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

Circuit trial reverses Thompson verdict

After a day of testimony, Circuit Court Judge Johnny Walls found in favor of county administrator Michael Thompson in an appeal related to his Feb. 2014 arrest for driving with a suspended license. Walls’ verdict overrules a previous decision made in Justice Court.

“I feel relieved and vindicated on the defamation attempt to my character,” Thompson said following the decision. “I’m glad it’s now behind me and the truth has come to light. I hope the continuous tips and attacks against me will stop to allow me to get back to the business of fixing this county.”

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The Marine Corps Jr. ROTC unit color guard from Horn Lake High School presents the American flag to open Tuesday’s Town of Tunica Veterans Day program.

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Holiday Open House is a Tunica tradition

In a tradition that dates back at least 50 years and likely more, shops in downtown Tunica and along Highway 61 will host Open House this weekend to kick off the holiday shopping season. Six stores have their Christmas decor up and are ready to welcome those wanting to get a jump on their Christmas lists.

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County files suit against schools, town

Last week, officials with the Town of Tunica and the Tunica County School District received notice of civil action seeking relief from gaming revenue payments by Tunica County, Mississippi. The case will be decided in Tunica County Circuit Court.

For over a decade, the Town of Tunica and the Tunica County School District have received a portion of Tunica County’s 3.2 percent gaming revenue tax collections through local and private legislation. The Board of Supervisors attempted to reduce the town’s share from 10 percent to five percent earlier this year, but legislators adjourned without acting on the request. In May 2014, county officials voted to “proceed with litigation against the town on the issue of the use of gaming revenue.” The School District was not included in that motion, but is now a defendant as well.

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