A tweet to Governor Haley Barbour ended with a University Medical Center employee resigning from her job. She said she was simply using the social networking site Twitter to exercise her right to freedom of speech. UMC officials said it was a violation of privacy laws.
Last Tuesday afternoon Governor Haley Barbour wrote this on his Twitter page, “Glad the Legislature recognizes our dire fiscal situation. Look forward to hearing their ideas on how to trim expenses.”
Less than an hour later Jennifer Carter, a former administrative assistant for UMC’s nursing school, tweeted this to Governor Barbour, “Schedule regular medical exams like everyone else instead of paying UMC employees over time to do it when clinics are usually closed.”
Carter was referring to an incident she was told about by several UMC staffers three years ago. She claims the Governor came to the Pavilion on a Saturday when it is usually closed and had it specially staffed with 15-20 people all for a check up.