Chung researching story in city

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 10, 1999

Tuesday would have seemed just like any other quiet afternoon in the offices of the Historic Natchez Foundation. Except that Connie Chung, an anchor of ABC’s Monday edition of “20/20,”&160;was seated in the lobby, discussing a news segment for the show with producer Harry Phillips.

On Monday and Tuesday, they and a production crew were in Natchez producing a segment on the strides the South has made in race relations in the last 35 years. Footage was shot at the Historic Natchez Foundation, Monmouth and the Adams County Courthouse, Phillips said.

Chung said she was impressed with her first trip to Natchez ? although, with a tight production schedule, she was too busy to see many of the sights.

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“It’s so beautiful, … and there is so much history here,”&160;she said, pausing for an interview just before the crew left town late Tuesday afternoon.

“We stayed at Monmouth, and it seemed like it was out of another era.”

Filming went relatively smoothly despite heavy rains that pelted the Miss-Lou Monday night.

“But when we got back (to Monmouth), we were drenched,”&160;Chung said, laughing.

Among those interviewed was Sheriff Tommy Ferrell, who said his two-hour interview with Chung focused on progress law enforcement and society have made since the 1960s.

“I guess they centered on me because I was a young deputy at the time and my father was the sheriff,” said Ferrell, who described Chung as being very personable.

Neither Chung nor Phillips would divulge who was interviewed.

For Phillips, who arrived Thursday to work on the segment, it was the second trip to Natchez. He and a “20/20” crew were in town in April to film footage for the same show. The segment will probably air on “20/20” on a Monday in September, October or November, Chung said.