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

County’s summer work program to run seven weeks

Summer employment for 51 high school students and 21 college students through Tunica County government will run for seven weeks this year, with each student working 32 hours per week.

The Board of Supervisors approved a recommendation from Recreation Director Billy Willis at their meeting on May 7. Willis said the work program for the older students will total $38,581 for the seven-week period and the high schoolers’ program will cost about $89,000. These students are placed in various county offices and programs.

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Town seeks answers for issues with flooding


A homeowner and representatives speaking on behalf of a local nonprofit both stood before the mayor and Board of Aldermen on May 3 with requests for help. Both learned that more information was needed before an answer could be given.

Following reports from the planning commission, police department, operations and the Chamber of Commerce, citizen Willie Hudson was called on. Hudson said his residence on Friendship Street was subject to flooding during periods of heavy rainfall. He provided pictures of past damage, telling the board that he could not continue making repairs.

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Town attacks crime through code enforcement

A rash of car break-ins and thefts of property in the Town of Tunica started in late 2017 and continued into 2018. Police stepped up patrols, and investigations eventually resulted in the arrest of a juvenile suspect.

Now, Mayor Chuck Cariker and aldermen are backing efforts by the town planning commission to step up enforcement of local codes, clean up neighborhoods and clarify policies regarding demolition.

“We’ve been lax on code enforcement,” Mayor Cariker said in an interview last week. “A community is not inviting to crime, though, if it’s neat and clean.

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Middle Schoolers rally against gun violence

Tunica Middle School staff and students walked out of school in a rally against gun violence in schools across America on Friday, April 20.

In a press release issued Monday, officials at Tunica Middle School noted that they “respect and support the rights of our students to advocate for causes that are important to them and welcome the opportunity to work with any student, student group, staff and parents to discuss appropriate and creative ways to do so while at school.”

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