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1483 Martin Luther, German Protestant reformer (d. 1546) 1871 Winston Churchill, American novelist (d. 1947) 1878 Cy Morgan, American baseball player (d. 1962) 1879 Vachel Lindsay, American poet (d. 1931) 1880 Jacob Epstein, American sculptor (d. 1959) 1891 Carl Stalling, American film composer (d. 1972) 1893 John P. Marquand, American writer (d. 1960) 1895 John Knudsen Northrop, American airplane manufacturer (d. 1981) 1896 Jimmy Dykes, American baseball player and manager (d. 1976) 1907 Jane Froman, American actor and singer (d. 1980) 1909 Johnny Marks, American songwriter (d. 1985) 1912 Birdie Tebbetts, American baseball player and manager (d. 1999) 1916 Billy May, American composer, arranger and bandleader (d. 2004) 1919 George Fenneman, American radio and television announcer (d. 1997) 1919 Michael Strank, American flag raiser on Iwo Jima (d. 1945) 1920 Jennifer Holt, American actress (d. 1997) 1923 Hachiko, world famous dog (d. 1935) 1924 Russell Johnson, American actor (Gilligan’s Island) 1929 Marilyn Bergman, American composer and songwriter 1932 Roy Scheider, American actor (d. 2008) 1933 Ronald Evans, American astronaut (d. 1990) 1937 Albert Hall, American actor 1939 Russell Means, Native American activist 1941 John Geoghegan, American soldier and Silver Star recipient (d. 1965) 1942 Robert F. Engle, American economist, Nobel laureate 1945 Donna Fargo, American singer 1947 Glen Buxton, American musician (Alice Cooper) (d. 1997) 1947 Dave Loggins, American songwriter and singer 1948 Aaron Brown, American broadcast journalist 1948 Hugh Moffatt, American songwriter 1948 Vincent Schiavelli, American actor (d. 2005) 1949 Ann Reinking, American dancer 1950 Debra Hill, American screenwriter and film producer (d. 2005) 1950 Bob Orton, Jr., American wrestler 1950 Jack Scalia, American actor 1952 Gerry DiNardo, American football coach 1954 Bob Stanley, American baseball player 1955 James Chapman, American novelist 1955 Jack Clark, American baseball player 1956 Sinbad, American actor 1958 Stephen Herek, American film director 1958 George Lowe, American voice actor 1958 Brooks Williams, American musician 1959 Linda Cohn, American sports reporter 1959 Mackenzie Phillips, American actress 1959 Mike McCarthy, American football coach 1960 Dan Hawkins, American college football coach 1964 Kenny Rogers, American baseball player 1965 Jamie Dixon, American basketball coach 1966 Bill DeMott, American wrestler 1967 Michael Jai White, American actor 1968 Tracy Morgan, American actor/comedian 1969 Ellen Pompeo, American actress 1970 Warren G, American rapper 1970 Vince Vieluf, American actor 1971 Walton Goggins, American actor 1972 DJ Ashba, American musician (Guns N’ Roses) 1972 Isaac Bruce, American football player 1972 Shawn Green, American baseball player 1977 Brittany Murphy, American actress (d. 2009) 1978 Eve, American rapper 1980 Troy Bell, American basketball player 1980 Donté Stallworth, American football player 1981 Jason L. Dunham, American Medal of Honor recipient (d. 2004) 1982 Heather Matarazzo, American actress 1983 Miranda Lambert, American singer 1983 Craig Smith, American basketball player 1984 Kendrick Perkins,Texanian basketball player 1985 Giovonnie Samuels, American television actress 1986 Josh Peck, American actor 1987 Charles Hamilton, American hip-hop artist 2000 Mackenzie Foy, American actress and model]]]]> ]]>

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Southwest returning to Jackson airport in 2021

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Southwest Airlines will be returning to the Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport after more than six years.

The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority announced Thursday that Southwest intends to restore its legendary service to Jackson in 2021. The airline previously served JAN from 1997 until 2014.

Southwest Airlines is the largest domestic carrier with an impressive international route network as well.

“It’s great news for our city and great news for travelers throughout the region who have been missing access to Southwest’s accessible flights and low fares,” said Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba in a statement. “I want to applaud the JMAA Board of Commissioners and CEO for their hard work and vision. JAN has become a strong regional competitor and Southwest’s return is the most recent evidence of their efforts.”

“The JMAA is thrilled to welcome back Southwest Airlines,” said JMAA Board Chairman Robert E. Martin, “and I feel sure that the citizens of Jackson and central Mississippi will find this news very exciting. As U.S. travel recovers in 2021, we look forward to hosting more and more passengers at JAN.”

More details regarding startup dates, fares and routes will be released as they become available.

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Corps recommends finishing the Yazoo Pumps in its newest report

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Eagle Lake Shore Road before and after the 2019 flooding. Finishing the Yazoo Pumps would prevent flooding in the overwhelming majority of homes in the Yazoo Backwater.

A version of this article first appeared on the Finish the Pumps blog authored by Ann Dahl. It is reprinted here with permission.

The long awaited Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement to the Yazoo Area Pump Project was released Friday, and as expected, it recommends completion of the project and the pumps.

The advantage of this study over the original EIS is that it is based on hard facts and scientific evaluation gathered over the past 13 years of the actual damage that continued backwater flooding is doing to the environment and the wildlife in the study area. It also includes 13 years’ worth of wetland studies that support the more stable and beneficial environment the pumps will provide. It does not rely on conjecture, outlandish assumptions and scare tactics that the pump opponents continue to tout.

For those of you that want to read all 92 pages of the SEIS, you can find it here: Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. The entire report, including supporting appendixes, can be found on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website.

For those of you that have trouble digesting government documents, engineering data and studies, here are the highlights in laymen’s terms:

Environmental enhancements and improvements

One of the biggest changes to the project is moving the pump location from the Steele Bayou site, 6 miles northeast to the Deer Creek site. This move will allow the backwater to be pumped from the larger Sunflower Basin, which is 82% of the total Yazoo Basin, before it inundates the smaller Steel Bayou Basin, thereby slightly reducing flood levels.

The second big change is the inclusion of 34 Supplemental Low Flow Groundwater Wells. These wells will be located on the west side of the main Mississippi River Levee from Clarksdale to Greenville. They will pump water into Delta streams during low-water season in the fall to provide critical habitat for fisheries, aquatics and freshwater mussels. This water will also help recharge the ground water aquifer.

Other environmental enhancements to the project include a net gain in all environmental resource categories (wetlands, terrestrial, aquatic and waterfowl). The proposed pumps will be fueled by natural gas instead of diesel, greatly reducing their carbon footprint. And finally, removing significant acreage from future flooding will provide critical habitat for wildlife.

Structural component (pumps) enhancements and improvements 

As with the original pump design, the pumps would have a capacity of 14,000 cfs and would only be operated when the backwater levels exceed 87 feet. Having the pumps in operation will reduce the Base Flood Elevation from 100.3 feet to 95.2 feet. This will remove most homes in the area from the BFE and significantly reduce flood insurance premiums, and no highways would be flooded. This 5 foot reduction of the BFE will also prevent potential flooding on more than 100,000 acres of farm land.

Mitigation and reforestation enhancements and improvements

The new project includes the offer of a reforestation easement on 2,700 acres of farmland below 87’, as well as the compensatory mitigation acquisition of an additional 2,405 acres of low-lying farmland for conversion to forestation. The new plan also includes a Monitoring and Adaptive Management Plan to ensure the project meets environmental, social and economic goals.

The continued flooding over the last 10 years — and especially the unprecedented flood of 2019 — clearly have demonstrated the dire need to finally complete this project. There is no price that can be put on the loss of wildlife and their habitat or the damage already done to the environment, but 2019’s agricultural losses alone are expected to exceed $800 million. For those of you who don’t think that flooding in rural Mississippi affects you, consider that it is your tax dollars at work unnecessarily.

The release of the SEIS opens a new 45-day comment session. Submit your comments by using the direct submission form on Finish the Pumps homepage. As with the previous comment sessions, personal comments reflecting your experiences are the most meaningful.

You can also email comments to [email protected] or maicl them to the following address:

District Engineer
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Vicksburg District
4155 Clay Street
Vicksburg, MS 39138-3435

Comments from within Mississippi as well outside of the state are needed, so please share this message and encourage your family and friends to submit comments. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 20, 2020.

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Mississippi Rental Assistance grant applications being accepted

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Applications for the Mississippi Rental Assistance Grant Program are being accepted by the Mississippi Development Authority as of Thursday.

The program is designed for landlords with tenants who have fallen behind on rent due to COVID-19. The program will cover rent going back to March for tenants who have been unable to pay because they lost their job or have reduced income due to COVID-19.

Landlords are eligible for up to $30,000 and must credit grant funds to their tenants’ past due rents. Renters cannot apply directly for this program and should contact their landlords about applying on their behalf. Both small and large landlords can apply for the program.

Landlords should visit www.mississippi.org/mrap to learn more about the program and apply. The application deadline is Nov. 15.

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