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Reeves announces Mississippi schools will stay closed for the rest of the school year

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Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves at a press conference earlier this year. (photo via video screen grab)

Moments ago, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves announced in his afternoon press conference that school buildings will remain closed for the remainder of this semester.

“This does not mean schools are closed,” Reeves said. “I am asking school districts to submit plans for ongoing distance learning. We will look at plans for the summer and this fall as we move forward.”

Reeves also announced the formation of a “Re-Start Mississippi” committee to see how to assist businesses large and small in re-integration back into business as the crisis subsides. The committee will be chaired by Joe Sanderson of Sanderson Farms.

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Four Vicksburg natives create an app to help noncustodial parents

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In 2017, Vicksburg natives and childhood friends Jerome Bracy, Reginald Wheatley, Von Mixon Jr. and Maurice Mixon started a tech company called 1 Studio Incorporated.

The company’s biggest project to date is an app for noncustodial parents called ChildsBest.  The four men have worked hard to provide help and resources for parents with the app, which will soon be introduced for beta testing.

The app has three ‘steps’ to help noncustodial parents track and store important documents, find legal resources and prepare for future.

The first step, Organize, allows parents to create a profile for each child.  The profile provides a place to track purchases, log text messages, store court documents and more. The app logs each entry with a time stamp to help the parent keep up with the date purchases and events.

The second step, Resources, contains a family attorney database where users can search for attorneys by city and state. “I did the research on each attorney,” Bracey said. “We also partnered with Vicksburg attorney Chris Greene.”

The third step, Building, provides financial resources such as health and life insurance and bank cards to manage their kid’s spending. The app recommends services and practices that help noncustodial parents plan for the future and ensure their children set up for success.

“The whole point of the app is to help bring noncustodial parents back into the home,” Bracey said.

To learn more about ChildsBest, you can email [email protected] or visit their Instagram page.

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Mechanical failure leads to 18-wheeler fire and bridge closure

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Photo courtesy of Delta Marshals Office

Just after 3:30 p.m. Sunday, reports began to come in of an 18-wheeler on fire on the Louisiana side of the Mississippi river bridge in the eastbound lanes.

According to Delta Deputy Marshal Sam Kennedy, the driver experienced a mechanical issue with his brakes and used the construction barrier as a mechanism to bring the truck to a stop. This ignited a fire which engulfed the truck and part of the trailer.

The driver managed to escape uninjured.

Delta, Mound and Tallulah Fire Departments responded to the incident. Traffic is currently stopped in both directions as the wreckage is in both lanes on the superstructure of the bridge.

Photo courtesy of Delta Marshals Office

There is currently no timetable on reopening the bridge. A wrecker has been summoned to remove the truck.

The Vicksburg Daily News will provide more information as it becomes available.

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18-wheeler fire halts traffic on I-20 bridge

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Photo courtesy of the Delta Marshals Office

An 18-wheeler caught fire traveling eastbound on the Louisiana side of the Interstate-20 bridge.

Officials will have to close both eastbound and westbound lanes to extinguish the flames and clear the roadway.

It is unknown that this time if anyone was injured.

The Vicksburg Daily News will continue to provide updates as the situation develops.

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