Members of the Hattiesburg City Council voted 4-0 Tuesday to approve embattled former tourism director Rick Taylor’s proposed $7.9 million budget for the Hattiesburg Convention Commission.
In an effort to take matters into their own hands, members of the Hattiesburg Tourism Commission filed a lawsuit against their own insurance company this week in hopes of recovering some $423,000 that newly-appointed Mississippi State Auditor Shad White says should be returned to taxpayers.
In advance of this fiscal year’s upcoming budget, Hattiesburg City Council members heard Monday evening from three department heads regarding budget items and requests.
State Auditor Shad White recently announced his office is seeking to recover almost $3 million in misappropriated funds from organizations throughout Mississippi, including more than $422,000 from the Hattiesburg Tourism Commission.
David Ray is a computer instructor by trade, and a pianist at 19th Avenue Baptist Church on the weekends.
Nothing in his job description says “carpentry” or “construction.”
A partnership between Petal High School and Chain Electric has provided a new Linemen Program to help train a new generation of electric linemen for the Pine Belt.
Lamar County received a $30,000 two-year waste tire grant from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality to continue its work collecting white goods on the weekends for disposal and cleaning up illegal dump sites.
County Administration Joseph “Jody” Waits said the funds have been awarded on a continuing basis.