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When 2 systems ‘collide’ — HORNE unites engagement and public relations into new department

By NASH NUNNERY Forget the career ladder. Millennials are looking for the express elevator to find success. And that success includes opportunity for impact, influence and involvement. One Mississippi-based accounting firm has put a plan in action to focus not only on the strategic development of its millennial workforce but also more than 500 team members across the country. HORNE LLP’s ...

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At 40, Waggoner Engineering still focused

By NASH NUNNERY  Joe Waggoner says he can’t remember exact details of how he founded Waggoner Engineering. But he certainly knows why. “I’m a third generation engineer – my father and grandfather were engineers,” he said. “You might say I grew up thinking like an engineer and in an environment conducive to engineering.” Forty years ago, Waggoner and his wife, Allison, ...

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Workplace depression results in 200 million lost workdays in U.S. annually

By NASH NUNNERY  Depression at work isn’t always merely a case of the blues or deadline burnout. Unlike many physical illnesses such as the flu or measles, depression can be easily misunderstood by both workers and employers, according to Dr. Bradford M. Smith. Smith is a licensed psychologist and director of Belhaven University’s Institute for International Care and Counsel. He says ...

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Safety first for state’s construction firms

By NASH NUNNERY  From commercial to small-scale residential, construction sites can be dangerous. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, roughly 150,000 job-site injuries occur nationwide each year. With 130 million construction workers on the job at any given time, this number is likely to rise. Of the construction site injuries that take place each year, ...

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MISSISSIPPI 100 — KLLM: Growing while investing in Mississippi

By NASH NUNNERY The assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King’s epic “I Have a Dream” speech and the launch of Beatlemania made the year 1963 one of the 20th century’s most memorable. That same year, Mississippians Tom Kobuke, W.J. Liles, B.C. Lee and Henry Moudy decided to form their own trucking company. Dubbed KLLM Transport Services, the name ...

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Metropolitan Bank garners high ranking on Best Banks to Work For list

By NASH NUNNERY A new age is dawning in the banking world, and it doesn’t involve the last word in mobile banking apps or ATM machines. “Engagement and reward” is the latest buzz phrase. From flexible work schedules to bonuses to use of lavish ballpark suites, banking institutions are re-investing in their employees. Last month, three Mississippi-based banks garnered recognition and ...

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Renasant’s Shempert honored with Johnson Memorial Award

By NASH NUNNERY Imagine selling insurance products for 30 years while never considering yourself a salesperson. Meet Debbie Shempert. Now senior vice president of operations and compliance for Renasant Insurance in Tupelo, the personable Shempert admits she more or less fell into insurance sales as a career option in 1986. “Becoming involved in the insurance business was the last thing on ...

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THE POLAR EXPRESS — Batesville train ride turns magical with holiday trip to Santa North Pole

By NASH NUNNERY Most people might recognize “The Polar Express” as a popular book and animated film written by Chris Van Allsburg. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the 2004 movie stars Tom Hanks and features human characters animated using the live action performance capture technique. But come November, there will be a real Polar Express train in north Mississippi. Operated by Premier ...

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Bernie Reed’s mettle lifts Reed’s Metals to new heights

By NASH NUNNERY A pair of hand shears and a forklift. With little more than those two items, Bernie Reed launched his metal roofing and building manufacturing company in a minuscule 8-foot-by-12-foot shed 18 years ago in Monticello. To say Reed started Reed’s Metals from scratch might be an understatement. More like bare bones, according to him. Today, Reed’s Metals employs ...

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