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No arrest for first-time weed possession in Hattiesburg

The Hattiesburg City Council says it won’t arrest first-time offenders in possession of an ounce or less of marijuana. News outlets report Hattiesburg City Council unanimously passed the regulation Tuesday, saying first-time offenders will receive a citation instead of jail time.Marijuana remains illegal in Mississippi, but Mayor Toby Barker says this ordnance helps modernize the city’s approach to drug policy. ...

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Official fell behind on property tax payments after tornado

A county supervisor in Mississippi says he fell behind on property tax payments after his business was damaged by a tornado. Forrest County Supervisor Burkett Ross is part owner of Southern Lanes bowling alley in Petal and the former skating rink next door. He tells the Hattiesburg American that the bowling alley was closed for more than 100 days after ...

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Kidnapped girl found, Mississippi man arrested in Alabama

A south Mississippi man has been arrested in Alabama after officials say he kidnapped his 6-year-old niece. Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel tells local news outlets that 28-year-old Jared Slade was arrested in Birmingham on Thursday, apparently sleeping on the side of the road. The girl was discovered walking around the neighborhood and Rigel says her guardian will pick her ...

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Workers protest Hattiesburg call center conditions, seek union

Workers of a Hattiesburg, Mississippi, business are calling for better wages and the creation of a union.WDAM-TV reports several Maximus workers protested outside the call center Thursday as corporate officials met inside the site. The organizing director of Communication Workers of America, Sedjerick Lee, says unionization could lead to better pay. The workers’ current baseline pay is $10.60 per hour. ...

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Mississippi reports 6 more West Nile virus cases for 2018

The Mississippi State Department of Health is confirming six more cases of West Nile virus, bringing the state’s 2018 total to 13 so far. Two new cases were reported in Hinds County. Reporting single cases were Adams, Forrest, Marion and Oktibbeha counties. Seven previous cases were reported in Copiah, Hinds, Itawamba and Pearl River counties. Mississippi reported 63 West Nile ...

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Hattiesburg Clinic starts work on facilities  

By JACK WEATHERLY The Hattiesburg Clinic broke ground Wednesday for two facilities at its Tatum Park campus, located off Veterans Memorial Highway, Highway 11, in Hattiesburg. One is a two-story, 57,221-square-foot orthopedics and sports medicine building that will house clinical practice space for 14 orthopedic providers, a 9,000-square-foot physical therapy suite, community conference center and an imaging suite. The facility ...

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Planners detail second phase of possible Hattiesburg bypass

The first phase isn’t built yet, but planners are already considering a second leg of a bypass around a south Mississippi city. Local media report that Hattiesburg and Forrest County leaders heard presentations Monday about a road to connect U.S. 49 on the north side of Hattiesburg to Interstate 59. Planners proposed a first phase from U.S. 98 in western ...

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Hattiesburg Country Club making turn with new ownership

By BECKY GILLETTE For 98 years, the Hattiesburg Country Club has been owned by member stockholders. Those stockholders recently voted for a new lease on life for the club by selling it to Carter Callaway, a former professional golfer who has been building homes in Hattiesburg since after Katrina, and Paul Maholm, a retired professional baseball player originally from Holly ...

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Republican wins Mississippi House seat in special election

An open seat in the Mississippi House remains in Republican control after a special election to replace a representative who became the mayor of Hattiesburg. Missy Warren McGee, a one-time legislative aide to former Sen. Trent Lott, defeated social worker Kathryn Rehner in Tuesday’s runoff in House District 102 in Forrest and Lamar counties. Neither candidate had any previous electoral ...

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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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