MDOT begins bridge project on Highway 80

August 13, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will be replacing a bridge on Highway 80 in Rankin County. Work will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 9 a.m. with an anticipated completion date of March 2014.

Traffic will be switched from the mainline of Highway 80 to a temporary detour located 0.85 miles west of the Scott and Rankin County Line as crews begin a bridge replacement project.

Escaped inmate found dead in jail cell

March 29, 2013 in Top Stories

An escaped Rankin County inmate was discovered dead in his jail cell one day after being found in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Officials with the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) said 27-year-old Bryan Owens was found hanging from his cell late Tuesday afternoon.

MDOC Spokesperson Tara Booth said officers were serving dinner when they found Owens hanging from a sheet in his cell.

Owens was housed alone, Booth said, and he was pronounced dead at 5:09 p.m.

Owens escaped on Sunday, March 24.