Business News for the Mississippi Delta

Archie Tucker

Leading the Way for USDA-ARS in the Southeast Area By Becky Gillette  •  Photography by Johnny Jennings  L eland native Archie Tucker started out as a sixteen-year-old high school student working as a biological aide in the Southern Insect Management Research Unit at the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) at Stoneville. He rode his bike […]

Thoughts from the Lt. Governor’s Office

By Delbert Hosemann Some politicos say the agenda during an election year is always pared down to bare necessities. Not this year. From transportation to education, the Lieutenant Governor’s Office is preparing a full slate of conservative legislation. Here are our top priorities: Tax Rebate. This year, the largest tax cut in Mississippi history begins […]

Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center

Providing Compassionate Care and Treatment By Amile Wilson Quietly nestled on sixty-five acres, Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center in Oxford has turned one family’s struggle into a refuge of hope.  CEO Bryan Fikes and his sister Elizabeth Fikes are co-founders of Stonewater. Bryan, age thirty-five,will celebrate ninteen years of his own sobriety this May. Originally from […]

Dodie McElmurry

Delta Native Working to Make a Difference in Rural Healthcare  Dodie McElmurray, RN, MSN/ MBA, grew up in rural Belzoni, got a nursing degree from Delta State University in 1997 and went on to get advanced degrees in nursing and healthcare administration from the University of Phoenix. After working about twenty years in healthcare administration […]

Teresa Hubbard

Trailblazing Mississippi CEO By Jack Criss  •  Photography by Timothy Ivy As President and CEO of Cite Armored—a major truck manufacturing company based in Holly Springs, with an additional location in her hometown of Batesville—Teresa Hubbard has become one of the leading entrepreneurs in the state. Quietly and without fanfare, Hubbard made a total pivot […]

MVSU Highlights

University Supports Students on Multiple Career Paths  By Becky Gillette The eighth president of Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, Dr. Jerryl Briggs, Sr., is proud of the many good things happening at MVSU. One of the highlights that helps students with a pipeline to a good job is the university’s collaboration with FedEx […]

Cook Coggin Engineers, Inc.

Longtime Company Opens Delta Office By Jack Criss  Cook Coggin Engineers, Inc., a well-respected professional firm with a long, firmly-established base in Northeast Mississippi, has just expanded into the Delta, opening an office in Clarksdale at 223 Sharkey Avenue. Currently, Marketing Representative Nancy McKee is overseeing the office, with company field representatives and inspectors coming […]

Gaila Oliver Realty Making Real Estate Dreams Come True

Making Real Estate Dreams Come True By Mark H. Stowers Ajournalist,  animal rescuer and  real estate specialist all rolled up into one. That’s Gaila Oliver. The Washington County resident has been in the real estate business for two decades.  “I got into real estate in 2003 while I still owned The Leland Progress newspaper. It […]

Keith Fulcher

Helping Nonprofits that Serve the People of Northwest Mississippi By Becky Gillette  •  Photography by Mark Thompson Sometimes people aren’t aware of exactly what Keith Fulcher does as president of the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi (CFNM) based in Hernando. His oldest son was sitting at the table one day and said, “You are just […]

Mortimer Funeral Homes

Second Generation of Service By mark h. stowers The Mortimer family were once in the agricultural business, farming catfish, cotton, and soybeans. But in the mid 1970s, the late Bob Mortimer decided to go a different path and ventured into the  funeral home business. And much like a row crop, the family tended, nurtured and […]