Inauguration Plans Made

Meridian, Miss. Plans are being finalized for the swearing in of Meridian's new mayor and city council.

The ceremony will be held Monday, July 1 at 11:30 a.m. at the Temple Theatre.

Percy Bland will be sworn in as mayor, along with the five members of the Meridian City Council, Dr. George Thomas, Dustin Markham, Barbara Henson, Kim Houston and Randy Hammon.

Bland defeated incumbent Mayor Cheri Barry. The council will have three new members, Markham, Houston and Hammon.

The public is invited to the ceremony. The mayor and council will have their first city council meeting together the next day at 9 a.m.