Thursday, May 24, 2018
 
by Clip Syndicate
The Biloxi Fire Department has two new tools to assist with firefighting and fire safety: a truck that can deliver breathing air to firefighters at fire scenes and a trailer that can simulate house fires and other catastrophes. The 27 foot fire prevention and safety trailer can simulate a kitchen fire, hurricane, thunder or flooding. The trailer, valued at $100,000 and funded through a federal grant, uses video screens, smoke, heat, and vibrations to simulate emergency situations. As for the new air truck, it replaces a nearly 20-year-old unit that could only transport air tanks to fire scenes. Biloxi Fire Battalion Chief Stephen Strickler said, “We have unlimited air now. They can sit there and just bring bottle after bottle and just fill there on the scene versus our old air transport vehicle that just carried spare bottles. Once the air was out, it had to go refill and it would take up to a couple hours to actually refill the cascade system on that. With this here, it’s going to save time.” The air truck, a $213,163 investment, is being funded over five years through grants from the insurance industry.   [READ MORE]
 
 
 
 
 
Last year, the Southern Miss baseball team rolled into the Conference USA Tournament riding a 14 game winning streak. That run came to an abrupt halt in the first round, leaving the Golden Eagles to win four elimination games leading up to Championship Sunday. Last week, USM lost back-to-back games for the first time all season, perhaps alleviating some of that pressure as the red-hot hometown favorite. But now, all that pressure is on the weather to simply cooperate as the Southern Miss-UAB game still hasn’t started. We’re currently in our third weather delay of the second game between Louisiana Tech and Rice which got underway almost four hours late due to a pair of weather delays in the first game of the day between Florida Atlantic and FIU. Conference USA is enforcing the NCAA rule for lightning within ten miles of the field of play, requiring play to be suspended for 30 minutes from the most recent strike. In game two of the day, two seed Louisiana Tech taking on last year’s tournament champion, the seventh seed Rice Owls. La Tech and Rice still in weather delay with the Owls leading 6-1 in the top of the seventh. No matter how this plays out, the biggest winner of the day might just be Coach Burroughs who didn’t have to sit through those stoppages in play following his ejection. As for the early game, Florida Atlantic is on to the winner’s bracket with a 7-4 triumph over Florida International. There was supposed to be a fourth game played today but that has officially been postponed until 9 a.m. tomorrow. As it pertains to the Golden Eagles, they’ll now play on Friday at 11 a.m. with a win tonight or at 4 p.m. Thursday with a loss.   [READ MORE]
 
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In 2018, the Ole Miss baseball team set a new program best for regular season wins with 42. But with the strength of the SEC comes a daunting first round matchup against top 25 Auburn. Auburn wins 9-3. Ole Miss will play Georgia at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow in an elimination game. Meanwhile, LSU drops a close one to Florida 4-3.   [READ MORE]
 
The KXLY4 Extreme Team's latest Diamonds and Dreams project is in full swing, preparing for the big reveal Thursday.   [READ MORE]
 
The Conference USA Baseball Tournament began today at MGM Park. Weather permitting, a champion will be crowned Sunday. Last year, the Conference USA Tournament had a total attendance of 21,000 fans at MGM Park. The tournament has an economic impact of between three to four million dollars to the Coast. Whether it’s to support loved ones or support their team, fans from all over the country come to the Coast to enjoy a great week of baseball.  Florida Atlantic University fan Luz Miranda said, “We are here to watch our son play for FAU and we are excited. We are here all the way from California.” Florida International University fan Betty Cortelli said, “My son is a freshman. He is a pitcher, Cody Cortelli. We are looking forward to the team winning the championship.” Just like last year, Southern Miss is the number one seed this year. With all the games being televised, local Golden Eagle fans can watch from MGM Park or a local restaurant, bringing in revenue for the City of Biloxi.  Vincent Creel with the City of Biloxi Public Affairs said, “What really drives this tournament and what drove it last year is Southern Miss. We think  we are going to get a huge contingent of people following Southern Mississippi.” With the tournament lasting all week, the opportunities to tour the Gulf Coast are endless. These tourists plan to take full advantage of what Mississippi has to offer. “We are going to see the Gulf Beaches. We want to hopefully go see where Elvis was born and go to the National Cemetery here,” said Cortelli. “I’m looking forward to playing at the casinos,” said Miranda. No matter which team you decided to root for, the City of Biloxi wants all tourists to have a great experience. “It’s great exposure for Biloxi, MGM Park, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Five days of national TV coverage. You can’t underestimate the residual value of that,” said Creel.   [READ MORE]
 
 
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