Homeland Security awards grant
A $50,000 grant has been awarded to the Tunica County Sheriff’s Office for the purchase of law enforcement equipment. The grant was presented by the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security, on behalf of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.
Threat closes local business
A call-in bomb threat caused the evacuation of a local bank and an area around downtown on Tuesday, March 1.
Around 11 a.m., the Tunica Police Department and Tunica County Sheriff’s Department were summoned to First Security Bank. Authorities ordered personnel to evacuate the building and closed Harris Street, a section of Edwards Avenue and a portion of School Street. The FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were alerted and on standby.
Man dies after club shooting
A shooting in the parking lot of the Delta Kream in the early morning hours of Saturday, Feb. 19 left one local man fighting for his life.
Jimmy Keys of Tunica was hospitalized in critical condition and later died from his injuries, after being shot in the leg by a security guard for After 5 Sports Bar on Highway 61 in Tunica, according to Tunica Police Chief Richard Veazey.
Census figures collected in 2010 indicate that the town of Tunica’s population has decreased by 100 people, according to Mayor Chuck Cariker.
Cariker revealed the figures to the Board of Aldermen on March 1, saying that redistricting of the town’s wards will now be necessary. The board authorized the mayor to approach Chris Watson of Bridge and Watson, who is also handling a redistricting effort for Tunica County. The board must complete redistricting before the next election in two years.
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