Archive for August, 2012

Health Department awards CON to Anderson Regional

by MBJ Staff Published: August 31,2012

Tags: bed, certificate of need, health, health care, hospital, law, medical, medicine, state agency, state government

MERIDIAN — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) issued a certificate of need (CON) to Anderson Regional Medical Center (South Campus). The CON gives the hospital authority to utilize 25 of its acute-care beds as swing beds. The proposed project requires no new construction and/or renovation and no new personnel. There is no capital […] [...]

Business owner accused of bogus tombstone transactions

NATCHEZ — A Natchez business owner has been arrested and charged with felony false pretense, according to the Attorney General’s Office. Dwight Gibson, 45, owner of Clear Creek Monuments in Natchez, was arrested by investigators of the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division and the Adam County Sheriff’s Office on two counts of felony false pretense. […] [...]

Huntington Ingalls-built Navy ship passes sea trials

PASACAGOULA — The amphibious transport dock Arlington (LPD 24), the eighth built at Huntington Ingalls Industries, recently returned from successful builder’s sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico. Dock trials started last week, and the ship left HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division Aug. 21 for three days of at-sea testing. More than 200 test events took […] [...]

Omega: Facilities ok after Isaac, but fish-catch expectation lowered

MOSS POINT — Omega Protein Corporation reports, based on preliminary reports from its facilities in Louisiana and Mississippi, that it has suffered no material property damages from Hurricane Isaac. The Houston, Texas-based company that operates a facility in Moss Point says it suffered only some immaterial impact that is not expected to affect its overall […] [...]

Hosemann studying Texas decision on voter ID

by Associated Press Published: August 31,2012

Tags: bench, court, decision, judge, judicial, judiciary, law, ruling, state government, vote, voter, voter identification, Voting

JACKSON — The Mississippi secretary of state’s office will studying a court ruling that struck down the Texas voter identification law to see if it might have an impact on Mississippi’s law. Pamela Weaver, a spokeswoman for Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal officials in Hosemann’s office, who have been […] [...]

Cleanup begins on Isaac-ravaged Gulf Coast

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — After days of whipping wind and heavy rain, life on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is slowly returning to normal as residents return home and begin cleaning up from Hurricane Isaac. Hancock County Supervisor David Yarborough said today that two of three shelters in the county have been shut down and residents […] [...]

Governor adds 14 counties to Isaac disaster declaration

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Gov. Phil Bryant has added 14 additional Mississippi counties and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians to the federal disaster declaration issued Aug. 30. Thirty‐four counties were previously declared federal disaster areas due to impacts from Hurricane Isaac. Adams, Claiborne, Franklin, Jefferson, Kemper, Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Scott, Simpson, Smith, Warren and […] [...]

AIR Worldwide: Isaac’s losses could reach $2B

BOSTON — Catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide estimates that insured losses from Hurricane Isaac to onshore properties in the U.S. will be between $700-$2 billion. AIR estimates include wind and storm surge damage to onshore residential, commercial and industrial properties and their contents, automobiles, and time element coverage (additional living expenses for residential properties and […] [...]

Officials continue to drain swollen lake; dam still holding

by Associated Press Published: August 31,2012

Tags: dam, flood, flooding, hurricane, lake, rain, severe weather, tropical storm, tropical weather, water, Weather

PIKE COUNTY — Gov. Phil Bryant and local emergency officials are meeting today to discuss the next step in dealing with a lake swollen with rain from the remnants of Isaac inside a southwest Mississippi park. The 2,300-foot-long earthen dam — a levee on which a two-lane roadway runs — has not been breached. Yesterday, […] [...]

Leaking Keesler generator spills diesel into bay

by MBJ Staff Published: August 31,2012

Tags: accident, bay, cleanup, defense, diesel, ecosystem, environment, fuel, leak, military, pollution, saltewater, spill, water, wildlife

BILOXI — Keesler Air Force Base reported it is responding to a diesel fuel spill from the base commissary generator that leaked into a storm drain leading to Biloxi’s Back Bay yesterday. Brig. Gen. Brad Spacy, 81st Training Wing commander, said the base’s fire department, hazardous materials spill team and environmental officials are on scene […] [...]

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