Posts Tagged ‘train’

Families return home as officials clean up train derailment

PERRY COUNTY — Emergency officials have lifted the mandatory evacuation for areas north of U.S. Highway 98 due to a train derailment near New Augusta. Each family was escorted by local law enforcement officials and teams to monitor the air quality in each home to ensure no contamination was detected. “All responding agencies have done […] [...]

State of Louisiana mulling plan for Amtrak route

NORTH LOUISIANA — Louisiana is studying a plan for Amtrak passenger trains to cross north Louisiana, connecting Texas to Mississippi. Department of Transportation and Development secretary Sherrie LeBas tells the Minden (La.)  Press-Herald she’s ready to start, using $250,000 secured by state Rep. Roy Burrell of Shreveport. Existing Kansas City Southern Railway tracks could connect […] [...]

Port traffic increases with Genesis expansion

NATCHEZ — Genesis Energy expects to be handling as many as 36,500 rail cars annually at its terminal in Natchez by the end of the year. Genesis Energy president Steve Nathanson tells The Natchez Democrat that the company has expanded its customer base at the Natchez-Adams County Port terminal since starting operations. “We began handling […] [...]

City leaders mulling plan to reduce noise at rail crossings

by Associated Press Published: May 29,2013

Tags: city, city government, municipal, municipality, noise, noise pollution, rail, railroad, railroad crossing, railway, train

TUPELO — Authorities in Tupelo are looking into establishing “quiet zones” at railroad crossings. The plan would entail increasing security by installing crossing arms, and in some cases additional lights, at the crossings so engineers would not have to sound their horns as they move through the area. WTVA-TV reports the project, if approved by […] [...]

City gets getting six-digit grants from MDOT for depot project

by Associated Press Published: May 1,2013

Tags: community development, farmers market, grantm state agency, railroad, railway, restoration, train, train depot

NATCHEZ — The city of Natchez’s plans to renovate the former railroad depot downtown have picked up a little steam. Mayor Butch Brown tells The Natchez Democrat the Mississippi Department of Transportation awarded the city $250,000 for the depot project and will award another $250,000 in the fall and $200,000-$250,000 next spring. The city is […] [...]

Railcar repair facility coming, bringing 40 new jobs

by Associated Press Published: April 4,2013

Tags: economic development, employee, employer, employment, job, maintenance, rail way, railcar, railroad, repair, train, work, worker

BROOKHAVEN — American Railcar Industries will locate a railcar repair facility in Brookhaven and bring in as many as 40 new jobs, according to a published report. The Daily Leader reports the formal announcement was coming today from Gov. Phil Bryant and company and local officials. The newspaper reports recent public notices say Brookhaven will […] [...]

Old depot to begin new life as shopping destination this week

GULFPORT — The city of Gulfport is trying to turn what was once a busy train depot into a shopping destination. The historic old train depot in downtown Gulfport stopped operating in the early 1950s. Since then, it has served as a temporary site for a restaurant and a museum. The city spent about half […] [...]

Aldermen award funds for renovation of railroad depot

NATCHEZ — The Natchez Board of Aldermen has approved allocating $125,000 out of the city’s capital improvements fund to match grant funds it hopes to receive from the state to renovate the former railroad depot. The Natchez Democrat reports the vote of approval came at the request of community development director James Johnston. Johnston said […] [...]

Military officials to show off new training facility

by Associated Press Published: January 22,2013

Tags: Army, defense, facility, grand opening, helicopter, infantry, military, soldier, tank, train, training, troop

FORREST COUNTY — Camp Shelby is scheduled to unveil Thursday new high-tech trainings areas for urban combat maneuvers and operations. The $10.5-million Combined Arms Collective Training Facility features 35 buildings on 14 acres equipped with 193 cameras, 30 Human Urban Terrain targets, 15 Stationary Infantry Targets and On-Screen “After-Action Review” capabilities. The fully automated Live-Fire […] [...]

City, county to operate career training center

by Associated Press Published: January 8,2013

Tags: appropriation, city, county, education, funding, government, learning, municipal, municipality, student, supervisor, train, training, workforce

OLIVE BRANCH — The DeSoto County school system’s new Career Technology Center in Olive Branch will be maintained with a big helping hand from the city of Olive Branch and DeSoto County. The Commercial Appeal reports the board unanimously approved an interlocal agreement with Olive Branch and the county to pay maintenance costs for the […] [...]

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