Public Invited to Meridian's Inauguration Day

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Meridian, Mississippi Meridian's new mayor will be sworn into office Monday morning and the public is invited to attend.

The ceremony is set for 11:30 a.m. at the Temple Theater in downtown Meridian. You're encouraged to arrive early though in order to have a place to sit. Mayor-elect Percy Bland will then host a reception from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on the front law of Meridian City Hall. Both events are free of charge.

"Of course, the city can't pay for those things," Bland points out. "So of course, the swearing in of all the city council members and myself, and the reception, is all paid for by Friends to Elect Percy Bland, Mayor. So, we take on that responsibility."

Bland tells Newscenter 11 there has been some confusion about whether tickets are needed for Monday's events. He says that is not the case and both events are free.