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

Soldier’s memory rides in with Rivergate Festival


The memory of a local soldier killed in action in 2010 will live on with a special tribute this weekend
The Running of the Hogs, held annually with the Rivergate Festival in downtown Tunica, will pay tribute to the life of William Brandon Dawson. Dawson was killed in Afghanistan in September of 2010.
Around 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 16,  the Patriot Guard riders will join area motorcycle enthusiasts for a ride from the Blue and White Restaurant to the amphitheatre downtown. The AFJROTC unit from Rosa Fort High School will present the colors, the same presented to Dawson’s mother by the U.S. Army. The flag will be flown, and Chamber officials say that the national anthem will be sung.

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Newest casino projects 2012 opening


Sportsman Casino and Lodge, armed with a new infusion of cash and new members of its team, is aiming for a 2012 opening to coincide with the anniversary of the opening of Tunica’s first casino, Splash, and with the 20th anniversary celebration of gaming in Tunica County.
Sportsman Casino’s parent company Abston-McKay Ventures, LLC has merged with Riverton Tunica, LLC, bringing on board Tony Recchia of Greenwich, CT, who heads an investment group in his home state.

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Redistricting plan hits stumbling block


Where do you draw the line? That is the question the Board of Supervisors is being asked to answer following the 2010 U.S. Census.
Supervisors hosted Chris Watson of Bridges and Watson for a review of a proposed redistricting plan at their meeting on March 31. Watson said it is a lengthy process.
“We’ve been back and forth correcting population imbalances and trying to achieve various goals,” Watson said.
Watson said a public meeting had been held prior to the census data being released.
“We didn’t know then how far out of balance the districts were,” Watson said.
Census data indicates that several districts vary by more than the 10 percent allowed by law, making it necessary to redraw district lines.
Watson said achieving an equal number of residents as well as keeping the current incumbents in their districts and drawing compact and regularly shaped areas were the goals.

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