JACKSON -- Work has started at the Mississippi Capitol to build a gift shop on the first floor.
The first step it to build a new office for Capitol security directly across from where it is now and place the gift shop where the security office currently is.
The gift shop cannot be in the corner space where the new security office will be because that is the area where the governor's elevator if located. Officials decided it would not be appropriate for the governor to walk through the gift shop to get to the elevator.
In other Capitol news, the speaker and his staff are currently working out of the Ways and Means space on the second floor while the third floor office for the speaker undergoes renovations.
It is well worth the time to tour the state's grand Capitol. Soon a person can pick up a memento after the tour in the new gift shop.