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Press Association to roast Attorney General

Tuesday, October 31, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Mississippi’s top law enforcement official will be roasted by the state press association at a January benefit for its education foundation.

Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat first elected to the job in 2004, will join the ranks of other notable Mississippians such as cartoonist and author Marshall Ramsey, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, Mississippi State University President Dr. Mark Keenum, and former state Supreme Court Justice Reuben Anderson in being roasted to to raise funds for the program of work of the Mississippi Press Association Education Foundation

The event will be held Jan. 25 at the Hilton Jackson at the outset of MPA’s Mid-Winter Conference.

“We’re very appreciative to the Attorney General for accepting our invitation to be roasted,” said MPAEF Chairman Joel McNeece, publisher of The Calhoun County Journal. “We know it will be a fun and entertaining evening for a cause very important to us.”


Panelists for the event include former Mississippi Attorney General Mike Moore, former Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, Greenwood attorney Lee Abraham, Deputy Mississippi Attorney General Onetta Whitley, and author and editorial cartoonist Marshall Ramsey. Emcee for the event is longtime "Roastmaster" Sid Salter, a veteran journalist and director of the Office of Public Affairs at Mississippi State University.

A Chickasaw County native, Hood formerly was a law clerk at the Mississippi Supreme Court and a special assistant attorney general. In 1995, he was elected the district attorney for seven counties in North Mississippi. As attorney general, he prosecuted the 2005 case against Edgar Ray Killen, accused in the murder of three civil rights workers in 1964.

Hood serves is a past president of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) and leads several NAAG committees. He serves on the Board of Directors for Jason Foundation, which is dedicated to preventing teen suicide, the National Association of Model State Drug Laws, and as a Non-Regional Director for the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C).

He and his wife, Debbie have three children, Rebecca, Matthew and Annabelle Leigh.

Tickets for the roast are $80 each, or a table of eight is available for $600. Corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available. Call 601-981-3060 or email the MPA office for more information.


Click here to purchase tickets or tables online.
MPAEF was founded in 1983 to fund scholarships and internships for in-state students of journalism and communications. Founded in 1866, MPA is the trade association for 110 member newspapers and affiliated digital media in Mississippi.

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