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

Fired up

The Tunica Fire Department hosted their annual Kids’ Night on Oct. 6 at the fire station.

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Board favors community voter plan

County redistricting suddenly resurfaced on the Sept. 30 Board of Supervisors agenda, after being off the radar since a public hearing in June.

Redistricting consultant Ellis Turnage, a Cleveland attorney who presented a plan early in the summer, pulled the rabbit out of the hat during his report this week. At the June 28 hearing, the Tunica County Redistricting Committee also submitted a plan, labeled 5A.

“The Board has seen four or five plans,” Turnage reported. “All these plans follow the rules of law: about the same number of people in each district; contiguous districts; the one person-one vote rule: and Section 2.”

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FY 2013 Budget Amendments

Tunica County went on a spending spree in 2013, financed largely by a $4 million windfall from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and a utility rebate.

The one-time money took the county’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget from a total of about $48 million to over $52 million.

Tunica County unexpectedly received $3 million from FEMA last fall for expenses related to the 2011 floods. Entergy also refunded just over $1.3 million to the county due to overcharges at the Tunica RiverPark.

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New fire truck will be paid in full

A new truck for the Tunica Fire Department will be paid by fire rebate funds and fire protection funds, following a vote by the Board of Aldermen.

Mayor Chuck Cariker said the truck is slated to arrive in November. The town had initially applied for a $50,000 grant from the state of Mississippi and the program has not been funded for the last two years.

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