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ADP’s Williamson a key innovative cog in Hattiesburg area development programs

By BECKY GILLETTE Valencia Williamson has overseen the creation of innovative new programs including those designed to improve the work-force preparedness of high school graduates since she was hired six years ago to head the Area Development Partnership Chamber of Commerce Division as executive vice president. “Valencia is a leading minority executive in Greater Hattiesburg and serves as a shining ...

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New Magnolia State Bank branch adds to excitement of downtown Laurel’s revival

By BECKY GILLETTE LAUREL — Magnolia State Bank (www.bankmagnolia.com) recently held a grand opening of its new branch of the bank in a triangular-shaped, landmark historic building downtown that housed the Laurel Mercantile in the late 1800s. “They are bringing new jobs and excitement to the area, but they aren’t new to downtown,” said Jim Rasberry, Rasberry Financial Services, who ...

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William Carey making huge comeback from devastation of tornado

By BECKY GILLETTE When William Carey University  President Tommy King first saw the devastation of the campus after the EF3 tornado Jan. 22, his thought was: “We will never be able to save this campus.” “The campus was just in total disarray,” King said. “All but two buildings had damage of varying degrees. About 90 percent of the buildings had ...

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USM faculty member gets grant for Fresh Food on the Move

By BECKY GILLETTE “Preventative health care is a lot cheaper than what we have traditionally done” Charkarra Anderson-Lewis, Ph.D.,  was only 15 years old when her mother, 36, died from heart disease. It had a lasting impression on Anderson-Lewis, a University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Department of Health associate professor who recently received a $2,000 grant to institute a mobile ...

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‘Life changing chicken’ coming soon to Hattiesburg and state

By LISA MONTI Construction will begin soon on the first of six restaurant locations for a franchise new to Mississippi that promises “life changing chicken.” Father and son franchisees Ricky Bagwell and David Bagwell will build the first Slim Chickens store in Ridgeland. Two more are planned in the Jackson area, two in the Hattiesburg area and one in Oxford. ...

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Southern Prohibition Brewery hopes Legislature removes restrictions

By BECKY GILLETTE / Hattiesburg Business Today Because of restrictions in the law, Mississippi is one of the last states to cash in on the hot microbrewery trend. Quinby Chunn, owner of Southern Prohibition Brewery, is hopeful that legislation currently being considered in Jackson will allow direct sales at breweries. “We’re trying to get House Bill 1322, which has been approved by ...

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Seminary potter recognized as state’s top visual artist

By BECKY GILLETTE SEMINARY — Claudia “Ka” Cartee, 69, has been “telling a story with clay” since she was a little girl and her father, a professional mold maker who had a regional ceramic slip business, gave her a potting wheel. A professional potter since 1973, Cartee has averaged making two tons of clay per year into art ranging from functional ...

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Bracey joins Columbia Family Clinic

Brittney E. Bracey, CNP, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Columbia Family Clinic. Bracey received a Master of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Southern Mississippi. She is board certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American ...

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