Monday, March 19, 2018
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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

Looking back on good news from 2016

The first issue of 2017 contained the “Year in Review” from 2016, so rather than rehashing such recent front page news, we’ll look back at some of the good news from each month that ran on the inside pages.

JANUARY - Jim Woolfolk retired after 18 years with the Tunica Police Department. Morning Star Baptist Church retired its building note. Cedric Burnett was sworn in as a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives. And Arshada Le Sarah Hayes of Robinsonville earned an MS degree in Nursing from the University of Memphis. In sports news, senior football player Elbert Watson represented Rosa Fort High school in the North-South All-Star Classic in Gulfport. And Brandon Bryant had a key interception in the Mississippi State Bulldogs’ bowl win.

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Hearing on co. budget, taxes is August 28

The Tunica County Board of Supervisors is proposing a tax increase to support county debt service and an increase in tax revenue sought by the Tunica County School District, according to a notice running in this week’s issue (see Page 12).

A “Notice of a Tax Increase and a Public Hearing on the Proposed Budget and Proposed Tax Levies” states that Tunica County wants to up the tax rate from 92.49 mills to 101.65 mills, an increase of 9.16 mills, or about 10 percent.

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Town looks at speed limits, golf cart use

Eleanor Roosevelt once said “with the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”

Police Chief Mike Nichols proved Roosevelt’s statement true at the Board of Aldermen meeting on Aug. 15.

Nichols, who is in his first year as chief, presented several ideas to town officials and sought their input.

Nichols said he would like to have a community meeting with owners of low speed vehicles (golf carts) in the near future to review the rules for operating them on local streets. Nichols said he witnessed a car passing a low speed vehicles on one of Tunica’s busier streets one day and the driver appeared to be startled. Nichols said he thought a time to go over procedures and ask questions would help.

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Complex issues impacted schools, town, candidates in 2015

This Year in Review written by Meg Coker is a good summary of all that occurred in 2015.

Some might call 2015 the year of meeting rooms and court rooms.

The fate of Tunica County schools was decided in Jackson meeting rooms in July, when state officials opted to place the district under conservatorship. Dr. Margie Pulley, a native of Greenwood, was dispatched to Tunica in July to help the school system prepare for the coming school year and ultimately correct deficiencies.

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