Four charged in murder of Tunica County man
The life of a 32 year old Tunica County man was cut short on a roadway in northern Bolivar County last week. A farmer discovered his body just after 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31.
Quenton Deon McKay sustained two gunshots to the head and three to the chest. Investigators believe the shots were fired at close range, execution style.
Board clashes over pay
For the second consecutive meeting, employee paychecks made their way to the county Board of Supervisors’ table.
District 5 Supervisor McKinley Daley called for action on a request for a salary increase for an employee that was initially made by Road Manager Joe Eddie Hawkins on Jan. 31. At that time, Hawkins asked that the employee receive a $6,000 per year raise to put him in line with others in similar positions.
Daley’s motion received a quick second from District 4 Supervisor Henry Nickson.
Aiming high for education
Superintendent of Education Steve Chandler has set new five-year goals for the Tunica County School District that he calls “ambitious” but attainable.
Chandler presented a summary of those goals at a Board of Education work session in late January. He said that the school board has not yet formally adopted the goals. He also outlined his plan at Tunica Rotary Club’s regular meeting last week, saying he is seeking community input and support.
Meet Your Elected Officials: Anderson brings experience, vision
When the Pillowtex factory shut its doors in June 2003, Norma Jean Anderson was working in the plant’s ACAB department, making filler material used for stuffing pillows.
Four months later, after losing the job she had held for 10 years, she took a position with the Tunica County Tax Assessor’s Office, leading to a near-decade long career as a county employee.
“I came in under Mrs. Betty Gayle Fields, who was the tax assessor at the time,” said Anderson, sworn in as the county’s new tax assessor-collector in January. “I came in as a deputy tax collector and moved from there to office manager.
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