Mississippi's BancorpSouth could attract a swarm of suitors once interstate banking is fully implemented in the Magnolia State next year.
TUPELO, Miss. -- Aubrey B. Patterson holds up a road map of Mississippi, mounted on cardboard and sprinkled with green and blue pins. The green pins represent branches belonging to BancorpSouth, the blue are offices acquired in a recent acquisition. Most of the pins cluster in the northeastern and southeastern parts of the state, none in the southwestern quadrant.