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Mississippi River bridge to be named for towboat pioneer

Drought River ShippingGREENVILLE — The U.S. Highway 82 bridge over the Mississippi River at Greenville will be named for towboat industry pioneer Jesse Brent.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Oct. 15 by the base of bridge in Harlow’s Event Center.

Brent founded Greenville Towing Company in 1956. He served as its chairman until his death in 1982.

Brent was also a founder and board chairman of the American Waterways Operators and was on the board of the National Waterways Conference.

The new U.S. 82 Bridge opened in 2010. It replaced the old Benjamin G. Humphreys Bridge, which sustained more barge collisions than any other bridge on the Mississippi River.

 

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