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

County repays HWCC

County supervisors voted Monday, March 19, to pay a judgement in excess of $189,000 to HWCC-Tunica, stemming from Hollywood Casino’s objection to a 2014 tax increase.

The state’s highest court upheld a lower court ruling for the plaintiffs in December 2017, agreeing that Tunica County had not properly advertised hearings on a tax increase and a proposed Fiscal Year 2014-2015 budget. Earlier this month, the court declined to rehear the case.

Tunica County had asked for a rehearing to clarify certain issues in the case, including the method for calculating what amount Hollywood Casino overpaid in 2014 property taxes.

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County, fire district craft agreement

The North Tunica Fire District will put four men back on full time starting April 1, after county supervisors assured supplemental funding to operate the department.

County administrator Adrian McKay told the Board on Monday, March 11, that the fire rating would increase to 10 without immediate assurances that four firefighters are on duty round the clock.

Board attorney John Perry outlined terms of a Memorandum of Understanding between Tunica County and the North Tunica County Fire District for about $35,000 per month for 12 months, to supplement what the district receives from a special tax within the district. Perry said the tax once produced about $1 million in revenue, but that the 5 mill tax was now producing only about $400,000, leaving a significant budget gap.

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A bridge on Old Highway 61 South north of Maud has been closed indefinitely by Tunica County, after state and federal highway officials deemed wooden pilings underneath the structure “insufficient” for continued use.

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Defendants sentenced for drug conspiracy

OXFORD, Miss.  – A Clarksdale man, the final defendant in a multi-defendant conspiracy, has been sentenced to 400 months in federal prison resulting from his role in a murder and heroin distribution conspiracy in the Northern District of Mississippi. Derrick Jones was sentenced for his crimes in United States District Court Thursday afternoon.

Multiple fatal opioid overdoses and hospitalizations in the Mississippi Delta spurred an investigation between the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, and the United States Attorney’s Office. This investigation unveiled a large heroin and cocaine trafficking organization, operating predominately in Coahoma County, Mississippi. This joint investigation involved numerous search warrants, arrests, and convictions. In all, twelve defendants were sentenced in federal court for their roles in this drug trafficking conspiracy.

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