Businesses Pause for Inauguration

Some businesses put their usual activities on pause Tuesday, to watch the inauguration of Barack Obama to be the nation's 44th president.

In fact, Tanae Clark, owner of Tanae's Classy Creations, said the festivities of the day even affected her business.

"I had a couple of clients cancel because the inauguration is on today, and as for the ones here? I can't even hardly shampoo their heads because they can't keep their eyes off the T.V.," Clark said.

However, some were able to keep their eyes off of the inauguration, at least a little bit. We caught up with Dennis Gordon of Gordon's Barber Shop in Meridian, prior to the actual swearing-in. At the time he was watching music videos.

"It's going to be on all day, so we just change it back and forth and watch something different," Gordon said, noting the day is historic.

Meanwhile, many workers and residents at Queen City Nursing Home in Meridian agree. A number of them even came together with popcorn to watch the ceremony.

80-year-old Mary Bolton said she didn't think she would see this day in a million years.

Across town, diners including some from the military, watched the swearing in as well at Binke's Restaurant.

"The very thing that we thought was impossible has been made possible. So, I'm very excited," said Donald Hopson.

While many dined while watching, Earnest Hegwood said he came to the restaurant with another mission in mind.

"I wanted to see the whole works of it from the beginning to the end. A change is a turn around and that's what I'm mostly interested in," Hegwood
said.


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