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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

Thompson case held for 180 days

The charge of disturbing the peace against Tunica County administrator Michael Thompson was “remanded” for 180 days in municipal court Monday.

Prosecutor Chuck Graves told Judge Jim McGarrh that comptroller Adrian McKay brought the original report to the city but had indicated that he now wanted to drop the charges. Graves, however, said he was reluctant to do so because McKay’s report made mention of a weapon.

“It’s my recommendation that the charges be remanded to the file for 90 days, and if there are no other problems, the charges can then be dropped,” Graves said.

“The thing about remanding...if there are future problems, it can be brought back up,” Judge McGarrh said.

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Veterans Day speaker announced

Colonel Lee Smithson  of the Mississippi National Guard will be the speaker for the Town of Tunica’s annual Veterans Day program next Wednesday.

Col. Smithson began his 31 year military career through the ROTC program at Tulane University. He served overseas in Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina and in Iraq, before joining the Mississippi National Guard in 1993. He was Director of Military Support for the Guard during Hurricanes Katrina, Gustav, Ike and Isaac; the Mississippi River flood of 2011; tornado outbreaks in the state in 2010, 2011, and 2014; and the Deep Water Horizon oil spill in 2010.

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Election challenge dismissed

After carefully reviewing a convoluted set of circumstances, special judge James Bell ruled last Friday in favor of a motion by Jacqueline Dishmon-Boykin to dismiss a primary election contest by Louise Linzy.

Dishmon-Boykin’s attorney Michael Graves had argued that the court did not have “subject matter jurisdiction” in the case, and ultimately, Judge Bell agreed.

“I’m trying to liberally construe the pleadings,” Judge Bell said. “...I cannot proceed unless all requirements are met.”

Bell said Linzy had fulfilled some on a list of seven requirements for the case to proceed but not all.

“The statute is clear,” Graves explained to begin the October 9 proceedings. “A contest must be filed with the county executive committee before filing in this court. Linzy did not file a contest with the Democratic Executive Committee as required by the statute.”

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