Hub school officials hear of creosote ills

Hattiesburg public school officials listened Tuesday as a group of residents told of the ill effects of creosote poisoning.

A handful of the more than two dozen residents stood before district officials and described how their loved ones have been sickened or have died from creosote contamination from the former Kerr-McGee wood treatment facility.

The 16th section leaseholders are appealing to school officials to make public documents that may shed light on the role the district played in a 2003 lawsuit against the chemical giant.

For years, black 16th Section leaseholders have argued that the district left its black leaseholders out of any settlement, while white leaseholders were compensated.

After the meeting, school board attorney Percy Watson vowed to investigate the matter.