Town board approves slimmed down budget for FY 2014
Town officials took no action on a request for land for a project being supported by Tunica County.
Supervisors Henry Nickson and McKinley Daley were on the agenda to speak to Mayor Chuck Cariker and the Board of Aldermen on Sept. 3. Neither was present, but Board of Supervisors Attorney Andy Dulaney fielded questions in their absence.
Dulaney said a $3.3 million emergency shelter was being proposed and 95 percent of the project would be funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The remainder would be paid for by Tunica County.
Cyber scammer targets Tunica sheriff
A Tunica County man is in custody on a variety of charges relating to a fake profile page on the social media site Facebook.
A fictitious Facebook page using the name and images of Tunica County Sheriff K.C. Hamp has been reportedly linked to Calvert Staten, 25, of Tunica. Staten was allegedly using the page to “create harrassment and fear upon the citizens of Tunica County.”
Lion game marred by shooting
BY John Howell
Reprinted with permission
from The Panolian
BATESVILLE – District Attorney John Champion said that the shooting that killed 15-year-old Roderick Bobo Friday night after the football game between North Panola and Rosa Fort High Schools came during a shootout between two rival groups on school grounds between the high school building and the principal’s residence.
“It was quite a busy night Friday night in Sardis,” Champion said, speaking, along with Panola Sheriff Dennis Darby, at a Monday news conference attended by area media representatives and public officials.
“There were multiple, multiple shots fired,” the district attorney said. “There were actually two separate shootings,” he continued, on the high school grounds. “You had the initial confrontation where the shots were fired and then some probably minute to two minutes later—there was a second set of shots fired,” Champion said, describing it as a “gunfight.”
Budget tight next year, town predicts
Starting in 2009, revenue to the town of Tunica from gaming taxes has declined by nearly $1 million, a 30 percent reduction over the course of five budget years.
Town officials have slotted $2.25 million into revenue projections for the coming year, down from $3.2 million for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2009.
In the same period, however, sales taxes collected in the town of Tunica and rebated from the state have increased slightly and are on target to just miss $500,000 collected in FY 2013, depending on sales through the end of September.
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