Chief warns of traffic slowdowns; other news and notes

Biloxi Police Chief Bruce Dunagan is advising residents to limit travel on local roadways Thursday in order to avoid any delays prompted by a planned visit by President Bush.

“It’s been announced that the President will be visiting the Mississippi Gulf Coast Thursday, and he’s expected to be in Biloxi,” Dunagan said this afternoon. “Traffic is stopped when the presidential motorcade is moving, so we’re advising Biloxi residents if they have any errands that they need to run, perhaps they should do it tonight or Friday to avoid congestion.”

Telling the story of the Biloxi recovery

A story of progress will be awaiting the presidential press corps when members follow President Bush to Biloxi and the Gulf Coast Thursday.

The city has compiled a special State of the City report will offer eight pages of the Biloxi story, with an overview by Mayor A.J. Holloway, along with key economic indicators and recovery milestones.

To see the report, click here.

Katrina stats package updated

The city’s Katrina stats package — key economic indicators showing gaming and sales tax figures, building permits and other data – has been updated in the Katrina & Biloxi section of the city web site. To see the stats page, click here. click here.

Employee recruitment spot now online

A new cable TV commercial designed to help applicants for the 105 openings the city has begins its six week run on Monday.

Cable One will air the 30-second spot Coastwide on such popular channels as USA Network, TBS, ESPN, Fox News, CNN, Lifetime, BET, and HGTV. In all, 200 spots will air between March 5 and April 15.

The city has openings in all departments, with entry level positions starting at $19,000 and a benefits package that includes full medical, dental and vision for the employee and family; 12 paid holidays a year and up to 18 paid vacation days annually; paid sick leave; longevity and education inventive pay; tuition reimbursement; and retirement.

“These are $30,000 a year entry level positions when you consider the salary and benefits package,” Mayor A.J. Holloway said. “This TV spot and the many networks its running on should help us attract a broad range of applicants.”

To see the 30-second commercial now, click here.

To see more about city employment, click here.