Business News for the Mississippi Delta

Scott Waller

Mississippi Economic Council, Securing Mississippi’s Future By Becky Gillette  •  Photography by Greg Campbell Scott Waller, IOM, president & CEO of the Mississippi Economic Council (MEC), the State Chamber of Commerce, grew up in the small town of Shubuta with a population of less than 500 in the southern portion of Clarke County. Shubuta’s Main […]

Committed to Excellence

By Dr. Tyrone Jackson Go Trojans!  We use this phrase a lot here at Mississippi Delta Community College.  Beyond success on the field, it reminds us that every day is a chance to do something posi-tive to make our college a little stronger on behalf of our students and our communities.  As we enter into […]

Nevin Sledge

A Life Well-Lived By Jack Criss  •  Photography by Holly Tharp According to the latest Census Bureau statistics, there are about 90,000 centenarians in the United States, an increase from around 72,000 centenarians in 2014 and 50,000 in 2000, according to additional numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  One centenarian, currently lives […]

Brad Robison

A Career of Forward Thinking, Service To Community By Jack Criss • Photography By austin Britt As CEO of the Tallahatchie Valley Electric Power Association in Batesville, Brad Robison has established himself as a leader on issues affecting, not only his local coverage area, but also across the state, region and nation. And now, with […]

Delta Business Women Thrive

Owners and/or Co-Owners Learned to Adapt in the Midst of the Pandemic By Becky Gillette  The Mississippi Delta not only has some of the most fertile soils in the world, but it is also a rich environment for women in business and agriculture who contribute in many ways to the successes of their individual towns. […]

Will Hooker

Putting His Heart and Soul Into Making His County and the Delta a Better Place By Becky Gillette • Photography by Holly Tharp Will Hooker considers it a highlight of his career to be elected Bolivar County Tax Assessor and Collector. Before that, in 2008 he traded a high-level job in the private sector to […]

Karen Matthews

Improving Delta Health and Education By Becky Gillette • Photography by Johnny Jennings  The coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) has taken a devastating toll on the people of the Mississippi Delta. One of the most heartbreaking aspects of the pandemic is how it impacts those with underlying health issues more than healthy folks, says Karen Comer Matthews, […]

Bill Bynum

A Career and Life Centered Around Hope By Jack Criss  •  Photography by Greg Campbell  Bill Bynum has done a lot of good in his career. As CEO of HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corporation, Hope Credit Union and Hope Policy Institute) based in Jackson, MS, Bynum and his team, as stated on the organization’s website, “provides […]

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith

A Calling and Commitment To Serve By Jack Criss The first woman ever elected as Mississippi’s Agriculture Comm-issioner, the first woman to represent Mississippi in Congress through appointment and the first woman from Mississippi elected to Congress, Cindy Hyde-Smith puts a higher power as “first” in her personal life. “Terrible things are happening in our […]

Hayes Dent

Champion of Delta Politics and Public Administration By Becky Gillette Yazoo City native Hayes Dent, fifty-eight, owner of Hayes Dent Public Strategies, has overseen some of the largest and most influential political campaigns in the state during his career, including helping Sen. Thad Cochran overcome Tea Party Republican challenger Chris McDaniel in the primary election […]