Legislators toughen open meetings law
Several lawmakers are pushing big changes to Mississippi’s open meetings law again this year _ legislation a House committee chairman killed with a last-minute maneuver in 2010.
Higher fines, as well as proposals to make officials pay instead of taxpayers when there’s a violation, died last year. Opponents said they worried about the financial burdens those changes might place on some low-paid or volunteer officials.
Natchez Democrat newspaper publisher Kevin Cooper, whose paper recently won a state Ethics Commission dispute with Adams County supervisors over a closed session, said he came away from the battle thinking the current maximum fine of $100 is too low. He also laments that taxpayers pay the fine, rather than the officials found in violation.
Exploration of Beaver Dam site continues
The search for clues about ancient life at Beaver Dam is ongoing.
On Monday, Feb. 21, Rachael Evans, a soil scientist with the Natural Resources Conservation Services, brought equipment to take core samples from the Indian mound at Beaver Dam. She took samples three meters deep from five different locations in the mound.
SO makes quick arrest in Feb. 13 shooting
On the heels of a drive by shooting on Jan. 31, investigators with the Tunica County Sheriff’s Department have been piecing together the details on another local incident.
At 4 p.m. on Feb. 13, deputies were dispatched to 1096 Collins Street after reports of a shooting. Authorities found an injured man at the home. He had reportedly suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and was airlifted to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis. He was released earlier this week.
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