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

County may require employees to live here


Citing out migration due to lack of housing, Board of Supervisors president James Dunn said June 6 that he would like the county to consider requiring future employees to be Tunica County residents.

“Community development is moving to other counties,” Dunn said, then calling on Board attorney John Perry to report his findings in the issue.

“Several counties have similar provisions,” Perry said. “You would need to have a rational basis. Economic development and creating growth would be a reason.”

Perry then noted that a large number of people who are already county employees would be “grandfathered in,” that is, these employees wouldn’t fall under the provisions of any new policy.

“Future employees would be on notice,” Perry said.

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Local History: The Tunica Indians

This week continues a summer long series of history stories by the late Ashley Harris that were first published in 1994 and 1995. Part II of a four part series appeared on June 2, 1994.

In 1682 LaSalle claimed the Mississippi River Valley for France and travelled down to its mouth at the Gulf of Mexico, he named the territory Louisiana in honor of King Louis XIV.

The valley of 1682 was far different from the valley DeSoto had seen one hundred and fifty years earlier.  The rich, Quiz-quiz civilization, with a population in the thousands, had degenerated into a few powerful tribes like the Natchez, Choctaws, and Chickasaws and several small, weak tribes, like the Tunicas, Yazoos, and Ofos.

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Case languishes in MS Supreme Court

A legal dispute between the county and the town that originated in 2014 is ongoing. Very little has happened since Tunica County filed an appeal last year. The wheels of justice grind slowly.

Last July, Special Circuit Judge Henry Lackey ordered the county to resume the distribution of gaming revenue to the town and the Tunica County School District, but Tunica County appealed on August 3, arguing that it should not have to comply with the judge’s order while the case was ongoing.

However, the county reversed course last December, with the Board of Supervisors voting December 15, 2015, to “come into compliance with the judge’s order.” In late December, the town received a lump sum of $2.235 million from the county, representing the amount owed to it from October 2014 through November 2015. Tunica County also resumed a regular monthly distribution of gaming taxes to the town at that time and is currently up to date.

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