined the management team at Highland Village. As marketing director, she will focus on creating community events, social media buzz, tenant relations and consumer engagement programs. Armstrong is ...

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McWilliams new Property Coordinator at Highland Village

Highland Village has named Beth McWilliams as its new Property Coordinator. McWilliams joins Highland Village after years of managing multi-million dollar budgets serving as the Financial Controller of a Jackson-area church. McWilliams enjoys spending time with her husband, Tim, following SEC sports and making memories with their 3-year-old granddaughter, Katherine. She enjoys music and travel.

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Hutchinson and Hill win Burton Foundation Award

Chad R. Hutchinson and Joshua A. Hill of Butler Snow have been selected as winners of a“2018 Law360 Distinguished Legal Writing Award” by the Burton Awards. Hutchinson and Hill’s submission, “Epidemiology and the NFL Collide,” was chosen from thousands of nominations by the nation’s top law firms as one of 25 winners. The article was originally published in Butler Snow’s ...

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