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Taylor outraged by testimony

JACKSON — Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) is pointing to testimony given June 9 before the Mississippi Supreme Court as proof that his multi-peril insurance legislation should become law. According to Taylor’s Office, in oral arguments before the Mississippi Supreme Court insurance company USAA admitted that it shifted its own costs to the federal government’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). In ...

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HORNE announces board elections

    HORNE LLP announced recent elections to the firm’s board of directors.  Joel Haves, CPA, and Norman Moore, CPA, have both been reelected.  Both will serve three-year terms. HORNE’s executed partner Hugh Parker, Ph.D., CPA/ABV, was reappointed as chairman of the board.  Havens joined HORNE in 1984.  He currently serves as the partner in charge of specialty accounting for ...

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Appleby wins division award for the year

Charlie Appleby, chairman and chief executive officer of Advanced Disposal Services Inc., a Southeast regional provider of integrated solid waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services, won the Florida Division (Real Estate & Construction) of the 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award.  The selection of Appleby for this award was made by an independent judging panel of ...

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Local firm recognized in national publication

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., is proud to announce that the firm’s Jackson office has been ranked as one of Mississippi’s best law firms in the 2009 edition of “Chambers USA.” The office was recognized in the publication by peers and clients for its outstanding performance in the area of labor and employment law. In addition, attorneys Herbert ...

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Lowe with Synergetics receives Microsoft certification

Michael Lowe, a senior network engineer with Synergetics DCS in Starkville, has received his MCITP Server Administrator 2008 and MCITP Enterprise Administrator 2008 Microsoft certifications.   He received this certification through an intensive 13-day boot camp held in California.  Lowe will have been with Synergetics seven years in December 2009.

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Singing River announces employees of the month

Angelia Patton, Singing River Hospital, and Monique Fullerton, Ocean Springs Hospital, have been named Singing River Health System’s Employees of the Month for May. Fullerton has worked as a mammography technician in the Radiology Department at Ocean Springs Hospital for four years. She is now located in the new Ocean Springs Medical Park outpatient imaging center. She earned an associate ...

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Ryals elected rep. with MMSA

Lynn Ryals of Tunica has been elected managers’ representative to the Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) board of directors.   A native of Tunica County, Ryals returned to Tunica following her graduation from Mississippi State University.  After working for more than a decade with Tunica County Schools, Ryals began her career with Tunica Main Street in 2005.     In 2007, Ryals ...

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Luckett announces formation of PAC

Bill Luckett, an attorney and businessman, announced the formation of Progress for Mississippi.    Progress for Mississippi is a political action committee with a mission of studying policy issues that will impact the state’s future.  Ensuring a higher living standard for Mississippi’s citizens and surpassing neighboring states’ rankings in categories such as education, business growth and healthcare are among the ...

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Two new employees named at Thompson

  Charles Williford, P.E., P.S., and Richard Sheffield, P.E., have joined Thompson Engineering. Williford joined Thompson Engineering as a senior engineer in the firm’s Jackson office. Williford has more than  31 years of the areas of civil and environmental engineering and project management experience. Prior to joining Thompson Engineering, Williford was a partner in the firm of Williford, Gearhart, & ...

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Leonard ranked highest among CEOs by Rittenhouse

 J. Wayne Leonard, chairman and chief executive officer of Entergy Corporation, ranks second highest among CEOs for the candor and clarity of his letter to shareholders, according to the latest analysis conducted by Rittenhouse Rankings, Inc. of the annual letters from CEOs of 100 companies listed in the Fortune 500. Leonard is the only utility CEO to have been ranked ...

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