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Newk’s creates new position, names first COO

Newk’s Eatery has named Joe Pate as chief operations officer, a new position that was created to expand the company’s operations team for continued growth. Pate comes to Newk’s with 35 years of experience in the restaurant industry, serving more than 20 years with Dallas-based la Madeline French Bakery and Cafe, most recently as vice president of operations, where he ...

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Red Cross selects Grist North Mississippi chapter executive director

The American Red Cross is pleased to announce that KC Caldwell Grist is the new executive director of its North Mississippi Chapter. Grist, a Tupelo native, has worked for more than 25 years with nonprofit organizations in Mississippi and the Southeastern United States.   For the last decade, she has owned and operated a consulting firm, KC Grist Consulting,  focused ...

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PRCC Smith as chairman of Board of Trustees

Pearl River Community College has appointed a lifelong Wildcat as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Tessa Rawls Smith. Twenty-eight years after first stepping on Pearl River’s Poplarville campus as a college freshman, Smith is taking on the role of Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “Ms. Tess Smith is a trusted and well respected member of our Board of ...

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SouthGroup names Cyndi Tullos chief operating officer and executive VP

The Board of Directors of SouthGroup Insurance & Financial Services has named Cynthia Raney Tullos as its Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice-President.  Tullos is a Jackson native and has spent the past 18 years in operations with SouthGroup.  Prior to assuming the COO position she was Vice-President of Operations and Technology in the agency. Ronnie Tubertini, President and CEO, ...

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HORNE LLP admits Thomas and Klein as partners

HORNE LLP recently announced the admittance of Alethia Thomas and Lee Klein III, CPA, into the firm’s partnership. Thomas is a partner in government services at HORNE. She is responsible for assisting government agencies with planning, managing, and implementing CDBG disaster recovery funded programs. Thomas joined HORNE in 2011. She has more than 10 years of experience in disaster recovery ...

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Golden Triangle airport expands

Cutting the ribbon recenty on Golden Triangle Regional Airport’s Terminal Expansion are (from left) Airport Authority Board Member Frank Chiles; Jonathan Byrum of Byrum Construction; Board Member Bobby Harper; Board Chairman Stephen James, Board Members Robin McCormick and Sonny Kelly; and Executive Director Mike Hainsey. (Courtesy of GTR Airport)

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Oxford Chamber announces Leadership class

The Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce recently announced its 2020 class of the Leadership Lafayette.Front row, from left: Natasha  Towner, Renasant Bank; Shanta Bean, North East MS Power Association; Leigh Jurney, North Mississippi Regional Center; Prema Balachandran, University of Mississippi; Emily Kidd, Hunt Marketing; LaKeisha Borum, Medical Marketing Economics; David Grayson, CareMed EMS. Second row: Ellis Bledsoe, ECB Solutions, LLC; Carlos Maury, CoreLogic; Qwadre Clayton, Big Brother Technologies; Erin Payseur Oeth, University of Mississippi; Caitlyn Clegg, Red Window Communications LLC; Emily Echols, The University of ...

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Belhaven’s business, education, and nursing programs awarded top honors

Colleges of Distinction recently recognized Belhaven University’s School of Nursing, School of Business, and School of Education for their quality and programming, and awarded them top honors. Colleges of Distinction evaluates schools based on their ability to provide a high-quality student experience, as well as a thorough liberal arts education. They granted these awards after a comprehensive vetting process, selecting ...

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Vowell Photography recognized with Sustainable Growth Award

Vowell Photography and Design in Flowood was recently awarded the Sustainable Growth Award at the School Photography Summit in Miami. This award recognizes achievement for the largest consistent growth in a three-year period among school photography businesses across the country. The School Photography Summit is an association of professional school photographers across the United States underwritten by H&H Color Lab in ...

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Hunsberger joins Red Window Communications as managing director

Kelley Hunsberger, who has led content-marketing programs for national clients in business, tech, healthcare and association sectors, has joined Red Window Communications in Oxford as managing director. A native of Mississippi, Hunsberger is the daughter of a newspaper publisher and holds a journalism degree from the University of Mississippi. Her work in content marketing is related to but distinct from fields ...

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