Company hoping to harvest future in Tunica
Since 2003, what had once been Tunica’s most prominent and visible manufacturing facility – the Pillowtex bedding factory – had been abandoned after the company filed for bankruptcy and closed its operations in Tunica and abroad.
Today, however, this great white elephant is breathing new life, as one of the region’s most recognized agricultural businesses has found a new purpose for the building.
Jimmy Sanders, Inc. — one of the largest agricultural input suppliers and distributors in the Mid-South – took over the facility in late fall. The company, which supplies agricultural chemicals, as well as a variety of seed and fertilizers, to row crop farmers, is using the 375,000 square foot building as one of its primary distribution centers for the region.
Aldermen line out new wards
Following a public hearing and presentation, the Town of Tunica will move forward with their redistricting plan.
The plan, prepared by Chris Watson of Bridge and Watson, puts the town in compliance with federal voting laws. The latest census figures showed a deviation between wards of 45 percent. The new plan will create a deviation of 8.7 percent. Up to 10 percent deviation is allowed by law.
Board decides fate of employees
An agenda item on county employees drew a standing room only crowd to the Board of Supervisors meeting on Jan. 13. Hiring was held over from the first meeting of the month.
District 2 Supervisor Cedric Burnett made a motion to rehire all county employees, and District 5 Supervisor McKinley Daley made a second motion to rehire all employees but discuss the Battle Arena staff. Board president James Dunn said a vote had to be taken on Burnett’s motion first; that motion then failed to get a second.
Board of Education officials race through agenda
The Tunica County Board of Education moved quickly through its agenda on January 11, the first regular meeting of new Superintendent Steve Chandler’s tenure.
Board president Marilyn Young, after calling the meeting to order, explained that the Board’s usual opening prayer was being dispensed with.
“There’s a group going around the state questioning anything invoked in the name of Jesus Christ, (so) we decided to just do the Pledge of Allegiance so we don’t have to deal with that issue,” Young said.
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