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Carruth outlines promotions for arts center

By By Steve Gillespie / staff writer
Nov. 12, 2002
The president of the board for the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Center outlined promotional ideas today that will be used to promote and market the complex.
Paul Ott Carruth met with the East Mississippi Business Development Corp. at its Business Before Hours meeting. Cellular South sponsored the event at Peavey Electronics Corp. Plant 17 on Highway 493 North.
He unveiled a graphic that will be used in promotions, called "Star Power."
It features a map of the state that highlights the hometowns of prominent artists of literature, music and drama marked either by a red star for living or a blue star for deceased.
The map includes stars announced last month as having allowed their name to be used in promoting the center, such as Sela Ward of Meridian who chairs an honorary committee of entertainers.
Other celebrities announced last month were Morgan Freeman, Britney Spears, Faith Hill, Jimmy Buffett, B.B. King and others. Others on the map include Oprah Winfrey and Marty Stewart.
Deceased entertainers on the map include Muddy Waters, Elvis Presley and Meridian's Jimmie Rodgers.
Carruth said promotions also will include a song called "I'm Mississippi."
Carruth said the program today was similar to others that will be shared with civic organizations around the state to drum up support for the center.
EMBDC Chairman Tommy Dulaney said Peavey Electronics was a fitting location for today's meeting because the industry is the largest private employer in Lauderdale County and it continually brings recognition to Meridian and the county.
Hartley Peavey, founder and owner of the business, welcomed the group to the program, which was held in one of the the building's three classrooms.