Storms drench town, county
Over six inches of rain fell early this week, overflowing ditches and causing flooding in perennial problem areas in the county.
Several Verner Road residents reported Wednesday morning that they had to wade out to the road from their homes, after about four inches fell Tuesday night and into the early morning hours on Wednesday. Emergency management officials reported areas of the county receiving over five inches. Those totals were in addition to the two inches of rain that fell Monday night.
Special election likely for District 5
It’s been a long battle just to get in the race, but Craig Jones would not be denied.
He sought to run for District 5 Supervisor, but the Tunica County Democratic Executive Committee disqualified him from the race after incumbent McKinley Daley challenged his residency on March 11.
During the hearing, Jones provided an electric bill, mortgage bill, and water bill as evidence to prove his residency. Only one member for the D.E.C. approved his application. The committee reported that it could not move forward with his application without reasonable doubt and, thus, rejected it.
Jones filed for a judicial review of the matter with the circuit court on March 17. Much of what happened after that was not clear or public until the litigation process ended with an order for a new primary election from Special Circuit Judge Henry Lackey to the D.E.C. on October 26.
Citizen, supes spar over clinics
Nagging staffing issues, slow reimbursement from insurance companies, and no consensus among members of the healthcare authority or among supervisors continues to plagues the county’s clinics.
Healthcare authority chairman Jimmy Eubanks came before the Board of Supervisors on October 29 to advocate for the hiring of Gene Osborne on a part time basis, backing the repeated requests of the clinics’ managers Barbara Conway and Penny Harrison.
Calling healthcare a “very complicated business,” Eubanks asked supervisors to reconsider and “let us (hire) Osborne.”
Eubanks said Conway and Harrison were doing their best in a difficult job, but that Osborne is needed to assist with recruiting physicians, nurses and aides and to stay on top of changes in laws and requirements.
“We will lose $1 million this year. Things are not running as efficiently as they need to run,” Eubanks admitted. “Healthcare is ever changing. We need some advice, and we desperately need some help from (the board).”
Thank You, Mr. Neil
Cadet Staff Sgt. Jamille Gladney presented the American flag to Tunica’s oldest living World War II veteran Neil Block as part of the Town of Tunica’s Veteran’s Day program on Nov. 11, 2015.
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