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The Runnels Clinic At The Runnels Clinic, a busy private plastic surgery practice located in the Jackson, Mississippi area, Dr. Scott Runnels and his team focus on aesthetic/cosmetic plastic surgery of the face, breast, and body. The Runnels Clinic offers a variety of services and procedures employing the latest technologies and techniques for women from across the southeast. ■ Dr. Runnels is a native Missisippian who chose to return to his home state after his extensive education and training in order to make a positive contribution to the region with a state-of-the-art plastic surgery practice. In addition to his cosmetic surgery practice, he started and now oversees a skin cancer clinic for the elderly and nursing home populations in his hometown. Dr. Runnels also devotes a large amount of his time, energy, and resources to the fight against breast cancer. A great source of inspiration is his breast cancer reconstructive practice that helps women with breast cancer to return to normal lives through breast reconstruction. He is an adamant supporter of breast cancer research and screening programs for underprivileged women and along with Drs. Philip Ley and Madina Ramage, helped institute, promote, and fund a specialized automobile license plate for breast cancer awareness in Mississippi. State-of-the-Art Practice Dr. Runnels is committed to further refining the art of plastic surgery through both clinical and basic research as well as education. For his work in plastic surgery research, Dr. Runnels was initiated to the acclaimed Sigma Xi Research Society. He is also a proud member of the Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation, the Plastic Surgery Education Foundation, and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Runnels is frequently asked to lecture to medical students, residents in training, and nurses to help further their understanding of plastic surgery. He serves as a clinical instructor for the University of Mississippi Medical Center family medicine. In addition to educating other medical professionals, he actively participates in nursing updates, women’s workshops, and health fairs. He also writes articles of interest on the latest advancements in plastic surgery for

local and state publications to educate the public about the rewards of a healthy, active, and more youthful lifestyle. Inspired Background with a Scientific Approach Dr. Runnels’ approach to aesthetic surgery owes its origin to his artistic background. He is a portrait artist with graphite on paper and is presently working with oils and acrylics on canvas. As an artist with an ease for science and math, Dr. Runnels was naturally drawn to plastic surgery. These inherent abilities, combined with the rigors of medical training with some of the most recognizable names in plastic surgery and board certification in plastic surgery, have given Dr. Runnels the ability to improve the quality of life for people from all walks of life. Just as medicine brings the fields of art and science together to promote wellness, Dr. Scott Runnels joins the practice of plastic surgery with education and awareness activities in his home state to make a positive impact

locally. He is truly proud to call Mississippi home – to his practice and patients, to his family, and to his profession. ■

Combining the best of the art and science of plastc surgery, Dr. Scott Runnels joins the medical practice of plastic surgery with education and awareness activities to make a positive impact locally.

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tatewide MISSISSIPPI REGION

Mississippi’s geography is diverse, but every corner of the state shares pride in a rich heritage and distinctive culture. Sacred Indian mounds and a thriving reservation showcase the past, present, and future of the Choctaw Indians, the first Mississippians. The state is home to palatial antebellum mansions that whisper of a bygone era, Civil War battlefields where the fate of the nation was determined, and Civil Rights Movement memorials that commemorate a turning point in American history. Mississippi gave birth to the blues, country music, and Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll. The state’s equally rich literary heritage is reflected in the critically acclaimed works of William Faulkner, Willie Morris, Eudora Welty, and Richard Wright, and the best-selling novels of John Grisham, Greg Iles, and Nevada Barr. Artists’ colonies statewide nurture the next generation of master painters, sculptors, potters, and photographers. Mississippi is also recognized for its scientific breakthroughs. Leading edge research centers conduct groundbreaking work in acoustics, polymer science, microelectronics, telecommunications, and oceanography. An old cliché holds that “it isn’t bragging if it’s true.” It’s a phrase that proud Mississippians can take to heart. From north to south, Mississippi is a land, a culture, and a people like no other. ➤ BUILT IN 1856, majestic Dunleith is one of Natchez’s most impressive antebellum

mansions. Many of Mississippi’s historic homes and plantations now operate as bed and breakfast inns, attracting visitors in search of the romance of the Old South.

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per capita than any other state. THE MISSISSIPPI BAND OF

Choctaw Indians celebrates Veterans Day with a powwow on the reservation near Philadelphia. The highlight of the powwow is a traditional ceremonial dance honoring noble warriors. THE UNSPOILED RIVERS

and cypress swamps of Mississippi offer a peaceful setting for canoeing.

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more white-tailed deer

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A LOG FLOATING in a quiet reservoir is the ideal

spot for basking in the sunshine. North Mississippi’s lakes support an abundance of wildlife, including turtles, snakes, otters, beavers, raccoons, wading birds, waterfowl, and a variety of fish.

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THE ALLIGATOR population of Mississippi tops 30,000.

More than 400,000 acres in the state are considered alligator habitat.

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THE VICKSBURG NATIONAL MILITARY PARK

encompasses 1,800 acres of Civil War fortifications, earthworks, and monuments. The Illinois Memorial, the largest in the park, is inscribed with the names of every Illinois soldier present at the siege and battle of Vicksburg.

PHOTO BY MARK O. RAMIREZ

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Proud toCall Mississippi Home

Profiles of Distinction 1848

University of Mississippi

1867

Regions Financial Corporation

1876

BancorpSouth

1889

Trustmark Corporation

1904

Renisant Bank

1909

BankPlus

1923

Entergy Mississippi

1926

Stuart C. Irby Company

1927

Merrill Lynch

1934

Tennessee Valley Authority

1946

Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company

1947

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi

1947

F. L. Crane & Sons, Inc.

1951

Mississippi Manufacturers Association

1963

Yates Construction

1976

Sta-Home Health Agency

1983

Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum

1983

Neel-Schafer, Inc.

1988

Cellular South

LOCATED IN THE NORTHEASTERN corner of the state, Tishomingo State Park

offers winding trails through rocky terrain and float trips down scenic Bear Creek.

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University of Mississippi College football is king in the South, and one of the grandest stages for the fall spectacle is found on the campus of the University of Mississippi in Oxford. A tradition observed and enjoyed by many on game day is tailgating in the Grove, which Sports Illustrated rates as one of America’s premier college events, placing it third on a list of 100 things to do before graduating. ■ The day starts as the sun peaks over the rolling hills of Lafayette County. Revelers set up their picnic tents under the grand oak trees on this 9acre park located at the center of the Ole Miss campus. By noon, the Grove’s lush lawn is filled with food, families, and many comforts of home awash in red and blue. Children play football and chase each other around

Top: The University of Mississippi, chartered by the Mississippi Legislature in 1844, is the oldest public university in the state. Bottom: VaughtHemingway stadium is the largest facility in Mississippi with a holding capacity of 60,580.

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as students socialize, alumni reminisce, and many watch the pre-game program on satellite TVs. Elaborate decorations adorn picnic areas, tables strain under the weight of food and drink, the savory smells of carefully crafted southern meals circulate freely, but

most of all camaraderie and conversation rule the day. Saturdays in the Grove are akin to an old fashioned southern family reunion. Stories are swapped and long time friends and family are reacquainted all around two of the most important facets of life in the South – good food and college sports. Before heading to the nearby stadium for kick off, fans line a brick pathway called The Walk of Champions to cheer the Ole Miss football team as it makes its way through the Grove. It has been said that the University is tangible, but Ole Miss is a state of mind. Experiencing game day in the Grove would make anyone agree. Preserving the Past – Fostering the Future Although memorable times with family and friends are a big part of campus life at Ole Miss, the University of Mississippi has much more to offer. UM, the oldest public university in the state of Mississippi, was chartered by the legislature in 1844 and opened its


Proud toCall Mississippi Home doors in 1848 to 80 students. As caretaker of William Faulkner’s estate, Rowan Oak, and home to over 30 major research centers including the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, Ole Miss plays a vital role in preserving the history of the American South while continually making advancements in present day academic and medical sectors. “These are exciting times for Ole Miss – perhaps the most exciting in our history,” said Chancellor Robert C. Khayat. “Our faculty are among the most gifted classroom teachers and researchers at any public university; the staff are as dedicated as any you will find; Ole Miss students are brighter and more talented with each entering class; and our alumni are among the most loyal and generous anywhere. There’s a renaissance at the University of Mississippi that makes this a great American public university.” The University of Mississippi has nine academic divisions on its main campus including: the College of Liberal Arts; the Schools of Accountancy, Applied Sciences, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Pharmacy and Law; and the Graduate School. Ole Miss also has satellite locations in Tupelo, Southaven, and a medical school and health sciences complex in Jackson. Enrollment for the University of Mississippi totals nearly 17,000 with students representing 66 different

nations. Ole Miss is the largest employer in Oxford and Lafayette County with 2,224 full-time employees. Of 591 full-time faculty members at the University, 82 percent hold the highest degrees available in their respective fields. Accomplishments Recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as one of the nation’s 128 research extensive institutions, the University of Mississippi boasts some truly remarkable accomplishments. Surgeons at the UM Medical Center performed the world’s first human lung transplant. The medical center hospital is the only Level 1 trauma center in the state. UM was one of the first public universities in the South to offer engineering education,

and it was the first university in the South to hire a female faculty member. Ole Miss is the only public university in the state to house a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious undergraduate honor society. The American Academy of Forensic Scientists ranks the UM degree in forensic chemistry among the top 5 in the country. Ole Miss is home to the country’s largest blues archive, the longest-running magazine dedicated to the blues, and High-way 61, a blues radio show produced weekly for Mississippi Public Broadcasting. The University is creating a center to study southern journalism and politics, thanks to a $5 million donation from The Freedom Forum, a nonpartisan foundation dedicated to free press, free speech, and free spirit for all peo-

Students at Ole Miss enjoy state-of-the-art learning and research facilities cradled inside the historic, wooded campus.

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Proud toCall Mississippi Home dedicated to the blues, and High-way 61, a blues radio show produced weekly for Mississippi Public Broadcasting. The University is creating a center to study southern journalism and politics, thanks to a $5 million donation from The Freedom Forum, a nonpartisan foundation dedicated to free press, free speech, and free spirit for all people. Ole Miss physicists are helping to create a five-story particle detector for the world’s most powerful atom smasher being built in Switzerland. UM was the first campus to take advantage of utility deregulation and new technologies to build its own electrical generating plant, saving the university in excess of $1 million annually. The University of Mississippi is home to the National Center for

Housing over 20 research facilities, the University of Mississippi has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as one of the nation’s 128 research extensive institutions.

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Physical Acoustics that is developing a portable acoustic system to stop bleeding in trauma cases, an advancement that could save thousands of lives on battlefields and in remote locations worldwide. Community Support Ole Miss has a long track record of serving the community and the state of Mississippi. The University of Mississippi Medical Center treated nearly 450,000 patients and provided more than $100 million in free health care to Mississippians. Over the past 15 years, the Missis-sippi Teacher Corps, a two-year alternative teaching certification program, has sent more than 350 teachers into teacher shortage areas in the Mississippi Delta, benefiting more than 60,000 students. The

William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation promotes understanding and goodwill among races through healthy discussion of issues and opportunities. The institute also has worked with local and regional initiatives in several communities to pursue justice and equal opportunity. UM also offers the state’s only undergraduate degree program in AfricanAmerican Studies. Ole Miss brings educational, cultural, and entertainment programs to the region through the Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Students, faculty, and employees originate, host, and participate in various charity functions throughout the year. A Great American Public University The University of Mississippi offers an affordable education in a historic atmosphere. Ole Miss is listed in The Student Guide to America’s 100 Best College Buys and The Student Guide to America’s Best College Scholarships. UM also ranks 50th on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s list of best college buys for instate tuition and 46th for out-of-state tuition. With a $397.8 million endowment, Ole Miss ranks 24th nationally among public universities in endowment per student. “Universities exist to serve society and provide opportunities. Ultimately, our mission is to make Mississippi a better place for every-one by producing the teachers, journalists, physicians, attorneys, engineers, pharmacists, musicians, accountants, and others who will strengthen our state. And when the need arises, to step up and do our part to restore lives and provide hope,” said Chancellor Khayat. ■

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