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Bryant names Brookhaven’s John Davis to head DHS

Veteran human services professional John Davis has been promoted to executive director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services, replacing Ricky Berry, who is retiring Jan. 31. Gov. Phil Bryant announced the appointment Monday afternoon. Davis is a  Mississippi native with 24 years  in human services, including work on the local, regional and state level. He has served as the department’s deputy administrator for the last four years. Before that, he was ...

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Organ recovery agency expanding at Flowood HQ

The non-profit Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency breaks ground Tuesday on a $2.2 million addition to its Flowood headquarters. The on-site access will “dramatically improve the timely recovery for organ and tissue donation, thus improving the outcomes for those in need of lifesaving organ transplants and life improving tissue graphs,” the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency, or MORA, said. The recovery suites ...

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Supervisors Association says counties shorted in transportation funding plan

By TED CARTER The organization that represents the boards of supervisors for Mississippi counties says counties need much more than a 10 percent share from a proposed $375 million annual allocation for roads and bridge maintenance. The plan presented by a 24-member task force created by the Mississippi Economic Council would give counties and cities $75 million annually from the $375 ...

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Trustmark’s long-serving general counsel retires

By TED CARTER Jackson’s First National Bank, predecessor to today’s Trustmark National Bank, elevated T. Harris Collier from staff attorney to general counsel 36 years ago. Collier’s appointment set him on a career in which banking went well beyond a traditional role of taking deposits and making loans. Geographic restrictions fell and so did limits on the lines of business banks ...

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HUD charges Ridgeland targeted removal of minorities with zoning law

The goal has been to transform southeast Ridgeland by getting rid of apartments predominantly occupied by African-Americans, HUD says By TED CARTER Ridgeland officials are engaging in “unlawful discrimination based on race,” the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development alleges in an administrative complaint that addresses Ridgeland’s campaign to dramatically reduce multi-family rental units in the city. HUD made no ...

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Bryant elevates Judge Maxwell to Supreme Court

Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge James D. Maxwell II of Oxford has been appointed to the Mississippi Supreme Court effective Jan. 1. Gov. Phil Bryant announced the appointment Wednesday afternoon. Maxwell replaces former Justice David Chandler, whom  Bryant recently appointed executive director of the Mississippi Department of Family and Children’s Services. Maxwell, who lives in Oxford, has served on the ...

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Crystal ball cloudy on long-range future of petroleum marketing

By TED CARTER Five years. That’s the limit Gresham brothers Walton and Tom and cousin Bill McPherson say they can have in forecasting the future of their businesses and the regional petroleum marketing sector in which they operate. They partly attribute the limited outlook to changes in consumer preferences and innovations in marketing to customers. A resourceful and nimble company can ...

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