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Phillips-Gaines named to nation 2020 Top Advisors Lists

Lynn Phillips-Gaines, Certified Financial Planner Professional of Phillips Financial, was recently named to multiple national top financial advisors lists. Those honors include: Forbes 2020 Best-in-State Wealth Advisors (third consecutive year) Forbes 2020 Top 200 Women Wealth Advisors (fourth consecutive year) Barron’s 2020 Top 1200 Financial Advisors List (fifth consecutive year and includes recognition in The Wall Street Journal) Phillips-Gaines joined the financial services industry in ...

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MSU again named Mississippi’s top ‘Best Value College’

Mississippi State was recently recognized as the state’s top “Best Value College” in 2020 for giving students the best return on their educational investment. In its annual Best Value Colleges study, New York-based financial technology company SmartAsset determined that MSU graduates earn higher average starting salaries than their peers from other state colleges and universities. According to the study, MSU graduates receive an ...

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ERDC researcher awarded top honor from University of Alabama

Dr. Tim Rushing of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg has earned one of the top awards at the University of Alabama — the 2020 Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Department Distinguished Fellow Award. Rushing, who is chief of the Airfields and Pavements branch in the Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL), graduated with a bachelor’s ...

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Argent Financial Group wins Stevie Award for Financial Services Company of the Year

Argent Financial Group, an independent fiduciary wealth management firm, has been named the winner of a Stevie Award in the 18th Annual American Business Awards. The Ruston, Louisiana-based company received a bronze award for Company of the Year – Financial Services – Large. This is the third year in a row that Argent has won a Stevie Award, and the ...

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JSU’s Bouie-Haynes is new executive director of Mississippi Chapter of National Association of Social Workers

Dr. Gwen Bouie-Haynes has been chosen as the new executive director of The National Association of Social Workers, Mississippi Chapter. Bouie-Haynes, who recently served as an adjunct professor at JSU in the Master of Social Work program, taught courses focusing on children/youth, oppression, health and human behavior. Her professional experience in social work includes legislative advocacy work, nonprofit development, grant-writing, ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — More help needed to keep nursing home residents safe

Mississippians trust the care of precious loved ones to many wonderful nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. But, the COVID-19 pandemic has raised concerns. While 13% of the state’s virus cases occurred in long-term care facilities, they had 50% of deaths (the national average is about 33%). More specifically, through May 21 there had been 1,627 cases reported at ...

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Krebs promoted at Community Bank

Amanda Krebs has recently been named Assistant Vice President for Community Bank. A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Krebs recently served as a Loan Officer and has been in banking for seven years. In her new role, Krebs will continue to manage the Spillway office, as well as, continue to grow and maintain a loan and deposit portfolio. Krebs is a ...

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Colleges and universities will resume “traditional operations” in the fall

Mississippi Today Colleges and universities will resume “traditional operations” in fall of 2020, the Board of  Trustees of Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning voted on Thursday. The IHL Board, which oversees all of Mississippi’s eight public colleges and universities, passed this resolution unanimously and without discussion. Contributed by the Institutions of Higher Learning Al Rankins, Commissioner of Higher Education. Commissioner ...

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Millsaps College taps Beth Clarke as vice president of enrollment

Millsaps College has selected Beth Clarke, current senior executive director of admissions strategy and counseling at Sweet Briar College, as vice president of enrollment. Clarke will lead the admission and financial aid efforts at Millsaps, and spearhead the college’s comprehensive efforts to grow and sustain enrollment. Clarke will begin her new role at Millsaps on July 6. “I am thrilled ...

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Master-Bilt to close permanently in New Albany

Master-Bilt’s manufacturing facility in New Albany is closing permanently, the company announced Tuesday. “Refrigerated Solutions Group today announced that after a full review of its business opportunities, market conditions and other options, it reached the difficult but necessary decision to begin the process of permanently closing its manufacturing facility located in New Albany, Mississippi,” a statement from the company says. The ...

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