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Planners detail second phase of possible Hattiesburg bypass

The first phase isn’t built yet, but planners are already considering a second leg of a bypass around a south Mississippi city. Local media report that Hattiesburg and Forrest County leaders heard presentations Monday about a road to connect U.S. 49 on the north side of Hattiesburg to Interstate 59. Planners proposed a first phase from U.S. 98 in western ...

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KLLM announces pay increase for company drivers and independent and lease purchase contractors

KLLM Transport Services, LLC has announced a major pay increase for both company truck drivers as well as independent and lease purchase contractors. Effective immediately, KLLM solo company drivers are now paid $0.38 to $0.50 cents per mile depending on experience, with OTR teams receiving $0.48 to $0.53 cents per mile depending on experience. Effective February 5, independent and lease ...

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Sara Yates joins Peterbilt as HR director

Sara Yates has joined the Peterbilt Truck Centers of Mississippi in Pearl as the Director of Human Resources. Sara will oversee all human resource functions for Peterbilt Truck Centers of Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Prior to joining PTC of Mississippi, Sara served as a human resource manager for HORNE LLP. She attended Mississippi State University, graduating with a bachelor’s ...

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Dem response: Bryant failed to note Mississippi problems

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant failed to acknowledge many of Mississippi’s problems in the State of the State address, a lawmaker said in the Democrats’ televised response. Bryant gave the speech Tuesday at the Capitol, saying critics are portraying Mississippi in a negative light. Rep. Jay Hughes of Oxford said Mississippi is last in public education, last in mental health care ...

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Mississippi House moves ahead with some road money bills

Mississippi House members are pushing ahead parts of a package meant to raise money to maintain roads and bridges, even as they face questions about the plan’s effectiveness. The House passed three bills Thursday — one to borrow $50 million for county and city bridge repairs, one to devote part of any future state revenue growth to transportation, and one ...

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Mississippi highway construction on hiatus for holiday

Mississippi highway construction crews are being put on a long break for the Thanksgiving holiday. The state is suspending all construction and repair work on interstate and four-lane highways from 5 p.m. Wednesday until 6 a.m. Monday. The Mississippi Department of Transportation says in a news release that the construction break is designed to provide maximum travel capacity in the ...

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Hattiesburg Paratransit Operator Named Best in America

Dan Reid, a non-emergency transportation services operator, has been named the 2017 Paratransit & Contracting Operator of the Year by the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA). Reid is co-owner and president of Grove Transit in Hattiesburg. Reid, formerly a business consultant for mergers and acquisitions, bought out a failing transportation company seven years ago. Since then, he has turned ...

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Just one more year is the refrain on I-55 construction near Byram

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT After five years Mississippi Department of Transportation is ready to complete the widening of I-55 between Jackson and Byram by next August. MDOT had important reasons for taking on the 7.5 mile project by adding two more lanes to the four-lane road, as explained by its District Five Engineer, Brian Ratliff. “Well, there were two things ...

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Tupelo stays with Contour for commercial air service

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal Contour Airlines will continue to provide air service for the All-America City after the Tupelo Airport Authority voted 4-1 today to stick with the company. The lone dissenter was board chairman Larry Decker, who wanted more time to look at the proposals by Contour and Boutique Air. And in an expected move, the affirmative ...

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Officials: Vote should cover costs to solve transportation woes

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Republican Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall said during a speech last week that each 1 cent tax increase on a gallon of motor fuel generates about $20 million annually. Based on that calculation, the state’s current 18.4 cent per gallon motor fuel tax would have to be more than doubled to generate the ...

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