Passion for Pink
Pink is popping up all over the county this month, because every Tunican knows at least one Tunican who has been impacted by breast cancer. As the month of October approaches its second half, several leaders and residents plan to continue to put on pink and raise awareness for breast cancer.
Breast cancer is a very common cancer, diagnosed in more than 220,000 women in the United States each year and claiming the lives of more than 40,000 annually, according to NationalBreastCancer.org. It is the leading cause of death among women. Symptoms can include lump or lumps in the breast, nipple discharge, and texture and shape changes in the breast or nipple, the website reports.
Earlier this month, the Tunica County Sheriff’s Office “arrested” several members of the community in its “Arrest for the Cure” campaign to raise breast cancer awareness as well as donations for the American Cancer Society, an organization working to find a cure for breast cancer and other cancers. Commander Cedric Davis said close to $1,200 had been raised by Oct. 6.
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Board censures Thompson
A storm brewing in county administration has resulted in a letter of reprimand placed in the file of a county employee.
Supervisors came out of executive session last Wednesday, Sept. 30, to announce action taken. Attorney Melvin Miller said the board had:
• voted to issue a letter of reprimand to a county employee;
• received a letter from Board attorney David Tisdell resigning his post;
• approved employing Melvin Miller as Board attorney on an interim basis.
District 2 supervisor Cedric Burnett said after the meeting that the employee that was reprimanded was county administrator Michael Thompson and that the Board had also voted to place Thompson on a three-day unpaid suspension.
On Monday, county comptroller Adrian McKay made a complaint against Thompson with the Tunica Police Department. Thompson, who was out of the office until Tuesday, October 6, has been charged with disturbing the peace. A court date of Monday, October 19, has been set to hear the matter in municipal court.
Justice race clouds Nov. 3 vote
With the November general election just weeks away, Justice Court Judge candidates Jacqueline Dishmon-Boykin and Louise Linzy hope a hearing today (Friday) will resolve lingering issues from the August primary.
After Dishmon-Boykin prevailed in August, with 739 votes to Linzy’s 704, Linzy – the incumbent judge for the Southern District – filed a petition to contest the Democratic primary. Acting as her own attorney, Linzy filed the case in Tunica County Circuit Court on August 24. The regular Circuit judges for Tunica County subsequently recused themselves, and special judge James D. Bell of Jackson was appointed on September 8 to hear the case.
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