City to play role in Saints Hall of Fame induction

When the late Will Smith is inducted into the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame on Friday, the City of Biloxi will play a role in the ceremony.

F. Cliff Kirkland, the city’s Chief of Civic Innovation and Development, will represent Biloxi as a presenting sponsor at the New Orleans Saint Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for 2016. Kirkland will actually unveil Smith’s bust.

The event will be Friday at the Chateau Country Club in New Orleans.

Smith is the former defensive standout who was tragically killed earlier this year. The Saints Hall of Fame invited Kirkland to represent Biloxi because of the Saints Hall of Fame event conducted this past summer in Biloxi, which raised $20,000 for the Saints Hall of Fame.

Smith is the only player being inducted this year in the Saints Hall of Fame. Former running back Hokie Gajan will be posthumously honored with the Joe Gemelli Award. Gajan died a few months ago after a lengthy battle with cancer.
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News and notes

Farmers Market Festival: The last of this season’s Farmers Market Festivals will be Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. under the I-110 overpass off Howard Avenue.  To see the flyer, click here.

Firefighter fundraiser: Tickets are now available for the fourth annual Biloxi Firefighter’s Relief Fund $2,000 Drawdown which takes place on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Biloxi Civic Center.  The fundraiser benefits the Biloxi firefighters.  To see the flyer, click here.

The charmed life: The annual Biloxi First roast, targeting civic leader Jaye Brice this year, was a rousing success Tuesday night at the IP Casino Resort. The event raised thousands of dollars to help fund innovative classroom projects in Biloxi Public Schools. To see a handful of photographs from the evening, click here.

I see, said the Blind Tiger: The newest waterfront restaurant, the Blind Tiger, is taking shape on the western end of the Great Lawn down on Point Cadet. To see the progress and a rendering, click here.

“FoFo” and Madame Secretary: Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich on Tuesday night had a chance to greet Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James during her latest visit to Biloxi. To see details and photos, click here.