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Natural gas leak near Satartia and Oil City, Mississippi



UPDATE 8:55 p.m.

Authorities have identified the gas as carbon dioxide or CO2. The gas has been shut off, apparently, but it will take a while for the emissions to clear the area.

UPDATE 8:20 p.m.

Warren County Fire Coordinator Gerald Briggs, 911 Director and Northeast Fire Chief Shane Garrard and Culkin Fire Chief Lamar Federick are responding to Yazoo County to assist at the request of Yazoo Emergency Management Director Jack Willingham.

Pafford Ambulance Service has established a decontamination station near Highway 3/433. The Mississippi Highway Patrol notified Merit Health River Region to be on standby for incoming patients as the hospital in Yazoo City is reaching capacity for emergency services. Patients are reporting the loss of consciousness and shortness of breath.

Original story:

Yazoo County Authorities notified Warren County of a toxic chemical release in the Satartia / Oil City area around 7:35 p.m. Saturday.

Mississippi Emergency Management is advising that it is a natural gas leak.

Authorities are asking people to stay out of the State Highway 3 and Highway 433 area until further notice.

This is a developing situation. We will provide further details as they become available.


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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