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

Pegram files against Daley, BOS

Attorney for Billy Pegram Jamie Jacks of Cleveland filed two cases in Tunica County Circuit Court on January 7.

On Pegram’s behalf, Jacks filed a Bill of Exceptions against the Tunica County Board of Supervisors challenging the Board’s action on December 28, 2015 to “appoint” McKinley Daley as District 5 supervisor and asking the Court to set aside that action.

Pegram won the general election for District 5 supervisor in November by a vote of 334 to 323 and was bonded and sworn in to the seat late last year, but the county board voted December 28 to seat Daley as a “hold over” supervisor.


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Jones seeks to drop bid for District 5 seat

In response to an emergency motion filed by the attorney for the Democratic Executive Committee, a candidate is now seeking to stop a special election for the Beat 5 Supervisor’s post.

On Dec. 29, Craig Jones filed paperwork with the Circuit Clerk’s office, opposing the DEC’s motion for clarification and stay. The paperwork states that the DEC is seeking “now to use this court to nullify the general election, resulting in the election of the independent candidate to the post of Supervisor for District Five, and have another bite at the apple.”

The letter notes that the DEC’s request would affect the interests of independent candidate William E. Pegram and that Pegram has not been joined in the action, “made a defendant or given any notice or opportunity to be heard.”

Jones also filed a motion on Dec. 29 asking Lackey to rescind his Nov. 2, 2015 order calling for a special election in the race for Beat 5 Supervisor. The motion states that the Governor was directed by the court to set a date for the special election. Correspondence from the governor’s office stated that he did not have the authority to do so.


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News briefs

County due to respond to Ethics complaint

The Mississippi Ethics Commission has replied to a complaint made by Gary Cline of Tunica regarding public records of the Tunica County Board of Supervisors and Tunica County administration. A notice addressed to Board president James Dunn was mailed January 11, 2016 that Tunica County has 14 days to file a response with the Ethics Commission.

“After receiving your response or, if no response is received after fourteen (14) days, the Commission may dismiss the complaint, or a hearing officer can make a preliminary report,” the notice reads. “You will be notified of the Commission’s action in either event.”

The Ethics Commission could also mediate the dispute.


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