Time to nominate Unsung Heroes'
Feb. 3, 2002
The first three sections of Profile 2002: The Fabric of America have rolled off the press, and are waiting in shrink-wrapped bundles for Feb. 28 the day the special edition hits the streets.
We'll be running another section every week until publication. The last of these will include The Meridian's Star's "Citizen of the Year" and a gallery of Unsung Heroes.
Unsung Heroes are people who work quietly, behind the scenes, without seeking or needing recognition, to help others around them.
If you know a person like this, you can nominate him or her to join our 2002 honorees by writing a letter about your candidate and sending it to me at: P.O. Box 1591, Meridian, MS 39302. You can also submit your nomination by e-mail to email@example.com.
But, hurry, the deadline is Feb. 11.
From both sides: Chancery Judge Sarah Springer was reversed twice this week once by the Mississippi Supreme Court and once by the Mississippi Court of Appeals.
In the first, she had ruled in favor of Gipson Steel, which claimed a former employee had illegally used trade secrets developed at Gipson Steel to create a competing software program when he left to start his own company. The program was used to estimate how much could be bid on a project and still make a profit.
The Supreme Court reversed the decision, finding in favor of the former employee.
In the second, the Court of Appeals said Springer had unfairly required the husband in a divorce case to: 1) pay child support above the amount determined by the standard formula; and 2) pay periodic alimony to his former wife despite the fact she made as much money as he did.
Better late: Speaking of Chancery Court, the identity of people involved in divorces rarely registers on my scale of newsworthiness but I will make an exception. Marie Porter Sykes has filed for divorce from her husband, Gregory. You will remember Gregory Sykes as the man indicted for attacking her with a hatchet in March 2001. He pleaded guilty late last year to aggravated assault and is now in prison.
Nursing homes: The Florida-based law firm of Wilkes &McHugh has filed suit against another local nursing home owner, Mike Howard, who owns Queen City Nursing Home. The lawsuit does not involve Howard's Lauderdale County facility, however, but a Columbus home in which he has a financial interest. To my knowledge, the suit makes four involving Lauderdale County owners one dismissed, one settled, two in process.
Comcast: David Van Colvin is set to be sentenced Feb. 27 by U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate. An attorney representing another Comcast defendant estimates Colvin's sentence at 33-41 months. C.D. "Bubba" Newell was sentenced to 57 months; Kim Gianakos to 18 months.