Officials brace for storm
While the Gulf Coast braced on Tuesday in preparation for Hurricane Isaac’s landfall, local officials were pondering the impact this latest tropical storm would have here at home as remnants of the storm began their slow trek northward.
Around 4 p.m. Tuesday, Tunica County Director of Emergency Operations Randy Stewart said the effects of the storm were not expected to be serious for Tunica and the immediate area.
County initiates redistricting process
Redistricting in Tunica County will now be in the hands of Ellis Turnage, an attorney from Cleveland, Miss.
Board President James Dunn recommended Turnage at the supervisors’ Aug. 15 meeting and proposed that he be hired for a sum not to exceed $25,000.
Board attorney Andy Dulaney explained that redistricting became necessary when the 2010 census was conducted. Population shifts within the five supervisor districts made Tunica County out of compliance with certain aspects of the Voting Rights Act. Prior to county elections in 2011, officials had begun the process. Dulaney said Tunica County had been included but was recently dismissed from a redistricting lawsuit on the district level.
Bringing the world to Tunica
Africa and England are more than just points on a globe or sections in a text book for Tunica Elementary School teachers Carrie Roberts and Lauren Todd. In fact, they represent a unique educational opportunity that both are using as they lead classes of tomorrow’s global leaders.
Roberts explains that before taking a job teaching kindergarten at Tunica Elementary, she spent two months teaching four and five year olds in Ghana, Africa. The experience came through a study abroad program offered through St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, where she was pursuing a degree in education.
Roberts said she was involved in several service organizations in college and traveled to Africa the first time through them. When opportunity knocked again, she knew she could not pass it by.
Grand Jury Report
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF TUNICA COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI PRIOR TO THE SEPTEMBER 2012 TERM TO THE TUNICA COUNTY
CHARLES E. WEBSTER
THE GRAND JURY
We have examined 26 witnesses and return this report: 51 True Bills, 0 Presentments, and 4 No True Bills.
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