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

Local insurance agent takes huge risks on waves

While most people evacuate their homes or hunker down at the news of an impending hurricane, Bruce Williams readies his surfboard for adventure.  The local Farm Bureau insurance agent said he chases hurricanes for opportunities to ride some humongous waves.

Williams started surfing when he was 12 years old, he said.  He said it all started with friends in his hometown, Destin, FL, which is known for its tropical storms and hurricanes.

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Transcript released from July 18 Thompson trial

The full transcript from the July 18 Justice Court trial of county administrator Michael Thompson fills in many blanks in the account of the arrest last February and hints at a larger investigation of Thompson by the Tunica County Sheriff’s Department.

During the trial, a special judge from Quitman County, Joe Brown, found County Administrator Michael Thompson guilty of driving with a suspended license in Tunica County Justice Court. Thompson’s attorney, Scott Colom, said he will appeal and dig even deeper to prove Thompson was entrapped by members of Tunica County Sherriff’s Department.

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Congressman helps Delta

CONGRESSMAN BENNIE THOMPSON (center), Parks & Recreation director Billy Willis (second from right), and officials from Tyson Foods and the Mid-South Food Bank were on hand August 7 to receive over 30,000 pounds of assorted meat items for distribution to food pantries in several Delta counties and the Boys and Girls Club’s Cafe du Rec in Tunica.

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School district projects $27.6M in spending budget


The Tunica County school board is expected to adopt its Fiscal Year 2015 budget this week, after a hearing last week prompted few questions or comments from those in attendance.

According to a presentation by Business Manager Yulanda Austin, the district will ask the county Board of Supervisors to “levy a millage rate that will generate total proposed ad valorem tax revenues of $7,888.186.”

Austin said the district requests a specific dollar amount of support and does not set a millage rate.

Austin said at last Wednesday’s hearing that she was still working with county administrators to determine what the final assessed valuation and homestead exemption would be. The assessed valuation was projected at $233,631,000 for Fiscal Year 2015 in the report, as compared to the FY 14 total of $238,597,000.

According to a chart prepared by Austin, the millage levies for schools has varied from 30.61 in FY 2008 to last year’s 35.06.

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