Saturday, February 24, 2018
Washington DC 2014Mayor George Flaggs, Jr. joined more than 60 other Mississippi River Mayors who have united to form the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative, a coalition that represents all 10 states bordering the river. In their policy platform, the mayors outlined the need to address everything from river navigation to environmental issues, the creation of a National Drought Council to funding the existing Pre-Disaster Mitigation program. The group wants federal resources to focus on improving the locks and dams, improving water quality and fighting the aquatic invasive species that threaten the river.

The scholarship competition is open to any high school senior in Mississippi who plans to att end an accredited community college, college or university in Mississippi.

The $2,000 MML General Scholarship is open to all high school seniors and is co-sponsored by Mississippi Power Company. It is open to children or grandchildren of employees and elected officials of Mississippi municipalities and to high school seniors working part-time for a member municipality of the Mississippi Municipal League and is co-sponsored by Phelps Dunbar.

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harris charlesFire Lieutenant Charles Harris was recently honored by the Vicksburg Homecoming Benevolent Club as Firefighter of the Year. He began his firefighting career with the Vicksburg Fire Department almost 22 years ago, in March 1992. He attained Emergency Medical Technician certification through training at Hinds Community College. Lieutenant Harris has attended numerous courses at the Mississippi Fire Academy including Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighter, Rope Rescue I and II, Confined Space training, and Hazardous Materials training.

Lieutenant Harris is a member of Cedar Grove M.B. Church and is a graduate of Warren Central High School. He is married to Etta C. Harris, and they have one daughter, one grandson, a goddaughter, a god granddaughter, and a god grandson.

warningThe Vicksburg Water department has announced that they will be closing Cherry Street from South Street to Belmont Street for through traffic on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, beginning at 8:00 a.m. Because of water line construction, the street will remain closed for most of the day.
Thompson flag_800x600South Ward Alderman, Willis Thompson, has been appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2014 Council on Youth, Education and Families. This council (YEF Council) guides and oversees the YEF Institute's work. The membership of this Council, unlike any other NLC committee or council, is composed of not only local elected officials, but also youth members and representatives from major national organizations concerned about children and families. The appointment was announced by NLC President Chris Coleman, Mayor, St. Paul, Minnesota. 

"It is very important that we work to create opportunities for our youth. Being a part of this committee will connect us to resources and ideas that may be beneficial to this community. Building a stable, educated, and progressive workforce for tomorrow is essential if Vicksburg plans to be competitive in the future." said Alderman Thompson.

Loft Tours of VicksburgVicksburg Main Street will host the Lofts of Vicksburg, a fundraiser showcasing the residential side of Vicksburg's historic downtown, March 29th from 2 to 7 p.m. The event will feature a tour of about a dozen living spaces, including newly renovated luxury lofts and apartments.

The Lofts at First National, The Aeolian Senior Apartments and The Warehouse, all new additions to Vicksburg's bustling downtown residential landscape, will be included on the tour. The Lofts of Vicksburg will offer sneak peeks at these new additions to the highly touted historic district.

AmericaSavesWeek1At a recent Board meeting, North Ward Alderman, Michael Mayfield, proclaimed the week of February 24 through March 1, 2014 as America Saves Week in Vicksburg. America Saves encourages all Americans to pledge to start or increase a savings fund for emergencies, for retirement, or other goals and take positive wealth building actions during America Saves Week and to sustain that savings during the entire year.

wifi2The free Wi-Fi service operated by the City of Vicksburg, and serving users in the 1100 through 1600 blocks of Washington Street has been redesigned and refurbished. New equipment was installed in late 2013 after several months of planning and testing. While the downtown Wi-Fi is designed to cover only the outdoor areas, it hosted over 250 users who accessed 45 Gigabytes of information during the month of February.

warningDue to repairs to an eight inch water line, South Frontage Road from Porters Chapel to Highland Drive is closed.
ems paperlessVicksburg, Mississippi – Today it was announced by South Ward Alderman Willis Thompson that Emergency Medical Service in the Vicksburg Fire Department has been upgraded and enhanced to more effectively meet the growing needs of local residents. EMS staff will be able to instantly transmit patient care information to the State EMS office and hospitals in an efficient and timely manner. River Region Medical Center expressed interest in the system to help with their chest pain accreditation. The University Medical Center ER Director will use the system for their stroke and chest pain center.

The system consists of a toughbook laptop, document scanner and Wi-Fi hotspot on each of the ambulances. The laptops are capable of linking to the state's system through the use of a permanently mounted Wi-Fi hotspot. The patient reports are transmitted wirelessly to the state and the hospital.

AllAmericanCheckAll American Check Cashing made a donation to Independent Professional Tutor Mr. Tillman Whitley's local reading program for kids attending the Vicksburg Warren School District.

"The donation today from All American will provide us with additional resources to teach our kids the importance of reading." said George Flaggs, Mayor of Vicksburg. "The funding will help give the extra support to children that they have never had it before."
Mayor George Flaggs Speaks at the River Region groundbreakingMayor George Flaggs spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony for River Region Hospital's new 63,000 square-foot Medical Clinic building. The clinic will be built adjacent to the medical center on Highway 61 by-pass. Construction is set to begin March 1, 2014, and should be completed by May 2015. Lt. Governor, Tate Reeves, State Senator Briggs Hopson III, Mayor George Flaggs Jr., Representative Oscar Denton, Representative Alex Monsour, Supervisor Bill Lauderdale, and River Region Hospital officials participated in the ceremony.
DC2Mayor George Flaggs led a group of Vicksburg and Warren County officials on a trip to Washington DC to meet with Mississippi's congressional representatives. Topics discussed during the meetings were funding for economic development projects for the City of Vicksburg, expansion of the Port of Vicksburg and an overhaul of the local education system. A total of seventeen local leaders and residents made the trip. "I thought it was a very productive trip and we got a renewed interest in Vicksburg and Warren County. They were glad to see a unified front." Flaggs said.


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