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

Despite strain on budget, mayor stays positive

A community meeting to discuss the state of affairs for the town of Tunica drew a standing room only crowd on Monday, Feb. 9. Mayor Chuck Cariker addressed citizens, with the Board of Aldermen, Town Clerk Celia Boren and Town Attorney Chuck Graves also in attendance.

Cariker explained that the meeting was not a public hearing, but citizens with questions were welcome to ask them after the session. They could also request to be placed on the agenda for the next Board of Aldermen meeting, which is set for Feb. 17.

“This is an informative meeting to present the affairs of the town,” Cariker said. “We are a town of 1000, but we are a community of around 4000.”

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Grand Opening for Gateway to the Blues set

The Gateway to the Blues Museum at the Visitors Center in North Tunica County welcomes its first two tour buses.

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Alumnus of the Year

Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum (left) presents Dick Flowers of Tunica  with the College of Agriculture and Life Science Alumnus of the Year Award last Friday.

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Local homebuyer, rehab program changes direction

Tunica County’s housing program is somewhat in limbo, following an Attorney General’s opinion dated December 5, 2014.

The opinion responded to a question by Board of Supervisors president James Dunn, asking, “Can the Board of Supervisors budget a specific dollar amount and contract with a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Housing Organization to administer and manage a first-time homebuyer and rehabilitation program with County funds?”

In his response to Dunn, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood and Special Assistant AG Avery Mounger Lee concluded that the Board of Supervisors “cannot directly contract with a non-profit organization to administer and manage a first-time homebuyer and rehabilitation program with county funds pursuant to Section 19-3-40 (of state law).

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