Auditor in initial phase
At last week’s county Board meeting, independent auditor Michael Thompson delivered a brief report on his work since being hired by Tunica County in late October.
Thompson said the audit was in the “scoping” phase. He’d been in contact with county administrator Clifton Johnson and comptroller Lawanda Knighten about needed documents such as organizational charts, budgets, and financial information. He’d also been meeting with various department heads.
Thompson said he anticipated he would have a final work plan ready toward the end of January, provided he was able to get department head meetings scheduled.
District 4 Supervisor Henry Nickson asked if Thompson would be going department to department, reviewing their internal budgets.
California man finds shelter from the storm
It took Californian Mario Landeros over seven months and 1800 miles, but now he knows what real Southern hospitality looks like.
Last Tuesday, January 15, Landeros was warming up and using the Blue & White Restaurant’s wi fi connection, when Tunica Humane Society director Sandy Williams stopped in for a food order.
“I saw Landeros’ cart out front and the sign on it that reads ‘Walking across America for St. Jude,’ so I went up and introduced myself,” Williams said.
Landeros, pushing a cart across America to raise funds for St. Jude, landed in the restaurant on the worst weather night so far this winter. Sleet and freezing rain began pelting Landeros as he made his way west from Coldwater, MS and into Tunica County via Prichard Road.
Fire sends one to area hospital
An early morning fire last Monday injured one Tunica man, who was airlifted to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis.
Splash founder had varied career
A true pioneer of the gaming industry in Tunica and the state of Mississippi has died. Fernando Cuquet, 93, of Savannah, GA, one of the founding partners in Tunica’s first casino, died last Saturday, Jan. 12, in hospice care there. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
A native of New Orleans, where he was born April 8, 1919, Mr. Cuquet had pursued many careers – attorney, entrepreneur, FBI agent, and spy. Among his many business ventures were ownership of 50 oil wells in southwest Louisiana and a 3800-acre Florida muck farm; real estate holdings in metro New Orleans; industrial contracting, warehouses and ocean-going bulk carriers; and controlling interest in one of the largest banks in the New Orleans area. One of his biggest transactions – a billion dollar deal – was the purchase of the All American Pipe Line that stretched from Texas to Los Angeles.
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