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Tupelo Regional boardings highest-ever for Contour

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • For the first five months of the year, passenger boardings at Tupelo Regional Airport totaled 6,024, a 40 percent increase compared to the same period a year ago. But the numbers are skewed by the fact Contour Airlnes was flying only nine-passenger Jetstream planes through April of last year before switching to ...

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Alabama governor balks at Amtrak funding

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said she needs more information before the state commits funding to help restore Amtrak train service. Her comments on Saturday came a day after the project to return passenger train service from New Orleans to Mobile, Alabama took a big step forward when officials announced a $33 million federal grant for needed improvements. Amtrak suspended service ...

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Jackson airport board sets trip to Paris at public expense

Commissioners of a Mississippi airport and five of the airport’s staff members are planning a 12-day trip in June to attend the International Paris Air Show, at public expense. The Clarion Ledger reports the trip could cost about $50,000 for travel, lodging and other expenses. The trip received unanimous approval from the five Jackson Municipal Airport Authority commissioners at a ...

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Natchez Trace Parkway taking action to decrease wrecks

Officials with scenic Natchez Trace Parkway are reminding motorists that the roadway is designed for leisurely drives and not interstate-style speeds. Chief Ranger Sarah Davis says in a news release that actions are being taken to decrease accidents on the roadway. She says rangers are being moved to areas where accident rates are highest, and more tickets are being written. ...

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MDOT District 5 Equipment Operators Roadeo winners announced

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently held its annual District Equipment Operators Roadeo at the MDOT District 5 Headquarters in Newton. The Roadeos display MDOT’s maintenance workforce with the knowledge, skills and abilities gained from experience working on Mississippi’s highways. District 5 events and winners are as follows. Lowboy: First place – Terry Buckley, Second place – Billy Coward, ...

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Regional airline begins jet service from Tupelo airport

A regional airline has begun flying jets between a northeast Mississippi airport and Nashville, Tennessee. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Contour Airlines began jet service Monday from Tupelo Regional Airport. The new plane serving the airport is an Embraer ERJ-135, a twin-engine jet with 30 seats. It replaces a twin-engine turboprop with 19 seats. The airline will provide 18 ...

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MAPA recognizes top Mississippi asphalt projects

The Mississippi Asphalt Pavement Association (MAPA) recently held an awards ceremony at its annual Quality Asphalt Conference to honor members for their work to improve Mississippi’s transportation system. Award categories and winners are: Best Local/Commercial Paving – ADCAMP, Inc., Flowood, for Stribling Road in Madison County Best Mill and Overlay – APAC-Mississippi, Inc., for U.S. Highway 72 in Tishomingo County ...

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Renovation will turn former library into public transit hub

A former library on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is being turned into a public transit center. WLOX-TV reports the transformation of the old Harrison County Library in Gulfport should be complete by January, before the Mississippi Aquarium opens next door. Coast Transit Authority executive director Kevin Coggin says the $9 million renovation got off to a slow start. Officials had ...

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Northeast Mississippi airport adds fourth daily flight

A northeast Mississippi airport is adding a fourth daily flight to Atlanta. WTVA-TV reports a new early afternoon flight will begin on June 8 from Golden Triangle Regional Airport near Columbus. The flight connects to Delta Air Lines’ hub in Atlanta. The airport set a record for passenger traffic in 2018, with nearly 49,000 passengers boarding planes last year. That ...

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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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