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Hattiesburg 2015-16 levy will include tax increase


HATTIESBURG — The Hattiesburg City Council has voted to raise residents’ tax rates for the first time since at least 2001. Council approved 4-0 Tuesday a 114.1-mill tax levy for fiscal year 2015-16, an increase of 2.1 mills. The Hattiesburg American reports (http://hatne.ws/1Npa2W1) the council is expected to vote Sept. 22 on a proposed $138.3 million budget that would kick ...

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Loan approved for hangar at Hattiesburg-Laurel airport

economic development

HATTIESBURG — The Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport is one step closer to its new hangar. During Monday’s meeting of the Forrest County Board of Supervisors, The Hattiesburg American reports board members authorized and approved a loan not to exceed $230,000 on behalf of Forrest County and the Airport Authority from the Mississippi Development Authority. The funds will help build the airport’s ...

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Mississippi hospital whistleblower gets $3.5M in settlement

Big build hospital (done in 3d)

JACKSON — A former employee of a Mississippi hospital is getting almost $3.5 million as part of a string of settlements where 18 hospitals in seven states have agreed to pay $20.4 million over allegations they broke federal law by receiving Medicare reimbursements for psychiatric services that were not “medically reasonable or necessary.” Ryan Ladner worked for Allegiance Health Management ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: ‘GOT ’EM’ post on Hattiesburg deaths hateful

“GOT ’EM” shrieked the Facebook post by a Subway worker in Laurel. “Two police officers shot tonight in Hattiesburg.! – GOT ’EM” read the whole post. (Subway said it fired the employee.)  This was Laurel, Mississippi, not Ferguson, Missouri, or Baltimore, Maryland! We face growing sub-cultures, linked-up and emboldened by social media and the Internet, that target law enforcement and ...

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Mississippi cities finding their place for growth

Tupelo was an early state leader in this movement when it received a grant in 1999 to develop Fairpark on what was once the county fairgrounds and extend the connection between downtown and Elvis Presley's birthplace. Fair Park incorporates businesses, restaurants, entertainment, retail shops and hotels. This view is from the rooftop of the Park Heights Restaurant.

By LYNN LOFTON  Cleveland, Water Valley, Tupelo, Columbus, Bay St. Louis, Natchez, Vicksburg, Ocean Springs — what do these Mississippi cities have in common? These are some of the municipalities that are good examples of the Main Street concept of placemaking. Public spaces in these towns have a real sense of place. They are designed to attract and serve people, ...

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2 more sought for questioning in Mississippi police shooting

  JACKSON — Authorities said late Tuesday that they want to question two more people in connection with the fatal shooting of two Mississippi police officers last weekend. Surveillance video from Saturday night, hours after the shooting, shows a man and a woman getting out of a Cadillac Escalade at the motel where police later arrested Marvin Banks, said Mississippi ...

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Subway employee fired for posts celebrating police deaths

LAUREL — A Mississippi Subway restaurant employee has been fired after posting a photo on Facebook that appeared to show her in uniform celebrating the killing of two police officers in Hattiesburg. Multiple news outlets report Sierra McCurdy, who worked at a Subway in Laurel, wrote “GOT EM” in reference to the Hattiesburg officers on a post accompanied by emojis ...

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Hattiesburg mourns 2 officers slain in weekend shooting

HATTIESBURG — With lowered flags and prayers, a southern Mississippi city is mourning two police officers, while the four people arrested after their shooting deaths await an initial court appearance Monday. Red roses decorated a chain-link fence Sunday near the spot where officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate were killed, and worshippers remembered the men in a small brick church ...

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