Symposium attracts developers
Enhancing the county was the topic at a symposium at Gold Strike Casino on June 27 and 28.
InvesTunica was coordinated by APD Solutions of Atlanta and Tunica County to bring developers to the table for a first hand look at local opportunities and incentives. Fifteen people from various sectors attended.
“It was real people with real money,” Tunica County Housing Director Mardis Jones said, noting that several investors will be returning to Tunica for follow-up visits in the next two weeks.
“It went better than we ever expected,” Jones added.
The event included an investor reception on Thursday followed by an informative session on Friday.
Red, White and Blue
Tunicans showed their true colors at a Fourth of July celebration in Nel-Win Camp at Tunica Cut-off last Saturday.
Rec Center hosts free healthcare
Tunica County has teamed up with the Delta Regional Authority, the cities of Clarksdale, Marks, Rosedale and Helena, AR, and members of the U.S. military to bring Delta Medical 2013 to the G.W. Henderson Recreation Center, 1165 Abbay Dr., July 14-26, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
The Tunica County Chamber of Commerce and Recreation Director Billy Willis have been coordinating with the sponsors to bring a field hospital to Tunica County to offer free medical services to people over two years old.
Supervisors still struggling over redistricting puzzle
Competing redistricting plans presented at a hearing last Thursday have a lot in common: both recognize that supervisor’s District 1 has gained the most in population from the year 2000 to 2010, putting it out of balance with the other four districts; both keep District 5 as the largest geographically; and both bring the aggregate deviation below 10 percent, as is recommended.
Both the plan developed by Cleveland attorney Ellis Turnage and one presented by Melvin and Marilyn Young on behalf of the Tunica County Redistricting Committee also effect the biggest change in District 2, represented by Cedric Burnett.
Burnett questioned Turnage about his plan’s drop in black voting age population in District 2, from its existing 78.2 percent to a proposed 64.6 percent.
“You said (your plan) wouldn’t decrease the chances of re-electing black candidates,” Burnett remarked. “The current is 78 percent and it decreases to 64 percent; that’s not decreasing?”
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