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MDOT appoints Ratliff

The Mississippi Department of Transportation has appointed Brian Ratliff as District 5 Engineer. Ratliff will oversee the operations in 10 central Mississippi counties including the Jackson Metro Area and the counties along Interstate 20 eastward towards Meridian. Ratliff began working for MDOT as an Engineer in Training in 1996 after graduating from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science ...

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Coast officials determined to bring back passenger rail

Mississippi Gulf Coast officials said they remain determined to restore passenger train service to the coast. Regular passenger trains haven’t rolled along the tracks since before Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. However, coastal news outlets report that officials were optimistic about bringing it back during a Tuesday meeting of the Southern Railway Commission in Biloxi. Sen. Roger Wicker said strong ...

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Study on taxes, spending may aid effort of infrastructure program

By BOBBY HARRISON Various groups working on a comprehensive plan to improve the state’s roads and bridges are hoping Speaker Philip Gunn’s proposal to form “working groups” to study and make suggestions on Mississippi’s taxing and spending practices revitalizes their effort. “We’re not going to give up on this. We are still working,” said Scott Waller, executive vice president of ...

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GS&P promotes Battey

Randy Battey, P.E., has been named a senior associate in Gresham, Smith and Partners, a leading multi-disciplinary design and consulting firm for the built environment. Battey is a senior engineer and principal in GS&P’s Transportation market who joined the firm in 2014. He has more than 27 years of experience in pavement management and preservation, transportation research, materials testing, local ...

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Pickering Firm announces 4 new hires in Memphis area

Pickering Firm, Inc. recently announced four new hires: Hunter Stovall, EI, has joined the firm’s Mississippi Transportation team as Transportation Engineer Intern and is located in the Flowood office. Stovall has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University. Kathryn Ikle’ has joined the Memphis office as a Marketing Specialist. She has a Bachelor of Professional Studies ...

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Chiquita reverses course, will return to Port of Gulfport

By JACK WEATHERLY Chiquita Fresh North America LLC issued a release to the Mississippi Business Journal on Tuesday saying it will leave the Port of New Orleans and return to the Port of Gulfport next month. The release was short on details. Port of Gulfport Executive Director Jonathan Daniels has said that longshoremen lost 80,000 annual hours when Chiquita left two and one-half ...

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Old River Trucks extends reach from Richland to Lake Charles

» Family-owned Volvo truck company acquires three Louisiana Mack dealerships By TED CARTER Richland-based Old River Trucks, one of Mississippi and the nation’s top selling Volvo tractor-trailer dealers and servicers, doubled its size June 1 with acquisition of a trio of Mack truck dealerships in south Louisiana. Company founder Lee White says he saw acquisition of the Mack dealerships in New ...

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JACK WEATHERLY: Train to New Orleans: a travelogue with a bit of news

ON THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS – This is a story of contrasts, from a very low-cost train ride to dining on the best cuisine we’ve ever tasted. Not to mention the latest and cheapest personal city transportation mode with a funny-sounding name, Uber. The Amtrak station’s waiting room in Jackson is a red-brick redo with ancient blond benches wearing brass boots. ...

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Jackson Evers gets mixed news on bond ratings

  By TED CARTER The debt rating for the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority got a “negative” outlook from Moody’s Investment Services last week but avoided a downgrade from Fitch Ratings Service. The plus for the Airport Authority’s debt of approximately $39 million is a BBB+ maintained by Fitch. That rating came with a downgrade from A- in spring 2014 on ...

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Senate earmarks $250M to dredge ‘strategic’ ports, including Port of Gulfport

Legislation that would allocate $250 million to fund  deep-draft harbor and channel dredging for commercial ports such as the Port of Gulfport that have been designated as “strategic” to national security won Senate approval Thursday. U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi said the money will help the Port of Gulfport prepare to fulfill its role as one of 17 commercial ...

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