Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman describes himself as a dreamer.
When he became mayor in 2009, the project that became The Mill at MSU was a dream he shared with Mark Keenum — who became president of Mississippi State University earlier that same year — and with several other local leaders. So when the time came to launch construction on that project on Thursday, when there were no clouds in the sky, Wiseman remarked that the day was just as he had dreamed. He said a tidbit MSU Vice President for Research and Economic Development David Shaw had mentioned earlier had helped:
"According to the United Nations, this is the International Day of Happiness," Shaw said. "I cannot think of a better day to declare that. This is truly a monumental day."
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