Local History: Keeping the home fires burning
Christmas 1944 was, as Charles Dickens would have said, both the worst of times and the best of times. Tunica County and the nation were in the third year of World War II, and about to have the fourth Christmas since the bombing of Pearl Harbor. A spirit of optimism and pride was tempered by news from abroad, as the Allies pushed the Axis powers back both in Europe and the Pacific.
Only weeks before Christmas, Tunica County residents were surprised as they watched a B-17 bomber circle south of the town, apparently looking for a place to land. As they watched the airship turn and bank, they didn’t realize that it was being flown on autopilot. As the plane rose and descended, it abruptly turned south, and in just a few minutes, crashed into an open field on the Bonnie Blue Plantation just east of Clayton.
Drive Sober campaign launches
Tunica County Sheriff K.C. Hamp has announced that the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign starts today (Friday, Dec. 13) and runs through January 1, 2014.
During this time, law enforcement officers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers. Various saturations and checkpoints will be set up throughout the county.
Board attorney, county administrator fired, replaced
On successive split votes, the county Board of Supervisors voted Monday night to replace longtime Board attorney Andy Dulaney and county administrator Clifton Johnson.
Supervisor McKinley Daley, representing District 5, interrupted halfway through the regular meeting agenda to move that the Board “hire Ellis Pittman...to replace Dulaney Law Firm as Board attorney.”
District 4’s Henry Nickson quickly seconded, and before Board president James Dunn could get a handle on the developing situation, Phillis Williams of District 3 joined Daley and Nickson to oust Dulaney.
“Can you justify it?” Dunn broke in.
Mayor makes case against funding cut
In an address this week to supervisors, Town of Tunica mayor Chuck Cariker responded to recent action by county officials to halve the portion of gaming tax revenues the town receives.
Cariker first answered the county’s contention that the town has failed to pursue economic development with the money it receives.
“Most of the economic development has gone to the north end of the county,” Cariker said, referring to the 2000 plus acre Metro Mega Site near Robinsonville, where GreenTech Automotive is building an electric car plant, and two industrial projects adjacent to it, Schulz Extruded Products and Feuer Powertrain.
“In the 1970s, the county and city created the industrial park south of town,” Cariker explained. “We have a large expenditure of money we’ve made on a site that seems to be abandoned.”
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