Sheriff issues plea for funds
According to Sheriff K.C. Hamp, a $150,000 budget amendment is necessary to ensure that public safety in Tunica County can be maintained.
Hamp presented his request and documentation to the Board of Supervisors on Jan. 7. Hamp asked for an immediate vote, but the board opted to table the matter until their next meeting, set for Jan. 15 at 5 p.m.
In a memo to the board, Hamp said the matter was introduced by Chief Deputy Randy Stewart on Dec. 14. Stewart discussed “the condition of portable and mobile radios operating in the Tunica County 800 (megahertz) Trunking System.”
“Tunica County purchased the original 800 MHz Radio System in 1998,” Hamp wrote. “Tunica County purchased portable and mobile radios for all agencies/departments/offices within the County which now includes approximately five hundred radios countywide.”
Hubbard to shine at area gala
Crystal Ball XIII will provide the backdrop to honor four outstanding Community Stars, including one from Tunica County.
Woman of the Year, Reverend Evelyn Hubbard, of Tunica, is a woman after God’s own heart. She is a volunteer community leader and liaison that is known as ‘the voice’ for her character, passion and dedication to service. Her talents assist in providing singing and preaching to encourage residents at the Tunica County Nursing Home and the inmates at the jail.
Hubbard co-founded the Tunica 10 Point Coalition, where she volunteers as Executive Director. She provides leadership to faith-based organizations targeting at-risk youth who are abused, on drugs, and have violence and chronic health/wellness issues. One program in 2012 targeted obesity in children, youth and adults. Other volunteer activities include working with the Tunica County Domestic & Sexual Violence Initiative, Advisory Committee for Tunica County Schools, 4-H Advisory Council member, and Trustee for the First Regional Library Board representing Tunica County.
Seniors have tax advantage
Growing older may not be cause for celebration, but if a taxpayer was born in 1947 and turned 65 last year, there’s one bit of good news: he or she qualifies for an additional exemption from ad valorem taxes assessed to property they own.
The state of Mississippi offers all eligible taxpayers a regular exemption from ad valorem taxes – with limits. The exemption is limited to the first $7,500 of assessed value of the property, but it is capped at a maximum of $300.
Water line raises concerns for family
A repaired water line serving an isolated community in the county became a point concern for a Tunica County couple after, in recent weeks, water from their faucets developed a foul odor.
But despite its smell, county utility representatives offered assurances that any water coming through the line was safe and poses no threat to users within the service area.
Janice and Sonny Cooper, who recently moved to Alabama after selling their home on Fish Lake Road, just east of White Oak Road, said they have been concerned about the safety of their water for weeks. The Coopers said their concern over their water grew after a water line serving a small cluster of homes in the area ruptured and was repaired by Tunica County Utility District personnel.
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