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Watkins & Eager opens Hattiesburg office

Watkins & Eager PLLC has announced it has opened an office in Hattiesburg.  J. Robert Ramsay, a prominent member of the Hattiesburg legal community since 1975, has joined the firm as a partner.  Bob’s practice has been dedicated to hospital, physician, and pharmaceutical healthcare defense for over 40 years. “Our new partner has built his practice with a commitment to high ...

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Convicted pastor seeks sentencing delay in federal case

Hattiesburg pastor Kenneth Fairley, who was convicted of federal theft and conspiracy charges, is asking for a continuance for his sentencing. Media outlets report that Fairley’s attorneys filed a motion that seeks a delay from Dec. 19 until January to allow time for the court to address Fairley’s objections to some items in his presentence report. The motion also requests ...

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Jones County voters say they want to keep 2 courthouses

Jones County voters, in a non-binding referendum, say they want the county to keep operating separate courthouses in Laurel and Ellisville. WDAM-TV reports voters Tuesday rejected a consolidation proposal by a margin of nearly 2-to-1, with 16,768 votes against consolidation, and only 8,693 votes for it. County supervisors had proposed closing one of the courthouses, which are 8 miles apart, to save ...

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Heart surgery set for Miss. Supreme Court justice Randolph

Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Michael K. Randolph is scheduled for open-heart surgery to repair two leaking valves. The court says in a news release Friday that the 69-year-old from Hattiesburg will have the procedure Nov. 14 and expects to return to work in mid-January. Randolph had triple bypass surgery in 2006, and he says he has a “very positive outlook” now. The ...

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Jurors convict Hattiesburg pastor in federal theft case

A Hattiesburg pastor was convicted Monday on three counts of conspiracy and theft in a federal case involving money skimmed from a federal housing program. Jurors returned guilty verdicts against the Rev. Kenneth Fairley after six hours of deliberation and a trial that stretched over parts of seven days. Fairley is a longtime political ally of Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree, ...

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IRS agent: Hattiesburg pastor diverted $60,000 to his church

An IRS agent says that a Hattiesburg pastor took $60,000 from a federally-funded housing rehabilitation program to subsidize his church. WDAM-TV reports IRS Agent Bradley Luker testified Thursday in the trial of the Rev. Kenneth Fairley, who faces conspiracy and theft charges in an indictment that alleges he skimmed money. The leader of Mount Carmel Baptist Church, Fairley denies guilt. ...

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