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Officials count 1,100 homes damaged by Mississippi tornado

A tornado that tore a path across south Mississippi on Saturday damaged or destroyed more than 1,100 homes. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency reported Monday that in Forrest County alone, 411 homes were destroyed or suffered major damage Saturday, while 588 saw minor damage. In Lamar County, the twister destroyed or did major damage to 43 homes and minor damage ...

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Cleaning without toxics a draw for customers of Freedom Cleaning

By BECKY GILLETTE Jacqueline Lee, 31, earned a degree in photojournalism from the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) in 2006. In 2011, Lee was in between jobs and looking at a source of income where she could be self-employed. She took an accounting class at USM, and decided she wanted to try her hand as a small business owner. “I ...

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DRONES TO THE RESCUE — 3 state colleges combine skills to build ambulance drones

By BECKY GILLETTE Italo Subbarao, DO, MBA, senior associate dean with the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, is an emergency physician with a specialty in disaster medicine and emergency response. The former director of the American Medical Association Public Health Readiness Office in Chicago is now using his experience to work with Hinds Community College to develop ambulance ...

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USM, City of Hattiesburg partnership to benefit young adults

Following high school, some young adults go to college, while an equal number go to work. Other young people, particularly those with disabilities or who are racially and economically diverse, may not find their path to adulthood so easily. The STEP UP to Leadership Council at The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) is an inclusive leadership ...

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Possibilities abound in downtown Hattiesburg

By BECKY GILLETTE / Hattiesburg Business Today Historic downtown Hattiesburg has a lot of fans of its stately turn-of-the century buildings including treasures like the restored Saenger Theater. The downtown is a center for city, county and federal government facilities, and in the past decade has seen some significant reinvestment that resulted in some popular new retail and dining options ...

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‘The sky is the limit’ — MDA optimistic about 2017

By BECKY GILLETTE What’s ahead for Mississippi’s economy in 2017? Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Glenn L. McCullough Jr. expects 2017 to be another exciting year in economic development in Mississippi. “Gov. Phil Bryant and the Mississippi Legislature have enacted several strong, pro-business measures like the phaseout of the franchise tax and the creation of the Mississippi Works fund which dedicates ...

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Hattiesburg shines with massive new solar farms and jobs growth

By BECKY GILLETTE / Hattiesburg Business Today The greater Hattiesburg area is quickly becoming a solar hub of the state and region with two, $100-million solar farms covering 1,000 acres current under construction that are expected to come online producing 100 megawatts of electricity by the summer of 2017, said Chad E. Newell, president of the Area Development Partnership (ADP). ...

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Forrest Health’s CleanEarth solves medical waste disposal needs

By BECKY GILLETTE / Hattiesburg Business Today HATTIESBURG — Prior to 2000, most hospitals in the U.S. had medical waste incinerators, often on site. That included Forrest General Hospital. Then the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ruled that all hospital incinerators in the U.S. had to either be shut down or be upgraded — something that could cost millions of dollars — by September ...

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