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Mississippi Supreme Court dismisses New Hope firings review

Reported by: Mel Carlock
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Updated: 5/01 5:00 pm
NEW HOPE, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Mississippi Supreme Court dismissed a request to review the lawsuit filed over the firing of the New Hope High School baseball coach and the school principal in 2009.

Stacy Hester, coach of the Trojans, and Lynn Wright were terminated by the Lowndes County School Board over the purchase of a lawnmower.

Hester claims he purchased the mower and leased it to the school's booster club, but court records show he listed the school and the booster club on the loan agreement.

Wright had given Hester permission to purchase the mower.

A Lowndes County Chancery judge upheld Hester's firing, but ruled for Wright and ordered the school district to pay him $175,000 in back pay.

The Mississippi Court of Appeals later overturned the chancery court ruling favoring Wright and ruled there was sufficient grounds to terminate him.

In February, The state's highest court agreed to take a look at the case, but on Thursday said further review is no longer necessary and a request for them to look at the case has been dismissed.

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