Thursday, October 9, 2014
Farmers eligible for disaster assistance
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated primary and contiguous counties as natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by flooding and excessive rain that occurred June 29-July 9 of this year.
Mississippi has four counties (Alcorn, Benton, Marshall and Tippah) to qualify for natural disaster assistance because these counties are contiguous to the primary disaster counties in Tennessee.
Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration, which came on September 24, to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.
Interested farmers may contact their local USDA Service Centers for more information on eligibility requirements and application procedures.
Northcentral warns about scam artists
Several Northcentral Electric Power Association commercial and residential members have reported receiving calls from scam artists attempting to collect on delinquent bills.
The caller claims the customer is late paying his bill and insists on payment over the phone at that time to avoid disconnection. In one case, the caller offered to meet the customer to accept payment. Northcentral Electric Power Association would not ask this of its members, according to Michael Bellipanni, director of Marketing and Business Development for Northcentral. All calls have originated from an 800-336-6497 phone number.
“We are working with local law enforcement to deal with the calls reported so far,” he said. “Members are encouraged to report any suspicious calls regarding utility collection to our office at 662-895-2151, as well as their local law enforcement.”
Byhalia police officers respond to 35 calls
The Byhalia Police Department responded to 35 calls last week.
Chief Gary Looney released the following report – miscellaneous, 13; escorts, 2; juveniles, 1; disturbances, 1; domestic, 1; motor vehicle accidents, 3; fires, 2; medical, 9; and alarm calls, 3.
Byhalia police officers also made three arrests last week.
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