Meridian Star


February 17, 2013

Star adds citizen representatives to editorial board



    Joe Clay Hamilton is an attorney with The Hamilton Law Firm in Meridian.

    He has a long history of public service, including a four-year stint as a member of the Mississippi Senate representing District 33 from 1992-96.

    Hamilton was the Lauderdale County Prosecuting Attorney from 1964-71 and District Attorney for the 10th Judicial District from 1971-75.

    In 1989, Hamilton and David H. Linder formed The Hamilton Law Firm.

    He has also been a member of: Lauderdale County Bar Association (President, 1971) and American Bar Associations; Mississippi State Bar (Commissioner, 1970-1972); Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association (Member, Board of Governors, 1977-1978; 1980-1982); American Association for Justice (formerly The Association of Trial Lawyers of America).


    Karen Rooney is an artist and art teacher who lives with her husband, Kevin, her children, Alex and Kristen, and the family's dogs on a lake in Lauderdale County.  

    Rooney and her family enjoy homeschooling, boating, and working for their church, Lauderdale United Methodist. Rooney is an avid supporter of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program of which her son, Alex, is a top recruiter and a Chief Master Sergeant. She is also supportive of the local homeschooling community and is passionate about doing anything she can to help bring jobs to Meridian.

    Originally from New Orleans, Rooney and her husband have resided in Michigan, North Louisiana, Texas and now Meridian. Karen has a BS in Marketing and has worked many years in marketing, advertising and sales.

    During that time, Rooney and her husband traveled to Romania and Guatemala to adopt their two children.

    The family moved to the Meridian area five years ago and have come to appreciate the warmth and generosity of the people here.


    Ida Bea Todd Tomlin is a seasoned professional with more than 25 years of nonprofit leadership experience in the cultural arts.  

    She has served as Chief Operating Officer for the Detroit Zoological Society and the Detroit Science Center in Michigan. Tomlin has also served as administrator for university and secondary schools.  

    Her volunteer activities include museum accreditation and grant reviewer, consultant and board member for regional and national cultural organizations. A member of St. Joseph Church, she is a volunteer catechism teacher for the Catholic Community of Meridian   

    After attending St. Joseph Catholic School for her primary education, and Meridian High School, class of 1970, Tomlin received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications/Media from Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Michigan.

    Tomlin moved back home to Meridian in May 2011. She is a mother of two children and a grandmother of four.

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