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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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Distinct, old highway bridge in Mississippi for sale

The Mississippi Department of Transportation has listed a highway bridge for sale. The Sun Herald of Gulfport reported on Thursday that the state will even pay the buyer what it would cost to tear down the Mississippi Highway 57 bridge over Red Creek in Jackson County. MDOT district engineer Kelly Castleberry says the bridge has been determined eligible for the ...

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Federal grant will support completion of upgrades at Jackson airport

U.S. senators from Mississippi have announced a multi-million dollar federal grant for improvements at the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker announced a $5.17 million federal grant on July 31. The grant will fund the final phase of the airport’s west taxiway lighting system, which is nearing the end of its usable life cycle. According to a ...

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Solution to transportation woes not easy

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal For the past five years, Republican Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall has used the annual political speakings at the Nesoba County Fair to advocate for more funds for what he said is a deteriorating transportation system. Hall, a Republican who is in his fifth term on the three-member Transportation Commission, reiterated his plea ...

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Buckle up, Mississippi: State tightens up its seat belt law

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A new law in Mississippi requires everyone in a car, truck or SUV to buckle up. Starting Saturday, Mississippi is joining the majority of states that require seat belt usefor all people in a vehicle, front seat and back. Violation carries a $25 fine. Previous state law required seat belts for people in the front seat, and ...

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GTR Airport’s Dowell Earns Professional Airport Accreditation

Matthew Dowell, Deputy Director of the Golden Triangle Regional Airport in Columbus has been awarded the distinction of Accredited Airport Executive by the American Association of Airport Executives. To qualify for this distinction, Dowell had to successfully complete three phases of the accreditation process: (1) pass a 180-item multiple-choice examination, (2) fulfill a writing requirement, and (3) demonstrate, in the ...

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Jackson-Evers International parking aided by ticketless system

By JACK WEATHERLY If you fly, you probably drive yourself to the airport, which means finding the right parking lot and grabbing a ticket. That adds one more thing you have to keep up with. But if you use the Jackson–Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport, you don’t have to worry. If you opt to use Arrivio, it’s as easy as pointing and clicking, ...

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Study: Bumpy roads cost Mississippi drivers billions

A recent study has found Mississippi’s roads cost drivers $2.9 billion total as nearly two-thirds of the state’s major urban roads are in poor or mediocre condition. The Clarion-Ledger reports findings by the Washington, D.C.-based transportation research group TRIP say the average Mississippi driver pays $705 in additional operating costs compared to the $553 national average. The June report shows ...

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Mercedes-Benz of Jackson named Official Automotive Partner of Highland Village

Highland Village has named Mercedes-Benz of Jackson its Official Automotive Partner. The partnership creates immediate cross promotional opportunities for both brands, including Mercedes-Benz of Jackson permanently displaying three luxury vehicles – two Mercedes-Benz and one Porsche – on-site throughout the Highland Village property. Mercedes-Benz of Jackson offers one of the largest inventories of Mercedes-Benz automobiles – including new and previously ...

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