Local fire departments see funding decline
Both the Tunica Fire Department, which offers fire protection to approximately two-thirds of Tunica County and the town of Tunica, and North Tunica Fire Department, which covers the rest of the county, will receive less funding in the next fiscal year due to a decrease in the assessed value of county property.
According to town officials, Tunica County assesses a quarter mill tax for fire protection. In years past, that quarter mill of tax proceeds went solely to the Tunica Fire Department. Then, 15 years ago, the North Tunica Fire Protection District was created to serve North Tunica County, including local casino resorts and apartment complexes. That quarter mill began to be split 80-20 between TFD and the North Tunica department.
Walk to stomp out Alzheimer’s
A Moment in My Mind, an effort to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s Disease, will be held at the G.W. Henderson Rec Center on Saturday.
Sign up will begin at 8 a.m. with a 5K Run/Walk to follow at 9 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to females and males in seven age divisions.
Tunica shares nation’s pain
The day 11 years ago that the world “stood still, even in Tunica, MS,” 2700 people perished and two towers came crashing down to earth in New York City, has come full circle for Patriot Day keynote speaker Steve Sosebee.
In the weeks following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist strike on American soil, the Tunica businessman and volunteer firefighter, now assistant chief, connected emotionally with a fellow firefighter – Carl Bini of Staten Island and Fire Company No. 5 – who died when the towers disintegrated. In late 2001, Sosebee put up a flagpole at his business, Tunica Welding, and flew the U.S. flag until year’s end. Then he packed the flag, a Tunica Times newspaper containing Sosebee’s story and a letter and mailed it off to a Staten Island reporter, who agreed to get the package to Bini’s widow. Soon Christine Bini knew that people as far away as Mississippi shared her loss.
McGarrh ok’d for judgeship
When Tunica’s Municipal Court convenes in October, a new face will occupy the judge’s seat.
At their regular meeting on Tuesday, September 4, the town board approved the appointment of DeSoto County attorney James R. McGarrh, Jr. as the city’s judge, replacing longtime judge Bard Selden, who will step into the position of Judge Emeritus and will substitute in McGarrh’s absence.
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