Thursday, November 24, 2005

Local News Briefs

Congress set to approve transportation projects

Agreement has been reached on legislation that will provide funding for transportation projects in north Mississippi, U. S. Rep. Roger Wicker said Friday.

The Congressman said the 2006 Treasury-Transportation-HUD appropriations bill contains money to continue work on the Highway 45 bypass in Columbus. The bill also includes $100,000 for Tibbee Road in Clay County, $700,000 for improvements to old Highway 8 in Grenada County to provide better access to Grenada Lake, and $100,000 to begin work on the Toby Tubby Parkway in Lafayette County to connect Highways 6 and 7. DeSoto County will get $1.5 million to continue work on the Star Landing Road corridor which will connect Getwell Road and Tulane Road with the new Interstate 55 interchange.

The House passed the bill Friday. Rep. Wicker, who serves on the Appropriations Committee, said he expected the Senate to approve the bill this week and be sent to the White House to be signed into law by President Bush.

"Safe, modern transportation is a key element in creating economic development opportunities and improving our quality of life," Wicker said. "I am pleased we could provide funding for these transportation projects."

The Congressman also credited Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran for his work on the spending package.

The Toby Tubby Parkway project would link Highways 6 and 7 northwest of Oxford, a move designed to relieve traffic congestion in the area. The funds will go toward environmental and route location studies for the project.

City, county work toward settling dispatch dispute

Holly Springs Mayor Andre’ DeBerry and alderman Tim Liddy met with the Marshall County Board of Supervisors in closed session Monday to try to settle a disagreement over E-911 dispatch costs.

Eddie Dixon, president of the board of supervisors, said the mayor and board of aldermen agreed to take up the issue at their city meeting on Tuesday.

He said the board of supervisors will wait until the county’s December 5 meeting before making any decision on whether the county will continue to handle dispatch for the Holly Springs Police Department.

The county in August asked the city to contribute $75,000 to pay salaries of four dispatchers. The county board later said it might cut off dispatch service to the police department if the city did not come to the table to discuss the issue.

Job Fair meeting Dec. 1; event set for Feb. 23, 2006

The next Job Fair Committee meeting is set for Thursday, Dec. 1, at 12 noon at Annie’s Restaurant in Holly Springs.

The 2006 Job Fair has been set for Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Eddie Lee Smith Multi-Purpose Building from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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