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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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FAA grant to help repair Vicksburg airport drainage problems

Officials plan to apply for a Federal Aviation Administration Grant to assess and repair drainage problems at the Vicksburg Municipal Airport. The Vicksburg Post reports the Board of Mayor and Aldermen has approved filing a pre-application for the grant, which will cover 90 percent, or nearly $300, of the project’s $333,000 cost with the city and the Mississippi Department of ...

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Senators proposing halting tax cut to pay for infrastructure

By BOBBY HARRISON A group of Senate Democrats is proposing to repeal the largest tax cut in the state’s history and direct those funds to roads and bridges. The Legislature, led by Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, passed the tax cut – $415 million in today’s dollars to be completely phased in by 2024 – during the 2016 session. For more ...

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While Toyota marks the 50th anniversary of Corolla, Toyota Mississippi reaches another milestone

By DENNIS SEID Daily Journal BLUE SPRINGS – Last week, Toyota Mississippi quietly reached a significant landmark: five years of production. There was no big celebration to mark the occasion, however. That will come next year, when Toyota recognizes the 10-year anniversary of its initial announcement that Blue Springs would be the site of its eighth North American manufacturing plant. ...

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Tennessee officials revive portion of I-69 project

Clouds of dust swirling around construction equipment signal a change in state policy, as Tennessee transportation officials revived a portion of the Interstate 69 project intended to connect the region with Canada and Mexico. Four years ago, officials stopped work on the interstate project because of a lack of federal funding. But now, officials have decided to complete an approximately ...

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Traffic congestion an unwanted side effect of Madison County growth

By BECKY GILLETTE  For Madison County, urban sprawl has been both a blessing and a bane. The tremendous growth in new business and residential developments has outpaced the capacity of the highway system. The city of Madison tripled in population from 8,027 in 1990 to 24,262 in 2010, while Madison County’s population went up from 54,271 to 95,595 during the ...

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