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Legislative oversight group says DOT focus on maintaining existing roads

  The Mississippi Department of Transportation’s primary focus has become “system preservation, rather than new construction,” according to a report released Tuesday by an oversight agency of the state Legislature. The report by the Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review Committee of the Mississippi Legislature reiterates what Transportation officials have been saying for sometime – that because of lack of funds ...

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BOBBY HARRISON: Gunn touts conservative groups’ support of transportation proposal

By BOBBY HARRISON Daily Journal House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, said national conservative groups have endorsed his plan to decrease Mississippi’s tax on personal income and increase the levy on motor fuels – gasoline and diesel – to pay for transportation needs. Part of the speaker’s plan is to lower the income tax – funds that normally go for education, ...

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Two Natchez Trace rangers receive awards for traffic safety

The National Park Service Traffic Safety Coalition awarded Natchez Trace Parkway Rangers Timothy McElwain and Keith Schumann traffic safety awards for their efforts in traffic enforcement. McElwain received the Traffic Safety Excellence Award and Schumann, who recently transferred to the Parkway from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, received the Award for Highway Safety Champion.

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Airport Deputy Director chosen for National Security Forum

Matt Dowell, deputy director at the Golden Triangle Regional Airport, was recently selected by the Air Force to attend the 65th Annual National Security Forum at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala. The Air Force’s Air War College annually hosts approximately 150 civilian distinguished visitors for the NSF. The purpose of the forum is to share perspectives between key ...

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Dependable Source places Mississippians in good jobs in trucking and home health care

By BECKY GILLETTE Dependable Source Corp. of Mississippi is a staffing firm owned by Willie Jones specializes in two diverse occupations commercial truck drivers and home health workers. “Although they are two different services, what they have in common is putting Mississippians to work,” Jones said. “We place a majority of men in trucking and a majority of personal care ...

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Airport Deputy Director chosen for National Security Forum

Matt Dowell, Deputy Director at the Golden Triangle Regional Airport, was recently selected by the Air Force to attend the 65th Annual National Security Forum at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala. The Air Force’s Air War College annually hosts approximately 150 civilian distinguished visitors for the NSF. The purpose of the forum is to share perspectives between key ...

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Tupelo airport, Contour land $10M contract

TUPELO – The Tupelo Regional Airport and Contour Airlines got what they wanted – now it’s time to hammer out the details. Contour will continue to provide air service in Tupelo, connecting the All-America City with Nashville – or to a different or additional destination, if it chooses – as the U.S. Department of Transportation agreed to a 30-month contract ...

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Group set to start work on US 49 south of Jackson

Michael Baker International, has partnered with the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) to reconstruct an eight-mile stretch of U.S. Route 49 in the Jackson metro area. The firm was awarded the $19.3 million Construction Engineering and Inspection (CE&I) contract in late 2017 and will prioritize safety, communication and efficiency to complete the complex project. The roadway is a primary arterial ...

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Senate advances road spending plan based on diverting money

State senators are moving ahead with a six-year plan to divert future revenue and borrow money to spend on Mississippi’s roads and bridges. The Senate voted 36-14 to advance Senate Bill 3046 , backed by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, sending it to the House for more debate. “The state can repair its infrastructure without raising taxes and by prioritizing spending on actual ...

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Senate advances road spending plan based on diverting money

State senators are moving ahead with a plan to divert future revenue and borrow money to spend on Mississippi’s roads and bridges. The Senate voted 36-14 to advance Senate Bill 3046 , sending it to the House for more debate. The measure would divert an estimated $800 million in future revenue to funds to be controlled by the governor. If all money ...

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