The Tunica Academy elementary choir , led by Melody Horn, performs Christmas music at last Thursday’s Town Tree Lighting.
Town police to get body cameras
The Board of Alderman unanimously voted to purchase body cameras for the Town Police Department after a request from Police Chief Richard Veazey.
Veazey recommended that eight cameras be purchased for $295 each. The lapel cameras will record to a memory card, Veazey explained. Mayor Chuck Cariker said these will take the place of outdated in car cameras that used VHS tapes.
Alderman Brad Beach asked if body cameras offered more protection for the officer because they show what he is seeing. Veazey said that ideally the department would have both in car and body cameras.
Consolidated Grain bets on new Tunica port
A pioneer of gaming in Tunica County, Fernando Cuquet, once described the Mississippi as “El Rio de Oro,” or the River of Gold. And when Splash Casino debuted at Mhoon Landing as the county’s first casino in 1992 and Tunica County quickly became the U.S.’s third largest gaming market, Cuquet’s prognostication proved true. Splash’s heyday was a brief three years, and the site has lain dormant since 1995, waiting to be rediscovered and repurposed.
Now, Tunica County is poised to again reap riches from the river that is its western boundary.
Consolidated Grain and Barge of Mandeville, LA has started demolition of the last vestiges of Splash on the banks of the Mississippi about five miles west of the town of Tunica. The privately held company plans an $18 million port and grain elevator on 20 acres here to store and then ship out agricultural products grown within a 40 mile radius.
County ‘revisiting’ employee pay cuts
At least three members of the Board of Supervisors plan to donate 10 percent of their salaries back to county coffers.
District 5’s McKinley Daley said Monday that he, Henry Nickson of District 4, and Phillis Williams of District 3 planned to give back a portion of their $40,400 annual salary, as part of recent austerity measures.
Daley made the statement after hearing from Board attorney Ellis Pittman that Tunica County could not reduce salaries of elected officials.
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