Town board updated on festival, fire contract
The date has been set and the theme has been announced for what’s been called “the best little party in Mississippi.”
The annual Rivergate Festival is set for April 17 and 18, according to Tunica County Chamber & Economic Development Foundation President/CEO Lyn Arnold. Festival goers can prepare for Blues, Barbecue and Brews during the two day event.
Arnold told the Board of Aldermen that many favorite aspects of the festival will return. Organizers are booking entertainment for Friday night. The festival will include the Running of the Hogs, the William Brandon Dawson 5K Run/Walk, kids’ activities, Tunica Idol, the horseshoe tournament, and mechanical bull riding. Arnold said plans are being made to include a kids’ pedal tractor pull as well.
Rape alleged at local high school
Facts are still emerging about an alleged rape at Rosa Fort High School in early November, nearly four months after the incident occurred.
News reports began to surface late last week concerning a 15 year old special needs student at the school who said she was raped in a classroom during school hours.
Attorney Stephanie Morris of Cleveland, who is representing the victim’s family, said as many as four or five male students may have been involved.
“It was a big to-do at the school,” Morris said of the November 10 incident. “Someone ran to get help, and an ambulance responded.”
Candidate slate final for November ballot
Last Friday’s qualifying deadline settled some races for county offices; some will be decided in August after the party primaries; and a few will wait until the November general election.
Forty-four Tunica Countians have qualified to seek 16 county offices, 23 of those in the race for the five posts on the Board of Supervisors.
UPDATE: The Democratic Executive Committee has removed several candidates from the list of qualifiers. They will meet again on Wednesday, March 11 to hear appeals from those candidates.
There are incumbents in each of the 16 offices, except in supervisor’s District 2, where incumbent Cedric Burnett first qualified and later withdrew, opting to run instead for the state legislative seat that is currently held by his mother Clara Burnett.
Incumbents who are unopposed and therefore assured of re-election are: Chancery Clerk Rechelle Siggers, Tax Assessor Norma Anderson, Southern District Constable Lil Joe Anderson, Coroner Glenn Grant, and County Attorney Chuck Graves.
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