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Supes put own cash into hospital retirees' lobbying trip

PASCAGOULA — Jackson County supervisors are offering to personally help pay for some retirees who lost pensions to travel to the state Capitol to lobby for a bill requiring more openness from boards of publicly owned hospitals. The Sun Herald reports that Irving Tillman, a retiree of the Singing River Health System, told supervisors Monday that it would cost $1,000 ...

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4 Jackson County cities support hotel-motel tax

JACKSON COUNTY — Officials in Moss Point, Pascagoula, Gautier and Ocean Springs have given the needed approval for Jackson County’s proposed November referendum on a 2 percent hotel-motel occupancy occupancy tax. The Sun-Herald reports the tax would raise $600,000 to $700,000 a year to fund Jackson County’s part for membership in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau. ...

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D'Iberville holds off selling Ocean Expo land

D’IBERVILLE — D’Iberville officials have tabled a development agreement with RAMCO Real Estate to buy the site that was to become Ocean Expo. Councilman Henry Toncrey said Wednesday after an executive session he wants more time to study the proposal. In 2011, the city bought the land at the southwest quadrant of interstates 10 and 110 for the Ocean Expo ...

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Dearman wins Heidel Economic Development Leadership Award

By Tammy Leytham Jen Dearman loves to learn. As the community and economic development director for the city of Pascagoula, it’s important to her to improve her skills in order to bring more business to the city. So, she said it’s a special privilege to receive the 2015 Ray & Jimmy Heidel Economic Development Leadership Award – awarded to her ...

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Clear water on tap for city of Gautier

By Tammy Leytham The city of Gautier is in the middle of constructing the state’s only ion exchange filtration plant and is receiving accolades for not only the project, but the way it has been funded. Ion exchange is a new water filtration technology that has gained popularity in recent years in Florida, said Gautier City Manager Samantha Abell. The ...

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D'Iberville man sentenced for oil spill fraud conspiracy

GULFPORT — A 34-year-old D’Iberville man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud. U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden this week also ordered Jason Richard Woodcock to pay $105,383 in restitution to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility and $17,092 to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. Federal prosecutors say in a ...

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Bill would open hospital meetings, expand records access

JACKSON — With troubles at a large public hospital creating political waves on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, lawmakers are trying to make the affairs of hospitals and their pension systems more open. The full House passed a bill Wednesday to require some public pension systems to report their financial status every year, while a Senate committee passed a bill to ...

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Tommy Robertson indicted on five counts of embezzlement

JACKSON — State Auditor Stacey Pickering and Jackson County District Attorney Tony Lawrence announced today that former State Senator Tommy Robertson has been indicted on five counts of embezzlement, which are alleged to have occurred in April of 2013.  Robertson, 59, is accused of using his position as board attorney for the Singing River Federal Credit Union to embezzle $484,092 of loan ...

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Keel-laying ceremony held for new container ship

PASCAGOULA — VT Halter Marine has laid the keel for the first of two liquefied natural gas-powered combination container roll-on/roll-off ships for long-time customer Crowley Maritime Corp. A ceremony took place Wednesday at the Pascagoula yard. Traditionally, the keel laying marks the ceremonial beginning of the ship’s construction. The keel forms the backbone of a ship and is the first ...

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Singing River Health System sues KPMG: 'colossal' error

GULFPORT — Singing River Health System says it has sued its former accounting firm, KPMG LLP, accusing it of $88 million dollars in mistakes. Singing River said in a news release that the federal lawsuit accuses the national accounting firm of breach of contract, negligence and professional malpractice, the Sun Herald reported. “KPMG’s abject, egregious failures in auditing Singing River’s ...

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