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

Meet Your Elected Officials: Anderson brings experience, vision

When the Pillowtex factory shut its doors in June 2003, Norma Jean Anderson was working in the plant’s ACAB department, making filler material used for stuffing pillows.
Four months later, after losing the job she had held for 10 years, she took a position with the Tunica County Tax Assessor’s Office, leading to a near-decade long career as a county employee.
“I came in under Mrs. Betty Gayle Fields, who was the tax assessor at the time,” said Anderson, sworn in as the county’s new tax assessor-collector in January. “I came in as a deputy tax collector and moved from there to office manager.

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Employee pay raises talks

County employee pay may soon change in the wake of discussions at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Jan. 31.
Road manager Joe Eddie Hawkins initiated talks when he asked the board for permission to realign pay for two employees. Both would have seen an increase in pay.
Board president James Dunn said pay adjustments are typically done while the county budget is being prepared. He suggested they revisit the matter in the future.

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Long running contest gets bigger, better

David Klimek and Jay Butler of Tunica Farm Supply and local hunters celebrated yet another record breaking season when they hosted their 26th annual TFS Big Buck Contest Awards ceremony last week. Prior to this year’s hunting season, contest founders, local landowners and fellow outdoorsmen and women nervously anticipated this year’s hunting season in the wake of the historic flooding during late summer 2011. River levels reached 47.9 feet on the Memphis gauge in early May last year, the third highest ever recorded, eclipsed only by the floods of 1927 and 1937, placing humans and wildlife within the levee system under extreme peril for several weeks. While there was no loss of human life in Tunica County, local wildlife populations suffered.

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THS misses valuable resource

I ran across a picture the other day of two large dogs, and it reminded me of Debbie Pegram and how much we miss her being with us at the animal shelter. We had some great times rescuing dogs before Debbie got sick. Those of us at the Humane Society pray every day that Debbie will beat her battle with cancer and return to us very soon.
This particular rescue is one of my more memorable times working with Debbie. Our run-in with those two dogs took place about two years ago. It was a hot Sunday afternoon, and I had gone to the Blue and White to pick up some fried chicken. On the way back home, I got a call from the Sheriff’s Department. There were two large dogs chained to a tree in Robinsonville. They had no water, and it was about 100 degrees that day. The deputies needed our assistance ASAP.

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