NBC News to profile Biloxi’s tree sculpture project

NBC Nightly News will tell a national television audience about Biloxi’s Katrina sculptures in an upcoming story.

Correspondent Mark Potter, who filed several national stories from Biloxi in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, will be in town this weekend to film sculptor Marlin Miller as he completes work on what is scheduled to be the final of 21 sculptures on the Biloxi beachfront.

Potter’s story is scheduled to air on the NBC Nightly News — with an audience of more than 10 million on an average broadcast — on Feb. 2. The report also will be posted on the network’s web site, msnbc.com.

“We’re certainly pleased that NBC has chosen to bring national attention to this project,” Mayor A.J. Holloway said. “We began with five sculptures, and then Marlin came along and the project really took off. It’s a great story all the way around.”

— To read background on Miller’s latest sculpture project, click here.

— For background on the overall sculpture project, click here.

News and notes

Holloway in Jackson: Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway will attend a meeting of the Senate Insurance Committee this afternoon, where several Coast leaders are expected to seek funding to help lower insurance rates. Holloway and Public Affairs Manager Vincent Creel are in Jackson to attend an annual legislative gathering of the Mississippi Municipal League.

Traffic: The city’s Public Works Department outlines road construction in the daily traffic update on the city web site. To see today’s report, click here.

State of the City video: If you missed the State of the City replays on Cable One, Mayor A.J. Holloway’s 28-minute presentation is now online. To see the video — high-speed internet connection advised —
click here. To read the prepared text of the address, click here.