Whistle Stop Tour Underway

Staff for the state games of Mississippi and tourism officials have begun a statewide media tour to promote the event.

Officials left Monday to travel Amtrak's ''City of New Orleans'' and "The Crescent" lines to spread the word about the games, set for Meridian in June.

"It's really kind of a unique way to get the message out," said Amtrak's Jerome Trahan. "That Meridian, Mississippi is the place to be for the State Games of Mississippi and Amtrak is the way to get there."

The state games will take place June 18-20 and June 24-27 at various venues in and around Meridian. Athletes of all ages may compete.