Grand Jury Report
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF TUNICA COUNTY
THE GRAND JURY
We have examined 23 witnesses and return this report:
57 True Bills, 0 Presentments, and 13 No True Bills.
We have made a personal inspection of the County jail and find it is in good condition, and sufficient for the safe-keeping, accommodation, and health of prisoners.
The entire jail area needs better ventilation, cleaning, sanitizing, new wall paint, and new ceiling tiles; the laundry room needs new washers and dryers; there are holes in the walls of the jail which need repairing where the sheet-rocking meets together; the nurse’s station should have a secure shelf (possibly glass with a lock) for storing medication; the women’s area of the jail needs special attention for cleaning and painting; the fire extinguishers’ housing throughout the jail have been damaged and need repair or replacing; the kitchen area needs organization and cleaning; there should be better food for the jail inmates; inmates need new flip flops and jumpsuits; the law library should be updated with books; inmates should G.E.D. prep.
Butterfly Project encourages girls to find purpose
A local non-profit group whose mission is to empower Tunica-area youth is seeking assistance from town and county government to secure a location for its cause.
According to Zenobia Jackson, program director for the Butterfly Project, the newly-founded program is hoping to find a permanent location to facilitate its meetings for area youth.
Jackson took her cause to the Town of Tunica Board of Aldermen earlier this month to seek support from town leaders.
“We really need more space to meet,” said Jackson, a 6th grade language arts and reading teacher from Tunica Middle School, who established the program in January. “That’s what we are asking for – some help from the town for a place to meet.
Board hires CEO for clinics
Following board approval on Feb. 28, the Tunica County Healthcare Authority will soon be led by a new chief executive officer.
Seandria E. Cobbins will fill the post left by the retirement of Dr. Gene Osborn. Osborn will stay on with Tunica County through May to train his successor. Cobbins has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry and was recommended by the Tunica County Healthcare Authority’s board.
The Tunica County Healthcare Authority oversees the day to day operations for the Tunica and Tunica Resorts medical clinics. Both facilities offer services such as primary care, drug screens, physicals and vaccinations.
The board hesitated to make a decision on who would lead the entity in two prior meetings.
Town residents practicing conservation
The town of Tunica’s move to reinstitute metering of water – and billing by usage, not at a flat rate – is paying off in fairly dramatic fashion, with a drop in overall water usage.
Operations director Ellis Koonce said that in 2006, prior to the change, annual municipal water usage was over 389 million gallons. By the end of 2011, after the town started the new rates, annual usage had dropped to 288 million gallons. 2012 saw a further decline, to 228 million gallons, or about 630,000 gallons per day.
“It just shows...how much water we were losing,” Koonce said.
Koonce explained that leaks in both town lines and lines on private property have been repaired since 2010, and he believes that homeowners are being more cautious with their usage, leading to the decline.
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