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USACE releases Mississippi River mainline levees Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement

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Friday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released its Draft Supplement II to the 1976 Final Environmental Impact Statement, Mississippi River and Tributaries project, Mississippi River Mainline Levees.

Through evaluation of information and data obtained from levee inspections, seepage analyses, research, studies and engineering assessments, the USACE Memphis, Vicksburg and New Orleans districts have collectively identified 143 additional work items along various reaches of the Mississippi River mainline levees feature of the MR&T project. These items are remedial measures to control seepage and/or raise and stabilize deficient sections of the existing levees and floodwalls to maintain the structural integrity and stability of the mainline levee system.

The 143 work items constitute the proposed action for this Draft SEIS II and are located across portions of seven states: Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana. This document is intended to supplement and, as necessary, augment the 1976 FEIS and 1998 Supplemental EIS (SEIS I) to achieve USACE’s primary goals for the MR&T: providing flood risk reduction from the Project Design Flood; and being an environmentally sustainable project.

The general public, interested parties and stakeholders are invited to comment on the Draft SEIS II. The draft report contains a description of the project, an evaluation of the alternatives under consideration and an analysis of potential environmental impacts. All public comments received will be addressed and considered as part of USACE’s decision-making process.

The Draft SEIS II is available online at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District website at www.mvk.usace.army.mil/MRLSEIS/.

Due to COVID-19, USACE will host virtual public meetings to provide information on the project and to receive verbal public comments; times and meeting details will be provided in subsequent media release and advertisements. USACE will accept written comments through Oct. 13. Comments on the Draft SEIS II should be sent by email to [email protected] or by mail to:

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

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Vicksburg police make a drug bust after brief pursuit

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James Morris (photo courtesy VPD)

Vicksburg police officers arrested a man Tuesday on drug charges after a brief pursuit.

James Morris, 30, of Vicksburg was arrested shortly after 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, on U.S. Highway 80 just outside the city limits. The officers found that Morris was in possession of crack cocaine.

Charged with one count of possession of cocaine, Morris appeared Tuesday before Judge Angela Carpenter in the Vicksburg Municipal Court for his arraignment. Carpenter bound him over to the Warren County grand jury on a $30,000 bond.

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Williams arrested for two separate burglaries at the Vicksburg Mall

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Felix Williams (photo courtesy VPD)

Vicksburg police arrested Felix Williams, 30, of Vicksburg, for two separate burglaries at the Vicksburg Mall.

For a break-in Sunday, Oct. 11, into the mall and Jordan’s, Williams was charged with two counts of business burglary. Williams was also charged with two counts of business burglary and one count of grand larceny for the Oct. 2 burglary at the Sports Addition.

Monday, Oct. 12, Judge Angela Carpenter in the Vicksburg Municipal Court set Williams bond at $400,000 and bound him over to the Warren County grand jury.

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Warren County – Vicksburg Library offering computer use by appointment

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The Warren County – Vicksburg Library at 700 Veto St. has updated its services.

While still limited due to COVID-19 precautions, patrons can now access the following services:

Computer Use

by appointment, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  1. Call 601-636-6411for an appointment
  2. General browsing or computer use time slots are 30 minutes each
  3. Researching local history or genealogy time slots are one hour each
  4. Patrons 2-years-old and up must wear masks covering the mouth and nose
  5. Parents may bring one child, or one baby (carried or in a stroller) and one child
  6. Children 12-years-old and up may book separate appointment with a parent
  7. Patrons will be screened before entering the library

Curbside Service

Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

  1. Call 601-636-6411 or email [email protected]
  2. Provide your name, library card number, cellphone number and up to five items to check out
  3. Library staff will assign a pickup time; please allow at least two hours
  4. Arrive at the appointed time; call the library at 601-636-6411 to announce your arrival
  5. Staff will bring the items to your car; if you’re returning items, hand them to the staff
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