Seven to be honored with Mississippi Medal of Service

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Seven leaders from business, religion and government will receive the Mississippi Medal of Service on Tuesday.

The recipients are Brad Dye, who was lieutenant governor from 1980-92; businessman John Palmer, who was U.S. ambassador to Portugal from 2001-04; former Mississippi Department of Archives and History Director Elbert Hilliard; former Meridian Mayor Al Rosenbaum; the Rev. John Perkins of Jackson, who has worked on civil rights and racial reconciliation; Tupelo businessman Harry Martin; and Gulf Coast businessman Victor Mavar.

Gov. Haley Barbour will present the medals during a ceremony Tuesday in the Woolfolk state office building in downtown Jackson.