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Ole Miss Volleyball Featured Twice on TV in 2012

Posted by Robby Donoho | August 02, 2012 / 07:59pm | College Sports, Local Sports
WASHINGTON, D.C.--U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) today reported that Mississippi has successfully competed for more than $5.0 million in federal grant funding to support a variety of transportation-related improvements around the state.

Eight separate grants for work in Mississippi have been approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation, which awarded the funds through 12 grant programs authorized through the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012.  The grants range in scope from $1.44 million to support reconstruction of the I-55/State Route 6 interchange to $59,360 to improve signage on the Natchez Trace.

"Public safety will be enhanced through these grants, which support an assortment of infrastructure projects in our state.  This funding will help the state make progress in improving transportation safety and efficiency in Mississippi," Cochran said.

"Good transportation routes are essential for promoting commerce and economic opportunities across Mississippi," said Wicker.  "These grants demonstrate that our state can make a strong case when competing nationally."

The Mississippi grants were selected from almost 1,500 applications submitted to the Federal Highway Administration by states, cities, tribes and local planning organizations.  The following is a summary of the grant awards:

I-55/State Route 6 Interchange, Batesville:  $1,443,808 through the Delta Region Transportation Development Program to support reconstruction of the interchange by improving on- and off-ramps and installing lighting and traffic signalization.

Byram-Clinton Corridor, Hinds County:  $1,250,000 through the Delta Region Transportation Development Program to support the construction of a four-lane, limited-access road from I-20 to Sam Herring Road.

Mill Street Bridge, Jackson:  $1,000,000 through the Transportation, Community and System Preservation Program to support repairs and pedestrian and motorist safety improvements to the Mill Street Bridge on Woodrow Wilson Avenue.

Noxubee County/Winston County Bridges:  $700,000 through the Public Lands Highway Discretionary Program to support the widening of bridges providing access to the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge.

Natchez Trace Parkway/American Indian Sites:  $268,000 through the National Scenic Byways Program to support the installation of new and replacement wayside signs related to American Indian sites, including the Emerald, Mangum, Bynum, Pharr Mounds and five additional locations.

Kings Point Ferry, Warren County:  $160,000 through the Fe OXFORD, Miss. (WCBI/Ole Miss Athletics) -- The 2012 Ole Miss volleyball team will have two matches featured on TV this fall, with both matches occurring in the friendly confines of the Gillom Sports Center.

The Rebels' match against Southeastern Conference newcomer Missouri on Oct. 19 will be shown on SportSouth at 7:30 p.m. CT. The SportSouth footprint includes FS Southwest and FS Midwest. Two days later, Ole Miss will face off against South Carolina on Oct. 21 in a 1:30 p.m. CT match on CSS.

"We're excited for two of our SEC home matches to be shown on TV," Ole Miss head coach Joe Getzin said. "The quality of SEC volleyball is always top notch, and it's great to have newcomer Missouri here and to have that match on TV. I think we have some of the most passionate fans in the country and they make the Gillom Sports Center one of the toughest venues to play at in the conference. With those two matches being shown on TV, it will be a great weekend to come out and support Ole Miss volleyball."

Ole Miss will begin preseason practices for the upcoming 2012 campaign Aug. 8. The regular season begins Aug. 24 with the Hurricane Invitational in Coral Gables, Fla. The Rebels will face Miami (Fla.) on day one of the tournament before going up against Samford and Wofford to close out the weekend tournament.

The Rebels open the home slate of matches with the Magnolia Invitational on Sept. 7 with a double-header against Alabama A&M and Rice at 1:30 p.m. CT and 7:00 p.m. CT, respectively. ry Boat Discretionary Program to support the replacement of existing boat motors and other maintenance and efficiency upgrades.

Natchez Trace Parkway/Pharr Mounds Site:  $132,000 through the National Scenic Byways Program to support the construction of an accessible rest area for the Pharr Mounds Interpretive Site, replacing an outdated facility that does not meet current accessibility standards.

Great River Road/Natchez Trace Parkway:  $59,360 through the National Scenic Byways Program to support the design, construction and installation of signs in specific locations in three states along the Great River Road and Natchez Trace Parkway.
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