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Aldermen, Mayor sworn in

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71 years after he earned it, Hungerford gets Bronze Star

Reprinted with permission from

The Lancaster News in Lancaster, SC

Seventy-one years after earning the Bronze Star for his service in World War II, Buddy Hungerford was presented the medal Thursday by Rep. Mick Mulvaney in a brief ceremony at the Springs House.

“Mr. Hungerford,” Mulvaney said, formally addressing the 91-year-old veteran at the base of the grand staircase. A crowd of more than 50 Rotarians and guests looked on.

“Yes, sir,” Hungerford said, snapping the words off sharply.

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First Security honors Nancy Williams

Nearly 50 years ago, Nancy Williams started work at Planters Bank in Tunica. Votie Holmes was president then, and Williams remembers Holmes’s grandfather Abe Burrows still coming in the bank regularly.

Since those first days, she has worked at a variety of positions and seen the bank through two changes in ownership, to First Tennessee in 1994, then to First Security in the late 1990s.

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Effects of historic flood of 2011 still linger

The year 2011 was a turning point for Tunica County just as surely as 9-11 was a watershed moment in U.S. history.

There was no indication in January that the county was on the precipice of “an economic disaster unlike anything we’ve ever seen in North Mississippi,” as Convention & Visitors Bureau CEO Webster Franklin said in mid-May.

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Finkley maps out planning pathways

Tunica County’s planning department has had a big role to fill since it was established about 25 years ago. Now, a new director wants to see his office take the next step – creating pathways out of poverty and to job training and education.

Charles Finkley comes to the community via Memphis from a small town in Alabama.

“(Tunica) reminds me of home,” he said when asked why he accepted the job late last year.

That small town in South Alabama also nurtured Tim Cook, who succeeded Steve Jobs as head of computer giant Apple. Finkley got interested in planning when he traveled through the tunnel under Mobile Bay. At age four, he was digging tunnels and constructing miniature roads with crushed up charcoal, he remembers.

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