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USM gets $1M from unnamed donor for tornado restoration

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi has received a $1 million gift to help restore the Hattiesburg campus damaged by a Feb. 10 tornado. USM President Rodney Bennett says in a news release Monday that the check was received this past week. He said the donor did not want his name released. The tornado not only heavily damaged a ...

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School damage total $7M; officials hope MEMA meets deductible

OAK GROVE — Lamar County School District officials said a Feb. 10 tornado caused $7 million in damage to Oak Grove High and its baseball and football facilities. The Hattiesburg-American reports the district has a $50,000 insurance deductible it hopes to have covered by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. District Construction Manager Johnny Downs said they’ve taken bids on the repairs ...

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Foundation raises $130K in a day for tornado recovery efforts

HATTIESBURG — In just 24 hours, the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation successfully raised $130,234.46 to support the restoration of the front lawn of the University’s Hattiesburg campus that was heavily damaged by the tornado on February 10. During the Southern Miss Campus Beautification Day of Giving on May 8, the USM Foundation utilized the University’s social media platforms to ...

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Hurricane forecaster: Last year was 'water, water, water'

GULF OF MEXICO — Last year’s hurricane season drove home some big lessons, the nation’s chief hurricane forecaster said Tuesday: Storm surge and flooding are dangerous and difficult to predict, and sometimes it’s even harder to communicate that sense of urgency to the public. It wasn’t just high winds that posed a threat and caused damage, said National Hurricane Center ...

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Deadline approaching for Hurricane Isaac assistance

SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes that June 3 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans available in Clarke, George, Greene, Jackson,Lauderdale and Wayne counties as a result of Hurricane Isaac. Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to ...

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Tornado debris cleanup almost complete in Hub City area

HATTIESBURG — Nearly three months after a Feb. 10 tornado hit the Hattiesburg and Lamar County, the debris cleanup operations are winding down. Lamar County road manager Jake Sones tells The Hattiesburg American debris cleanup operations will end this week. Since the tornado, Lamar County crews have collected 25,293 cubic yards of vegetative debris, along with 3,382 tons of construction ...

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Sign-up for aid for Isaac victims ends this month

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding businesses in Mississippi that working capital loans are still available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations affected by Hurricane Isaac. The deadline is May 30. Economic Injury Disaster Loans up to $2 million are available at 3 percent for private ...

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Counties approved for assistance following tornadoes

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration approves disaster assistance to residents and businesses in several Mississippi counties affected by the severe weather and tornadoes, according to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. The declaration covers Noxubee County and the adjacent counties of Kemper, Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Winston. Applicants will be able to apply in person at a Disaster Loan ...

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Storm spawns perhaps two twisters, no injuries/damge reported yet

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — A National Weather Service spokesman says storm chasers caught video of a tornado touching down yesterday in rural Sharkey County in the Mississippi Delta. The tornado was spotted near Nitta Yuma at 5:22 p.m. CDT. There were no immediate reports of injuries or property damage. The spokesman says there also were reports of a possible tornado near ...

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Another blow? State could see more severe weather

It has been a stormy start to the year here in Mississippi, and that trend looks to continue tomorrow. In fact, we could see our stormiest day yet. A massive storm front is now pushing its way through parts of Oklahoma and Kansas, and has the Magnolia State in its sites. Currently, the National Weather Service in Jackson has the ...

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