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Thibaudeau named college director

Giselle Thibaudeau is the new associate director of Mississippi State University’s (MSU’s) Shackouls Honors College. An associate professor who continues as director of the university’s Electron Microscope Center, Thibaudeau came to MSU in 1994 after serving as a molecular biology research associate at Princeton University. She replaces Kevin Knudson, who left earlier this year for the University of Florida. Thibaudeau ...

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Merger news lifts stocks

BUSINESS WEEK — U.S. stocks scored broad gains Monday even though late profit taking trimmed the advance. The market was aided a flurry of merger and acquisition activity. On Monday, the 30-stock Dow Jones industrial average finished higher by 124.17 points, or 1.28%, at 9,789.36. The broad Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index was up 18.60 points, or 1.78%, at 1,062.98. ...

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SMEPA eyeing IGCC plant in Kemper County

GULFPORT — South Mississippi Electric Power Association (SMEPA) has signed a letter of intent to explore the acquisition of an interest in Mississippi Power’s proposed Kemper County Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) Project. The companies are negotiating a combination of a joint ownership arrangement and a purchase power agreement, which would provide SMEPA with up to 20 percent of the ...

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Ocean Springs turns dirt on beach project

$2.2-million enterprise will include vintage street lamps and Walter Anderson designs OCEAN SPRINGS — Construction has begun on the $2.2 million Front Beach path project in Ocean Springs.  Funding is through a Community Development Block Grant and hurricane replacement costs from Federal Highway Emergency Relief Funds. “We have had a great deal of public input on this project, and the ...

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Thompson to direct UM center

Veteran journalist Patricia Thompson has been named director of the S. Gale Denley Student Media Center at the University of Mississippi. Thompson’s duties include supervising both the editorial and business operations of the center. Her title also includes assistant professor, and she will begin teaching in the spring. After earning her bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia, ...

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Miller named MAC director

Shirley Miller of Jackson has been named director of the Mississippi Adolescent Center in Brookhaven. Miller previously served as the director of early intervention services and the deputy director for the Bureau of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Since May 2009, she also served as the interim director of the Bureau of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. She received her master’s degree ...

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Johnson hired as director of tennis

Tunica National Golf & Tennis has hired a new director of tennis, Michael Johnson. He brings his experience to Tunica National from Chickasaw Country Club, after spending the last 20 years as a teaching pro. Johnson played for Delta State University, was the assistant pro at Memphis Country Club for five years, and has been the tennis pro at Chickasaw ...

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Auchus fills chair at UMC

Dr. Alexander P. Auchus has joined University of Mississippi Medical Center as professor and McCarty Chair of Neurology in the School of Medicine. He will see patients through University of Mississippi Health Care. Before joining the medical center, he was a professor of neurology and director of Alzheimer’s research at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. His ...

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Levens takes seat on board

Long Beach native Jerry L. Levens, a Mississippi Gulf Coast CPA and certified fraud examiner, has been named to the Hancock Holding Company board of directors. A partner with Alexander, Van Loon, Sloan, Levens & Favre, PLLC, of Gulfport and Wiggins, Levens became a member of the Hancock Bank Mississippi board in May 2008. As a Hancock Holding Company director, ...

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Powell makes MSPmentor 250

TekLinks announces vice president of managed services David Powell has landed on the MSPmentor 250 (2009 Edition), a list of the world’s top managed service provider executives, entrepreneurs and experts. Based in Birmingham, Ala., TekLinks is a Cisco, Microsoft and Citrix Gold partner with over 100 professionals in eight locations throughout Alabama, Mississippi, and North Florida.

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