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Tornado-torn town gets more recovery funding

SMITHVILLE — The town of Smithville has received $1.3 million to help with its ongoing recovery from a 2011 tornado. Gov. Phil Bryant presented Monroe County with a check last Friday. The money will be used to help cover the cost of the town’s domed gym and safe room at the Smithville Attendance Center. The north Mississippi town was devastated ...

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Deadline looms for disaster assistance from SBA

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding private non-profit organizations (PNPs) in Mississippi that Nov. 19 is the deadline to submit Economic Injury Disaster Loan applications. These loans are available from the SBA for damages caused by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that began on Feb. 10, 2013. PNPs located in the following counties that provide non-critical ...

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'Drop, cover and hold on' during upcoming ShakeOut

While the earth may not move Oct. 17, officials are asking Mississippians to pretend that it does. Mississippi is one of 10 states taking part in the fourth Great Central U.S. ShakeOut earthquake drill, which will begin at 10:17 a.m. During the drill, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) says millions of people will simultaneously practice the recommended response to ...

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Communities buy more time for Katrina aid forgiveness

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — With the deadline extended for federal forgiveness on Hurricane Katrina disaster loans, political entities on the Mississippi Coast are asking one last time. The cancellation deadline has been extended to April 2014, former Bay St. Louis Mayor Eddie Favre told the Sun Herald. In addition, political jurisdictions are allowed to show disaster losses over five or ...

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SBA disaster assistance available due to rain, flooding

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that federal economic injury disaster loans are available 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 excessive rain and flooding beginning Jan. 1, 2013. The disaster declaration is effect for Clarke, George, ...

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Grocery store to open in tornado-torn town

SMITHVILLE — Ever since a tornado caused widespread destruction in Smithville in April 2011, residents have been waiting for a new grocery store will open. Town officials told WTVA that an agreement has been reached for the Postell Meat Market to open. The store will carry groceries, custom meats, and produce. Owner Donny Postell said the store will be open ...

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Leaders dispute report on unspent Katrina aid

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Mississippi officials said millions of dollars in federal aid still unspent years after Hurricane Katrina doesn’t spell trouble with the recovery effort, disputing a watchdog report that found among things that jobs’ creation was still lagging at the Port of Gulfport. Reacting to an Associated Press examination of the $847 million remaining in the Katrina grant ...

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Funds remain unspent for Katrina-related recovery

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Eight years after Hurricane Katrina slammed the Gulf Coast, Mississippi still hasn’t spent almost $1 billion in federal money dedicated to recovery from the storm. The remaining $872 million is part of $5.5 billion Congress gave the state to rebound from Katrina, which struck in August 2005, killed 238 people in Mississippi and caused tens of ...

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