Insurance switch causing confusion
When Tunica County employees tried to get prescriptions filled last week and called a telephone number they were provided by county agent of record Nick Floyd, they were told they weren’t in the new carrier’s system. That was scary for many employees and their families.
“My son has asthma and needs attention,” Commander Cedric Davis of the Tunica County Sheriff’s Department said, “and medications and doctors aren’t available. We’re being told that we’re not covered.”
Co. borrows $3 million for shortfall
Supervisors approved a resolution May 29 to close the deal on a $3 million loan from First Security Bank. County administrator Michael Thompson said the funds would partially cover a shortfall in operating revenue.
But confusion arose when Thompson said the county was projected to have a $9 million shortfall. The county is limited to a loan of 25 percent of the shortfall. Three million dollars is 25 percent of $12 million, not $9 million. That discrepancy was not explained during the meeting. Thompson also said that casino tax revenue was down $1.5 million in a $29 million fiscal year budget for the general fund.
Robbery suspects in custody
Two Tunica County men and a resident of Grand Rapids, Michigan have been arrested and charged in a rash of robberies that occurred between April and June in two local casinos.
On June 5, Anthony West, 43, of Robinsonville was charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery. He was also charged with two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and felony controlled substance. His bond was set at $780,000.
Sen. run-off is June 24
Neither Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate garnered over 50 percent in a three-way race, forcing a run-off between six term incumbent Thad Cochran and Tea Party backed attorney Chris McDaniel.
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