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

Making Sookie's Maker

Tunica native Charlaine Harris charmed an overflow crowd at last Sunday’s booksigning at the Tunica Museum, opting to give a brief talk and then take questions from the crowd instead of reading from her work.
Harris was also tapped for the museum’s exhibit, “Sons and Daughters of Tunica County,” during the program. She has published scores of books and short stories, had eight books on the New York Times best seller list at once, and won an Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery in 2001.
Harris has stayed grounded, though, despite the success she has enjoyed since her Sookie Stackhouse vampire books were first adapted for the HBO series True Blood in 2008. Producer Alan Ball picked up one of Harris’ Sookie books, read seven chapters straight through and immediately saw the potential for a hit.

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Aldermen set utility rates for city


The Mayor and Board of Aldermen literally hope their new rates will hold water as they go into effect early this fall.
With a unanimous vote on July 6, the board approved a new water and sewer rate structure. Rates will follow those used by the Tunica County Utility District. Residential customers will pay $12 a month for water up to 6000 gallons, plus $10 per month for sewer services up to 6000 gallons. Every 1000 gallons over the minimum will cost $2 for water and $3 for sewer. Commercial customers are divided into three different categories: small, large and hotels, motels and apartment complexes. Small commercial businesses are defined as those who will use less than 15,000 gallons a month. They will pay $12 for water up to 6000 gallons and $2 for every 1000 gallons over that. They will pay $18 for sewer services up to 6000 gallons and $3 for every 1000 gallons over the minimum.

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Sheriff: Someone has answers in cold cases


On May 13, 2009, family and friends of Fannie Burks received news that a nightmare was coming to an end. After 15 years, Sheriff’s Department officials had a suspect in custody in connection with Burks’ murder.
Today, the Sheriff’s Department is hoping they can give other families the same wonderful news. Commander Eugene Payne reports the department is working six “cold cases” in an effort to provide answers for some grieving familes.

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Red, White and Blue Rivalry

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