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Judge rules in favor of mayor and aldermen in Canton Utility Board dispute

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BRANDON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A judge has ruled in favor of the Canton Mayor and Board of Aldermen, removing a temporary restraining order and injunction, allowing Canton Municipal Utilities to operate with just one board.  

The CMU was operating with two boards for the last month, after the old board members took the city to court, after they were replaced with a new board.  

Attorneys for the old board say they plan to file an appeal on the judges ruling.

The Attorneys tried unsuccessfully to get the case moved to federal court.

"He recognized the authority of the mayor and the board of aldermen to appoint them and to allow them to function in their role as commissioners," says Board Attorney Lisa Ross.

Following the June election, new Canton Mayor Arnel Bolden and the Board of Aldermen voted to replace members of the city's utility board. The old board members challenged that decision, saying they did not have the authority to replace them.     

"Commissioners from the Canton Municipal Utilities can only be removed for good cause, inefficiency, or incompetence and they're entitled to a hearing on that," says attorney for the plaintiffs, Ellis Turnage.   "We'll take our case up to the Mississippi Supreme court in due time."

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