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Mississippi Power earns John C. Stennis Merit Award from Kemper County Economic Development Authority

DeKalb, Miss. - The Kemper County Economic Development Authority last night presented Mississippi Power with the organization's highest honor, the John C. Stennis Award of Merit, for its overall contributions to the community.


Vice President of Corporate Services & Community Relations Johnny Atherton, center, accepts the John C. Stennis Award of Merit from Mrs. Margaret Stennis-Womble, daughter of the award's namesake. To the right is Craig Hitt, executive director of the Kemper County Economic Development Authority.

"Mississippi Power is being honored this year for their positive impact on Kemper County over the past year," said Craig Hitt, executive director, Kemper County Economic Development Authority. "Along with the job opportunities created because of the construction of the Kemper County energy facility, numerous contributions have been made by Mississippi Power to local organizations that have had positive impacts on the quality of life in this region."

Two years ago, Mississippi Power established the Kemper County Leadership Program to support the training and development of new leaders in Kemper County. The program already has graduated 36 participants and the third class of new leaders began the year-long program last month.

The Mississippi Power Foundation awarded 20 scholarships to students to attend both community colleges and four-year schools. And, a number of programs have received assistance, including the local chapter of the NAACP, the Kemper Relay for Life and the PACES College Prep Program.

"This award is a product of the tremendous working relationship Mississippi Power has experienced with the business community and residents of Kemper County," said Ed Day, Mississippi Power president and CEO. "We are honored to be recognized for our contributions, but more importantly, we want to thank the residents of Kemper County for their continued support of this project. This facility will play a key role in Mississippi's energy future, and allow us to use a Mississippi resource to deliver clean, safe and reliable power to our customers for many decades."