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Wrighton elevated to associate dean

University of Southern Mississippi associate professor of political science Dr. Mark Wrighton is the new associate dean for the Southern Miss Gulf Coast College of Arts and Letters. In his new role, Wrighton serves as direct representative for all academic and administrative issues for the College of Arts and Letters on the Gulf Coast, including leadership of its programs and ...

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Adams and Reeece have 11 attorneys named to top list

Adams and Reese, LLP, had 11 attorneys from its Jackson office selected for Best Lawyers in America for 2010, while 12 of the firm’s practice areas were ranked first by Best Lawyers in Mississippi. Jackson attorneys selected for Best Lawyers included Charles P. Adams Jr. (corporate law, mergers & acquisitions law and securities law); Holmes S. Adams (trusts and estates); ...

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Pace to serve as research counsel

Niki Pace has joined the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium Legal Program as research counsel. In her new role, she will provide research about ocean and coastal legal issues to Sea Grant constituents and other agencies. She also will supervise law student research and writing projects and serve as editor of “Water Log,” a quarterly legal publication. Pace has a bachelor’s ...

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Spruill elected to ABA board

Beau Rivage Hotel Resort & Casino announced leisure sales manager Linda Spruill, CTIS, has been unanimously elected to serve on the board of directors of the American Bus Association (ABA), the leading group travel and tourism industry association with nearly 4,000 members scattered across North America. Spruill, a certified travel industry specialist, is the only gaming resort representative on the ...

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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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