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HGTV hosts: Show is '100 percent positive' about Mississippi

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/27/2017 By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The hosts of a new HGTV show say their program "Home Town" is shining a positive light on their home state.

Erin and Ben Napier live in the south Mississippi city of Laurel, population 18,800, where they own a downtown general store focusing on American-made goods.

She is a graphic artist who has blogged about the blessings of life, and he is a woodworker with a history degree and a lumberjack beard.

In their show that premiered in March, the couple restores old houses with high ceilings and comfortable front porches.

The Napiers spoke Thursday to hundreds of people in Jackson during a meeting of the state chamber of commerce.

The audience applauded when Ben Napier said "Home Town" is "100 percent positive about the state of Mississippi."

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