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

Brazilian Dance to perform at televised gospel awards show

Local nonprofit dance company Brazilian Dance Inc. will soon grace the big screen as it is scheduled to perform at the televised 6th Annual Rhythm of Gospel Awards Show in Birmingham, Alabama on July 25 and 26.

Shamia Thomas, owner of Brazilian Dance Inc., said the opportunity came about through diligence and hard work.  She started Brazilian Dance, Inc. in 2010 to teach youth the art of dance.

After researching events that fit with her organization’s mission, she discovered the award show and reached out its staff to share information about her dance company.  Not too long later, she received an invitation for Brazilian Dance Inc to perform not once but twice that weekend.


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More acres planted in state’s major row crops than in 2013

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi producers planted more of the state’s major row crops than they planned in March, and the majority of them are in good condition.

Corn acreage is down in Mississippi this year, but the other major row crops saw increases. This field was photographed July 1, 2014, at Mississippi State University’s R.R. Foil Plant Science Research Center in Starkville, Mississippi. 


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Assessed value of property down slightly

Tunica County Tax Assessor/Collector Norma Anderson delivered the 2014 tax rolls to the courthouse last Monday, but she and tax consultant Bill Bryant also brought sobering news to supervisors: the assessed value of real and personal property in the county is down.

In 2013, the total assessed value of property was just over $255 million, but for 2014, that value has declined to $251 million. Personal property took the biggest hit, dipping to $68 million from $90 million.

“We have to depreciate personal property every year and real property every four years,” Bryant told the Board of Supervisors. “Personal is $68 million, a decrease from $90 million because of depreciation.”


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Board to terminate Tunica Arena lease

A lengthy – and often heated – discussion at Monday morning’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors ended with a vote to bring management of the Tunica Arena & Exposition Center into the county fold.

County administrator Michael Thompson recommended that “the arena becomes an enterprise fund...terminate the lease (with Tunica County Arena & Exposition Center, Inc., a nonprofit) and renegotiate the lease or not.”

District 4 supervisor Henry Nickson moved to “bring the arena into an enterprise fund scenario to track revenues and expenses, become a county department...to cancel the lease and move the bank account to First Security.” Supervisor McKinley Daley then seconded, but more discussion followed, until Board president James Dunn called the motion, and it was approved on a 3-2 vote, Dunn and District 2’s Cedric Burnett voting no.


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