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The publisher and the politician address graduates at MCC, MSU

By By Fredie Carmichael/The Meridian Star
Dec. 16, 2001
Powell Odie III expected many things from his graduation day at Meridian Community College, but receiving a $1 bill from the guest speaker wasn't one of them.
Odie, who graduated from MCC's associate degree nursing program, won the lottery as commencement speaker Paul Barrett illustrated a point.
Barrett, publisher of The Meridian Star, told the nearly 150 graduates to be prepared and take advantage of their opportunities.
As Odie discovered the $1 bill under his chair, Barrett asked the audience, "So! Was he lucky?"
Earlier in the day, Mississippi Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck addressed 120 graduates at Mississippi State University-Meridian Campus.
Tuck said Mississippi needs educated and involved people to help steer a clear course toward the future.
Tuck challenged the graduates to aim high and seek excellence.
Fredie Carmichael is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. Call him at 693-1551, ext. 3228, or e-mail him at