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Q&A: Rep. Scott Delano, R-Biloxi, District 117

Insurance key on Coast House member focused on issue in Legislature State Rep. Scott Delano grew up on Mississippi Gulf Coast. He earned an accounting degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and worked in the casino industry for several years. He is a commercial  real estate developer with Southeast Commercial and was elected in a special election in November ...

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Q&A: Gail Pittman, Owner, Gail Pittman Designs

Back doing what she loves Pittman designing through her store in Ridgeland A school teacher with no formal art background, Jackson native Gail Pittman began painting at her kitchen table nearly three decades ago. She later found herself running a large manufacturing operation and traveling nationwide as a major product salesperson for Southern Living. Now she has returned to her ...

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Q&A: Jill Conner Browne, Author and Sweet Potato Queen

MBJ gets all the credit Former stringer did OK despite misguided paper Jackson native Jill Conner Browne became an accidental author and published the “Sweet Potato Queens’ Book of Love” in 1999. She has written eight books and created a women’s movement that annually draws thousands to Jackson, providing an estimated multi-million dollar tourism impact. Sweet Potato Queens come from ...

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Q&A: Bill Luckett, Democratic candidate for governor

Trying to make a difference Clarksdale lawyer has already done it in his hometown Bill Luckett is an attorney who splits his time between Clarksdale and Jackson. With business partner, Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman, Luckett owns Ground Zero Blues Club and Madidi restaurant. He attended the University of Virginia before earning a law degree from Ole Miss in 1973. Luckett ...

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Q&A: Dave Dennis, Republican candidate for governor

First governor from the Coast? Candidate Dennis believes he has answers for state Dave Dennis is president of Specialty Contractors & Associates Inc. in Gulfport. A Pass Christian native and resident, Dennis attended Auburn University and then moved back to the Gulf Coast in 1976. He has served as chairman of the New Orleans Federal Reserve Board and has been ...

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Q&A: Tom Hood, Executive Director/Chief Counsel, Mississippi Ethics Commission

Chief of Ethics Hood oversees changes at Ethics Commission In 2003, Tom Hood arrived at Mississippi Ethics Commission, and it didn’t take long for him to make an impression. Three years later, he was named executive director and chief counsel of the organization charged with weighty responsibility of ensuring high ethics in government law. During his tenure, there have been ...

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Q&A: Mike Pepper, Executive Director, Mississippi Road Builders Association

Mike Pepper has an extensive background in governmental affairs and association leadership, and that is exactly what Mississippi’s road builders need as they deal with an ailing economy that has challenged the entire construction industry. The MBJ recently caught up with Pepper and asked him just how “stimulated” his members have been by the ARRA, why crumbling infrastructure seems to ...

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Q&A: Deryll Stegall, founder, Stegall Imagery

Deryll Stegall is a true entrepreneur. After a nearly 20-year career with one company where he did seemingly everything except photography, the Jackson native took the risk and opened Stegall Imagery. Today, the Ridgland studio is booming, and Stegall couldn’t be more satisfied. Q —  Why photography? What was it about the camera that grabbed you? A —  When I ...

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