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Lawmakers welcome in our town

By Staff
Oct. 25, 2002
After struggling for weeks in a special legislative session on civil justice reform, at least one group of Mississippi lawmakers is getting a respite from the Capital City this weekend. About 20 of them, plus about as many of their family members, arrive in Meridian this afternoon for a visit that we hope is productive and educational, with a little fun thrown in.
The lawmakers are coming at the invitation of local officials under the general theme of "Meridian in the Limelight." We welcome the opportunity to showcase the renovation projects and historical sites that are helping to re-define and re-shape our community.
While they're here, they are expected to tour some of the most recognizable places in the city, such as Highland Park's Dentzel Carousel, Meridian Art Museum, the Around Town Carousels Abound horses, Merrehope and Rose Hill Cemetery.
They will visit Hope Village for Children and be briefed on renovation efforts at the Grand Opera House, the proposed Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Center at Bonita Lakes, the proposed downtown parking garage and downtown residential developments.
Hopefully, they will get an up close and personal look at projects that can help Meridian move progressively into the future. Along the way, we hope they enjoy a little recreation, too.
This weekend, as Meridian's hospitality is on display, let us just say we are happy to have these lawmakers and their families here. We hope when their visit ends on Sunday they will have captured new memories of a city on the move.
Welcome.

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