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

Town Board votes to enact garbage fee

After months of discussion on ways to increase revenue, town officials unanimously voted to enact a monthly garbage fee. It will appear on town water bills starting July 1.

At a meeting of the Board of Aldermen on May 6, Mayor Chuck Cariker recommended that the town continue twice a week garbage pick up for a rate of $10 per month. Each additional can will cost $5. Rates are the same for commercial customers as for residents.

According to town officials, the rate change will involve enacting a town ordinance. A public hearing will be set following the board’s next meeting on May 20.

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Insurance still being debated


Supervisors are expected to take up the issue of employee health insurance this week, after a discussion on May 5 failed to reach a consensus.

County administrator Michael Thompson told the Board that its current company Cigna had submitted a plan with three options, but said he was waiting to hear from the county’s agent of record Nick Floyd.

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Felony convictions complicate Tunican’s search for work

Finding a job to support her family is a puzzle 39-year-old Debra Smith has been determined to solve for nearly the past decade, she said.

It seems she has all the right pieces, according to her resume.  She has nearly a decade of experience in the gaming industry, working in positions such as hostess cashier, cage cashier, and blackjack dealer.  She also recently completed a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies from the University of Mississippi with minors in psychology, sociology, and history.

Smith said she is ashamed of what may be holding her back from better work opportunities.

“A year ago, I couldn’t see myself sitting here talking about this,” she said.

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County votes to sue town


Supervisors voted Monday to “proceed with litigation against the town on the issue of the use of gaming revenue.”

Board attorney Ellis Pittman said the Board had considered issues of gaming revenue and how it was being used in executive session. Board members voted again in open session, with District 4 supervisor Henry Nickson making the motion, District 5’s McKinley Daley seconding, and Board president James Dunn and Phillis Williams of District 3 voting in the affirmative. District 2’s Cedric Burnett voted no.

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