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

Bryant backs away from supervisor election controversy

Gov. Phil Bryant is steering away from dealing with the election issues surrounding Tunica County District 5 Supervisor’s seat, an official at the governor’s official said.

The governor’s move takes one huge obstacle out of the way for Billy Pegram, former District 5 supervisor.  Pegram, who ran as an Independent candidate in the recent general election, won by 11 votes over one-term incumbent McKinley Daley.

Yet, uncertainty has swirled around the seat since Special Circuit Judge Henry Lackey ordered special elections for a new primary – and subsequent general election – for District 5 at the end of October, just days before the general election.  Lackey issued the order after finding that a candidate who had properly qualified to run for supervisor of District 5, Craig Jones, was not listed on the August primary ballot.

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District clears nine of 25 standards

Tunica County School District Conservator Dr. Margie Pulley recently announced that nine of the 25 standard violations that were cited when she took over the district have been cleared by the Mississippi Department of Education in less than six months.

The nine items made compliant were regarding the school board and superintendent, licensed professional staff, strategic planning process, academic year, professional development, academic promotion, GED option, pupil transportation, and facility maintenance, Pulley reports. When asked what was done to fix these issues, Pulley said she simply submitted the paperwork required for them.

An accreditation summary report dated Dec. 16  from the Mississippi Department of Education’s Office of School Performance confirms Pulley’s progress and provides details about the violations remaining.

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WHEREAS, Jewelie Brown served as a member of the Board of Commissioners for the Tunica County E-911 Commission since its formation and initial organizational meeting held on July 31, 1996; and

WHEREAS, Jewelie Brown, throughout his service on the commission, displayed the highest degree of professionalism and demonstrated the highest degree of integrity; and

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