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Jones promoted to deputy chief, creating a new Vicksburg Police Department leadership team

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The Vicksburg Police Department leadership team, from left to right: Dept. Chief of Administration Eric Paymon, Police Chief Milton Moore, Dept. Chief of Patrol Penny Jones and Dept. Chief of Operations Bobby Stewart.

Yesterday, Nov. 4, Capt. Penny Jones was promoted to the new position of deputy chief of patrol for the Vicksburg Police Department.

Mayor George Flaggs Jr. swore in Jones, and her fellow leaders in the department provided Jones with the insignia of her new position.

Flaggs created the position as part of a plan to reorganize the department to achieve greater accountability and clarify lines of communication. He announced the plan Oct. 23 and the Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved it Oct. 25.

“The goal is to increase crime prevention and reduce crime while making the Vicksburg Police Department more accessible to the public,” Flaggs said when he announced the reorganization.

The two existing deputy chiefs remain in their positions. Bobby Stewart leads operations for the department, and Eric Paymon heads up administration. All three deputy chiefs report to Police Chief Milton Moore.

The reorganized Vicksburg Police Department structure.

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Single vehicle crash sends local man to hospital

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Photo by Thomas Parker

A local man was injured after crashing into a pole Sunday morning.

Vicksburg EMS/Fire and Police were dispatched to a single vehicle crash on Mission 66 near its intersection with Military Avenue at around 7:30 Sunday morning.

The vehicle left the roadway striking a utility pole.

The driver was transported by Vicksburg Fire Medic 40 to UMMC for treatment.  His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The investigation into this accident is ongoing.

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Fire at Cato Fashions Saturday evening

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(photo by Thomas Parker)

Vicksburg firefighters were called to a fire at Cato Fashions, 2184 Iowa Blvd., Saturday around 6:30 p.m. near the Walmart Supercenter.

Firefighter checks the HVAC vents. (photo by Thomas Parker)

First reports say smoke could be seen coming from the vents, and firefighters are checking the HVAC system for problems. The situation seems well under control.

The store has been evacuated as are staff and customers in nearby stores. There are no reports of injuries.

Numerous Vicksburg fire and police units have responded including Engines 7 and 8, Ladder 15, Rescue, Fire Medic 80 and Battalion 1 (Tim Love).

The Vicksburg Daily News will provide updates as we receive them.

See our live, on-the-scene report on our Facebook page.

 

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Mississippi native elected as Harvard student body president

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(photo courtesy Noah Harris)

A Mississippi high school graduate has been elected as Harvard University’s student body president.

Noah Harris, a 2018 graduate of Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, is the first African American to serve in the role at prestigious Harvard University in Massachusetts.

“I’m really grateful that the student body is entrusting me with such a historic and unprecedented moment,” Harris told WDAM. “To make the right moves and to really bring their voices to the forefront. I just never expected that I would be in a position to run for this.”

Harris is a junior and a political science major at Harvard. He served as treasurer on the finance committee in his first two years. His vice president and running mate is neuroscience major Jenny Gan. Both plan on making a difference at the university.

Harris and Gan will be sworn in Dec. 6.

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