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American Eagle flies out of Hattiesburg for first time

HATTIESBURG — An American Eagle 50-passenger jet left the Hattiesburg Laurel regional airport yesterday as the airline made its debut. American Eagle will connect Hattiesburg-Laurel and Meridian regional airports with its parent carrier’s Dallas-Fort Worth hub. It replaced Silver Airways as the area’s commercial carrier. “We’ve got service now that we believe is something that you can grow,” Hattiesburg-Laurel Executive ...

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Fourth neighborhood in Starkville qualifies for C Spire's 1 Gdps service

STARKVILLE — Homeowner pre-registration exceeded the required threshold in a fourth area of the city of Starkville this week, helping it qualify for C Spire’s 1 Gbps (Gigabit per second) fiber to the home Internet service and related digital HD TV and home phone services. Starkville’s Hiwassee fiberhood, which extends from the city center to the northern edge, reached its ...

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Jackson becomes seventh city to pass anti-discrimination resolution

JACKSON — The Jackson City Council has passed an anti-discrimination resolution recognizing the dignity and worth of all city residents — including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. The council voted 3-1 yesterday to approve the resolution. Two council members were absent. Councilwoman LaRita Cooper Stokes voted against it. The movement in the state began in Starkville this ...

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Ex-mayor, businessman Chain dies at 84

HATTIESBURG — Former Hattiesburg mayor and businessman Bobby Lee Chain has died. He was 84. He died of cancer about 5:15 a.m. yesterday at Forrest General Hospital, his wife, Betty Chain, said. He was mayor from 1980 to 1986. The city’s airport and the technology building at the University of Southern Mississippi are named for him. His funeral will be ...

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C Spire begins Fiber to the Home construction in Quitman

QUITMAN — C Spire’s plans to offer consumer broadband Internet service in Quitman and eight other Mississippi cities moved a step closer to reality with the start of construction this week on its ultra-high speed 1 Gbps (Gigabit per second) Fiber to the Home initiative. C Spire crews began installing fiber optic cable in Quitman this week. Quitman is the ...

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Sixth Mississippi city passes LBGT resolution

BAY ST. LOUIS — The city of Bay St. Louis has unanimously passed a measure recognizing the dignity and worth of all city residents, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), the Human Rights Campaign reports. Bay St. Louis joins five other Mississippi cities — Starkville, Hattiesburg, Greenville, Magnolia and Oxford — which all passed similar actions ...

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Hosemann reviews Hattiesburg mayoral election

HATTIESBURG — The Secretary of State’s Office has performed a review of all absentee ballot envelopes and applications in the Sept. 24, 2013, special election for Hattiesburg mayor. “This election was conducted on the municipal level and not by the Secretary of State’s Office,” said Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “Following the election, our agency went through each absentee ballot ...

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Lawmakers say no to cities' request for new sales tax

It appears two Mississippi cities will not receive authority to enact a new sales tax. A Senate chairman said Friday that Mississippi lawmakers won’t authorize Hattiesburg or Greenville to set a 1 percent local sales tax, as the two cities requested. “We’re not going to do that,” Local and Private Committee Chairman Perry Lee, R-Mendenhall, told The Associated Press. Legislative ...

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Hub City wants lawmakers to extend lodging tax

HATTIESBURG — Travelers stopping for the night in the city of Hattiesburg could continue to pay a 2 percent lodging fee until June 2018 if legislators act on city officials’ request. The Hattiesburg American reports the city council unanimously adopted a resolution, requesting that the Legislature amend the legislation that created the Hattiesburg Tourism Commission and extend the special tax. ...

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Environmental group goes to court over sewage discharges

HATTIESBURG — The Gulf Restoration Network has asked a federal judge to hold the City of Hattiesburg liable under the Clean Water Act for releasing improperly treated sewage into the Leaf and Bouie rivers. The Hattiesburg American reports that the motion was filed in federal court Jan. 7, two days before the city entered into a 30-year contract with a ...

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