Gov. Haley Barbour recently presented the Mississippi Medal of Service to 11 individuals who have made significant contributions to the state through their personal and professional lives.
Honorees included: U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran; Mississippi House Speaker Billy McCoy; former Mississippi Court of Appeals Justice Mary Libby Payne; former Mississippi Supreme Court Justices Reuben Anderson and Ed Pittman; University of Southern Mississippi president emeritus Dr. Aubrey Lucas; former University of Mississippi Chancellor Robert Khayat of Oxford; former Mississippi Board of Education member Lucimarian Roberts of Pass Christian; Jackson businessmen Jim Barksdale and Cornelius Turner; and, blues legend B.B. King.
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