A federal court jury Wednesday found that Lowndes County did not wrongfully terminate former road department superintendent Howard Smart because of his race.
Smart claimed that he was dismissed by Lowndes County because of his race.
The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors and Road Manager Ronnie Burns maintained that Smart”s dismissal was for job-related reasons, particularly the elimination of his position as superintendent.
A jury trial was held before U.S. Senior District Court Judge Glen Davidson in Aberdeen and, after a three-day trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of Lowdnes County.
Berk Huskison and Ronny Roberts of Mitchell, McNutt and Sams in Columbus represented Lowndes County in the case.
Smart was represented Michael D. Cook of Iuka.
Smart, a farmer who lives in Crawford, ran unsuccessfully for Lowndes County District 4 Supervisor, against incumbent Jeff Smith, in the Aug. 2 Democratic primary.
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