- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 4, 2016

PURVIS, Miss. (AP) - Consider it a sign of growth for a county in south Mississippi: Lamar County soon will have its own morgue.

The Hattiesburg American reports (http://hatne.ws/2d03vnM ) that Lamar County supervisors have voted to set up a morgue in Purvis. They also voted to purchase a transport van for the county coroner to use.

County Administrator Jody Waits says Lamar should take care of its own transport and morgue services, given its size and its growth.

Waits said it would cost about $30,000 to set up the morgue and buy the transport van. He expected the morgue would be operational by November.

The county had been contracting for morgue services and transport at a cost of about $50 to $100 a night for the morgue and another $50 to $100 for transport.

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Information from: The Hattiesburg American, http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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