Rivergate gears up for 20th anniversary
The Tunica Rivergate Festival, which started out as a small gathering of locals and evolved into a full-blown Memphis In May-sanctioned barbecue contest before returning to its local roots, will celebrate its 20th anniversary later this month.
The festival, which takes place in – and bears the name of – downtown Tunica’s Rivergate Park, is the county’s longest-running community event.
This year’s festival is slated for April 20 and 21, and organizers are anticipating a great event to commemorate the festival’s twentieth year.
Progress underway at GreenTech site
Preliminary work is underway on a tract of land that will soon become Tunica’s newest industry and Mississippi’s first electric car plant.
Tunica County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Lyn Arnold confirmed Tuesday, March 27, that earth moving contractors have begun working on the new GreenTech Automotive plant, which is located on Highway 304, just east of Highway 61 in Robinsonville.
Papasan championed education in region
A longtime educator and former school superintendent was formally honored by multiple agencies at a special ceremony on Friday, March 30.
In front of a crowd of citizens and family members, Dr. Bobby Papasan was applauded as a “valuable friend of education.” Among his credits are 18 years of service as superintendent of education, countless hours in the classroom as a college professor at the University of Mississippi and acting on matters as a member of the Northwest Mississippi Community College Board of Directors.
Arrest made in armed robbery
Tunica County Sheriff’s deputies made a swift arrest following an armed robbery at a local business on March 26.
At 3:30 a.m., law enforcement officials were called to Shell/Wendy’s Service at Highway 61 and Casino Center. Witnesses at the scene reported that a chrome and nickel plated weapon was used in the crime. A suspect, Michael Bonsky of Memphis, was linked to the robbery. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken from the business.
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