Barry Discontinues Regular News Conferences

Meridian Mayor Cheri Barry says she's discontinuing a long-standing practice of holding regular news conferences following city council meetings.

The mayor's office made that announcement Tuesday in a written press release.

Barry says she will be accessible to the media at any time and ready to answer any questions, but did not give a reason for stopping the news conferences.

Her office also said she will call news conferences when there is a need for them.

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  • by Positive change Location: Meridian on Dec 8, 2009 at 09:58 PM
    It is time for everyone to work toward creating a better Meridian. Support our new mayor and her team. It is time to change your attitude and learn to work cooperatively with others. Disrespect will not help change things. But a willing and cooperative spirit can move mountains. Lets get on the same page and work together to improve our city, our schools and our community. Be a team player and you will reap the benefits.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2009 at 01:21 PM
    I did not support either candidiate for mayor but I have to say that Mayor Barry told me a bold face lie that caused me monetary damage while she was running for office. I can't tell much difference in the city. My taxes are still going up, the schools still stink, and there aren't enough jobs (not that we have trained people to fill them), and I personally am tired of people in Meridian expecting to be able to show up at work when they want to, not do anything, steal from me, and then wonder why I don't pay them more or give them more hours. And don't get me started on folks who want to live in my house and get insulted that I expect them to pay rent. Overall we are not a very high class town.
  • by Michael Location: Lauderdale County on Dec 6, 2009 at 02:36 PM
    I am sick and tired of listenung to a bunch of sore losers after an election. When you lose you support the winner, and try again next time.It's the same thing with those who didn't vote for Obama: Sour grapes. The facts are that Obama is The President of the United States, and Barry is the Mayor of Meridian.
  • by MCC Broadcasting Student Location: Meridian, MS on Dec 5, 2009 at 07:01 PM
    As a current MCC Student, and someone who has been present at many press conferences - noone from the community ever showed any intrest in the Mayor's Press Conference. I also find it humorous that so many people have so much to say on this issue. John Robert Smith's only reason in holding the Press Conference's was because his office was being accused of not accepting Media Request or Interviews. Mayor Barry however is very accessible to the Media, whether it be print or television. As someone who was actually present at the press conferences she held, she went above and beyond the former administration's attempts to answer the Media's questions. I think it is time we all as a community stand behind our Mayor and the Administration, whether we voted for her or not. United we stand while divided we fall. You may not like the mayor or agree with her motives or actions - but she IS our Mayor, and for that she has my full respect.
  • by ed on Dec 5, 2009 at 12:04 PM
    show respect sad to say this isnt about anything but those that want to cause trouble.. using race as the rally cry.. yes i do volunteer my time...
  • by Show respect Location: Meridian on Dec 3, 2009 at 04:31 AM
    Enough criticism folks, its time for you to do something positive for your community. I suggest you volunteer your time to help make this city a great place to be. Community service should be required for those who criticize everyone and everything. I agree with GROW UP. YOU NEED TO GROW UP and show respect to those in office. If you can't then you need to move to another city.
  • by ed on Dec 2, 2009 at 05:17 PM
    your right.. none have if they did the old mayor wouldn't gotten away with 99% what was pulled.. all this is about something to yip about..
  • by Anonymous on Dec 2, 2009 at 01:15 PM
    People are complaining about this... why? Having been a broadcast student at MCC (and having been on the crew that would cover the conference to air on Comcast back in my day), I can tell you that no one cares about this. I'd wager most of you complaining about this haven't watched a news conference in years (if ever). Get over it and stop complaining. We have lots of positives to concentrate on whether you want to admit it or not.
  • by Mac on Dec 2, 2009 at 10:07 AM
    Another good move by the mayor. Nobody really cares about press conferences that announce next to nothing. Getting rid of outdated practices and continue cutting the dead weight. Good job Mayor.
  • by Amazed Location: Meridian on Dec 2, 2009 at 09:43 AM
    Oh good grief! People, PLEASE! The city council has a meeting every couple of weeks. A news conference to reiterate what was said during the (boring the first time) council meeting? We simply don't have that much news here, people. I'd rather the Mayor be spending her time on more important things. If there's something related to a council meeting you're just dying to know, pick up the phone and call her!.
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