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

Co. accepts bids on road dept. equipment

The county will purchase a CAT excavator from Thompson Machinery for the bid price of $267,940.61, opting to accept Road Manager Joe Hawkins’s recommendation not to go with the low bid from Stribling Equipment, which came in at $255,463.69.

Hawkins said he was recommending the Thompson bid because there were four “exceptions” to the low bid. Supervisors also voted on Jan. 22 to accept the sole bids from Crow’s Truck Service on a tractor truck and three dump trucks. Crow’s bid $111,095 on the tractor truck and $144,998 on each of the three dump trucks. The bids were opened on Jan. 16 and taken under advisement.

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‘Storybook’ Crystal Ball

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Inland gaming bill sent to committee

State Rep. Cedric Burnett of Tunica has introduced a bill to amend certain sections of Mississippi law to allow “casinos in Tunica County to locate west of any point within Tunica County that is three thousand feet to the east of United States Highway 61….”

House Bill 725 was assigned to the House Gaming Committee on January 11.

Existing law governing casinos authorizes gaming:

• on cruise vessels in certain waters adjacent to the three most southern counties in Mississippi;

• in a structure on shore in those same counties where voters approved ‘betting, gaming or wagering” on cruise vessels;

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Casino execs express concerns about fire safety

A rare appearance by local casino executives at this week’s Board meeting may prompt supervisors to revisit the finances of the North Tunica Fire Protection District.

Since the first of the year, the North Tunica Fire Department has been operating with only two firefighters per shift. The move was made by district commissioners because the revenue produced by a 5 mill tax levied within the district has decreased substantially since the county’s largest casino resort property closed in 2015.

Tunica County had been supplementing the fire district levy about $300,000 annually from its general fund, but the district has not received extra funding for over a year.

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