JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has activated the state’s Temporary Disaster Housing Assistance Program. Gov. Phil Bryant says in a news release he took action after President Barack Obama denied Mississippi’s request for FEMA assistance to victims of the Dec. 23 tornadoes in Jones and Marion counties. Bryant says the rental […]
COLUMBIA, Mississippi (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Small Business Administration joined Mississippi and local officials to tour the Columbia area, as well as Jones and Lamar counties that were hit by tornadoes and high winds on Dec. 23. Robert Latham Jr., executive director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, tells the Hattiesburg American the […]
JACKSON, Mississippi — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved more than $2.43 million in Disaster Relief Fund grants to support debris removal and utility repairs in Northeast Mississippi from the April 28 tornado. The money is available through the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency for distribution to the city of Tupelo and the East Mississippi […]
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Gov. Phil Bryant has called the Mississippi Legislature into special session starting Thursday to help pay state government’s share of recovery costs after the deadly April 28 tornadoes. The governor said Tuesday that lawmakers will be asked to provide up to $20 million for disaster response and recovery costs through the […]
LOUISVILLE, Mississippi (AP) — As Mississippi digs out from Monday’s tornadoes, officials are trying to manage a blessing — volunteers. The state is encouraging people who want to help with recovery to register, so they can match skills with needs and make sure volunteers arrive at the right time. Already in Winston County, volunteers are […]
JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and the state’s congressional delegation are asking President Barack Obama for a federal disaster declaration for tornado-ravaged areas of the Magnolia State. Bryant is requesting a federal disaster declaration for Itawamba, Lee, Lowndes, Madison, Rankin, Wayne, and Winston counties plus the cities of Tupelo and Brandon as […]
Jackson County is getting a multimillion-dollar boost from the federal government to help erase the effects of Hurricane Isaac last year.
The Sun Herald reported that the county will receive $10 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for dredging silt that Isaac swept into the mouths of bayous and channels. Matching money from the state and county will pay for an additional $4 million in dredging work.
County Board of Supervisors President Mike Mangum said the work could start in October and take about a year to complete.
Authorities said a police chief in east Mississippi was killed after being struck by a car while directing traffic Tuesday.
Clarke County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Barry White said Enterprise Police Chief Randy Boykin died while being flown to the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in Jackson.
Boykin had been chief for 12 years and also worked as a part-time deputy. White said Boykin directed traffic at the main intersection in town every weekday morning to help with school traffic.