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"This is obviously a very important day for the State," says Governor Haslam. "This project was in the works for a long, long time. A lot of people worked to make it happen, and I think it's really gonna add to the transportation and ease in the state and actually help our business community."
It took 26 years to complete the 78 mile stretch of highway that connects Wilson to Dickson County, and the project faced much controversy along the way, such as budgeting and environmental concerns. TDOT says the opening of State Route 840 will decrease commercial vehicle traffic and help ease congestion in downtown Nashville. This makes a big difference to those who live in communities surrounding Nashville.
"I live in Spring Hill and it's gonna make our access to Dickson a lot easier," says Phil Soholt. "We do a lot of business out there with our company. It's a trip that used to take 40-45 minutes. Now it will take about 15-20 minutes, plus it's a beautiful ride."
This portion of State Route 840 will be a scenic highway with no billboards, preserving the beautiful views. The completed project officially opened to drivers at 6pm this evening.
Friday, November 2 2012, 08:00 PM CDT
Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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IN THE NEWS: LABOR GROUP SAYS CONDITIONS AT APPLE PLANTS IMPROVING
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A labor group Apple joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are getting better.
ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.