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

Judge orders new Beat 5 primary

Although the Democratic nominee McKinley Daley apparently lost in Tuesday’s general election to Independent Billy Pegram, Special Circuit Judge Henry Lackey ordered a new primary election for the position of Tunica County supervisor from District 5 on October 26, 2015, just days before this week’s vote. That order raises many questions that will have to be answered in the coming weeks.

“It is therefore ordered and adjudged that the election and nomination of McKinley Daley as the Democratic Nominee for Beat 5 Supervisor of Tunica County is hereby immediately vacated and the Circuit Clerk of Tunica County is hereby directed to immediately take any and all steps consistent with this Order,” the judge wrote.

Democratic candidate for the post Craig Jones petitioned the court on October 12 to “vacate” the August 4 Democratic Primary Election – from which McKinley Daley emerged as the winner – and to set a special primary election. Jones’s name should have been listed as a candidate on the August ballot but was not included, despite an earlier order by Judge Lackey to the Tunica County Democratic Executive Committee to do so.

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Unofficial Election Results

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Thompson case held for 180 days

The charge of disturbing the peace against Tunica County administrator Michael Thompson was “remanded” for 180 days in municipal court Monday.

Prosecutor Chuck Graves told Judge Jim McGarrh that comptroller Adrian McKay brought the original report to the city but had indicated that he now wanted to drop the charges. Graves, however, said he was reluctant to do so because McKay’s report made mention of a weapon.

“It’s my recommendation that the charges be remanded to the file for 90 days, and if there are no other problems, the charges can then be dropped,” Graves said.

“The thing about remanding...if there are future problems, it can be brought back up,” Judge McGarrh said.

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Balloons of hope

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