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MERIDIAN IS RIDDLED WITH CRIME, YET A POLL RANKED MS. AS A WHOLE AS THE #8 MOST NEIGHBORLY STATE.


 


 

MISSISSIPPI RANKS NUMBER 8 IN THE COUNTRY AS THE MOST NEIGHBORLY PLACE TO LIVE... THAT'S ACCORDING TO A VERIZON, NEXTDOOR, AND KINDNESS.ORG POLL THAT QUESTIONED 10,000 PEOPLE IN EVERY STATE, . TWIN STATES NEWS DANNY TODD GETS SOME REACTION TO THE RANKING.. FROM THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN MERIDIAN SEEMS LIKE A CITY THAT'S RIDDLED WITH CRIME. HOWEVER THIS IS NORMALLY CAUSED FROM HATE AND DISCONTENT, BUT THESE RANKINGS SHOW THAT SOMETIMES THINGS ARE NOT ALWAYS AS THEY APPEAR. TWIN STATES NEWS SPEAKS WITH LOCAL RESIDENTS ABOUT THEIR PERSPECTIVE ON THIS, AND HOW WE CAN DO OUR PART AND CHANGE THE IMAGE OF WHO. WE ARE.... ONE NEIGHBORLY ACT AT A TIME. KERI HOGG- LOCAL RESIDET says "THE GOOD OUTWEIGHS THE BAD HERE IN MISSISSIPPI, THAT'S EVIDENT WHEN DISASTERS HAPPEN, AND PEOPLE SHOW UP TO HELP ONE ANOTHER." KERI HOGG BELIEVES THIS IS MAINLY BECAUSE WE ARE IN THE BIBLE BELT, AND ONE OF THE GREATEST COMMANDMENTS IS TO LOVE OUR NEIGHBOR AS WE LOVE OURSELVES. JACE KNOST POINTS OUT OUR ACTIONS REFLECT OUR FOCUS. JACE KNOST- LOCAL RESIDENT says "THERE'S BAD PEOPLE EVERYWHERE, BUT YOU. KNOW WE JUST GOT TO FOCUS ON OUR NEIGHBORS AND LOVING ONE ANOTHER, AND YOU KNOW MAYBE WE CAN MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE BY DOING THAT." A LOCAL CHURCH'S YOUTH GROUP BELIEVES GOD'S INTENTIONS FOR US WAS PERFECT, BUT WE AS HUMANS HAVE BROUGHT EVIL INTO THE WORLD. ADDY LAWSON, AND LEAH FARMER FROM SONSHINE MINISTRIES CHURCH EXPLAINS. ADDY LAWSON: SONSHINE MINISTRIES YOUTH says "WE SHOULD BE GOOD NEIGHBORS, BECAUSE GOD WOULD WANT US TO TREAT OTHERS AS WE WANT TO BE TREATED. ALTHOUGH BAD STUFF DOES HAPPEN, WE SHOULD CONCENTRATE ON THE STUFF THAT WE CAN CONTROL." LEAH FARMER: SONSHINE MINISTRIES YOUTH says "ALTHOUGH IN MERIDIAN THE CRIME RATE IS VERY. HIGH, US CHRISTIANS SHOULD KEEP MISSISSIPPI THE WAY GOD INTENDED IT TO BE, AND THAT IS TO LOOK OUT FOR ONE ANOTHER." THIS WORLD IS A DARK PLACE SOMETIMES, FOR MANY IN MERIDIAN IT'S NICE THAT THIS INDEPENDENT STUDY HAS PLACED MISSISSIPPI SO HIGH IN BEING THE MOST NEIGHBORLY. WITH THE NEGATIVE STIGMA ATTACHED TO THE CRIME IN THE QUEEN CITY, THE PEOPLE WHO TWIN STATE NEWS TALKED TO, FEEL IT'S IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT THERE ARE TONS OF POSITIVITY THAT SHOULDN'T BE OVERLOOKED. DANNY TODD, TWIN STATES NEWS, MERIDIAN.



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