State Games This Weekend

Meridian, Miss. The State Games of Mississippi is underway, and that means thousands of visitors are pouring into Meridian and surrounding areas.

The challenge is finding a place to stay. The State Games is the single biggest tourism event for the community year round.

But many hotels are already booked from the extended-stay employees of the Kemper County coal plant under construction.

"Traditionally, Meridian is sold out all the way from Forest to Laurel, Philadelphia and Livingston," said tourism director, Dede Mogollon. "And this year we have the added pressure of the construction going on at the Kemper County plant that's providing additional pressure on our occupancies. "

All the hotels are currently booked, but if you're still searching for a place to stay, don't lose hope yet. The tourism center has a brand new way to help.

This year, they've implemented a link on their website. A link is provided below. It shows when any rooms become available. Thirty-one hotels in the area are participating,

And the list keeps track of any availabilities that open Updates are made every few hours.

The opening ceremonies for the games are June 14 in downtown Meridian in front of city hall, 7th Street and 23rd Avenue. The gates open at 5 p.m. with activities concluding about 9 p.m.