Barry Reaches Out to Neighbors

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

Bridge building was one of the main themes of Cheri Barry's campaign for mayor of Meridian. It was echoed in her inauguration speech in July.

Tuesday she took some steps toward making good on that idea, by reaching out to Newton County.

Barry addressed Newton Rotary Club about the importance of working together, and not just as individual cities but as an entire regional community. That, she says, is the key to building the area and making improvements.

"With all these municipalities, ours is the largest," Barry said. "We've got some wonderful, small municipalities that will be working under us and with us in an effort to better serve their communities."

The mayors from Newton, Decatur, and Union were all present, and say they share similar views with Barry. A common theme was mentioned by all mayors.

"I've got the same beliefs that Mayor Barry has, that we are much stronger as a regional cooperative working together to try, whether it be economic development or tourism or whatever," said Decatur Mayor Randy Rushing.

"I believe that when you have the numbers, not just one, I believe if we carried something to Jackson with Meridian, Decatur, Union and whoever else, I believe it would have better success," said Union Mayor Wayne Welch.

"Meridian, being the big kid on the block, we look up to Meridian. She just looked like she wanted to help us, and there are a lot of things that they can do that we can't," said Newton Mayor David Carr. "We can look at their expertise and I'm just excited the chance to work with Meridian and Newton County."

Barry has talked about partnerships and working together since campaigning for mayor. She said those partnerships don't have to stop at the Meridian city limits.


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  • by Ed on Oct 16, 2009 at 11:43 AM
    Alice 4 Real and rest... if you know so much about running the city why didnt you get on the ballet and get voted in... like most your great as back seat drivers.. fact if you not the lead dog the view is all the same..... and what i am seeing one thinks they are the lead dog and the rest follow.. the trouble is no one checked if they are the lead dog .... now the latest new about MPD the officer was caned asap... the old chief should had done that asap.. what was spoken was from him was we need to look into it.. yes most times from within is a good idea... but not when you know you have questions about turning a blind eye to trouble because of friendships... this area has suffered badly because of the ideas that are given here... and will say she doesnt have it all under-control ..is why she is clearing house... "new wine in old skins or old wine in new skins" funny she is following wisdom of a great book... ... one thing to read it but how many do it..
  • by LEE on Oct 14, 2009 at 04:52 PM
    based on wht she has to work with i can see why she went outside the city for a new chief... where was all this criticism for john robert smith... oh thats right he did what he was told .... mayor barry happens to be a women and is geeting things done...wether you like her or not she is doing things her way and not to just to pp=lease others.
  • by meridian is my home for years Location: meridian on Oct 14, 2009 at 02:44 PM
    The mayor of meridian said she love meridian,why did she pick someone in meridian for the chief of meridian instead going out of town to appoint a chief.
  • by Alice Location: MERIDIAN on Oct 14, 2009 at 02:34 PM
    WHAT A JOKE! SURELY THE MAYOR DOESN'T THINK SHE HAS EVERYTHING UNDER CONTROL IN MERIDIAN WHERE SHE CAN GO AND STICK HER NOSE INTO SOMEONE ELSE'S COMMUNITY. SHE HAS A LONG WAY TO GO BEFORE TRYING TO GIVE ADVICE TO SOMEONE ELSE. AS THE OLD SAYING GOES "SWEEP AROUND YOUR OWN FRONT DOOR FIRST".!!!!
  • by 4 Real Location: Lala Land on Oct 14, 2009 at 01:24 PM
    Jay, you are so right. Madame Mayor needs to get things right in Meridian before reaching out to other communities. Nice political gesture though.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 14, 2009 at 06:15 AM
    I sure wish WTOK would use a different picture of the mayor than that one.
  • by Jay Location: Meridian on Oct 14, 2009 at 12:02 AM
    She should be reaching out to th Meridian Community first before going outside the city
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