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Court rules that governor’s veto is unconstitutional



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Gov. Tate Reeves’ partial veto of a Mississippi Legislature’s spending bill for fiscal year 2021 has been ruled unconstitutional.

Hinds County Chancellor Judge Tiffany Grove issued her ruling Monday in a case brought by House Speaker Philip Gunn and Speaker Pro Tempore Jason White in August.

With this ruling, the bill, HR 1782, becomes law as it was sent to the governor July 2.

The bill allocates nearly $130 million from federal COVID-19 relief through the CARES Act to several Mississippi agencies including the Mississippi Development Authority, the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, and the state departments of health and mental health.

Reeves vetoed $8 million of the appropriations through line-item vetoes.

The court ruled that such vetoes are not within the governor’s purview. “The process for how a bill becomes law in Mississippi is well-established. Once a bill is passed by the Legislature, it is presented to the Governor for approval. Miss. Const. §72. The Governor then has three options: approve the bill by his signature, return the bill to the Legislature for reconsideration, or do nothing,” the ruling states.

“Neither of the provisions vetoed by the Governor in Section 4 are an entire, separate and distinct appropriation and neither is subject to the partial veto authority granted to a governor under Section 73, Article 4 of the 1890 Constitution…” the analyses of the court stated.

Read the ruling.

Reeves filed a notice of appeal in the Hinds County Chancery Court Monday afternoon, appealing the decision to the Mississippi Supreme Court.


Vicksburg recognizes VFD Capt. James Jones for 30 years of service



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Capt. James Jones (photo courtesy VFD)

Vicksburg Fire Department Captain James Jones was recognized on October 23, 2020 at the Mayor and Alderman meeting for his 30 years of service to the fire department.

Jones joined the VFD at the age of 31 and has been with the department ever since. He was very excited to receive the recognition.

“I would like to thank the Chief and Mayor and Alderman for the recognition,” Jones said. “I thank God for allowing me to work here for 30 years and I also thank my wife and mother.”

Jones has been more than satisfied with his career choice where he was able to rise in the rankings.

“It’s been a very rewarding career and I’m happy to be a part of the Vicksburg Fire Department,” Jones said.

Jones started working for the VFD on Halloween in 1990. He is a 1978 graduate of Vicksburg High School and he also attended Hinds Community College.

Jones has proven himself as a great leader in helping to keep the community safe with all of his hard work and commitment to the Vicksburg Fire Department.

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Vicksburg native Larry Walker Jr. captures effects of pandemic in his first book



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Larry Walker Jr. (photo credit)

Vicksburg native Larry Walker Jr. released his new book this year titled “Through The Eyes of COVID-19”.

Walker began collecting images for his book in March 2020 when most of the city of Vicksburg was shutdown due to COVID-19. He created the book, which is filled with mostly images, as a visualization project recording the societal impact of the pandemic in full affect.

“I did the book for history purposes,” Walker said. “I wanted people to see the effects of COVID-19 on the visual side.”

“Through The Eyes of COVID-19″ showcases about two months worth of images that were all taken by Walker right here in Vicksburg.

Walker’s book contains photos of masked public officials in socially distanced meetings, meals being delivered to remote students by the Vicksburg-Warren School District buses, and many more images that illustrate how the pandemic has changed the way people live and work in our small town.

Many people lined up to get a copy of his book at the book signing he held in June at the Glam House in Vicksburg. “I had a great turnout,” Walker said. “Plenty of city officials came to show their support and I was completely sold out.”

Walker’s book is now in every school in the Vicksburg-Warren School District and in the public library for residents to see. He is now working with schools in Madison and Lexington, Mississippi to have his book on the shelves for those students as well.

Walker is currently working on a second edition, which will be titled “Life after COVID-19”. As the name suggests, the new book will contain images portraying life after reopening businesses and public gatherings following months of being shut down.

If anyone wishes to buy a copy of Walker’s book, you can message him on Facebook or travel downtown to Lorelei Books and purchase a copy.

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Riverwalk donates more than $37,000 to Children’s of Mississippi



Riverwalk Casino Hotel in Vicksburg believes in being involved in the community. They also encourage their guests to do the same, and their guests have certainly responded.

With Riverwalk’s Sharing Is Caring program, they have collected an amazing $37,390 from their guests for Children’s of Mississippi. Riverwalk will present the donation to the hospital at 11 a.m. Friday.

“We are excited to make this donation to Children’s of Mississippi on behalf of our guests,” Ginny Tzotzolas, Riverwalk Casino General Manager, said. “It speaks volumes about their generosity. People in the area always seem to step up for their community, and this cause is no exception.”

Children’s of Mississippi is the pediatric arm of the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. It includes the state’s only children’s hospital as well as clinics around the state.

“We are so grateful to receive this donation from Riverwalk and their guests,” said Jen Hospodor, director of community partnerships for UMMC.  “We are constantly amazed by the generosity of the people in this area. It is truly inspiring for all of us at Children’s of Mississippi, as well as for our patients and their families.”

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