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Merchants Foodservice joins Independent Marketing Alliance

HATTIESBURG — Merchants Foodservice is now a member company of Independent Marketing Alliance (IMA). Andy Mercier, president/CEO, Merchants Foodservice, stated, “We attribute much of our success to the integrity and hard work of Merchants’ team of professionals. Their ‘whatever it takes’ commitment to finding a way to “make our customers’ lives easier” continues to spur growth and new achievements for ...

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Kristie Aylett makes history

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) has selected Kristie Aylett, APR, Fellow PRSA, for membership in its College of Fellows. Aylett provides strategic communications counsel and PR services to a diverse client base located across the United States through her Mississippi-based consulting firm, The KARD Group Public Relations/ Marketing. Aylett is the first woman in Mississippi selected for the ...

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Keeping our eye on … Kelly Graeber

Hazlehurst native Kelly Graeber says being the daughter of a high school art teacher and educator helped her grasp the gift of learning at an early age. As the public relations specialist of the Oxford School District, Graeber’s days are packed with handling weekly communication operations within a growing student population spread across seven schools including a new high school. ...

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Five inducted in public relations hall of fame

Five public relations professionals were recently inducted into the Southern Public Relations Hall of Fame. Neal W. Cirlot (posthumously) of Diamondhead retired from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi where he worked as the public relations director for 27 years. In his earlier career, he served in the Coast Guard from 1942-1943 and U.S. Navy from 1943-1945. Betsie Gambel ...

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Medical practices sign on with Century Club Charities for PGA event

MADISON — Four Mississippi specialty medical practices, NewSouth NeuroSpine, Jackson Heart Clinic, Capital Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center and Jackson Eye Associates, have signed an agreement with Century Club Charities Inc., to become participating sponsors of the Sanderson Farms Championship. “We are extremely grateful to these leading medical specialty groups for their continued support of this longstanding community event that ...

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Clearwater Group strikes deal with Arkansas firm

JACKSON — The Clearwater Group, LLC has formed a strategic alliance with Impact Management Group (IMG), a full-service public relations, public opinion and public affairs firm specializing in corporate and political communications with offices in Little Rock, Ark., and Baton Rouge, La. “When we began looking outside Mississippi for ways to grow our business, we quickly determined that a partnership ...

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New VA director trying to recover hospital's reputation

JACKSON — The new director of the veterans’ hospital in Jackson is struggling to change perceptions of the institution as members of Congress and a government oversight office pursue investigations into misconduct. Joe Battle stepped into a public relations nightmare when he arrived at G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery Medical Center in early 2012. Whistleblower complaints were piling up as employees and ...

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New education trend? District marketing schools

TUPELO — Noting the competition that exists when parents choose where to send their children to school, first-year Tupelo superintendent Gearl Loden has begun a campaign to aggressively market the school district. From billboards to newspaper advertisements to a student-produced program that airs on WTVA-TV in Tupelo, the district has actively tried to share its story. This comes after a ...

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Credit union participating in national homeownership campaign

JACKSON — HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corporation/Hope Credit Union) has helped launch Home Matters, a national movement to build public support for the concept of homeownership. Home Matters is spearheaded by the National NeighborWorks Association (NNA), a coast-to-coast coalition of housing and community development organizations, other nonprofits, companies and the public at large. The launch took place in Washington, DC, where ...

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