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Mayor Flaggs adopts governor’s Safer at Home provisions, reschedules news conference

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Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. at March 16 Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting. (Photo by Thomas Parker)

Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. has canceled the previously scheduled news conference set for 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, to discuss ongoing COVID-19 prevention efforts in Vicksburg. Instead, he will adopt Gov. Tate Reeves’ safer at home executive order announced on Friday.

“I am extending Vicksburg’s Civil Emergency Order to May 11 and will add the provision from the governor’s order regarding retail stores limiting the number of customers in their stores at one time to no greater than 50% of the store’s capacity,” Flaggs said in a statement.

“At this time, the governor’s order does not give mayors the authority to reopen any additional businesses. I’m continuing to encourage everyone to wear masks or face coverings, practice social distancing and use proper hand hygiene.

At 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, Flaggs will hold a Facebook live question and answer session in the Robert M. Walker Building Annex Board Room (1415 Walnut St.) regarding Vicksburg’s continued COVID-19 response.

The question and answer session will be streamed live on Facebook by the Vicksburg Daily News.

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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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(Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay)

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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