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Local lawmaker seeks flood insurance reform

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By Julia Arenstam Staff Writer

The National Flood Insurance Program is in jeopardy.

That’s what state Rep. Jerome Zeringue, R-Houma, said today during a Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce Luncheon.

As the executive director of the new Louisiana Flood Risk Coalition, Zeringue spoke to chamber members about the problems facing the program and how the coalition plans to address them.

One of the first objectives is to increase participation, he said.

Although purchasing flood insurance through NFIP has been mandatory for those with federally-backed loans since 1973, the Federal Emergency […]

Former parish president named The Courier’s Most Useful Citizen

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By Julia Arenstam Staff Writer

Former Terrebonne Parish President Michel Claudet received The Courier’s Most Useful Citizen Award during the Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce’s 89th annual banquet tonight.

“I almost didn’t come tonight,” the stunned businessman and former public servant said after being given the award.

Claudet, who served two terms as parish president from 2008 to 2016, said his work to head-off rising flood insurance costs was one of his crowning achievements.

In 1996, he was given the Volunteer of the Year award for his work creating […]

Terrebonne Chamber to hold January 24 banquet

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Tickets are on sale for the Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet and awards ceremony.

It’s scheduled for 6-9 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center.

At the banquet, the chamber will recognize its outgoing and incoming officers, give out several awards and recognize Terrebonne’s Teenager of the Year and the recipient of HTV’s Eugene Folse Outstanding Veteran award.

The Courier’s Terrebonne’s Most Useful Citizen for 2017 will also be named.

The keynote speaker will be Phil Roop, a Christian minister and motivational speaker […]

New study questions athletic field’s future

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By JOHN DeSANTIS Senior Staff Writer​

Terrebonne Parish officials say they have faith a planned regional sports park will be completed and successful, pointing to planned land swaps and hopes for re-establishing some state financing as the basis of their belief.

But a study released Wednesday by the Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce suggests otherwise, and cautions that without changes in how Terrebonne Parish manages its recreation scheme overall an incomplete “Field of Dreams” could turn into a muddy nightmare.

“It is a complicated problem in need of a long-term solution,” said Hank […]