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Report: State's foreclosure rate fell in 2011

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The pace of home foreclosures in Mississippi slowed substantially in 2011, following a national trend that may soon be reversed, a national foreclosure tracking firm said yesterday. Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac said that in 2011, 3,172 homes in the state were hit by some sort of foreclosure action. Those range from an initial notice of default to repossession ...

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Regions selling Morgan Keegan to Raymond James for $930M

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Regions Financial Corp. has entered into a stock purchase agreement to sell Morgan Keegan & Company Inc. and related affiliates to Raymond James Financial Inc., for $930 million. As part of the transaction, Morgan Keegan will also pay Regions a dividend of $250 million before closing, pending regulatory approval, resulting in total proceeds of $1.18 billion to ...

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Ex-bank adjuster gets jail time for fraud

GULFPORT — A federal judge has sentenced 45-year-old Lisa Brooks of Gulfport for defrauding her former employer, Hancock Bank, of nearly over $144,000. Chief U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. sentenced Brooks yesterday to serve two years in prison, with three years of supervised release, and to pay restitution. He also ordered her to perform 100 hours of community service ...

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Ross King Walker now Hancock Insurance

HATTIESBURG — Hancock Bank has renamed Hattiesburg-based Ross King Walker as Hancock Insurance Agency. Hancock Bank acquired 103-year-old Ross King Walker (RKW) in 2004, and RKW retained its name as a division of Hancock Insurance Agency, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hancock Bank founded in 1902. RKW executives said the decision to rename RKW as Hancock Insurance Agency reflects the ...

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Keenum sentenced to 22 months for bank fraud

BOONEVILLE — Once prominent attorney Thomas D. Keenum Sr. of Booneville has been sentenced to 22 months for federal bank fraud. The 73-year-old Keenum pleaded guilty in August 2010 to a scheme to defraud BancorpSouth of Booneville through a $135,447 loan. He faced up to 30 years in prison and $1 million in fines. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports ...

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Two counties declared disaster areas by SBA

ITAWAMBA COUNTY and MONROE COUNTY — The U.S. Small Business Administration announces today that federal economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in Itawamba and Monroe counties in Mississippi as a result of the excessive rain, flooding, flash flooding, hail, high ...

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Ex-Hancock auditor to be sentenced for fraud

GULFPORT — A former Hancock Bank auditor is scheduled for sentencing in January for defrauding the bank of $143,000 over a two-year period by converting portions of collections into money orders. Lisa Brooks sentencing hearing is scheduled for Jan. 10 in U.S. District Court in Gulfport. Authorities say the Gulfport woman faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison ...

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Credit union opens Stone County office

WIGGINS — Biloxi-based Keesler Federal Credit Union has opened its newest location in Stone County. The new facility is located at 1107 East Frontage Road, Suite A, in Wiggins. Keli Saucier is the branch manager with Merry Gress and Rachel Riley as the financial services representatives. Tellers for the branch are Nikki Craft and Melissa Hodges. A grand opening and ...

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State's action against Morgan Keegan workers settled

JACKSON — An administrative action against Morgan Keegan & Company employees and Morgan Asset Management employees, Brian B. Sullivan, Gary Stringer, and Michele Wood has been resolved with the State of Mississippi, according to the Secretary of State’s Office. No Mississippi Morgan Keegan brokers were involved in this action. The order resolving the case is available on the Secretary of ...

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Homeowners eligible for FHA loan program

BILOXI — Biloxi residents learned this week about an FHA loan program that will let them borrow up to $271,050 to buy, refinance or improve their homes. The Sun Herald reports the Federal Housing Administration 203(k) loan program is designed to rehabilitate the nation’s older homes. Bo Smith, a mortgage financing expert from Jackson, says many of the homes in ...

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