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Crunch time for inauguration preparation

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Sunday was a busy day for Governor-elect Phil Bryant as he prepares to take office Tuesday Bryant's staff said his day Sunday was "jam packed" with activities.

Preparations continued on the south steps of the capitol with a full rehearsal for Bryant's inauguration. Darkness and quite fell over the massive stage on the south steps of the state capitol Sunday evening. The proverbial quite before the storm of activity that will continue Monday as Mississippi prepares to swear-in its 64th Governor.

Earlier in the day, this was a bee-hive of commotion.

"We had our rehearsals today with Governor-elect Bryant. We also had Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves was here today. We had the Mississippi Mass Choir. We had the National Guard, Guy Hovis was here also today for a full rehearsal," said Inaugural Director Craig Ray.

In addition to his speech preparations, the Governor-elect has been reviewing lists of candidates to head state agencies. He will name several of those directors Monday afternoon. The governor's staff says the appointments are critical to Bryant.

"They run the day to day operations of each agency. I think anybody who has had anything to do with Human Services, Marine Resources, they are extremely important," said Bryant's Communication Director, Mick Bullock.

The inaugural theme is "Rising Together". With that in mind, organizers say they have made modifications to the stage to better include people who attend Tuesday swearing-in.

"We really felt like as we're looking at the Rising Together Mississippi theme, to really being together, bring up the crowd, bring the people together and building the stage, we really feel like people that are here will feel like they're part of the event and be a part of this historic moment with the Governor," added Ray.

The stage will have seating for about 1,400 and has an entertainment platform for the choir. Organizers say they are expecting a crowd of between 3,000 and 4,000 spectators Tuesday.

Weather will play a major role with a forecast that calls for rain Tuesday. A decision will be made about noon Monday whether to hold the event inside or out.

If the swearing-in must move indoors, it will be held in the Capitol's House Chamber.

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