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

County brings local accountant on board

Tunica County supervisors hired a new comptroller Monday night, 1988 Rosa Fort High School graduate Adrian McKay. But in a strange turn of events, the Board also kept interim comptroller Alex Wiley on board, extending indefinitely an agreement for Wiley to work 40 hours per week for the county.

The vote came after an executive session that considered “Potential litigation,” where the Board agreed to enter mediation on an EEOC complaint against the Sheriff’s Department, Board attorney Ellis Pittman announced after supervisors reopened the meeting.

Board president James Dunn asked Chancery Court Clerk Rechelle Siggers to present the meeting’s last item of business.

“We recommend to hire Adrian McKay for the position of comptroller,” Siggers said.

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School chief calls police about profanity

Tunica Police Department responded to a call last Friday evening from Tunica County School District Superintendent Bernard Chandler, who suspected criminal behavior by a male teen.  No arrests were made.

The teen, identified by Chandler from among a group of male teens, is accused of profanely cursing at Chandler in public.  Antonio Bingham, the teen’s father, said his son called him to the scene after learning Chandler had called the police.  Tunica Police Chief Richard Veazey said Chandler did not file charges against the teen.

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Locals hope to bring new jobs to county

At least two Tunica natives are making it their business to tackle the county’s 17.3 percent unemployment by opening businesses of their own this year.

Tunica County is home to one of the highest percentages of unemployed in the state, second only to Clay County, according to the Mississippi Department of Employment Securities’ January 2014 Labor Market Data Publication.

Beyond the challenges of hiring, two big factors in bringing jobs to Tunica are finding space to open a business and community support, both Derricos Jones and Dennis Hayes, Jr. said.

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Congress recognizes Johnson for service to community

A tribute to Melvin “Toot” Johnson of Tunica by the Honorable Bennie G. Thompson of Mississippi’s Second District was read into the Congressional Record recently.

Congressman Thompson’s tribute, titled “Honoring Melvin C. Johnson,” was presented on the floor of the House of Representatives and published February 28.

It reads: “Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor an extraordinary community leader, Mr. Melvin Johnson.

“Mr. Melvin Charles Johnson was born and raised in a small town of Tunica, MS. He has been married to Debra L. (Toney) Johnson for 23 years. He was introduced to politics at the early age of 10. He marched in his first Civil Rights March in Tunica, MS in 1963 and became the vice president of the SCLC Youth Organization in Tunica.

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