- Associated Press - Monday, January 20, 2014

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Oxford Director of Tourism Mary-Kathryn Herrington is stepping down at the end of January to spend more time with her family.

Herrington has been with the tourism department for 10 years and became the director in 2009. Herrington and her husband, Lewis, had a baby girl in the summer.

The Oxford Eagle reports (https://bit.ly/1fMYbRN ) that Mary Allyn Hedges will succeed Herrington as tourism director. Hedges is currently the assistant tourism director.

Kinney Ferris will become assistant tourism director and the city will soon post a job opening to fill Ferris’ current position of visitor services.

The food and beverage tax brought in $2.13 million for 2013, an 8 percent increase over 2012 and $229,225 came in from the hotel/motel tax, a 6 percent increase over 2012.

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Information from: Oxford Eagle, https://www.oxfordeagle.com

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