Four supervisors pull ‘coup d’etat’ against citizens
The will of the voters of Supervisor District 5 was subverted by the county Board of Supervisors Monday, when the Board voted 4-1 to appoint McKinley Daley to the post “to continue until a special election,” according to wording recommended by Board president James Dunn and moved by District 4 supervisor Henry Nickson, Jr.
Daley, the Democratic incumbent, was defeated in November’s general election by former supervisor Billy Pegram.
Pegram was sworn in to his post last Wednesday, December 23, by Chancery Clerk Rechelle Siggers and has been bonded, according to his attorney Wes Ryals.
But the county board acted to preempt a certified election and Pegram’s swearing in, after receiving a letter from Board attorney Melvin Miller. Miller told the Board he had had discussions with the Attorney General’s, the Secretary of State’s and the Governor’s offices.
River rise threatens areas west of levee
Supervisors approved a resolution Monday declaring an emergency in the county, with a rare – and potentially devastating January rise on the Mississippi River forecast this week.
“...the Mississippi River has exceeded or will shortly exceed the flood stage and possibly cause significant damage...It is hereby declared...that an emergency exists for and in Tunica County, Mississippi due to the projected flooding of the Mississippi River and the resulting cleanup,” the resolution signed Dec. 28 by Board president James Dunn reads.
Town gets $2.2 million in back gaming revenue
Town of Tunica aldermen voted December 23, 2015 to deposit a check from Tunica County for $2,235,501.47. Mayor Chuck Cariker was hand delivered the check on Tuesday, December 22.
“This is for the gaming amount that is owed to date,” Cariker said in an email to other town officials the same day.
Cariker called a special meeting on Wednesday, December 23, to discuss ongoing litigation. The town Board of Aldermen then considered its options and approved the deposit of the funds by town clerk Celia Boren.
Only hope is outside
I am just a small town newspaper reporter, but this morning, I was a witness to the death of democracy in my community. The series of events that have led to this day can all be verified through court records and other sources. I am writing to respectfully request that someone, anyone send immediate help to Tunica County.
Early in 2015, candidates began filing paperwork to run for county offices. Historically, local politicians have either run as Democrats or they choose to run as independents. Those choosing to be affiliated with the Democratic Party are included in a primary election historically held in August. During the qualifying process, three candidates were ruled ineligible by the Tunica County Democratic Executive Committee. They were Craig Harris, who was seeking of the office of Beat 4 Supervisor; Craig Jones, who was seeking the office of Beat 5 Supervisor and Jacqueline Dishmon-Boykin (Tunica Times, March 20, 2015, Candidates can appeal Dems’ ruling). All three chose to pursue legal action in an attempt to be included on the ballot. Harris lost in court. Dishmon-Boykin was successful in her quest. Jones appeared to be successful (Tunica Times, May 29, 2015- Judge rules for Jones). His name was not on the ballot in August for reasons that are still unclear at this point.
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