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PriorityOne Bank promotes Clark and Norton

PriorityOne Bank has announced the promotions of Patsy Clark and Sarah Norton at the bank’s Hattiesburg branch. Clark will be serving as Branch Manager and Norton will be serving as Assistant Branch Manager. Clark began her career in banking immediately following graduation from Hattiesburg High School. She has over 25 years of experience in banking and has been with PriorityOne ...

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Starks named Vice President of National Association of Health Underwriters

Jackson resident Eugene Starks was named Vice President of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) Board of Trustees at its 89th Annual Convention and Exhibition in San Diego. Starks currently works as a Partner with Benefit Administration Services Ltd., an employee benefits TPA, consulting, and brokerage firm based in Ridgeland. He is also a Partner and founding member of ...

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Baker Donelson welcomes Schaller

Baker Donelson welcomes Charles R. Schaller to the firm’s Environmental Group. Schaller joins them in the Baltimore office. Charles represents clients in federal and state courts, and handles permitting matters and enforcement actions before federal, state, and local administrative agencies in areas such as hazardous waste, water pollution, and land development. He also has extensive experience in securing regulatory authorizations ...

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Mayor seeks help finding men who bedded down in flower bed

The mayor of one Mississippi town is putting out an all-plants bulletin. It’s an effort to find four unknown men who flopped down in a flower bed that the city of Oxford maintains on the town square. Mayor Robyn Tannehill on Sunday posted surveillance video on Twitter of the four men leaping into, sitting in and rolling around the planting. ...

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Mississippi steps toward scrapping high school history test

Mississippi education officials are taking another step toward scrapping a now-required U.S. history test. The state Commission on School Accreditation voted unanimously on Monday to recommend to the state Board of Education that Mississippi stop giving the test to high school students. Students formerly had to pass exams in history, English, algebra and biology to graduate. Now, there are alternate ...

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Journalist and political staffer Wayne Weidie dies at 78

OCEAN SPRINGS — A former Mississippi newspaper publisher and political columnist who later became a congressional aide has died. Wayne Weidie (WEE-die) was 78 when he died Thursday at his home in Venice, Florida. Weidie was publisher and editor of two Mississippi Gulf Coast newspapers, the Ocean Springs Record and the Gautier Independent, from 1970 to 1990, and wrote a ...

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ANDY TAGGART — Will be a steward of the state’s law enforcement resources

Life often brings the realization that something must be done just because it is the right thing to do.  Such a time arose for my wife Karen and me this past spring when I concluded that I should enter the race for Attorney General. For nearly 150 years, Mississippi has waited for the opportunity to elect a conservative Republican to ...

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DENNIS SEID: Despite shrinking size, Tupelo Furniture Market remains important

On Thursday, Behold Washington Furniture cut the ribbon on its new space at the Tupelo Furniture Market, a 19,000-square-foot showroom that more than tripled the size of Behold’s former showroom. The upholstered furniture company has been growing nicely the past few years, having acquired Washington Furniture last year. And despite a fire that destroyed Washington’s plant in Pontotoc, a 400,000-square-foot ...

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Tech and financial stocks help drive US stocks higher

Stocks marched broadly higher on Wall Street in early trading Monday, building on solid gains for the market after a rally late last week. Technology stocks accounted for a big share of the gains after the U.S. gave Chinese telecom giant Huawei another 90 days to buy equipment from American suppliers. Chipmaker Nvidia rose 4.8%. Financial stocks also rose as ...

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Federal jury sides with FBI in wrongful termination case

A federal jury in Mississippi has ruled against an FBI agent who sued the agency for wrongful termination as a result of reporting racial discrimination. Citing a U.S. Attorney’s Office statement, WDAM-TV reports the Hattiesburg jury on Friday ruled that former agent Warren Flowers failed to prove his termination was due to reporting the alleged discrimination. The statement says the ...

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