Thursday, May 23 2013 5:38 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:38:18 GMT
The picture of a George County dog set on fire is disturbing. Authorities say the circumstances surrounding how fire consumed the dog are shocking. According to George County Sheriff Dean Howell, 20-year-oldMore >>
Socks, the dog reportedly burned this week by his owner, has died. That word comes from a George County Sheriff's deputy. Socks succumbed to injuries suffered after 20-year-old Brandon Pierce allegedly set his dog on fire Tuesday night. The suspect told deputies he torched the dog because he "wanted to help the dog go to heaven."More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:15 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:15:57 GMT
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night. Several WLOX viewers called our newsroom to tell us about it. One person called whileMore >>
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:25 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:25:10 GMT
The search is on in north Picayune for two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee. Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were last seen leaving a mobile home on Pea Ridge Road in Picayune.More >>
Two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee were captured around 6:30 Thursday morning according to Pearl River Sheriff's Department. According to Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison, Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were caught at the corner of Ozona Richardson Road and Richardson Road just after sunrise. That's the same general area authorities had searched Wednesday and early Thursday morning.More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:19 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:19:04 GMT
Don't panic. It's normal. That's what pest control specialists are saying about the swarms of termites spotted across south Mississippi. After receiving calls and posts from many of our WLOX viewers concernedMore >>
Don't panic. It's normal. That's what pest control specialists are saying about the swarms of termites spotted across south Mississippi.More >>
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) – Twenty five people showed up at a Jobs Information Session at the Armed Forces Retirement Home Thursday, hoping to learn the status of their applications. The home hosted the meeting at the request of Congressman Gene Taylor and Senator Thad Cochran, who have heard numerous complaints from many former employees. The meeting was not what they expected.
"They were telling us how to fill out applications for a government job. That was not what we needed to know," said former employee Jewell Dewaard.
When asked what she wanted to know, Dewaard responded, "Why they're not hiring people that worked here before. It's very upsetting, because I was hoping to go back to work for the government."
"It's disappointing, because we did receive a letter saying that we would get priority," said former employee Regina Rogers. "I spent since 1992 working at this facility. These patients are like family to me."
"The only hold-up has been us not being treated fairly," said another former employee. "I have an account. I have a resume, ready to apply. But they haven't advertised it. Yet you got a hundred some odd residents coming in and you have nurses already in place. That is a lot of anger, hurt and animosity."
The former employees said they should be at the top of the hiring list. But the director of the Gulfport facility said federal employees lose their "return rights" after two years.
"You have rights to your job for two years in case of a RIF, Reduction in Force, which is what happened after Katrina. And the proposition was, if the home reopened within two years, that they would have rights to their positions. But it's been five years," said AFRH Director Richard Heath.
"I think it's definitely a different case," said Beau Gex, Taylor's District Chief of Staff. "These people lost their jobs to no fault of their own. They didn't lose their job because of a budget reduction. They lost their jobs due to a natural disaster and I think some preference should be given to them."
The home opens in four days and the director says the hiring process is just ramping up.
"We have a social worker. I know there are some recreation spots. We don't have them posted yet, but there will be business office positions. So yeah, there are still positions to be filled," said Heath.
Officials at the home said 80 federal workers lost their jobs when Katrina hit. At least four of them have been rehired, but not necessarily for the same positions.
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