Study cites pros, cons of downtown
The John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development last week released a final report of its First Impressions program that provides an in-depth assessment of Downtown Tunica, along with the community’s assets and opportunities.
The program’s findings, which were initially reported to town officials on November 17, were the product of multiple secret visits to Tunica by the Mississippi State Community Action Team between spring and mid-summer 2011.
“They come unannounced,” explained Tunica Main Street Manager Lynn Ryals, who contacted the Stennis Institute to request a First Impressions visit. “They come three different times to your community, and you don’t know when they’re there.”
According to the report, which Ryals received in printed form last week, members of the MSCAT team found Tunica’s downtown to be quaint and attractive, with its greatest assets being its parks, landscaping and attractive buildings.
Sharing God's Love
Harrison dedicates four decades to TFD
Tommy Harrison was recently honored by the Tunica Fire Department for 40 years of service.
Harrison, who joined the volunteer department on February 14, 1972, has served as an officer in all positions.
“I have never seen anyone who has more passion and love for our fire department than Tommy,” said former fire chief and longtime friend Ellis Koonce III, who joined the department a few months after Harrison. “He has done more for our department to make it better than anyone else has.”
Supes: Some spots unfilled
A short agenda still drew a large crowd as the Board of Supervisors experimented with a later time for their Feb. 15 meeting.
In January, Beat 2 Supervisor Henry Nickson Jr. proposed that board meetings be moved from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to accommodate citizens who want to attend sessions but may be working. Board president James Dunn suggested a compromise, calling for the mid month meeting and end of the month meeting to be moved to 5 p.m. The first meeting of the month was left at 9 a.m.
Nine items were listed on Feb. 15’s agenda and the board concluded their business around 5:25 p.m. Two issues were carried over. Those items were appointments to Tunica County Public Projects Inc.’s Board of Directors and Tunica Arena’s Board of Directors.
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