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2017 Year in Review: County leaders work to find dollars, stay out of the red

 

2017 in Tunica County may be remembered as the year of red and green.

The county government and other local entities saw themselves nearly in the red and began looking for ways to save some green.

At the start of the year, the Tunica County Board of Supervisors announced that they were considering the sale or lease of the two county operated healthcare clinics as a way to generate some relief on county coffers. A public hearing was set for February, but later moved to March.

In early February, county administrator Adrian McKay predicted a gaming revenue decline for the fiscal year. He predicted a $3.5 million shortfall by September 2017 and recommended a hiring and spending freeze. His recommendation was approved by the Board of Supervisors.


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Taxpayers ask for refunds after Court ruling

More than 60 taxpayers submitted requests for refunds late last week to Tax Assessor/Collector Norma Anderson and the Tunica County Board of Supervisors, citing overpayment of 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 ad valorem taxes.

The requests stem from a recent Mississippi Supreme Court ruling upholding a 2015 Circuit Court decision that Tunica County’s 2014 budget and tax levy is “invalid, null and void.”


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North Tunica department down to two firefighters per shift

 

North Tunica Fire Chief Jimmie Neal, in a letter dated December 27, 2017, is notifying residents and businesses in Robinsonville that the department is now operating with only two firefighters per shift. The North Tunica Fire Protection District board approved the reduction in staffing effective January 1.

Neal explained that OSHA’s “2 IN, 2 OUT” rule requires that four personnel be on scene to perform fire and rescue. With only two firefighters on duty, Neal said, “…our fire department will have to wait on other surrounding departments to arrive on the scene before fire suppression or rescue operations can begin. It will take the surrounding volunteer departments at minimum 15 to 20 minutes to arrive on scene once they are dispatched.


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Photographers to record 200th birthday of state

On Sunday, Dec. 10, dozens of Mississippi photographers, both professional and amateur, will celebrate the state’s 200th birthday and fan out to record the people and places that make the state a unique place to live and work. The project, inspired by the “Day in the Life” series of books in the 1980s and 90s, will leave behind a visual historical record of life in Mississippi for years to come.

“Day in the Life: Mississippi 200” is the ambitious project by Scott Boyd, the editor and publisher of the Macon Beacon. Before coming to Macon, Boyd was a staff photographer at the (Jackson) Clarion Ledger in the 1980’s and early 90s and studied photojournalism at the University of Southern Mississippi, graduating in 1981.


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Faces of 2017

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