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Reeves And The Backwater Flood

The victims of the historic flood have been increasingly agitated at what they perceive to be an uncaring government and an uninterested press.

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On April 3, 2019, gubernatorial candidate and Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves sent a letter to the head of the EPA stating we had a flood and we need a solution.

An alligator enjoys the levee during the Historic Backwater Flood.

The victims of the Historic Backwater Flood of 2019 are unimpressed.

One person observed, “He just stated facts, no solutions!!”  Eddie Cook chimed in “Not so fast, I never read where he said he was asking for pumps to be installed.”  Said flood victim Stormy Deere in reference to Reeves letter and his position on the flood:  “What stand?? There’s no stand.”  Deere went on to say “Regardless, he still has not toured’.  She is referring to Reeves not officially touring the devasted area in spite of being a landowner in the affected area.

The victims of the historic flood have been increasingly agitated at what they perceive to be an uncaring government and an uninterested press.  They blame the government for starting a project to alleviate the flooding and then abandoning that project in 2008.  Since 2008 the area has flooded on a regular basis with this years floods being historic.  Pleas to the government for assistance to complete the project have been largely ignored.  The project was halted by the EPA due to environmental concerns including a much-referenced gnat.

The Historic Backwater Flood is still ongoing with no end in sight.  LakeFest 2019 scheduled for May 25th has been canceled due to uncertainties with the flood and safety.  Thousands of people and wildlife have been displaced by the flooding.  A flood of this nature is devasting during the event and will have lingering effects on the economy and environment for several seasons to come.

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Mississippi Lottery adds $8.2 million to state’s coffers in September

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Monday, the Mississippi Lottery Corporation completed its September transfer of $8,201,767.82 in net proceeds to the Lottery Proceeds Fund in the Mississippi State Treasury.

This brings the total transfer for Fiscal Year 2021 to $26,508,657.56.

“Thanks to Mississippians, we continue to raise needed funds for road and bridge repairs throughout the state,” said MLC President Tom Shaheen in a release.

 

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Speculation growing over whether Reeves will reinstate a mask mandate

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As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Mississippi, speculation about whether Gov. Tate Reeves will reinstate a mask mandate has also grown.

Monday, U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson tweeted that the state should reconsider implementing a mandate once again.

After a surge in July and August put the state’s hospitals in danger of being overwhelmed, the governor allowed the statewide mandate to expire Sept. 30 after cases in Mississippi fell throughout most of September. The Magnolia State was the only state to drop its mandate. Cases in Mississippi leveled off toward the end of the month.

Cases began rising again in October. Last week’s seven-day averages reached a high of nearly 800 cases with two days, Thursday and Friday, reporting more than 1,000 cases each. During the same time frame in September, seven-day averages were generally under 500.

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said last week that he expects the governor to announce measures to curb COVID-19 cases, possibly mandating masks on a county-by-county basis instead of statewide. He admitted, though, that he did not know Reeves’ plan of action.

Thursday in a social media post, Reeves said he wanted to be “cautious and limited in using executive action.”

Dobbs has expressed increasing concern over the number of rising cases.

“I do think we are on the front end of something that could be bad,” he said in a Zoom meeting Oct. 12 before the week’s worst numbers came in.

“The last time we saw that was before the summer surge. That doesn’t mean we can’t turn that around. It’s not that hard,” he added.

The governor will hold a live news conference Monday at 2:30 p.m.

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Flaggs looking to extend Vicksburg’s mask mandate again

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Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen. Left to right, South Ward Alderman Alex Monsour, Mayor George Flaggs Jr. and North Ward Alderman Michael Mayfield. (File photo via VTV screen grab)

Mayor George Flaggs Jr. is looking to extend the mask mandate in Vicksburg beyond the current Nov. 2 expiration date.

“We had a spike of 30 cases on Oct. 16,” Flaggs said at Monday’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting. “We need to keep going for at least another month.”

The city’s current civil emergency order related to COVID-19 expires Monday, Nov. 2, and will most likely be extended by the mayor and alderman before then.

Flaggs said Vicksburg is doing what it needs to be doing to keep the COVID-19 numbers low. He also mentioned that there are zero active COVID-19 cases among city employees at this time.

The mayor has also gained support from local judges on his stance against crimes committed with firearms. Last week he sent a letter to all the judges asking them to place ankle monitors on individuals who commit firearm-related crimes and give them a 7 p.m. curfew as a condition of their bonds. The judges agreed to the tougher bond criteria, effective immediately.

“I believe we should stop having curfew for the good guys and start putting the bad guys on curfew,” Flaggs said.

The board also honored Sgt. Bobby Jones, who has been with the Vicksburg Police Department for 20 years.

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