In the Pink
Tunica Elementary students and staff put on their pink clothing and raised funds with a walk benefitting the Susan G. Komen® Foundation on Friday, Oct. 17.
Fire District cash crunch could affect insurance, response times
Residents and businesses in the special fire district in North Tunica County may be in for an unpleasant surprise when their insurance policies come up for renewal. That’s because the fire rating for that part of the county is in danger of dipping from seven to eight or nine.
“When Harrah’s shut down, it killed us,” said North Tunica Fire Chief Jimmie Neal.
The fire district immediately lost $100,000 worth of value, he says.
Casino appeals county budget, tax increase
HWCC-Tunica, owner and operator of the Hollywood Casino in Tunica County, has appealed to the Circuit Court to set aside the county’s fiscal year 2015 budget and tax levy, based on nine exceptions to recent activity by the Board of Supervisors.
The Bill of Exception/Notice of Appeal was filed Friday, October 10, and cites the Board’s failure in August and September to follow proper procedure in giving notice and approving the new budget and levy.
“Pursuant to Mississippi law, the Board failed to properly disclose its proposed budget,” HWCC attorney Tom Tucker III of Tucker Selden & Tucker, PLLC wrote in a cover letter addressed to Board of Supervisors president James Dunn. “Pursuant to Mississippi law, the Board failed to properly advertise the adoption of the proposed 2014-2015 budget and tax increase, and to otherwise follow Mississippi’s statutory requirements regarding adopting budgets and increasing taxes.
Business owners raise concerns over burned out building
A building off Kestevan Alley damaged in a fire nearly three years ago brought several downtown business owners to the Board of Aldermen’s Oct. 7 meeting.
Dunn’s Jewelry owner Dr. Bobby Papasan said he had been a merchant on Main Street since 1982, but had reached a crossroads moment.
“A town is never going to be any better than it’s ugliest part,” Papasan said, reporting that just outside his back door is an eyesore. “Ride down Kestevan and take a look at what’s going on,” Papasan said.
The building at 6164 Fox Island Road, once an apartment complex, has now become a place for loitering and trash.
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