Census timing off for ‘12 vote
The timing of the release of data from the 2010 census is “causing problems throughout the state,” according to consultant Chris Watson of Bridge and Watson, Inc. Watson, whose firm has been hired by Tunica County to assist in the redistricting process, conducted a well-attended early hearing in the process last Thursday at the courthouse.
Watson said census data won’t be available until February at the earliest, shortening the timeline to use the data to reconfigure voting districts for the 2011 elections countywide and statewide.
“The qualifying deadline is March 1,” Watson said, “and the process takes several months.” The county’s final plan must also get approval from the U.S Department of Justice before it can be implemented, Watson reminded the crowd. Getting the okay back from the Justice Dept. can take 60 days or more, he said.
These factors persuaded the county board to use the current districts for the 2011 vote. The new districts will be in place for the 2015 state and county elections. Federal elections in 2012 will use new districts, county board attorney Andy Dulaney said in response to a question from the public. And the new districts will apply to school board elections prior to 2015.
Let it Snow
Tunica Academy students get down to business
It all started with several boxes of books and a room full of young minds. From there, an idea was born that has grown into a first hand lesson in entrepreneurship.
Since early November, Big Blue Books has been operating as a vendor on Amazon.com. The book sellers, which are rated as five star merchants on the site, are 13 Tunica Academy General Business students and their teacher Evelyn McLean.
Sophomore Sam Melton said the business began as a way to raise money for the school by selling some donated books that were not being used. The class, which includes Cooper Brown, Maggie Gannaway, Jake Graves, Austin Hagstrom, Taylor Hagstrom, Samuel McGee, Melton, Shuna Rollins, Claire Schubert, Madison Smallwood, Taylor Watson, Latavia McKinney and Tyler Harris, soon decided that they need a specific item or prize that the funds could be used to purchase.
Year in Review: ‘Water, water everywhere’ in 2010
The word “water” was surely the most printed and discussed in Tunica County in 2010, with both the city and county pondering rate changes, the city mulling large expenditures to its aging utilities and farmers and homeowners feeling nature’s caprices, as the year first brought more water than we wanted and then a months-long drought last summer that threatened to finish off cotton and soybean crops.
The town kicked off 2010 asking citizens to conserve in the wake of freezing temperatures, after the town water system experienced loss of volume and pressure.
Extreme cold continued into February, bringing three snowfalls in succession. And flash floods in May dumped four inches of water in less than three hours into already overtaxed storm drains.
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