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USM Starts Ogletree House Restoration

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The University of Southern Miss begins restoration to the Ogletree House that was severely damaged from the February 10 tornado.

"After the storm perhaps the most public image displayed across our country was the image behind us here," said Jerry Defatta, executive director of the Southern Miss Alumni Association. "We are finally starting to move forward."

The Ogletree House held the offices for the Alumni Association. They had to relocate because of the storm.

The 2009 expansion is relatively in good shape so our staff is going to be relocating back to that part of the facility in the next couple of weeks.

The historic side of the building that's been there since 1912 was the hardest hit.

"We are looking forward for the project take shape," he said.

Defatta said the costs to restore the storm will be covered by insurance.

"We think the overall construction project will take about 2.5 million to get completely back to its pre-storm shape."

The project should be finished within a year.

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