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

Co. utility district still in limbo on past dues


County supervisors delayed action Tuesday on a request from the Tunica County Utility District for $168,000 to help the financially strapped district.

County administrator Michael Thompson said he met with the TCUD board Monday and that he was awaiting more information before making a recommendation at the July 8 Board of Supervisors meeting.

Thompson told the county board that he was researching grant funds that came to Tunica County from FEMA after the 2011 flood.

“That amount may cover their request,” Thompson said.

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First Cotton Bloom of 2015

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Texting while driving now banned in state

There’s good news and bad news for Mississippi drivers effective July 1. A law passed by the Legislature in 2015 eliminates the state’s vehicle inspection stickers and the $5 fee that went along with them.

The bad news? Texting on cell phones while driving is now against the law, and violators could be fined $25 per violation. Posting to social media from a mobile device and using apps while driving is also now banned. The fine increases to $100 per incident in 2016.

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Town, county wait to hear judge’s ruling

After a half a day of proceedings on June 18, Judge Henry Lackey said he would first review the transcript and then issue a ruling, the initial skirmish in a battle among three local entities for gaming tax revenue.

Last week’s hearing brought attorneys and witnesses to the Tunica County Courthouse to present their arguments on motions for injunctive relief from Tunica County and also filed on behalf of the Town of Tunica.

The town asked the judge to order the county to pay the gaming taxes it has withheld since last fall and to resume paying the town its share of a 3.2 percent local tax assessed on gaming. The county asked the judge to rule that it does not have to pay the town or the school while their lawsuit makes its way through the courts.

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