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Keesler Federal promotes Carol Lucas

Keesler Federal Credit Union has promoted Carol Lucas to Community Development Manager. In her role as Community Development Manager, Lucas will be responsible for community development efforts across all Keesler Federal markets. Lucas has been employed at Keesler Federal for the past four years and previously served as Community Development Officer overseeing a five-county area. She has extensive experience in ...

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New staff announced New at MDAC

Commissioner Andy Gipson announced two new staff members of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC). Hayes Patrick was named director of the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum. In this position, Patrick will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations as well as establishing the direction of the museum. Patrick earned his Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Mississippi ...

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JMAA names Lsherie Dean as public information officer

Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA) has named LSherie Dean as the Public Information Officer (PIO). Dean is an alumna of Jackson State University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Dean has over twelve years of public relations, marketing and social media experience. For the last four years, Dean has been an intricate part of public relations, marketing ...

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Barkett receives national award for education leadership

Veteran educator Mike Barkett, president of the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation, is the recipient of the National Association of Women in Construction’s Carol A. Kueker Construction Education Visionary Award. Barkett was honored by NAWIC for his visionary leadership and outstanding contributions to construction education during a ceremony in Atlanta on Aug. 23. A resident of Rankin County, Barkett joined MCEF ...

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Heidelberg named Lawyer of the Year

Pascagoula attorney Jimmy Heidelberg has been named the Lawyer of the Year for his work in Medical Malpractice Work – Defendants by Best Lawyers 2020 Edition. This distinction is only given to one attorney in a specific practice area in the region. Additionally, Heidelberg has was recognized for his success in appellate practice, environmental law, legal malpractice law – defendants, ...

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Donna Gray earns CVP Designation

Donna Gray, Vicksburg Convention Center Business Manager, earned her Certified Venue Professional designation. Venue professionals who earn the CVP designation are recognized, by those inside and outside the industry, as skilled in their profession.

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Joe Cook joins 16 WAPT as sports director

WAPT announced the hiring of Joe Cook as sports director. Cook will anchor the weekday evening sports segments of the 16 WAPT News and joins the long-running Blitz 16 high school football program on Friday nights. Cook has an array of experience, including coverage of the Iditarod sled dog race and Midnight Sun Basketball game while working in Anchorage, coverage ...

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Claiborne joins Haddox Reid

Madelynn Cliburn joined the CPA firm of Haddox Reid Eubank Betts PLLC as an accountant in the Client Accounting Services Department. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting in May 2019, and a Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in Journalism from the University of Southern Mississippi in May 2018. While attending USM, ...

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William G. Jackson honored as Physician of the Year

William G. Jackson of Corinth, was honored as Mississippi’s Family Physician of the Year 2019 at the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians Annual Meeting. Also recognized were P. Brent Smith, MD, MSC, FAAFP, of Cleveland, New Physician of the Year, and Scott A. Carlton, MD, of Jackson, Academy of Family Physicians Military Award. William M. Grantham of Brandon was 2019-2020 ...

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Eugene Starks named Vice President of NAHU

Jackson resident Eugene Starks was named Vice President of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) Board of Trustees. Starks 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 Acuity Group, an agency dedicated to providing comprehensive employee benefits solutions. ...

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