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

Petitioners won’t stop county loan

A petition drive by an informal group of local voters concerned about the financial condition of Tunica County fell short 125 signatures of forcing a vote on whether county leaders could seek a $1.5 million loan in anticipation of taxes.

Supervisors voted on October 6 to approve publishing a public notice of their intent to seek the loan. Their action started a 24 day window for voters to lodge petitions.

“On October 10, 2014, the Board of Supervisors of Tunica County, Mississippi published a notice of its intention to issue a Tax Anticipation Note in an amount not to exceed $1,500,000 on November 3, 2014,” the petition stated. “We, the undersigned qualified electors of Tunica County, Mississippi do hereby protest and petition against issuance of said Tax Anticipation Note and request that the election referred to in Mississippi Code Annotated 19-9-27 be called and held.”

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New ambulance contract sought

Last Saturday night, a vehicle traveling on Highway 61 south of Tunica overturned and was then struck by a second vehicle, killing one person and seriously injuring another. Injuries were reported in a second two-car accident Monday night near Rosa Fort High School. In both accidents, Pafford Medical staffers stabilized the injured on the scene, and their ambulances transported them. It’s all in a day’s work for Pafford.

But very recent cost cutting measures by Tunica County have Pafford’s continued presence in question. Supervisors voted Tuesday night to request new proposals from ambulance service providers, in an attempt “to operate at less cost,” according to Board of Supervisors president James Dunn.

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Arts spotlighted at upcoming Soiree

It’s been said that there’s no place better to throw a party than the Mississippi Delta. With that in mind, the Tunica Arts Council invites all to their first Southern Soiree at the Tunica Museum on Nov. 15.

“The Arts Council, over the past few years, has put on the local art show and has had some success,” TAC treasurer Byron Earnheart said. “ This year, though, we wanted to take it up a notch and incorporate art and music.  Going from there, we decided that this could be an annual fundraising initiative to help fund the many wonderful projects we’ve talked about doing or been approached to do by members of the community.

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