It's the Climb
Tunica Fire Department conducted hands-on training last weekend on the grounds at Tunica Academy. The department is working to upgrade the town’s fire rating and help homeowners and businesses get better insurance rates. Certified instructor Dick Taylor conducted the TFD training sessions.
Wild streak ending
A variety of factors has led Tunica Main Street to cancel this year’s Wild Game Cook-off, set for this weekend.
In its prime, the event drew over 15 teams. This year, only two teams had committed to participate.
“Warmer weather has sent farmers back to the field earlier than usual,” Ryals said. “The expense was more than a few teams could afford. There were a lot of different reasons for it.”
Legislators toughen open meetings law
Several lawmakers are pushing big changes to Mississippi’s open meetings law again this year _ legislation a House committee chairman killed with a last-minute maneuver in 2010.
Higher fines, as well as proposals to make officials pay instead of taxpayers when there’s a violation, died last year. Opponents said they worried about the financial burdens those changes might place on some low-paid or volunteer officials.
Natchez Democrat newspaper publisher Kevin Cooper, whose paper recently won a state Ethics Commission dispute with Adams County supervisors over a closed session, said he came away from the battle thinking the current maximum fine of $100 is too low. He also laments that taxpayers pay the fine, rather than the officials found in violation.
Exploration of Beaver Dam site continues
The search for clues about ancient life at Beaver Dam is ongoing.
On Monday, Feb. 21, Rachael Evans, a soil scientist with the Natural Resources Conservation Services, brought equipment to take core samples from the Indian mound at Beaver Dam. She took samples three meters deep from five different locations in the mound.
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