Newspaper files ethics complaint

The Meridian Star has filed a complaint with the Mississippi Ethics Commission alleging Lauderdale County Supervisors violated the state’s open meetings law. Again.

Writes the Star editorial board in a recent editorial: “Here we are again, asking the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors to stop breaking the State’s Open Meetings Act.”

What makes this particularly galling is that supervisors, who initially denied the charge, are actually caught on tape this time.

Crews leaving Journal to become schools’ COO

Billy Crews, chief executive officer of Daily Journal parent Journal Inc., will resign his position with the company to become the chief operating officer of the Tupelo Public School District.

Crews was named to fill the newly created position during the district’s school board meeting on Tuesday. He will begin in his new role on Jan. 1.

Professor latest to chronicle Scruggs’ saga

In “The Fall of the House of Zeus,” veteran newspaper reporter and Ole Miss professor Curtis Wilkie tells a real-life story that reads like a John Grisham novel. Dickie Scruggs, a prominent Mississippi trial lawyer who made millions suing Big Tobacco and was portrayed in the film “The Insider,” is arrested for conspiring to bribe a judge. So begins an epic tale of backbiting, shady deal-making and greed, all played out against a deep South setting.