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Madison County achieves certification as ACT Work Ready Community

The Madison County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA) announced that Madison County has met all criteria to become a certified ACT Work Ready Community. This achievement caps the two-year engagement process and begins a two-year growth and maintenance phase to retain certification. The ACT Work Ready Communities initiative is designed to assist a particular area, region or state in developing its ...

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MacKenzie commemorates 25 years with Ameriprise Financial

Robert Stuart MacKenzie, CFP, CRPC, a private wealth advisor with MacKenzie & Associates, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. recently celebrated 25 years with Ameriprise Financial. MacKenzie has served residents of the Kosciusko area since 1993. “I am thankful for the career I’ve had in financial planning,” said MacKenzie. “I’ve enjoyed each day over the last ...

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Chamber announces new director of programs and events

The Columbus Lowndes Chamber of Commerce has announced Ms. Eason Black as director of programs and events. Black joins the Chamber to lead the organization’s planning and programming efforts. Black has worked for the CLCC since May 2018 as an intern, assisting with planning events, social media, email marketing, and upkeep of the Chamber website. A native of Columbus, Black ...

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Forrest Health president assumes additional role upon CEO retirement

Andy Woodard, president of Forrest Health in Hattiesburg, has added chief executive officer to his title, replacing CEO Evan Dillard who retired. Woodard has worked in various leadership positions at Forrest Health since 2001. Along with his role as chief financial officer, Woodard has been instrumental in leading the Forrest Health team’s strategic plan for many years. He is a ...

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Henry appointed to Workers’ Compensation Commission

Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed Mark Henry to a six-year term on the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission, replacing Thomas A. Webb, whose term expired. Henry is the Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES). The Commission reviews decisions made by administrative law judges, decides certain medical fee disputes, and regulates individual and group self-insurers. Henry was appointed ...

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Wofford joins new Cushman & Wakefield office

Tracy Wofford, MAI, AI-GRS has been selected to direct the new office of global real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield in Madison. She has experience in the appraisal of retail, industrial, and office assets. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, she was the Managing member of Wofford Consulting, LLC.

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Pine Belt PRAM announces 2019 Board of Directors

The Pine Belt chapter of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi elected its 2019 board of directors during the chapter’s monthly meeting on Nov. 20. Directors re-elected to their positions include President Joshua Wilson, art and marketing director at Munn Enterprises and Munn Outdoor Advertising; Vice President of Programs Karelia Pitts, manager of communications at the University of Southern Mississippi ...

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McRae No. 22 in the Bank Investment Consultant’s Top 100 Bank Advisors list

John C. McRae, who is a member of Citizens National Bank’s Wealth Management Division, as well as a Branch Manager and Senior Financial Advisor with Raymond James Financial Services, was chosen as No. 22 of 100 nationally on the list of Bank Investment Consultant’s Top 100 Bank Advisors. Bank Investment Consultant is a leading publication in the bank investment services ...

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Crawford joins Gulf Coast law firm

Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard announced the addition of Todd Crawford, who joins the firm as an of counsel attorney. Crawford has joined the firm’s admiralty and maritime practice, and he will continue to serve the Mississippi Gulf Coast from his current office. Previously, Crawford was a partner of Fowler Rodriguez. In addition to maritime law, he specializes in ...

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Williams to Lead Phi Theta Kappa STEM and Workforce Programs

Dr. Johannah B. Williams has been named associate vice president of STEM and Workforce Programs at Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK). Williams will oversee the development of engaging workforce- and STEM-related programming for PTK members. Nearly 20 percent of members are STEM majors, and approximately 29 percent of members plan to enter directly into the workforce upon completing their ...

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