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New student health center opens at Southern Miss

HATTIESBURG — A state-of-the-art health center offering easy access for students has opened at the University of Southern Mississippi. The Hattiesburg American reports the Moffitt Health Center opened its doors Monday, and it soon had students asking for services. The center is located on the first floor of Scott Hall, which is part of the Century Park South residential complex.

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Feds: Protect more than 330,000 acres for black pine snakes

JACKSON — Federal authorities are proposing to protect more than 330,000 acres of critical habitat in Mississippi and Alabama for black pine snakes that are found only in longleaf pine forests in those states. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday that the forests have been reduced to less than 5 percent of their historic extent. The agency says ...

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Hattiesburg mayor files for stay on appointees' order

HATTIESBURG — Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree has asked the 12th Circuit Court to stay a ruling that required him to submit any remaining administrative candidates for approval, pending his appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court. In response, The Hattiesburg American reports City Councilmen Carter Carroll and Kim Bradley have asked that a stay not be granted, and argued that the ...

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Hattiesburg wastewater treatment system could cost $152M

HATTIESBURG — The city of Hattiesburg could be looking at about $152.5 million over the next three years or so for a fully-mechanical wastewater treatment system that would continue to discharge into the Leaf River. In a presentation Tuesday night to the Hattiesburg City Council and Mayor Johnny DuPree, The Hattiesburg American reports Neel-Schaffer engineer Nathan Husman offered four fully-mechanical ...

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Hattiesburg council approves 2 of mayor's nominees

HATTIESBURG — The Hattiesburg City Council has confirmed two of Mayor Johnny DuPree’s nominees to fill administrative positions of leadership. The Hattiesburg American reports Council unanimously approved Tuesday holdover Municipal Court Judge Pro-tem Carol Jones Russell and first-time Public Defender candidate Shakita Taylor. But City Attorney nominee Ramel Cotton was rejected by a 3-2 vote. Council also rejected Jimmie Gardner’s ...

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Opening doors for entrepreneurs — State’s development centers offer free consulting, coaching and training

By LISA MONTI  The Mississippi Small Business Development Centers, a network of resource centers throughout the state, help entrepreneurs open and grow their businesses with free consulting, coaching and training programs. The resource centers serve as a one-stop shop to help owners do the groundwork for starting out in business and operating profitably once the doors are open. Examples of ...

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Hattiesburg police chief, city attorney retiring

HATTIESBURG — Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree has announced the retirement of City Attorney Charles Lawrence and Police Chief Frazier Bolton. The announcement came at the end of the city council’s meeting Tuesday night. Lawrence said he was retiring to focus more time on his ailing wife and also because he did not want to be the “focus of division” in ...

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Hattiesburg mayor to bring forward city clerk nominee

HATTIESBURG — Consideration of a city clerk candidate will be among the items of business during the city of Hattiesburg’s first extended council meeting in 28 days. The Hattiesburg American reports Mayor Johnny DuPree has nominated city Purchasing Manager Verlina Underwood for council approval Tuesday as director of administration/city clerk. The city has not had a full-time clerk since Eddie ...

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A HOME AWAY FROM HOME … As long as it has modern technology, meal plans, friends and no parking worries

By LYNN LOFTON  The recently completed Century Park South at the University of Southern Mississippi is on the cutting edge of student housing. There are 954 bed spaces in the state-of-the-art $55.6 million complex that was built by the Harrell Contracting Group of Jackson. There was significant site preparation before the two-year building project could get under way with three ...

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Southeast Mississippi growers consider business options

HATTIESBURG — Growers across 13 counties in southeast Mississippi have an upcoming opportunity to learn about the challenges and benefits of fruit and vegetable enterprises. The informational meeting will take place from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Forrest County Extension Office, located at 952 Sullivan Drive. Mississippi State University experts and local growers will provide insights into growing ...

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