BROOKHAVEN, Miss. — In a story March 21 and March 22 about a Ten Commandments billboard, The Associated Press erroneously attributed a quote by Wayne Wallace to the mayor, Joe Cox. A corrected story is below.
Mississippi man agrees to move Ten Commandments billboard
Thou shalt comply with city ordinances: A Mississippi man has agreed to relocate billboards showing the Ten Commandments and a flaming American flag
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. — A property owner in Brookhaven, Mississippi has learned a lesson: Thou shalt comply with city ordinances.
Wayne Wallace avoided a battle of biblical proportions by agreeing to take down billboards he installed without proper permits, showing the Ten Commandments and a flaming American flag with the words “Wake Up America.”
Wallace has agreed to move the signs 10 feet (3 meters) back from U.S. Highway 51.
Wallace says “people thought the city was against the word of God, and that’s not what it was — it was strictly about the sign.” He says there are a lot of “hotheads” and “rednecks” around, and he thinks he warded off a coming storm with the deal.