Wednesday, December 11 2013 1:19 PM EST2013-12-11 18:19:41 GMT
Jones County authorities said a wanted felon who escaped into a wooded area after leading them on a brief car chase through the northwest part of the county Tuesday afternoon should be considered "armedMore >>
Sheriff's Department investigators said Ralston Sinclair Keyes, 29, who is wanted on drug and weapons charges, fled from authorities about 2 p.m. in a small SUV, after they spotted him on a county road.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 5:49 PM EST2013-12-10 22:49:07 GMT
Police received on Tuesday afternoon reports of shots fired at Courtyard Apartments off 7th Street. Police responded to the call, but upon arrival no victim or suspect was discovered at the scene. ReportsMore >>
Reports of shots fired at Courtyard apartments off 7th Street were called in to the Hattiesburg Poilce Department Tuesday afternoon.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 8:00 PM EST2013-12-11 01:00:12 GMT
Hattiesburg High School has had a string of burglaries in the last week resulting in four computers, two wireless keyboard, and two wireless mice stolen. Two Apple Computers were stolen Thursday nightMore >>
Hattiesburg High School has had a string of burglaries in the last week resulting in four computers, two wireless keyboard, and two wireless mice stolen.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 3:55 PM EST2013-12-10 20:55:07 GMT
A local man is thankful to be alive – after falling into a creek. The Jones County Fire Council, which provided the photo, says the unidentified 64-year-old man tumbled approximately 35 feet down a steepMore >>
A Jones County man is thankful to be alive after falling into a creek.More >>
A Hattiesburg homeowner says the routine tree clearance by her electric company was unannounced and without good judgement.
Lisa Curtis says she came home from work one day this August and trees had been cleared from her yard.
"No one told me anything," says Curtis. "I felt like I had the right to be told what trees are coming down- specifically marked- and why."
A crew with Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association cleared Curtis's trees as they do every six to seven years, according to PRVEPA Manager of Member Services Kurt Brautigam.
"Tree trimming is something that we do as a natural course of business, annually," says Brautigam. "We know that this is a sensitive topic for a lot of people, but it's something that has got to be done."
Brautigam says the routine clearance is done mainly for safety measures, and there are specific zones where trees can be cleared- whether that is by trimming or a complete cutting down.
"Anything in the right of way really should be taken out," says Brautigam. "That 30-foot corridor needs to be wide open. If there are trees outside of that right of way with branches hanging in, we trim those."
The rights of way are between 30 and 50 feet. A typical residential yard is 30 feet, according to Brautigam, and that 15 feet on either side of the line is subject to clearance.
But Curtis feels that this clearing was done to the extreme.
"I felt honestly there's some trees they just could have cut the branches," says Curtis. "They've already established they could do that. They didn't have to drop whole trees."
Brautigam says there is a distinct method for choosing which trees to cut down or trim
"Depending on the kinds of trees that you have, if they're right on the edge of that 15 ft to the center line, you can trim some branches possibly," says Brautigam. "But we also have danger trees depending on what direction the tree is leaning and the relative health of that tree. If it looks like it's in danger of falling into the line, we'll take that tree down and have the right to do that even if it's not inside the exact right of way."
Wednesday, December 11 2013 8:01 PM EST2013-12-12 01:01:20 GMT
In the wake of Gov. Phil Bryant's energy summit last week, Southern Miss President Dr. Rodney Bennett is taking time to tout some of what he calls the "life-changing" energy research going on at USM. DuringMore >>
During a media roundtable Wednesday morning, Dr. Bennett introduced faculty and students involved in ground-breaking energy research on solar cells and plant oils.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:00 PM EST2013-12-11 23:00:54 GMT
Local and state law enforcement agencies are gearing up for the annual December Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign. The nationwide program is funded through federal grants that support law enforcementMore >>
Local and state law enforcement agencies are gearing up for the annual December Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 5:59 PM EST2013-12-11 22:59:13 GMT
Crown Health Care Laundry Services is beginning to move equipment into the Columbia Site. The Pensacola-based company has taken care of the laundry needs for many hospitals in the area for years andMore >>
Crown Health Care Laundry Services is beginning to move equipment into the Columbia Site.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 5:36 PM EST2013-12-11 22:36:33 GMT
This is a news release from Mayor Johnny DuPree's office Despite the Feb. 10 tornado that ravaged the heart of the city and rough weather on August 1 that produced heavy rain and intense lightening secondsMore >>
Hattiesburg's National Night Out Against Crime Campaign ranks eighth place on the nation's top 10 list.More >>
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