Woman, 62, survives vicious rape, assault
A violent assault in the early morning hours of August 2 has left the 62 year old victim afraid to return to her home in the Old Sub neighborhood in Tunica. The woman, who was raped and severely beaten, is staying out of town after being released from the hospital.
North Tunica fire district seeking 2017 tax increase
North Tunica County Fire District commissioners opted this week to seek higher tax revenues for the 2017 budget year, under the provisions of a law passed in the 2016 legislative session.
Commission attorney Andy Dulaney said the district’s budget could go one of two ways: stay under the current law and ask Tunica County to assess the customary five mill levy against both real and personal property; or choose to ask for a 12 mill assessment against real property only.
“The Attorney General says you can go under one law or the other but not both,” Dulaney said at a hearing Wednesday.
Local History: Chickasaw Indians, Part 1
This week continues a summer long series of history stories by the late Ashley Harris that were first published in 1994 and 1995. Part 1 of this story first appeared in the September 1, 1994 issue.
It is ironic that Tunica County bears the name it does; even in the earliest historical time the more important, dominant, and populous Indian inhabitants of the county were the Chickasaws.
The Chickasaws are thought by many to have been the most warlike tribe in the Southeast. DeSoto spent a winter with a band of Chickasaws and when he demanded that some of them accompany his expedition as bearers they attacked the Spanish, killing 12 men.
County insurance revisited
A July 18 decision by supervisors to make Larry Pratt the county’s agent of record for property and liability insurance provoked sharp words among the Board this week, but ultimately, county officials stood by their original decision.
Board president James Dunn and District 4 supervisor Henry Nickson clashed over action taken by Nickson in his role as Board vice president.
After Chancery Clerk Rechelle Siggers read minutes from two meetings in July, Dunn called for a motion to approve them, “except for the agent of record.”
“Why are we not honoring a Board order?” Nickson asked.
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