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

Board clashes over pay

For the second consecutive meeting, employee paychecks made their way to the county Board of Supervisors’ table.
District 5 Supervisor McKinley Daley called for action on a request for a salary increase for an employee that was initially made by Road Manager Joe Eddie Hawkins on Jan. 31. At that time, Hawkins asked that the employee receive a $6,000 per year raise to put him in line with others in similar positions.
Daley’s motion received a quick second from District 4 Supervisor Henry Nickson.

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Aiming high for education

Superintendent of Education Steve Chandler has set new five-year goals for the Tunica County School District that he calls “ambitious” but attainable.
Chandler presented a summary of those goals at a Board of Education work session in late January. He said that the school board has not yet formally adopted the goals. He also outlined his plan at Tunica Rotary Club’s regular meeting last week, saying he is seeking community input and support.

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Meet Your Elected Officials: Anderson brings experience, vision

When the Pillowtex factory shut its doors in June 2003, Norma Jean Anderson was working in the plant’s ACAB department, making filler material used for stuffing pillows.
Four months later, after losing the job she had held for 10 years, she took a position with the Tunica County Tax Assessor’s Office, leading to a near-decade long career as a county employee.
“I came in under Mrs. Betty Gayle Fields, who was the tax assessor at the time,” said Anderson, sworn in as the county’s new tax assessor-collector in January. “I came in as a deputy tax collector and moved from there to office manager.

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Employee pay raises talks

County employee pay may soon change in the wake of discussions at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Jan. 31.
Road manager Joe Eddie Hawkins initiated talks when he asked the board for permission to realign pay for two employees. Both would have seen an increase in pay.
Board president James Dunn said pay adjustments are typically done while the county budget is being prepared. He suggested they revisit the matter in the future.

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