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Rape alleged at local high school

Facts are still emerging about an alleged rape at Rosa Fort High School in early November, nearly four months after the incident occurred.

News reports began to surface late last week concerning a 15 year old special needs student at the school who said she was raped in a classroom during school hours.

Attorney Stephanie Morris of Cleveland, who is representing the victim’s family, said as many as four or five male students may have been involved.

“It was a big to-do at the school,” Morris said of the November 10 incident. “Someone ran to get help, and an ambulance responded.”

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Candidate slate final for November ballot

Last Friday’s qualifying deadline settled some races for county offices; some will be decided in August after the party primaries; and a few will wait until the November general election.

Forty-four Tunica Countians have qualified to seek 16 county offices, 23 of those in the race for the five posts on the Board of Supervisors.

UPDATE: The Democratic Executive Committee has removed several candidates from the list of qualifiers. They will meet again on Wednesday, March 11 to hear appeals from those candidates.

There are incumbents in each of the 16 offices, except in supervisor’s District 2, where incumbent Cedric Burnett first qualified and later withdrew, opting to run instead for the state legislative seat that is currently held by his mother Clara Burnett.

Incumbents who are unopposed and therefore assured of re-election are: Chancery Clerk Rechelle Siggers, Tax Assessor Norma Anderson, Southern District Constable Lil Joe Anderson, Coroner Glenn Grant, and County Attorney Chuck Graves.

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Fire departments seeking county funding

The subject of fire protection in Tunica County has dominated discussion at back to back supervisors’ meetings this week and late last week.

Both the North Tunica County Fire District and the Tunica Volunteer Fire Department are asking the county board to appropriate funds for each department.

North Tunica Fire District commissioner Stanley Jones of Robinsonville and Fire Chief Jimmie Neal told supervisors on February 26 that the district needs an additional $120,000 to avoid a budget shortfall this year.

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County claims as of Feb. 2, 2015

The claims docket approved by Tunica County Board of Supervisors on February 2 totaled $4,742,863.57. It is unclear whether checks have been written and mailed for all the invoices.

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