POPLARVILLE — Pearl River County Board of Supervisor President J. Patrick Lee says he believes Southern District Transportation Commissioner Tom King’s promise to open the lines of communication between MDOT and county political leaders. King, who ran on a promise of opening up communication and liaisons between the Mississippi Department of Transportation and local officials, was elected in November. He assumed office in January as one of the three members of the Mississippi Transportation Commission, which directs the activities of the MDOT. King is the former chairman of the Mississippi Senate Highways and Transportation Committee. Lee at Wednesday’s board meeting told the press that King had called him personally and had given him phone numbers where King can be reached any time day or night on any issue that Pearl River County leaders face. At an April 13 meeting between MDOT officials and county and Picayune officials at District Six headquarters in Hattiesburg, King told Pearl River County and city leaders that he knew there had been breakdowns in communication in the past, but he wanted a new start on the problems District Six faces. Lee said that King told him this week that he would brief supervisors at least monthly on the issues Pearl River County faces. “I believe he is sincere, and it’s a heck of lot more attention than we got under the previous office holder,” said Lee. County and Picayune officials were told at the April 13 meeting that the U.S. Highway 11 North project would be let for bids in 2015 and the probable completion date is 2017. In the interim, MDOT will install a traffic signal at U.S. Hwy. 11 and Highland Commons Parkway and reconfigure traffic lanes on the intersection to make traffic flow smoother. MDOT envisions making U.S. Hwy. 11 four lanes from the north end of East Hobolochitto Creek bridge to the entrance to Hide-A-Way Lake. The original start day was 2013, but that was delayed, MDOT officials said, because of red tape and budget restrictions. At the end of the April 13 meeting, Lee told the press, “He (King) has promised us we will be kept fully informed on it (the project) from now on. He is just elected, and he deserves a chance, and we are going to give him that opportunity. He has said that he will do everything in his power to move the project along, and I believe he is doing that. So what else can you do? You have to work and pull together to get anything done,” Lee said.
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Effort to arrest shoplifting suspects turns into chase
Officers of the Picayune Police department were involved in what began as a shoplifting call but ended in a high speed chase and crash for a couple from Bogalusa, La., suspected of shoplifting, said Capt. Jeremy Magri, assistant to the police chief.
Suspects found trying to bury evidence
Pearl River Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Investigators arrested two suspects after they were discovered burying evidence.
Chemical waste drop-off Sat.
County Fire Marshal Albert Lee will hold a household chemical cleanup day on Saturday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Pearl River County Road Department on U.S. Highway 11 in Millard.
Boil Water Notice
Pearl River Central Water Association has issued a precautionary Boil Water Notice for anyone west of Mill Creek who were without water on December 5, 2013, due to a broken water line.
Historical group gets keys to historic City Hall
Picayune Mayor Ed Pinero gave the keys to the historic portion of Picayune City Hall to members of the Picayune Historical Society in a ceremony prior to Tuesday’s meeting of the Picayune City Council.
Defendants seek response extension
Attorneys for the defendants in a lawsuit with Pearl River County Hospial filed a motion on Nov. 20 requesting an extension on the amount of time in which the defendents must file a response.
Police investigate stabbing
The Picayune Police Department reported officers were dispatched to Highland Community Hospital on Nov. 27, at 8:33 p.m. in reference to an aggravated assault involving Russell Still, Jr., age 53 of 2310 Jackson Landing Rd. The alleged incident occurred at the residence of the suspect, said Jeremy Magri, assistant to the chief.
Aldermen make progress on two ordinances
The Poplarville Board of Aldermen made progress in an animal control ordinance and code enforcement issues at the Tuesday evening meeting. The aldermen also addressed the removal of Election Commissioner Robin Nix and passed the change of traffic direction on Julia Street to become a two-way on Saturday and Sunday.
Police make PRCC drug arrests
In the early morning hours Wednesday, Poplarville Police Department, in conjunction with Pearl River Community College Campus Police and Picayune Police Department, three arrests were made on PRCC’s campus for selling controlled substances.
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