Contact: Chuck Grimes

April 14, 2009

Phone: (615) 741-1967

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) will address a gathering of the Mississippi River Parkway Commission at a luncheon on Saturday during their two-day semi-annual conference in Memphis. The conference brings together policy-makers, environmental stewards, business leaders, historical preservationists, patrons of the arts, and many others from states bordering and bearing interest in the Mississippi River.

Senator Norris, whose 32nd State Senate district spans most of Tennessee’s Mississippi River border, will discuss the role of government in bringing together the many interests necessary to ensure proper use and care of a precious resource like the Mighty Mississippi. “I want my colleagues in other states and the representatives of the groups and industries represented at the conference to realize that the Mississippi is a collective investment, as much as a resource, for America. We must constantly put more into caring for it than we take from it,” Norris stated. “It will be wonderful to join in a mixing of the minds such as this, and they could not have chosen a more appropriate place to gather.”

Norris will speak at the Noon luncheon on Saturday, April 18, at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Downtown Memphis. It will be the second day of the conference.

First elected to the General Assembly in 2000, Senator Norris represents the West Tennessee Counties of Dyer, Lauderdale, Tipton, and Shelby.

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