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Bus company to sue Supervisor Stokes

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HINDS COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Last year, Louisiana Motor Coach provided us with a document that appeared to be signed by Hinds County Supervisor Kenneth Stokes. It was on Hinds County letterhead, and it was an agreement to pay $4,500 to transport students to Jackson to take part in the Martin Luther King parade. The parade took place in January. Louisiana Motorcoach still has not been paid today.

Here's what Supervisor Stokes told us back in May, when the issue first came to light.

"It was told to us we could use some county funds, then they said we could not because they were bond funds. What we have tried to do now is we asked the church community to help us try to pay for some of these busses," Stokes said.

He also showed us a check, and told us he had collected $2,000 through church donations.

Thursday morning, we asked Stokes what happened to the $2,000.

"We paid somebody else," Stokes said. "We owed several, we paid somebody else. The church community said they would do some things, the businesses said they would do some things. There's not a debt associated with Dr. King's celebration in 34 years, except for one Louisiana Coach. I didn't sign anything."

Louisiana Motor Coach President Louis Sanders says he will now be filing suit.

"A lawsuit initially. And unfortunately it's gonna affect the taxpayers of Hinds County. They're the ones who elected him. Maybe he's now done something criminal. Just, if I may add, one final quote from Martin Luther King. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy," Sanders said.

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