County Commissioner Gary Deaton has requested that a motion for County Historian Linda Higgins to be brought before the Commission be placed on the October Agenda. Commissioner Deaton made the request at the end of the September mtg.
The issue arose as a result of comments Linda Higgins is alleged to have made to the local newspaper regarding Jackson native Van Jones. According to the Jackson Sun "Higgins, (who is appointed by the commission), spoke to The Jackson Sun days after Jones' resignation about how she was disappointed and frustrated with the conservative uproar over Jones' past. Her comments were used in a story in The Sun and in its "Motion Carried" politics blog. Higgins said that any past comment Jones made about being a communist was "little-C communism" - that is, the egalitarian political philosophy, not the Russian Communist dictatorship - from when he was a younger man feeling out his personal politics. She said she was shocked by the misinformation being spread about his background."
County Commission Deaton wants the Historian brought before the body to explain her comments.
Keith Sherley spoke with Higgins friend and Jackson Attorney Mary Jo Middlebrooks about the controversy.
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with MJ Middlebrooks