Retiring educator guided, inspired students
Battles have been fought and won. Kings and queens have been crowned. Laws have been passed and new worlds discovered, all thanks to a man who’s been bringing history to life at Tunica Academy for over four decades.
As the school year came to a close, Richard Fullilove graded his last papers as a TA teacher. The school honored him with a plaque for his years of service at graduation on May 16 and held a faculty luncheon in his honor on May 21.
Fullilove said he can’t believe how fast the years have gone by since he and his wife Danna moved to Tunica as a young couple. He was teaching in Cleveland at Bayou Academy and she was teaching in Gunnison, Miss. when they decided to see if there was a school out there that both could call home.
“We were hoping to teach in the same school and sent some applications in,” Fullilove said.
Co. employees left hanging on insurance issue
County meetings don’t usually begin with heated arguments, but last Thursday’s Board of Supervisors kicked off at 5 p.m. with raised voices and pointed questions.
Immediately after Board president James Dunn called the May 15 meeting to order, he introduced benefit consultant Les Smith of Les Smith and Associates in Southaven. As Smith got up to make his way to the podium, Dunn said county officials have not heard from their insurance agent of record, Nick Floyd, even though the county’s current health insurance policy is due to lapse June 1.
“(This is) still tabled until May 28,” District 4 supervisor McKinley Daley said.
“When is the renewal date?” Dunn asked.
Tunica businesses hit in
back to back break-ins
A pair of break-ins in downtown Tunica last weekend are under investigation. Tunica Police Chief Richard Veazey said the drive-through window at Tunica Pharmacy was the entry for a break-in late Friday night or Saturday morning. Veazey said that electronics were reported missing from the store and that police collected evidence related to the break-in on First Baptist Church property, about two blocks away.
Admin. working to fix past audit issues
Tunica County Administrator Michael Thompson is taking information from past audit reports, the county’s financial accounting system, financial statements, and other records to create what he said will be a better government for the county.
“I’m about two things: transparency and accountability. It’s county government. It’s public,” Thompson said.
Material weaknesses have plagued Tunica County financial statements for at least the past several years, according to its 2009-2012 audit reports completed by Hernando-based accountancy firm Williams, Pitts, and Beard, PLLC. Reports are publicly available online at the Office of State Auditor Stacey Pickering.
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