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BancorpSouth Bank to Acquire Texas First Bancshares, Inc.

BancorpSouth Bank announced today the signing of a definitive merger agreement with Texas First Bancshares, Inc., the parent company of Texas First State Bank (collectively referred to as “Texas First”), pursuant to which Texas First will be merged with and into BancorpSouth. Texas First, which was founded in 1906 in Riesel, Texas, operates six full-service banking offices in the Waco, ...

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Tolleson promoted to Chief Financial Officer at Peoples Bank

Peoples Bank announced that Michael Tolleson has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer. In his new capacity, Tolleson will manage the financial strategies and controls of the bank. He will also continue to oversee the bank’s activities as a Certified Development Financial Institution. Tolleson earned his Bachelors degree from Mississippi College in 1994 and completed studies at the Graduate School ...

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Dunn named Senior Lending Officer at Peoples Bank

Peoples Bank announced that Christopher Dunn has been promoted to Senior Lending Officer. In his new role, Dunn will focus on mentoring and encouraging production among the bank’s lending staff. He will be responsible for ensuring ongoing training among all lending staff and serve as a resource for other lenders. Dunn attended Co-Lin Community College where he earned an Associates ...

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Harris promoted to Chief Operating Officer at Peoples Bank

Peoples Bank announced that Julie Harris has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer, overseeing all bank operations and Information Technology. Harris is a graduate of Belhaven College, Jackson, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, 1980. She subsequently completed studies at the Mississippi School of Banking at Ole Miss. After a five-year affiliation with Deposit Guaranty National ...

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Blanton promoted to Senior VP at Peoples Bank

Peoples Bank announced that John Blanton has been promoted to Senior Vice President and will oversee the bank’s government-guaranteed lending programs including SBA and USDA lending. Blanton, who previously served as a Vice President, works in Peoples Bank’s Richland Office. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Alabama in 1997 and subsequently earned his ...

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Rogers named Senior Ag Officer at Peoples Bank

Peoples Bank announced that Doug Rogers, Senior Vice President, has been named Senior Agricultural Officer at the bank. In his new role, Rogers will sit on the bank’s Internal Loan Committee and help develop and set the agri-business lending policies and priorities for the bank. Working out of the bank’s Collins Office, Rogers is the 2003 Farmer of the Year ...

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Dawsey named Chief Retail Officer at Peoples Bank

Peoples Bank announced that veteran banker Vicky Dawsey has been named Chief Retail Officer for the bank. In her new position, Dawsey will manage the branch operations of the bank including staff training, staffing and organization. Working out of the bank’s Magee Office, she will also concentrate her efforts on coordinating with branch management and head tellers to improve communications ...

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BancorpSouth hires Jake Munn

BancorpSouth Bank announced that it has hired Jake Munn as president of Corporate Commercial and Industrial (C&I) and Syndications Lending to help the bank diversify its loan portfolio and build out its loan syndications operations. In his role, Munn will develop the bank’s upper-middle market and corporate C&I banking platform, to include increased expansion and penetration into the industrial, manufacturing, ...

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Derrington joins Great Southern Bank

Dan W. Derrington, Sr. joins Great Southern Bank as Senior Vice President and Mortgage Lender, according to Von Burt, Meridian President. Derrington, a native of Jackson, is a graduate of Wingfield High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Mississippi State University and is also a graduate from The Mississippi School of Banking in Oxford. ...

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2 Mississippi men ordered to pay restitution to bank

Two northeast Mississippi men have been ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution to a bank following their convictions on fraud charges. U.S. District Judge Debra Brown in Greenville also sentenced 53-year-old Max Miller of Saltillo (sal-TIL’-oh) on Friday to 18 months in federal prison and ordered five years of supervised release for 52-year-old James “Pete” Nichols. ...

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