New well on town's horizon
“All’s well that ends well” may soon become the new motto for the Town of Tunica.
During the meeting of the mayor and board of aldermen on Sept. 7, officials discussed options for the water system, including a new well. Mayor Chuck Cariker, along with engineer Ed Davis, both said they felt that building a well would be the best long term solution.
Cariker said he had recently received a contract to tie into the Tunica County Utility District’s water system. According to Cariker, he and TCUD officials had decided that the town could tie in at Perry Road. When the contract came in, it stated that the town would tie in at Prichard Road instead.
Delta faces ruined dreams, rekindled hope
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Along Highways 3 and 49 in the north Mississippi Delta, things are bleak. Towns are crumbling and looted of any pleasant veneer. Empty buildings, once home to industry, rot on a landscape known for its fertile soil. People and stray dogs wander aimlessly through sagging shells of towns. The dismal stretches of roadway look bombed out and broken, like they’ve been through war.
Once roads to riches, 3 and 49 have become roads of broken dreams.
County budget trimmed for FY 2011
With gaming revenues continuing to decline, Tunica County has proposed a budget of $33 million in general county funds and $5 million for the road department for the next fiscal year. Last year’s proposed budget was $40 million. The year before, county administator Clifton Johnson presented a budget of $46 million.
According to a budget worksheet prepared by county officials, the greatest portions of funding will be spent by the the Tunica County Sheriff’s Department, the Board of Supervisors, the Parks and Recreation Department, the Paul Battle Arena, the Tunica County Jail, the two local clinics, Tunica National and the RiverPark. Each of these entities will spend over $1 million during the next year.
New terminal set to serve 80,000+
As promised, Tunica Airport officials welcomed guests to the freshly completed terminal on Wednesday, Sept. 1. Airport director Cliff Nash said that two sets of passengers had utilized the facility that morning and more were set to come through the doors with the holiday weekend.
Nash thanked C& M Builders and Allen and Hoshall for their work on the project. He noted that some small details remained before the building was deemed completely finished, but the airport staff was excited to support Harrah’s Entertainment and other casinos using air service to bring in customers. He said the terminal will be “more suited” for passenger use.
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