UPDATE: New Albany names new city attorney

By New Albany News-Exchange

New Albany Aldermen unanimously approved the hiring of Roger McMillin as city attorney Monday night. McMillin has served previously for almost a dozen years as New Albany city attorney.

He replaces long-time city attorney Robert M. Carter. It was also announced at the meeting that the board will pay the remaining part of Carter’s contact and that Carter will work with McMillin to smooth the transition.

The city board members became upset with Carter when they learned that he had filed a lawsuit seeking class action status against Toyota, which is building a plant in nearby Blue Springs.

Aldermen voted last Tuesday to fire Carter.

Carter filed the suit in federal court in Oxford on behalf of two Alabama attorneys as part of an effort to qualify as a nationwide suit.

The Alabama attorneys could not legally file in Mississippi and they also needed a local plaintiff for the suit. That representative plaintiff is Belva Simmons, who owns a 2007 Toyota Camry that is part of a company recall.

More on this story in Tuesday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.