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Crossing the language barrier

Northeast Mississippi and the People’s Republic of China are a little more than 7,000 miles apart. Culturally-speaking, the distance between the two regions is immeasurable, not unlike the difference between Oxford’s town Square and China’s Great Wall. However, the Chinese Language Flagship Program at the University of Mississippi is chipping away the barriers between two cultures on opposite ends of ...

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A rewarding career

MAE executive director has seen a lot of good and bad in his years in education in Mississippi A  former public school educator, Frank Yates is mindful of how rewarding a teaching career can be. But now as executive director of the Mississippi Association of Educators (MAE), the former Columbus high school mathematics teacher is all too cognizant of the ...

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Delta ingrained in Brown

You can take Bill Brown out of the Delta, but you can’t take the Delta out of Bill Brown. That’s because a conversation with Brown is sprinkled with references to the flatland region that is often romanticized by the folks that are born and reared there. “There’s no place like the Mississippi Delta,” said the Greenville native. “I went to ...

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Surgical first for Mississippi

Just a few years ago, it wasn’t conceivable that major surgeries could be performed without a single visible incision scar. Times have changed. Last November, surgeons at St. Dominic Hospital performed what is believed to be the first total laparoscopic hysterectomy procedure in the State of Mississippi.  The procedure, termed a “robotic-assisted single port,” was performed by John Baten, an ...

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Community pride key

Small-town upbringing, values lead Green to his ‘dream job’ Tommy Green admits he enjoyed a bucolic childhood growing up in the Mayberry-like town of Booneville. Typical of most of the small towns that dot the Northeast Mississippi landscape, Booneville is considered by its inhabitants as a mecca of family values and relationship building, says Green, who recently was selected over ...

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FROM BEAUTIFUL BOVINA TO BIG BANKING

Despite being the top executive of one of Mississippi’s oldest and most successful financial institutions, Carl Chaney never forgets where he came from and the people who helped him along the way. Now the president and CEO of Hancock Holding Co. and Hancock Bank, the upbeat Chaney grew up on a cattle ranch in Bovina, a tiny hamlet just off ...

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Perception problem

The financial planning industry has been vilified in the media and on the big screen in recent years, most notably by investment scandals and actor Michael Douglas’ portrayal of fictional character Gordon Gekko in the movie “Wall Street.” The devious and unsavory Gekko made his infamous “greed is good” one of those Hollywood catchphrases that never goes away. But for ...

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Analysts: Financial job levels ‘even at best’

Employment in the banking and investment banking industries has not been affected too adversely by the downward spiral of the economy, say some analysts. At best, it has been level, says Ken Cyree, the Frank R. Day/Mississippi Bankers Association chair of banking at the University of Mississippi. “Despite the economy and massive layoffs in other industries, banking employment appears to ...

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It’s a part of doing business

Twitter, Facebook and other social media just another way banks can reach their customers To Tweet or not to Tweet, that is the question. Like it or not, social networking is fast becoming an increasingly popular way for traditionally-conservative banks to reach consumers amid the economic downturn. Megabanks such as Wells Fargo and Bank of America have been using Twitter ...

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Health records more manageable with Vehracity software

IHCS provides consulting, implementation services to doctors and medical clinics Innovation is the mother of invention for one Mississippi-based technology company. Integrated Health Care Solutions of Madison recently announced its one-of-a-kind Vehracity electronic health records software received national certification enabling medical facilities that use the software to potentially receive stimulus funding from the federal government. Under the American Recovery and ...

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