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franklin county times

Tuesday, June 10, 2003

By Staff
Agri-Center a venue for variety of events
To the editor:
At the time of this being written, it is Sunday morning and the Agri-Center is cranking up for another day. Yet this letter is being written in response to the letter written by Mrs. Lori Scoggins of Laurel.
Mrs. Scoggins sounds like she was upset about the Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Festival concert that took place at the Agri-Center on April 18 and the consumption of alcohol by some underage drinkers. It is very unfortunate that a few misbehaved kids can ruin an evening for someone like Mrs. Scoggins and her nephews, but that's life.
In today's society if a teenager sneaks around and drinks a beer at a public function, who's fault is it? JRMF and the Agri-Center shouldn't take the blame. The Agri-Center was strictly the venue at which time particular function was held. The JRMF shouldn't take the blame, they provided some of the best entertainment in the country music industry today right here in our home town, so the people of Meridian wouldn't have to drive to Jackson, Memphis or Birmingham, to hear top notch entertainers.
I believe that the parents need to step up to the plate a little younger in their children's life and instill in them the difference between right and wrong and that underage consumption is wrong.
As to the security not allowing you to leave except through the entrance/exit ways provided, they were strictly doing their job. They have guidelines that I expect them to follow and when I tell them not to allow people in the backstage area that is what I mean, but I do know that access to the back parking lot was easily accessible by exiting the north end of the arena, just as it has always been.
Mrs. Scoggins, I'm sorry that you had a bad experience at the Agri-Center. It is, however, an outdoor covered arena that was designed for equestrian and cattle events and there will always be some amount of dust in our facility as well as the other 55 plus facilities around the state. Of the nearly 100,000 people who have visited our facility in the past year, the majority think this it is A-OK.
It's certainly doing its job to bring in visitors from other areas of the state and out of state as well, such as the two day Barrel Race that was held here recently. There were about ten states represented and I can assure you that those people were pleased to come and run their horses for over $6,500 in added money.
Ask some of the closer restaurants, like Outback, how much business they did from the barrel race and see if they had an influx. Ask Baymont Inns how their weekend was and ask some of the local convenient stores how much diesel fuel they sold for all those big trucks that were in town.
Yes Meridian, our Agri-Center may not be the perfect building for every event that goes on in Meridian. But rest assured, we are holding our own.
Rob Seal
Director, Lauderdale County
Agri-Center
Meridian
Great coverage of NCAA baseball regional tourneys
To the editor:
Thanks for the excellent coverage given the NCAA regionals. Finally, The Meridian Star focused on college baseball for a change. I understand not as many readers are interested in college baseball as they are in the other sports, but being one of the minority, I appreciate the amount of coverage devoted to the regional tournaments given by The Star.
With the big three universities involved, and the great seasons they experienced, it was good exposure for their programs. I look forward to next season having even more coverage by The Star during the regular season to be enjoyed by your readers.
Danny R. Miles
MSU Diamond Dawg Fan
Meridian

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