Utility district again appeals for funding
Supervisors will hear from two of their members before acting on a written request from the Tunica County Utility District for additional funding to clear a backlog of invoices that totals over $250,000.
Board president James Dunn appointed District 4’s Henry Nickson and McKinley Daley of District 5 on June 12 to meet with the TCUD governing board, after county administrator Michael Thompson said the funding request was to cover back expenses but that he would not recommend an appropriation to TCUD.
“The current management fee is $10,000 per month and rent is $2500 per month,” Thompson said. “I worked with the management...but the cost structure hasn’t changed much.”
Arts in the alley
Tunica Arts Council’s latest event, with live music from David Klimek (with guitar), Patrick Johnson and Byron Earnheart, art and photography, and a children’s chalk wall drew families downtown last Friday night.
New airman proves ‘good’ comes from Tunica
“When the world says ‘give up,’ hope whispers ‘try it one more time’.” - Author Unknown
Although just 19 years old, Dominique LaToi Smith of Tunica seems to have heard those whispers many times in her life.
Dominique was born in St. Louis, Mo. on Sept. 4, 1995 to Linda Davis Smith and Delmar Smith. She demonstrated creativity early, learning and loving to draw by age four.
“I made sure she had all the tools to broaden her horizons in life,” her mother, Linda, said.
That included enthusiasm for a “terminology house,” a project Dominique created while in eighth grade at Tunica Middle School.
County takes up issues
With the August primary election just weeks away, some are questioning the integrity of Tunica County’s voter rolls – and even questioning the integrity of some citizens.
Candidate for District 2 supervisor Barbara Tuchel, in her capacity as spokesperson for the Tunicans for Transparency in Government committee, reported on May 28 that an examination of the roll for District 2 had produced the following:
• 31 voters who have not voted since 2004 and should be removed from the active roll;
• 17 voters whose listed registration date is more recent than the last time they voted;
• six voters who still have a post office box listed and not a physical address.
Tuchel said she attended an Election Commission meeting in March, reported her findings, and was told the issues would be investigated and/or corrected.
Tuchel said the District 2 Election Commissioner had a “handwritten list of his own examination” of the rolls when she next attended a meeting of the group.
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