Revelations of official corruption, crime roil 1999
One of the most gratifying years of my professional life occurred in 1999. That year, The Tunica Times was named the best small newspaper in the state, and I was elected vice president of the Mississippi Press Association.
But for all the positives, 1999 also marked the start of a very dark period in our community, as this newspaper reported on drug trafficking and corruption in the ranks of county law enforcement.
Investigation of supervisors’ dispute moved to AG
Investigation of a fight between elected officials that erupted during a county Board of Supervisors meeting on January 3 has been transferred to the Mississippi Attorney General’s office.
District 4 supervisor Henry Nickson, Jr. and Board president James Dunn each filed formal charges of simple assault with Town of Tunica police after the incident. TPD investigator Michael Nichols said this week that Nickson filed papers on January 3 and Dunn on January 8.
1997: Glimpses of coming county ‘Miracle’ appear
One of the better aspects of taking a look back is noting what has changed and what hasn’t.
It’s interesting that 20 years ago and again in 2017, Tunica County’s public schools are under state conservatorship.
Today’s high school students weren’t even born in 1997 and don’t remember that the Tunica County School District started the 1996-97 year under a cloud. In February, the state stepped in, withdrawing accreditation from the system, and, a month later, assigned Dr. Ron Love as conservator for the district.
Drive by shooters target neighborhoods near town
A series of drive by shootings that may be tied to a January 1 nightclub shooting in North Tunica County is under active investigation by the Tunica County Sheriff’s Department.
On Thursday, January 5, officers responded to a shooting call at a home on Y Street in the New Sub. Davis said the victim reported the incident after the fact, so there are no descriptions of possible shooters or vehicles that may have been involved. The next night, January 6, in the early morning hours, officers responded to a drive by shooting in nearby Jacks Subdivision, followed by another shooting at the same Y Street location. Then, on Sunday, January 8, a vehicle in the neighborhood of Nellie Johnson Village was shot into.
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