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

No foul play in hanging death

An investigation has ruled out foul play in the death of a local man whose body was found at Mhoon Landing on April 20.

Just after 10 a.m. Monday, the Tunica County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call from an employee at the MBI Construction site, who reported a body hanging. Sheriff K.C. Hamp contacted the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Crime Scene Unit to assist at the scene.

The body, identified as Gregory Allen Smith, 44, was transported to the Medical Examiner’s office in Jackson, Miss. Smith was a resident of Plum Road at the Tunica Cut-off.


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Student diagnosed with meningitis

A seven year old student at Tunica Elementary School is being treated at Lebonheur hospital in Memphis for bacterial meningitis.

School officials have taken steps to disinfect “all topical surfaces and common areas,” according to a social media post by Tunica County Superintendent Steve Chandler late Tuesday.

“We are working in close collaboration with the MS Department of Health, who will provide treatment for any student or staff member who has been in close contact or shows symptoms.

“These students and staff members will be treated tomorrow, April 22, at Tunica Elementary School,” Chandler said.


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AG weighs in on gaming tax issue

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has intervened in Tunica County, Mississippi v. Town of Tunica, et al, now pending in Circuit Court here.

A March 31 letter from the Attorney General’s office asked Circuit Clerk Sharon Reynolds to file the Motion to Intervene, which reads:

Comes now Jim Hood, Attorney General of the State o Mississippi, ex rel. the State of Mississippi, pursuant to Miss. R. Civ P. 24(d) and Miss. Code Ann. Section 7-5-1, and moved this Court for permission to intervene in the above styled and numbered cause, and in support thereof would show the Court the following, to wit:


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Candidate Profile: ‘Customer service’ anchors Dace campaign

Former math teacher, coach, bus driver, and administrator in Tunica County School Districts, Derrick “Coach” Dace is now seeking to use his experience and skills to lead the county’s sole public school system in a positive direction filled with positive experiences as Superintendent.

His priorities all hinge upon offering excellent customer service to improve partnerships, academic achievement, and accountability and transparency throughout the district, he shared.

“I’m a big believer in customer service.  Our customers are going to be our students, our parents, and our community,” he said.

Dace shared that he plans to focus on the “PIE” to improve partnerships.  He explained that “PIE” stands for “Parents, Industry, and Educators.”  Getting each person in these groups to work together is his goal, he added.


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