New George County storm shelters open Tuesday
LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) - George County will officially open two new storm shelters Tuesday in Agricola and Benndale.
The county began the construction of the shelters two years ago. The $3.2 million project was paid for with a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant.
Each shelter is about 3,800 square feet with 12 inch thick concrete walls that are able to withstand winds up to 200 mph. Each shelter will be able to house 139 people during a hurricane.
Board of Supervisors President Kelly Wright tells WLOX-TV in Biloxi that construction of the shelters marks one of the largest public safety projects in the history of the country.
Officials say the location of the shelters at the east and west sides of the county are also an asset.
Ala. man charged in Miss. with shooting dolphin
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - An initial appearance is scheduled Tuesday in Mississippi for a commercial fisherman from Alabama charged with shooting a dolphin with a shotgun.
Brent Buchanan of Bayou La Batre, Ala., was charged Dec. 5 in U.S. District Court in Gulfport, Miss., with one count of illegally taking a marine mammal in federal waters. Taking can mean harassing, hunting, capturing or killing.
He was charged in a bill of criminal information, a charge that generally means a defendant has agreed to waive indictment and plead guilty.
The court record says he shot the dolphin in the Mississippi Sound from his boat, the F/V Seaweed 2000, in July or August 2012.
The court website did not list an attorney.
Natchez hospital sale possible this month
NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - The attorney for Natchez Regional Medical Center's Board of Trustees said he has been "encouraged" by the response the hospital has received from potential buyers in recent weeks.
Though representatives of the county-owned hospital had at one time said they hoped to have a deal closed by the end of fall, trustees attorney Walter Brown said negotiations with three nonprofit hospitals and one for-profit hospital are still open and ongoing.
Brown tells The Natchez Democrat the last couple of weeks have been productive in getting responses to interested people.
Healthcare Management Partners, a medical industry consulting firm, is leading the discussions with potential buyers, as it did during the 2008 attempt to sell the hospital out of bankruptcy.
New weather warning sirens installed in Adams Co.
NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - If weather conditions are clear on the first Wednesday of next month, residents in five new areas of Adams County are going to receive a tornado warning.
The Natchez Democrat reports the Adams County Emergency Management Office had five new tornado warning sirens installed last week in areas of the county not previously covered.
The new sirens bring the county total to 18 sirens. They will be first tested the first Wednesday of January as part of the county's routine monthly testing of the sirens.
Emergency Management Director Stan Owens said the sirens aren't meant to be heard inside a house, but are meant to alert those who are outside hazardous weather is in the area and they need to seek shelter.
Southaven maintains good credit rating
SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) - For the third year, Standard and Poor has assigned the city of Southaven an "AA-" long term rating.
The Commercial Appeal reports the rating service cited the city's financial standing as stable and positive.
In its recent report issued on Nov. 18, Standard & Poor's noted Southaven's strong economy, budgetary performance and liquidity of finances as factors for the city maintaining its AA- rating. Organizations in the 'AA' category have a "very strong capacity to meet financial commitments."
For 2013, the city is projecting a positive general fund result. Total government available cash is at more than 28 percent of total governmental fund expenditures.
Standard and Poor views the management conditions as adequate with standard financial practices.
Biloxi man charged with assault on police officer
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - A 51-year-old Biloxi man remains in the Harrison County Jail on $100,000 bond, accused of assaulting a police officer.
The Sun Herald reports that Reginald Bettis Brooks is accused of assaulting a Biloxi police officer who was trying to arrest him on misdemeanor charges.
Brooks was charged with simple assault on a police officer.
Justice Court Judge Albert Fountain set bond.
It was unclear whether Brooks has an attorney.
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