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Banking Commissioner Corley will retire after three decades

By BECKY GILLETTE Banking Commissioner Charlotte Corley, Mississippi Department of Banking and Consumer Finance (DBCF), has seen many changes in banking over the past 34 years. At the end of January, she will be retiring and handing the reins to Deputy Commissioner Rhoshunda Kelly. Corley grew up in Gulfport where her father worked for Hancock Bank. In high school, she ...

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Closure of rural bank branches a concern, but Mississippi has factors that ameliorate that trend

By BECKY GILLETTE The Federal Reserve Board recently produced a report showing that half of the U.S. counties studied lost bank branches between 2012 and 2017, “with some predominantly rural counties experiencing considerable declines. The deeply affected rural counties tended to be less economically well off and have residents with lower levels of education. They also had a greater proportion ...

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Mississippi Coding Academies producing graduates whose talents are in big demand

By BECKY GILLETTE Far too many Americans end up with staggering amounts of college debt for a degree that might not allow them to find a good job. One in four Americans has student loan debt owing an average of $37,172. An alternative path is the Mississippi Coding Academies, a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 2017 that provides a free 11-month ...

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Free legal aid helps clients, employers, the community and the economy

By BECKY GILLETTE The stock market has reached record highs, unemployment has remained low, and the U.S. economic outlook is considered to be very healthy. But with Mississippi having the highest percentage of people in the country living in poverty—about one in five—many people in the state still struggle to pay for basic necessities. When something unexpected comes up like ...

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Graduates of USM’s Master’s in Economic Development in high demand

For the past 40 years, the University of Southern Mississippi has been offering a Master of Science in Economic Development (MSED) program aimed at honing the talents of people who work to help communities prosper and grow. Graduates are working at many of the most successful economic development organizations in Mississippi and other states. “The master’s program in economic development ...

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Williams does work around the world promoting soil health and grassfed animal production

By BECKY GILLETTE STARKVILLE — Before a recent interview for this article, Dr. Allen Williams had already answered emails from people in a dozen different countries. “And that happens every day,” said Williams, a sixth-generation farmer who is a partner in one of the largest grassfed protein operations in the country, Joyce Farms Inc., and a founding partner of Soil ...

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Grassfed animal production can be a way to save the family farm

By BECKY GILLETTE Many grassfed animal producers turned to that production method because of evidence that it is healthier for the environment, the animals and people. But another big factor is cost. It can be less costly than purchasing or even growing the grains. Dr. Allen Williams, who is a partner in one of the largest grassfed animal production companies ...

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Baptist DeSoto employs unique physician collaboration to improve cardiac outcomes while reducing costs

By BECKY GILLETTE SOUTHAVEN — Some people might perceive that a bigger hospital is a better hospital. But in the case of Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto, advantages have been found allowing the hospital that serves a large surrounding rural area to engage in a unique physician collaboration targeted towards improving health outcomes while reducing costs for cardiac care. “DeSoto is almost ...

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Opportunity Zone credits touted as benefit from purchasing five historic downtown Hattiesburg properties

By BECKY GILLETTE In what is being described as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” five historic downtown Hattiesburg properties owned by CR Properties were available with a call for offers on the buildings being accepted until Dec. 5. The advantage of having so many buildings for sale at once allows buyers a rare opportunity to purchase the historic office and multifamily assets ...

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Glass, Inc., has grown to one of the largest glazing companies in the Southeast in the past 20 years

By Becky Gillette Kristen Smith has a vivid memory of being eight years old and sitting in the lap of her father, Robert Smith Jr., while he designed a logo for a new company he had founded, Glass, Inc., with six other people in July 1999. “In that moment, I had no way of knowing how special that memory would ...

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