Harrison Co. Budget: No raises, higher taxes for schools

It's WLOX News Director Brad Kessie. For the sixth consecutive year, Harrison County employees won't be getting a pay raise. The board of supervisors made that determination today when they approved a $109 million budget.  That budget also includes a tax hike for county schools.

Board President Kim Savant said the economy made this budget cycle one of the toughest ever. What he fears is another, even more difficult budget debate next year.

Here's an interesting recommendation from the state department of health. If you walked through Hurricane Isaac flood waters, or you mucked out a home covered with storm water, you should get a tetanus shot. We're told free tetanus shots are available at the health department.

We received a picture today from the city of Biloxi. It shows a contractor scooping up some of Isaac's mess. The debris removal process started in earnest today. City leaders are hopeful the damaged tree limbs, and the water-logged furniture will be hauled off in 10 days.

We also got an email from the Salvation Army.  Its food pantries in Pascagoula and Gulfport are nearly empty.  Last week, more than 430 families received food bags.  In a typical month, the Salvation Army helps about 500 families.  As you might imagine, Hurricane Isaac is the main reason for the food shortage.  It's a story you'll see on WLOX News at 6:00.

Can you believe it's been 11 years since the attack on America?  On this 9/11, communities up and down the coast held ceremonies to remember those we lost, as well as the heroes of the terrorist attacks.

The Good Deeds Community Center in Gulfport hosted a 9/11 memorial service this morning. Military members, firefighters, police officers and community leaders from across Harrison County were honored for their sacrifices, and their dedication to serving the public.

How meaningful is this day to South Mississippi?  On the WLOX Facebook wall is a picture of a Gulfport ladder truck hoisting an American flag over the city. This afternoon, that picture received almost 3,400 likes.  You'll find that picture by clicking here.

Flip over to WLOX CBS at 6:30, and watch how Mississippi remembered the heroes of 9/11.

Have a great Tuesday.