Mississippi honors fallen officer
Pegram seated as District 5 supervisor
The February 11, 2016 meeting of the Tunica County Board of Supervisors began with a quiet announcement by Board president James Dunn: “The Board will recognize Mr. Billy Pegram based upon the order of Judge Lackey....We will recognize Mr. Pegram’s votes.”
The announcement ended weeks of controversy surrounding the District 5 supervisor position. Pegram defeated incumbent McKinley Daley in the general election on November 3, 2015, but an order by Special Circuit Judge Henry Lackey just before the general election clouded the issue. The Board voted December 28, 2015 to seat Daley as a “carry over” supervisor, and Daley had been attending meetings and casting votes since new terms started in January. Pegram, however, had also attended the same meetings and cast votes, but the question of whether those votes were recorded also is clouded.
Later, after supervisors exited Executive Session, Board attorney John Perry announced that the Board had voted to authorize him to send a letter to the Mississippi Attorney General regarding pay and reimbursement to Mr. Pegram during the month of January. Pegram had asked to be reimbursed for expenses related to a training session for supervisors that he attended.
Former deputy injured in pursuit of suspect
A law enforcement officer with Tunica ties is recovering from injuries at an area hospital after being shot by an armed robbery suspect in Clarksdale, Miss. on Feb. 15.
Derrick Couch, a corporal with the Clarksdale Police Department, sustained a gunshot wound to the eye during an altercation on Leflore Street in Clarksdale. Couch was immediately taken to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis for treatment. He lost the eye, but his condition has been improving each day.
Couch served as a deputy with The Tunica County Sheriff’s Department before joining the Clarksdale Police Department around five years ago.
Town commits to Rivergate Festival
A Tunica tradition and opportunities on the horizon were both topics of discussion at the Feb. 16 meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.
Lyn Arnold, president/CEO of the Tunica County Chamber and Economic Development Foundation, said plans were underway for the Rivergate Festival. It will be held April 15 and 16 and will commemorate the 20th anniversary of Crawfish Alley.
“We are booking music,” Arnold said. “Applications for the arts and crafts and food vendors have been coming in.”
Arnold said the event will also include favorites such as a petting zoo and pony rides. The children’s tractor pull will also be held.
“We’re tossing around some ideas to get people downtown,” Arnold said.
Later in the meeting, the Board of Aldermen voted to allot $5000 for the festival and will contribute manpower through the police and public works departments.
After recapping what the town had contributed to past festivals, Mayor Chuck Cariker said he thought it was important to support Rivergate. Ward 1 alderman Jack Graves agreed.
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