FEMA opens center to aid March flood victims
When over 12 inches of rain fell in Tunica County in five days’ time from March 8-13, almost 100 residences along Verner Road, near Dubbs and Dundee, around the town of Tunica and other areas were directly affected.
Now, Tunica County has been included in a federal disaster declaration, making homeowners, renters and businesses eligible for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Mississippi Emergency Management, the Small Business Administration and other agencies. On Saturday, a local Disaster Recovery Center opened at the G.W. Henderson, Sr. Recreation Center on Abbay Road. Officials are manning the DRC to assist with new applications for assistance or to help expedite applications that are already in the works.
“We’re here to walk people through the process,” said one official this week.
Shoppers flock to Spring Fling
Town starts bid process on projects
Mosquitoes, meters and many things in between have garnered the attention of the Board of Aldermen in recent weeks.
On March 15, town officials discussed the hiring of an aerial flying service for mosquito control. Boyle Flying Service, doing business as Advanced Mosquito Control, asked town officials to sign an authorization form for the Federal Aviation Administration allowing them to apply chemicals by air. The authorization request did not obligate the town to hire Boyle.
Alderman Jack Graves moved to allow Mayor Chuck Cariker to sign the authorization request if the town decided to hire Boyle. Graves’s motion was unanimously approved.
Board reverses on local and privates
What a difference a few days can make.
Last week, county supervisors couldn’t come to a consensus about requesting local and private legislation from the Mississippi Legislature, but this week, a vote was unanimous.
On Thursday, March 31, Board of Supervisors president James Dunn recommended submitting a bill that combined a stipulation about part of the gaming taxes that go to the Tunica County School District and an authorization to renew funding to the Tunica Museum.
“I have one recommendation regarding Tunica County School District gaming revenue,” Dunn said. “to earmark four percent to satisfy bonded indebtedness (from) the construction of a new high school, and for the Board to support the Tunica Museum (with) a one mill allocation for calendar years 2017 and 2018.”
Dunn clarified that the four percent set aside was part of the School District’s 14 percent overall allocation and that the Board could allocate up to one mill to the museum.
“We continue to ignore these other nonprofits,” District 4 supervisor Henry Nickson said. “Multiple people need to be involved, not just two entities.”
“They need to come and ask us,” District 2 supervisor Michael Johnson responded.
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