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MDOT taps Smith for post

The Mississippi Department of Transportation  recently named Cindy Smith, P.E., State Research Engineer. She will oversee state and national research efforts, pavement management, data collection, nondestructive testing and MDOT’s research library. Smith received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston (1995) and began working with MDOT as an Engineer in Training (EIT) in the Planning ...

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WORKING IN THE FAST LANE — 3D CADD programs helping engineers design better roads

By BECKY GILLETTE Wouldn’t it be nice to actually see how a road is going to look before building it? What if you could anticipate problems before encountering them in the middle of construction, thus avoiding delays that cost time and money? With the use of modern three dimensional computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) programs, engineers can come close to ...

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House leadership makes new effort to fund transportation

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly voted — 109 to 7 — for a bill that would provide a $50 million bond issue for counties, cities and towns to repair roads and bridges. House Speaker Phillip Gunn called Senate Bill 2939 “a viable solution . . . a practical solution” to a problem that bedeviled ...

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Legislator: No memorial signs for dilapidated highways

A Mississippi state representative tabled bills by senators to name highways after their constituents after the Senate killed a bill that would have provided funds for road repair. The move by Rep. Charles Busby, R-Pascagoula, came as the Mississippi Economic Council, the state’s chamber of commerce, called Wednesday for immediate action on road funding. Busby is the chairman of the ...

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Tupelo airport to hire operations director

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO – The Tupelo Regional Airport is looking to hire a director of operations, a position that has gone unfilled for about three years. On Tuesday, the Tupelo Airport Authority went into executive session to discuss a letter of investigation from the Federal Aviation Administration. While the contents of the letter were not revealed, ...

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(UPDATED) New sources of money eyed to build Reunion interchange in Madison County

By BECKY GILLETTE The Madison County Board of Supervisors (BOS) has renewed its efforts to find a way to build an interchange at Reunion Parkway and Interstate-55. “For economic development and transportation, it is very important,” said BOS President Trey Baxter, “We have a parkway we need to connect from the west side of Madison with the east side. The ...

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Plans to create new arts center taking shape in Hattiesburg

A plan to transform the former Hattiesburg American building into a public arts center is taking shape. The Hattiesburg American reports that local architect Sarah Newton has completed the schematic design for the building and is moving forward with design development, including drawings of floor plans, alterations and building elevation. The newspaper reports that the concept of turning the building ...

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Ranking: Mississippi has third best drivers in America

According to the website Quote Wizard, Mississippi has the third best drivers in America. Mississippi: Mississippi, have we got some good news for you: you’re home to the third-best drivers in the US! According to our data, your drivers are getting into fewer accidents—and getting fewer citations, DUIs, or speeding tickets—than more than 90 percent of America. This is good ...

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FSNA announces opening of U-Save Car and Truck Rental in Hattiesburg, Fulton

FRANCHISE SERVICES OF NORTH AMERICA INC. (“FSNA” or the “Company“) (FSN.V) announced today the opening of two new U-Save Car & Truck Rental locations in the U.S.  Franchise Agreements were signed for two neighborhood locations in Hattiesburg and Fulton. FSNA is extremely excited about these new locations and the continued growth of the system. FSNA is a publicly traded company listed on the TSX Venture ...

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Mississippi, county officials to talk bad roads, bridges

County supervisors and engineers will meet with state officials next month to try to draw legislative attention to the problem of Mississippi’s aging roads and bridges. The Hattiesburg American reports the Mississippi Association of Supervisors and the Mississippi Association of County Engineers are sponsoring a 2016 County Road Show with five events throughout the state. They are coming to Pearl ...

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