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7/11/2006 - Jackson, Miss.

The Special Task Force for the Revitalization of the Delta Region, a group formed by the 2006 Mississippi Legislature’s House Bill 1034, will soon begin holding public meetings in the Delta Region. Per the legislation, 18 counties make up the revitalization area; specifically the counties of Tunica, Panola, Coahoma, Quitman, Tallahatchie, Bolivar, Leflore, Sunflower, Washington, Humphreys, Carroll, Holmes, Sharkey, Yazoo, Issaquena, Warren, Claiborne and Jefferson.

Members of the Special Task Force include:

• Rep. Robert Clark (retired), Chairman; Pickens
• John Osborne, Vice Chairman; Tunica
• Robert Avant, Crenshaw
• Rep. Clara Burnette, Tunica
• Sen. Eugene Clarke, Hollandale
• Bill Crump, Greenwood
• Walton Gresham, III, Indianola
• Tommy Goodwin, Greenville
• Dr. Rosetta Howard, Clarksdale
• Helen Hunter, Fayette
• Rep. John Hines, Greenville
• L. Ray Humphreys, Greenville
• Sen. Robert Jackson, Marks
• Clifton Johnson, Tunica
• Larry Johnson, Greenwood
• Sen. David Jordan, Greenwood
• Mayor Laurence Leyens, Vicksburg
• Rep. John Mayo, Clarksdale
• Rep. Willie Perkins, Greenwood
• Judith Phillips, Mississippi State
• Bern Prewitt, Boyle
• Clara Reed, Belzoni
• Leland Speed, Jackson
• Mayor McArthur Straughter, Yazoo City
• Dr. Myrtis Tabb, Cleveland
• Sen. Johnnie Walls, Greenville
• George Walker, Clarksdale

For more information on the public hearings or on the Special Task Force for the Revitalization of the Delta Region, please contact Debra Anderson at the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning Bureau for Long Range Planning at 601-432-6264.

The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning governs the public universities in Mississippi, including Alcorn State University; Delta State University; Jackson State University; Mississippi State University including the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine; Mississippi University for Women; Mississippi Valley State University; the University of Mississippi including the University of Mississippi Medical Center; and the University of Southern Mississippi.


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