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

Phone, e-mail scams prevalent during holidays

Watch out! Telephone scam artists purporting to be from Publishers Clearing House are on the prowl.

A Tunican recently reported receiving multiple phone calls from scammers, even though she refused their offers and asked them repeatedly not to call her again. These calls  supposedly come directly from Publishers Clearing House, which gives away cash prizes every year. But Publishers Clearing House is warning consumers about this scam and offering four ways to spot the scam:

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Town to proceed with apartment demolition

The fire whistle rang out through the town of Tunica just before 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, summoning firefighters to an apartment complex on Kestevan Alley. Three years later, the building sits empty.

In a unanimous vote on November 18, the Board of Aldermen agreed to advertise for the demolition of the building and debris removal from the site.

“I personally don’t want to waste any more time,” Ward 2 alderman Brad Beach said in making the motion to proceed.

The board took action in the wake of a visit by local business owners in October and a public hearing on Nov. 10.

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County requiring two weeks’ notice for agenda items

When citizens, county employees or county officials want to address the Board of Supervisors, a new policy will extend the time frame for an appointment from five days to at least two weeks.

An “Agenda Request Form,” a single sheet that must be completed for each agenda item, asks for: date submitted, meeting date, name/title, department, email address, and a contact number.

The applicant must also check a Yes or No box next to each of three items: Board of Supervisors action required; reviewed by the County Attorney; and reviewed by the County Administrator.

The last item asks the applicant to fill in a dollar amount for the financial impact of the request and then check one or more of these boxes: no impact; increase budget; reduction; one-time; annually; change in current funds; and transfer funds.

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County answers

Hollywood appeal

Tunica County Board of Supervisors attorney Ellis Pittman has answered a Bill of Exception filed by Hollywood Casino-Tunica earlier this fall.

The answer was filed on behalf of Tunica County on October 31 with Circuit Clerk Sharon Granberry-Reynolds.

Tunica County has denied that Hollywood Casino is aggrieved by the adoption of the 2014-2015 budget and tax increase or that the Board of Supervisors failed to follow state statutes.

While admitting that the Board did increase taxes for Fiscal Years 2012-2013 and 2014-2015, the answer “denies that such increases were so substantial as to allege contrariness to Mississippi law.”

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