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

Family ties, fine hunting draw Craig Butler home

It was a political opportunity that brought the Butler family to Tunica, where they fell in love with country living and friendly faces.  Craig Butler and Ashley Boyd recall moving to Tunica after their father, Larry Butler, took up a post as county administrator in 1973.  Though both Larry and his wife Nancy are now deceased, Boyd remains in Tunica with her husband and children, while Craig and his family visit frequently from their home in Murfreesboro, TN.

After serving as Assistant County Administrator for Shelby County, Larry and his family packed up and moved a little further south  He was a civil engineer by trade and later utilized those skills as Tunica County engineer.  He even made his mark in history through implementing the unit system of county government, Craig said.

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Paying it forward

FLEA HARBOR FAMILIES whose homes were damaged or destroyed by a tornado in December receive donations of $1,000 each from Hollywood Casino through the Tunica Ten Point Coalition.

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Salaries, payroll out of balance

Since the year 2000, county salaries have doubled. Total wages are up 100 percent in 13 years, according to a November 2013 salary survey.

Supervisors commissioned an update to a 2000 study by the Stennis Institute last June to help the Board and administrators develop the Fiscal Year 2014 budget. But the report, dated November 26, 2013, was delivered too late to use as department budgets were set late last summer and into early fall.

Now county administrator Michael Thompson and interim comptroller Alex Wiley are studying the report to help them get a handle on finances.

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Young entrepreneurs turn parties into profits

Nearly seven years ago when two young friends got together to throw a party, they never imagined that bash would be the launch of a business.  Larry Franklin and Quentin Harris, both 2002 Rosa Fort High School graduates, were college students looking for fun in 2007 when they pooled money from their personal funds and incidentally hosted the first event organized by S&G/Fly Boy Entertainment.

“We were roommates at the time,” Harris said.  “We actually thought about just having a little party.”

That little party turned into a big eye opener for the two and eventually steered them in the path of entrepreneurship.  It steered them for several reasons, including the fact that they didn’t profit a dime that night, they said.

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