Derelict building may come down soon
In response to a visit from several local merchants earlier this month, town officials unanimously agreed to hold a public hearing to decide a course of action for a property on Kestevan Alley.
The building, once an apartment complex, was damaged in a fire in the fall of 2011. Nearby business owners raised concerns about the safety of the structure, saying boards and caution tape over entryways had been removed.
Mayor Chuck Cariker said a public hearing would allow owner Hosia Nickson a chance to respond and the town to formally determine if the property is “a menace to the health, safety and wellness of the community.” The hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 10 at Town Hall.
Police arrest two in recent break-ins
Law enforcement officials are asking for patience from the public in the wake of a rash of burglaries since early September.
In a neighborhood safety meeting in the municipal courtroom Tuesday night, Tunica Police Chief Richard Veazey said investigations into residential and commercial break ins are ongoing.
“(We have) pieces of a puzzle with no picture, and we have to put it together,” Veazey told citizens who attended. “It takes time.”
TPD investigator Michael Nichols said that two people have been arrested and other arrests are pending in burglaries at JA Motors and Tunica County Community Development Coalition offices. Nichols said there are several nonlocal persons of interest in a residential break-in and one in custody in another county. There are also persons of interest in several shed break-ins, he added.
In the Pink
Tunica Elementary students and staff put on their pink clothing and raised funds with a walk benefitting the Susan G. Komen® Foundation on Friday, Oct. 17.
Fire District cash crunch could affect insurance, response times
Residents and businesses in the special fire district in North Tunica County may be in for an unpleasant surprise when their insurance policies come up for renewal. That’s because the fire rating for that part of the county is in danger of dipping from seven to eight or nine.
“When Harrah’s shut down, it killed us,” said North Tunica Fire Chief Jimmie Neal.
The fire district immediately lost $100,000 worth of value, he says.
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