July 20, 2017

7-19-17MSP partner Mike McRae was recently re-elected to the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia and was installed during the Bar’s Annual Meeting in June. Mike will continue his service to the Bar on the Board of Governors as a representative of the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit. The Board of Governors is the 160 member policy making authority for the State Bar with representatives elected from each of Georgia’s judicial districts. Mike heads MSP’s Cedartown, Polk County office where his practice focuses on a wide range of areas from general litigation, including personal injury and wrongful death, to estate planning, government law, mediation and labor and employment law. Congratulations to Mike and thank you for your service to the State Bar!

July 12, 2017

7-12-17Get fit and support the Exchange Club Family Resource Center on August 19 at Heritage Park as part of the annual Tillman Clocktower 5k Road Race and Two mile Health Walk! MSP’s Jason Sanker is co-chair of this year’s event which is historically one of the biggest 5k races in this area and is run each year in memory of Gary Tillman, wonderful community leader lost far too soon. Great event for a great cause!

June 28, 2017

Rome is lucky to have folks like Jason Willis and Action Ministries. MSP attorneys and staff will be volunteering to read to young Romans over the summer. MSP Attorneys Linton Johnson and Chris Jackson were recently featured in a recent Rome News Tribune story about these efforts.6-28-17

June 19, 2017

6-19-17Congratulations to MSP Partner Scott Smith for adeptly handling Rome-based Superior Transport, Inc.’s sale of its wholesale distribution contracts to Dallas, Texas based Empire Petroleum Partners, and sale of its transportation fleet to Usher Transport, Inc.

Headquartered in Rome, Georgia, STi was initially the wholesale and transportation division of D&D Oil Company, Inc., d/b/a Cowboys Food Mart. In 2002, STi was incorporated into a new entity and operated as a sister company to D&D Oil until the sale of the Cowboys Food Mart chain to The Pantry, Inc. in 2004. STi continued to haul fuels for The Pantry after the Cowboys sale and, over the next four years, built a large common carrier business with 78 transports hauling fuels in 4 states.

Over the last several years, the Company has grown significantly under the leadership of its President and co-owner Don Newton, co-owner Jarrett Shadday, and CFO Kevin Bush. At the time of the sale to Empire, the Company retailed fuels through 47 consignment accounts and supplied wholesale fuels to 77 customers. The majority of the fuels marketed by the Company were through their proprietary Hi-Tech and Smile brands, and the Company also supplied unbranded fuels to customers using their own flags. STi supplied 6 Shell sites and 11 BP sites and was a jobber for both companies, and the Company operated a trucking division that hauled fuel to its consignment and wholesale sites in Georgia and Tennessee. The Company also has a commercial fuels business operating as Enterprise Oil Company and will continue to operate and grow this business going forward.

May 19, 2017

5-19-17New signs are coming to MSP! On May 18, 2017, the Rome Historic Preservation Commission approved raising the current sign facing Broad Street to between the 2nd and 3rd floors. The HPC also approved a new 48-inch “MSP” sign on the front of the building (pictured) visible to drivers heading south on 2nd Avenue.

MSP thanks the Rome Historic Preservation Commission for the tireless work its members do in service to our community. The HPC recognizes and protects the cultural heritage of downtown Rome, and its volunteer board spends countless hours evaluating and reviewing applications every month. In doing so, Rome’s unique charm is preserved to the benefit of our community and visitors alike.

Be on the lookout for MSP’s new downtown signage in the weeks ahead.

May 9, 2017

5-9-17Congratulations to MSP’s Lee Niedrach for being named to Rome’s 20 under 40 list! We are proud to have Lee on our team. Congratulations to all of those folks named. Each one is helping to keep Rome a dynamic and exciting community!

April 18, 2017

4-18-17MSP partner Brian Bojo recently met in Washington, D.C. with other leaders to discuss the use of Conservation Easements to meet local, state and national land conservation goals. Left to right former Georgia Lt. Governor and former Georgia Conservancy President Pierre Howard, U.S. Congressman Tom Graves and MSP’s Brian Bojo.

April 3, 2017

4-3-17MSP showed support for the Exchange Club Family Resource Center by dressing in blue for “Blue Monday.” The mission of the Family Resource Center is to provide education and support services to families in Rome and Floyd County, Georgia. They work to strengthen parenting and life skills in order to prevent child abuse and neglect, providing safety, permanency, and well being for countless children and families.

You can show your support by wearing blue for “Blue Monday” during every Monday in April. This is MSP’s third year participating in the Family Resource Center’s Blue Monday awareness campaign.

March 13, 2017

3-13-17On February 28th our extended firm family gathered to celebrate the lives of two of the finest men to ever walk this good earth: Our former partners, friends, confidants and mentors Charles Carpenter Shaw and Jo H. Stegall III. Our hearts were full as we dedicated the two main conference rooms in our new office to these amazing gentlemen. We miss them every day. Pictured to the right are MSP partners Jule W. Peek Jr. (left) and Scott M. Smith (right) discussing the personal and professional impact that Charlie and Jo had over their many years of practice. Below are Charlie’s and Jo’s family beside their respective plaques.


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February 21, 2017

2-21-17MSP partner Virginia Barrow Harman recently participated as a panelist addressing the use of conservation easements to achieve public and private conservation goals at the 23rd Annual Public Interest Environmental Conference held last week at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law. The three day conference focused on the topic of “Land Conservation: The Worth of the Earth.” Former Florida Governor and Senator Bob Graham addressed the conference on building alliances to further conservation efforts.