PENDER: Rough road ahead for motorists, politics


BY: Geoff Pender Many of our roads and bridges are in poor shape and expected to get worse from lack of maintenance. On present course, experts predict more than half the state’s roads will be un-travelable by 2030. Part of the problem is the state, with an ambitious road building program in the 1980s, added … Continue reading PENDER: Rough road ahead for motorists, politics

MDOT funding Indian Mound Trail with $800,000 grant.


The Mississippi Department of Transportation has received an $800,000 grant to put up historical markers and create road pull-offs. The trail is envisioned to run 350 miles from Wilkinson County to DeSoto County. Among the trail's major sites will be the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians in Natchez and Winterville Mounds State Park north … Continue reading MDOT funding Indian Mound Trail with $800,000 grant.

PEP Talk Podcast: Rep. Cecil Brown on the push to do away with inspection stickers in Mississippi.


Rep. Cecil Brown joined Managing Editor Keith Plunkett to discuss Brown's bill HB 499. The bill would have done away with the state requirement for inspection stickers on motor vehicles. However, following passage in the State House by a 112 to 5 vote, the bill never made it out of committee in the State Senate. … Continue reading PEP Talk Podcast: Rep. Cecil Brown on the push to do away with inspection stickers in Mississippi.

Legislators to continue port tour today.


The state Senate's Ports and Marine Resources Committee is continuing rounds Thursday to visit coastal ports, committee chairman Sen. Brice Wiggins said. Wednesday the group visited Bienville Port in Hancock County and the state Port of Gulfport. Thursday morning, they will be in Jackson County to tour the Port of Pascagoula. Two members from the … Continue reading Legislators to continue port tour today.

New port director to take “aggressive” action to create jobs through business development.


(The state port's new executive director Jonathan) Daniels said he will finish work in Oswego before he begins his new job in Gulfport in early to mid-June. He will relocate to the Coast with his wife and four children. Both Daniels and (port president Jim) Simpson also praised port Chief Operating Officer Matt Wypyski for … Continue reading New port director to take “aggressive” action to create jobs through business development.

State Port Board of Commissioners names new director


The Sun Herald is reporting: The state port's Board of Commissioners is expected to shortly approve Jonathan Daniels as the port's new executive director. Daniels comes to Gulfport from the Port of Oswego (N.Y.) He said the port in Oswego moves a little more tonnage than does Gulfport, but he is very excited about what … Continue reading State Port Board of Commissioners names new director

State Port Commission could name new director today.


The commission has scheduled a meeting for 10 a.m. on the top floor of the Hancock Bank Building. Commissioners have interviewed seven finalists for the job of executive director, spokesman Denton Gibbes said. Boyden Global Executive Search submitted the finalists' names after conducting a search for a director to replace Don Allee, who resigned in … Continue reading State Port Commission could name new director today.

Senate approves McGrath for director of MDOT through 2017.


The state Senate approved today the appointment of Melinda McGrath to remain executive director of the Mississippi Department of Transportation. McGrath was appointed executive director last year by the Transportation Commission. McGrath had been deputy executive director and chief engineer since August 2008. She was appointed the Mississippi Department of Transportation's interim executive director in … Continue reading Senate approves McGrath for director of MDOT through 2017.

House revives bill to raise speed limit to 75.


House members amended an unrelated Senate bill Thursday to allow the state Transportation Commission to raise the speed limit on some highways to 75 mph. The amendment was offered by Rep. Johnny Stringer, a Montrose Democrat. The House earlier passed his bill to allow the three transportation commissioners to increase top speeds on interstate highways … Continue reading House revives bill to raise speed limit to 75.

Rep. Robert Johnson wants gas tax increase.


A top lawmaker says Mississippi needs to increase its gasoline tax to pay for highway and bridge maintenance, but he concedes there’s little chance of it happening this year. House Transportation Committee Chairman Robert Johnson said Monday that 40 percent of Mississippi’s major roads and 28 percent of its highways are in poor or mediocre … Continue reading Rep. Robert Johnson wants gas tax increase.