Thousands stand in line for free money

Some folks in the Pine Belt got off to an early start this morning for a chance to receive free federal dollars, and all they had to do was stand in line.  A federal program called "Temporary Assistance for Needy Families" or "TANF" was distributing funds at the Department of Human Services around South Mississippi.

Many people say they learned by word- of-mouth about the TANF funds.  The Department of Human Services issued a letter stating, "TANF upfront diversion program is providing a one time cash payment based on availability."  Seven on your Side has learned $4,000,000 has been allocated to 23 Mississippi counties.  $200,000 to $250,000 will be given away in each county.  Residents who qualify could receive up to $1000.

According to Laurel Police, Jones County residents were in line well before 2am Tuesday morning.  Over a thousand people were in line by ten, but many left disappointed because no cash was given, just appointments.