County maps approach to lean months ahead
Tunica County’s department heads will be asked to trim 20 percent from Fiscal Year 2012 budgets, as the county calculates the long range effect of this spring’s historic Mississippi River flood.
County administrator Clifton Johnson said in a wide-ranging interview last week that officials must find ways to cut back in some areas in order to build county resources and attract new industry and amenities.
Golf carts considered by aldermen
July 5’s Board of Aldermen meeting carted in discussion on street legal vehicles inside the town limits.
Mayor Chuck Cariker said he had spoken to leaders of other communities during the Mississippi Municipal League’s conference at the end of June. How to handle golf carts on streets was a popular topic among many.
Cariker said he would like to propose an ordinance asking citizens with golf carts to pay a $25 registration fee with the police department. They would be required to have liability insurance and would only be allowed west of Highway 61. Drivers could cross River Road and Magnolia Street but would be encouraged not to drive up and down them. Cart owners would also be asked to sign a waiver releasing the town of any liability.
Local farm family utilizing new ag innovation
The Natural Resource Conservation Service has partnered with a Tunica farmer to implement what, when completed, will become the first comprehensive tail water recovery system in the county.
The project, which is located on 500 acres of land owned by Mike Boyd, just off Bonnie Blue Road in central Tunica County, utilizes a complex system of ditches, pads–or small levees–and pumps to divert water to and from a water retention reservoir on an as-needed basis.
Unemployment rate soars
Tunica County experienced more than a rise in river waters after the near-historic Flood of 2011. With the forced closure of all nine of Tunica’s casinos and other affected businesses, unemployment claims reached a historic high for the month of May, eclipsing all other Mississippi counties’ figures by double digits.
According to Mississippi Employment Security Commission statistics, Tunica County posted the highest number of unemployment claims in the state for the month of May with a 31.1 percent unemployment rate. During this same period of time, the Mississippi state average was 10 percent, with the next-highest posting behind Tunica coming from Claiborne County with a 17.7 percent unemployment rate.
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