VisitHATTIESBURG wins tourism achievement award at MTA Governor's Conference on Tourism

JACKSON, Miss. - Mississippi Tourism Association presented VisitHATTIESBURG with the 2018 Tourism Achievement Award this week at the Mississippi Governor’s Conference on Tourism held in Oxford, Miss. on Sept. 23-25, 2018. “This recognition should be given to our tourism industry leaders who are valued for their talents and achievements through their outstanding accomplishments. We are happy to have the opportunity to honor the winners of these awards as we truly appreciate their dedication not only to our organization but to the entire tourism industry,” Dede Mogollon, 2018-2019 president of MTA, said. The Tourism Achievement Award was presented to VisitHATTIESBURG for their vision and commi

Judge sentences nurse practitioner, clinic owner to prison in scheme

(The following is a press release from the U.S. Justice Department.) A Mississippi-based nurse practitioner and former owner of a family health clinic was sentenced to 42 months in prison today for her role in a scheme to defraud health care benefit programs including TRICARE, the health care benefit program serving U.S. military, veterans and their respective family members. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; U.S. Attorney D. Michael Hurst Jr. of the Southern District of Mississippi; Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze of the FBI’s Jackson, Mississippi Field Division; Acting Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Holloman III of

USDOT announces $10M+ grant for Columbia-Marion County Airport

(The following is a press release from the FAA.) WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded $10.2 Million in supplemental funding to Columbia-Marion County Airport for airport infrastructure grants. This funding is in addition to the $45.4 million already awarded to Mississippi in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding through this current fiscal year. Overall, Secretary Chao has announced $3.1 billion in regular AIP grants nationally this year alone. “This additional funding will help revitalize and strengthen critical infrastructure projects at airports like Columbia-Marion County,” said S

Army STEM Semi Visits Hattiesburg

This press release comes from the U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion. HATTIESBURG, MISS. – The Army’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) is scheduled to visit area schools Sept. 24 and 25. “We are really excited to bring this asset our area high schools. The STEM is an 18 wheel tractor trailer that is self-contained and climate controlled,” said Capt. Greg Doyen, Hattiesburg Company Commander. “It is an interactive exhibit with state of the art technology focused on STEM.” The STEM is designed to showcase high tech capabilities and opportunities by having students experience the Situation Room, the Mission Room, and the Research and Development Room. The students will be surr

Authorities: McGrew found safe, Silver Alert canceled

State authorities are canceling the Silver Alert for Toxie McGrew, 86, of Sumrall. Seminary Police say McGrew was found safe Wednesday morning in Covington County. Authorities add McGrew is being checked out by medical professionals. MBI issued the Silver Alert for McGrew Monday.

Jones County Sheriff's Department receives upgrade in firepower

JONES COUNTY, MISS. - The Jones County Sheriff's Department received two new high-powered riffles through a grant award by the NRA Foundation. In a Tuesday morning press conference, the department shared the importance of two new AR-15 assault riffle's, and how they can help the department combat crime across the county. "They [criminals] are coming up with rifles, long rifles, assault rifles, and we need to be able to compete back with them," Jones County Sheriff, Alex Hodge said. "It's important because precious seconds count whenever somebody turns loose on one of our people with a high-powered rifle... we have to stay competitive, not we should be ahead of those who would seek to do har

State authorities issue Silver Alert for Sumrall man

MBI officials issue a Silver Alert for Toxi McGraw, 86, of Sumrall. Authorities say McGraw -- who stands 6'2" tall, weighs 201 pounds and has brown eyes and gray hair -- was last seen Monday afternoon around 2 p.m. drive south on Highway 589 in a 2005 white Lincoln Continental with a Mississippi disabled license plate E0455. Authorities add McGraw was last seen wearing a gold and brown pull-over shirt, khaki pants and white tennis shoes. Relatives say McGraw suffers from a condition that may impair his judgment. If you know where he is, please call Sumrall Police at 601-744-0156 or your nearest law enforcement agency.

St. Fabian Catholic Church helps Hurricane Florence Victims: Donation Drive Tomorrow

HATTIESBURG, MISS. - A local church says they're taking a hands-on approach to help victims who were affected by Hurricane Florence. Florence hit the Carolinas nearly one week ago, and members of the Saint Fabian Catholic Church are doing all they can to help out hurricane victims. Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. the church will be in front of the Bellevue "Corner Market" at accepting donations. “Well I tell you what in South Mississippi, we really went through some devastation after experiencing Hurricane Katrina and we know what it is like to have that kind of devastation,” Jennifer Prather, Director of Social Service for St. Fabian Catholic Church. “We had people from all over the Unit

Chris McDaniel's Press Conference Addresses Kavanaugh & Recent Media Comments

HATTIESBURG, MISS. - U.S. Senate Candidate Chris McDaniel comments in an MSNBC interview in Oxford, Miss. earlier this week landed the Jones County State Senator in hot water. In the interview, McDaniel issued the following statement while talking to panelist Eddie Glaude Jr., chairman of African American studies at Princeton University... “After 100 years of relying on big government to save you, where are you today?” McDaniel asked. “After 100 years of begging for federal government scraps where are you today? We've been dead last for one-hundred years.” McDaniel’s comment drew a reaction from the crowd (as the crowd booed), but McDaniel quickly cleared up his comments by saying…

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