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

Miller clocks world’s fastest 60 meters

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – He had a season opener for the ages, and now Ole Miss’ Jalen Miller has been recognized as the Southeastern Conference Men’s Runner of the Week for his world-leading performance at the Gene Edmonds Invitational this past Saturday.

A sophomore from Tunica, Mississippi, Miller not only clocked the world’s fastest 60-meter time in 2015 but posted the top two times at Purdue’s indoor meet.

After running a 6.57 in the prelims, he clocked a 6.56 in the final to claim the world’s fastest time this season by five hundredths of a second. With his winning time, Miller set a personal best that is just one hundredth of a second off Mike Granger’s school record and also established a meet and facility record at Purdue’s indoor track.

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Chamber will continue Rivergate Festival

The Tunica County Chamber of Commerce is planning the 23rd annual Rivergate Festival, despite questions about whether it would continue last week during the Jan. 6 meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen. The event is set for April 17 and 18.

Mayor Chuck Cariker announced that the town would struggle to financially support the festival this year. He cited defense of the lawsuit between the town and county as a primary reason. Gaming revenues have been withheld by the county for three months.

Alderman Brad Beach suggested that representatives from the Crawfish Crew be contacted to discuss options.


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Year in Review: Actions by local governments dominate news

A “State of the County” report issued last February by newly appointed county administrator Michael Thompson set the tone for the entirety of 2014.

Thompson had raised the red flag about county “budget and cash flow issues” the month before.

“We are currently spending more than we’re receiving,” Thompson said in early January.

Then, during the first week of February, Thompson called the county “insolvent,” as he and the Board of Supervisors struggled to cover a reported $1.75 million deficit in the general fund.

Thompson’s February statement called for 10 percent cuts across all county departments and larger cuts to appropriations to other entities.


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Road manager asks to exempt workers from county pay cuts

 

In the initial weeks of a five percent pay cut for most county employees, Road Department manager Joe Eddie Hawkins asked supervisors to exempt his department from the scheduled reductions.

At the January 5 meeting, Hawkins said about half of his employees were being affected by the pay cuts. [Editor’s note: county employees making less than $10 per hour are already exempt.] Hawkins said valuable employees with specific skills he needs to run his department may look for other employment if the reductions in pay continue. Hawkins said he could make up the difference to the county by other spending reductions.

“It’s a valid request,” County Board president James Dunn said Monday, but thus far, supervisors have not acted on it.

Hawkins also requested January supplies totaling approximately $39,000 – approved by the Board – and recommended that the county begin to use the Fuelman system. Hawkins said Fuelman was already used by 80 percent of Mississippi’s counties and over 70 percent of municipalities in the state.

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