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State’s unemployment trending below national average

For the past six months Mississippi’s unemployment rate has been lower than the national average, following a trend showing the South is leading the country in job creation. “It is always positive when the numbers are up,” says Wayne Gasson, chief of labor market information for the Mississippi Employment Security Commission (MESC). “Anytime you are doing better than the national ...

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NMHS taps Fla. executive as new CEO

TUPELO — The search may be over, but the real work is about to begin. Following a nine-month national recruiting initiative, the board of directors of Tupelo-based North Mississippi Health Services (NMHS) named John R. Heer Jr. as its new president and chief executive officer at a press conference following the company’s annual board retreat. Heer, 45, comes to Tupelo ...

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GodwinGroup branding official bat of baseball

Lynne W. Jeter   MBJ Contributing Writer JACKSON — When Todd Ballard ventured into the hallowed vault of the Louisville Slugger Museum in Louisville, Ky., earlier this year to research a branding assignment for the 120-year-old bat making company, he was thrilled to see a collection of bats representing every specification made for professional baseball players. After museum curator Billy Williams learned ...

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