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SBA offering loans to Delta businesses in wake of drought

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — The U.S. Small Business Administration is making available federal economic injury disaster loans to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in Mississippi as a result of the drought. This SBA’s disaster declaration includes the following counties: Bolivar, Coahoma, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie and Tunica. Under ...

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SBA offering loans to more drought-stricken counties

BENTON COUNTY and MARSHALL COUNTY — The U.S. Small Business Administration is making available federal economic injury disaster loans to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in Benton and Marshall counties in Mississippi as a result of the drought. Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster ...

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Another county earns NWS' StormReady designation

CLAIBORNE COUNTY — Claiborne County has received Mississippi’s 46th StormReady designation. Mississippi has 23 counties, 16 communities, four state universities and three government sites designated as StormReady in Mississippi. StormReady is a nationwide program of the National Weather Service that helps communities protect their citizens during severe weather and encourages communities to take a proactive approach to improving local hazardous ...

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State will not have to repay interest earned on Katrina fund

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood says Mississippi won’t have to repay about $987,000 in interest the state purportedly earned on Hurricane Katrina public assistance fund. Hood said yesterday in a news release that the Federal Emergency Management Agency ruled favorably on Mississippi’s appeal of an audit by the Inspector General. Hood said that on appeal, the Mississippi Emergency Management ...

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EEI again honors Entergy for response to natural disasters

NEW ORLEANS — The Edison Electric Institute has honored Entergy Corporation with the association’s Emergency Recovery Award and Emergency Assistance Award for its power restoration efforts to its own customers throughout 2011 and to other utility company customers following Hurricane Irene. This is the 14th consecutive year for Entergy to receive an EEI national storm restoration award. The recovery award ...

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Severe storms cause widespread damage, one fatality

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Emergency management officials in Holmes County say severe weather may be to blame for one death in Lexington after a tree fell on a home late yesterday afternoon. According to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, five counties so far have reported damage from severe weather that moved across Mississippi yesterday. Damage reports by county are as follows: ...

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State wants unspent $6M back from Coast county

HANCOCK COUNTY — The state has asked Hancock County for $6 million in funds not spent on a “property acquisition” project. The project is a limited buy-out plan designated to reduce the repetitive losses of residents in low-lying areas of Hancock County. The Sea Coast Echo reports the county has not spent any of the $10 million it was allotted ...

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MEMA releases damage report from weekend storms

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received preliminary reports of damages from three counties due to severe weather that moved through the state Sunday night and Monday morning. At least one injury was reported in Bolivar County. Initial damage reports by county are as follows: • Bolivar — Several homes damaged, trees and power lines down and ...

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Latham returning as MEMA executive director

PEARL — Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed Robert R. Latham Jr. as the new Mississippi Emergency Management Agency executive director following the retirement of former director Mike Womack. This is Latham’s second time as MEMA executive director. He led from February 2000 through July 2006, including during Hurricane Katrina. “This is a tremendous opportunity to rejoin and lead the staff ...

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