June 19, 2012
Photo by Curt Yeomans
Jonesboro resident David Clark provoked controversy on Monday when he complained to county commissioners about plans to spend money on a reception, held in conjunction with plans to memorialize an ancestor of Michelle Obama.
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The county’s plan to memorialize Melvinia Shields, the great-great-great-grandmother of First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, next week has become entangled in the county’s long-standing fight over last year’s property tax increases. It has brought allegations of misuse of money, and charges of racism from opposing sides on the issue.