- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 18, 2014

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - Following nearly 25 years representing the city of Natchez in its tourism efforts, Connie Taunton is retiring as the city’s tourism director.

Taunton, who began working with the city’s Convention and Visitor Bureau in 1989, tells The Natchez Democrat (http://bit.ly/1nAmiqn ) the decision to retire became clear after a fire in January destroyed her home in Monterey.

The fire, along with other family events in the past few years, led Taunton to announce her retirement Monday.

Taunton said she wanted and needed to take time to rebuild an important part of her and her husband, Ben’s, lives.

Mayor Butch Brown says Taunton informed him of her decision Monday morning.

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Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/