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 >>
Tuesday evening the Hattiesburg City Council approved a contract for professional services to complete phase two of the Twin Forks Rising Project. The purpose of this endeavor is to revitalize Ward 2, represented by Councilwoman Deborah Delgado.
Some say its an area that has been overlooked for some time. However, the go ahead to start planning doesn't come without pause from some members of the council.
"It is wonderful to try to revitalize an area, but you have got to have some buy-in from the community, from the neighborhood to have some skin in the game. Thus far this project has just been on the back of the city," said City Council President Kim Bradley.
Bradley says Twin Forks Rising is a long term project aimed at rehabilitating homes in Ward 2, along areas like Bouie and Mobile streets. It will also provide new infrastructure. Bradley says he's expressed to Delgado that this project has his support. But his concern is at what cost.
"I told her that, 'You know what we are in it this far. I would support the second $80,000 for phase two of the twin forks.' I intend to honor that today. I'll vote for it, but it is with concern," said Bradley.
Bradley says the price tag makes him hesitant, saying if $80,000 is the price to complete planning for phase two what's the cost for the next phase.
"It has got to stop somewhere, because that is not the role of government, to go back and do that. It's not. We don't have the money to do that," said Bradley.
Bradley says he's unsure about the private sector investing in the project.
"The only way it is going to work is if you have buy-in from the business community. Business owners, investors that want to go put their money up. There are vacant lots down on Mobile street," said Bradley.
For Bradley the area itself presents a potential obstacle for the project.
"We are taking about going into a flood zone area," said Bradley.
Bradley believes building in an area under flood zone regulations will present more challenges, and make revitalization difficult.
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 >>