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River reopens after towboat runs aground near Greenville

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Mississippi River is open again to traffic after being closed due to a barge grounding. The towboat Bootsie B ran aground yesterday pushing 13 empty barges and 15 barges loaded with fertilizer and salt. Coast Guard petty officer Ryan Tippets says the grounding happened near Greenville. Tippets says today that the river is open to all ...

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Storm-torn town to continue to receive federal aid

SMITHVILLE — The town of Smithville will continue receiving federal money to pay for five municipal employees whose work is focused on helping with recovery from the April 2011 tornado. WTVA-TV reports the board of aldermen approved receipt of a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant covers the salaries for the five workers. With the board’s ...

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SBA honors mayor for helping community recover from tornado

SMITHVILLE — A Mississippi mayor who led recovery efforts after a tornado destroyed the entire town has earned a Phoenix Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Mayor Gregg Kennedy of Smithville received the Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery by a Public Official. SBA wrote: “When they heard the tornado warning sirens around 2:30 p.m. on April ...

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State registers 47th StormReady-designated community

HINDS COUNTY — Hinds County has received the state’s 47th StormReady designation. Mississippi now has 24 counties, 16 communities, four state universities and three government sites designated as StormReady in Mississippi. “One of the things that we can count on in our state is severe weather,” said Mississippi Emergency Management director Robert Latham. “I hope individuals, families and businesses will ...

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