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Mercedes-Benz of Jackson named Official Automotive Partner of Highland Village

Highland Village has named Mercedes-Benz of Jackson its Official Automotive Partner. The partnership creates immediate cross promotional opportunities for both brands, including Mercedes-Benz of Jackson permanently displaying three luxury vehicles – two Mercedes-Benz and one Porsche – on-site throughout the Highland Village property. Mercedes-Benz of Jackson offers one of the largest inventories of Mercedes-Benz automobiles – including new and previously ...

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Lottery? Local gas tax? New proposals to fund roads, bridges

Mississippi officials are rolling out new ideas for pay for roads and bridges. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant says a lottery is one possibility, while House leaders are proposing a local fuel tax, subject to approval by voters in cities or counties. Mississippi is one of six states without a lottery, and Bryant said Thursday that he might ask legislators to ...

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Transportation breakfast

State Rep. Charles Busby, Chairman of the House Transportation Committee, was guest speaker recently for the Madison County Business League & Foundation Transportation breakfast. The panel discussed legislation and transportation infrastructure on a local, county, state and federal level. Pictured, from left, are MCBL&F Transportation Committee Chairman Ray Balentine, MDOT Assistant to the Commissioner Craig Carter, MCBL&F Government Relations Committee ...

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MDOT employees honored

Mississippi Department of Transportation Public Information Officer Jason Scott and Digital Media Manager Rob Pettit were recently honored by the Public Relations Association of Mississippi Central Chapter in Jackson. Both are employees in the Public Affairs Division. Scott, of Jackson, received the chapter’s award for Emerging Practitioner of the Year. This award is given to a public relations practitioner who ...

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Cost of Ole Miss traffic circle jumps from $800,000 to $2.5M

The projected cost of a new traffic circle on the University of Mississippi’s Oxford campus has ballooned from $800,000 to $2.5 million. College Board trustees on Thursday approved plans for Ole Miss to begin the work, designed to ease congestion at the intersection of Hathorn Road, Hill Drive and Chucky Mullins Drive. University officials, in documents submitted to trustees, say ...

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Milstead elected to board

Marty Milstead, President of the Mississippi Automobile Dealers Association, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Automobile Trade Association Executives. The ATAE is a national organization offering an extensive menu of programs and services in the areas of professional development and automotive related issues.

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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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