How to prevent allergy symptoms during spring weather

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Allergy triggers seem to be hidden everywhere this time of year in South Mississippi. Tree, grass and rag-weed pollen can cause congestion, headaches and runny nose for some people across the Pinebelt. “The body is recognizing the pollen, as something it needs to respond to – when in fact it is harmless and it is leading to a cascade of triggers that leads to allergy symptoms,” said Hattiesburg Clinic Allergy, Asthma and Immunology specialist Dr. Blake Olmsted. He says symptoms between allergies and a cold can be a bit tricky. “With colds you’re more likely to experience more fevers, chills, some muscle aches to go along with the muscle symptoms. Time of year is importan

New VFW VA Medical Transport Van

HATTIESBURG, MISS. – Friday VFW Post 3026 held a dedication for a new VFW VA Medical Transport van that will help dozens of veterans to get to the VA Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. From 2001 to 2014 the VA-enrolled veteran population increased by 78 percent. “So, we cover two-thirds of the state, so within the area that we cover, outside of Jackson it is the largest concentration of veterans and that's over 5,000 in our clinic,” Dr. David Walker, center director for the VA medical facility in Jackson said. Many of the 5,000 veterans come from the Hub-city, looking for a way to get to the VA center in Jackson for medical attention, which explains why reliable transportation is so valu

Fatal House Fire on East 5th Street

HATTIESBURG, MISS. - A Hattiesburg man died in a house fire just before midnight Thursday. Firefighters responded to a fully evolved house fire in the 1000 block of East 5th Street. Firefighters made entry into the house through the back door and found the victim lying on the floor. Officials say there was no immediate sign of foul play, but the investigation continues. The body of the unidentified victim has been taken to the state crime lab for an autopsy.

Legendary Tom Osborne speaks at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Good Friday Event

HATTIESBURG, MISS. - The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) spent the morning of this Good Friday honoring youngsters and coaches that participate in sports around the Pine Belt. The organization invited the legendary Tom Osborne, a man of many hats to be the guest speaker. Osborn the former football player, coach, athletic director, and politician spoke at Friday’s event about the role coaches in play in lives of our youth, and how these coaches can impact the entire community. “The FCA ministry right now is very cognitive of the fact that coaches are very influential people. I think that we have about 80 million young people in our country today, and 50 million of those kids will ha

Senate Ends 2018 Legislative Session

This is from the state of Mississippi HATTIESBURG, MISS. – Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves gaveled the end of the legislative session today after the Legislature passed an approximate $6 billion budget that funds critical state services and new laws to encourage job creation. The Legislature also passed a practical bond plan that invests in universities, community colleges, and deficient bridges across the state. “Working with Governor Bryant and Speaker Gunn, I believe we have a conservative spending plan that saves for a rainy day and increases funds for critical areas,” Lt. Gov. Reeves. “Our state’s economic performance has shown improvement, which allowed us to invest more tax dollars in those prio

A Balloon Release to Honor a Local Educator who was killed in her home

HATTIESBURG, MISS. – Wednesday morning, friends and family came together at a local college to pay tribute and honor the memory of an educator who was killed in her home over the weekend leaving friends and family wondering why someone would murder her. Hattiesburg police found Deborah McGee’s body Sunday approximately around 2:45 p.m. in the 1200 block of Dewey Street. After three days of conducting a death investigation, Tuesday evening, police determined McGee did not die of natural causes. “That investigation and autopsy was conducted today [Tuesday afternoon], and that investigation has now turned into a homicide investigation,” Cpt. Branden McLemore of the Hattiesburg Police Departmen

Water Project Coming to Hattiesburg Soon to Stop Brown Water

HATTIESBURG, MISS. - Some Hattiesburg residents may have noticed brown water running out of their faucet. Wednesday morning, Mayor Toby Barker addressed the issue after conducting a water investigation, saying this came as a result of areas in the city being hooked up to an old water system. Barker says the city will undergo a new project to fix the issue. “What our water and sewer director and city engineer found is that in part of this neighborhood [Rawls Ave. and West 5th Street]. There was a large enough line, but the houses were still connected to the old line, so part of this project is to fix that,” Barker said. “We expect construction to take four to six weeks. Cost about $100,00

Mississippi State Senate concludes regular season

(The following is a press release from the Mississippi State Senate.) JACKSON – Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves gaveled the end of the legislative session today after the Legislature passed an approximate $6 billion budget that funds critical state services and new laws to encourage job creation. The Legislature also passed a practical bond plan that invests in universities, community colleges, and deficient bridges across the state. “Working with Governor Bryant and Speaker Gunn, I believe we have a conservative spending plan that saves for a rainy day and increases funds for critical areas,” Lt. Gov. Reeves. “Our state’s economic performance has shown improvement, which allowed us to invest more tax

Hattiesburg Police Officially Rule Dewey Street Death Investigation a Homicide

HATTIESBURG, MISS. – The Hattiesburg Police Department gave an update Tuesday afternoon concerning the death investigation of 63-year-old Deborah McGee, and they’re now ruling McGee’s death a homicide. Police found McGee’s body in the 1200 block of Dewey Street at 2:45 p.m. on Sunday, March 25 laying lifeless in her home. The police department is not releasing any information at this time regarding McGee’s death, and the injuries she suffered. “On Sunday evening around 14:45 hours, there was a report of a body being found in the residence of the 1200 block of Dewey Street. That investigation and autopsy was conducted today and that investigation has now turned into a homicide investiga

USM Presents Mental Health Fair & Suicide Prevention Tour

This press release comes from Southern Miss News HATTIESBURG, MISS. - Student Counseling Services at The University of Southern Mississippi is sponsoring “ALIVE! Mental Health Fair & Suicide Prevention Tour” from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27 at the Hattiesburg campus. Drawings for free Southern Miss gear will be held at the top of each hour at the fair’s central location – Centennial Lawn. Fair activities include the following: (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) Graffiti Art Therapy, Brain Exhibit, Resource Fair, Post Your Own Secret Exhibit – create your own secret postcard and place in drop box at the Hub. 10:30 a.m. -- A Reason to Live Documentary; screening of the award-winning film, Union Room

Forrest General Presents Stop The Bleed

This is a press release from Forrest General Hospital. Hattiesburg, Miss. - Forrest General's Trauma Services will offer a free class titled Stop the Bleed. Attendees will learn how to control bleeding using a tourniquet as well as how to stop bleeding by packing wounds. The class will be held Friday, March 30, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. in the hospital's Hickory and Maple meeting rooms. This course is not eligible for continuing educati0on credit. "In many emergency situations, lives can be saved is bystanders take action to control or stop bleeding before emergency personnel arrive or on the way to the Emergency Room. We hope this class will empower members of our community to take action

Jones Co. business owners donate office to Powers Fire and Rescue

JONES Co., Miss - Powers Fire & Rescue has received what is being deemed a major donation of an office building which will complement the volunteer fire department's existing fire station on Hwy. 184 in the Powers Community in Jones County, Mississippi. B&C Mobile Homes owners Bo & Beverly Burroughs donated a 28' x 56' double-wide manufactured office building which was delivered and installed by B&C Mobile Homes personnel last week at the Powers fire station. B&C Mobile Homes is located at 1513 Hwy. 84 East in Laurel, Mississippi. The 1,568 square foot office building features two meeting space areas, three offices, kitchen, men's and women's bathroom facilities and is equipped with hot wate

Chris McDaniel Lawsuit

HATTIESBURG, MISS. - A lawsuit has been filed against a super PAC supporting Mississippi Senatorial candidate Chris McDaniel for allegations of illegal campaign contributions. McDaniel, a state senator from Ellisville, is challenging Cindy Hyde-Smith for Thad Cochran’s soon to be vacant Senate seat. Meanwhile, "campaign legal center" in Washington filed a complaint with the federal election commission alleging that the "remember Mississippi PAC" funded by GOP mega-donor Robert Mercer took unprecedented steps of organizing, funding, and advertising three McDaniel campaign events. The center says super PAC's are categorically prohibited from making contributions to candidates.

Death Investigation on Dewey Street

HATTIESBURG, MISS. - Hattiesburg police are waiting for an autopsy report to determine the cause of death of a 63-year-old Hattiesburg woman. Deborah McGee was found unresponsive inside a residence in the 1200 block of Dewey Street Sunday. Police were responding to a 911 call from the address. The body has been taken to the Mississippi State Crime Lab in Jackson for an autopsy. Right now, officials are only calling it a death investigation. Ms. McGee was employed as a teacher at Antonelli College in Hattiesburg. A vigil will be held at 10 a.m. for McGee located on the lawn of Antonelli College.

Grace Christian Elementary School Students are "Getting Ready to Run"

HATTIESBURG, MISS. - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi partnered with Grace Christian Elementary School students on March 26 at Grace Christian Elementary School in Hattiesburg to kick-off its Get Ready to Run School Program. The Get Ready to Run School program will teach students in 23 schools across the Pine Belt about the importance of exercise, proper nutrition, and general healthy habits. “We know that the healthier kids are, the better they perform in the classroom,” Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi School Coordinator Eugenia King said. “So, we want to encourage them to just move and be physically active.” The program will culminate at the Get Ready to Run Kids’ One-Mi

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