Around South Mississippi

July 2, 2014 

White powder found at Stennis

STENNIS SPACE CENTER -- Five employees from the Navy's Fleet Survey Team at Stennis Space Center were in quarantine at Stennis Space Center on Wednesday until local police units determined a white powdery substance found was calcium carbonate, or talcum powder.

A bag with the white substance was found about 9:30 a.m. at the team's office. The five who were in the office at the time were quarantined, said Cathy Willis, public affairs officer for the Navy's Oceanographic and Meteorological command at Stennis.

Local emergency officials responded and Willis said the Biloxi Police Department, working with the Gulfport Police hazardous materials team, identified the substance shortly before 2:30 p.m.

Other operations at Stennis were not affected, she said.

-- Sun Herald

Plumbing work will close D'Iberville's Gorenflo Road

D'IBERVILLE -- Allen Plumbing Co. announced Gorenflo Road between Rodriguez Street and Church Avenue will be closed from 7:30 a.m. Monday to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

-- Sun Herald

Donations sought for homeless veterans

BILOXI -- Hard Rock Casino is working with Back Bay Mission to supply area homeless veterans with personal hygiene kits.

Items needed: hand towels, wash cloths, wide-tooth combs, toothbrushes, bars of soap, plastic soap containers, deodorant and razors.

Donations can be brought to Hard Rock's Human Resources Department until July 29.

For more information, call 276-7303.

-- Sun Herald

Harrah's will open Great Lawn for holiday

BILOXI -- A front-row seat to Biloxi's fireworks show Friday will be available at the Great Lawn at Harrah's Gulf Coast casino.

Harrah's will open its outdoor event venue from 5 to 10 p.m. Attendees can park in the east garage and use the east pedestrian crosswalk to avoid traffic on U.S. 90. The resort will sell hamburgers, pulled-pork sandwiches, hot dogs, beer and other beverages beginning at 5 p.m., cash only.

The fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. and for safety reasons, those who watch from the Great Lawn will not be permitted to bring fireworks onto the property.

-- Sun Herald

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