The Extra Mile

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Tune in to The Extra Mile presented by the Mississippi Department of Transportation. Co-hosts Paul Katool and Waverly McCarthy take listeners inside the world of transportation infrastructure in Mississippi.

Episode Date
District 7 Engineer Albert White
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Nov 21, 2022
Southern District Transportation Commissioner Tom King
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MDOT Southern District Transportation Commissioner Tom King joined The Extra Mile podcast to announce his retirement at the end of the current term, reflect on a 31-year career in public service and look ahead to what’s next.


  • Show intro, introducing Southern District Transportation Commissioner Tom King - 00:30
  • Commissioner Tom King announces his retirement at the end of the current term - 1:25
  • Reflecting on 31-years of public service in the military, state senate, state house and transportation commission - 02:07
  • Looking back on favorite memories during his career as an elected official - 03:01
  • On signature legislation including the John Paul Frerer Bicycle Safety Act - 03:58
  • On what he's looking forward to in his last year at Southern District Transportation Commissioner - 04:58
  • Any particular memories you're proud of as a transportation commissioner, implementation of lottery for transportation funding - 05:40
  • On hiring MDOT Executive Director Brad White - 06:27
  • Favorite place to grab a bite to eat when traveling on Mississippi highways - 07:25
  • Thanking Commissioner King for his service as transportation commissioner - 08:20
  • Show outro - 09:39
Nov 16, 2022
Northern District Transportation Commissioner John Caldwell
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Northern District Transportation Commissioner John Caldwell joined The Extra Mile podcast to talk about Veterans Day, challenges facing MDOT, the importance of getting out into the district to see projects and meet constituents and more.  


  • Show intro, introducing Northern District Transportation Commissioner John Caldwell - 00:28
  • Background information on Commissioner Caldwell - 1:00
  • Why he decided to run for transportation commissioner - 01:19
  • On Commissioner Caldwell's military service and how it impacts his current job - 01:48
  • Commissioner Caldwell on the importance of Veterans Day - 02:37
  • What's going on in the Northern District? - 05:08
  • The challenges that MDOT faces and how to tackle them - 06:57
  • The state lottery and how that's helped out with funding - 08:29
  • How inflation has impacted MDOT and construction/maintenance - 10:27
  • On getting out on the interstates and highways to check out projects and meet with constituents - 11:25
  • Commissioner Caldwell's book “Semper Odyssey – Conflicts of a Marine Reservist” - 12:31
  • On the public's perception of MDOT projects' timelines - 14:57
  • Special session on economic development project and how transportation ties into that - 15:52
  • Any other message to get out to Northern District constituents - 16:30
  • Favorite place to grab a bite to eat when out traveling Mississippi highways - 18:56
  • Show outro - 21:34
Nov 07, 2022
Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill
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Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill joined The Extra Mile podcast to talk about her career and path to becoming mayor, MDOT projects in the city, the explosion of growth in Starkville and more.


  • Show intro, introducing Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill - 00:27
  • Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill on her career and why she ran for mayor - 01:08
  • First woman in the history of the Airforce to qualify as Carrier Pilot - 05:34
  • On the second time being a mayor with the first being in Addison, Texas - 05:48
  • MDOT projects going on in the City of Starkville - 09:05
  • The importance of partnerships when it comes to things like transportation infrastructure and economic development - 12:39
  • Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill on the explosion of growth in Starkville - 13:53
  • How the City of Starkville deals with game day traffic - 16:10
  • On SMART, Starkville's public transit system - 18:09
  • Big events coming up in the City of Starkville - 20:20
  • Favorite places to grab a bite to eat in the City of Starkville - 22:57
  • Show outro - 26:14
Oct 24, 2022
Oxford Mayor Robyn Tannehill
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Oxford Mayor Robyn Tannehill joined The Extra Mile podcast to talk about why she ran for mayor, MDOT projects in the city, the Double Decker Arts Festival, the explosion of growth in Oxford and more.


  • Show intro, introducing Oxford Mayor Robyn Tannehill - 00:29
  • Why did she run for Mayor of Oxford? - 01:41
  • On the many roundabouts in Oxford and why they work for the city - 03:58
  • Any other MDOT projects that Oxford Mayor Robyn Tannehill wants to highlight - 06:34
  • On the explosion of growth in the City of Oxford - 07:35
  • On the "We Get to Live Here" hashtag - 09:20
  • Gameday traffic and parking - 09:49
  • On the public transit system in Oxford - 11:39
  • Oxford Mayor Robyn Tannehill on creating the Double Decker Arts Festival - 13:50
  • On the mayor's favorite place to eat in Oxford or when she's traveling outside of the city - 16:15
  • What's the secret sauce for Oxford, Mississippi? - 17:30
  • Plug for Holly Jolly Holidays in Oxford - 18:19
  • Show outro - 18:58
Oct 03, 2022
State Route 15 Safety Improvement Project in Laurel
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MDOT District 6 Engineer Kelly Castleberry joined The Extra Mile podcast to give an overview of the proposed State Route 15 Safety Improvement Project in Laurel.


  • Show intro, introducing MDOT District 6 Engineer Kelly Castleberry - 00:28
  • An overview of the State Route 15 Safety Improvement Project in Laurel from Kelly Castleberry - 01:07
  • Third-most accident prone corridor in the state and other statistics - 02:03
  • Reading out statistics that back up why this project needs to be done - 02:45
  • Highways with center turn lane outdated? - 03:38
  • On similar projects around the state such as State Route 12 in Starkville - 04:57
  • Next step in the State Route 15 Safety Improvement Project in Laurel? - 06:39
  • Timeline of construction - 07:23
  • Reiterating that safety is the reason for the project - 08:27
  • Final message to the public on the State Route 15 Safety Improvement Project - 08:38
  • Show outro - 09:33
Sep 26, 2022
Former Governor Haley Barbour
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Former Governor Haley Barbour joined The Extra Mile podcast to talk about his political career, Hurricane Katrina recovery stories, the link between transportation infrastructure and economic development, tort reform and more. 


  • Show intro, introducing former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour - 00:31
  • More information on Governor Barbour's career including why he ran for office - 01:00
  • On memorable Hurricane Katrina stories, which happened during Gov. Barbour's administration - 04:30
  • MDOT crews as first responders during disasters like Hurricane Katrina - 08:38
  • On the debris left by Hurricane Katrina - 11:42
  • On Marsha Barbour's (Governor's wife) role in Hurricane Katrina recovery - 12:29
  • The late Senator Thad Cochran's role in helping Mississippi get what it needed post Katrina - 15:43
  • Importance of having a strong transportation infrastructure network - 17:45
  • Signature legislation or policies during governorship - 20:21:16
  • On the lost art of bipartisanship - 22:36
  • Governor Barbour on MDOT Executive Director Brad White - 27:40
  • Favorite place to get a bite to eat when out on Mississippi highways - 28:13
  • What is Governor Barbour up to these days? - 29:23
  • Show outro - 30:30 
Sep 19, 2022
MDOT Deputy Executive Director/Chief Engineer Brian Ratliff
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MDOT Deputy Executive Director/Chief Engineer Brian Ratliff joined The Extra Mile podcast to recap the Hwy 49 project in Rankin County, provide an update on copper wire theft prevention efforts, give info on projects around the state and more.


  • Show intro, introducing MDOT Deputy Executive Director/Chief Engineer Brian Ratliff - 00:30
  • Recapping and putting a bow on the Highway 49 project in Rankin County - 01:28
  • On being patient when it comes to construction projects, being worth it in the end - 03:21
  • Wrapping up the Interstate 20 bridge replacement project in Jackson - 04:37
  • Other project updates in the state including Corridor V in Itawamba County - 05:38
  • The results of extra money appropriated to MDOT by the Mississippi Legislature - 07:03
  • On how inflation has affected maintenance and construction projects - 07:48
  • Efforts of MDOT crews during recent flooding and severe weather  - 08:50
  • Update on copper wire thefts on interstates in Jackson - 12:50
  • Favorite place to grab a bite to eat while traveling Mississippi highways - 13:46
  • First car and dream car - 14:49
  • Update on SEC Squared, pay adjustments for MDOT employees - 15:39
  • Show outro - 17:59
Aug 29, 2022
Dr. Shawn Wilson, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development
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The Extra Mile podcast team talked to Dr. Shawn Wilson, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development, about how MDOT and Louisiana DOTD work together, hurricanes and contraflow protocol, the best places to eat in Louisiana and more. 


  • Show intro - 00:31
  • Background on Dr. Shawn Wilson, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development - 01:04
  • What's the "Development" portion of the "Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development" mean? - 04:29
  • How do MDOT and Louisiana DOT work together? - 06:50
  • What happens when a major hurricane strikes the area, info on Contraflow? - 10:34
  • Why Dr. Shawn Wilson believes it's important to have a robust, safe, efficient transportation network - 13:08
  • Unique challenges of traffic during college football season with LSU and Southern University both in Baton Rouge - 14:42
  • How can Mississippians get traffic/travel information when visiting Louisiana? - 16:31
  • Dr. Wilson's favorite place to get a bite to eat in Louisiana - 17:40 
  • Show outro - 19:03  
Aug 15, 2022
State Senator Jenifer Branning and State Representative Scott Bounds
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State Senator Jenifer Branning and State Representative Scott Bounds joined The Extra Mile podcast on location at the Neshoba County Fair. Senator Branning and Representative Bounds shared stories about the fair, discussed transportation-related topics and much more.

  • Show intro - 00:27
  • State Representative Scott Bounds on his new role as President of the Neshoba County Fair - 01:24
  • Rep. Bounds gives history and synopsis of the Neshoba County Fair - 03:14
  • Rep. Bounds on the political element of the Neshoba County Fair - 06:05
  • Rep. Bounds on the logistics of the fair - 07:02
  • Rep. Bounds on the attendance of the Neshoba County Fair - 08:56
  • Rep. Bounds on the Emergency Road and Bridge Repair Fund - 11:00
  • Rep. Bounds favorite place meal at the Neshoba County Fair - 12:12
  • Wrapping things up with Rep. Bounds - 13:26
  • Commercial break: MDOT Central District Commissioner Willie Simmons soundbite from Neshoba County Fair speech - 13:54
  • Introducing State Senator Jenifer Branning - 14:58
  • Sen. Branning on how she's enjoying the fair - 15:38
  • Sen. Branning highlighting the past legislative session for MDOT - 16:02
  • Sen. Branning on preparations being made for the next legislative session - 17:30
  • Sen. Branning on her favorite memories from the Neshoba County Fair - 18:11
  • Sen. Branning on projects in her area she's keeping an eye on, Hwy 19 in Neshoba County - 20:38
  • Sen. Branning on the Emergency Road and Bridge Repair Fund - 21:42
  • Sen. Branning on how she works with Rep. Bounds to advance the best interests of the district - 22:49
  • Sen. Branning on her favorite food at the Neshoba County Fair - 24:13
  • Show outro - 25:44
Aug 01, 2022
Former Governor Ronnie Musgrove
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Former Governor Ronnie Musgrove joined the show to talk about his personal connection to MDOT, his most memorable accomplishments as governor, what he’s up to these days and more.


  • Show intro - 00:29
  • Information on Former Governor Ronnie Musgrove, background on why he ran for governor - 1:01
  • Governor Musgrove's connection to the old Mississippi Highway Department, now MDOT - 03:06
  • How Governor Musgrove worked with MDOT to advance transportation interests - 05:54
  • Story about vetoing initial contraflow legislation and reworking the pact between Mississippi and Louisiana - 07:53
  • PSA: Former MDOT Central District Commissioner Dick Hall on work zone safety - 11:19
  • Governor Musgrove's greatest accomplishment as governor - 12:02
  • What's the key to running an entire state? - 16:49
  • What is Governor Musgrove up to these day? - 19:31
  • Favorite place to grab a bite to eat when traveling around Mississippi - 22:12
  • Show outro - 23:50
Jul 18, 2022
Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration Nuria Fernandez
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Nuria Fernandez, Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration, joined The Extra Mile podcast to talk about a $650,000 rural transportation grant for Claiborne County, give an overview of the FTA, talk about the importance of public transportation and more.


  • Show intro - 00:29
  • More on $650,000 rural transportation grant (Areas of Persistent Poverty Program) for Claiborne County - 01:04 
  • Why Claiborne County for this grant? - 02:00
  • Background information on Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration Nuria Fernandez -02:33
  • Administrator Fernandez on the emotional testimonial of a public transit user in Claiborne County - 04:55
  • Overview of the Federal Transportation Administration from Administrator Fernandez - 05:45
  • On Administrator Fernandez's first trip to Mississippi - 07:42
  • On Administrator Fernandez and her staff getting boots on the ground to work in communities - 08:17
  • Where did Administrator Fernandez get a bite to eat the night before the grant presentation? - 09:18
  • Any last message from the Federal Transit Administration to Mississippians - 10:17
  • Show outro - 11:19
Jul 05, 2022
Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker
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The Extra Mile team took the show on the road to talk to Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker in city hall. He discussed his path to being elected mayor, working with MDOT to accomplish transportation infrastructure goals, the explosion of growth in the Hub City and more.


  • Show intro - 00:28
  • Background and how Mayor Barker made it to Hattiesburg - 01:33
  • What led him to run for Mayor of Hattiesburg after 10 years in the Mississippi House or Representatives - 02:34
  • How does the City of Hattiesburg work with MDOT to accomplish transportation infrastructure goals - 04:05
  • Fun story of how Mayor Barker met MDOT Southern District Transportation Commissioner Tom King - 04:37
  • Transportation projects going on in the City of Hattiesburg - 06:50
  • Unique considerations to be made when planning transportation with two university in the city (Southern Miss and William Carey) - 11:46
  • What does Mayor Hattiesburg attribute the explosion of growth in the city to? - 13:24
  • Impact of Longleaf Trace on the Hattiesburg economy - 15:19
  • Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker's favorite place to eat when out traveling on Mississippi highways - 17:36
  • Star-Spangled Celebration on the River, Fourth of July collaboration between Hattiesburg and Petal - 18:50
  • Show outro - 20:33
Jun 20, 2022
MEMA Executive Director Stephen McCraney
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The Extra Mile podcast was on location at the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. MEMA Executive Director Stephen McCraney joined the show to discuss his background, hurricane preparedness, the various responsibilities of MEMA and more.


  • Show intro - 00:30
  • Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Stephen McCraney on his background and experience - 01:30
  • Overview of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency - 03:21
  • On MDOT's role during hurricane season - 08:26
  • MEMA's Radiation Preparedness Program - 09:32
  • How can the public stay in the loop during emergencies? - 10:11
  • On MEMA's emergency response vehicles - 11:38
  • On how contraflow works - 12:47
  • What should Mississippians do to prepare for disasters? - 15:00
  • More on "The First 72 Hours Are On You" - 17:19
  • What not to do during a disaster? - 19:11
  • On avoiding downed power lines - 21:15
  • Favorite place to grab a bite to eat when traveling on Mississippi highways? - 21:05
  • Show outro - 23:59


Jun 06, 2022
Mississippi Today Editor-at-Large Marshall Ramsey
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Mississippi Today Editor-at-Large Marshall Ramsey joined the show to discuss his career as an editorial cartoonist, give his thoughts on covering MDOT, talk about his favorite places to grab a bite to eat while traveling Mississippi highways and more.


  • Show intro - 00:29
  • Introducing Mississippi Today Editor-at-Large Marshall Ramsey - 00:52
  • Background, why did Marshall Ramsey decide to be an editorial cartoonist? - 01:40M
  • Marshall Ramsey on his creative process - 03:33
  • Marshall Ramsey on overcoming creative block - 05:19
  • On the balance between fact-based journalism and humor - 06:40
  • On covering MDOT and any memories from covering the agency - 08:10
  • Hwy 49 cartoon and Marshall Ramsey's thoughts on the project - 09:36
  • Favorite cartoons over the years - 11:20
  • On Marshall Ramsey's radio show on Mississippi Public Radio, interview series for Mississippi Today - 15:06
  • Interview tips for The Extra Mile podcast crew - 16:05
  • On the importance of having a safe, efficient transportation network in Mississippi - 19:07
  • Favorite place for Marshall Ramsey to get a bite to eat when out traveling on Mississippi highways - 23:00
  • Show outro - 25:35
May 23, 2022
Former Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall
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Former Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall joined the show to recap his time in public service, give his thoughts on the 2022 legislative session for MDOT and opine on what needs to happen going forward to advance transportation infrastructure in Mississippi.


  • Show intro - 00:27
  • Introducing former MDOT Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall - 01:14
  • Background on former MDOT Commissioner Dick Hall - 01:25
  • Commissioner Dick Hall on being a part of the legislature vs. being transportation commissioner - 01:58
  • On when Commissioner Dick first met MDOT Executive Director Brad White - 03:17
  • Important projects that stick out in the mind of Commissioner Dick Hall - 04:53
  • Commissioner Hall's take on the 2022 legislative session for MDOT - 08:51
  • Long-term funding conversation for transportation infrastructure in Mississippi - 10:22
  • On the legislature allowing for salary increases for MDOT employees - 13:49
  • On Commissioner Dick Hall being honored for his years of service to MDOT - 16:32
  • Story about planting of tree and metaphor for building transportation infrastructure - 17:54
  • First car/favorite car for Commissioner Dick Hall - 20:02
  • What was MDOT Executive Director Brad White like back in the day? - 22:32
  • On working with Commissioner Tom King as a transportation commissioner and working with Commissioner Willie Simmons in the legislature - 24:41
  • Talking about the good, hard-working people that have worked for Commissioner Dick Hall - 25:57
  • Favorite place to grab a bite to eat when traveling the state on Mississippi highways - 26:35
  • What is Commissioner Dick Hall up to these days? - 27:52
  • Funny story with Commissioner Dick Hall and the late Senator Thad Cochran getting confused for each other - 28:59
  • Thanking Commissioner Dick Hall for appearing on the show - 30:52
  • Show outro - 31:20 
May 09, 2022
Legislative Session: MDOT Executive Director Brad White
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MDOT Executive Director Brad White joined the show to recap the 2022 legislative session, talk about former MDOT Commissioner Dick Hall, send out thanks for a successful session and more.


  • Show intro - 00:16 
  • MDOT Executive Director Brad White breaks down the legislative session for the agency - 01:26
  • The new expectations that come with additional funding and salary increase at MDOT - 04:36
  • Additional money to help speed up projects, help with inflation - 05:54
  • Recap of MDOT's Fallen Worker Memorial Ceremony - 06:40
  • Increase in roadway fatalities, what motorists can do to help with this - 08:43
  • Refresher on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act - 10:11
  • Brad on the agency honoring former MDOT Commissioner Dick Hall - 12:24
  • Special thanks from Brad for a successful legislative session - 15:08
  • Things Brad has learned over his nearly a year at MDOT - 16:34
  • Favorite place to get a bite to eat while traveling Mississippi highways - 18:27
  • Paul and Will's favorite places to eat in Mississippi while traveling - 19:26
  • News on show going forward, Extra Mile Podcast going to twice a month - 20:39
  • Show outro - 21:18
Apr 18, 2022
Legislative Session: Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann
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Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann joined the show to talk his path into politics, additional money headed to MDOT from the legislature, his thoughts on brain drain and more.


  • Show intro, introducing Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann - 00:15
  • Lieutenant Governor Hosemann as an avid marathoner - 00:56  
  • What drove Lt. Governor Hosemann to get into politics - 01:41
  • On his decision to go from Secretary of State to Lt. Governor - 05:27
  • Breakdown of the additional money being sent to MDOT from the Mississippi legislature - 06:15
  • Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann on former MDOT Commissioner Dick Hall - 10:50
  • Money for ports  - 13:45
  • Mississippi Flexible Tax Incentive (MFlex) - 15:24
  • Other legislation left on table including ARPA money, education, tracking progress of legislature's investments - 16:55
  • Lt. Governor Hosemann's thoughts on the brain drain and how to keep young people in the state - 20:08
  • Favorite places to grab a bite to eat while out traveling Mississippi highways - 22:52
  • On our state parks and our need to improve them - 23:39
  • Best way for Mississippians to contact Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann - 25:36
  • The Extra Mile Podcast receives Award of Excellence from the Public Relations Association of Mississippi - 26:16
  • Show outro - 26:37
Apr 11, 2022
Legislative Session: Legislation Update and I-20 Closure Preview
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As the 2022 legislative session wraps up, co-host Will Craft broke down legislation affecting the agency. MDOT Chief Engineer/Deputy Executive Director Brian Ratliff also joined the show to explain the upcoming I-20 WB/I-55 SB closure in Jackson.

  • Show intro, previewing legislation talk with Will Craft and I-20 closure with Brian Ratliff - 00:16
  • MDOT's Will Craft, Government and Constituent Affairs, provides updates on legislation affecting the agency - 00:53
  • Update on the next iteration of the Emergency Road and Bridge Repair Fund - 05:16
  • Gas tax holiday update - 06:36
  • Introducing MDOT Deputy Executive Director/Chief Engineer Brian Ratliff - 07:42
  • Closure on I-20 westbound, I-55 southbound in Jackson to repair dip in roadway, what caused it? - 07:54
  • Walkthrough of what the work will look like - 09:00
  • What would happen if these repairs were not made? - 09:40
  • Explanation of detour routes - 10:27
  • Reiteration of the corridors that will be affected - 10:48
  • Does all the recent rain play a factor in the repair? - 11:36
  • How will the public be updated on the closure? - 12:35
  • People need to give themselves more time when navigating the closure - 13:12 
  • SEC Squared, Mississippi State Personnel Board initiative - 13:38
  • MDOT employee salaries top priority of Executive Director Brad White - 14:27
  • Favorite place to stop and eat out when traveling on Mississippi highways - 15:38
  • MDOT's The Extra Mile Podcast finalist for Government Social Media Conference podcast of the year - 17:26
  • Will Craft shouts out MDOT's legislative team - 18:01
  • Show outro - 18:49
Apr 04, 2022
Legislative Session: State Senator Barbara Blackmon
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State Senator Barbara Blackmon joined the show to talk about her roles as Chair of the Housing Committee and Vice-Chair of Highways and Transportation, ARPA money, her thoughts on the income tax debate and more.


  • Show intro, introducing State Senator Barbara Blackmon - 00:15
  • Get to know State Senator Barbara Blackmon, how she go into politics - 00:59
  • Why she got back into politics after leaving in 2003 - 03:00
  • Role as Chair of the Housing Committee in the Senate - 4:34
  • Overview of what's going on with the Highways and Transportation Committee - 05:49 
  • Future of the Emergency Road and Bridge Repair Fund - 07:07:52
  • Any other legislation looking at, ARPA money - 08:26
  • State Senator Barbara Blackmon's thoughts on the income tax debate - 09:25
  • Favorite place to get a bite to eat at when traveling around Mississippi - 11:52
  • Best way for constituents and the public to contact State Senator Barbara Blackmon - 12:40


Mar 28, 2022
Legislative Session: State Representative Richard Bennett
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State Representative Richard Bennett, Chair of the Education Committee in the House, joined the show to talk teacher pay raise legislation, MDOT’s upkeep of Hwy 90, the revitalization of the Coast post-Katrina and more. 


  • Show intro, introducing State Representative Richard Bennett - 00:16
  • How State Representative Richard Bennett got into politics -00:55
  • Representative Bennett on the teacher pay raise legislation - 02:48 
  • Information on conference weekend, last two weeks of the 2022 Mississippi legislative session - 04:30
  • More on conference reports - 05:25
  • Legislation helping to provide higher education to foster care kids - 06:10
  • Importance of transportation, any projects going on in District 120, MDOT's upkeep of Highway 90 - 08:41
  • Revitalization of the Mississippi Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina - 10:18
  • Favorite place to grab a bite to eat while traveling Mississippi - 11:49
  • Ways for people and constituents to contact State Representative Richard Bennett - 13:05
  • Show outro - 13:43 


Mar 21, 2022
Legislative Session: State Senator John Horhn
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State Senator John Horhn joined the show to talk about his career in state government and politics, the link between great transportation infrastructure and economic development, the importance of keeping our roads litter free and much more.

  

  • Show intro, introducing State Senator John Horhn - 00:16
  • Getting to Senator Horhn, how he got into politics - 00:50 
  • Thoughts on the the importance of transportation, any challenges to advance transportation in Mississippi - 05:38
  • Electric and autonomous vehicles - 06:43
  • Role as Chairman of Labor Committee and Vice-Chair of Tourism Committee - 08:12
  • Keeping an eye on any legislation? - 09:33
  • Importance of keeping roads free of litter - 11:05
  • Projects of interest in District 26 - 12:31
  • Reflecting on working with MDOT Central District Commissioner Willie Simmons - 14:05
  • Impact of Deion Sanders at Jackson State on the university and city- 14:53 
  • Favorite places to eat while driving up and down the highways - 17:38
  • Show outro - 20:01
Mar 14, 2022
Legislative Session: State Senator Hob Bryan
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State Senator Hob Bryan joined The Extra Mile Podcast: Legislative Session to talk about his 39 years in the legislature, memories of the 1987 Four-Lane Highway Program, other transportation topics and more.


  • Show intro, introducing State Senator Hob Bryan - 00:17
  • Life in Amory - 01:00
  • How did State Senator Hob Bryan get into politics? - 01:28
  • On his role as the Public Health and Welfare Chair in the Senate - 02:10
  • Memories of the 1987 Four-Lane Highway Program in Mississippi - 03:10
  • Highway Department becoming the Department of Transportation - 10:06
  • Amory referred to as the Railroad Subdivision - 15:43
  • Vision 21 and data-driven decision making - 17:30
  • Favorite governor of the state of Mississippi - 18:54
  • Projects in District 7, Corridor V - 20:34
  • Favorite spot to eat while out on the road - 21:52
  • Best way for constituents to call you - 23:51
  • Show outro - 24:38
Mar 07, 2022
Legislative Session: State Representative Trey Lamar
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State Representative Trey Lamar joined The Extra Mile Podcast: Legislative Session to talk about transportation legislation, the Tax Freedom Act, an overview of the Ways and Means Committee and other topics.


The Extra Mile - Legislative Session: State Representative Trey Lamar

Show intro

Show intro with hosts Paul Katool and Will Craft - 00:17

Guest: State Representative Trey Lamar

  • State Representative Trey Lamar's time as an Ole Miss football player during Eli Manning years - 00:49
  • Background information and why he decided to run for the Mississippi House of Representatives - 01:57
  • Transportation infrastructure projects projects in Tate and Lafayette counties - 04:01
  • Why is important for Mississippi to have a robust transportation infrastructure network? - 06:52
  • Transportation legislation, House Bill 1686 relating to MDOT debt relief - 08:56
  • Income tax elimination discussion, Tax Freedom Act from the House - 10:42
  • Overview of the Ways and Means Committee in the Mississippi House of Representatives - 14:53
  • Explanation of House Bill 1639, electric vehicle charging fee for non-residents of Mississippi - 16:21
  • Favorite place to grab a bite to eat when out on the road in Mississippi - 17:53
  • How can Mississippians and constituents contact State Representative Trey Lamar - 18:41

Show outro 

Feb 28, 2022
Legislative Session: U.S. Congressman Michael Guest
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U.S. Congressman Michael Guest joined the show to talk about transportation infrastructure-related topics, electric and autonomous vehicles, rural broadband expansion and more.


The Extra Mile - Legislative Session: U.S. Congressman Michael Guest

Show intro

Show intro with hosts Paul Katool and Will Craft - 00:17

Guest: U.S. Congressman Michael Guest 

  • Congressman Michael Guest tells him about himself and gives background information - 01:20 
  • What led to running for Congress? - 07:50  
  • Advocating for Mississippi on transportation and other issues in Washington, DC - 10:30
  • Overview of committees that Congressman Michael Guest serves on - 13:06
  • Electric and autonomous vehicles and the continued importance of the  - 14:51
  • Congressman Michael Guest on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act - 17:25
  • Update on rural broadband expansion - 22:30
  • Congressman Michael Guest highlights local legislation, renaming post office in Lincoln County for fallen law enforcement officers - 25:22
  • Contact info for Congressman Michael Guest - 27:58
  • Congressman Guest highlights constituent services issues - 28:32

Show outro 

Feb 21, 2022
Legislative Session: Secretary of State Michael Watson
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Secretary of State Michael Watson joined the show to talk about various initiatives at the SOS office, the importance of adequate transportation across the state, voting issues and more.


The Extra Mile - Legislative Session: Secretary of State Michael Watson

Show intro

Show intro with hosts Paul Katool and Will Craft - 00:17

Guest: Secretary of State Michael Watson

  • What brought Secretary Michael Watson to serve in public office? - 01:12
  • What drove you to see out the Secretary of State's office - 02:46
  • Secretary Watson's take on what's going on at the current stage of the legislative session - 04:42
  • Tracking any legislative session at the Secretary of State's office? - 05:31 
  • Why do think transportation is important? Specific to the Secretary of State office? - 07:07  
  • Rundown of initiatives at Secretary of State office - 08:08
  • Explainer on "Tackle the Tape" initiative - 09:46
  • Services for small business owners - 10:39
  • "Milk and cookies" policy for new hires at the Secretary of State's office - 12:27
  • Restaurants you like to eat at during your time on the road? - 14:38
  • Why is voting important? - 16:24
  • Contact information for Secretary Michael Watson - 17:31
  • Encouragement to check voter registration status - 18:26

Show outro 

Feb 14, 2022
Legislative Session: Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson
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Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson joined the show to talk about how MDOT and the Department of Agriculture and Commerce work together, the Dixie National Rodeo, his time in the legislature and more.


The Extra Mile - Legislative Session: Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson

Show intro

Show intro with hosts Paul Katool and Will Craft - 00:16

Guest: Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson

  • What got Commissioner Gipson into politics? - 01:20
  • Why is it important for MDOT and the Department of Agriculture and Commerce to work together? - 03:53
  • Hurdles when it comes to advancing transportation infrastructure in the state? - 05:37
  • Do electric/autonomous vehicles have a future when it comes to moving commodities? - 06:51 
  • On past legislative experience and general bill deadline - 09:01
  • How MDOT and the Department of Agriculture and Commerce fight litter - 11:15
  • Dixie National Rodeo promo - 11:40
  • On the famous Mississippi State Fair biscuit recipe - 14:39 
  • Favorite restaurant while on the road traveling - 19:40:

Show outro

Feb 07, 2022
Legislative Session: State Senator Angela Turner-Ford
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State Senator Angela Turner Ford joined The Extra Mile Podcast: Legislative Session to talk transportation-related topics, her role as Chairwoman of the Public Property Committee and more.


The Extra Mile - Legislative Session: State Senator Angela Turner Ford 


 Show intro

  • Show intro with hosts Paul Katool and Will Craft - 00:16

Guest: State Senator Angela Turner Ford

  • Introducing Senator Angela Turner Ford – 00:49
  • What led Senator Tuner Ford to politics – 1:20
  • What measures will come up in the Public Property Committee? – 1:50
  • Why is it important to have a robust transportation network in Mississippi? – 2:30
  • What hurdles does the state face to advance transportation interests? – 3:03
  • How transportation infrastructure impacts economic development – 4:01
  • Projects that stand out in District 16 – 5:31
  • Lottery impacts on transportation – 6:38
  • Favorite places to travel around the state using Mississippi’s roads and bridges – 7:01
  • Contact info for Senator Angela Turner Ford and her office – 8:11

Show outro 

Jan 31, 2022
Legislative Session: State Representative Charles Busby
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State Representative Charles Busby joined the show to talk about bills passing through his Transportation Committee, the future of transportation in Mississippi, projects he’s keeping an eye on and more.


The Extra Mile - Legislative Session: State Representative Charles Busby


 Show intro

  • Introducing hosts Paul Katool and Will Craft - 00:22

Guest: State Representative Charles Busby

  • Introducing Representative Charles Busby - 00:43
  • Rep. Busby goes into his engineering background - 1:51
  • Major transportation measures that stand out this session – 2:22
  • Hurdles the state faces to advance transportation infrastructure: autonomous vehicles, limited access roadways, unmanned delivery systems, electric vehicles, and reduction in use of fossil fuels – 3:50
  • Electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, and limited access roadways: what they mean for Mississippi – 6:47
  • Success of Emergency Road and Bridge Fund program – 8:02
  • Projects that stand out in Jackson County and south Mississippi - 11:10
  • Highlight of bill in Transportation Committee: headlights during rain, sheriffs using radar, outdoor advertisements, ARPA, MDOT employee pay
  • Favorite place to travel around the state using Mississippi’s roads and bridges – 17:15
  • Contact info for Representative Busby and his office – 18:47

Show outro 

Jan 24, 2022
Legislative Session: State Senator Jenifer Branning
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State Senator Jenifer Branning talked about MDOT’s participation in last week’s Senate Appropriations Committee meeting, the makeup of the Highways and Transportation Committee and more.


The Extra Mile - Legislative Session: State Senator Jenifer Branning


 Show intro

  • Introducing guest hosts Jas N Smith and Katey Hornsby - 00:27

Guest: State Senator Jenifer Branning

  • Introducing Senator Jenifer Branning - 00:54
  • Breakdown of Appropriations subcommittee meetings and what they mean for state agencies - 1:33
  • MDOT brief on budget request for next year - 2:39
  • Highlights of first two weeks of the session - 3:54
  • Overview of Transportation Committee and how it functions – 4:50
  • Biggest takeaways from Branning’s trip around the state to understand funding needs of different communities – 5:45
  • Shout out to leaders of Senate Transportation Committee, Joey Fillingane, Charles Younger, and Bart Williams – 9:32
  • ARPA Funding and its potential impact on Mississippi infrastructure – 10:27
  • Important potential impacts from this session – 11:35
  • Relationship between the Senate and the House – 12:32
  • Difference between Senator Branning’s first and most recent session – 13:23
  • Favorite place to travel around the state using Mississippi’s roads and bridges – 15:15
  • Contact info for Senator Branning and her office – 16:15

Show outro 

Jan 17, 2022
Legislative Session: Speaker of the House Philip Gunn
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Speaker of the House Philip Gunn talked to Paul and Will about the importance of transportation infrastructure, the legislative process and more.


The Extra Mile - Legislative Session: Speaker of the House Philip Gunn

Show intro

  • Introducing Will Craft, co-host of The Extra Mile: Legislative Session - 00:28
  • Will Craft - where has he been and what brought him to MDOT - 00:48
  • Will Craft's role at MDOT - 02:14

Guest: Speaker of the House Philip Gunn

  • Introducing Speaker of the House Philip Gunn - 05:01
  • Why is important for Mississippi to have a strong transportation infrastructure network? - 05:25
  • On the rural nature of the state's transportation infrastructure network and the need to properly maintain the system- 08:50
  • Role the Mississippi House of Representatives plays in advancing transportation infrastructure in the state - 10:15
  • Shoutout to leaders of House Transportation Committee, Charles Busby and Steve Massengill - 15:57
  • Anything specific to transportation in the 2020 Legislative Session - 16:41
  • References 2018 Road Plan passed by the House - 20:20
  • Favorite place to travel around the state using Mississippi's roads and bridges - 22:20
  • Contact info for Speaker Gunn and his office - 23:35

Show outro 

Jan 10, 2022
The Extra Mile: Legislative Session Teaser
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Introducing a special edition of the podcast called The Extra Mile Podcast: Legislative Session. Throughout the session, Paul Katool and Will Craft will be joined by guests to break down transportation-related matters happening within Mississippi's legislative session.

Dec 20, 2021
Brad White Recaps First 6 Months
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MDOT Executive Director Brad White joins the show to recap his first six months on the job and gives his priorities going forward for the agency.


The Extra Mile Episode 6: Brad White Recaps First 6 Months

Show intro with Paul and Waverly 

  • Plugging MDOT's travel resources in advance of the holidays

Guest: MDOT Executive Director Brad White

  • Brad recaps his first six months on the job 
  • Brad's observations of MDOT during his first six months
  • Recap of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
  • Skill and expertise of MDOT employees, using State Route 26 repair as an example
  • Previewing what could come with upcoming legislative session for MDOT
  • Long-term goals for MDOT
  • Competitive wages for MDOT employees 

Show Outro 

Dec 02, 2021
Infrastructure Bill Breakdown with Brad White
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During this special episode, MDOT Executive Director Brad White joins the show to break down what the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act means for Mississippi.


The Extra Mile - Special Episode: Infrastructure Bill Breakdown with Brad White

Show intro

Guest: MDOT Executive Director Brad White

  • Brad breaks down the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, including reauthorization of funds and some additional money
  • What the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funds can be used for
  • How quickly will the new funds be able to be used?
  • Clarification on the fact that this money is coming in for a five-year period
  • Roads and bridges are not the only component to the Act
  • How is MDOT typically funded?

Show outro

Nov 17, 2021
Connecting the Dots with Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs, Jr.
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"The Extra Mile" podcast hit the road for Episode 5. Paul and Waverly discuss transportation infrastructure at the local level and other topics with Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs, Jr.


The Extra Mile Episode 5: Connecting the Dots with Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs, Jr. - Show Notes

Show intro with Paul and Waverly

Guest: Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs, Jr. 

  • Mayor Flaggs recaps his career leading up to his time in the Mississippi legislature and as the Mayor of Vicksburg 
  • Mayor Flaggs talks about how transportation infrastructure positively impacts economic growth and development
  • How relationships — at the federal, state and local level — help contribute to great transportation infrastructure
  • Transportation infrastructure and jobs, including jobs constructing that transportation infrastructure
  • Thanksgiving Travel PSA, voiced by MDOT Public Information Officer David Kenney
  • Beyond just roads and bridges, impact of other types of transportation
  • The role public transit plays at the local level like the City of Vicksburg 

Show Outro

Nov 03, 2021
MDOT's Newest PIO & a Deeper Look into Intermodal Planning
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The fourth episode of "The Extra Mile" Podcast introduces MDOT's new Northern District Public Information Officer, David Kenney. The show also features a conversation with MDOT Director of Intermodal Planning Charles Carr and the role his office plays in the state's transportation network. 


The Extra Mile Episode 4: MDOT's Newest PIO & a Deeper Look into Intermodal Planning - Show Notes

Show intro with Paul and Waverly
 
Guest: David Kenney, MDOT Northern District Public Information Officer

  • Recap of time working in news including over 20 years at WLBT
  • Talks about making transition from working as a journalist to working in public relations
  • What have you learned about MDOT that you weren't expecting? 
  • Why is transportation infrastructure so important for everyone? 
  • Looking forward to covering MDOT's Norther District? 

MDOT Road to Game Day Promo - voiced by Drew Hall, MDOT Media Producer

Guest: Charles Car, MDOT Director of Intermodal Planning

  • How did you get your start at MDOT?
  • What falls underneath the Intermodal umbrella?
  • Funding element 
  • How do the modes contributes to a safe and efficient transportation network? 
  • Economic impact of different modes 
  • Why is it to have a strong public transit network in Mississippi? 
  • MDOT's role in public transit 
  • MDOT's role in coordinating COVID-19 vaccination transportation
  • Future plans in the Office of Intermodal Planning

Show Outro

Oct 07, 2021
Hurricane Ida Response & MDOT Construction Process
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The third episode of "The Extra Mile" Podcast features a conversation with MDOT Public Information Officer Katey Hornsby on the agency's Hurricane Ida response. Later in the show, MDOT State Construction Engineer Shane Martin joins to talk about the construction process — from beginning to end.


The Extra Mile Episode 3: Hurricane Ida Response & MDOT Construction Process - Show Notes

Show intro with Paul and Waverly

Guest: Katey Hornsby, MDOT Southern District Public Information Officer  

  • Recap of Hurricane Ida's impact on Mississippi 
  • MDOT D6 Engineer Kelly Castleberry soundbite on Hwy 26 washout in George County
  • What Mississippians can takeaway from Hurricane Ida 
  • Importance of being prepared for hurricanes 
  • MDOT hurricane preparedness resources 

MDOT Vaccination Transportation PSA - voiced by Charles Carr, MDOT Director of Intermodal Planning

Guest: Shane Martin, MDOT State Construction Engineer

  • Introduction and how his career took him to be in charge of MDOT Construction Division 
  • What warrants an MDOT construction project? 
  • Talks about MDOT team that drives all the interstates to evaluate and improve roads 
  • Timeline of MDOT construction project
  • Who all is involved in the MDOT construction process? 
  • Different elements involved in MDOT construction process 
  • When does an MDOT construction project go to bid? 
  • Projects Shane has been proud to be a part of during his time at MDOT

MDOT's Road to Game Day campaign - getting everyone to the game safely and delay free

Show Outro 

Sep 03, 2021
Work Zone Safety & Highway 49, I-20 updates
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Episode 2 of "The Extra Mile" podcast features a conversation on work zone safety with MDOT Deputy Executive Director/Chief Engineer Brian Ratliff. MDOT Public Information Officer Michael Flood also joins the show to talk Highway 49, I-20 and other central Mississippi project updates.

The Extra Mile Episode 2: Work Zone Safety & Highway 49, I-20 updates - Show Notes

Show intro with Paul and Waverly 

Guest: Brian Ratliff, MDOT Deputy Executive Director/Chief Engineer

  • Brian's background, different roles at MDOT 
  • MDOT adapting and keeping Mississippi moving in a COVID-19 world 
  • How dangerous is it for the MDOT men and women working out on the roads? 
  • What can the traveling public do to keep MDOT workers safe? 
  • MDOT workers are real people, update on worker who lost a leg in the line of service

Litter PSA - voiced by Katey Hornsby, MDOT Southern District Public Information Officer

Guest: Michael Flood, MDOT Central District Public Information Officer 

  • Experiences at MDOT over the years, favorite part of working for the agency 
  • Highway in Rankin County update
  • Why has the Highway 49 project in Rankin County taken so long to complete? 
  • I-20 project in Jackson update
  • Other project updates in central Mississippi, including updates from District 3
  • Intro to new District 3 Engineer Earl Glenn
  • Reminder to watch out for our workers during projects 

Show outro

Aug 05, 2021
The First Mile
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The first episode of "The Extra Mile" podcast features a conversation with new MDOT Executive Director Brad White. MDOT Public Information Officer Katey Hornsby also joins the show to talk about the agency’s role in hurricane preparedness and projects in south Mississippi.


The Extra Mile Episode 1: The First Mile - Show Notes

Show intro with Paul and Waverly 

Guest: Katey Roh, MDOT Southern District Public Information Officer 

  • What to expect from the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season 
  • MDOT's role during hurricane season 
  • MDOT hurricane preparedness info - GoMDOT.com/hurricanes and GoMDOT.com/maps
  • Contraflow explainer 
  • Fort Bayou Bridge repair in Ocean Springs (hurricane evacuation route) and the overall importance of maintenance 
  • Southern District project updates 

Work Zone Safety commercial - voiced by MDOT Public Affairs Director Jas N Smith


Guest: Brad White, MDOT Executive 

  • How he got his start in politics and public service 
  • Last month closing out time as Gov. Tate Reeve's Chief of Staff and preparing for taking over as MDOT Executive Director
  • Why interested in the position of MDOT Executive Director? 
  • On time working as assistant for former MDOT Central District Commissioner Dick Hall 
  • Transportation infrastructure experience at the federal level 
  • What does MDOT need going forward? 
  • 100 day plan? 
  • Excited to get back to working at MDOT? 
  • Currently reading anything that could help in role as the new MDOT leader?
  • Leadership style 
  • Message to Mississippi taxpayers as he begins new role 

Show outro 


Jul 01, 2021
Pilot Episode
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Introducing The Extra Mile podcast by the Mississippi Department of Transportation. Co-hosts Paul Katool and Waverly McCarthy take listeners inside the world of transportation infrastructure in Mississippi. 

Jun 21, 2021