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Turner to lead MDOT Public Affairs Division

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has named Christopher “Chris” Turner as director of the agency’s Public Affairs Division, announced Melinda McGrath, P.E., MDOT executive director. “Chris brings over 25 years of experience in the areas of public affairs, communication, digital engagement, news reporting and strategic planning,” McGrath said. “Chris’ background and experience will make him a valuable asset to ...

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Ely appointed assistant chief engineer at MDOT

Jeff Ely has been appointed assistant chief engineer – Preconstruction of the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT). In his new role, Ely will oversee and coordinate the work of MDOT’s Bridge, Roadway Design, Planning, Right of Way and Environmental divisions. All planning and design activities, as well as right of way acquisition and environmental considerations, are handled during the pre-construction ...

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Jo Beth Dodds interning with MDOT

The Mississippi Transportation Commission has selected Jo Beth Dodds of Starkville as the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) Public Affairs Intern for the summer semester. Dodds is a student at Mississippi State University in Starkville where she is pursuing a degree in communication with a concentration in public relations and a minor in religion. This past semester, she was inducted ...

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MDOT recognizes employees for their service

The Mississippi Transportation Commission and the Mississippi Department of Transportation recently recognized District 3 employees with five-, 10-, 15-, 20-, 25- and 30-year service awards at the Yazoo City District Office. Honorees, by county, are: Bolivar County: Indira Black; Washington County: Steele Davis, Steven King, Sylvester Davis, Robert Cosey; Humphreys County: Eric Hill, Floyd Merritt; Holmes County: Lester Young; Sharkey ...

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MDOT employees named officers of Mississippi Engineering Society

Several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) employees were recently installed as officers of the Mississippi Engineering Society (MES). Gabe Faggard, District 6, was installed as the MES State President during the Mississippi/Alabama Engineering Society luncheon held June 11 at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi. Jessica Dilley, District 5, and Brent Quick, District 6, were also installed as MES officers. Since ...

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Breazeale joins MDOT Public Affairs team

Jessica Breazeale of Wesson has joined the Public Affairs Division at the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT). Breazeale will serve as Internal Communications Officer and manage the agency’s strategic communications plan for employees. She will also supervise the agency’s Public Relations Internship Program. “With her years of experience in both public relations and marketing, we are proud to welcome Jessica ...

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PRAM Central shines at 2018 State Conference

Members of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM) Central Chapter took home the Professional Achievement Award, the Best in Show Award, three PRism awards, nine Award of Excellence recognitions and six Certificate of Merits at the recent State PRAM Conference. Lt. Christian Patterson, APR+M, public affairs director for the Mississippi Guard, won the Professional Achievement Award, which recognizes excellence ...

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MDOT employees honored

Mississippi Department of Transportation Public Information Officer Jason Scott and Digital Media Manager Rob Pettit were recently honored by the Public Relations Association of Mississippi Central Chapter in Jackson. Both are employees in the Public Affairs Division. Scott, of Jackson, received the chapter’s award for Emerging Practitioner of the Year. This award is given to a public relations practitioner who ...

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MDOT taps Smith for post

The Mississippi Department of Transportation  recently named Cindy Smith, P.E., State Research Engineer. She will oversee state and national research efforts, pavement management, data collection, nondestructive testing and MDOT’s research library. Smith received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston (1995) and began working with MDOT as an Engineer in Training (EIT) in the Planning ...

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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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