DELTA COUNCIL President Kenneth Hood of Gunnison announces that the Delta Council Mid-Year Board of Directors meeting will be held on Friday, November 17, 2000, at 10 a.m. in the Delta Room of the Ewing Building on the campus of Delta State University.

Hood said that the featured speaker for the board meeting will be Dr. Mark Keenum, chief of staff for Senator Thad Cochran.

"Mark Keenum has been a real friend to the Mississippi Delta in his capacity as chief of staff for Senator Cochran, and we look forward to his comments about things happening in Washington that affect the Mississippi Delta," said Hood. "If it is higher education, ag research, highway improvements, or flood protection, the Delta looks to Senator Cochran for advancing our region's development."

Keenum, who received his B. S., M. A., and Ph.D. degrees at Mississippi State University, has been with Senator Cochran's staff for 11 years. He is married to the former Rhonda Newman of Booneville, and his parents live in Belzoni.

In addition to Keenum's talk, the Delta Council Board of Directors will review and act upon policy resolutions from Delta Council committees, and the officers of the organization will present a brief report on some of the major highlights of the organization's activities over the past six months.