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Mississippi school district stops using corporal punishment

OXFORD — A Mississippi school district that voted over the summer to eliminate corporal punishment from its discipline policy has finally removed it. The Oxford Eagle reports the punishment was nixed from the school district’s policy during a board meeting last week. Assistant Superintendent Patrick Robinson initially requested to consider the removal in June. Robinson told the school board then ...

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Community Bank announces regional promotions

Community Bank has announced the promotion of Justin C. Martin and R. Scott Pickering. Justin C. Martin has been named Chief Executive Officer for the Metro Jackson Region. Martin joined Community Bank in 2007, where he began as Assistant Vice President in Brandon, he was later named Executive Vice President while in Tupelo, and most recently served in the Pine ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Lose weight and 7 other reasons to run for public office

Political campaign season is in high gear. This year Mississippi voters will elect candidates for statewide, county and certain district offices. Although the deadline has passed to qualify to run for those positions it is an appropriate time to broach the subject of running for political office in a future election cycle. In this column, I offer eight reasons for ...

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T. Paul Mace joins Memorial Hospital at Gulfport

Memorial Hospital at Gulfport hired T. Paul Mace, MD, FACS, in the practice of general surgery. Mace joins Memorial with expertise in advanced General Surgery, Robotic Surgery, and Breast Surgery, including Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator (DIEP) Flap Breast Reconstruction. Since 2012, he has been the market leader in Robotic Single Site Gallbladder Surgery, Robotic Hernia Repair, and Robotic Colon Surgery. ...

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Matthews, Cutrer and Lindsay duo to lead Young CPA Network

Shannon Adams, CPA and Sammy Gill, CPA of the Ridgeland-based accounting firm of Matthews, Cutrer and Lindsay began a year of board service with the Mississippi Society of CPAs Young CPA Network. For the coming year, Adams will be president. The Young CPA Network is a group designed to help young MSCPA members establish connections with other aspiring professionals, exchange ...

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Ray elected Chairman of the Board for MCEE

The Mississippi Council on Economic Education (MCEE) Board of Directors recently announced the election of Johnny Ray as Chairman of the Board for the 2019-20 term. Ray has over 33 years of banking experience and is Executive Vice President and Jackson Regional President for BankFirst. Ray is a Mississippi State University alumnus with a B.A. in Banking and Finance and ...

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Palmer joins Emerald Transformer

Emerald Transformer (Emerald) welcomes Jim Palmer as the company’s new general manager of the Lexington plant. Palmer brings over 30 years of experience in organizational development, operations management and safety and environmental protection within multi-state and multi-plant production. His leadership and unique skillset strengthen Emerald’s ability to continue its regional and national growth. As general manager, Palmer is responsible for ...

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‘Let our voices be heard’: March against immigration raids

CANTON — The children of Sacred Heart Catholic Church streamed out into Mississippi’s heat on a blistering Sunday afternoon, carrying what they said was a message of opposition against immigration raids their parents could not. “I will not sit in silence while my parents are taken away,” read a sign carried by two Hispanic boys. They were among a group ...

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Analysis: Runoff candidates need to keep voters motivated

Mississippi candidates working toward Aug. 27 party primary runoffs have two important tasks: keep the base motivated and find new voters. People that day will determine the Republican nominees for two statewide offices — governor and attorney general. The slate of Democratic statewide nominees is set, either because candidates were unopposed or because they won a primary Aug. 6. Attorney ...

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DENNIS SEID: No easy solutions to immigration, but something must be done

“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respected Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges.” No less than George Washington uttered those words two centuries ago – but do they still apply? Should they still apply? Then ...

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