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Hattiesburg council overrides mayor's veto of funding law

HATTIESBURG — The Hattiesburg City Council will now review the mayor’s changes to the budget, employee positions and vacancies and other items without they take effect. The city council voted 4-1 Monday to override Mayor Johnny Dupree’s veto of the amended ordinance. DuPree said the council was overstepping its authority. Council members said they were being fiscally responsibility. The Hattiesburg ...

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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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Former Southern Miss coach Turk dies at 71

HATTIESBURG, Mississippi — Former Southern Mississippi basketball coach M.K. Turk died on Friday morning. He was 71. Turk led the Golden Eagles for 20 seasons from 1976 to 1996 and finished with a school-record 301 victories, two NCAA tournament appearances and six NIT appearances, including one NIT championship. The school confirmed Turk’s death on Friday. He’s the only Southern Miss ...

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Mississippi Polymer Institute signs MOU with WIINTECH Cluster in Germany

The Mississippi Polymer Institute has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the WIINTECH group, which signifies the first official step in moving local Mississippi businesses toward international collaboration with the companies that are a part of that network. In the spring of 2012, Mississippi Polymer Institute, along with the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at The University ...

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Schools hit by spiraling insurance premiums, lack of providers

HATTIESBURG — Property insurance premiums have skyrocketed for Pine Belt school districts. Some have had problems just finding a company to insure them. Lamar County School District Superintendent Ben Burnett told the Hattiesburg American that his district’s premium was about $176,000 last year but just increased by $500,000. “I was shocked,” he said. “We always budget for a percentage increase, ...

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Spirit in Action honors four Pine Belt residents

Four Pine Belt residents were honored for their commitment to caring for the community as winners of the Spirit in Action Awards, presented at the annual Spirit of Women Spring Event. Lynn Gammill has dedicated her entire life to helping make Mississippi and Hattiesburg a better place to live. Just a few examples of her work toward this goal include ...

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Academic, business expertise needed in next USM Lott Center chief

The University of Southern Mississippi wants the new director of the Trent Lott National Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship to have both an academic and business development background. USM is about two weeks into its search for a replacement for Rick Duke, who left his director post in July two years after arriving from Atlanta, where he published a ...

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MBJ EDITORIAL: Questions we should ask the new chief of the MDA

Last time the State of Mississippi went to Gainesville, Fla., to fill a job, it scored a winner in Dan Mullen, whom Mississippi State University lured away from the University of Florida football coaching staff to be head Bulldog in Starkville. Consecutive wins over Ole Miss and a pair of bowl victories have the folks behind the cowbells smiling again. ...

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Read the Feb. 20 issue of MBJ online

In this week’s MBJ — High-Tech ‘Garden’ growth: Pine Belt set to harvest high-tech rewards from USM scientific research. By Ted Carter Also in this week’s paper: >> Growing interest: Interest in William Carey’s inaugural Osteopathic class off the chart — by Amy McCullough >> Tax reform stuck in middle of political taffy pull: The old fight over inventory taxes ...

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Healthcare, education, military stirs economy

Hattiesburg has been named as one of the top 10 small metro areas in the nation   A strong healthcare system, universities and a military presence have helped economic development in the Hattiesburg area weather the economic downturn. “The Pine Belt has not been completely immune to the economic downturn. However, due to the diversity of our economy we have ...

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