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Longleaf Alliance welcomes Robbie Fisher as new board member

Robbie Fisher of Water Valley has joined the Longleaf Alliance’sBoard of Directors in October. The mission of The Longleaf Alliance (a 501c3 non-profit conservation organization) is to ensure a sustainable future for the longleaf pine ecosystem through partnerships, landowner assistance and science-based education and outreach. Fisher grew up in the Mississippi Delta and is a lawyer, conservationist and filmmaker. In ...

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Ridgeland Tourism welcomes new executive director

The Ridgeland Tourism Commission has selected Chris R. Chapman as its new executive director, replacing Mary Beth Wilkerson, who retired in June. Chapman has over 30 years experience in the travel and tourism industry of Mississippi, incling being a bureau manager for Visit Mississippi (the state’s tourism office). She holds a Bachelor of Science from Mississippi State University, is a ...

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Guess joins Texas Capital Bank group in Gulfport

Russ Guess recently joined Texas Capital Bank as a Senior Vice President, Relationship Manager for the Financial Institutions Group in Gulfport, which covers the southeastern United States. Guess has many years of experience both as a commercial and correspondent banker. In this role, he will work with financial institutions by providing liquidity management and balance sheet solutions. Guess earned his ...

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Polkville mayor earns certification from Mississippi Municipal League

Polkville Mayor Robert Miles has completed the Professional Development Level of the Certified Municipal Official program from the Mississippi Municipal League. Officials who earn the Professional Development Level must have first completed the Basic and Advanced Levels of the program. Established in 1931, MML represents 291 city, town and village governments in Mississippi. The mission of the MML is helping ...

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Governor appoints James state aid engineer at State Aid Road Construction office

Gov. Phil Bryant appointed Harry Lee James state aid engineer in the Mississippi Office of State Aid Road Construction. James replaces Carey Webb, who has worked in various capacities at the Office of State Aid Road Construction for 29 years. Webb has been state aid engineer since 2012. James first went to work at the Mississippi Department of Transportation in ...

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Sims joins Taggart, Rimes and Graham

Trae Sims, formerly General Counsel to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, has joined the Taggart, Rimes & Graham’s litigation and defense practice. Primarily focusing on criminal defense, Sims formerly was Prosecutor and Assistant City Attorney to the City of Madison. He has been a frequent lecturer and has years of experience managing both internal and criminal investigations, as well ...

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Robert Gooden inducted into the Mississippi Credit Union Hall of Fame

Rivertrust Federal Credit Union Director Robert Gooden has been inducted into the Mississippi Credit Union Hall of Fame. Created in 1993, the Mississippi Credit Union Hall of Fame is the state’s highest credit union honor, recognizing individuals that have devoted their life to the philosophy and success of credit unions at the local, state or national level. Robert Gooden began ...

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Outlets of Mississippi hire Shanna Head, director of marketing

Shanna Head joined the Outlets of Mississippi in January 2016 as Marketing Assistant and Graphic Designer and was recently promoted to Marketing Manager and Graphic Designer. She also handles social media as well as a fashion and lifestyle blog for the Outlets of Mississippi. Having started off in the field of graphic design with an Associate’s degree from Hinds Community ...

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Hopkins announced as new development officer

A familiar face has joined Mississippi University for Women’s Office of Development & Alumni team. Timothy L. Hopkins, who served as the university’s senior admissions counselor, was recently announced as The W’s new development officer. A W alumnus, Hopkins obtained his degree in bachelor of arts in psychology with a minor in family studies in 2009. He earned his master ...

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Vicksburg District’s Chief of Design Branch receives Commander’s Award

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District has announced that David L. Wallace, recently received the Commander’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Equal Employment Opportunity. Wallace received this award for his contributions to the EEO Program. Wallace is responsible for supervising and managing the branch to provide engineering design activities to support the Vicksburg District’s civil works program. ...

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