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

Board attorney, county administrator fired, replaced

On successive split votes, the county Board of Supervisors voted Monday night to replace longtime Board attorney Andy Dulaney and county administrator Clifton Johnson.

Supervisor McKinley Daley, representing District 5, interrupted halfway through the regular meeting agenda to move that the Board “hire Ellis Pittman...to replace Dulaney Law Firm as Board attorney.”

District 4’s Henry Nickson quickly seconded, and before Board president James Dunn could get a handle on the developing situation, Phillis Williams of District 3 joined Daley and Nickson to oust Dulaney.

“Can you justify it?” Dunn broke in.


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Mayor makes case against funding cut

In an address this week to supervisors, Town of Tunica mayor Chuck Cariker responded to recent action by county officials to halve the portion of gaming tax revenues the town receives.

Cariker first answered the county’s contention that the town has failed to pursue economic development with the money it receives.

“Most of the economic development has gone to the north end of the county,” Cariker said, referring to the 2000 plus acre Metro Mega Site near Robinsonville, where GreenTech Automotive is building an electric car plant, and two industrial projects adjacent to it, Schulz Extruded Products and Feuer Powertrain.

“In the 1970s, the county and city created the industrial park south of town,” Cariker explained. “We have a large expenditure of money we’ve made on a site that seems to be abandoned.”



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Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells

Children join in singing carols with Danny Smith and Byron Earnheart at the Town Tree Lighting ceremony Tuesday night.


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Co. general fund plunges to $1.75M deficit

A recent report to supervisors regarding cash in all county funds at First Security Bank shows that by November 30, 2013, just over $571,000  was left in the treasury.

The general county fund, from which most expenses are paid, is overdrawn $1,758,322.80, after over $1.3 million worth of claims were paid December 2. Tunica County began the month overdrawn over $400,000 in the general fund.


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