FAITH HILL HONORED IN HOME STATE

Faith Hill left Mississippi at age 19 to move to Nashville and pursue a music career-and 30 million albums later, she more than accomplished her goal. On Monday, Faith was back in Jackson, Miss. to speak in front of the House and Senate in an effort to promote the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Center in Meridian. But when arrived, legislators turned the tables on Faith - and honored her as an ambassador of the state. House Speaker Billy McCoy (D-Rienzi) noted, "We honor you as we do astronauts and ambassadors because you truly are an ambassador of this state."

"Today I stand here before you with my heart filled with pride and a sense of accomplishment," said an overwhelmed Faith. Her appearance at the Capitol marked the second time in as many weeks that a Mississippian who's made it big in the music industry made an honorary homecoming. Blues great B.B. King was honored last week by legislators.

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