Register your Relay team now
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Tunica County is just around the corner. Register your team today by calling the American Cancer Society, Anne Coggins, Team Development Chairman, at 662-363-3800. This “celebration of life” brings the Tunica community together in a unified effort to fight cancer.
Former and current cancer patients, their families, businesses, civic organizations, and the public are invited to take part in this exciting team event. Relay For Life will be held from 5:30 p.m. until 1 a.m. on Friday, August 27, at Rivergate Park in downtown Tunica. The theme this year is “Relay on the River.”
Times takes awards
The Tunica Times stood out as one of Mississippi’s best little newspapers, capturing 12 awards in the Mississippi Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, Editorial Division.
Held in conjunction with the Tri State Press Convention at Harrah’s Convention Center in Robinsonville, the BNC awards luncheon brought winners to the podium on June 26. Times’ staffers receiving awards were Meg Coker, Jo-Ellen Sharpe, Peter Thomas and Brooks Taylor. The newspaper itself also earned a nod, capturing a third place for best front page.
Collectors coming after town’s delinquent fines
Outstanding fines owed to the town of Tunica will now be turned over to a Texas based company which will attempt to collect them, following action by the Board of Aldermen.
Deborah Sivira of American Muncipal Services offered her company’s services to town officials on June 15, saying that AMS had worked with over 300 cities. Sivira said the town will receive 100 percent of what they are owed, and the company will add 25 percent to the total to be collected.
“We only get paid if we are able to locate them and they pay,” Sivira said.
“We get all or she gets nothing,” Alderman Charley Knabb said.
Town clerk Celia Boren asked what information would be required.
Public, town talk water
Citizens’ questions got answers during a public hearing on proposed water rate changes on June 17.
Mayor Chuck Cariker thanked people for attending to express their concerns and share their opinions. Cariker said the move to change water and sewer rates stemmed from a 2009 Attorney General’s opinion stating that municipalities can not charge any less than what it costs to operate their water systems.
“This administration and the previous administration have been working to come up with a way to bring us into compliance with that,” Cariker said, noting that the town has been supplementing the system’s operating costs by $600,000 to $700,000 a year.
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