Roberts promoted to bank VP

The Cleveland State Bank is proud to announce the promotion of Kendell Roberts to Vice President in the mortgage lending area of the bank.  
She is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelors of Business Administration.
Kendell has enjoyed an extensive 28-year career with the bank serving in various capacities.
“Her knowledge in mortgage lending as well as the related compliance requirements has made the mortgage process as seamless as possible. It is evident that Kendell truly enjoys helping customers achieve their dream of owning a home; thus, I am quite pleased with her advancement and promotion” said Danny Whalen, president.
She has vast knowledge of construction lending as well as offering her customers various refinancing options on their home.
Her values align with the bank’s core values of serving our community and contributing to making that community a better place to live.  
Kendell is an active Member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church where she serves on the finance committee.
She is married to Brad Roberts of Cleveland and they have one son Griffith Roberts. 


MBTC hires Xavier Daughrity

Mound Bayou Telephone and Communications is happy to announce the hiring of Xavier Daughrity. 
Xavier will be in charge of installations, repairs, cable locating and sales for telephone and Internet services. 
When he isn’t working, Xavier enjoys singing in his church men’s choir and spending time with his family. 
He is also a full time student and plans to graduate from Coahoma Community College in December with a degree in welding. 
Prior to joining MBTC, Xavier worked at Peter’s Pottery; he is also a volunteer fireman. 
Xavier is a lifelong resident of Mound Bayou and is joining Bobbie Slaughter at MBTC, who has more than 30 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry.


Kirkland receives scholarship

GPS Hospitality, one of the nation’s largest Burger King franchisees, announced it awarded 337 scholarships to students in 11 states through the Burger King McLamore Foundation.
Funded by local restaurants through their guests’ generous donations, students named Burger King Scholars receive $1,000 scholarships to further their educational advancement – joining more than 3,200 other recipients throughout North America that were awarded a collective $3.5 million in 2017.
Justin Kirkland of Cleveland High School was selected as a 2017 Burger King Scholar from Bolivar County.
“We are honored to recognize the achievements of this year’s McLamore scholarship recipients. We believe in their capacity to succeed through hard work, and we wish them well with their continued academic pursuits,” said Tom Garrett, CEO of GPS Hospitality.
“We would also like to thank the members of our restaurant teams for helping fund these grants, which wouldn’t be possible without their support. These scholarships truly make an impact on the lives they touch and in the communities they serve.”
GPS Hospitality restaurants participated in both the Spring and Fall McLamore Foundation fundraisers in 2016, which generated $337,000 in $1 donations. 
Since its inception in 2000, the Foundation has awarded more than 30,000 scholarships to high school seniors, Burger King employees, their spouses/domestic partners and children across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, resulting in $31.8 million in grants to students in local communities.
This year’s recipients were selected by the Burger King McLamore Foundation based on their grade point average, extracurricular activities, community service and work experience.
“Investing in thousands of students each year is our way of advancing education,” said Amanda Israel, executive director, Burger King McLamore Foundation. “These regional awards represent the top students across the nation who are working towards creating a brighter future for everyone.”
The Burger King Scholars program is the Burger King McLamore Foundation’s flagship program, established to honor the legacy of the Burger King brand’s co-founder James W. McLamore, whose commitment to philanthropy and education made him a pillar of community service throughout his lifetime.
For more information on the program, including instructions for 2018 scholarship applications, please visit