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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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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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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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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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CrossFit Hammered Steel is taking anyone's New Year's resolutions to get physically fit in the coming year to a whole new level.

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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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There are likely as many restaurant choices in DeSoto County as there now are new employees serving hungry visitors at the county’s newest food option.

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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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Bells will be ringing this Christmas. Make that cash register bells.

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