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

New caucus focuses on river corridor

Sen. Robert L. Jackson, (D) Marks, MS  joined legislators from seven states at the first meeting of the newly created Mississippi River Legislative Caucus (MRLC) in St. Louis on Sept. 12 and 13.

The goal of the MRLC is to better coordinate state legislators in the 10 states bordering the Mississippi River around river health and sustainable infrastructure development.

The meeting corresponded with the annual meeting of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative (MRCTI), a group that coordinates mayors whose jurisdiction includes the river. A Congressional Mississippi River Caucus also exists, but this new project is the first to specifically coordinate state legislators along the river.

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Pedestrian death under investigation

A fatality involving a pedestrian last Saturday night on Highway 61 South near town is being investigated by the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

Eric Hurd of Tunica was killed in the incident, which occurred about 8 p.m. on September 9.

A portion of 61 between Academy Drive and Peabody Street was closed and traffic diverted away from the site of the accident through town.

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Town sets FY18 budget

The Town of Tunica is projecting general fund revenue and expenditures of just over $2 million in Fiscal Year 2018.

The Board of Aldermen approved the final budget in a special meeting on Tuesday, September 12.

Anticipated revenue includes gaming taxes of $1.6 million; sales tax receipts of $425,000; and property tax revenue of $160,000. The town is not seeking a property tax increase for the coming year.

Other revenue includes: motor vehicle taxes, $44,000; road and bridge taxes, $39,000; fines, $30,000; and franchise taxes, $54,000. The town plans to transfer $400,000 into the utility fund from general revenues.

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County fills vacancy at Justice Court, secures audit services

Less than a week after learning that Justice Court Clerk Jennifer Williams is retiring and voting to post the position on September 5, county supervisors agreed Monday to offer the job to Tomeka Henderson Cotton.

District 5 supervisor Billy Pegram offered a motion to hire Cotton and to also contract with Shirley Beshears to assist Cotton in the transition. County administrator Adrian McKay had just recommended Beshears, saying, “We’re losing a lot of experience in that position, and we need some support for the new hire.”

“What about Jennifer Williams?” District 3 supervisor Phillis Williams asked.

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