Spring rains soak Tunica
With May weather seeming more like April in rainfall and temperature, the town of Tunica public works department has been working to get a handle on water leaks, overflowing ditches and inflow into its sewer system.
May rainfall totaled 4.41 inches from May 2-5, exceeding normal amounts by over three inches.
Operations director Ellis Koonce told the town board Tuesday that at the peak of last week’s downpours, 1.65 million gallons of water were moving through the municipality’s treatment plant, over four times the normal amount.
Music festival bringing stars to county
Event organizers for the First Annual Delta Country Jam Music Festival held a press conference May 7 at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN, announcing megastar Tim McGraw to headline the two-day music extravaganza that will take place in Tunica, MS, October 4-5 on the Abbay & Leatherman Plantation. Tickets will go on sale May 17 through Ticketmaster.
Country music will once again roll across the Delta on the Abbay & Leatherman Plantation for one of the largest, most anticipated and exciting country music festivals of 2013. Fans of country music will experience non-stop entertainment by today’s brightest stars on a 20-acre field. Webster Franklin, President & CEO of Tunica Convention and Visitors Bureau spoke at the press conference about the rich history the Delta holds when it comes to music, noting how Tunica, MS has grown over the past 20 years from a sleepy town to a premiere entertainment destination.
Field's celebrates 25 years
Chancery Clerk Rechelle Siggers and Deputy Clerk Luevenia Byrd congratulate co-worker Cindy Fields on 25 years of service in the Chancery office.
Board debates raises
County supervisors carried over a request from Circuit Clerk Sharon Reynolds for raises for her staff and matching funds into her own state retirement account at their payroll meeting Tuesday – but not before receiving a related report from Barbara Tuchel of Tunicans for Transparency in Government.
Tuchel said the transparency committee is urging Tunica County to move toward a “merit based raise system rather than the across the board system of the past.
“Just because the employees across the lobby from the Circuit Clerk’s office earned and were granted raises does not necessarily mean raises need to be granted in the Circuit Clerk’s office,” she added.
Tuchel noted that residents “depend on the Circuit Clerk for accuracy and efficiency.” The TTG report included documents copied from the official record of absentee ballots from 2007’s primary which shows that 20 absentee ballots were sent to one post office box. The report also noted that none of these 20 absentee ballots were marked with a received date by the Circuit Clerk’s office.
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