State names first cultural highway
GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) — U.S. Highway 82, which runs from the Mississippi River at the Arkansas line across North Mississippi to the Alabama line, has been named the state's first cultural highway.
Officials tell the Delta Democrat Times (http://bit.ly/13vtxCC) that the designation will highlight the tourist attractions along the 181 miles of highway through eight Mississippi counties. It includes the cities of Greenville, Greenwood, Leland, Indianola, Winona, Starkville and Columbus.
"Cultural heritage tourism is extremely important to Mississippi, and the concept of heritage highways gives the tourists a variety of cultural heritage sites to visit," said Sarah McCullough, program manager of Cultural and Heritage Development for the Mississippi Development Authority's Division of Tourism.
State Sen. Lydia Chassaniol, R-Winona, who is chairwoman of the Senate Tourism Committee, says Highway 82 is "tourist worthy."
"We want people to come to Mississippi and stay here longer, and heritage tourists tend to bring money, and that helps with economic development," Chassaniol said.
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