Posts Tagged ‘Smithville’

Re-election of Smithville mayor signals growth for tornado-ravaged town

by Published: June 14,2013

Tags: disaster recovery, EF-5 tornado, FEMA, Gregg Kennedy, Smithville

SMITHVILLE — The question of whether this tiny community ravaged two years ago by a killer tornado is ready for land-use controls and an annexation strategy received an affirmative answer from voters last Tuesday. In a campaign seen as an up-or-down vote on his call for comprehensive land-use planning and the annexation of nearby unincorporated […] [...]

Reelection of Smithville mayor signals support for growth of tornado-ravaged town

by Published: June 5,2013

Tags: Gregg Kennedy, municipal elections, Smithville, tornado

SMITHVILLE, Mississippi – The question of whether this tiny community ravaged two years ago by a killer tornado is ready for land-use controls and an annexation strategy received an affirmative answer from voters Tuesday. In a campaign seen as an up-or-down vote on his call for comprehensive land-use planning and the annexation of nearby unincorporated […] [...]

Mississippi road builders continue working on projects around the state

A proposed road project in a small Mississippi town is a good example of what is keeping the state’s road builders up at night — and idled during the day. Residents of Smithville were told not to worry over the prospect that a Mississippi Highway 25 bypass would negatively affect the town’s Central Business District. […] [...]

Jackson engineering firm tackles emergency management

In 2010, Neel-Schaffer reorganized its emergency management activities into True North Emergency Management. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, True North is a full-service emergency management company offering debris removal management/monitoring, automated debris management and emergency management planning/training and exercises. The employment of True North varies depending on the magnitude of disaster response in progress and […] [...]

Smithville bypass unlikely any time soon

by Published: February 1,2013

Tags: Gregg Kennedy, severe weather, Smithville, tornado

Smithville need not fret over the prospect that a Mississippi Highway 25 bypass will leave the town’s Central Business District to decay and die. At least not for a couple more decades, says Bill Jamison, Northern District engineer for the Mississippi Department of Transportation. Federal and state money is unlikely to be available for realigning […] [...]

Smithville transitions from devastation to setting vision for future

by Published: February 1,2013

Tags: Gregg Kennedy, severe weather, Smithville, tornadoes

On April 27, 2011, the people of Northeast Mississippi’s tiny farming town of Smithville could hardly see a future beyond the next 24 hours. Today, the survivors of one of the deadliest tornadoes to strike Mississippi are looking nearly 20 years ahead at the Smithville of 2030. The one-time trading post has been framing a […] [...]

Nature unleashes fury, from the Delta across to East Mississippi

Bad weather made 2011 a year to forget. The losses from tornadoes, flooding and drought are still being calculated. In April, the state suffered one of the worst tornado outbreaks in history. Hardest hit was the Town of Smithville, a community of less than 1,000 that was hit by an EF-5 tornado on April 27 […] [...]

Smithville banking on keeping Highway 25 coming through town

by Published: December 16,2011

Tags: Hwy 25, Smithville

Smithville’s business district is on track to recover from the strongest tornado to strike Mississippi in nearly half a century. But whether or not that recovery is permanent could hinge on the future routing of Mississippi Highway 25. The Mississippi Legislature has already approved a controlled-access realignment of a stretch of the highway from Amory […] [...]

Hope abounds after tragedy, destruction

Days are good in Smithville again. People there see sky above and ground below — that adds up to a happy circumstance if your world has been flipped upside down in deadly fashion. Returning to normal from the death and destruction that roared down Main Street at 3:44 in the afternoon on April 27 still […] [...]

Families behind return of Mel’s Diner and Doughbellys are given MBJs highest honor

In any business you figure on periods of slow sales, rising costs and tight credit. But you never expect to be in the path of the strongest tornado to strike your state in nearly half a century and see all you have worked for left in ruins. Cutting your losses and walking away has to […] [...]

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