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Mississippi Braves — Some things new, some things old for 2016

By TED CARTER The Mississippi Braves will have the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in town April 7 to mark the start of their  11th season at Pearl’s Trustmark Park. First pitch is 7 p.m. The 2016 season for the Double A Southern League club brings the return of many of the same promotions as last year, minus the bobblehead doll giveaways ...

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Birdies raise $287,000 for state charities

Century Club Charities, host organization for the Sanderson Farms Championship, held its annual Birdies for Charity luncheon recently at the Country Club of Jackson. In 2015, the Birdies for Charity grant program raised $287,087.25 for Mississippi charities based on 1,630 birdies made during the tournament. The top three charity participants for 2015 were Mississippi SIDS and Infant Safety Alliance, United ...

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TODD SMITH — Top leadership lessons from Super Bowl coaches

While Super Bowl 50 was won by a gritty, determined defense dominated by an MVP performance from Vonn Miller, the success of both teams this year – and their showdown in the ultimate game in San Francisco – has a lot to do with the lessons of leadership, management and identity. Lessons that today’s brands should pay attention to. Here ...

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TODD SMITH — Here’s a sneak peak at The Super Bowl 50 ads

Whether it’s cars, chips or beer, ,the usual super suspects are lining up to make the 50th Super Bowl more than a game to remember – at least when it comes to the ads. With the Super Bowl set for Sunday, advertisers have given us  a peek at what they’ve got planned. They have a lot at stake as they ...

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Blackwell to direct Sports Hall of Fame

Bill Blackwell, chief operations officer of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum for the past eight months, has become the museum’s executive director. Rick Cleveland, the MSHOF’s executive director since April, 2012, will remain as the MSHOF’s historian and will continue to work in community and media relations and in fund-raising efforts. Cleveland, who has authored four books ...

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Vicksburg’s Malcolm Butler named one of Boston Globe’s Bostonians of the Year

Vicksburg High grad grabs the spotlight with spectacular Super Bowl play cinching victory for his team By BECKY GILLETTE Malcolm Butler has gone from a college football player who initially wasn’t even drafted by the pros to a household name and a Vicksburg hometown hero who has made Mississippi proud. For his efforts, Butler was named today as one of the ...

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Butler Snow handles portion of bonds issued for Braves’ new Cobb stadium

Ridgeland’s Butler Snow served as bond counsel in Wednesday’s closing on $376.6 million in bonds for construction of the new Atlanta Braves stadium scheduled to open in Cobb County for the 2017 season. Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority issued Wednesday’s portion of the bonds. Butler Snow attorneys Lesly Gaynor Murray, Blake C. Sharpton and Ryan L. Pratt handled the transaction.. ...

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Pear River CC’s sports spokesman Mitch Deaver dies at 62

POPLARVILLE — Mitch Deaver, a fixture along the sidelines of Pearl River Community College athletic fields and courts, died Monday at his home. Deaver, 62, was sports information director at PRCC, a position he had held since April 1996. He was known throughout the s for his cooperation and by sports editors for the quality of his photography. He is ...

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MSU’s Keenum elected vice president of the Southeastern Conference

  STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum has been elected vice president of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) by his fellow presidents/chancellors. The action was taken Friday at the SEC’s summer meeting in Destin, Florida. Keenum will serve a term of one year in the post, succeeding the retiring University of Arkansas Chancellor G. David Gearhart. Gearhart is retiring from ...

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