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Merchants Foodservice corporate office back operating after severe tornado damage

By BECKY GILLETTE HATTIESBURG — The Merchants Foodservice corporate office on Edwards Street was severely damaged by the EF3 tornado Jan. 21 that hit Hattiesburg. But fast action and teamwork resulted in the office being quickly relocated to the Lamar County Industrial Park in Purvis. “We never experienced any disruption in delivery,” said Joshua Wilson, marketing coordinator for Merchants Foodservice. » READ ...

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William Carey sets steps in Mississippi tornado recovery

A Mississippi university heavily damaged by Saturday’s tornado is taking more steps toward recovery. William Carey University asked its 800 dorm residents to return to campus Wednesday through Friday to retrieve personal belongings and vehicles. Spokeswoman Mia Overton said the college will have counselors and pastors on hand to help students who may be traumatized. » READ more at Hattiesburg ...

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William Carey turns to online learning after tornado

William Carey University says it will use online systems as much as possible to finish winter trimester classes and to teach students during the spring trimester. The school’s Hattiesburg campus was heavily damaged by Saturday’s tornado in south Mississippi, leading officials to send home 800 students who live on campus and call off classes on Monday for the 3,200 students ...

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Officials count 1,100 homes damaged by Mississippi tornado

A tornado that tore a path across south Mississippi on Saturday damaged or destroyed more than 1,100 homes. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency reported Monday that in Forrest County alone, 411 homes were destroyed or suffered major damage Saturday, while 588 saw minor damage. In Lamar County, the twister destroyed or did major damage to 43 homes and minor damage ...

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Cleaning without toxics a draw for customers of Freedom Cleaning

By BECKY GILLETTE Jacqueline Lee, 31, earned a degree in photojournalism from the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) in 2006. In 2011, Lee was in between jobs and looking at a source of income where she could be self-employed. She took an accounting class at USM, and decided she wanted to try her hand as a small business owner. » ...

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GOP state Rep. Barker running for mayor of Hattiesburg

Third-term Republican state Rep. Toby Barker says he is running for mayor of Hattiesburg. The city’s Democratic mayor, Johnny DuPree, said months ago that he will seek a fifth term this year. The Hattiesburg American reports Barker announced his candidacy in a news release Thursday. He says he wants to unify the city by focusing on “quality education, state-of-the-art infrastructure ...

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Hattiesburg’s The First Bancshares announces the acquisition of Iberville Bank and Gulf Coast Community Bank

The First Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: FBMS), holding company for The First, A National Banking Association, (www.thefirstbank.com), based in Hattiesburg, has announced that it has acquired Gulf Coast Community Bank, based in Pensacola, FL and Iberville Bank, based in Plaquemine, LA. » READ THE COMPLETE STORY at Hattiesburg Business Today

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Power co-op gets bond rating upgrade after exiting Kemper deal

Cooperative Energy and its 11 co-op members will see lower debt costs on $35.4 million bond   By TED CARTER / Hattiesburg Business Today Bailing out of its 15 percent ownership stake in Mississippi Power’s Kemper gasification plant has helped Hattiesburg-based Cooperative Energy gain a ratings upgrade on a $35.4 million bond issue. The electric power co-op, which changed its name ...

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