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Davenport Named Grand Marshal for 21st Annual Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo

Contact Tyler Williams (601)266-5405

HATTIESBURG -- Local businessman and community leader Mike Davenport has been named grand marshal for the 21st Annual Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo.

The rodeo will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3-4, 2006, at the James Lynn Cartlidge Forrest County Multi Purpose Center on U.S. Highway 49 South in Hattiesburg.

Davenport is Comcast Cable’s general manager for southern Mississippi. He is a 16-year veteran of the cable television industry and has held a variety of technical and operational positions. Davenport joined Comcast in 2001 and has served as the technical operations manager in Hattiesburg, customer operations manager in Chicago and director of technical operations in Naples, Fla. Prior to joining Comcast, he worked for AT&T as operations manager for northern Illinois. He has also had leadership positions with Douglas Cablevision and TCI Cable.

Davenport has been instrumental in the local success of Comcast Cares Day, which assists the American Red Cross with building maintenance and upkeep of its offices in Hattiesburg and Laurel. Davenport and his wife, Kim, live in Petal with their two children, Josh, 16, and Amber, 10.

All tickets to the 21st Annual Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo will be $10 and will be available at T.J.’s Western Ware on U.S. Highway 49 in Hattiesburg, beginning Jan. 9, 2006.

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