Leander Taylor, quality trends and records manager, and Marion Thomas, electrical engineer, were named Ingalls Shipbuilding's Black Engineer of the Year Award recipients during the 30th annual Black Engineer of the Year Award STEM Global Competitiveness Conference. Taylor earned his bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Mississippi State University, and Thomas earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of South Alabama.
Kathryn Schledwitz Lewis received Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women's Carolyn Helman Lichtenberg Crest Award for helping improve Stone County through her community service and work in literacy, education and the arts. After spending more than 30 years teaching speech and theatre at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Lewis devoted her time to volunteering and professional associations. Lewis' Telling Trees Project has provided theatrical productions, children's books and 35 murals, which resulted in the state Legislature titling Stone County as the "Mural County of Mississippi."
Jackson County firefighters graduated from the National Fire Protection Association 1001 Firefighter I-II course: Joshua Conway of the Ocean Springs Fire Department and Terrence Dossett of the Gautier Fire Department completed the seven-week course on fire behavior, fire suppression, rescue and other topics at the Mississippi State Fire Academy in Jackson.
Horne, an accounting and business advisory firm in Gulfport, announced promotions for government services team members: Kelli Carver and Sam Hurst were promoted to senior managers, and Dawn Gregory was promoted to manager.
Silver Slipper Casino announced employees and manager of the month for January: Devante Green, valet, and Blair Bermond, player services, were each named Employee of the Month, and Jackie Robinson, slot shift manager, was named Manager of the Month. Honorees received gifts and prizes.