Locals hope to bring new jobs to county
At least two Tunica natives are making it their business to tackle the county’s 17.3 percent unemployment by opening businesses of their own this year.
Tunica County is home to one of the highest percentages of unemployed in the state, second only to Clay County, according to the Mississippi Department of Employment Securities’ January 2014 Labor Market Data Publication.
Beyond the challenges of hiring, two big factors in bringing jobs to Tunica are finding space to open a business and community support, both Derricos Jones and Dennis Hayes, Jr. said.
Congress recognizes Johnson for service to community
A tribute to Melvin “Toot” Johnson of Tunica by the Honorable Bennie G. Thompson of Mississippi’s Second District was read into the Congressional Record recently.
Congressman Thompson’s tribute, titled “Honoring Melvin C. Johnson,” was presented on the floor of the House of Representatives and published February 28.
It reads: “Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor an extraordinary community leader, Mr. Melvin Johnson.
“Mr. Melvin Charles Johnson was born and raised in a small town of Tunica, MS. He has been married to Debra L. (Toney) Johnson for 23 years. He was introduced to politics at the early age of 10. He marched in his first Civil Rights March in Tunica, MS in 1963 and became the vice president of the SCLC Youth Organization in Tunica.
I-269 reaches halfway point
Batesville, Miss. — Construction continues on schedule for the I-269 project in North Mississippi, according to the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT).
All phases of the project are under construction with several more than halfway complete. In October 2013, one section of the project, from SR 302 to the Tennessee state line in Marshall County was completed. Paving for this section will take place later this spring.
Town cracks down on litter, lighting
Lights, signs and upkeep of property will now become a top priority for the town of Tunica, following the expiration of a grace period on changes to local ordinances.
Several local merchants were on hand to ask questions at the Board of Aldermen meeting on March 18. Town code enforcer Frank Contreras was also present along with Planning Commission consultant Bob Barber.
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