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

Gone With the Wind

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Redistricting plan hits stumbling block

Where do you draw the line? That is the question the Board of Supervisors is being asked to answer following the 2010 U.S. Census.
Supervisors hosted Chris Watson of Bridges and Watson for a review of a proposed redistricting plan at their meeting on March 31. Watson said it is a lengthy process.
“We’ve been back and forth correcting population imbalances and trying to achieve various goals,” Watson said.
Watson said a public meeting had been held prior to the census data being released.
“We didn’t know then how far out of balance the districts were,” Watson said.
Census data indicates that several districts vary by more than the 10 percent allowed by law, making it necessary to redraw district lines.
Watson said achieving an equal number of residents as well as keeping the current incumbents in their districts and drawing compact and regularly shaped areas were the goals.

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Forum: State poised for greatness

The national perception of Mississippi may be that the state is still largely rural, still mired in poverty and chronically undereducated, but a handful of companies new to the Mid-South wants to help change that perception.
Dr. Rao Mulpuri, CEO of Soladigm, a Silicon Valley-based company opening its first manufacturing plant in Olive Branch, chose Mississippi for its proximity to Memphis’ transportation hub and the state’s business-friendly culture.
“We found Mississippi focused on manufacturing,” Dr. Mulpuri said at last week’s regional economic forum at Gold Strike Casino. “Governor Barbour ‘gets it,’ and Mississippi is the most cohesive, from the city to county to state level.”

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Nickson takes office

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