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For U.S. Navy employee, Stennis Space Center experience put world in perspective

Steve Faber is a New York native through and through. He was born in Brooklyn, lived a short while in Islip on Long Island, grew up and lived his college years in Queens. Although he has worked for the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) at NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, for almost 34 years, he still remembers ...

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Hancock Whitney provides $1.7 Billion in SBA funds

During the two weeks during which federal dollars were available for the first round of the U.S. Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Hancock Whitney (Nasdaq:  HWC) provided $1.7 billion in SBA-approved funding for 4,893 loans to help local businesses and the people who work for them stay financially afloat amid the economic impacts of the novel coronavirus. Of ...

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Main Street America finds up to 7.5 million small businesses in danger of closing permanently 

62 percent of surveyed small businesses in Mississippi at risk of permanent closure in five months  A new report published by Main Street America, founded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, reveals that nearly 7.5 million small businesses across the country are in danger of closing over the next five months as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Of ...

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Babski-Reeves named head of industrial and systems engineering at MSU

A well-respected leader in the fields of human factors and ergonomics has been selected as the new department head for industrial and systems engineering within Mississippi State University’s Bagley College of Engineering. Kari Babski-Reeves, a three-time Mississippi State engineering alumna, will officially begin her tenure as department head on July 1, 2020, pending approval of the State Board of Trustees, ...

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Small business lending program goes to 1.66 million

The Paycheck Protection Program’s $349 billion was snapped up in less than two weeks, with more than 1.66 million loans. Implemented on April 3, the PPP was part of the $2.1 trillion CARES Act which sought to add a financial stimulus to taxpayers and small businesses alike. But the plan was not without controversy as some large companies received PPP ...

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MILLSAPS POLL — Trump holds 11-point lead; voters embrace mail-in-balloting for November

Mississippians are deeply concerned about the coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having on their health and safety as well as the economy and their communities. The spring quarterly Millsaps College/Chism Strategies State of the State Survey finds nearly 90% of Mississippi voters are very or somewhat concerned with the pandemic and the possibility of themselves or someone in ...

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Bullock elected president at Nail McKinney

Nail McKinney Professional Association is pleased to announce the following elections and promotions: Richard D. “Ricky” Bullock, Jr., CPA has been elected as President of Nail McKinney P. A. Ricky, a native of Booneville, is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Accountancy and Master of Taxation. He joined Nail McKinney in 2000 after practicing public accounting ...

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Mosher named director of Institute for Systems Engineering Research 

Reed Mosher, an engineer with decades of military research experience, is now leading the Institute for Systems Engineering Research (ISER), a collaborative effort between the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) and Mississippi State University. Mosher, director emeritus of ERDC’s Information Technology Laboratory and most recently a research data scientist at Jackson State University, is the new director of ISER, housed in Vicksburg at ERDC. Mosher spent 40 years at ERDC before ...

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Wolf named chief operating officer at Adams and Reese

Adams and Reese recently announced that Stephen C. Wolf, CPA, CLMhas joined the firm as Chief Operating Officer, based in the firm’s New Orleans office. As COO, Wolf oversees all operational aspects of the firm, including financial management, administration, technology and information services, human resources, facilities, and risk management. Wolf will also be heavily involved in the planning and execution of ...

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Hill returns to Mississippi as CFO of M&M Bank

Clayton Legear, President & Chief Executive Officer of Merchants and Marine Bank in Pascagoula, recently announced the selection of Casey Hill as the Bank’s Chief Financial Officer. Hill, a Mississippi native, has held a variety of senior and executive banking roles in a broad cross-section of U.S. markets.  He moves to Pascagoula from Austin, Texas, where he served as the ...

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