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

Co. general fund plunges to $1.75M deficit

A recent report to supervisors regarding cash in all county funds at First Security Bank shows that by November 30, 2013, just over $571,000  was left in the treasury.

The general county fund, from which most expenses are paid, is overdrawn $1,758,322.80, after over $1.3 million worth of claims were paid December 2. Tunica County began the month overdrawn over $400,000 in the general fund.

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County moves to cut town funding

Working relations between county and city governments took a turn for the worse last week, as supervisors voted to cut the town’s share of gaming tax revenue in half.

By a 4-1 vote, the county board resolved to send such a request to the State Legislature. James Dunn, Henry Nickson, Phillis Williams and McKinley Daley voted in favor of the resolution, with Cedric Burnett casting the lone “no” vote.

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Town looks at finances after county vote

“In light of the threat of the loss of significant revenue, I move that the town take immediate steps to raise revenues and cut expenses, including making the water and sewer system self sustaining,” Ward 4 Aldermen Brooks Taylor said at the Nov. 4 meeting of the board and Mayor.

Town Clerk Celia Boren called for a roll call vote and the motion passed unanimously.

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Local History: Emma Williams: A Woman of Strength

“She cleared her land with horses herself and farmed that land after her husband died,” said Annie Ruth Allison when she recommended that The Tunica Times write a feature story about Emma Williams of Tunica County.

“To me she is one of the most outstanding people in Tunica County. For a woman to make it, that says a lot. She told me one day about clearing her land and what she did to survive.”

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