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Martin Pace recalls the night he played for John Prine

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Photo by Martin Pace

One of America’s greatest songwriters, John Prine, succumbed to the coronavirus Tuesday at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. He was 73.

His family confirmed the passing and that Prine had been in intensive care at the facility for nearly three weeks. His wife and manager, Fiona, announced on March 17 that she had also tested positive for the virus after the couple returned from a European tour.

Prine had a career that spanned almost five decades beginning with his debut album in 1971. During that time, a virtual who’s who of singers and bands covered Prine’s songs. A new generation of fans recently discovered the singer-songwriter’s folksy style.

Prine was honored at the Grammys in January with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Last year he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

As the nation mourns his passing, we cannot help but recall the good memories associated with his music. “Paradise” and “Angel from Montgomery” top the list of Prine favorites for most people, but every fan seems to have their favorite John Prine song.

The Vicksburg Daily News heard a story about Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace meeting John Prine and reached out to the Sheriff for permission to share the memory.

Pace has been known to pick a song or two, and the sheriff can carry a tune, too, as many people found out at last year’s “FloodFest2019” event held in Redwood. Sheriff Pace got up on the stage with William Michael Morgan and sang the old Merle Haggard tune “Mama Tried.”

The sheriff’s grueling schedule doesn’t allow him much free time, but a few months back, he was able to take a weekend off and enjoy some time with lifelong friends in Arkansas. He and his friends had formed a band over the years and were making music in a local spot in the area. As they were playing, Pace noticed that of all people on the planet, who but John Prine was sitting in the back of the room watching them play.

After they finished playing, they approached Prine and even got a photo with him.

“l always treasure the few minutes we spent with him. He was so nice to us and took time to listen to us play some music. It’s a great memory,” recalled Pace.

Arrangements for Prine are pending and will be announced in the coming days.

David Day contributed to this story.

 

 

 

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Vicksburg Firefighters quickly extinguish apartment fire

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Firefighters at the Shadow Cliff Apartment fire. (Photo by Tommy Parker)

Vicksburg firefighters quickly extinguished a stove top fire at the Shadow Cliff Apartments on Alcorn Drive Monday Night.

 

At 10:08 p.m. a fire was reported at the apartments that sit between the New Main apartments and Greater Grove Missionary Church. Alcorn Drive was shut down as firefighters worked to supply water to the fire.

The resident, who is visually impaired, smelled smoke and did exactly what firefighters and Chief Danczyk recommend – if you smell smoke call 911.

The resident had left something on the stove and it burned, creating the smoke.

“I always take fire calls seriously. Several years ago I answered a call where there were children still in a house. I had to put them out of a window then follow them out. This one turned out well in that no one was injured. Don’t hesitate if you think you have a fire. Dial 911 and get out!” explained a passionate Eric Paymon, Adam 3 with the Vicksburg Police Department.

Battalion 1, Platform 1, Ladder 3, Rescue, Fire Medics and numerous Vicksburg police officers including Adam 3, responded to the fire.

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China Grove temporarily closed due to an accident

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The Kia Forte and utility pole. (photo by Tommy Parker)

At 9:06 p.m. Monday night, a call came into the 911 call center of a single vehicle accident at 2060 China Grove Road. The impact took out power to the area and created a hazardous situation with power lines on the ground.

 

The area between Gibson Road and Nine Mile Cutoff will be closed while the wreck is cleaned up.

A utility pole was knocked down by the impact of the vehicle that ended up on its roof. Power to the immediate area is out and there are power lines on the ground. About 10 homes are without power according to Entergy.

The Kia Forte with full air bag deployment with electric wires on it. (Photo by Tommy Parker)

The driver of the grey Kia Forte suffered only minor injuries. He was checked out by first responders and released at the scene.

Daniel Thomas is working the accident for the Warren County Sheriff’s Office being assisted by Deputies Cordell Watkins and Thomas McBride . Responding to the accident were Fire Boss Jerry Briggs, Fisher Ferry Chief Mitch Lange along with Tim Wood and Robin Knighton of the Fisher Ferry fire department who worked the accident scene from Engine 303.

First responders and Warren County Fire Boss Jerry Briggs are requesting you avoid the area until the accident scene is deemed safe.

 

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City says gas smell poses no danger

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Numerous Vicksburg residents have reported a strong odor similar to natural gas in the city.

City officials say the smell is apparently due to a release on the harbor, and that it poses no danger.

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