Judge finds ‘malfeasance’ by school board
Former Rosa Fort High School principal Stan Collins may be returning to the Tunica County School District, attorney Willie Griffin of Greenville says, after Chancery Court Jon Barnwell ruled on August 15 that TCSD acted without a proper vote on Collin’s continued employment for the 2010-2011 school year.
Judge Barnwell reversed TCSD’s effective termination of Collins and ordered the school board “to make decisions consistent with the findings of the Court and any legal obligation of the Board under its contract of employment with (Collins).”
“We have sent a demand and are expecting to hear from (the board),” Griffin said in a telephone interview last week.
Griffin said he expects Tunica County Schools to pay Collins for the 2010-2011 school year and bring Collins back into the system. Collins is not presently working anywhere else, Griffin added.
Court sides with Graves
For the second time, a local attorney has been forgiven of contempt of court charges stemming from a 2009 incident at the Tunica County Courthouse.
In late July, the Mississippi Supreme Court upheld a court of appeals ruling for Chuck Graves of Tunica. The initial decision reversed three charges against Graves, and the high court agreed that “Graves was denied his right to due process.”
Graves was charged with contempt and incarcerated by Circuit Court Judge Albert Smith. Smith serves as a judicial official for Tunica, Coahoma and Bolivar counties.
September marks local, national milestones
Anniversaries abound this month–the sixth anniversary since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast and New Orleans, the 20th anniversary of new ownership of this newspaper (see Page 2 for special 20th anniversary features), and the upcoming 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on America.
On the morning of August 30, 2005, Katrina was storming ashore near the Louisiana-Mississippi state line, claiming over 1800 lives and causing $81 billion worth of damage. Katrina ultimately proved to be the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history.
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