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After appeal, board terminates school principal

TUPELO — The Lee County School Board has voted to terminate former Belden Center principal Ralph Green. Green, who was fired by superintendent Jimmy Weeks in September, had appealed the decision to the school board. He had a closed personnel hearing during the fall. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the board discussed his appeal during a closed session last ...

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Aldermen override mayor's veto, vote again to fire city administrator

STARKVILLE — The Starkville Board of Aldermen has reaffirmed its decision to fire city administrator Lynn Spruill. The Starkville Daily News reports the board voted 5-2 yesterday to override Mayor Parker Wiseman’s veto of its early decision. Aldermen declined to answer questions from the audience gathered yesterday’s on why the majority decided to fire Spruill, who was paid $61,169 a ...

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Judge dismisses former superintendent's lawsuit

COLUMBUS — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against the Columbus Municipal School District by former superintendent Martha Liddell. The Columbus Dispatch reports that Chancery Judge Kenneth Burns ruled to dismiss the case Friday after a telephone conference with lawyers for both parties. Documents filed with the curt say Burns moved to dismiss the lawsuit, in part, because the ...

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Appeals panel rules against town in race discrimination case

COMO — A federal appeals panel has upheld the award of $50,000 to former Como police chief Cleve Gale for “emotional distress” after his 2008 firing from the chief’s job. A federal jury ruled for Gale in 2012. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the verdict June 13, denying an appeal by the town ...

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County administrator fired; action was not on agenda

CANTON — The Madison County Board of Supervisors has fired county administrator David Overby. In an unexpected move that was not included on yesterday’s agenda, the board voted 3-2 to terminate Overby, who was hired by the board when the members took office in January 2012. Overby, a certified public accountant, formerly worked as finance director and city clerk for ...

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Cities going in different directions on public transit system

STARKVILLE and VICKSBURG — One city is preparing to open a new public transportation system while another city is struggling to keep its system running. A proposed public transportation system linking the entire Starkville community is on track and should help lower traffic congestion, aid economic development efforts and strengthen the bond between Starkville and Mississippi State University, according to ...

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Utility Authority board not appointing interim director

BILOXI — The Harrison County Utility Authority will move quickly to hire a new executive director. The authority’s board met yesterday for the first time since last week’s firing of longtime director Kamran Pahlavan. He was dismissed because of conflict of interest concerns involving a car purchase and financing the deal through a utility authority contractor. Board members have directed ...

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Supreme Court declines to hear forester's appeal

FRANKLIN COUNTY — The Mississippi Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a Franklin County forester fired for opposing a logging plan pushed by the state. The Supreme Court let stand a ruling by the Court of Appeals which last year sided with the Mississippi Forestry Commission. The Appeals Court decision overturned a local judge’s ruling for Stephen ...

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Commissioners terminate state agency's executive director

BILOXI — Bill Walker has been dismissed as the executive director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. The decision came today in a unanimous vote from members of the Commission on Marine Resources. CMR vice chairman Jimmy Taylor made the motion to terminate Walker “for cause.” There was no additional discussion before the vote. “In light of continuing information ...

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Clerks fires four deputies; fifth leaves with others

PONTOTOC — Pontotoc County Chancery Court Clerk Gary Moorman has fired four of the five deputy clerks that work directly under him. Moorman tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal the four deputies clerks were told Monday to clear their desks. He says a fifth clerk walked out with the others. Moorman did not discuss why the firings took place saying ...

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