JACKSON, Mississippi (WLBT) – There has been heartbreak, history, big wins and tough losses in 2021. On New Years Eve, we look back at some of the stories that impacted the State and others who have drawn national attention to the Mississippi.
The signing of Governor Tate Reeves was the final step in making the In God We Trust flag the new flag for the state of Mississippi. The governor and members of the State Flag Commission hosted the signing ceremony at both museums and then brought the flags to the State Capitol, where they were first hoisted.
Governor Tate Reeves said, âIt is done with the hope that we can work together. That we can put aside our differences. That we can be neighbors in the State, then in this country. “
Traffic was halted on I-55 in Jackson shortly after the start of the New Year in January. Street racing and driver donuts have gone viral. City and state leaders have come together to end street racing and end danger to other drivers.
The big February frost caused extensive damage to the state’s water systems, especially in Jackson, creating a water crisis for the city that left many residents without water for weeks, attracting national attention.
Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said, âThe only cure we have is time. Time to fill those tanks, time for the ice to melt so we can fix the ruptures in the pipes and the distribution system all over town.
In November, EPA administrator Michael Regan came to Jackson to meet with city leaders to work on long-term solutions to the city’s water problems.
In August, the wave of COVID cases filled hospitals and emergency rooms. A garage at the University of Mississippi Medical Center has been turned into a field hospital to help patients.
UMMC’s Dr LouAnn Woodward said, “The response they are responding to here in Mississippi today is a disaster of our own.”
In November 2020, voters approved Initiative 65, but the state Supreme Court overturned it in May 2021, citing a loophole in the state’s constitution regarding the number of congressional districts.
âIt is time for the legislature to unite to make medical marijuana the law in Mississippi. “
Shock, sadness, loss and disbelief were felt with the unexpected death of Hinds County Sheriff Lee Vance.
âLee Vance will be missed by the people of Hinds County and Jackson, Mississippi. He’s one of those superheroes because he’s proven to give law enforcement back to Hinds County some credibility.
Vance died in August of complications from COVID-19.
More national attention to Mississippi has come as state attorney general Lynn Fitch argues for Mississippi’s abortion law in the nation’s Supreme Court. State law blocked by lower courts calling for a ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. There is no clear answer as to what the judges will do. Mississippi wants the court to overturn Roe against Wade completely.
There were also sports celebrations in Mississippi and historic victories. More than 361,000 fans set a College World Series record in Omaha to see the Mississippi State Bulldogs become the 2021 National Champions in varsity baseball.
The festivities did not end there. Under coach Deion Sanders, the Jackson State University football team won the SWAC championship on December 4, its first since 2007. The successful football season also gave the economy a boost. from the capital.
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