Posts Tagged ‘DeSoto County’

Emergency workers’ new hydraulic tools allow faster rescues

OLIVE BRANCH —  New hydraulic rescue tools will let crews extract people from smashed cars much faster, says Olive Branch Fire Capt. Dave Taylor. “They could probably do an extraction in half the time now,” he told The Memphis Commercial Appeal. Crews are training with the new tools, which Deputy Chief Ken Givens said are […] [...]

DeSoto coroner, tax collector to seek new terms

HERNANDO — Two of DeSoto county’s longest-serving officials, Coroner Jeff Pounders and Tax Collector Joey Treadway, say they are running again in 2015. “I’m going to go for it one more time,” said Pounders, 60, about seeking a ninth term. He was elected in 1987 and re-elected six times. The Commercial Appeal reports that the qualifying deadline […] [...]

DeSoto County Supervisor Lee dies in ATV accident on his birthday

HERNANDO — DeSoto County Supervisor Harvey Wayne Lee has died in an all-terrain vehicle accident south of Hernando, Mississippi. County Coroner Jeff Pounders said the accident occurred last night on a county road. Pounders said the 54-year-old Lee was transported the emergency room at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto, where he died. Sheriff’s Department spokesman Dick Hackett […] [...]

SBA approves Bryant’s request for assistance to DeSoto County after flood

DESOTO COUNTY — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved Gov. Phil Bryant’s request for disaster assistance in DeSoto County. Residents, businesses and non-profit organizations affected by severe storms and flooding that occurred on Sept. 11 are eligible to apply for low-interest loans for recovery. The declaration covers DeSoto County and the adjacent counties […] [...]

MEMA gives update on flood recovery efforts in DeSoto County

DESOTO COUNTY — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is working with local officials and residents in DeSoto County to assist those affected by last Thursday‘s flooding. At Gov. Phil Bryant’s request, the U.S. Small Business Administration had damage assessment teams in the county yesterday. The assessments will determine if assistance will be available from the […] [...]

MDOT: Work on I-269 is on schedule, several phases at halfway point

NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department says construction continues on schedule for the I-269 project in North Mississippi. All phases of the project are under construction with several more than halfway complete. Contractors continue earthwork and bridge construction, while paving operations on one section of the project, from SR 302 to the Tennessee state line […] [...]

Governor declares state of emergency in DeSoto County folllowing heavy rains

DESOTO COUNTY — Parts of DeSoto County are drying out after storms brought heavy rain and some flooding to parts of the county. Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency yesterday after severe storms pounded the northern part of the state and Tennessee. The DeSoto County Emergency Management officials said homes and roads were […] [...]

County continues to see rise in building permits

DESOTO COUNTY — Homebuilding activity continues to rebound in DeSoto County. The Commercial Appeal reports 334 single-family building permits have been issued through April, putting the county on track to exceed 2013’s total of 851. County planning officials presented the numbers last week to the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors, saying they show an ongoing […] [...]

Bill introduced requiring EPA to analyze economic impact of Clean Air Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss) are cosponsoring legislation that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from finalizing any major Clean Air Act regulation without considering its economic impact. The EPA Employment Impact Analysis Act (S.2161) was introduced by Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.). It would force the EPA to […] [...]

County to pick up tab for bridge replacement

HERNANDO — DeSoto County is spending $416,365 to replace an aging wood-supported bridge over Cowpen Creek near Horn Lake Elementary School. Officials said the bridge is of the few remaining timber-piling bridges left in the county. Consulting engineer Tracy Huffman of the Hernando-based Waggoner firm said replacing it with a span with a double-cell concrete […] [...]

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