Furniture show is new local event
TUNICA – The first Tunica Furniture Market is taking place at venues across Tunica this week. Approximately 60,000 square feet of space will be utilized to display furniture available for purchase by retailers across the U.S.
More than 40 exhibitors are at the show, including Serta Mattresses, Steve Silver Company, Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company, Powell Company, Prime Designs Upholstery and Fusion Furnitures, Inc. The variety of attending companies allows for a wide range of purchasing prices, from economy to higher end.
Local History: Part 2: Tunicans in World War II
During World War II, many black citizens from Tunica served in the armed forces, including G.W. Henderson, Sr.
“There weren’t many blacks in the Army then, and that made our race stand out.
“We were proud to be Americans. I was proud of my service, and I loved that Marine uniform.”
Star-crossed year 2013 ends in lingering dissension
If you believe that 13 is an unlucky number, than the year 2013 certainly bolstered that belief. Although the past year had some bright spots, for the most part those high notes were overshadowed by the declining fortunes of the area’s resort industry, as reflected in decreases in gaming tax revenues collected by the county.
For the sake of trying to look on the bright side, let’s start with the positives. The brightest note of 2013 has to be the announcement in September that a $140 million German automotive parts manufacturer, Feuer Powertrain, planned to build its first U.S. plant near Robinsonville. The announcement, held at the Tunica RiverPark, drew state and local economic development officials. The company plans to begin construction early in 2013 and will ultimately create 300 jobs.
Shortfall loan may up debt by millions
County supervisors voted Monday to take the next step toward a loan in anticipation of taxes, after learning that the amount they can borrow may substantially exceed first estimates.
Board attorney Ellis Pittman said gaming tax revenues can be added to the amount anticipated from property taxes and that up to 25 percent of that amount could be borrowed.
“We’re looking for a fiscal year tax,” county administrator Michael Thompson said.
“All (property taxes and gaming tax revenue) can be considered taxes that you can get an anticipation loan on,” Pittman restated.
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