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Second coronavirus case confirmed in Mississippi

Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann reported on Friday morning that a second presumptive case of the new coronavirus has been confirmed in the Hattiesburg area, but the state Health Department has not released any statement confirming or denying Hosemann’s comments. As of Friday morning, the Health Department website’s official numbers indicated only one presumptive positive case of COVID-19, with 41 negative ...

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Mississippi Veterans Home in Collins restricting access

Effective immediately, the Mississippi Veterans Home in Collins will have restricted access to the public for the safety, protection and well-being of our residents and employees, due to a reported case of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in neighboring Forrest County. Executive Director Stacey Pickering has been working daily with State Health Officer, Dr. Thomas Dobbs, from Mississippi Department of Health ...

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State’s universities modify class schedules in regard to COVID-19

Mississippi’s eight public universities have modified the schedules for the spring semester classes due to the coronavirus. “The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff are paramount,” said Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr., Commissioner of Higher Education. “Our universities are modifying the schedules for the spring semester out of an abundance of caution.” All eight universities, including Alcorn State ...

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Community Bank named Grimes an assistant VP

DJ Grimes has recently been named Assistant Vice President. A native of Smithville, Mississippi, Grimes recently served as Loan Officer and has been in banking for almost three years. In his new role, Grimes will continue to focus on growing and maintaining a portfolio of consumer and commercial loans. Grimes is a graduate of University of Mississippi with a Bachelor ...

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First presumptive case of coronavirus confirmed in Arkansas, governor says

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — According to Gov. Asa Hutchinson, the first presumptive COVID-19 case in Arkansas has been confirmed out of a Pine Bluff hospital. Gov. Hutchinson announced the case in a press conference on Wednesday, March 11. He said the case has been tested by the Arkansas Department of Health and will be sent to the Centers for Disease ...

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Craig Alexander joins Neel-Schaffer as a project manager

Neel-Schaffer, Inc., has announced that Craig Alexander, PE, has joined the firm and will serve as a Water Resources Project Manager in the firm’s Arlington office. Alexander has nearly 15 years of engineering experience, working on a variety of civil and water resources projects as a Design Engineer and Project Manager. His experience includes 12 years with other private consulting ...

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Merit Health Wesley recognizes employees of the month

Merit Health Wesley recognized two individuals who were nominated by their peers as Employee of the Month. Megan Smith is the Manager for the Ambulatory Surgery Center at Merit Health Wesley and was named Non-Clinical Employee of the Month. Smith has been with the hospital for more than ten years. “Megan takes ownership in making sure our department has what ...

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New adult hospitals CEO continues UMMC journey to excellence

Patient safety and quality, excellence in hospital operations and financial stability in health care are all important in Britt Crewse’s book. As the new chief executive officer of the adult hospitals at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, he’s detailing performance goals in each of those areas to further the health care enterprise’s commitment to patients statewide. “We have scorecards ...

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Hancock Whitney promotes Mike Otero as company’s chief risk officer

Michael Otero, a Hancock Whitney executive vice president with 32-plus years of leadership experience in financial services audit, compliance, and risk management, is the company’s new Chief Risk Officer. Otero, who came to Hancock Whitney in 2013 as Chief Internal Auditor, was most recently the 120-year-old bank’s Deputy Chief Risk Officer. Mike succeeds Hancock Whitney’s former CRO, Joe Schwertz, who will ...

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Mitchell joins BankPlus Real Estate Group

BankPlus recently announced the addition of Lee Mitchell to the Commercial Real Estate Group in Mobile as Executive Vice President & Chief Real Estate Officer. Mitchell joins BankPlus with over 25 years of banking experience. His most recent position was Executive Vice President at Trustmark Bank, where he oversaw Commercial Real Estate for the Gulf South Region and served as ...

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