Posts Tagged ‘inspection’

TVA lowering Pickwick reservoir to inspect dam due to earthquake concerns

NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority is lowering the water level at Pickwick Landing Reservoir to test the soundness of the dam there. According to the utility, a recent dam inspection showed the possibility that an earthen portion of the dam could be damaged by a large earthquake. The reservoir is located about 120 […] [...]

Deadline approaching to meet new elevator/escalator inspection law

JACKSON — The Mississippi Insurance Department is reminding Mississippians that the deadline for building owners and managers to have their elevators and escalators inspected under a new Mississippi law is rapidly approaching. House Bill 817, which became effective July 1, 2013, requires a safety inspection by a certified elevator/escalator inspector licensed by the state of […] [...]

State’s congressional delegation all vote for Farm Bill

WASHINGTON — All four of Mississippi’s U.S. House members voted for a farm bill yesterday, saying it’s not perfect but it’s a good compromise to keep agriculture and nutrition programs running for the next five years. The bill passed the House with bipartisan support and moves to the Senate, where Mississippi’s Thad Cochran was one […] [...]

New regulation in place, city’s taxis must be inspected

VICKSBURG — Vicksburg’s three cab companies must have their vehicles inspected this month as part of new city regulations. The Vicksburg Post reports the city’s Public Transportation Board approved the new rules about two months ago. The grace period ended Tuesday. The cabs must be inspected at city’s Vehicle Maintenance Department. The board approved 20 […] [...]

Catfish farmers challenged by markets lost to imports

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Catfish farmers continue to address production challenges as the industry works to reclaim markets lost to imported fish. Jeremy Robbins, vice president of The Catfish Institute based in Jackson, said farmers have struggled in recent years with high feed prices, their No. 1 expense, while dealing with increased competition from imports. “There […] [...]

Catfish group ‘stunned’ by report from GAO, White House

INDIANOLA — Catfish Farmers of America (CFA) are disputing a recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Obama Administration that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) catfish inspections are a “duplicative program” and should be eliminated. “Catfish Farmers of America is stunned by the misinformation recently distributed by the GAO and White House […] [...]

Officials pondering new proposal for rental properties

MCCOMB — McComb officials are considering a proposal to require rental property owners to obtain a privilege license and have their properties inspected annually. The Enterprise-Journal reports urban planner Laurence Leyens told the board of selectmen that people make a living from rental properties and it should be treated like any other business. Leyens says […] [...]

Towboat company paying for post-accident bridge inspection

VICKSBURG — A towboat company that owns the barges that struck a Mississippi River bridge in Vicksburg will be billed $2,200 for the span’s post-accident inspection. A two-barge tow pushed by the towboat Natures Way Endeavor, based in Theodore, Ala., struck the bridge at about 1 a.m. Jan. 27, causing one of the barges to […] [...]

OSHA fines contractor $117K for alleged trenching violations

BATESVILLE — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Brocato Construction Inc. of Batesville with two willful and one serious safety violation following an inspection of two trenches where workers were relocating gas and water lines along state Highway 305 in Olive Branch. OSHA reports it opened its inspection as […] [...]

MDAC checking hay headed to Midwest for fire ants

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce’s (MDAC) Bureau of Plant Industry is providing assistance to Mississippi hay producers that are transporting baled hay into areas that do not have established populations of fire ants. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a fire ant quarantine in place that restricts the movement […] [...]

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