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Jackson County to vote on tourism tax

PASCAGOULA — Jackson County supervisors have decided to go ahead with a special election June 23 for a 2 percent tourism tax on hotel and motel rooms, rather than wait for the November general election. The Sun Herald reports voters will be asked to decide whether to institute the tax to support tourism. Renee Areng, executive director of the Mississippi ...

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Bozo's: A stack of paper bags, a permanent marker and Kihyet

PASCAGOULA — A first-time diner at Bozo’s Grocery would notice things when walking in the door — the smell of seafood and a long line of hungry customers crowded around a small table where Anton Kihyet is seated. The setup is simple: a stack of paper bags, a permanent marker and Kihyet. It’s been that way for 15 years now, ...

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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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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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Corso family business built on hard work

Frank P. Corso, a hard working Italian immigrant who arrived in Biloxi at age 8, likely would have approved of how his family and their employees marked the wholesale distribution and vending company’s 90th anniversary. Everybody worked as normal, filling customer orders, stocking vending machines and generally taking care of the business he started in 1924. Corso and his family ...

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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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Group pushes for bill to disclose insurance costs by area

JACKSON — A group of lawmakers and residents from the Mississippi Gulf Coast are again pushing a bill that would require insurance companies to disclose, by geographic area, how much they are charging to insure property. The idea, which originated in Alabama, is meant to provide evidence to people who are fighting for lower insurance rates. The theory is that ...

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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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Local, state, federal officials launch Singing River Hospital probe

PASCAGOULA — The Jackson County district attorney’s office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the state auditor’s office are looking into allegations of misconduct by officials with Singing River Health System. Singing River has been under constant fire since it was made public that the health system stopped paying into its retirees’ pension fund in 2009. District Attorney Tony Lawrence ...

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Pascagoula shipyard pays $144K fine over dust and paint

A Pascagoula shipyard is paying a $144,545 civil fine for violations including allowing sandblasting particles and paint to become airborne. VT Halter Marine agreed to pay the fine to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. The shipyard, owned by Singapore Technologies Engineering, has been one of several industries along Bayou Casotte that has faced complaints from nearby neighbors. A Nov. ...

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