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IN MISSISSIPPI — Online sales, shortage of drivers have trucking industry re-evaluating

By JULIA MILLER Today there are innumerable ways to buy goods, and more and more consumers are turning online. This change is prompting the freighting industry to re-evaluate its model. Over the next 30 years, the U.S. Department of Transportation forecasts a 40 percent increase in the market, a statistic that Mississippi Trucking Association President Hal Miller reinforces. “We’re looking ...

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Transportation director seeks more flexibility in budget

The head of the Mississippi Department of Transportation says her agency needs more budget flexibility so it can try to keep employees. Melinda McGrath says she wants to stop the “revolving door” of workers leaving for higher pay in other agencies or the private sector. New outlets report that the Department of Transportation has 354 vacant jobs. About 3,800 employees ...

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Walden takes wheel at CAVS; Dennis to lead CAVS Extension

Bagley College of Engineering alumnus Clay Walden is the new executive director of the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems at Mississippi State University. He succeeds Roger King, who retired in June after a distinguished career with the university. Walden most recently served as director of CAVS Extension in Canton. Glenn Dennis has been named director of that unit. CAVS is ...

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Hoy Road widening will transform congested Madison artery

By BECKY GILLETTE Hoy Road is a bumpy, two-lane road that carries far more traffic daily than for what it was designed. It changes into into Madison Parkway\Highway 463 where it meets U.S. 51 on the west end, connecting residents in the east part of town to schools, shopping, work and larger traffic corridors. A plan to widen Hoy Road ...

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Mississippi Trucking Association Awards 16 Scholarships

Mississippi Trucking Association Foundation recently awarded 16 scholarships for the 2017-2018 school year. Recipients were, from left: Ricky Burrow (Mike McLarty Endowment), Michael Arrington (H. Dean Cotten Endowment), Jermeria Arrington (H. Dean Cotten Endowment), Philip Tapscott, Kenna Kuhn, Quinn Frommeyer (J.Fayard Endowment), Chandler Powell, Marty Jones (R. Gene Holmes Endowment) and Gabriel Barrios (Vernon G. Sawyer Endowment). Not Pictured: Ryeley ...

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Engineer: Inspectors to close many Mississippi wood bridges

Urging Mississippi lawmakers to provide more infrastructure funding, a county engineer warned Thursday that a stiffened federal inspection program could force repairs or the closure of hundreds of county bridges across the state in the next two years. Jeff Dungan, whose company is the county engineer for six south Mississippi counties, told the Senate Transportation Committee Thursday that federal inspectors ...

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Senate panel to again study transportation woes

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal  JACKSON – The Senate Transportation Committee has two days of hearings scheduled for Thursday and Friday for members to again hear about the poor condition of the state’s transportation system. The final segment of the hearings, called by Senate Transportation Chairman Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, will be a discussion of possible solutions. Thus far, finding ...

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Contour to submit bid to continue Tupelo’s air service

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO – Contour Airlines had a record number of boardings last month for its Tupelo-to-Nashville flights, and after 16 months of service, it has proven to be a reliable service. With that in mind, its corporate parent, Corporate Flight Management of Smryna, Tennessee, will be bidding for another two-year contract through the U.S. Department ...

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Mississippi highway bypass project canned amid tight budget

A tight state budget has prompted Mississippi transportation commissioners to cancel a highway project. Commission chairman Dick Hall says in a news release Thursday that the state can’t afford the estimated $130 million to build a bypass around Philadelphia. Transportation commissioners on Tuesday canceled contracts for the Highway 16 bypass, which was designed to ease commercial vehicle traffic in downtown ...

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