Thursday, February 11, 2016
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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

Freeman jet makes bumpy landing

A private jet with actor Morgan Freeman aboard made an unplanned – and rough – landing at the Tunica Airport Saturday night. The Syber Jet SJ30 skidded off the runway, sustaining minor damage. Neither Freeman nor the pilot, the only individuals on the flight, were injured.

“While we were surprised to be alerted of the unplanned landing, I am relieved to report there were no injuries to Mr. Freeman or the pilot. Our team is trained for all potential emergencies and our expert ground team at the Tunica Airport was ready for the situation,” said Eric Konupka, Executive Director of Tunica Airport.

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Johnson draws praise as future county leader

Michael Johnson Jr. is no stranger to working with others to get a job done.  He does it every day with Fred Byrd and others at Michael E. Johnson & Son Farms, where Johnson owns and operates a farming business on 4,500 acres.  It’s a big job, but one that he manages well, employees who work with him said.

Johnson will soon take the lessons he’s learned from the farm on working hard, listening to others, and being honest to the political arena as he’ll join the Tunica County Board of Supervisors in January.  It will be his first stint at politics, but he’s not planning to do anything other than what he and others said he’s done all his life – help other people.

“That’s the way he was raised,” said Ivory Fennell, who has worked on farms owned by Johnson and Johnson’s family for more than 20 years.

Johnson was raised in Tunica and graduated from Tunica Institute of Learning (now Tunica Academy) in 2000.  While young, he often helped his father on the farm, he said.

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Holiday happenings

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Supervisors breeze through agendas

Supervisors met briefly this week to approve payroll and claims and convened last Monday for a special meeting to set the county’s Thanksgiving holiday schedule.

On Nov. 23, the Board came out of an hour long executive session to announce that supervisors had authorized a counter proposal in “some litigation,” according to Board attorney Melvin Miller. The Board then recessed until November 30.

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