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

Co. employees left hanging on insurance issue

County meetings don’t usually begin with heated arguments, but last Thursday’s Board of Supervisors kicked off at 5 p.m. with raised voices and pointed questions.

Immediately after Board president James Dunn called the May 15 meeting to order, he introduced benefit consultant Les Smith of Les Smith and Associates in Southaven. As Smith got up to make his way to the podium, Dunn said county officials have not heard from their insurance agent of record, Nick Floyd, even though the county’s current health insurance policy is due to lapse June 1.

“(This is) still tabled until May 28,” District 4 supervisor McKinley Daley said.

“When is the renewal date?” Dunn asked.

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Tunica businesses hit in

back to back break-ins

A pair of break-ins in downtown Tunica last weekend are under investigation. Tunica Police Chief Richard Veazey said the drive-through window at Tunica Pharmacy was the entry for a break-in late Friday night or Saturday morning. Veazey said that electronics were reported missing from the store and that police collected evidence related to the break-in on First Baptist Church property, about two blocks away.

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Admin. working to fix past audit issues

Tunica County Administrator Michael Thompson is taking information from past audit reports, the county’s financial accounting system, financial statements, and other records to create what he said will be a better government for the county.

“I’m about two things: transparency and accountability.  It’s county government. It’s public,” Thompson said.

Material weaknesses have plagued Tunica County financial statements for at least the past several years, according to its 2009-2012 audit reports completed by Hernando-based accountancy firm Williams, Pitts, and Beard, PLLC.  Reports are publicly available online at the Office of State Auditor Stacey Pickering.

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Yard of the Month Announced

INAUGURAL WINNERS of the Town of Tunica’s Yard of the Month recognition are Patrick and Emily Johnson. Their home on Hickory Lane “shows their hard work,” according to Main Street director Lynn Ryals.

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