Meridian, Miss. Noise levels around NAS Meridian have increased over the years as aircraft have changed. NAS officials say their goal is to better inform Lauderdale and Kemper County residents living or working near jet training.
NAS Meridian hosted the first of two meetings. Tonight's open house drew residents to Northeast Middle School. NAS Meridian was built back in 1961, but since that time, hundreds of homes have been built under the flight routes the Navy jets use in Lauderdale and Kemper Counties. It's growth that could encroach the mission of the Base. Captain Chris Moore says it's also important for home and business owners to be informed about potential noise and safety issues when they are building near NAS Meridian. "The main purpose of the area installation zone is to educate folks not only on the noise," said Moore. "We do have a board that typifies where the high-noise areas are, but we also try to educate folks on where the higher accident probability zones are, so people can make smart and informed decisions about residences and potentially, services and businesses as well."
NAS Meridian will host another open house Tuesday evening from 5:30-7:00 at the Kemper County Senior Citizens Center in Dekalb.