County documentary to be filmed for free

Published 12:02 am Wednesday, January 14, 2015

NATCHEZ — The documentary Adams County’s government plans to make about itself won’t cost the taxpayers any money, county officials said Monday.

Bruce Video Productions — the company that films the Adams County Board of Supervisors’ meetings for cable television — has agreed to tape the documentary free of charge, Adams County Board of Supervisors President Darryl Grennell said.

The idea for the video documenting the various components of local government and how they work was first introduced and approved at the supervisors’ first meeting of the year last week. Supervisor Mike Lazarus introduced the idea, based on a similar video produced for Waldo County, Maine.

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“We want to do anything we can do to help the people understand the process of county government,” Lazarus said. “This could even be a teaching tool for the schools if it is done correctly.”

Grennell said the county is always looking for ways to help people better understand how it operates.

“There are a lot of people who don’t know the difference between an alderman and a supervisor, or where you go to get your papers ready for marriage or where can you get a death certificate,” he said. “All that stuff is handled in the county offices, and the public needs to know the function of these government offices.

Grennell was chosen to narrate the video because he is not running for re-election this year, Lazarus said.

“The last thing I want people to think is we are promoting ourselves,” he said.

Grennell said work on the video would begin in the next couple of weeks, and each county department head and elected official will write the script for their offices.

“When I narrate, hopefully I can sound like Morgan Freeman or somebody like that,” he said.