Posts Tagged ‘damage’

Communities buy more time for Katrina aid forgiveness

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — With the deadline extended for federal forgiveness on Hurricane Katrina disaster loans, political entities on the Mississippi Coast are asking one last time. The cancellation deadline has been extended to April 2014, former Bay St. Louis Mayor Eddie Favre told the Sun Herald. In addition, political jurisdictions are allowed to show […] [...]

Ex-city judge files lawsuit for damages, reinstatement

HATTIESBURG — A former Hattiesburg City Court judge has filed a lawsuit asking for unspecified damages and reinstatement to her former position as a City Court judge. The Hattiesburg American reports Vanessa Jones filed the lawsuit Sept. 6 in Forrest County Circuit Court, alleging slander and intentional infliction of emotional distress, among other claims. The […] [...]

Shipbuilder reaches $180M settlement with insurer for Katrina losses

PASCAGOULA — Huntington Ingalls Industries and its insurer have reached cash settlement for $180 million for the shipbuilder’s losses from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 at facilities in Pascagoula and Avondale, La. The Mississippi Press reports that the information was contained in a filing this week with the Securities and Exchange Commission. On Sept. 6, the […] [...]

Damage from fire shuts down cotton seed oil mill

GREENWOOD — A fire at Delta Oil Mill on Friday night has shut the facility down until repairs can be made. “Nobody was injured. That’s the main thing,” John Stewart, the mill’s manager, told the Greenwood Commonwealth. The fire broke out around 9 p.m. in the sprawling plant’s baling room, Stewart said. Stewart said the […] [...]

City wrestles with fire-damaged building; inspector says ‘stay away’

VICKSBURG — Five months after fire destroyed it the building that housed El Rio Mexican restaurant remains untouched despite an order from the city to tear it down. And city officials are hoping someone will buy the property and hire a private crew to tear down the remains of the gutted building. “I’m advising the […] [...]

USM-Gulf Park cuts ribbon on last Katrina-damaged building

LONG BEACH — The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus has cut the ribbon on opening of Elizabeth Hall, the final of five building projects that was completed following the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Southern Miss administrators, faculty, staff, students, and community leaders took part in the ceremony to celebrate the […] [...]

County in dispute with insurer over tornado-damaged voting machines

HATTIESBURG — The Forrest County Board of Supervisors is at odds with its insurer over replacing voting machines damaged in the Feb. 10 tornado. The roof of the county election commission building was severely damaged, exposing the electronic voting machines to rain in the days after the devastating storm. Board president David Hogan tells The […] [...]

Six months after EF4 tornado, work continues on recovery

HATTIESBURG — Saturday marked six months since an EF4 tornado tore through the Hattiesburg area, and volunteers from around the country still are pitching in to help repair and rebuild homes. Restore, Rebuild, Recover South Mississippi, also known as R3SM, is a long-term recovery agency created by the United Way of Southeast Mississippi after Hurricane […] [...]

Schools hit by spiraling insurance premiums, lack of providers

HATTIESBURG — Property insurance premiums have skyrocketed for Pine Belt school districts. Some have had problems just finding a company to insure them. Lamar County School District Superintendent Ben Burnett told the Hattiesburg American that his district’s premium was about $176,000 last year but just increased by $500,000. “I was shocked,” he said. “We always […] [...]

Jumbo jets damage runway; repairs could cost $700K

TUPELO — Even without passengers, cargo or fuel, a Boeing 747 weighs 400,000 pounds. Universal Asset Management, the aircraft recycling company, has landed several of them at Tupelo Regional Airport in the past two years. The company takes apart the retired air titans — and other large planes — at its disassembly operation at the […] [...]

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