Gov. Phil Bryant declares state of emergency as Mississippi River rises

December 31, 2015 in News

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — Gov. Phil Bryant has declared a state of emergency ahead of expected January flooding along the Mississippi River. The state of emergency covers all counties along […]

Mississippi River traffic limited after ship hits 2 vessels, spilling 420 gallons of crude oil

April 7, 2015 in News

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A three-mile stretch of the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge is limited to one-way traffic upriver, a day after a ship broke free […]

Oil spill closes 65-mile stretch of Mississippi River in Louisiana

February 24, 2014 in News, Uncategorized

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi River, including the Port of New Orleans, was closed to all water traffic Sunday as crews cleaned up oil that […]

2 women killed after stalled car hit by 18-wheeler

April 24, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

Two women were killed after their stalled vehicle was hit by a truck. Angela Dame, 44, and Taetha Young, 19, both of Macon, died Thursday night, April 18, in the crash on U.S. 82 in Columbus, The Commercial Dispatch reports.

Antonio Gregory, also of Macon, was driving the Ford Crown Victoria when it stalled.

Authorities said Gregory exited the vehicle to check the engine when the car was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler driven by Timothy Lee Webb.

Barge carrying oil crashes on Mississippi River

January 29, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

A barge carrying 80,000 gallons of oil hit a railroad bridge in Vicksburg, on Sunday, spilling light crude into the Mississippi River and closing the waterway for eight miles in each direction, the Coast Guard said. A second barge was damaged.

Investigators did not know how much had spilled, but an oily sheen was reported as far as three miles downriver of Vicksburg after the 1:12 a.m. incident, said Lt. Ryan Gomez of the Coast Guard’s office in Memphis, Tenn.