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Tammy Kennedy is the new manager of the Southaven office of Castle & Cooke Mortgage, LLC, one of the nation’s leading independent mortgage lenders. Kennedy brings 16 years industry experience, most recently as a sales manager with Envoy Mortgage and a senior loan officer with PrimeLendin…

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Keeping it a family-run business was what Tri-Lakes Pool and Spa, LLC owner Abe Roberts wanted to do when he took over the company earlier this year from his mentor, Ronnie Jackson, who ran the company from its original Senatobia location.

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Stylist and salon owner Andrea Kelso is bringing some flair and elegance along with just a little glitz and glamour from New York City to the DeSoto County seat.

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Kona Ice is more than just a creative business venture for working couple Alex and Ann Starker of Olive Branch.

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American Fireworks and American Events Tents, located in Walls, has put a spark in the local economy and it's not just limited to the season around the Fourth of July or New Year's holidays.

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Kristen Jones has been named as the new intern for the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi. A graduate of Hernando High School, Jones has plans to attend the University of Mississippi and major in accounting.

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As we head forward into summer, DeSoto County homeowners are looking at their lawns with many expressing pride for how impressive their efforts have been in making their space neat and beautiful. 

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Jerry McBride, CEO of Skylake Construction, said he bided his time during the years of the Great Recession and waited for the real estate market in DeSoto County to bounce back.

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Patricia Cross has been named as the new office associate with the DeSoto County Office of the Mississippi State University Agricultural Extension Service in Hernando.

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David Barnett runs Southaven operations for major distributor. 

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Financial Advisor David Rochester with Shoemaker Financial in Germantown, Tenn. has earned the American College Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP) Designation. This designation is for advisors who have completed various college-level courses and passed a series of 2-hour proctor…

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What was first developed as a means to help raise some extra money for a church project or a mission trip is quickly becoming something even more impactful.

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Side Alley Cafe & Gifts opened their doors to an eager crowd of shoppers from across the spectrum — visitors from Germantown, Hernando and Olive Branch, among other locales.

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Jared Brownlee of Oxford has been named NWCC assistant director of bands, according to John Mixon, division director of Fine Arts at Northwest Mississippi Community College. Brownlee comes to Northwest from his position as band director at Oxford High School.

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Jon LaMachio has been named as Vice President of Distribution and Operations at Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. in Olive Branch. LaMachio is native of Greensboro, N.C.

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A Hernando-area couple, one involved in growing the bounty of the earth and the other desiring to grow young bodies, now have invested in a means of growing the skills and talents of young area baseball and softball players.

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Danny McGreger always loved music but never dreamed that one day music would not only be a favorite past time but a way of life as well.

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DeSoto County psychologist Dr. Sheila Williamson of Integrated Health in Southaven is a leader in the field of assessing and helping treat behaviors of children in the autism spectrum.

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Reliable Equipment, LLC, owner and manager Gerald Bolden said the company's more visible location along U.S. Hwy. 51 is already drawing in scores of customers through the doors of its new location at 250 U.S. Hwy. 51 North in Hernando.

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Take a "magic carpet ride" with Tim Hogan's Carpet & Floors President Bob Barney.

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Wesley Meadows Retirement Community and Methodist Senior Services officials recently broke ground on a 1,500 square-foot Fellowship Center which will serve the recreational and lifestyle activity needs of residents well into the future.

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Katrina Bew has joined Urgent Team in Horn Lake as a full-time provider. Bew is moving from a part-time role to a full-time position with the practice and previously was a family nurse practitioner in the ER department at Methodist-South in Memphis.

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In 42 years learning and then teaching the skills of the traditional Shotokan style of karate, earning two world kickboxing championships himself and teaching 352 students to become black belts, Jimmy Blann certainly knows a thing to two about the sport.

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A new addiction treatment center has opened in Walls to serve a greater part of western DeSoto County and the Mid-South.

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It is becoming the “Great Escape” in Southaven from a boring night with nothing to do, a sort of 2017 version of the board game Clue.

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Baptist Memorial Health Care and Mississippi Baptist Health Systems have completed a merger that combines the two systems, making the mega-union one of the largest not-for-profit healthcare systems in the nation.

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Baptist Memorial Health Care and Mississippi Baptist Health Systems have completed a merger that combines the two systems, making the mega-union one of the largest not-for-profit healthcare systems in the nation.

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AmerisourceBergen, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical sourcing and distribution services companies, has begun operations in a brand new center in Olive Branch. 

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A Southaven shopping area is about to lose a business as the store’s national franchise is closing all of its locations.

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Ken Purvis, President of Sycamore Bank in DeSoto County, is a main branch himself of the Sycamore Bank financial family tree, and the Senatobia-based bank is branching out as a major player in the financial market of the Mid-South.

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Some people are known to “flip” houses, taking unattractive residences and turning them into a much more valuable property.

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Capt. Troy Rowell has been named as the new Chief of Police in Horn Lake, to succeed longtime chief Darryl Whaley, who is retiring. Rowell is a veteran officer, having risen through the ranks to the position of Captain with the Horn Lake Police Department.

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If Jeffrey A. Smith had followed through on his original plans, he might still be in the middle of his education for a nursing degree or going to dental school with dreams of someday becoming a dentist.

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Spring’s arrival witnessed the beginning of a new construction project and the introduction of new businesses in Hernando.

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Wilbert Corley of Southaven has recently been elected to the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi. Corley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology at Mississippi Valley State University. Corley is the Northern Region Customer Service ma…

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As the calendar turns from winter to spring, many DeSoto County residents gaze at the walls in their homes and decide it’s time for a fresh new look.

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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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Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven is about to embark on an $19 million expansion project that will add additional space to the facility’s emergency room.

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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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Just call Deborah Morgan the "Million-Dollar Woman."

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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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The Hernando Main Street Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated the opening of Rick's Vintage Shop & Antique Mall. They are located at 470 E. Commerce Street in Hernando.

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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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