Newsmakers Aug. 23, 2009

- Dr. Michael L. O’Dell recently was elected president of the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians.
O’Dell serves as director of the North Mississippi Medical Center family medicine residency program and also serves as the North Mississippi Health Services chief quality officer.
He joined NMMC in 2002. A board-certified family physician, O’Dell received his bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in Manhattan and his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City. He also completed his family medicine internship and residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He received his master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Alabama-Birmingham in 2005. O’Dell is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine.

- Kristy White, executive director of the Corinth Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, has completed the second portion of a three-year professional development program that will lead to certification as a tourism marketing professional.
White was one of 285 tourism professionals enrolled at the Southeast Tourism Society Marketing College earlier this summer.

- F. M. Bush III, Mark N. Halbert, Jeffrey S. Moore and Gregory D. Pirkle are among 71 Phelps Dunbar attorneys from seven of the firm’s regional offices named in the 2010 issue of “The Best Lawyers in America.” Phelps Dunbar as a firm received a No. 1 ranking in 52 categories in the 2010 Best Lawyers publication.

- Dr. Clinton R. Smith has joined Premier Radiology in the practice of interventional radiology.
Smith completed his interventional radiology fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and his diagnostic radiology residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. He also finished an internal medicine internship and received his medical degree at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson.

- Fifteen Flexsteel employees recently completed the Supervisor Manufacturing Management Training program offered by Mississippi State University’s Franklin Furniture Institute. The training program provides instruction in manufacturing, leadership, and management to supervisors and managers in the furniture industry.
The employees were Tina Butler, Ashley Covin, Mike Fulgram, Corey Bagwell, Robbie Guest, Lynn Brignance, Chris Cook, Raphael Leonard, Tyrone Ellis, Steven Thompson, Kenny Malone, Doug Briones, Geary Weeks, Janice Dorsey, and Don Maddox.

- Scott Reed, John C. Hardy and Ken Parkinson, who are Accredited Investment Fiduciary designees with Hardy Reed Capital Advisors, recently attended the fifth annual Fiduciary360 National Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The lingering and wide-reaching impact of the economic crisis and impending financial planning and services industry regulatory overhaul were at the forefront of the conference.
The event focused on lessons learned from the uncertain times, more ways to implement fiduciary practices and what to expect going forward with the current efforts to make rules, regulations and enforcement more consistent and create greater safeguards for investors.

- Hughes Network Systems LLC recently announced that Brad’s Electronics in Pontotoc has reached Platinum status by successfully installing well over 60 new HughesNet subscribers within a 90-day period.
Brad’s Electronics, owned by Brad White, sells and installs HughesNet satellite broadband Internet access.
With more than 473,000 subscribers, HughesNet is the leading broadband satellite Internet service in the United States.

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