Posts Tagged ‘homebuilding’

Chinese drywall manufacturer fined, banned from doing business in U.S.

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has ordered a China-based maker of drywall to pay $55,000 in penalties and attorney fees — and to stop doing business in the United States — as punishment for refusing to take part in court proceedings over harm allegedly done by the product. U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon found […] [...]

County continues to see rise in building permits

DESOTO COUNTY — Homebuilding activity continues to rebound in DeSoto County. The Commercial Appeal reports 334 single-family building permits have been issued through April, putting the county on track to exceed 2013′s total of 851. County planning officials presented the numbers last week to the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors, saying they show an ongoing […] [...]

Officials mulling building codes for unincorporated areas

OXFORD — Some buildings in unincorporated areas of Lafayette County may soon have to be constructed according to building codes, though officials are still working on the details. A code has not been adopted. However, county supervisors have appointed a committee to work out details of what will be in the building code Proposals to […] [...]

Man gets 12 years in prison for Katrina-related construction fraud

WIGGINS — A former Wiggins businessman has been sentenced to serve 12 years in prison for defrauding south Mississippi homeowners who had hired him to fix their properties after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. Harrison County Circuit Judge John Gargiulo sentenced 53-year-old Charles Lynn Reeder earlier this week to a total of 15 years in […] [...]

City sees homebuilding permits soar; driven by student-geared housing

OXFORD — A new report shows the number of permits issued for single-family homes in Oxford more than tripled in 2012, jumping from 61 in 2011 to 224 in 2012. Chris Carter, building inspector for the city, tells the Oxford Eagle much of the increase was due to student-geared housing developments with cottages that are […] [...]

Attorneys petition judge for ruling in Chinese drywall case

NEW ORLEANS — Attorneys for thousands of Gulf Coast property owners urged a federal judge yesterday to give his final approval to a proposed class-action settlement that calls for a Chinese drywall manufacturer to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to repair homes damaged by its product. U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon in New Orleans […] [...]

Contractor gets five years in prison for home repair fraud

CARTHAGE — A Carthage man has been sentenced to five years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to home repair fraud, according to the Attorney General’s Office. Alvin Dennis Hall, 47, pleaded guilty to one felony count of home repair fraud. He was sentenced by Judge William E. Chapman […] [...]

FEMA lowers homeowners’ cost-share for retrofits

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Residents in Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties can now save more money to protect their homes from wind damage if they participate in the Coastal Retrofit Mississippi Initiative, according to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). The Federal Emergency Management Agency lowered the homeowner cost-share for participants from 25 percent to […] [...]

Building contractor arrested after two-year search

JACKSON — A building contractor has been arrested following a three-hour manhunt in Hinds County, according to Attorney General Jim Hood. Alvin Dennis Hall, 47, whose last known residence is Edwards, was indicted by a Madison County Grand Jury in 2009 after the Attorney General’s Office investigated a report alleging he accepted $10,000 for contracting […] [...]

Solid prices, beetles prompting timber owners to harvest

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Landowners debating the timing for their next timber sale should send trees to the market sooner, rather than later. James Henderson, assistant forestry professor with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service, said increases in housing starts are contributing to gradual timber price improvements, but better reasons to harvest could be related to insects […] [...]

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