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

Co. borrows $3 million for shortfall

Supervisors approved a resolution May 29 to close the deal on a $3 million loan from First Security Bank. County administrator Michael Thompson said the funds would partially cover a shortfall in operating revenue.

But confusion arose when Thompson said the county was projected to have a $9 million shortfall. The county is limited to a loan of 25 percent of the shortfall. Three million dollars is 25 percent of $12 million, not $9 million. That discrepancy was not explained during the meeting. Thompson also said that casino tax revenue was down $1.5 million in a $29 million fiscal year budget for the general fund.

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Robbery suspects in custody

Two Tunica County men and a resident of Grand Rapids, Michigan have been arrested and charged in a rash of robberies that occurred between April and June in two local casinos.

On June 5, Anthony West, 43, of Robinsonville was charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery. He was also charged with two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and felony controlled substance. His bond was set at $780,000.

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Sen. run-off is June 24

Neither Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate garnered over 50 percent in a three-way race, forcing a run-off between six term incumbent Thad Cochran and Tea Party backed attorney Chris McDaniel.

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‘Bully!’ for MSU athletic scholarship recipient Bryant


Hard work – and play – paid off big for Brandon Bryant, who left last Tuesday, June 3,  to start his football career with a full athletic scholarship at Mississippi State University.  The 2014 Rosa Fort High School alumnus played sports his entire life but said he kicked his efforts into full gear after losing his aunt Keshia Bond a year ago.

“It’s going to be a big transition.  I’m going to just be positive,” he said.  “My strategy to stay focused is my family.   My aunt, who passed, she just made everything complete for me.  When she passed away, I grind harder than I ever did before.”

His mother, Katrina Bryant, said Brandon dedicated his senior season of football to Bond.

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