Newsmakers Dec. 13, 2009

– William M. Beasley Jr. has joined the Tupelo office of Phelps Dunbar LLP.
Beasley is an associate in the firm’s regional commercial litigation practice group. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, in 2009 from the University of Mississippi. He received his master’s degree in history from the University of Mississippi in 2009 and his bachelor’s degree in history, magna cum laude, from the University of Mississippi in 2004.

– Charlie Foster of Shannon, a designer with Celebrating Home, was recently promoted to Senior Rising Star Designer with the company. Foster received the promotion for recruitment efforts which expanded the designer team serving the Shannon area.

– Wende Solberg has been named vice president of financial operations for Franklin Collection Service in Tupelo.

– Kristie Gholson, assistant director of the North Mississippi Medical Center pharmacy department, recently received the American College of Apothecaries’ Albert E. Rosica Jr. Memorial Award.
The award is presented annually to an individual for providing exemplary service to pharmacy students and fulfilling other responsibilities in pharmacy education. All colleges of pharmacy were requested to nominate one person, and Gholson was nominated by the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy for her work as a preceptor with the pharmacy students there.
Gholson will be invited to attend the ACA Annual Conference in April, where she will receive a plaque at the presidential banquet. Also, the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy will receive $1,000 to assist a pharmacy student finance his or her education.

– L. F. “Sandy” Sams Jr., and John G. Wheeler, shareholders in the Tupelo office of Mitchell, McNutt & Sams, have been named among the top 50 lawyers in the state for a third time.
This annual honor is conferred by the publishers of 2009 Mid-South Super Lawyers and is determined by a process of peer nomination, outside research and a blue ribbon review procedure.
Sams, Wheeler and three other of the firm’s attorneys were also selected as Mid-South super lawyers within their respective fields of practice.
Sams and Wendell H. Trapp Jr. were among those chosen from Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi in the area of general litigation. This is the fourth year that Sams and Trapp, a shareholder in the firm’s Corinth office, have been honored as super lawyers from the tri-state area.
Wheeler also was selected for the fourth year in the personal injury defense, medical malpractice group.
William C. Murphree was included in the field of government, cities and municipalities.
For the second year, William C. Spencer Jr. was named as a Mid-South super lawyers rising star in the transportation practice area. Spencer was one of only two lawyers selected in this field. Both Murphree and Spencer are shareholders in the Tupelo office.

– Ronnie Good has joined Cadence Bank as a retail investment officer.
Good will provide investment services and financial guidance to customers as a registered representative of INVEST Financial Corp. He will serve the Columbus, Hamilton, Aberdeen and Amory markets.
Before joining Cadence, Good served as a financial adviser with a local investment securities firm and a financial consultant and adviser with a national investment company.
Good is a graduate of the University of Mississippi.

– Bobby Martin, chairman of the board, president and CEO of The Peoples Bank and The Peoples Corp. in Ripley, is the new chairman of the North Mississippi Health Services board of directors.
Martin received his bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University and in 1974 graduated from Louisiana State University School of Banking. From 1956-1958 he served as a United States Army cryptographer.

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