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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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Commuter airline starts Jackson-to-Nashville service

By JACK WEATHERLY  The eight-seat Cessna 208 Caravan lifts off a runway on Southern Airways Express’ inaugural Jackson-to-Nashville flight on Monday. The single-engine turboprop plane heads to the Tennessee capital, with a brief stopover in Memphis. Takeoff from Jackson International is 9:03 a.m. The plane climbs to 9,000 feet and reaches cruising speed of about 200 miles per hour. The ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Nashville: city of big britches

NASHVILLE – This city reminds me of Atlanta 30 years ago. We moved from Little Rock to Atlanta where I had landed a job with the Journal-Constitution, the biggest paper in the Southeast. We were struck by the perpetual motion machine – driving, building and dealing. For the past decade or longer, Nashville has taken on the mantle of a new ...

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THE POLAR EXPRESS — Batesville train ride turns magical with holiday trip to Santa North Pole

By NASH NUNNERY Most people might recognize “The Polar Express” as a popular book and animated film written by Chris Van Allsburg. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the 2004 movie stars Tom Hanks and features human characters animated using the live action performance capture technique. But come November, there will be a real Polar Express train in north Mississippi. Operated by Premier ...

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Automotive conference puts state in forefront

By LISA MONTI The Mississippi Automotive Manufacturers Association is hosting the annual Southern Automotive Conference Oct. 5-7 at Beau Rivage in Biloxi. MAMA Executive Director Don Stoegbauer said the conference will be an opportunity to put the state group “front and center” among fellow automaker groups from Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina. About 650 participants are expected to attend, up ...

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LAW ELEVATED — The Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Revolution

The race is on for the commercialization of Autonomous (driverless) Vehicles (AV’s) – Google hopes to get there by 2020. You have probably noticed the almost daily news stories and television segments about AV technology. The reality is that the technology is here (subject only to being fine-tuned), but the regulatory scheme is causing some delays. In other words, our ...

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MDOT recognizes Hinds County employees

The Mississippi Department of Transportation recently recognized residents of Hinds County for their service to MDOT. Honored were, front row, from left, Jessica Dilley, Bonnie Sides, Lisa Kennedy, and Dejuana Parker; Back Row, MDOT Chief Engineer Mark McConnell, James Eggleston, Ron Rester, Byron Flood, Paul Greene and MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath.

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Lobbyists see roads, bridges as priority for Mississippi

By ZACHARY OREN SMITH During this year’s legislative session, the Mississippi Economic Council made a lobbying push for $375 million in additional revenue to address the state’s immediate transportation needs. Alongside the MEC stood several lobbyist groups that similarly prioritized the maintenance and expansion of Mississippi’s infrastructure system. Scott Waller, executive vice president of the Mississippi Economic Council, led the ...

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MDOT hires producer

Kevin Perez recently joined the Mississippi Department of Transportation as media producer in the Public Affairs Division. Perez previously worked as a photojournalist at 16 WAPT News and as a director of photography at Red Squared Productions. Perez completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication from Jackson State University in May 2015, specializing in media production and graphic ...

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