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

Town studies street cart regulations

After six years of discussions, officials moved closer to a decision to allow golf carts on town streets. Mayor Chuck Cariker and Town Clerk Celia Boren proposed a golf cart ordinance to the Board of Aldermen at their meeting on July 1.

Cariker said it encompasses rules from several other Mississippi municipalities. “It’s a combination of all we’ve talked to.”

Cariker said officials from Diamondhead, Miss. say that passing regulations on golf cart operation has stopped minors from driving them on city streets.

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Delta Heart keep things lively

Delta Heart drew a large crowd to Rivergate Park for Tunica Main Street’s Alive After Five on June 27.

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Tunica Farm Supply celebrates 40 years in business

David Klimek, a native of Helena, Arkansas, came to Tunica Farm Supply in 1976, fresh out of the service, and never left. Now he is celebrating that business’s 40th year with another milestone – a move to a new home in Tunica County.

“W.M. ‘Sugar’ Durham opened the store in 1974,” Klimek explains, “encouraged by local customers like Lloyd Ryals, Dutch Parker and Paul Battle who were tired of driving (35 miles) to Durham’s store in Clarksdale, Mid-South Farm Supply.

“I got out of the Air Force in 1975 and came here in April 1976. I’ve tried to run the business according to Sugar’s rule of thumb: ‘If output exceeds input, then upkeep will be your downfall.’”

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County proposes to manage arena

A county-owned facility that has brought visitors and revenue to both the county and local businesses came under fire at Monday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

A discussion that started small – county administrator Michael Thompson giving the Board an update about Battle Arena’s contract for credit card services – escalated quickly to a motion on the floor to terminate the county’s contract with a nonprofit board which oversees operations at the facility.

As the June 30 meeting opened, Thompson told supervsors that he, along with arena director Steve Sosebee, had been working to get a credit card terminal at the arena.

“I’ve been working with three vendors – First Security, Covenant and E Payment Services,” Thompson said. “I’ve been receiving push back from Steve Sosebee.”

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