Meridian Tea Party Group Rallies Support

A large group gathered Tuesday night in Meridian to rally support for local residents who are going to protest their discontent with the way business is being run in Washington.

Those who plan to demonstrate joined with Web supporters of, which includes local business owners, at the meeting at EMEPA Auditorium. Among the issues of concern was the health care reform debate.

The local effort has grown from three people to at least a hundred. Coordinators say the meeting focused on ways to help support local protesters who plant to march on Washington, D.C., Sept. 12.

"When we watch our legislators spend money upon money that we functionally do not have, and that worries a lot of business owners and a lot of people in the world are concerned about it," said Paul Tarver, a board member of

This group is considering having a local rally Sept. 12 to show support for those in Washington, D.C., the same day.

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