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

Aldermen line out new wards

Following a public hearing and presentation, the Town of Tunica will move forward with their redistricting plan.
The plan, prepared by Chris Watson of Bridge and Watson, puts the town in compliance with federal voting laws. The latest census figures showed a deviation between wards of 45 percent. The new plan will create a deviation of 8.7 percent.  Up to 10 percent deviation is allowed by law.

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Board decides fate of employees

An agenda item on county employees drew a standing room only crowd to the Board of Supervisors meeting on Jan. 13. Hiring was held over from the first meeting of the month.
District 2 Supervisor Cedric Burnett made a motion to rehire all county employees, and District 5 Supervisor McKinley Daley made a second motion to rehire all employees but discuss the Battle Arena staff. Board president James Dunn said a vote had to be taken on Burnett’s motion first; that motion then failed to get a second.

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Board of Education officials race through agenda

The Tunica County Board of Education moved quickly through its agenda on January 11, the first regular meeting of new Superintendent Steve Chandler’s tenure.
Board president Marilyn Young, after calling the meeting to order, explained that the Board’s usual opening prayer was being dispensed with.
“There’s a group going around the state questioning anything invoked in the name of Jesus Christ, (so) we decided to just do the Pledge of Allegiance so we don’t have to deal with that issue,” Young said.

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Meet Your Elected Officials: Siggers ready for new post’s ups, downs

Three decades and hundreds of graduates later, the teacher has become the student.
Since Jan. 3, Rechelle Siggers has been overseeing activities as Chancery Clerk for Tunica County.
“I’m excited,” Siggers said. “This is a great learning experience. I can use my skills from my counseling background and other things, I am grasping daily.”
Siggers spent 36 and 1/2 years in the school system, first as a special education teacher. After 17 years, she was hired into a role as a guidance counselor. It was in this capacity that she developed a love for helping people and interacting with all types of personalities. In her new job, she will face the public daily.

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