News Briefs June 13, 2009

By NEMS Daily Journal

LEE COUNTY
Auto museum features Corvettes for summer
- TUPELO – The Tupelo Automobile Museum is celebrating the arrival of summer with a special display of Corvettes now through Sunday, June 21, the first day of summer.
The Corvettes are displayed in the museum’s showroom in addition to its collection of more than 100 cars from the 1880s forward.
“This is an excellent opportunity to view some great examples of America’s true sports car,” said Allen McDaniel, curator.
A special admission rate of $7.50/adults and $5/children will be offered during “Corvette Summer.” The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more, visit www.tupeloauto.com, or call (662) 842-4242.

MONROE COUNTY
Gladney granted new court date
- ABERDEEN – Sept. 14 is the new trial date for Tupelo daycare owner Floristene Gladney.
She was indicted April 23 on nine counts she misused and lied about more than $5,000 in AmeriCorps funds aimed at literacy programs.
Wednesday, through her attorney Frank Russell of Tupelo, she said her defense hasn’t had enough time to prepare for a trial so soon.
Friday, Judge Sharion Aycock granted a change from the original July 6 date. The trial will be in Aberdeen.
Gladney of Plantersville pleaded not guilty and is out of jail on $10,000 bond.

HINDS COUNTY
State may skip EEOC meeting about troopers
- JACKSON – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission wants to meet with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety to discuss its findings that the agency discriminates against its black troopers, an official said.
But Public Safety Commissioner Steve Simpson hasn’t decided whether he’ll attend the meeting later this month, his spokesman said.
Simpson’s agency has asked federal officials for more time to consider EEOC recommendations to resolve a complaint filed by the Mississippi NAACP on behalf of the state’s 208 black Highway Patrol troopers.
The EEOC had given state officials until Monday to agree to a conciliation process, which could involve paying troopers $1.5 million in back wages and revamping the state’s promotion system, among other recommendations.