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EDA awards grant as county recovers from tornado

WINSTON COUNTY — The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded a $100,000 grant to support the development of a comprehensive land use plan to help tornado-damaged Louisville and Winston County build its economic base. The EDA Economic Adjustment Assistance grant was awarded to the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District (GTPDD) for a $125,000 project whose goal is to determine ...

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MEMA/National Guard team helping Hawaii deal with tropical weather

PEARL — A five-man team comprised of four Mississippi Emergency Management Agency staff and one Mississippi Army National Guard member has gone to Hawaii to support response efforts to Tropical Storm Iselle and oncoming Hurricane Julio. The team was requested by Hawaii Emergency Management through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. “I have been in close contact with Hawaii EMA Director ...

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Victims of Katrina and Rita get letter from Corps denying claims

NEW ORLEANS — In a postscript to ill-fated damage claims made against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Corps has sent out about 565,000 letters formally notifying victims of those storms that their claims have been denied. The Corps released a copy of the one-page letter yesterday. It is signed by chief counsel Earl ...

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SBA deadline looms for victims of flooding, cold snap

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses that Aug. 11 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans in Mississippi as a result of excessive rainfall and cooler than normal temperatures that occurred from March 1 through July 31, 2013. The disaster declaration includes the counties of Adams, Alcorn, Amite, Attala,  Benton, Bolivar, Calhoun, Carroll, Chickasaw, ...

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FEMA forgives Coast city's $5M-plus Katrina debt

PASCAGOULA — More than $5 million in loans approved for the city of Pascagoula after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 have been forgiven by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The city was notified of the decision this week. After the storm, many businesses and services in Pascagoula shut down, causing the city to lose millions in tax dollars and spend millions ...

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Oklahoma health system donates to hospital workers in wake of tornado

LOUISVILLE — The Norman Regional Health System in Oklahoma has donated $48,000 to the Winston County Medical Center in Louisville. Norman Regional Health System President and CEO David Whitaker says the company wanted to help employees impacted negatively by the April 28 tornado. The Oklahoma-based health system is recovering from a 2013 tornado. Winston County Medical Center CEO Paul Black ...

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Deadline approaching for SBA assistance to storm victims

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration reminds homeowners, renters, businesses and non-profit organizations in Mississippi of the deadline to submit disaster loan applications for damages caused by the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding between April 28-May 3. The deadline to apply for a physical damage disaster loan is June 30. The SBA encourages residents and business owners to ...

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Congressional delegation backs county's bid for FEMA reimbursement

JACKSON COUNTY — Mississippi lawmakers representing South Mississippi are throwing their support behind an effort by Jackson County to be reimbursed for nearly $1 million spent on disaster recovery projects undertaken after Hurricanes Katrina and Isaac. U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Congressman Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.), have sent a letter supporting the Jackson County appeals to ...

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Deadline for FEMA assistance to storm victims approaching

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is reminding residents that June 30 is the deadline to register with FEMA for assistance to recover from damage caused by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding between April 28-May 3. Disaster survivors in Itawamba, Jones, Leake, Lee, Lowndes, Madison, Montgomery, Rankin, Simpson, Warren, Wayne and Winston counties may be eligible for FEMA’s ...

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Musicians 'Band Together' for tornado relief

As residents of Tupelo rebuild their lives following the tornado that devastated the city, they will be offered a little music to brighten their day. A group of citizens has banded together to host a benefit concert for the Northeast Mississippi tornado relief efforts. The “Band Together” benefit concert will be held June 5 at Fairpark in Downtown Tupelo. Gates ...

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