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Jones seeks to drop bid for District 5 seat

In response to an emergency motion filed by the attorney for the Democratic Executive Committee, a candidate is now seeking to stop a special election for the Beat 5 Supervisor’s post.

On Dec. 29, Craig Jones filed paperwork with the Circuit Clerk’s office, opposing the DEC’s motion for clarification and stay. The paperwork states that the DEC is seeking “now to use this court to nullify the general election, resulting in the election of the independent candidate to the post of Supervisor for District Five, and have another bite at the apple.”

The letter notes that the DEC’s request would affect the interests of independent candidate William E. Pegram and that Pegram has not been joined in the action, “made a defendant or given any notice or opportunity to be heard.”

Jones also filed a motion on Dec. 29 asking Lackey to rescind his Nov. 2, 2015 order calling for a special election in the race for Beat 5 Supervisor. The motion states that the Governor was directed by the court to set a date for the special election. Correspondence from the governor’s office stated that he did not have the authority to do so.

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County due to respond to Ethics complaint

The Mississippi Ethics Commission has replied to a complaint made by Gary Cline of Tunica regarding public records of the Tunica County Board of Supervisors and Tunica County administration. A notice addressed to Board president James Dunn was mailed January 11, 2016 that Tunica County has 14 days to file a response with the Ethics Commission.

“After receiving your response or, if no response is received after fourteen (14) days, the Commission may dismiss the complaint, or a hearing officer can make a preliminary report,” the notice reads. “You will be notified of the Commission’s action in either event.”

The Ethics Commission could also mediate the dispute.

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Year in Review: Complex issues impact schools, town, candidates in 2015

Looking back on 2015, some might call it the year of meeting rooms and court rooms.

The fate of Tunica County schools was decided in Jackson meeting rooms in July, when state officials opted to place the district under conservatorship. Dr. Margie Pulley, a native of Greenwood, was dispatched to Tunica in July to help the school system prepare for the coming school year and ultimately correct deficiencies.

In the months leading up to the state takeover, a citizens’ group formed and petitioned State Superintendent Dr. Cary Wright to remove Tunica County Superintendent Steve Chandler. The group alleged that Chandler was creating a hostile work environment and organized a sick out for teachers, administrators and staff within days of starting the new semester. They traveled to Jackson in late January to meet with Wright and voice concerns.

In May, the district received a report from an audit conducted by the Mississippi Department of Education’s Office of Accountability. The district was deemed “noncompliant” in 25 of 31 areas.

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Police urge extra security for homes, cars

A string of residential and auto burglaries that began in early December has Town of Tunica residents on edge.

Nine burglaries of homes and one business along Beat Line Road, Shady Lane, and Edwards Avenue that occurred from December 3 to December 24 are under investigation by the Tunica Police Department.

Police Chief Richard Veazey distributed a map to town aldermen on January 5 showing the location of each incident. Veazey said Koonce, Erwin & Wilkes, at 1246 Edwards in the downtown area, had experienced two burglaries during the three week time frame. Missing were several electronic items and cash, Veazey said. A residence at 1012 Edwards reported three entries or attempted entries, he said. Again, electronics and cash were the targets.

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