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

County officials sworn in

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Pegram sits at Board table, Daley’s votes count

As county officials gathered January 4 for the opening meeting of new four year terms, Billy Pegram – a former supervisor and the certified winner of November’s general election from District 5 – quietly entered the room and took a seat at the Board table, joining Chancery Clerk Rechelle Siggers; his rival for the seat, McKinley Daley; and others.

Supervisors moved swiftly after the meeting came to order to re-elect James Dunn as Board president and Henry Nickson as vice president on a 4-0 vote, new District 2 supervisor Michael Johnson and Pegram abstaining. Johnson questioned the opening move, saying, “There seems to be a lot of people sitting up here,” as he sought guidance from the Board’s attorney.

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Four supervisors pull ‘coup d’etat’ against citizens

The will of the voters of Supervisor District 5 was subverted by the county Board of Supervisors Monday, when the Board voted 4-1 to appoint McKinley Daley to the post “to continue until a special election,” according to wording recommended by Board president James Dunn and moved by District 4 supervisor Henry Nickson, Jr.

Daley, the Democratic incumbent, was defeated in November’s general election by former supervisor Billy Pegram.

Pegram was sworn in to his post last Wednesday, December 23, by Chancery Clerk Rechelle Siggers and has been bonded, according to his attorney Wes Ryals.

But the county board acted to preempt a certified election and Pegram’s swearing in, after receiving a letter from Board attorney Melvin Miller. Miller told the Board he had had discussions with the Attorney General’s, the Secretary of State’s and the Governor’s offices.

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River rise threatens areas west of levee

Supervisors approved a resolution Monday declaring an emergency in the county, with a rare – and potentially devastating January rise on the Mississippi River forecast this week.

“...the Mississippi River has exceeded or will shortly exceed the flood stage and possibly cause significant damage...It is hereby declared...that an emergency exists for and in Tunica County, Mississippi due to the projected flooding of the Mississippi River and the resulting cleanup,” the resolution signed Dec. 28 by Board president James Dunn reads.

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