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MDOT announces State Equipment Operators Roadeo winners

The Mississippi Department of Transportation announced statewide winners of the 2019 State Equipment Operators Roadeo held in Biloxi. Single-Axle Dump Truck: Roger Brown, of Amory, first; Matthew Thorne, of Newton, second; and John Hodge, of Lake, third. Tandem-Axle Dump Truck: Derrick Stamps, of Cary, first; David Baty, of Hattiesburg, second; and Steve Allen, of Booneville, third. Lowboy: Billy Coward, of ...

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Paving coming to dirt road connecting 2 Mississippi highways

Residents near a college town in northern Mississippi have complained for years about a dirt road connecting two state highways. Now, improvements are scheduled to happen. The Starkville Daily News reports that Oktibbeha County supervisors on Monday approved a $2.2 million bid for work on Longview Road, with $1 million coming from the county and the rest from the state. ...

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Senators: 18 Mississippi airports receiving federal money

Eighteen airports in Mississippi will receive federal money to make improvements, including rehabilitation of some runways. U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith on Monday announced $4.8 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The single largest grant is just over $1 million to the Magee Municipal Airport for runway improvement. Other grants include $600,000 to Columbia-Marion County ...

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Tupelo OKs public transit overhaul

Changes to the City of Tupelo’s public transportation system are on the horizon. City officials voted Tuesday to overhaul the system by eliminating the fixed route system and allowing all city residents to request a transportation bus to pick them up from their home instead. The city currently has two methods of travel within the public transit system. There are ...

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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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