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Reed, Hospital roads to be closed this week due to construction

Sections of Reed Road will be closed at intermittent times Thursday to allow for asphalt patching ahead of a major repaving.
Paving work on Reed Road is scheduled to begin on Thursday. Construction crews will have portions of the roadway completely closed all day Thursday in order to perform asphalt patching work.
The roadway is scheduled to be completely resurfaced beginning on Friday and will be reduced to a single lane of traffic throughout these operations.
Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes and can expect delays as crews work to put a new asphalt surface on the road.
Hospital Road between Hiwassee Drive and Reed Road remains completely closed to through traffic due to ongoing construction.

Ex-SSD ag educator to lead Extension Service

A man whose professional career began in the Starkville School District will lead the Mississippi State University Extension Service.
Pending approval from the State Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees, Gary Brown Jackson will assume his duties as director of the statewide educational outreach system Jan. 1.
Jackson’s “experience and dedication to higher education make him an excellent choice for leader of the MSU Extension Service’s educational outreach to all Mississippians,” said Greg Bohach, MSU’s Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine vice president. “In addition, Dr. Jackson has established excellent relationships with colleagues at other educational institutions and government agencies, as well as Mississippians engaged in all types of agricultural enterprises.”
In keeping with its stated mission, the Mississippi State University Extension Service provides research-based information, educational programs and technology transfer focused on issues and needs of the people of Mississippi, enabling them to make informed decisions about their economic, social, and cultural well-being, officials said in a statement issued Tuesday.
“Dr. Jackson’s variety of administrative roles and a record of teaching innovations are valuable assets as he leads Extension professionals and support staff in continuing a tradition of adapting new technology and methods for statewide educational programs,” said MSU President Mark Keenum.
Jackson earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural and extension education at MSU. He holds a doctorate from Pennsylvania State University, with a major in agricultural education and a minor in communication.
In addition to getting his professional start in the SSD, Jackson has been a member of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty since 1990. He has served as assistant and associate dean of the college, as well as director of the School of Human Sciences and interim state leader for Extension’s Family and Consumer Sciences program.
In 2010, he assumed the duties of interim associate vice-president of academic affairs in the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President at MSU.
He has more than 25 years of experience in the agricultural education field.