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TEC honors recent retirees

TEC announced the retirement of several valued employees. Sandra Estes, customer care representative with over 24 years of service has been an integral part of the repair department and recently transitioned into the customer care department.  Mary Jane Todd, customer care representative with over 30 years of service, has served diligently in the commercial office, with a focus on toll ...

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Lacy tests golf products

A Mississippi State University aerospace engineer is among a select group helping Golf Digest evaluate and rank new and innovative golf clubs. Thomas E. “Tom” Lacy Jr. was among 32 players, instructors, golf retailers and researchers who spent two weeks testing nearly 100 different products at the CasaBlanca Resort in Mesquite, Nev. Lacy, a Georgia Tech doctoral graduate, was one ...

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ERDC researchers land awards

Three researchers at the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg are set to be recognized at the 2010 Black Engineer of the Year Awards Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Global Competitiveness Conference in Baltimore, Md. Jonathon Griffin of the Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL) will receive the Modern Day Technology Leader Award and Patricia Sullivan, also of GSL, ...

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UPS drivers honored for safety

UPS announced 14 drivers from Mississippi are among 928 newly inducted worldwide into the Circle of Honor, an honorary organization for UPS drivers who have achieved 25 or more years of  accident-free driving. Mississippi boasts 37 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 2,116 years of accident-free driving. The new Circle of Honor members are Buford Baylis of Ripley, ...

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USM professor serves on panel

Dr. Edward Sayre, assistant professor of political science, international development and international affairs at the University of Southern Mississippi, recently served on the panel “One Year After Gaza: Securing the Future for Young Palestinians” at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. The panel’s presentations were covered by C-SPAN. The panel focused on the economic and political climate faced by young ...

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AASCB elects Jones

Dr. Carol Jones, associate professor of psychology and director of psychology on the William Carey University Tradition Campus since 1994, was elected president-elect of the American Association of State Counseling Board (AASCB). Jones will serve as president-elect in 2010 and begin her term in July 2011. Jones’ research interests include mental integration into primary care. She is co-principal investigator of ...

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Mitchell tapped as D.A.

Gov. Haley Barbour announced the appointment of Brenda F. Mitchell as district attorney in the 11th Circuit Court District, which includes Bolivar, Coahoma, Quitman, and Tunica counties. Mitchell, who currently serves as interim district attorney, will begin her new duties immediately. Mitchell has served as interim district attorney since Laurence Y. Mellen resigned the position Dec. 31, 2009; a special ...

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IBC beefs up for competition

The International Ballet Competition (USA IBC) is expanding its staff in preparation for the upcoming competition June 12 – 27 in Jackson. Brent Lefavor of Jackson has served the USA IBC since the 2002 event. He returns for his third round as USA IBC 2010 production manager. He holds a master of arts and a master of fine arts, and ...

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Bices inducted in Hall of Fame

Hattiesburg natives Rick and Beth Bice, owners of Bice Advertising Inc., were recently inducted into the 2009 University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism Hall of Fame. As graduates of the Hattiesburg High School class of 1973, both Rick and Beth earned their degrees from USM by 1978. Their work spans more than 30 years as they’ve ...

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Carney earns Fellow status

Michael J. Carney, chief executive officer of Brentwood Behavioral Healthcare of Mississippi, a Psychiatric Solutions Inc. facility, recently advanced to Fellow status of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders. Carney has served as CEO of Brentwood Behavioral Healthcare of Mississippi since 2002. He received his bachelor of science and master of public ...

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