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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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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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Waters Companies earn honors top performing International Truck dealerships honor

WATERS Truck and Tractor and WATERS International Trucks, a International Truck commercial dealership, has received the International Truck Presidential Award. The award, introduced in 2018, honors the top seven percent of International Truck dealerships that achieve the highest level of performance in terms of operating and financial standards, market representation, and most importantly, customer satisfaction. Waters is one of only ...

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Jackson receives $1M grant for bus route improvements

Mississippi’s capital city is receiving a $1 million federal grant to improve a bus line. The Federal Transit Administration announced grants Tuesday to several U.S. communities that are developing new mass transit systems, or expanding ones already in place. Jackson is receiving money to reshape development along a bus system running from the Fondren neighborhood through downtown and to Jackson ...

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City to get road money anew after completing missing audits

A south Mississippi city is in line for millions of dollars in road money after it cleared up accounting problems. WDAM-TV reports that the Mississippi Department of Transportation notified the city of Hattiesburg Friday that its suspension for failing to turn in audits has been lifted. The suspension began in 2017 after Hattiesburg didn’t turn in a 2016 audit. Mayor ...

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Last US 72 segment in Mississippi gets 4 lanes

Mississippi officials have opened the final four-lane segment of U.S. 72, giving the route four lanes from the Tennessee state line to the Alabama state line. Norther District Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert says the corridor will cut congestion, promote safety, and provide a better connection to the new Interstate 269. The 4.2-mile (7-kilometer) segment cost $29.4 million. It included adding ...

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Mississippi to open last leg of $600M-plus I-269 on Friday

Mississippi’s newest interstate highway will open on Friday afternoon. The Mississippi Department of Transportation says officials will gather that morning to cut the ribbon on the final stretch of Interstate 269 in DeSoto County. The last leg of a beltway around Memphis, Tennessee, the 9-mile (14.5-kilometer) section stretches from Mississippi 305 to Interstate 55. It allows drivers to move between ...

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Computer switch tied to delays for some Mississippi car tags

Some Mississippi drivers say they are frustrated by delays in getting license plates. Lee County resident Norma Kolarik told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that she and her husband bought a car in May in Alcorn County. She said they couldn’t get a tag until September, and even then it took help from a state lawmaker. “The citizens of Mississippi ...

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