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It's fitting that Alan Sims, DeSoto County President of Southern Bancorp headquartered in Hernando majored in architecture because the licensed commercial residential building contractor and current banking official is keen on building relationships as well as communities.

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Doug Capps has joined Guaranty Bank and Trust in the Hernando office at Mortgage Loan Officer. Capps served in the military and gained mortgage experience as Military Mortgage Specialist and Certified Loan Officer along with the Lending Integrity Seal of Approval. Capps’ wife Shelly is Mortg…

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During the recent Kroger Marketplace in Hernando grand opening, Kroger Food Store executives, including store manager Ahmad Akbary, far left, presented a $1,000 donation to the Hernando High School band on behalf of the grocery chain, as band director Len Killough and other officials and stu…

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Shelly Capps has become the new Mortgage Operations Manager for the Hernando branch of Guaranty Bank and Trust. Capps was a Finance and Accounting Specialist in the U.S. Army from 1998-2003 and brings many years of mortgage experience to the Panola Street branch of Guaranty Bank.

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Making music is big business — just ask Peter Whitham, the founder of the Mississippi Music Foundation and creator of the Mississippi Music Awards program, now in its third year.

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Michael Parker, the new Mississippi Community Bank President for First Tennessee Bank, knows that he has big shoes to fill in fulfilling the role enjoyed by departing Bank President Mackey Moore but Parker has more than 17 years of banking experience to chart a new path for one of the fastes…

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Tye Rollins has become a new nurse practitioner for the Urgent Team immediate family care facility in Horn Lake. Most recently, Rollins served as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Jackson, has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Union University, Tenn. and a master’s degree in nursing from Prai…

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Jason May is the new City Administrator for the City of Olive Branch. His duties will include purchasing, budgeting and human resources for the city. May comes to his new position from F. O. Givens and Company, where he was a certified public accountant.

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Drew Coleman is the new Tournament and Athletic Coordinator for the City of Horn Lake. Coleman, a former Horn Lake Police officer, has been on the job since September 2016. He is in charge of organizing the athletic program for the Parks and Recreation Department, including schedules for lea…

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A passion to bring local ownership to an already-established fitness studio has brought two women together to bring a program that especially targets women to their home in DeSoto County. 

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A part of Main Street Southaven for the past few years, Akili’s Rewind Design Boutique honors the daughter of a three-time cancer survivor who wants her business to succeed, but wants at the same time to make sure customers of all stations in life can have new clothes.

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Laura Taylor has become the new Membership Coordinator for the Horn Lake Chamber of Commerce, working with Executive Director Varina Hopper. A former business owner with 25 years of sales experience, Taylor comes from to the Chamber from SE Map Solutions. Her duties will include membership r…

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The new director of the Hernando Public Library oversees a budget and scale of inventory that would rival most Mid-South businesses but its "volume" is measured in ways other than gross sales.

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The Kroger Hernando Marketplace Store, Mississippi's largest Kroger store, opened to great fanfare this past Wednesday, to the sounds of trumpets and a large contingent of the Hernando High School Marching Band.

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Debra Gilbert has become the new Branch Manager for the M.R. Dye Public Library in Horn Lake. Gilbert, a native of Itta Bena, brings years of experience, having worked in the Jackson Hinds Library System before arriving in Horn Lake. She will be in charge of all operations of the Horn Lake library.

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Sarah Edmiston (left) of Southgroup Insurance receives the Horn Lake Chamber of Commerce “Rock Award” for the first quarter of 2017, recognizing Southgroup as a “rock solid business” in the DeSoto County city. Presenting the award is Hank Ludwig, representing award sponsor Renasant Bank, and…

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As the principal agent of Austin Realty Group, Inc., Michael Austin said his company, consisting of a team of talented real estate agents and professionals, is celebrating the company's 31st anniversary this month, primarily due to the hard work of agents and the loyalty of the community.

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Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce 2017 Board of Directors President David Baytos (right) presents a plaque of appreciation to outgoing Board President Mackey Moore during the Chamber’s monthly membership luncheon at the Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center in Olive Branch.  

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When a transplanted Canadian from the sunshine of Florida came to settle in DeSoto County, Leanne Nastasi decided what Old Towne Olive Branch needed was a spot to take a break, sip down a tasty hot coffee with a delicious sandwich or similar food item, all while enjoying conversation with fr…

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Being a Southaven native, Dr. Robert W. Appling, DPM, knew that he wanted to open his podiatry practice in the heart of Mississippi's third-largest city.

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Being a Southaven native, Dr. Robert W. Appling, DPM, knew that he wanted to open his podiatry practice in the heart of Mississippi's third-largest city.

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The year-end DeSoto County Economic Development Council luncheon at the Landers Center in Southaven Friday, Dec. 2 included the annual “changing of the guard” in the leadership of the DeSoto Council’s Board of Directors. Congratulating outgoing Chairman Shawn Clayton is incoming Chair Alesia…

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A restaurant franchise that at one time had a presence in DeSoto County is about to return with the planned opening of the Golden Corral Buffet and Grill in the former Ryan’s location in Horn Lake.

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The Hernando Main Street Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated the new location of Eldridge Services with a ribbon cutting ceremony. They have been in business for 13 years and specialize in air conditioning and heating services. They are now located at 3400 McCracken Road, Suite 7 in Hernando.

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Mississippi's skilled workforce is the key to improving the state's economy said Scott Waller, Executive Vice President and COO of the Mississippi Economic Council, during the MEC Mississippi Connection Tour which stopped at the Gale Center in Hernando on Wednesday.

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Three weeks into its existence, DeSoto County’s newest restaurant experience, STEAK by Melissa, is enjoying rave reviews from its clientele, according to owner Melissa Cookston, a decorated competition barbecue pitmaster who has won two Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Cont…

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Vincent Richmond, a Regional Vice-President with Primerica Financial Services, has been recently recognized as an important part of the company's expansion mode. The Primerica office now helps about 750 clients per year in the greater Memphis area.

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Meeting the needs of players young and old is what Doug Morgan of the Athletic House at Snowden Grove Park in Southaven is all about. 

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When Mailbox and Ship owner Marliatu Bah, better known as Molly, came to the United States from her home in the West African nation of Sierra Leone, she felt like she had won the lottery.

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One of the largest moving companies around has made its move into DeSoto County, as Two Men And A Truck has set up shop in Horn Lake. 

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While it might seems strange that a funeral home seeks to save lives, Brantley-Phillips Funeral Home of Hernando is doing just that by promoting a new "app" which can provide emergency medical officials with lifesaving information.

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As a successful businessman and owner of Daniel McDowell Plumbing and Drain, Daniel McDowell weathered the storm of the Great Recession and has built his plumbing business into a small empire.

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Joseph Spence is the proud owner of a start-up computer repair business which is already outpacing larger companies in the computer repair industry due to the knowledge and expertise of its founder, Joe Spence.

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Neel-Schaffer, Inc., has announced that Aaron McNeal, PE, has re-joined the firm as an Aviation Engineer and Senior Project Manager. McNeal holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University.

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Xylem Dewatering Solutions of Horn Lake recently provided some much-needed assistance to the property owners association of Maywood in Olive Branch. 

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Larry Abramson, Travel Specialist with North Mississippi Travel Consultants in Olive Branch, is in the business of making dream vacation plans come true for his clients.

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Charles Story Jr. and the people behind GaMe oN in Southaven will readily agree with the statement, “Video games get a bad rap,” as pointed out in articles that tout ways to boost a person’s intelligence by playing video games.

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The important connection between jobseekers and potential employers is being made real Tuesday morning, when the annual Governor’s Job Fair takes place at the Landers Center in Southaven.

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Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto was named the winner of the Horn Lake Chamber of Commerce Rock Award during the chamber’s Third Quarter Innovation Luncheon at the Landers Center. The award is presented each quarter by the chamber and represents a “rock solid business considered a foundation…

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Game oN owners Charles Story Jr., Robert and Val Kirby and Stan Jackson are welcomed by the Southaven Chamber of Commerce during a ribbon cutting ceremony. Called the The Ultimate Video Gaming Experience, Game oN is located at 7075 Malco Blvd. in Southaven.  

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Southern Airways has begun new service connecting Jackson-Evers International Airport (JAN) and Nashville International Airport (BNA) for the first time in two decades. Southern’s flights from Jackson depart daily, except Saturday.

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Robert W. Carter, Branch Officer of Renasant Bank in Hernando, is a man who wears many hats and has many jobs and duties, not the least of which is his most cherished role, father of four and husband of wife Lane.

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Ruth Ann Hale has been named manager of development operations for Ducks Unlimited at the national headquarters in Memphis. Previously, Hale was director of development and public relations at The Baddour Center in Senatobia. A resident of Olive Branch, Hale also spent 19 years as director o…

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