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

Effects of historic flood of 2011 still linger

The year 2011 was a turning point for Tunica County just as surely as 9-11 was a watershed moment in U.S. history.

There was no indication in January that the county was on the precipice of “an economic disaster unlike anything we’ve ever seen in North Mississippi,” as Convention & Visitors Bureau CEO Webster Franklin said in mid-May.

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Aldermen, Mayor sworn in

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Finkley maps out planning pathways

Tunica County’s planning department has had a big role to fill since it was established about 25 years ago. Now, a new director wants to see his office take the next step – creating pathways out of poverty and to job training and education.

Charles Finkley comes to the community via Memphis from a small town in Alabama.

“(Tunica) reminds me of home,” he said when asked why he accepted the job late last year.

That small town in South Alabama also nurtured Tim Cook, who succeeded Steve Jobs as head of computer giant Apple. Finkley got interested in planning when he traveled through the tunnel under Mobile Bay. At age four, he was digging tunnels and constructing miniature roads with crushed up charcoal, he remembers.

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2010 spotlights diversifying local economy

Late in 2009, with the October 6 announcement of a $1 billion car plant to be built on a 2000 acre mega site in North Tunica County, state and local economic development officials lauded Tunica County’s move toward industrial development. GreenTech Automotive promised to produce 150,000 cars per year and 1,500 jobs locally in its initial phase.

That promise of new industry and jobs to complement gaming and tourism gained momentum early in 2010, when German pipe manufacturer Schulz GMBH revealed a plan to locate its own $300 million plant near the site of the proposed car plant. Schulz announced on January 4 that Phase 1 of the project would create 500 jobs within five years, in an initial 180,000 square foot plant.

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