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USM College of Business names EAGLE Scholarships

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Business recently announced that students Josh Spivey and Marshall Acklin have been chosen to join the EAGLE Scholar Program for the 2017-18 year. As EAGLE Scholars, they will receive coaching and professional development from CEO’s, community leaders and other industry leaders. They also have been awarded a scholarship to assist with tuition, assistance ...

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Groundbreaking held for $35-million Midtown mixed-use development

By BECKY GILLETTE Ground was broken March 23 on the $35-million District at Midtown mixed-used development that will take up an entire block at Hardy Street and 31st Avenue across from the University of Southern Mississippi. While this isn’t a new industrial development, it still packs a whammy when it comes to job creation. It is estimated that 200 people ...

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Remote controlled aircraft now much more than toys

By BECKY GILLETTE Gene Chambliss first became interested in remote controlled aircraft about 35 years ago when his parents bought him a gas-powered, remote controlled Cessna 172. “After that I was pretty much hooked on remote control aircraft of one type or another,” Chambliss said. “When I was a kid, my friends and I would go to the local hobby ...

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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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