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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

Harassment cited in SO shake-up

A shake-up in the Tunica County Sheriff’s Department has been the subject of much speculation, but few facts have emerged since.

Late last week, Memphis television news began reporting that Commander Eugene Bridges, former head of the department’s Internal Affairs Division, had been fired. Sexual harassment of a female deputy was alleged, and the department released a statement on September 23.

“Tunica County Sheriff’s Office does not condone any activities concerning sexual harassment nor workplace harassment. Tunica County Sheriff’s Office has a policy on harassment that is strictly enforced. Also, mandatory sexual harassment and workplace harassment in-service training has been provided to every member of the Tunica County Sheriff’s Office. When a complaint is made, an investigation becomes active. Tunica County Sheriff’s Office will not confirm or deny any information because of an active investigation. Several employees are being investigated at this time,” the full statement reads.

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Hollywood appeals 2016 county tax levy

As supervisors began the process of adopting a 2016 budget and tax levy, Hollywood Casino filed a new suit against Tunica County.

On September 10, parent company HWCC-Tunica, LLC filed Cause No. 2015-0103, Bill of Exceptions/Notice of Appeal to “the actions of the Board of Supervisors of Tunica County, Mississippi” in adopting a 2016 fiscal year tax rate on September.

The primary basis of the appeal is that the 2016 levy is based on on a 2015 millage increase, a matter that is still pending in the courts.

“For the reasons set forth in Hollywood’s appeal of the Board’s 2015 fiscal year budget and millage increase, being cause number 2014-0162-CEW, the Board’s 2015 fiscal year millage increase for General County (being 9.14 mills to 15 mills) and for County Road Construction and Maintenance (being 0 mills to 9 mills) is illegal and void...for the Board to use the 2015 fiscal year millage increase as the base for the 2016 fiscal year tax rate is improper.”

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Preserving our past

The 2015 Bankhead Highway Convoy passed through the town of Tunica Tuesday, en route to Helena, AR and its ultimate destination, San Diego, CA.

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Accountability is goal of new county website


TUNICA COUNTY, Miss. – Tunica County is the first local government in the State of Mississippi to provide citizens a new option to view Revenue and Operating Budgets.

October 1 was the official public launch of Tunica County’s open budget portal, This interactive version of the FY2016 Revenue and Operating Budget will show citizens, down to the line item, how the budget is structured and how the county plans to spend its tax dollars this year.

This new initiative allows anyone to browse through the County’s budget and understand how the government operates. It’s a major step toward becoming a more transparent government and transforming Tunica County.

Providing access to information strengthens public trust and establishes a sense of accountability within county government. In addition, making governmental financial data easily accessible engages citizens and is cost effective. Sharing this crucial financial data across the local government also helps foster critical internal communication among departments.

In the past, the budget was released in paper form only, which is costly year over year; however citizens will always be able to obtain paper copies, if requested. Tunica County’s Open Budget Initiative will make budget information readily available to all citizens without anyone having to request it.

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