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South Mississippi woman pleads guilty to bank, wire fraud

PICAYUNE — A Picayune woman has pleaded guilty in connection with a fraud scheme in New Orleans. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite’s office says 50-year-old Kim Parish entered the plea yesterday to charges of bank fraud and wire fraud. Prosecutors said Parish worked as an accountant for a New Orleans information technology services business, which she victimized in two schemes. One ...

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BancorpSouth moves Houston office into Friendswood facility

TUPELO — BancorpSouth Bank has opened a loan production office in the Houston, Texas, suburb city of Friendswood. BancorpSouth initially opened an office in temporary office space just over five months ago in a Southwest Houston location. The office recently moved to its new location at 699 South Friendswood Drive, Suite 107. The move enhances BancorpSouth’s reach to the Pearland, ...

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Hancock Bank to celebrate its 115th year in operation

GULFPORT — At the turn of the 20th century, 19 South Mississippians envisioned a bank committed to helping local people succeed. So, with $10,000 in capital and a business plan built on core values, they opened Hancock Bank. On Oct. 9, Hancock Bank will celebrate 115 years of serving the Coast with festivities in Lighthouse Park at the bank’s downtown ...

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IKE TROTTER: Life insurance is for the living — plan it that way

It has become a custom to write about life insurance concepts during the month of September. The calendar has turned to October, but my annual message is still important. My annual comments are due in great part to the publicity generated by Life Insurance Awareness Month and the great work of the non-profit organization sponsoring it, Life Happens. Simply put, ...

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S&P continues its 5-year climb

Standard & Poor’s has been a part of the financial landscape for almost 100 years, but in March of 2009, the housing crisis brought both it and its rival Dow to their knees. The S&P Index hit a 13-year  low at 676.53, but that was just the beginning of a five-year run that has recently pushed the Index over 2,000 ...

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BancorpSouth expands Tennessee footprint with Chattanooga office

TUPELO — BancorpSouth Bank, subsidiary of BancorpSouth Inc., has opened a loan production office in Chattanooga, Tennessee, expanding the bank’s presence into Southeast Tennessee. BancorpSouth’s loan production office is located in downtown Chattanooga at 631 Broad Street and features a team of local lending and support professionals. The office is part of BancorpSouth’s Tennessee Metro Division. BancorpSouth Chairman and Chief ...

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Fitch Ratings gives Trustmark a 'stable' outlook

JACKSON — Fitch Ratings has affirmed Trustmark Corp.’s (TRMK) ratings at “BBB+”/”F2”. The rating outlook remains “stable”. Fitch wrote: “TRMK’s ‘BBB+’ ratings reflect its good asset quality and the leading market share in TRMK’s home state of Mississippi and growing market share in other parts of the southeastern U.S. Furthermore, Fitch positively views the company’s risk appetite measured by relatively ...

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Moon issues statement on Congress' Ex-Im Bank vote

JACKSON — Following House and Senate passage of a continuing resolution that temporarily reauthorizes the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank, Mississippi Manufacturers Association (MMA) President and CEO Jay C. Moon has issued a statement. “Mississippians, along with others across the nation, have brought to Congress’ attention the vitality of what the Export-Import Bank means to the United States,” Moon said. “Congress has ...

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Multi-family, health care construction are backbone of mid-range lending

Ben Williams, real estate law specialist and Watkins & Eager managing member, has been hopping the past year helping Mississippi developers put together projects requiring mid-range loans of $5 million to $50 million. But next month? “I’m not prepared to tell you I’ll be busy,” said Williams, who is in his 28th year practicing real estate law in Jackson. Yes, ...

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Fed’s Beige Book notes moderate economic growth in Mississippi’s 2 districts

Federal Reserve banks in Atlanta and St. Louis, both of which have Mississippi jurisdictions, report modest gains in economic activity since mid July. Reporting in the Federal Reserve’s Sept. 4 Beige Book, the Atlanta Fed said business optimism for 2014 exceeds actual gains to this point. “Regardless of the outlook, most firms continue to be optimistic and expect higher growth ...

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