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County supervisors set tax levy, get budget overview

Citizens and supervisors got a bit more clarity at Tuesday’s Board meeting, and taxpayers got a bit of good news – the 2015-2016 county tax levy will be slightly lower than last year’s.

Near the end of a long meeting, the Board approved an overall levy of 89.49 mills, which is up slightly due to increases requested by the Tunica County School District and the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta Levee Board. But the portion of that overall levy set for county government will be 2.5 mills lower.

County administrator Michael Thompson said there were ‘a few adjustments to be made” to the county budget, and though no paper copies were made available to the public this week, Thompson read out totals for the various funds, including:

• $25,064,613 for the general fund;

• $5.4 million for the road fund;

• $3.4 million for the General Obligation Bond Fund.

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A final salute to ‘Coach’

The community will come together tomorrow (Saturday) to honor and remember longtime high school basketball coach Gerone Kirkland, who died Sunday, August 23.

Visitation and viewing will start at 10 a.m. in the Rosa Fort High School gym, with services at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery on Holmes Road in Memphis.

Kirkland, 73, coached boys’ basketball teams here and at H.W. Byers in Holly Springs and Central High in Coffeeville. His coaching career spanned 40 years, where he tallied 818 wins in over 1,200 games, until his retirement in 2006.

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Run-off sends Leflore, Williams to November ballot

In a run-off vote Tuesday, Democratic primary voters sent the top two vote getters from the first primary into the November general election.

Incumbent Phillis Williams survived a challenge by Evada Bullock in Supervisor District 3, with the unofficial count being Williams with 334 votes to Bullock’s 276.

The run-off drew nearly as many voters – 610 – as the first primary vote, where a three-way race gave no candidate over 50 percent of the total. On August 4, Williams had garnered 266 votes; Bullock, 224; and the third candidate, Maverick Harris, 144. Harris’s votes appear to have split evenly between Williams and Bullock in the run-off, with Bullock picking up 52 votes and Williams, 68. Williams now faces Independent candidate Keith F. Willis on November 3.

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New hangar underway

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Local program helps young mothers get on track

Becoming a mother for the first time can be a big responsibility filled with lots of questions, especially for teenage girls still completing high school.  One local group recognized this need 26 years ago and created a project to address it that is still assisting young moms-to-be today in Tunica County.

Project:  Good Mother is a 15-week program providing education to pregnant teens, ages 13 to 19, in Tunica County twice annually.  The program focuses on pregnancy, infant care and early childhood.  Program co-directors Sister Nancy Hubeny and Barbara Foster added that they encourage the participants to develop a healthy relationship with someone before having another child and to complete their education.

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