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Pittman named of council by Center

Ashley W. Pittman, of the Jackson law firm Stubblefield & Yelverton, PLLC, has been distinguished as Mississippi’s of counsel attorney by the National Fertility Law Center, a California law firm specializing in assisted reproduction law and family formation law, and has expanded her estate planning practice to include legal issues related to assisted reproduction law, embryo adoption and donation and ...

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Baptist appoints Rollins to board

Columbus businessman Dick Rollins has been named to the board of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. His appointment was approved by the Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation board of directors in Memphis in December. Born in Amory, Rollins was reared in Columbus. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in ...

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Thompson tapped for study

Hattiesburg Clinic vascular surgeon Keith Thompson, D.O., F.A.C.O.S., has been selected to serve as a principle investigator in a nationwide Food and Drug Administration approved clinical study evaluating the minimally invasive repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms. The study sponsored by Endologix, of Irvine, Calif., involves 19 centers across the country including facilities such as: Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio; Stanford ...

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Leadership Pinebelt class meets

The 2010 class of Leadership Pinebelt, a long-standing program of the Area Development Partnership (ADP), has met for the first time. Throughout 2010, these individuals will attend a number of training sessions focusing on different aspects of the community.  The leaders will also identify community needs and develop a strategy for meeting those needs. The 2010 class includes: Jeanetta Bennett, ...

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Deer elected to Renasant board

Jill Deer of Birmingham, Ala., has been nominated to serve on the Renasant Corporation and Renasant Bank board of directors. Deer serves as a principal of Bayer Properties, LLC, a full-service real estate company based in Birmingham that develops and manages commercial real estate. She joined Bayer in 1999 to serve as executive officer and general counsel of the company. ...

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Jeanson to succeed Kasper

Joshua Jeanson is the new licensing associate in Mississippi State University’s Office of Technology and Commercialization. Jeanson will be responsible for identifying, protecting, marketing and licensing intellectual properties developed at the university, among other duties. He succeeds Chase Kasper, who became the office’s new assistant director last year. Jeanson holds bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Mississippi.  Currently ...

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Dunbar to receive Foundation award

Jack Dunbar of the Oxford law firm of Holcomb Dunbar will be honored as the recipient of the Mississippi Bar Foundation’s 2010 Professionalism Award during the organization’s annual dinner meeting scheduled for April 15 in Jackson. The award is given in recognition of a lifelong commitment to the highest standards of the legal profession. Dunbar is a Fellow of the ...

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Anderson given seat on board

The Jackson County Economic Development Foundation Inc. (JCEDF) announced that Singing River Health System’s CEO Chris Anderson has been appointed chairman of the board of JCEDF effective immediately. Anderson is the immediate-past vice chairman and is succeeding Merchants and Marine Bank president and CEO Royce Cumbest. Cumbest had served as chairman of the board since May 2006, and will continue ...

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Keeping Our Eye On: Farris Watson

Age: 24 Hometown: Tupelo Education: University of Mississippi, Itawamba Community College Current Position: Fraternal coordinator of South Mississippi Woodmen of the World Farris Watson says she was made for her job.  Watson grew up with a fondness for handyman work, outdoor activities and a hobby of incessant reading; qualities  she is able to pair with her love of media and ...

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Baker Donelson launches new group

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, has launched a Gaming Industry Service Team.  This multidisciplinary group of attorneys and advisors from across various Baker Donelson offices and practice areas represents domestic and international gaming clients before state gaming commissions and other state governmental bodies. The team is led by Dan M. McDaniel Jr.  Previously leader of the gaming practice ...

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