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

Police arrest two in recent break-ins

Law enforcement officials are asking for patience from the public in the wake of a rash of burglaries since early September.

In a neighborhood safety meeting in the municipal courtroom Tuesday night, Tunica Police Chief Richard Veazey said investigations into residential and commercial break ins are ongoing.

“(We have) pieces of a puzzle with no picture, and we have to put it together,” Veazey told citizens who attended. “It takes time.”

TPD investigator Michael Nichols said that two people have been arrested and other arrests are pending in burglaries at JA Motors and Tunica County Community Development Coalition offices. Nichols said there are several nonlocal persons of interest in a residential break-in and one in custody in another county. There are also persons of interest in several shed break-ins, he added.

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In the Pink

Tunica Elementary students and staff put on their pink clothing and raised funds with a walk benefitting the Susan G. Komen® Foundation on Friday, Oct. 17.

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Fire District cash crunch could affect insurance, response times


Residents and businesses in the special fire district in North Tunica County may be in for an unpleasant surprise when their insurance policies come up for renewal. That’s because the fire rating for that part of the county is in danger of dipping from seven to eight or nine.

“When Harrah’s shut down, it killed us,” said North Tunica Fire Chief Jimmie Neal.

The fire district immediately lost $100,000 worth of value, he says.

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Casino appeals county budget, tax increase

HWCC-Tunica, owner and operator of the Hollywood Casino in Tunica County, has appealed to the Circuit Court to set aside the county’s fiscal year 2015 budget and tax levy, based on nine exceptions to recent activity by the Board of Supervisors.

The Bill of Exception/Notice of Appeal was filed Friday, October 10, and cites the Board’s failure in August and September to follow proper procedure in giving notice and approving the new budget and levy.

“Pursuant to Mississippi law, the Board failed to properly disclose its proposed budget,” HWCC attorney Tom Tucker III of Tucker Selden & Tucker, PLLC wrote in a cover letter addressed to Board of Supervisors president James Dunn. “Pursuant to Mississippi law, the Board failed to properly advertise the adoption of the proposed 2014-2015 budget and tax increase, and to otherwise follow Mississippi’s statutory requirements regarding adopting budgets and increasing taxes.

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