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Hattiesburg increases taxes to fund public safety projects

One Mississippi city is increasing property taxes to help pay for police and fire protection. The Hattiesburg City Council voted 5-0 Thursday to for a slight property tax increase for the budget year that begins Oct. 1. The Hattiesburg American reports that the owner of a $100,000 home will pay about $32.50 more in taxes per year. Part of the money will ...

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Former USO Club houses unique African American Military History Museum

By BECKY GILLETTE At the time that the East Sixth Street United Service Organization (USO) club operated in the 1940s, the military was segregated so there were separate recreational facilities, as well. Eight years ago that USO club was developed as the African American Military History Museum (AAMHM). Today it remains the only USO club of its type in the ...

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Forrest General Hospital earns top rankings for medical care

By BECKY GILLETTE Forrest General Hospital, a 512-bed facility that serves a 19-county region, recently racked up a number of prestigious quality awards, including ranking in the top 100 hospitals nationwide for patient safety in overall medical care. The awards and rankings were presented by CareChex, an information service of Quantros, Inc. that provides a composite evaluation of all components ...

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Hattiesburg solar panel maker gets relief second time in pact with local government

By JACK WEATHERLY Stion Corp. is getting relief for the second time from its agreement with local government in Forrest County and Hattiesburg. The solar panel maker is entering a “payment and forebearance agreement” whereby it promises to pay $75,000 a month to the county and city toward $2.3 million in accumulated fees in lieu of ad valorem taxes. » ...

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Modes to protect university research for tech transfer have shifted dramatically

By BECKY GILLETTE The field of technology transfer from higher education to business and commercial developments once focused strongly on obtaining patents for products developed by university research. Today, there are many commercialization projects that may benefit more from other types of protection, said Chase Kasper, assistant vice president for research, technology transfer and corporate relations, University of Southern Mississippi ...

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USM takes on security — ‘Hacking for Defense’ class will teach how to innovate solutions

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT One started with Legos and Lincoln Logs, while the other favored remote control vehicles and model rockets growing up in his hometown of Richton. Now, Professors Henry Jones and Daniel DeMott, along with mentors from the Department of Defense, Homeland Security and the intelligence community, will show University of Southern Mississippi students how to innovate solutions ...

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Siegfried named president, CEO of Southern Pine Electric

Southern Pine Electric has named Jason S. Siegfried as president and chief executive officer. Siegfried replaces Donald L. Jordan, who retired May 1. He becomes the fifth CEO in Southern Pine Electric’s nearly 80 years of operation. Siegfried has more than 15 years of experience with the cooperative working in engineering, operations, economic development and rate-making. The last five years ...

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Hattiesburg airport director: Essential Air Service program needs to be revised, not eliminated

By BECKY GILLETTE The proposed elimination of the Essential Air Service (EAS) program under the budget proposed by President Donald Trump is of concern in rural states such as Mississippi, where four of the seven commercial service airports in the state receive EAS subsidies. Getting rid of the program is not a new idea. » Read complete story at HATTIESBURG ...

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