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By Staff
Jan. 5, 2001
Tom Scully to speak
on Medicare,
Medicaid Tuesday
U.S. Rep. Chip Pickering, the Republican 3rd District congressman, will host Tom Scully, administrator of the Center for Medicare &Medicaid Services, on Tuesday at Meridian Community College.
The one-hour event is open to the public. It will start at 9:30 a.m. in the Meridian Room on the second floor of Meridian Hall on the campus of MCC.
CMS is a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It oversees the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade set for Jan. 21
The Meridian Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration Committee and the city of Meridian will present the third annual Martin Luther King Parade and Celebration on Jan. 21.
The theme is "Reclaiming the Dream."
The parade line-up will begin at 10 a.m. at 1019 25th Ave., the Meridian Public School District office. The parade starts at noon and will follow the same route as the Christmas parade ending at Dumont Plaza for a commemoration program.
Jackson State University's marching band, "The Sonic Boom of the South," is expected to participate. The Meridian High School band and other bands in the surrounding area also have been invited.
The event is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in participating can call Linda Wilson-Jones, event coordinator, at 482-6525 or (601) 829-4214, or Greg and Sandra Lane at 485-8331.
Still time to register
for classes
Registration for winter session classes offered by the Meridian Parks &Recreation Department is under way. The first classes start the week of Jan. 21. For a complete list of classes, visit the Web site at http://www.meridianms.org or call 485-1805 for a brochure.
Make-A-Wish Foundation meet next week
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Mississippi will sponsor its monthly Meridian Volunteer Luncheon on Thursday. The meeting will be from 11:45 a.m.-1 pm. in the sixth floor boardroom at Rush Medical Group.
Reservations must be made by Wednesday. Call Lynn Conerly, volunteer coordinator, at (800) 819-4072.
Old Ironsides makes Mobile it destination
Beginning Jan. 15, active duty U.S. Navy sailors from the USS Constitution and staff from the USS Constitution Museum will travel to Mobile as part of the educational outreach program "Old Ironsides Across the Nation."
Museum staff and the ship's crew will travel to local schools Jan. 15 through Jan. 17, sharing stories and history of the 204-year-old warship.
Weekend activities begin Jan. 17, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Museum of Mobile. There, visitors will learn about the USS Constitution's role in American Navy history.
Presentations on Jan. 19, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and on Jan. 20, from 1 p.m.-5 p.m., will include special activities provided by the USS Constitution Museum and hourly demonstrations by the ship's Master Gun Crew.
The crew will present the steps of early 19th century U.S. Navy gun drill on a replica of the undefeated frigate's gun deck, complete with cannon provided by Naval Historical Center Detachment Boston.
In honor of the ship's visit, the Museum of Mobile will be free to all visitors during the specified times of the weekend events.

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