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Lolly Barnes takes reins at Mississippi Heritage Trust

Lolly Barnes was recently named executive director of the Mississippi Heritage Trust. Barnes, a Biloxi native, brings 20 years of preservation experience to MHT. A Biloxi native, she received a B.A. in history from LSU, and a M.A. in history from the University of Southern Mississippi. Q — What’s the mission of the Mississippi Heritage Trust? A — The Mississippi ...

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Q&A: Rusty Hampton leaves journalism after 30 years for the engineering field

Rusty Hampton is the marketing editor at Neel-Schaffer, a Jackson-based engineering firm. Hampton spent 30 years in the newspaper business, as a reporter and editor. He comes to Neel-Schaffer having spent the last decade-plus as sports editor of The Clarion-Ledger. Q — As marketing editor, what’s your day-to-day like? A — No two days are alike, which is nice. In ...

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John Damon leads Children's Home Services' efforts to help kids thrive

Dr. John D. Damon is the CEO of Mississippi Children’s Home Services in Jackson. Damon has been with MCHS for 20 years. He received his bachelor of science degree in psychology from Mississippi College, his master of arts in marriage and family therapy from Reformed Theological Seminary, his doctor of philosophy in clinical psychology from Jackson State University and completed ...

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Russell Turley looks to impact young people

Russell Turley is president of the Phoenix Club of Jackson, which started in 2007 and raises money for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi. Q — How did the Phoenix Club get started? A — As a result of experiences with the original Phoenix Club in Memphis, a group of young professionals (Brad Reeves, Bo Zimmerman, Travis Ezelle ...

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Fredie Carmichael works to keep young business minds in state

Q — What is the mission and what are some of the goals of Mississippi Young Professionals? A — Mississippi Young Professionals serves to create a network that will connect, develop, empower and retain young professionals in Mississippi through community involvement, professional development and social interaction. The organization works to create a shared vision that will help retain and recruit ...

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Ken Cyree readies Gillespie Business Plan Competition

Q — What is the Gillespie Business Plan Competition? A — The Gillespie Business Plan Competition is a contest that allows students to craft and present their business plans to a group of business professionals. Through this process, students can hone their business ideas and create a persuasive presentation that mimics a pitch to fund the business. Students learn analysis, ...

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