Hattiesburg officials: Mask up, Hub City

The City of Hattiesburg is urging residents to mask up. In a recently issued executive order, face coverings are required to be worn by the following: \ Employees who work at all nonessential and essential businesses - when interacting with the public and when working in close proximity of others. \ Employees and customers at all salon-based businesses (barbershops, hair salons, massage therapy services, etc.). \ Customers, ages six and up, at all retail stores. This does not include restaurants or bars. Visit www.maskuphburg.com for more details.

Gov. Reeves extends safe return order, adds ten counties to stricter measures

(The following is a press release from the governor's office.) JACKSON — Today, Governor Tate Reeves announced that he has extended his Safe Return and county-specific executive orders, adding ten counties under the tighter social distancing measures to help limit transmission and protect public health. Consulting with Dr. Dobbs and our state health experts, ten additional counties were identified as localized regions with spikes in cases and at higher risk for transmission: Bolivar, Covington, Forrest, Humphreys, Panola, Sharkey, Simpson, Tallahatchie, Tate, and Walthall Counties. They join 13 other counties that have been under the additional restrictions for the past week. "COVID-19 is

VFD in Jones Co. receives FEMA AFG/COVID-19 grant

(The following is a press release from Powers Fire & Rescue.) Powers Fire & Rescue, located in eastern Jones County, Mississippi, has been awarded a FY2020 FEMA Assistance To Firefighters Grant (AFG) / COVID-19 Supplemental (AFG-S) Grant in the amount of $19,232.28 to be used to procure Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for use by the department's volunteer firefighters and emergency medical responders. The all-volunteer fire and rescue department will be required to match the federal award of $19,232.38 with $961.62 in local department funds for a total of $20,194.00 in funds to be expended for PPE. "We applied for the FEMA AFG COVID-19 grant in order to procure vital personal protective

Lt. Gov. Hosemann names appointees to state flag commission

(The following is a press release from the Lieutenant Governor's office.) Jackson, Miss.—A former Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court, longtime Vicksburg attorney, and former public school teacher from the Coast will serve as Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann’s appointees to the Commission to design a new State flag. Hosemann’s appointees include former Justice Reuben Anderson of Jackson, J. Mack Varner of Vicksburg, and Sherri Carr Bevis of Gulfport. “These three individuals, and the others who are charged with recommending a new flag, have a heavy responsibility to bear in the coming weeks. Because of their character, and the diversity of their backgrounds and perspectives, I have

Southern Miss releases details for Fall 2020 classes

The University of Southern Mississippi is releasing its plan for this falls academic course delivery. The plan includes mask requirements, modifications to classroom setup, and other academic-related changes in respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Details are here: https://www.usm.edu/faculty-development/_files/fall-2020-pivot-plan-class-scheduling.pdf

JuCo fall sports postponed to spring of 2021

(The following is a press release from Pearl River Community College.) POPLARVILLE, Miss. — The National Junior College Athletic Association voted Monday evening to move the majority of competitions to the spring semester following the Board of Regents vote. The Mississippi Association of Community Colleges released a statement shortly after, however, announcing it abstained from the vote: “The Region 23 representative to the NJCAA Board of Regents, upon the recommendation of the MACC presidents, voted to abstain from the final vote regarding moving most sports to the spring. While we are very concerned about the health and safety of our student-athletes, personnel, and fans, we believe they

Hattiesburg businessman pleads guilty to conspiracy in health care fraud case

(The following is a press release from the U.S. Justice Department.) WASHINGTON – A Mississippi businessman pleaded guilty Thursday for his role in a multi-million dollar scheme to defraud TRICARE, the health care benefit program serving U.S. military, veterans, and their respective family members, as well as private health care benefit programs, by paying kickbacks to practitioners and distributors for the prescribing and referring of fraudulent prescriptions for not medically necessary compounded medications that were ultimately dispensed by his pharmacies, as well as for his role in a scheme to launder the proceeds of the fraud scheme. Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of

United Way launches COVID-19 impact survey for community feedback

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WHPM-TV)- United ways across the state are asking households to complete a survey to assess the economic impact COVID-19 has had on them. The organization says that survey responses are confidential and will cover a wide range of topics including job changes, childcare challenges, and other economic changes Mississippi families are navigating. Filling out the survey will help local nonprofits and agencies continue relief efforts for the pine belt area following the pandemic. Director of Community Impact for United Way Kari Lynn Besing says the organization needs help from the community to get the most accurate data possible of people in need. "We're asking anyone and ever

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