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

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County Board gets updated salary survey

Research Associate Claudette Jones of the Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development at Mississippi State University gave county supervisors a preliminary report on the findings of the 2013 Salary Survey Update commissioned by the Board last June.

Jones said by phone earlier this week that she wooud attend this week’s Board of Supervisors meeting (Thursday, Feb. 27) to give officials an opportunity to ask questions and offer comments before the survey is finalized.

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Co. administrator arrest, Board action stirs controversy

Tunica County administrator Michael Thompson was arrested last Wednesday, February 12, by local sheriff’s deputies and held in the Tunica County Jail for several hours on an outstanding warrant from another county.

Thompson, 36, was booked into the jail at 7:39 p.m. for driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license and on a warrant from Montgomery County for Failure to Appear.

According to a Feb. 13 release from the Tunica County Sheriff’s Department, Tunica County Justice Court Judge Louise Linzy confirmed the warrant with a judge in Montgomery County, but “an arrest warrant was not sent and Michael Thompson was able to post bond on the charge of driving while license suspended.”

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Charter Schools in Tunica’s Future?

“This community deserves options in education and charter schools provide that,” Dr. Willie W. Herenton told a crowd of citizens, educators and elected officials at a community meeting on Feb. 19 at the Tunica Museum.

Herenton, a former mayor and superintendent of Memphis City schools, spoke on behalf of the W.E.B. Du Bois Consortium of Charter Schools, Inc. The organization has submitted a letter of intent to locate in Tunica County. He predicted it is the first of many to come.

Herenton said he was born in South Memphis in a household headed by his mother and grandmother. He and his sister were charged with getting the stove ready for his mother to cook each day.

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Board votes to bring loan current

Tunica County skirted on the edge of defaulting on a loan, before supervisors voted last week to bring the note current.

County administrator Michael Thompson and comptroller Alex Wiley said Feb. 13 that monthly payments of $12,000 on the November and December 2013 claims docket had not been made and that the creditor was demanding both the past due amounts and February’s payment now “to make the loan whole and avoid default,” Wiley said.

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