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November 15, 2010

MDEQ awards grant to Golden Triangle Solid Waste Authority

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has awarded the Golden Triangle Solid Waste Management Authority a solid waste assistance grant of $34,200 that will be used for a household hazardous waste collection event.
“The Solid Waste Assistance Grants support a variety of useful solid waste management activities for cities and counties. We are pleased this grant is available to assist the efforts in the Golden Triangle area in improving their management of solid waste,” said Trudy Fisher, MDEQ Executive Director.
Cities and counties may apply for Solid Waste Assistance Grants through the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. These grants are utilized by local communities for programs to prevent and clean up unauthorized dumps; to aid in hiring local solid waste enforcement officers; for public education efforts on solid waste disposal and recycling; and to establish programs for the collection of white goods, bulky wastes and recyclables.

McBride to seek vacant Transportation Commission post

Mississippi House of Representatives Transportation Committee Chairman Warner McBride, D-Courtland, seeks to fill the position of Transportation Commissioner for the Northern District, he announced Monday.
The late Bill Minor, who was elected to the post in 2003, died earlier this month.
“Our friend Bill Minor’s shoes seem impossible to fill, but we know the transportation needs of north Mississippi must continue to be met. Like Bill, I will keep our Transportation Department moving forward, honoring Bill’s legacy by making our roads and bridges better and safer for our families to travel on,” McBride said in a statement announcing his candidacy.
“I will be a responsible steward, making sure that we get the greatest value and quality for the people’s money. Working together, we will create good jobs and strengthen local economies as we continue to make wise investments in improving and building our transportation system to meet the growing demands of the 21st century.”
McBride is a third-generation Panolian. His grandfather was a county supervisor and state representative. In 1992, he followed his grandfather into the House of Representativea, serving Lafayette, Panola and Tallahatchie counties.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering and business at Mississippi State University.
McBride and his wife, Phyllis, have three sons. He is also active with the Batesville Rotary Club, Panola Partnership and Wildlife Mississippi. Warner serves as a deacon and Sunday school teacher at Good Hope Baptist Church.

GSDP to hold Lunch and Learn session

The Greater Starkville Development Partnership will present a Lunch & Learn at The Veranda this Thursday as part of the new Blue Ribbon Business Resources series.
The series is sponsored by the Technology Resource Institute at Mississippi State University, and Thursday’s lunch presentation is being sponsored by ChamberPlus Inc.
Topics of discussion will include updates on current healthcare legislation and how it affects small businesses. Business owners and managers can find out how their business can have healthy employees and save money on health insurance. The lunch is being provided compliments of ChamberPlus, but space is limited.
Speakers will be Lindsay Buford of ChamberPlus Inc. and Doug Henley with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi.
The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the program starting at noon.
Anyone interested in attending the Lunch & Learn should contact Allison Matthews at the GSDP by calling 323-3322 or e-mail at amatthews@starkville.org.

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