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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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Hattiesburg’s Turtle Creek Crossing sells for $48.1 million

Hattiesburg Business Today Stirling Properties of New Orleans has closed on a $48.1 million purchase of Hattiesburg’s Turtle Creek Crossing. Sterling called the acquisition the largest in the history of the 40-year-old commercial real estate company. The 39.9-acre retail center situated on the “going home” side of heavily traveled U.S. Highway 98 covers 295,000 square feet and is across from ...

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3 join Hattiesburg Clinic

The Hattiesburg Clinic recently added three new employees: Laurie E. Douglas, MD, has joined Hattiesburg Clinic Hematology/Oncology. Douglas received her medical degree from University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. She completed her internship, internal medicine residency and served as chief resident of the Department of Internal Medicine at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Shecompleted a fellowship at Wake ...

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Tissue maker plans Hattiesburg plant, will hire 230-260

By JACK WEATHERLY Tissue paper manufacturer Sofidel America Corp. announced on Thursday that it bought a building just constructed by another company in Hattiesburg and will hire 230 to 260  workers. Sofidel acquired the new 400,000-square-foot building  in the Hattiesburg-Forrest County Industrial Park From Green Bay Converting Inc., which had intended to set up expanded operations there. Green Bay will maintain operations at its ...

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Hattiesburg council considers code changes for solar farm

Decisions by the Hattiesburg City Council could mean a multimillion-dollar economic development impact over the next few years. The Hattiesburg American reports the council is being asked to not only approve the parameters that would create a planned solar farm, but also for any similar “green energy” projects in the future. Council also is also being asked to transfer documents ...

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Hattiesburg 2015-16 levy will include tax increase

The Hattiesburg City Council has voted to raise residents’ tax rates for the first time since at least 2001. Council approved 4-0 Tuesday a 114.1-mill tax levy for fiscal year 2015-16, an increase of 2.1 mills. The Hattiesburg American reports the council is expected to vote Sept. 22 on a proposed $138.3 million budget that would kick in on Oct. ...

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Hattiesburg Clinic Cardiology gains accreditation

Hattiesburg Clinic Cardiology recently received a three-year term of accreditation in Echocardiography in the area of Adult Transthoracic by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). Accreditation by the IAC means that Cardiology has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components in the area of Echocardiography. The IAC grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to provide ...

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Loan approved for hangar at Hattiesburg-Laurel airport

HATTIESBURG — The Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport is one step closer to its new hangar. During Monday’s meeting of the Forrest County Board of Supervisors, The Hattiesburg American reports board members authorized and approved a loan not to exceed $230,000 on behalf of Forrest County and the Airport Authority from the Mississippi Development Authority. The funds will help build the airport’s 17th general ...

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