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Airport offering 211 acres for development along East-West Corridor

By TED CARTER The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority is offering for lease 211 development-ready acres just east of  Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. The tract is east and west of the East Metro Corridor and spans the Dogwood Bridge to Old Brandon Road, the Airport Authority said in a press release announcing the leasing offer. The announcement emphasizes that the property ...

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Lawmakers consider tax increases for transportation repairs

JACKSON — House Transportation Committee Chairman Charles Busby says he’ll consider tax increases to raise money for the state’s transportation system. Transportation head Melinda McGrath told legislators Wednesday the department needs $526 million more to repair more than one-third of highways and more than one-fifth of bridges in the state. She said costs for the repairs will only increase as ...

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Nissan releases details of new, half-ton, Canton-built TITAN pickup at Chicago Auto Show

CHICAGO — Now that the all-new flagship XD model of Nissan’s reimagined TITAN family of pickups is on dealer lots, Nissan is turning its attention to the upcoming “standard” (half-ton) version of TITAN at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show with a special photography release. “There’s a strong family resemblance between TITAN XD and the standard TITAN, with their shared rugged exterior style,” ...

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Mississippi’s Abney elected as Chairman of the Board at UPS

UPS has elected Mississippi native David P. Abney, UPS Chief Executive Officer, as Chairman of the Board, effective immediately. Abney succeeds Scott Davis as Chairman, who will retire from his position on the UPS Board effective as of the 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareowners. Additionally, the Board of Directors created a new Lead Independent Director position, and today the independent directors ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Reader says sales tax best for funding roads and bridges

“Sales tax is the only fair tax we have,” wrote a reader. “Can you find out how long it would take for a two percent sales tax increase to fund restoration of our highways and bridges?” Hmmm. Let’s quantify the issue. The MEC/Blueprint Mississippi report entitled “Ramping Up Mississippi’s Economy Through Transportation” identified what’s needed to restore our highways and ...

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State Materials Engineer honored

Mississippi Department of Transportation  State Materials Engineer Mike Sullivan (right) was recently awarded the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials 25-Year Award of Meritorious Service. The award is given to transportation employees having accrued 25 years of service with one or more AASHTO member departments and who have attained the grade of District Engineer, Assistant Central Office Division ...

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Hetrick new brand manager

The Mississippi Department of Transportation recently named Lucy Hetrick of Canton as brand manager in the Public Affairs Division. Hetrick previously was a creative director for the Marketing and Communication Division of the Mississippi Development Authority. Hetrick is a graphic designer with over 25 years of experience. At MDA, Hetrick was responsible for many projects including designing the state’s current ...

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