NDPDD head arrested
State and local authorities swooped in and arrested the longtime executive director of North Delta Planning and Development District, Glenn K. Brown, Thursday morning (July 1) at his office in Batesville.
Brown, 49, was booked at the Panola County jail at 8:25 and charged with fraud, according to the jail log.
Despite Brown’s arrest, employees of North Delta Planning are still at work and performing their jobs, said (Panola) Board of Supervisors president Gary Thompson.
“The doors are still open,” he said.
Blues gateway advancing
The Gateway to the Blues Visitor’s Center may soon be rising from the Delta soil as the Board of Supervisors opened bids in conjunction with that project on June 30.
Nine companies submitted bids for phase one of the two phase project. The first phase includes the relocation and renovation of a train depot owned by the Hood family and renovations to the existing Visitor’s Center in Tunica Resorts.
Engineer Mike Young read bids aloud to a crowd of over 20 citizens and contractors. Tunica Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Webster Franklin was also on hand for the bid opening.
Tunica Airport tapped for federal grant
The Tunica Airport was among three Mississippi airports receiving federal funding, according to a press release issued by Congressman Roger Wicker and Sen. Thad Cochran’s offices late last week.
The grants, issued by the Federal Aviation Administration, totalled $11.8 million. Tunica will receive $781,524.
“Each of the projects supported by this funding is designed to improve air service, which is important for economic development and tourism,” Cochran said. “I am particularly pleased that funding is being provided to support the growth of air service in the Tunica area.”
Shooting at local store sends one to area hospital
According to area residents and law enforcement officials, a shooting at a local convenience store during the lunch hour last Wednesday was the result of an ongoing dispute amongst two local men.
Witnesses at the scene as well as local law enforcement officers stated that 23-year-old Kendall Smith and Anzio “Zo” Camper arrived at A and H (Rocky’s) Store at about the same time around 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23. Smith fired at least three shots at Camper outside the business, before Camper ran into the store. Smith then followed Camper into the business and continued firing, striking the victim several times. Witnesses reported at least seven shots were fired. Store employees stated that after Camper fell to the floor, Smith exited the business, fleeing the scene in a vehicle.
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