Tiger Fans in Mississippi Can Show Pride With Vanity Tag
May 14, 2007
MEMPHIS -- - The University of Memphis will be the first non-Mississippi school represented on Mississippi "vanity" license plates this year. Unlike the state of Tennessee, no schools outside Mississippi have ever been made available on these plates.
The drive to request a specialty UM Tiger plate in Mississippi, which was led by Harold Alexander, reached the state mandated minimum of 200 paid applications last Saturday at a "meet and greet" at John Daly's Restaurant and Bar in Olive Branch.
The Mississippi House of Representatives passed House Bill 468 in the 2006 legislative session, enabling non-Mississippi schools to apply for the "vanity" plates. In order for the plates to become available, 200 pre-paid applications had to be submitted to the Mississippi State Tax Commission. Prior to the start of the event last Saturday, 181 applications had been filed. Within the first hour, the additional 19 needed applications were accepted and kicked off a celebration by Tiger fans.
There is still time to submit an application for inclusion in the initial order. Any fan who would like to pre-order a Mississippi vanity tag with the UM leaping Tiger logo, must contact John Stacy at JStacy1959@aol.com prior to 5 p.m., May 15. He will make arrangements to pick up the application before Wednesday at noon. Applications are available at Highlandhundred.com.
In order to obtain your specialty tag, you must be a Mississippi resident; have a valid Mississippi license plate on your vehicle; and pay the $51 fee with the application.
The plates will become available to the general public in August or September of this year.