Local History: The Paving of Highway 61
This week continues a series of history stories by the late Ashley Harris. This story first appeared in the December 29, 1994 issue.
“TO PAVE NO. 61 HIGHWAY” was the lead headline on the December 14, 1933 edition of the Tunica Times.
“It is understood,” said a lower-case headline,”that upon approval by Government Engineer that Highway will go through Town of Tunica.”
Highway 61 and 51 were to get 46 miles of paving under the National Recovery Highway Projects program.
Worsening finances spark co. spending, hiring freeze
Tunica County is on track to come up $3.5 million short in its general fund by the end of this fiscal year on Sept. 30.
County administrator Adrian McKay reported to supervisors Monday that gaming revenues for the first four months of FY17 have fallen 11.4 percent below projections, or $900,000. He recommended an immediate hiring and spending freeze and a freeze on salary increases, “to start.”
1998: Tunica’s economic miracle builds, but issues begin to threaten
“…People born and raised here in Tunica County have made successful lives and careers for themselves in a variety of places. What is those people had been able to stay in Tunica, to love and work here and lend their talents and energies to our community? How would Tunica be different?”
-From an opinion entitled “For Better or Worse,” August 6, 1998
For the first time – in the year 1998 – the sea change wrought by gaming and tourism in the county came to be known as “The Tunica Miracle.”
There was no denying the impact that gaming was having: a county budget that had ballooned to $64 million; $17 million budgeted by the public school system; and a $4 million town budget, all part of an incredible $1.28 billion generated by the Mississippi River counties alone since the onset of the casinos.
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