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As you head out to the polls Tuesday, we want to know if you run into any problems.

Is the line and wait long? Did the precinct not open on time or is it closing early? Did the precinct run out of ballots or did your machine not work properly? Are you being intimidated from voting?

If you run into problems, please let us know the precinct and the nature of the problem, and we will pass the information on to readers and, if appropriate, the authorities.

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Corps to hold virtual public meeting on Yazoo Pumps Project

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District will hold a virtual public meeting for the Yazoo Area Pump Project Nov. 10 at 6 p.m.

The meeting will be streamed live on the USACE Vicksburg District’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VicksburgUSACE/. Individuals must log in to their Facebook account to comment on the livestream. No Facebook account is required to view the livestream. A recording of the meeting will be available on the USACE Vicksburg District’s Facebook page immediately following the event.

The public, interested parties, and stakeholders are invited to comment on the Draft Supplement No. 2 to the 1982 Yazoo Area Pump Project Final Environmental Impact Statement. The Draft Supplement No. 2 contains a description of the project, an updated recommended plan, and an analysis of potential environmental impacts. All public comments received will be considered as part of USACE’s decision-making process.

The full project report, including the recently released Draft Supplement No. 2, is available on the USACE website.

The USACE Vicksburg District will continue to accept comments about the Draft Supplement No. 2 through Nov. 30 via email at [email protected], by voicemail or text message to 601-392-2237, or by mail at the following address:

District Engineer
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Vicksburg District
4155 Clay Street
Vicksburg, MS 39183-3435

For more information about the public meeting, please contact the USACE Vicksburg District’s public affairs office at 601-631-5818 or email [email protected].

The Yazoo Basin, Yazoo Backwater, Mississippi, Project, of which the pump project is a part, was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1941. The project’s other features, including the Yazoo Backwater Levee, a 15-mile-long connecting channel and the Steele Bayou, Little Sunflower and Muddy Bayou control structures, were completed in the 1960s and 1970s. The pump project is the only feature that remains unconstructed, and the Yazoo Backwater Area is the only major backwater area on the main stem of the Mississippi River and Tributaries Project without a pump.

The Yazoo Backwater Area flooded nine out of the past 10 years. The historic flood of 2019 resulted in two attributed deaths, hundreds of millions of dollars in damage, flooded over 600 homes, and adversely affected the aquatic and terrestrial environment. Recent research demonstrates that flooding plays a smaller role in wetland hydrodynamics in the Yazoo Backwater Area than previously understood and that precipitation is the dominant driver of wetland hydrology in the area. The proposed plan addressed in this revised document is the remaining flood damage reduction features of the Yazoo Basin, Yazoo Backwater, Mississippi, which includes both structural and nonstructural components. Additionally, part of the mitigation plan includes the installation of low flow groundwater wells that will add pumped water into interior streams in the Upper Mississippi Delta to improve environmental flows to sustain aquatics, fisheries, and mussels during the low flow season in the fall.

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Election Day reminders from the MS secretary of state

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Polls for the 2020 General Election open at 7 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 3, and close at 7 p.m. Any voter in line at 7 p.m. is entitled to cast a ballot. The 2020 General Election ballot features races for United States President, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, and Mississippi Supreme Court Justices along with possible local races. Mississippians will also have the opportunity to vote on three statewide ballot measures: Initiative 65 and Alternative Measure 65A, House Concurrent Resolution 47, and the State Flag Referendum.

Our office will have observers in precincts across the state. Problems at the polls observed by state observers or otherwise reported to the Elections Division will be referred to the authorities, including the Attorney General’s Office or appropriate District Attorney’s Office. The Secretary of State’s Office has no enforcement authority to resolve problems.

Election Day Reminders

  • Mail-In Absentee Voting Deadline: All mail-in absentee ballots must be postmarked by Election Day (Nov. 3) and received within five business days of Election Day to count.
  • Polling Place Location: Please contact your county Circuit Clerk’s Office or local election commissioners for updates regarding your polling place. Several counties have changed polling places since the 2020 Primary Election.
  • Voter Photo ID: Voters are required to show photo identification at the polls. A voter without an acceptable form of photo identification is entitled to cast an affidavit ballot. An affidavit ballot may be counted if the voter provides an acceptable form of photo identification to the Circuit Clerk’s Office within five business days after the election. Click here for more information.
  • Campaigning: It is unlawful to campaign for any candidate or ballot measure within 150 feet of any entrance to a polling place, unless on private property.
  • Loitering: The polling places should be clear for 30 feet from every entrance of all people except elections officials, voters waiting to vote or authorized poll watchers.
  • Camera Phones: Voters are prohibited from taking pictures of their marked ballot.
  • COVID-19: Our office supplied every county with COVID-19 safety supplies and personal protective equipment for poll managers. County officials have been instructed to sanitize and disinfect high-touch areas at each precinct. Voters are encouraged to practice good hygiene and follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines at the polls.
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Tammy Anderson receives Nursing Excellence Award

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Tammy Anderson (photo courtesy Merit Health River Region)

Merit Health River Region announced Monday that Tammy Anderson, RN, wound care and employee health nurse, has been selected to receive its Nursing Excellence Award.

This peer-nominated award, created in honor of 2020 being the “Year of the Nurse,” and in recognition of the critical role nurses have played in treating patients throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, was open to qualifying RNs and LPNs working in a direct patient care position who consistently demonstrate characteristics synonymous with nursing excellence.

Tammy was chosen for her outstanding contributions in the areas of wound treatment and care of patients, as well as for her dedication and commitment to compassionate care of our employees, especially during these challenging times with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Merit Health River Region is fortunate to have many outstanding nurses like Tammy among its ranks. Nurses who deliver exemplary care, compassion and service, who understand the importance of teamwork and mentoring others, who can lead in times of crises, and who are true champions of promoting health care in our community,” said Ben Richaud, CEO of Merit Health River Region. “With so much focus this year on the selfless efforts of front-line heroes like Tammy, we are pleased to acknowledge the important contributions our nursing professionals.”

Tammy joined Merit Health River Region in April 2012 and since that time has held positions as risk management manager, employee health nurse and wound care nurse.

In addition to receiving the Nursing Excellence Award itself, Tammy received a cash prize and a quintessential book on nursing written by Florence Nightingale in 1859, which remains relevant to today’s modern nursing attitudes and skills.

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