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Port Gibson will be the site of a new LNG plant, bringing 30k jobs to the area

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A liquefied natural gas tanker in Louisiana. Photo by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Port Gibson is looking at a new natural gas facility in its midst bringing with it some 30,000 jobs.

Hesco Energy is working with community leaders to plan a 6,400-square-foot facility that will take advantage of tax cuts through the federal opportunity zones program initiated in 2017. About 700 jobs will be created for the plant’s construction.

Opportunity zones were designed to spur economic development and job creation in distressed communities. Zones have been identified in 50 states, the District of Columbia and several U.S. territories. Mississippi has 100 zones across the state, including three in Warren County, according to the Opportunity Zones Database.

On Wednesday, Dec. 5, Port Gibson held a community meeting to learn more about the plans, WJTV reported.

“We will first look locally before we look outside of Claiborne County,” Hesco CEO Monte Burton told WJTV. “With that, we’ll have training programs with Alcorn State, also Hinds Community College so that we can really help the people here have the shot at creating these jobs.”

Once completed, the new Hesco plant will open Port Gibson to global trade, as it would ship liquified natural gas worldwide from the new site.

A public/private agreement was signed for the project in April, but a definitive timeline has not been announced. WJTV indicated that the company is about a month away from breaking ground.

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COVID-19 shutters recycling and in-house Midd-West Works programs

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Citing concerns over the safety of their clients, Midd-West Works has closed its recycling program along with its adult day care and in-house work programs until theCOVID-19 pandemic subsides.

Midd-West provides work and care for disabled adults in the Vicksburg and Warren County area.

“With these being disabled individuals, many of these people have compromised immune systems and medical conditions, and the risk is too great,” said Director Kearney Waites. “I have to put their health and safety above everything else.”

Estimates are that many as 60 percent of the recycling centers across the United States may have shut down citing concerns over how long the virus can live on various forms of recyclable materials.

“It will probably be as much as 30 days after we are given the all clear before we allow the program to resume,” Waites said.

Other Midd-West programs continue to function normally around the area. Approximately 45 Midd-West clients perform janitorial services for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District and the Engineer Research and Development Center. Others operate the mail rooms in both facilities. Midd-West clients also provide janitorial and stocking services in many stores around the area.

Waites hears frequently how the disabled workers are some of the company’s most valued employees.

“They have a tendency to work harder and value the opportunity to be self-sufficient more than the average worker,” Waites said.

Waites took over what was then called the Sheltered Acres Program in 1980. At the time, they had four clients and $22,000 in the bank. Through the years and with the addition of various programs, the non-profit organization has grown to generate more than 90% of its operating budget. They also receive some funding from the United Way and additional donations from private sources.

For more information on how disabled individuals can join the program, call them at 601-638-2770 and be sure to visit the Midd-West Facebook page.

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Big Fix spay and neuter clinic shutting down due to COVID-19 concerns

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A low-cost spay and neuter program that serves Warren County is temporarily shutting down due to COVID-19 concerns.

The Big Fix Clinic has been making its way to the area about twice a month, but it has made the difficult decision to close for at least two weeks for the safety of clients and staff.

In an email to supporters, Executive Director Sharon Garner of Mississippi Spay and Neuter said they will reopen “as soon as it is safe to do so.”

“I know that being closed will further exacerbate the problem of pet overpopulation in Mississippi, and our staff will be working hard to catch up when we return,” Garner wrote. “Additionally, I know that the families we serve in the near future will be hurting. Due to the closure of our clinic and thrift store, we will also be hurting.

“It is our goal to ensure that no animal is turned away due to their guardian’s ability to pay for spay and neuter because we know it is essential to ending the suffering, homelessness and euthanasia of animals in our community. We want to keep that promise to our clients and to the cats and dogs of Central Mississippi.”

Garner asked that supporters consider donating to “ensure that we can retain our incredibly hardworking staff, reopen promptly and continue to do what we do best—spay and neuter.

For more information visit the Big Fix website.

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Cannon Toyota welcomes ‘Coach’ Davis to its management team

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Samone “Coach” Davis (Photo by Chris Tankesly)

Samone “Coach” Davis has joined Cannon Motors of Mississippi as manager of Cannon Toyota of Vicksburg.

Davis brings 12 years of auto sales experience to the dealership including 10 in senior management positions around the region, most recently with Sango Buick GMC in Winnsboro, La.

“Coach brings a wealth of experience and an infectious attitude to our team. His reputation of customer care and service is what we strive for in the Cannon family of dealerships.” said Vicksburg Operations Director Billy Crozier.

For his part, Davis is happy to be working in the River City.

“Growing up in Madison Parish, I feel like I have returned home,” Davis said.

“Toyota is a premium automotive brand, and we have a huge inventory,” he added. “Through our Cannon family of stores, we have access to an unrivaled selection of pre-owned vehicles. A lot of people are riding this crisis out at home, so, check us out online at www.CannonToyotaVicksburg.com, or call me at 318-341-4452.

“I invite all my friends to contact me soon and come see why, when the smoke clears, nobody beats a Cannon and Coach Davis deal.”

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