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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Mike Tagert

City unhappy with tree trimming

MDOT plans to replant some trees after having to remove hundreds during the construction of the Old Taylor roundabouts and the upcoming West Jackson/Highway 6 intersection. (July 11, 2014, Page 1)

MDOT to help clean up highways

The Mississippi Department of Transportation and its employees will be cleaning up highways all over Mississippi Tuesday and officials are asking drivers to use caution while they are out picking up trash from the side of the road. (March 31, 2014, Page 1)

Highway 6 dedicated to wounded heroes

A dedication ceremony to rename Highway 6 in Lafayette County to the Military Order of the Purple Heart was held Saturday in the Walmart Parking lot.Local and state officials attended the program including Ret. Brig. Gen. Ed Miller and Sen. Gray Tollison. (July 9, 2012, Page 1, 5)

Hwy. 6 named in honor of vets

A dedication ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the Walmart parking lot to rename Highway 6 in Oxford the Military Order of the Purple Heart Highway in honor of wounded veterans. The renaming is only honorary and will not affect GPS or mapping of the highway. (July 6, 2012, Page 1A, 2A)

Tagert wins transit seat

While Mike Tagert of Starkville won the overall election in Tuesday’s run-off race for the Northern District Transportation Commissioner seat, local voters chose John Caldwell Sr. of Nesbit. (February 2, 2011, Page 1)

Nonpartisan voting would be easier, cheaper

With nonpartisan – no party affiliation – voting, recent races have been settled easily and simply. Editor Don Whitten points to these races and what’s ahead with primaries this summer as proof that we should consider wide-open elections, particularly when it involves local offices. (February 2, 2011, Page 4)

Runoff election to decide transit position

While State Rep. Warner McBride took the majority of Lafayette County’s votes in Tuesday’s special election, it wasn’t enough to push him into a runoff for the seat of Northern District Transportation Commissioner.

Of the 1,718 votes cast locally Tuesday, Warner earned 937 votes. However, when the votes were counted from all the other counties in the district, it was candidates John Caldwell of DeSoto County and Mike Tagert of Starkville who both won 21 percent of the total votes, pushing them into a runoff election on Feb. 1 (January 12, 2011, Page 1A)

*BREAKING NEWS* Runoff in Miss. transportation race

JACKSON (AP) — Mike Tagert and John Caldwell Sr. were headed to a runoff for northern district transportation commissioner.

Unofficial returns from Tuesday’s election showed Caldwell, of Nesbit and transportation director for the DeSoto County School District, leading the seven-candidate filed. Tagert, of Starkville and president of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Council, was second.

Following closely behind was Rep. Warner McBride with 20 percent of the votes. Tagert and Caldwell both had 21 percent of the votes.

One precinct in Leflore County remained to be counted Wednesday.

The runoff election is Feb. 1.

The winner will fill the vacancy created when Transportation Commissioner Bill Minor of Holly Springs died Nov. 1.

The winner will serve nearly the final year of a four-year term. (January 11, 2011)

Special election still set for Tuesday

Gov. Haley Barbour has said he will decide sometime today whether to delay Tuesday’s special election due to hazardous road conditions after Sunday’s winter storm dumped several inches of snow and ice on Mississippi roads. (more…) (January 10, 2011, Page 1)

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