Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup truck on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a "big puff of dust."More >>
The trucker was hauling drilling equipment when his load bumped against the steel framework over an Interstate 5 bridge. He looked in his rearview mirror and watched in horror as the span collapsed into the water behind him....More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:09 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:09:56 GMT
It is official, Boy Scouts of America must accept all male youth no matter their sexual orientation. On Thursday, more than 60-percent of the Boy Scouts of America's 14-hundred-members voted for theMore >>
It is official, Boy Scouts of America must accept all male youth no matter their sexual orientation.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:37 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:37:25 GMT
The City of Hattiesburg is increasing the sewer rates for Petal and some Lamar County customers who use their wastewater lagoon. Petal residents are concerned and voicing their opinions after finding outMore >>
Petal and Hattiesburg residents are voicing their opinions after finding out the City of Hattiesburg is increasing sewer rates. More >>
There's a lot of buzz surrounding the new living and business developments in downtown Hattiesburg. Any new risks or challenges that could come with the major change is set aside by merchant, city and county leader's enthusiasm.
"Well, there is a risk in anything you do in life," said Hub City Lofts Developer, Rob Tatum.
Tatum understands concerns downtown merchants have about transforming the American and Carter buildings into live and work spaces.
"There is risk in anything. We feel like our prices are going to be fair. We are delivering two different options for people to live in, two different buildings,"said Tatum.
One of the first questions of the meeting was parking. Odd Fellows building and gallery owner, Charles Price doesn't feel it's a major issue.
"Parking seems to be adequate, going forward that is something we will just have to address," said Price.
Forrest County Board of Supervisors President, David Hogan agrees.
"Actually, there is plenty of parking downtown. It's not necessarily in the best location, and there are studies being done. The city and the business owners here are working on proposals, and I believe some of the concerns will be addressed," said Hogan.
Hattiesburg Director of Engineering Bert Kuyrkendall explained the traffic plan to the merchants. The plan is meant to create more parking spaces, and create a pedestrian friendly environment by slowing down traffic to as low as 25 miles per hour. Brownstones Owner Mitch Brown is optimistic.
"As a business owner down here I don't mind that. I can tell you that other cities are doing this and it has been very successful," said Brown.
A sentiment most merchants and city leaders seem to share.
"You look at the room this morning, and someone said it is a room of courageous people. Well, it's a room of people who have a shared vision. That vision is to see the downtown Hattiesburg area transform into a new urban environment, where you have people who live, work and play all in the same place," said Hattiesburg City Council Vice President, Dave Ware.
"We really do feel optimistic that we're delivering the right project at the right time," said Tatum.
Friday, May 24 2013 5:52 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:52:06 GMT
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. It included the laying of a wreath at a fallen officersMore >>
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 4:45 PM EDT2013-05-24 20:45:22 GMT
First responders from in Laurel and Jones County were treated to Lunch Friday by the Wayne Farms Laurel facility. As part of National Emergency Service Week, for the last 12-years Wayne farms has hostedMore >>
First responders from in Laurel and Jones County were treated to lunch Friday by the Wayne Farms Laurel facility. More >>