Council to meet three times Tuesday; other news and notes

Mayor A.J. Holloway has called a 9 a.m. meeting for Tuesday in which he is asking council members to consider his nomination of Linda Atterberry to serve as director of the Biloxi Police Department.

The 9 a.m. meeting is one of three public gatherings planned for Tuesday morning at City Hall. Councilmembers are scheduled to discuss the budget at a 9:30 meeting and will request proposals from qualified accounting firms to conduct audits for FYs 2009 through 2012.

The Atterberry issue — in which Holloway is following the recommendation of a five-member committee to promote the 35-year police veteran — is a holdover from Tuesday, when councilmembers declined to consider the issue.

To see the agendas for the Tuesday morning meetings,
click here.

Weekend entertainment: B.B. King, Bucktown All-Stars and more

Among the weekend entertainment offerings, you’ll find B.B. King at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, the Bucktown All-Stars at the Isle Casino Hotel, Collective Soul at Hard Rock , Salt & Pepa at the IP, and the Gulf Coast Latin Festival on the Town Green.

For details on these events and others, click here.

Library, sculptures make headlines

The ground-breaking ceremony for the downtown Biloxi library and civic center found its way into USA Today this week, thanks to a letter to the editor from, of all places, a resident of Coral Gables, Fla.

Mary Ellin Santiago, project manager of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Gulf Coast Libraries Project, wrote USA Today as a follow-up to a recent story about Bill Gates Sr. and his son, the software-philanthropic wunderkind.

“How amazing that the Biloxi library was one of the public libraries supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2006,” Santiago wrote in a letter published Sept. 2. “The foundation’s commitment to public service has been appreciated in more ways than the Gates can imagine.”

To read the entire letter, click here.

Sculptures coverage: Among the national media stories over the weekend regarding the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina:

—’s April Mitchell, a former Biloxi radio personality, wrote a story about Marlin Miller’s work on the Katrina sculptures project. To read the story, click here.

— Police Chief Linda Atterberry, who served as the city’s Emergency Management coordinator when Katrina came ashore in 2005, taped a video interview with Fox To see the story, along with photos of the Katrina sculptures, click here.

— also filed a story on the Loaves and Fishes soup kichen in Biloxi and its struggles with funding. To read that story, click here.

News and notes

Football: Biloxi High hosts Fontainbleau High School, a team from near Mandeville, La., this evening at 7:30 at the stadium on the Biloxi campus. For more on the teams, click here.

Labor Day: Non-emergency city offices and divisions will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day. All city offices and divisions will re-open Tuesday at their appointed times.

Notices to proceed: The city has issued notices to contractors working on restoring the Old Brick House and the administrative offices at the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor. The Old Brick House is expected to be completed June 24, 2010 and the harbor work is expected to be completed February 24, 2010.

To see how road work throughout the city is impacting traffic, as reported in the Public Works Department’s Traffic Update briefing, click here.