Funding cuts threaten future of Tunica Airport
Asked to comment during the county meeting this week, airport director Cliff Nash was blunt.
“This is the last month for the airport to operate without funding,” Nash said. “We will close the doors at the end of next month (April).”
Nash said in an interview Tuesday that only $54,225 has been paid to the airport since October 2014, despite the airport being budgeted for $320,000 for Fiscal Year 2015.
“That was 57 percent less than what (the airport) asked for, and as of March 31 this year, we have received 16.9 percent of that $320,000.”
New judge, new date in town vs. co.
A new judge has been assigned to consider competing motions for preliminary injunction by the town and county, and since last week, a new court date has been assigned.
Chief Justice William L. Waller, Jr. of the Mississippi Supreme Court issued an order on March 25 appointing Senior Status Judge Henry L. Lackey of Calhoun City as special judge in Case no. 14-0169, Tunica County, Mississippi vs. Town of Tunica and Tunica County, Mississippi School District, at the request of the judges for the Circuit Court here.
“...this request is necessitated by the recusal of the Judges for said County by virtue of an Order of Recusal executed ... on March 24, 2014.”
Chief Justice Waller’s order follows on the heels of the order of recusal issued last week by Senior Circuit Court Judge Albert B. Smith III.
Tunica County Claims approved on March 2
The claims docket approved by Tunica County Board of Supervisors on March 2 totaled $4,850,488.86. It is unclear whether checks have been written and mailed for all the invoices.
Here is a partial breakdown of the claims from February that were submitted for approval:
Payroll - general fund: $1,110,900.37
Payroll - Road Dept.: $95,752.94
Candidate Profile: Davis aiming for school turn around
Tunica County’s female candidate for Superintendent of the Tunica County School District, Dr. Valarie Davis, has a message for the community packed with plans to create opportunities for students to go to college or enter successful careers after high school graduation.
Davis is seeking the office of Superintendent of the Tunica County School District in order to build an “effective school system,” she explained. Along with her goals, Davis also has set some priorities she plans to tackle in order to to prepare students for college and careers.
“My main goal is to have an effective school system that prepares our children to go to college for a real-world basis, and, if not to college, to enter a career field,” she said.
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