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

Town officials discuss new fees

The Town of Tunica will be exploring ways to add revenue, following a discussion at the Board of Aldermen meeting on Jan. 21.

Mayor Chuck Cariker told aldermen that the town’s share of gaming revenue was down $73,000 from this time last year and is $40,000 less than what the town has budgeted. Cariker said sales tax revenue has been the saving grace, making up $23,000 of the shortfall. That leaves the town out of balance on their budget by $17,000.

“We have to try and increase our revenue or cut expenses,” Cariker said.

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Former star athlete inspires family, youth

In a rare, sentimental yet very appropriate occurrence, a standing ovation greeted Brady Vaughn as he returned to his seat.  He had just spoken to his family and others attending the funeral of his cousin, Anthony “Fester” Vaughn, who lost his life after an altercation turned deadly.

What Brady shared during those brief moments in front of a very distraught audience was heeded and recorded in the hearts of all who heard.  It was the story of letting go, the story of letting God handle things.  It was a story that Brady had learned to live out in his own life, he said.

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In the midst of a long discussion concerning the potential hiring of Larry Day of Malachi Financial as a consultant for Tunica County, reporter Brooks Taylor missed hearing a secondary motion offered by District 3 supervisor Phillis Williams. Henry Nickson, District 4 supervisor, made an initial motion to hire Day, but Williams asked that Board attorney Ellis Pittman review Day’s proposed contract first. Williams’ motion was seconded, and all five supervisors voted in favor of that motion, not Nickson’s.

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‘Hometown girl’ joining paper’s editorial staff

It may be long distance for now, but Monica Coleman hopes to make her association with The Tunica Times “up close and personal” in the coming year.

Coleman has already started conducting telephone interviews for a series of feature stories on people who have overcome adversity. Coleman’s stories will appear in The Times in the weeks to come, beginning this week with a feature on Brady Vaughn.

Prior to becoming a successful entrepreneur, Monica Coleman served nearly six years in the corporate health care industry.  During her tenure, she worked with several C-suite executives on the successful implementation of division-wide communications tools, employee relations and community relations initiatives.  She simultaneously enjoyed a professional freelance writing career with work published in community newspapers, niche magazines, national magazines, newsletters, blogs and Internet radio.

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