Worsening finances spark co. spending, hiring freeze
Tunica County is on track to come up $3.5 million short in its general fund by the end of this fiscal year on Sept. 30.
County administrator Adrian McKay reported to supervisors Monday that gaming revenues for the first four months of FY17 have fallen 11.4 percent below projections, or $900,000. He recommended an immediate hiring and spending freeze and a freeze on salary increases, “to start.”
1998: Tunica’s economic miracle builds, but issues begin to threaten
“…People born and raised here in Tunica County have made successful lives and careers for themselves in a variety of places. What is those people had been able to stay in Tunica, to love and work here and lend their talents and energies to our community? How would Tunica be different?”
-From an opinion entitled “For Better or Worse,” August 6, 1998
For the first time – in the year 1998 – the sea change wrought by gaming and tourism in the county came to be known as “The Tunica Miracle.”
There was no denying the impact that gaming was having: a county budget that had ballooned to $64 million; $17 million budgeted by the public school system; and a $4 million town budget, all part of an incredible $1.28 billion generated by the Mississippi River counties alone since the onset of the casinos.
Gun discovered on HS team bus
The Lion nation saw basketball season abruptly end following an incident last week.
According to a press release issued by the Tunica County Sheriff’s Department on Feb. 13, a bus carrying male and female basketball players from Rosa Fort High left Tunica bound for a game in Horn Lake on Friday, Feb. 10. The game was the last on Rosa Fort’s regular season schedule.
Go Red in Tunica
Tunica’s second annual Go Red for Women event in Rivergate Park was a special way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
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