Cutoff property included in fraud crackdown
Felicia C. Adams, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi, and James E. Ward, Special Agent in Charge of the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, announced recently that Richard C. (“Chris”) Ungren, 38, of Olive Branch, Ronnie G. Beard, 46, of Okolona and James W. Pulliam, 62, of Mansfield, Texas have been charged as defendants in three separate indictments by the federal grand jury for the Northern District of Mississippi.
Each faces charges of making fraudulent claims for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) benefits following the tornado and flooding disasters that hit Mississippi in the Spring of 2011.
Trees in town sprout talk
It was no surprise that trees and the town’s tree ordinance were the main topics of discussion at last Monday’s Planning Commission meeting.
New adviser to the Town of Tunica Planning Commission Bob Barber of Hernando met for the first time with members Lou Erwin, Sonia Gibson, Georganne Perry, Jack Wilkes and Kate Hughey. The commission has recently been operating without a consultant. Ward 2 and 4 aldermen have not appointed members to the board.
Company hoping to harvest future in Tunica
Since 2003, what had once been Tunica’s most prominent and visible manufacturing facility – the Pillowtex bedding factory – had been abandoned after the company filed for bankruptcy and closed its operations in Tunica and abroad.
Today, however, this great white elephant is breathing new life, as one of the region’s most recognized agricultural businesses has found a new purpose for the building.
Jimmy Sanders, Inc. — one of the largest agricultural input suppliers and distributors in the Mid-South – took over the facility in late fall. The company, which supplies agricultural chemicals, as well as a variety of seed and fertilizers, to row crop farmers, is using the 375,000 square foot building as one of its primary distribution centers for the region.
Aldermen line out new wards
Following a public hearing and presentation, the Town of Tunica will move forward with their redistricting plan.
The plan, prepared by Chris Watson of Bridge and Watson, puts the town in compliance with federal voting laws. The latest census figures showed a deviation between wards of 45 percent. The new plan will create a deviation of 8.7 percent. Up to 10 percent deviation is allowed by law.
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