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

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

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

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

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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Ellis Screws is construction chief

Ellis Screws was recently selected as chief of its Construction and A&E Branch of the Contracting Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District. Screws will be the contracting officer responsible for the award of contracts for Construction, and Architectural & Engineering services for the Vicksburg District. Screws previously was a contract specialist within the District’s Contracting Division. ...

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Job ad’s bogus pay figure for new JRA chief creates confusion

By TED CARTER A fraudulent Internet job posting that listed the annual pay for the next executive director of the Jackson Redevelopment Authority at $160,000 may have confused the final two candidates but won’t force a restart of the effort to fill the job. That’s the assessment the chairwoman of the Jackson Redevelopment Authority and the head of a search firm ...

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A HOME AWAY FROM HOME … As long as it has modern technology, meal plans, friends and no parking worries

By LYNN LOFTON  The recently completed Century Park South at the University of Southern Mississippi is on the cutting edge of student housing. There are 954 bed spaces in the state-of-the-art $55.6 million complex that was built by the Harrell Contracting Group of Jackson. There was significant site preparation before the two-year building project could get under way with three ...

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MCEF Foundation projects more constuction jobs and is trying to draw students to the craft

By LISA MONTI  The Mississippi Construction Education Foundation is on a mission to recruit and train workers for the plentiful, well-paying jobs in the construction industry. Besides reaching out to students, the foundation teaches the benefits of construction and manufacturing jobs to moms and dads who want their kids to go to work rather than college. “Some parents have a ...

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