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Northeast Mississippi city could create bus system

Northeast Mississippi’s largest city could be getting a public bus system. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Tupelo leaders appear to support a one-year pilot program creating three bus routes. A plan was presented Thursday. Tupelo would pay $190,000 and the Mississippi Department of Transportation would pay $400,000. Booneville-based Northeast Mississippi Community Services would run buses from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 ...

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Mississippi Airports Association names new board members

At its recent annual conference the Mississippi Airports Association (MAA) elected board members for the 2018-19 term, all of whom have served on the board at previous times. They are Clint Johnson, Executive Director of Cleveland Municipal Airport; Tom Williams, Executive Director of Meridian Regional Airport; Carol Snapp Executive Director of Trent Lott International Airport; Perry Miller, COO of Jackson ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — All about streets

Depending on the perspective, there are good streets and not-so-good streets.  And then there are great streets.  This writer has a bias toward streets that are canopied. In Mississippi, that means streets that have treetops over them. Some streets in Ocean Springs, Jackson and Laurel come to mind. This column is about great streets as defined by the Project for ...

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Many other states have increased gas tax for transportation

Mississippi is not the only state struggling with transportation needs, according to a report by the Legislature’s Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review Committee. The report released this week cites the National Conference of State Legislatures as saying states have been in “a near constant state of crisis for about a decade” in terms of funding for transportation needs. The report ...

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Contour to add more seats starting May 1

TUPELO – Passengers flying between Tupelo and Nashville will soon have more company on the planes. Starting May 1, Contour’s twin-engine Jetstream aircraft will be back to their original configuration of 19 seats. Since April of 2016, the planes have only had nine seats. But with nearly 10,000 boardings last year and a clear demand for more seats, Contour proposed ...

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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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