In The News
May/June 2008 Issue
New ratings guide car seat shoppers

The improper installation and misuse of child safety seats puts millions of children at risk, so the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has developed a five star rating system to guide parents in choosing the right car seat to keep their children safe.

Presently, seven out of 10 safety seats are either the wrong size for the child or seriously misused, reducing their effectiveness in a crash, NHTSA data indicates. The new rating system does not measure how effective a child seat is in protecting a child but compares their ease of use. All safety seats sold in the U.S. already are required to comply with federal safety standards to provide a high level of crash protection.

Visit online to see the new five-star rankings.

Columbus among Distinctive Dozen

With a rich history, extraordinary architecture and a revitalized Main Street, Columbus, Miss., has been selected as one of the nation’s “Dozen Distinctive Destinations” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Each year the National Trust selects 12 cities that offer an authentic visitor experience by combining dynamic downtowns, cultural diversity, attractive architecture and a strong commitment to historic preservation and revitalization. Columbus’ diverse and abundant cultural resources propelled it onto the list.

“As one of the best kept secrets in the state of Mississippi, it is an unrivaled destination for anyone who enjoys Southern architecture, savors down-home cooking, and seeks an escape to the great outdoors,” said Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The birthplace of playwright Tennessee Williams, Columbus is home to three National Register Historic Districts with an impressive 676 properties. The city also offers African-American heritage sites, plenty of shopping and outdoor recreation on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.

Click on or call 1-800-327-2686 for more details about Columbus.

A Columbus landmark is the Weeping Angel at Friendship Cemetery. Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau photo

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