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Two businessmen among Medal of Service recipients

Gov. Haley Barbour announced this morning that he will present seven Mississippians with the Medal of Service tomorrow during a ceremony.

Among the recipients are former Lt. Gov. Brad Dye, former Ambassador John Palmer, former state Archives and History director Elbert Hilliard, former Meridian mayor Al Rosenbaum, the Rev. John Perkins of Jackson, and businessmen Harry Martin of Tupelo and Victor Mavar of Biloxi.

Martin owns and operates a real estate firm and is former president of Tupelo’s Community Development Foundation, where he served for 44 years.

Mavar is director emeritus of Hancock Bank and Holding Co., and has been involved in the radio business and the shrimping industry.

Barbour will present the medals at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Jackson at the Woolfolk Building’s conference center east.

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