Board shakes things up
Six little letters set the tone for the Board of Supervisors’ meeting on Jan. 3.
County officials took up change–in meeting times, personnel, salaries and travel procedures. The session began at 9 a.m. and adjourned shortly before noon.
After the minutes of the meetings in December were read, Chancery Clerk Rechelle Siggers announced that the board would select a president and vice president. District 2 Supervisor Cedric Burnett nominated James Dunn as president. Dunn won by unanimous vote. Henry Nickson, who was also nominated by Burnett, was unanimously elected vice president.
Dunn, after taking the seat at the head of the table, thanked the board for the nod.
Tunica County officials were sworn in on Dec. 29 in the court room of the Tunica County Courthouse by Judge James S. Graves (center) of the U.S. Court of Appeals.
Year in Review: Flood disaster dominates 2011 news
In a normal year, county elections dominate the news coverage. And certainly, with this year’s contest first drawing a crowded field, then making history as voters sent new faces to a number of county offices, election stories drew our attention.
But the local vote–and indeed, every other local issue–was overshadowed by spring’s devastating Mississippi River floods that destroyed hundreds of homes, shut down Tunica’s nine casinos, and put a huge dent in city and county finances.
A rise to 36.29 feet in late March was a portent of things to come. Then on April 25-26, strong winds and nearly seven inches of rain in a 24-hour period brought damages in South Tunica County and flash flooding in and around the town of Tunica and along Verner Rd.
By April 25, Cut-off camp residents had begun a hasty evacuation–over 350 people forced to flee their homes–and casinos were battening down the hatches. All nine resort properties had fallen silent by month’s end.
Program takes flight
It’s a flight no one ever wants to take, but it can be the difference between life and death, according to a representative from the Hospital Wing.
Clint Townsend, speaking to aldermen on behalf of a service that transports patients by helicopter, described a membership program now being offered. The yearly membership will cover transportation costs for an individual or anyone in their household if they need to be flown to an area hospital.
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