Incredible year draws to bittersweet close

Published 12:00 am Sunday, December 30, 2001

In less than 48 hours, 2001 will be history, and what an incredible year it has been. We will forever remember the year as a bittersweet one.

The horrible acts committed against the United States on Sept. 11 have been permanently seared into our memories. And in the days and weeks following Sept. 11, America rallied together and with a renewed sense of patriotism and togetherness began rebuilding.

While the Sept. 11 attacks greatly affected us locally, we were fortunate to be spared from the violent acts. For that, we thank God.

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Despite the tremendous national news and the ripple effects it had on our community, some amazing things happened in our own backyards, too.

Titan Tire and the United Steelworkers of America ended their more than three-year labor dispute. The future of the plant is still uncertain, but the end of the strike helps improve the economic mood of the area and should help in the area’s economic development efforts.

Work on the Natchez Convention Center clicked along in 2001. After months of site preparation, residents were finally able to see the fruits of their tax dollars take shape. The building’s future looks bright. With professional marketing and management, the possibilities are endless. We look forward to seeing the building become a crucial cog in our tourism economy.

Many other local stories and people made their marks in 2001 – too many to mention all here.

What’s important is for each of us to remember and learn from the lessons and experiences in 2001 and move forward together.

We, as a community, can do amazing things, but the biggest key is having a common mission, a vision if you will. When we all join forces, nothing can stop us.