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 >>
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -
Sometimes creating economic opportunities is all about making the right connections. With hundreds of millions of dollars going into expanding the Port of Gulfport, the Mississippi State Port Authority wants to help South Mississippi subcontractors get a piece of the pie. So the port held a Networking and Jobs Fair.
Kevin Lock owns a small company that does millwork. He says since opportunities to introduce himself to large general contractors are not easy to come by the networking fair was great.
"I got a chance to talk to new vendors here and I'm looking forward to possibly some new opportunities might come from our meetings. And it's really exciting to see so much come together in one place."
Port officials say many of the two dozen booths are companies that either have contracts or will be bidding for contracts in the multi million dollar port expansion project.
Port Restoration Director Joe Conn said, "We've got the firms that will be doing the work. We've got small firms that will work as subcontractors. This is an opportunity for them to tell the bigger contractors what they can do because a lot of these jobs have a lot of subcontracted work."
The event was also an outreach to minority business owners.
"We put requirements in each of our contracts that require our prime contractors to subcontract a portion of their work to minority or disadvantaged businesses," Conn said. "This just facilitates them being able to do that easier."
Although some companies won't be ready to hire until contracts are awarded, some attendees said they like being able to get their names on the list of potential employees well in advance.
Mack McCree is a job seeker from Gulfport. He said, "They will have my information so when they do have job openings in the future they could contact me. Also just to find out what training will be required."
Port officials said all the jobs being created now are construction and temporary. However, the port's ultimate goal is to create permanent long term jobs which means they must first complete the expansion and bringing in new tenants.
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