Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi River’

Great River Road celebration set for 75th anniversary

ST. LOUIS — The Great River Road, a 3,000-mile stretch of highway along the Mississippi River from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, is turning 75. The Mississippi River Parkway Commission is gathering tomorrow in St. Louis to celebrate the milestone. A ceremony on the significance, economic and tourism impact of the road is planned […] [...]

Commission votes to retain Louisiana firm for bridge inspections

VICKSBURG — A Louisiana company will continue to do annual inspections of the old U.S. 80 Mississippi River bridge in Vicksburg. The Vicksburg Bridge Commission voted Wednesday to keep Baton Rouge-based G.E.C. on retainer for $15,000 a year. The company writes reports annually that note the structural stability of the 83-year old railroad crossing. This […] [...]

Contract awarded to demolish flood-damaged homes on lake

GREENVILLE — The Washington County Board of Supervisors has awarded a contract for $33,455 to demolish five Lake Ferguson houses acquired this summer. The Delta Democrat Times reports that the work is being funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The supervisors began last year acquiring the five houses, which were among more than a […] [...]

Delayed by high water, mat sinking unit prepares to launch

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Vicksburg District’s Mat Sinking Unit (MSU) is scheduled to begin laying articulated concrete mats on the banks of the Mississippi River Aug. 26. The MSU is the only one of its kind in the world and performs one of the most important jobs in […] [...]

Magnolia Marine adds new towboats, plans further expansion

VICKSBURG — Magnolia Marine Transport Co. has added two new towboats to its fleet and is planning for additional expansion. Vice president of operations Roger Harris tells The Vicksburg Post the vessels Miles Madison and Anna Elise were christened on June 29. Magnolia already has 19 towboats and 68 barges in service, Harris says. The […] [...]

MBJ EXCLUSIVE: With gambling revenues falling, Tunica looks for an ace in the hole

The people of Tunica County have toiled through the worst of economic times, and basked in the bright lights of success. But their King Midas, better known as the gaming industry, is losing its touch. Recently released numbers for the first half of this year support the trend that Mississippi is on pace for one […] [...]

Officials hope legislation passes to allow return of Delta Queen

NATCHEZ — The Delta Queen could resume her reign of the Mississippi next summer. The Delta Queen made its final tour of the Mississippi River in 2008 after the federal government ended an exemption to the 1960 Safety of Lives at Sea Act that allowed the wooden vessel to operate. The Natchez Democrat reports a […] [...]

Dropping river allows Corps to reopen flood gates

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — After recently enduring near record high stages, the Mississippi River has begun to decrease in water levels, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Forecasters predict the Mississippi River will fall rapidly over the next seven to ten days, from 36 feet to approximately 21 feet on the Vicksburg gauge. The […] [...]

Mississippi River economic trade centers form alliance

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI- The Mississippi World Trade Center has entered into a new alliance with other world trade centers along the Mississippi River. The group will says in a press release that its mission will be “promoting the stakeholder interests of the world’s greatest waterway.” The World Trade Center of New Orleans will lead the alliance. […] [...]

Gaming officials concerned over falling Tunica casino revenues

When Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill recently creating the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, John Hairston saw the occasion as more than a tourism bill for three coast counties. For the chairman of the Mississippi Gaming Commission, it is both a step in reviving the Tunica County casino and a pre-emptive […] [...]

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