CATEGORY: Tishomingo County



By Marty Russell

Daily Journal

Tishomingo County and the surrounding area could become a national model for bringing interactive computer and video networking to rural areas while at the same time touting the availability of industrial and business sites available at the Yellow Creek complex.

The program would also give county residents local, public access to the Internet.

A town meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Iuka Public Library where officials from the Tri-State Network Project at Mississippi State University will explain the project to local residents and teach them how to use the network.

“There will be complete access for citizens,” said Anna Hillman, an instructor with the Department of Technology and Education at Mississippi State. “We will teach them how to access the network and we will have training for citizens and businesses showing them how to create their own home pages.”

Home pages are sites on a computer network, such as the Internet, which browsers can visit and obtain text, graphics, video or sound about subjects posted on the page.

Access to the Internet will eventually be available through the network, but not immediately, Hillman said.

“The Internet access is not set up yet, but in another month we’ll have that done,” she said.

The project is being sponsored by Mississippi State, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, and the Appalachian Regional Commission through the Mississippi Department of Economic and Community Development.

Dr. Jesse White, federal co-chairman of the Appalachian Regional Commission, said in a speech in October in Jackson that the agency was participating in the project to ensure that “the information superhighway does not bypass Appalachia as the national highway system did four decades ago.”

Hillman said interactive video systems will be set up throughout the community to allow teleconferencing and other options. Participating will be Belmont High School, the Tri-State Education Complex in Iuka, Iuka Hospital, the Iuka Library and the Tishomingo County Development Foundation.

The Smithsonian’s participation will allow schools to schedule live, guided tours of the facility’s offerings on whatever subject students are studying, such as dinosaurs.

In addition to the interactive video capabilities and access to the Internet, the project also will help market the region, particularly the now state-owned Yellow Creek complex that officials are offering to prospective industries.

Included on the network will be a site plan of the Yellow Creek complex, complete with a 15- to 20-minute animated “fly through” of the site. Also available will be a compilation of existing studies, maps and other demographic data about the complex and surrounding area.

For more information about the network or Tuesday night’s meeting, call the Tri-State Network Office at 601-325-0300.

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