Board: Times are tough
The March 8 meeting of the Board of Supervisors painted a picture of a still struggling economy.
Road manager Billy Watson reported that Harrah’s Entertainment had requested that Tunica County take over maintenance of medians along Harrah’s Boulevard. The medians include landscaping elements that would need to be mowed and kept free of weeds. Watson said there was a “gentleman’s agreement” between the organization and the county stating that upkeep of that area would be the casino’s responsibility many years ago. Now, casino officials are seeking to change that agreement.
Supervisor Bobby Williams said he had concerns that Harrah’s would also want the county to take on lighting costs.
Choir ready to share message with world
A pool of Tunica talent will share their abilities with the world on March 18 as they perform on the Bobby Jones Gospel Hour. The nationally televised program airs on Black Entertainment Television on Sunday mornings at 8 a.m. Central time.
The Tunica Gospel Choir was invited to perform on the program after one of the show’s co-hosts attended the Feb. 27 services at Commerce Boulevard Christian Church. Dr. Mardean Gales liked what she heard and asked that Tunica’s choir travel to Nashville to appear on the show.
The Gospel Choir is comprised of talent from all over Tunica County. It includes singers, musicians, and choir directors from a variety of local churches, who meet to practice and praise God each week.
Homeland Security awards grant
A $50,000 grant has been awarded to the Tunica County Sheriff’s Office for the purchase of law enforcement equipment. The grant was presented by the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security, on behalf of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.
Threat closes local business
A call-in bomb threat caused the evacuation of a local bank and an area around downtown on Tuesday, March 1.
Around 11 a.m., the Tunica Police Department and Tunica County Sheriff’s Department were summoned to First Security Bank. Authorities ordered personnel to evacuate the building and closed Harris Street, a section of Edwards Avenue and a portion of School Street. The FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were alerted and on standby.
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