Thursday, June 26, 2014
Brandon Presley to visit Holly Springs Thursday
Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley will hold a “Town Hall” meeting in Holly Springs Thursday, June 26, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Marshall County Courthouse.
The meeting is free, and the public is invited to attend.
“I want to give the people of Marshall County the opportunity to share their concerns with me personally about utility services and the lack of cellular telephone and high-speed Internet service in their area,” Presley said.
“I also appreciate the opportunity to speak directly to the public about the important issues facing the PSC today.”
Among other things, Commissioner Presley plans to discuss the “Zap the Gap” program to address poor cellular telephone and high-speed Internet service, the No-Call law and other consumer-related topics that affect Mississippians and the economic climate.
City school district gets grant toward new bus
The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has awarded $105,000 to seven school districts for new school buses for the upcoming school year.
Each district was given a $15,000 grant toward the purchase of a new bus to replace an older bus. Stricter emissions standards for diesel engines, including school buses, were implemented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2007.
The districts selected were Holly Springs School District, Amory School District, Greenville Public School District, Pontotoc City School District, Tupelo Public School District, Holmes County School District and Monroe County School District
“Because thousands of Mississippi children begin and end their days with a trip on a school bus, providing for clean school buses is an ongoing priority for the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. School buses are the safest and most efficient way to transport students, but we want to ensure that it’s a healthy trip,” said Trudy Fisher, MDEQ executive director.
Reducing diesel emissions is one of the most important air quality challenges in Mississippi. Since 2009, through grants and the Mississippi School Bus Retrofit Project, MDEQ has retrofitted 1,931 school buses and provided partial funding for 10 new buses to reduce emissions of particulate matter, hydrocarbons, and carbon monoxide.
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