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Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.More >>
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.More >>
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A cross was burned in the yard of a Smith County man after what his family is referring to as a vicious hate crime occurred. Family members say that Craig Wilson was beaten with brass knuckles and shotMore >>
A burning cross, a Smith county man beaten and shot by a family member, and in critical condition. We are told this is much more than a family feud, and outraged family members are calling it a "hate crime."
Like many other cities and townships in the area, Sylvania Township has been hit hard with overtime because of the brutal winter.
The township will pay plow drivers more than $59,000 in overtime for the winter, more than triple what they usually spend. Last winter, the township spent about $18,000 on overtime. The year before, that number was somewhere around $13,000.
The township has a $2.4 million surplus. Some of that money will be used to pay the overtime bill an avoid cutting other services.
"We do plan on overtime, we have leaf pick up, we have other items that we use some overtime for, but we have already planned for those when we developed the budget, so this is something that's very unusual. The storm, I mean we were hit the worst of anybody in the country this year," said Sylvania Township Director of Accounting and Budgeting James Eck.
Eck says it didn't help matters that many of the storms fell on weekends this winter, increasing overtime costs.