GreenTech Automotive still eyeing Tunica
The selection of Tunica County as the site of a multi-million dollar automotive plant in 2009 was a coup for local economic development officials. GreenTech Automotive unveiled prototypes of its hybrid and electric vehicles on June 6, 2009, and announced plans for a manufacturing facility on the county’s Metro Mega Site near Robinsonville in North Tunica County.
Since then, little information has been forthcoming about the project, until GreenTech opened a local office on Highway 61 here late last year. Now company officials are making a push to purchase land in the county and start site preparations by the end of June, according to GreenTech’s assistant plant manager Lindsey Garner.
Meanwhile, the company has leased the vacant Dover Elevator plant in Horn Lake and plans to have test models coming off the assembly line in July.
“We’ll have full production on one shift in December, at least,” Garner told Rotarians last week.
Locals reach out to Japan
Tunica County will have an opportunity to reach out across the world on Saturday, March 26.
Locals Yoriko and Michael Sides will host a yard sale to help Japan at their home at 1142 Mockingbird Street beginning at 8 a.m. All proceeds will go to help relief efforts in the country struck by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11.
Rise, fall of famed attorney captivates crowd
Author Curtis Wilkie shared the story behind the story revealed in his book The Fall of the House of Zeus to a large crowd on Friday, March 18 at the R.C. Irwin Library.
Wilkie told attendees that “Dick Scruggs was a friend of mine” who soon became the center of a federal investigation for bribery. The book details the events leading to Scruggs’ arrest and the aftermath and provides an indepth look at politics in the Magnolia State.
Wilkie said he wrote about the events as “accurately as he could” in order to allow the reader “to reach whatever conclusion they wish.”
“I had no ax to grind,” Wilkie said.
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