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12-07-2004, 04:50 AM

Posted on Sun, Dec. 05, 2004


JACKSON - Gov. Haley Barbour is temporarily moving his office to South Mississippi for four days of tours, speeches and interaction with the public.

It'll be the second road trip for the governor's office. In July, Barbour and company spent several days in eight northeast Mississippi counties.

From Monday through Thursday, the governor and some of his staff will make stops in Greene, George, Stone, Jackson, Harrison and Hancock counties.

"People seem to appreciate it," Barbour said last week. "You see a lot of people, you hear a lot of people's views and concerns about different things."

Barbour's staff has put together a tight schedule, allotting half-hour visits to several schools and businesses. There are also more leisurely pursuits, like a fish fry Monday night in Gulfport that's meant as a thank you for emergency responders from across the Coast.

Cathy Davidson, office manager for American Tank and Vessel near Lucedale, said the governor will get a hard-hat tour of the plant that makes storage tanks for petroleum and chemical plants.

On the final day of his south Mississippi tour, Barbour is scheduled to visit Charles B. Murphy Elementary school near Pearlington in Hancock County. Principal Lenette Ladner said she's eager for the governor to see some of the things she's proud of, including a public library and a mini-bank where students can deposit money once a month.

While Barbour is being whisked from one event to another, members of his constituent services staff will appear 9-11:30 a.m. Monday at the Value Line building in Leakesville, noon-2:30 p.m. Monday at the George County Justice Court building in Lucedale and 3-5 p.m. Monday at the Stone County courthouse in Wiggins. They'll also appear 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday at Singing River Mall in Gautier, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday at Edgewater Mall in Biloxi and 9 a.m.-noon Thursday at the Hancock County Courthouse in Bay St. Louis.

While he's here

A glance at part of Gov. Haley Barbour's schedule:

Leakesville: Business breakfast. Leakesville Junior High. Value Line Inc.
Lucedale: Lunch with Rotary Club. Tour American Tank and Vessel.
Wiggins: Visit Stone County Elementary School. Tour Coastal Paper Plant.
Perkinston: Visit Gulf Coast Community College.
Gulfport: Fish fry for emergency responders.
Pascagoula: Business breakfast. News conference and tour of Northrop Grumman Ship Systems. Lunch with civic clubs.
Ocean Springs: Tour Ocean Springs High School. Commemorate Pearl Harbor day. Visit Mary O'Keefe Art and Education Museum. Visit Washington Street.
Biloxi: Meet with Department of Marine Resources officials.
Biloxi: Senior citizens breakfast. Meet with shrimpers.
D'Iberville: Meet with city officials and tour projects.
Biloxi: Lunch with Harrison County Rotary.
Pass Christian: Visit Pass Christian Middle School.
Gulfport: Dedicate new National Guard armory. Visit port.
Biloxi: Meet with Council of Governments, Coast Chamber of Commerce and other groups at Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center.
Pearlington: Visit Charles B. Murphy Elementary School, tour Mississippi Polymer Technologies.