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History was made in Mississippi Sunday when both chambers of the state legislature voted to retire the controversial state flag.

The flag, which contains the Confederate battle flag in its right corner, had stirred up controversy and was beginning to hit the state financially, with the Southeastern Conference, Conference-USA and NCAA refusing to host tournaments in the state while the emblem flew. Several high-profile business leaders also expressed concerns about the flag’s effect on the economy.

The SDN caught up with several local leaders to get their thoughts on the flag change.

“It was the right thing to do and it was long overdue, but I am delighted that we finally got that taken care of,” said Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill. “From an economic development standpoint, it clearly makes a huge difference in how we can proceed and the success that we will have in our tourism, our sports, our university and our city.”

 

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