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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday - she lost.More >>
An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday, she lost.More >>
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -
Cab drivers in Harrison County say a legislative
commission formed last year to oversee the industry has been nothing but
a hindrance. So Monday, drivers converged on the Board of Supervisors'
meeting, looking for help.
Ron Friedman has been driving a taxi for 11 years. In his view, the Harrison County Motor Vehicle for Hire Commission has not done a good job.
"It's simply a matter of economics here. They have not increased the number of trips, but yet they are increasing the number of drivers out here, all competing. So from an economic standpoint, you can't make a living. " Friedman lamented.
Other industry workers were just as critical at the board meeting. Leisa Leisy is the president of the Gulf Coast Taxi Association.
"We have unpermitted drivers, uninsured drivers, drivers that have been permitted with outstanding current warrants, drug testing allegedly falsified. The situation is actually worse than before the commission," Leisy said.
If there was one main theme that could be taken from Monday's meeting, it was the complaint that taxi drivers say their industry was targeted, that there were many other motor vehicles for hire that were not included in the original bill.
"For hire vehicles are comprised of the following: limousines, shuttles, courtesy vehicles, executive cars, jitneys, non-emergency medical and non profit vehicles," explained Paige Coker, who works with Gulf Coast Yellow Cab.
Supervisors voted to give their blessing for the commission to continue, but only with stipulations.
"By extending the repealer, this gives us a chance to get some of these bugs worked out and with the amendments to make this a more appointed by the Harrison County Board of Supervisors, gives us a little more control," Supervisor Kim Savant explained.
Cab drivers considered the vote a victory of sorts.
"This is the first time that we've been paid attention to," said Richard Smith with Value Cab. "This is the first time we've had any elected officials to understand out plight. And today, thanks to the Board of Supervisors, we have a chance to change this bill, to change this law so we can survive."
Some of the changes the supervisors want to make include gaining control over the commission's budget, as well as authority to appoint or remove commission members. They also say some fees are too high and need to be lowered.
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