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

Plan for natural gas service up for vote in May

White Oak residents are one step closer to having access to natural gas service for their homes.

Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley told about 50 people – most from White Oak – that the Commission is slated to vote next month on a plan from Atmos to extend service to neighborhoods and subdivisions not being currently served. Presley was in town last week to conduct a town hall meeting, the 136th such meeting for Presley during his terms on the PSC.

“This is a plan unlike anywhere in America,” Presley said. “We’re trying to do something that should have been done 70 years ago.”

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Funding cuts threaten future of Tunica Airport

Asked to comment during the county meeting this week, airport director Cliff Nash was blunt.

“This is the last month for the airport to operate without funding,” Nash said. “We will close the doors at the end of next month (April).”

Nash said in an interview Tuesday that only $54,225 has been paid to the airport since October 2014, despite the airport being budgeted for $320,000 for Fiscal Year 2015.

“That was 57 percent less than what (the airport) asked for, and as of March 31 this year, we have received 16.9 percent of that $320,000.”

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New judge, new date in town vs. co.

A new judge has been assigned to consider competing motions for preliminary injunction by the town and county, and since last week, a new court date has been assigned.

Chief Justice William L. Waller, Jr. of the Mississippi Supreme Court issued an order on March 25 appointing Senior Status Judge Henry L. Lackey of Calhoun City as special judge in Case no. 14-0169, Tunica County, Mississippi vs. Town of Tunica and Tunica County, Mississippi School District, at the request of the judges for the Circuit Court here.

“...this request is necessitated by the recusal of the Judges for said County by virtue of an Order of Recusal executed ... on March 24, 2014.”

Chief Justice Waller’s order follows on the heels of the order of recusal issued last week by Senior Circuit Court Judge Albert B. Smith III.

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Tunica County Claims approved on March 2

The claims docket approved by Tunica County Board of Supervisors on March 2 totaled $4,850,488.86. It is unclear whether checks have been written and mailed for all the invoices.

Here is a partial breakdown of the claims from February that were submitted for approval:

Payroll - general fund: $1,110,900.37

Payroll - Road Dept.: $95,752.94

TOTAL: $1,206,653.31

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