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

Road manager asks to exempt workers from county pay cuts


In the initial weeks of a five percent pay cut for most county employees, Road Department manager Joe Eddie Hawkins asked supervisors to exempt his department from the scheduled reductions.

At the January 5 meeting, Hawkins said about half of his employees were being affected by the pay cuts. [Editor’s note: county employees making less than $10 per hour are already exempt.] Hawkins said valuable employees with specific skills he needs to run his department may look for other employment if the reductions in pay continue. Hawkins said he could make up the difference to the county by other spending reductions.

“It’s a valid request,” County Board president James Dunn said Monday, but thus far, supervisors have not acted on it.

Hawkins also requested January supplies totaling approximately $39,000 – approved by the Board – and recommended that the county begin to use the Fuelman system. Hawkins said Fuelman was already used by 80 percent of Mississippi’s counties and over 70 percent of municipalities in the state.

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Event to foster positive interaction with police


The events in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014 have triggered emotions and reactions throughout the nation. In Tunica County, it has led to the creation of Police Encounter: How to Stay Alive.

Organizer Kenneth Davis Sr. explained that the event was born “out of compassion for the victims.”

“After the last event, Michael Brown, I felt compelled to do what police officers are trained to do, and that’s save lives by educating,” Davis said.

Police Encounter will be held at the White Oak Community Center on January 17 at 10 a.m. Davis estimates that it will last over two hours, depending on participants. It is open to ages 15 to adults.

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Construction begins at Mhoon Landing

Mhoon Landing is a beehive of activity, as Consolidated Grain begins construction on an $18 million grain elevator and port facility on the former site of Splash Casino.

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Betty Jo Dulaney named Community Foundation’s 2014 Woman of the Year

The 15th Crystal Ball will provide the backdrop to honor four outstanding Community Stars of Northwest Mississippi.  These regional Community Stars will be honored along with the gala’s Star of Hope, Marty Stuart, the five-time Grammy winner who conceived and was instrumental in creating the Country Music Trail throughout Mississippi.

Betty Jo Dulaney of Tunica is the Margaret Maddox Woman of the Year. She has 20 years of volunteer service in making a difference in improving education for individuals and families in Tunica County.  Betty Jo has helped people learn to read and/or improve their reading skills through her leadership at the Tunica County Literacy Council.  She broke away from the usual concept of a literacy council and expanded the services to ages birth through kindergarten.  Because of her work with these young children, the 2014 School Readiness Test placed Tunica County the second highest ranking in the state of Mississippi.  The driving force for Betty Jo is to see former students who are successful and improving their lives. She has also served as district governor for the Rotary Club and on the board of the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi.

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