Posts Tagged ‘damage’

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 […] [...]

Work continues on tornado-damaged schools

HATTIESBURG — The uncompromising winds lasted less than 10 minutes on that day more than five months ago, and the steady rain that followed for several days afterward only added to the initial misery. While much of the damage and debris has been carted off, approximately a month before the start of the 2013 football […] [...]

City to spend $774M on damaged schools; Collins lands contract

GREENVILLE — The Greenville school system will spend $774,000 for repairs at two storm-damaged local schools. The Delta Democrat Times reports that the school board awarded the contract this week to Roy Collins Construction Co. of Cleveland. Straight-line winds tore through the Greenville area last October. At T.L. Weston Ninth Grade Academy, the roof, several […] [...]

Town rebuilding from tornado forced to cut plans due to funding

SMITHVILLE — The town board in Smithville has scaled back plans for a new government office complex. Officials tell WCBI-TV in Columbus they are not getting everything on their wish list but it will be close and within the $660,000 budget. Smithville city attorney Sam Griffie says aldermen will now have to thoroughly review all […] [...]

Owner of fire-damaged historic home faces charges

NATCHEZ — The owner of the crumbling Arlington Plantation house will be in Natchez Municipal Court on July 1 to face allegations of violating a city ordinance on overgrown properties. The Natchez Democrat reports Dr. Thomas Vaughan of Jackson entered a not guilty plea earlier this week in city environmental court, which is a division of […] [...]

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