JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) – Several local people have been included in a list naming Mississippi’s most influential people.
The Mississippi Top 50 Award was created “to recognize those that help, by virtue of their position and talent, move the conversation in Mississippi forward.”
The list is broken down into three categories:
- Elected/Appointed Government Officials
- Lobbying/Government Relations
- Business, Culture and Media.
This includes Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton, Rep. Trent Kelly, Oxford Mayor Robyn Tannehill, Rep. Bennie Thompson, Sen. Roger Wicker, MSU Chief Communications Officer Sid Salter and the Tennessee Valley Authority's Amy Tate.
Also, former Governor Haley Barbour and Rep. Steve Holland of Lee County were named to the Hall of Fame designees for their long careers of public service and business success in Mississippi.
The awards were nominated through an open process.
A reception for the winners is scheduled for October 17 in Jackson.
You can see the full list here.