New exhibit showcases life in the Delta
Convoy of military vehicles to make stop in Tunica this fall
Tunica County will have the honor of being one of only two stops in the entire state of Mississippi for this fall’s re-enactment by the Military Vehicles Preservation Association of the 1920 U.S. Army Transcontinental Motor Convoy on the Bankhead Highway.
A convoy of about 150 antique and modern military vehicles will leave Washington, D.C. September 19 and complete its cross continent journey on October 17 in San Diego, CA. The motorcade will reach Tunica County on September 29, entering on Old Highway 61 North, traveling south to the Tunica Arena, and stopping here for about four hours to allow people to view the vehicles up close and visit with the drivers.
“The convoy will be at the arena for about four hours,” Tunica Museum director Dick Taylor told Lions Club members recently. “We are asking clubs, businesses and individuals to volunteer and contribute to feed a lunch to the convoy participants and their support group.
Contract for fire services gets okay
Just as a May 1 deadline was looming, county supervisors assured the continuation of rural fire protection by approving a contract with the Town of Tunica on April 30. According to the contract, Tunica County will pay “a minimum of $5,000 per month to support and assist in maintaining” the Tunica Volunteer Fire Department.
Town aldermen had approved the terms of the contract earlier last week. The town is acting as a pass through agency between the county and the fire department.
Tunica County also levies a quarter mill tax on property and pays this over to the town, except for property located in the North Tunica Fire District; pays a prorated amount of fire insurance rebate funds to the town; and provides the use of some fire equipment.
“The Town of Tunica, Tunica County and Tunica Volunteer Fire Department worked very hard the last few weeks to make sure every citizen of Tunica County has the best fire protection available at the lowest cost possible,” Tunica mayor Chuck Cariker said this week. “The Town for the past several years paid the incentive pay to the firefighters to respond to all emergency calls in the county. Since gaming revenue is down the town cannot bear the entire cost, and it will be shared between the town and county should gaming revenue payments be restored to the town.
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