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Jeanson to succeed Kasper

Joshua Jeanson is the new licensing associate in Mississippi State University’s Office of Technology and Commercialization. Jeanson will be responsible for identifying, protecting, marketing and licensing intellectual properties developed at the university, among other duties. He succeeds Chase Kasper, who became the office’s new assistant director last year. Jeanson holds bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Mississippi.  Currently ...

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Dunbar to receive Foundation award

Jack Dunbar of the Oxford law firm of Holcomb Dunbar will be honored as the recipient of the Mississippi Bar Foundation’s 2010 Professionalism Award during the organization’s annual dinner meeting scheduled for April 15 in Jackson. The award is given in recognition of a lifelong commitment to the highest standards of the legal profession. Dunbar is a Fellow of the ...

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Anderson given seat on board

The Jackson County Economic Development Foundation Inc. (JCEDF) announced that Singing River Health System’s CEO Chris Anderson has been appointed chairman of the board of JCEDF effective immediately. Anderson is the immediate-past vice chairman and is succeeding Merchants and Marine Bank president and CEO Royce Cumbest. Cumbest had served as chairman of the board since May 2006, and will continue ...

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Keeping Our Eye On: Farris Watson

Age: 24 Hometown: Tupelo Education: University of Mississippi, Itawamba Community College Current Position: Fraternal coordinator of South Mississippi Woodmen of the World Farris Watson says she was made for her job.  Watson grew up with a fondness for handyman work, outdoor activities and a hobby of incessant reading; qualities  she is able to pair with her love of media and ...

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Baker Donelson launches new group

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, has launched a Gaming Industry Service Team.  This multidisciplinary group of attorneys and advisors from across various Baker Donelson offices and practice areas represents domestic and international gaming clients before state gaming commissions and other state governmental bodies. The team is led by Dan M. McDaniel Jr.  Previously leader of the gaming practice ...

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Three inducted into Hall of Fame

Linda Johnson, executive director of the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau, Bill Holmes, executive director of the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, and Bill Seratt, executive director of the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, were inducted to the Mississippi Tourism Hall of Fame by the Mississippi Development Authority Division of Tourism March 1 at the annual Mississippi Governor’s Conference ...

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Robertson heading marketing efforts

Alana Robertson has joined the Mississippi Telco Federal Credit Union as marketing director. She joined the organization in February. Robertson was a key player in planning the organization’s Annual Meeting, which was held March 13. The event marked the credit unions 75th anniversary, and was celebrated by the organization’s management staff of Kevin Long, Rob Loflin, Michelle Omerza, and Keith ...

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Jacobs dies at age 91

Charles R. Jacobs, whose family has owned and published the Daily Leader newspaper in Brookhaven since 1958, has died at the age of 91. Jacobs bought the Leader Times in 1958, later merging it with another weekly newspaper in Brookhaven and changed the name to the Leader-Advertiser. In 1968, he converted the twice-weekly newspaper into a five-day daily under the ...

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YBJ presents gift to school

The Young Businessmen of Jackson recently presented Magnolia Speech School with an $11,000 donation for its scholarship fund. This generous gift helps offset the $1.5 million needed annually for scholarships.

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Cain leaving MAR for CoreNet Global

CoreNet Global of Atlanta, a leading professional association for corporate real estate (CRE) executives, service providers and economic developers, has appointed Angela Cain as CEO. Cain is currently CEO of the Mississippi Association of Realtors (MAR). She will be officially introduced at the April 18-20 CoreNet Global Summit in New Orleans. Cain will assume the CEO role from interim CEO ...

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