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Mississippi to receive $16.6 million to repair roads and bridges damaged in last year’s floods



Mississippi roads flooded during 2019.

Mississippi is slated to receive a total of $16,584,320 in emergency relief funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration.

According to a USDOT press release, $10,262,491 will be allocated for February 2019 flood-related damage and $5,671,829 allocated for Dec. 27, 2018 flood-related damage. Another $650,000 will be allocated to Mississippi federal lands for the February through April 2019 rains.

The funds are part of $653.2 million in emergency relief going to make repairs to roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods, mudslides and other unexpected events. Funds are going to 37 states, as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced today.

“This $653 million in federal funding will help communities repair their transportation infrastructure damaged by recent natural disasters,” Chao said in the release.

“These (emergency relief) funds will go a long way in restoring the state’s damaged roads and bridges following several severe weather outbreaks last year,” said Melinda McGrath, Mississippi Department of Transportation executive director. “We are grateful for the federal assistance and look forward to facilitating these repairs as quickly as possible.”


Single vehicle crash sends local man to hospital



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



(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



(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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