Library seeks funding from municipality for FY15
A budget request from First Regional Library was one of the only items on the Board of Aldermen’s agenda on June 17. Members of the organization requested $37,000 for the next fiscal year to operate Robert C. Irwin Library in the town of Tunica.
Head Librarian Ruth Harris introduced First Regional Library Director Ed Hughes, who has just recently taken the job.
“I am happy to be here,” Hughes told aldermen and Mayor Chuck Cariker. “You have a great series of libraries.”
After Hughes’s remarks, Harris announced that her position in Tunica is open, as she will soon transfer to the FRL branch in Walls.
“I do look forward to a shorter commute, but I will definitely miss this library and town,” Harris said. “The R.C. Irwin Library was built to serve the town and county and it has been able to meet that challenge.”
Insurance switch causing confusion
When Tunica County employees tried to get prescriptions filled last week and called a telephone number they were provided by county agent of record Nick Floyd, they were told they weren’t in the new carrier’s system. That was scary for many employees and their families.
“My son has asthma and needs attention,” Commander Cedric Davis of the Tunica County Sheriff’s Department said, “and medications and doctors aren’t available. We’re being told that we’re not covered.”
Co. borrows $3 million for shortfall
Supervisors approved a resolution May 29 to close the deal on a $3 million loan from First Security Bank. County administrator Michael Thompson said the funds would partially cover a shortfall in operating revenue.
But confusion arose when Thompson said the county was projected to have a $9 million shortfall. The county is limited to a loan of 25 percent of the shortfall. Three million dollars is 25 percent of $12 million, not $9 million. That discrepancy was not explained during the meeting. Thompson also said that casino tax revenue was down $1.5 million in a $29 million fiscal year budget for the general fund.
Robbery suspects in custody
Two Tunica County men and a resident of Grand Rapids, Michigan have been arrested and charged in a rash of robberies that occurred between April and June in two local casinos.
On June 5, Anthony West, 43, of Robinsonville was charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery. He was also charged with two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and felony controlled substance. His bond was set at $780,000.
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