Adams County needs AG’s attention

Published 2:38 pm Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood’s office doesn’t seem to be overly interested in Natchez and Adams County.

That’s the only logical assumption following two rather large issues affecting our area on which the office has been noticeably quiet.

First, let’s consider the recent flak over the untimely demolition of the former Natchez Pecan Shelling Co. plant on the bluff. The case has huge implications, not only here in Natchez, but also statewide. Yet, the AG’s office has been rather silent on the matter, at least publicly.

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Perhaps the AG simply doesn’t want to touch the hot potato or maybe he doesn’t think the issue is worth his time. Either way, Natchez residents deserve better.

Second, consider the embezzlement case against Adams County Circuit Clerk M.L. “Binkey” Vines.

Charged with 13 counts of embezzlement, Vines is still awaiting a trial date. A date for the trial should have been set at a January hearing, but was not due to scheduling conflicts.

Here we are knocking on the door of March and Vines’ case still isn’t set for trial.

The matter needs to be held quickly, before we get any deeper into the election season.

Having the trial proceed close to Election Day or, heaven forbid, after Election Day, does not make sense — for the voters or for justice.

Natchez and Adams County voters deserve better representation from their state attorney.