EMBDC Recognizes November Ambassadors of the Month
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EMBDC Recognizes November Ambassadors of the Month Meridian, MS - The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation (EMBDC) recently presented its November Ambassadors of the Month awards to three very deserving participants. In first place was Casey Hendricks with The Community Health Improvement Network, second place went to Heather Woodall with the MSU Career Center, and third place went Mary Atterberry with Rush Health Systems. Also, winning the red ticket drawing was Kim Shirley with 1st MS Federal Credit Union. The red ticket drawing is from the pool of ambassadors who have attended EMBDC events over the past month. This committee of dedicated volunteers assists with numerous membership activities and events throughout the year including ribbon cuttings and ground breakings conducted by the EMBDC. They work to secure new members and increase membership retention by building relationships and maintaining communication with existing and prospective members. This group consists of a limited group of people. The EMBDC would be unable to do all that it does without these dedicated volunteers. To find out more about becoming an Ambassador for your community, contact the EMBDC at 601-693-1306. The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation is a private, not-for-profit organization committed to improving economic vitality and quality of life for our citizens. The EMBDC serves as the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development organization for the community. The EMBDC is located at 1901 Front St., Suite A/ P.O Box 790, Meridian, MS 39302, or on the web at www.embdc.org.
Ole Miss Chapter to Honor Judge Robert Bailey and Andy Kilpatrick with National Football Foundation Awards
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Ole Miss Chapter to Honor Judge Robert Bailey and Andy Kilpatrick with National Football Foundation Awards Duo Will Be Honored in the First Half of Ole Miss-Texas A&M Game Saturday OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame will honor Judge Robert W. Bailey of Meridian, Mississippi, with its Distinguished American Award and Andrew J. Kilpatrick, Jr., of Grenada, Mississippi, with the Contribution to Amateur Football Award here Saturday, Nov. 18 when the Rebels host Texas A&M. Kickoff for the ESPN2 telecast is set for 6 p.m. at Vaught Hemingway Stadium/Hollingsworth Field. The Distinguished American Award is presented by the Ole Miss Chapter to individuals who have set the standards for excellence in a life of service to the community, while the Contribution to Amateur Football Award is given in honor of those who have made numerous contributions to the college athletics world through service to their fellow man. "We are pleased to honor Judge Robert Bailey and Andy Kilpatrick for their contributions to Ole Miss athletics," said Richard Noble of Indianola, Mississippi, president of the Ole Miss Chapter. "They are most deserving of this recognition, and having an on-campus salute provides an excellent opportunity to express our sincere appreciation for all they have done for Ole Miss." After serving 27 ½ distinguished years as Circuit Judge for the 10th Judicial District -- serving Kemper, Lauderdale, Clarke and Wayne Counties -- Judge Bailey retired from the Bench on June 30, 2015. During his career as Circuit Judge, he served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Rules of the Mississippi Supreme Court (1990-2001) and as chairman of the Conference of Mississippi Circuit Court Judges. Judge Bailey also practiced law in Meridian, Mississippi, for 17 years. Judge Bailey received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the University of Mississippi in 1969 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1971. Tapped for membership into Omicron Delta Kappa, he was elected Colonel Rebel in 1968 and also served as president of the M-Club. As an undergraduate student at Ole Miss, Judge Bailey also made an impact on the football field, earning three letters playing defense for legendary coach Johnny Vaught, while helping lead the Rebels to three post-season bowl games (Bluebonnet, Sun and Liberty). He was recognized for his play against Alabama in 1968, a 10-8 victory over the Crimson Tide, when he was chosen Southeastern Conference Player of the Week and then was named Outstanding Defensive Back in the 1968 Liberty Bowl win over Virginia Tech. Following his senior season, Bailey and Hank Shows were selected as permanent Co-Captains of the 1968 Ole Miss team. Judge Bailey continues to give of his time for community and civic service. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Ole Miss Alumni Association and a term on the Ole Miss Athletics Committee. An active member of the University of Mississippi Alumni Association and M-Club Alumni Chapter, he is a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal in Meridian and has served on the Vestry Committee. He has been a reading volunteer at Poplar Springs Elementary School and also has served as chairman of the Lauderdale County Cancer Society fund raiser. Judge Bailey is married to the former Melissa McWilliams. They are the parents of a son, Bo Bailey (Kacey) of Meridian and a daughter, Courtney Bailey Smith (Joel) of Gulfport, and also have five grandchildren: Bailey, Kate and Joel Smith and Elizabeth and Grace Bailey. Originally from Neshoba County, Mississippi, Kilpatrick transferred to Ole Miss in the spring of 1971 after playing football at East Mississippi Community College. At Ole Miss, he became a student athletics trainer under the direction of legendary Rebel athletics trainer Wesley I. (Doc) Knight, who assigned Kilpatrick to work with the sports of football, basketball and baseball. His service led to him becoming a letterman and member of the student M-Club. Kilpatrick earned his BSPE degree from the University of Mississippi in 1974 and his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the Mississippi College School of Law in 1979. He is a partner in the firm of Gore, Kilpatrick & Dambrino, PLLC of Grenada, Mississippi, where he limits his practice to commercial construction contract litigation in multiple states as well professional responsibility/legal malpractice. He served as a volunteer assistant football coach to his late father, A.J. Kilpatrick, at East Central Community College and also was a volunteer assistant coach to former Ole Miss assistant football coach Jack Carlisle, both at Madison Ridgeland Academy and Jackson St. Joseph High School. Following his graduation from Ole Miss, Kilpatrick has continued to provide valuable leadership and service to the M-Club Alumni Chapter, including being its president from 2004-2006. His selflessness service has helped benefit The M-Club and Ole Miss in many areas, including the Wobble Davidson Scholarship, Grove Bowl and the M-Club’s $2 million support to the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation. In 2015, Kilpatrick received the George W. Lotterhos Distinguished Service Award to honor his outstanding dedication and service to the M-Club and the University of Mississippi. In addition to his service with the M-Club, Kilpatrick is currently serving on the Executive Committee for the Ole Miss Alumni Association and on the Athletics Committee for the second time, having also served on the Athletics Committee from 2006-2008. Since July of 1987, he has served as outside counsel for the Mississippi State Board of Architecture and has also served as General Counsel for The Mississippi Bar. Kilpatrick is married to the former Debra Ann Martin, whom he met while at Ole Miss. Debbie received her BSE degree from the University of Mississippi in 1975.
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