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Analysis: 6 women have held statewide office in Mississippi

Republican Lynn Fitch will be sworn in as Mississippi’s new attorney general Thursday, becoming the first woman in that job. Fitch is one of only six women ever elected to statewide office in Mississippi. Two of them — Nellah Massey Bailey and Julia Henrich Kendrick — are often overlooked. Bailey was elected three times as state tax collector, in 1947, ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Can civic education save democracy from social media?

As two of the three branches of government become more and more politicized, the posture of the third will play a crucial role in how our federal government works. The two politicized branches, of course, are the executive and legislative. The third, and supposed to always rise above politics, is the judicial branch. Last week, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice ...

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Touco Direct announces new software platform, WPClover

Touco Direct announced WPClover, a new software platform designed to disrupt WordPress development agencies. WPClover is an all-in-one bundled service that offers development, hosting, and maintenance for WordPress website users and gives them access to expert software developers for an affordable monthly fee. WordPress users can realize design and development without high upfront software development costs. “Business owners shouldn’t have ...

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2020 Mississippi Road Builders Association board

The Mississippi Road Builders Association elected the following members to a three-year term: Pepper Beckman, Dunn Roadbuilders (Laurel); Corey Easley, Dunn Utility Products (Byram); Bobby Elmore, Eutaw Construction Company (Madison); Bob Phillips, Phillips Contracting Company (Columbus); Lee Talbot, Talbot Brothers Contracting Company (Nesbit). Hunter Fordice, Fordice Construction Company (Vicksburg) serves as President. Clint Estess, Dickerson & Bowen (Brookhaven) serves as ...

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Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber announces 2020 board, president

Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Inc. has announced Dorothy Wilson, Publisher and Editor of Gulf Coast Women Magazine and co-founder of the Success Women’s Conference will serve as the 2020 President of the Board of Directors. Dorothy is passionate about serving her community and growing small businesses and nonprofits, as evidenced by her achievements and honors. She has received ...

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Executive Director Rikard to leave MDEQ January 13

Gary C. Rikard, Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), announced that he is leaving the agency January 13, 2020. Rikard has served as Executive Director since appointed by Governor Phil Bryant in September 2014. He previously worked at the agency as an Environmental Engineer and a Senior Attorney in the 1990s before practicing environmental law in ...

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Wells Marble welcomes Rajita Iyer Moss

Wells Marble has announced the addition of Rajita Iyer Moss. With over twenty years of legal experience, Moss focuses her practice in areas of major civil litigation, including personal injury and medical negligence. She serves as general counsel for two federally funded corporations, one with over 600 employees. She has also served as litigation counsel for Hinds County, the Jackson ...

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Gordon Fellows assumes role of MBA president and CEO

Gordon Fellows has been appointed by the Mississippi Bankers Association (MBA) Board of Directors to become the president and CEO of the MBA January 1, 2020. Fellows has been with the MBA since 2012, most recently serving as the Senior Vice President of Government Relations. Since 2012, Fellows has lead association lobbying efforts with elected and appointed state and federal ...

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Mississippi Development Authority director to step down

The director will leave a state agency that tries to create jobs in Mississippi. Glenn McCullough said in a statement Thursday that he will step down as head of Mississippi Development Authority at the end of January. He is one of several state agency directors who are leaving as Mississippi prepares to inaugurate a new governor. Republican Tate Reeves won ...

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SHAD WHITE — A critical moment for Mississippi’s economy

Today, maybe more than any time in our recent history, Mississippi faces fundamental questions about where our economy is headed. How we answer those questions is going to determine whether we succeed, like some of our surrounding states, or whether we become a rural Detroit. That’s the conclusion I’ve reached after watching our economy my entire life—from doing the books ...

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