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Women in Construction program provides with a way to make a living wage

Biloxi, Mississippi - Women get training for construction jobs in the Women in Construction Program operated by Moore Community House. The Community House serves the low-income community in the east end of Biloxi. It is supported by the United Methodist Church. Cece Smith (right) and Amber Vereen examine repairs they are making to an old cabinet.
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By BECKY GILLETTE Single mothers without skills training or a college education have a tough time supporting their families. Poverty is greatest in households headed by single women. Many have to work two or three jobs at minimum wage, and even then aren’t able to provide for all their families’ needs. Providing women with a way to make a living wage ...

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CONSTRUCTION: Building an electric career with a 5-year training plan

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By LISA MONTI Twenty-nine apprentices selected for the Jackson Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee program attended their first class Aug. 15. “Hopefully, five years from now we will have all 29 finishing the program,” said Jim Stephens, the training director for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers or IBEW. The new trainees are among 90 apprentices taking part in ...

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Ex-senator sentenced for embezzling from construction loan


Former state Sen. Tommy Robertson has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, with two years to serve, for embezzling over $379,000 of a $484,000 construction loan that he was handling for a couple through Singing River Federal Credit Union. Special Judge Richard McKenzie also ordered Robertson to serve eight years under post-release supervision, fined him $1,000 and ordered him ...

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Construction projects’ topping out ceremonies celebrate important milestones

Among those who signed the construction beam during the March 28 UMMC  topping-out ceremony are, from left, second-year medical student John Lippincott; former Vice Chancellor Dr. James Keeton; fourth-year medical student Sara Ali; Dr. LouAnn Woodward, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine; and first-year medical student Michelle Wheeler.

By LYNN LOFTON Major construction projects usually have topping out ceremonies at a certain point in the progress of the project. Is this merely ceremonial, or does it serve a more fundamental purpose? Some recent high profile projects that had topping out ceremonies include the Biloxi Shuckers baseball park, the new medical school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in ...

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MDOT Roadeo is fun and games but public safety remains ultimate goal

Tractors and bush hogs  and backhoes  were put their paces.

By NASH NUNNERY There are no bucking broncos, Brahma bulls or cowboy clowns like a traditional rodeo but the competitive juices flow for heavy equipment operators at the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s aptly-named Roadeo. The annual contest and training event shows how MDOT employees maintain and enhance their daily operating skills while making sure their duties are performed safely. The ...

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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701: Payment and performance bonds in construction projects


Construction lenders on large commercial construction loans customarily require payment and performance bonds.  At the loan commitment letter stage, this condition rarely concerns a borrower.  Later, however, when the requirement materializes into a line item in the contractor’s budget, the borrower might have second thoughts.  We attempt to define and appraise the payment and performance bond (P&P Bond). Let’s assume ...

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New Associated General Contractors leader sees opportunities


By BECKY GILLETTE  Associated General Contractors of Mississippi has a new executive director well known in state circles due to his work for Mississippi Main Street for 17 years, including 10 years as executive director. Bob Wilson, who took over as executive director of AGC of Mississippi in January, said there are some things in common between the two positions. “There ...

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Master plan for Colonial Highlands project filed with city of Jackson

Looking north on Parkway Drive  The commercial aspect will be to the right, buffered by a green strip.

By JACK WEATHERLY  A master plan for the Colonial Highlands traditional neighborhood is scheduled to be reviewed by the Jackson Planning Commission on Feb. 24, according to Bo Lockard, manager of a development group. Colonial Jackson LLC filed the plan with the city on Jan. 11, Lockard said, adding that work on the first phase of the development could start ...

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FOCUS ON CONSTRUCTION — $7 million project to build the Business and Health Building under way at USM’s Gulf Park

The Joe Earl Holloway complex is being demolished on the Gulf Park Campus of the University of Southern Mississippi, and will be replaced by a new $7 million Business and Health Building (sketch above) in Spring 2017.

By LYNN LOFTON  In the Gulf Park Campus of the University of Southern Mississippi, demolition of the 25-year-old modular structure, the Joe Earl Holloway Complex, is almost complete to make way for construction of a Business and Health Building. The $7-million facility will provide 25,000 square feet of space for students, faculty and staff and has an estimated completion date ...

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FOCUS ON CONSTRUCTION — Need for bridge repairs, replacements outpacing state’s available funds

Workers from the Mississippi Department of Transportation inspect the bottom of a bridge at U.S. 49 over Interstate 20 near Jackson.

By BECKY GILLETTE It is difficult to imagine anything more integral to economic development and quality of life, particularly in a largely rural state like Mississippi, than good roads and bridges. But the fact is that, as with many other states, revenues for highway and bridge maintenance are lagging far behind what is needed to ensure a good highway infrastructure. ...

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