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

Local man charged in wife’s death

A former fish and wildlife officer is in custody following the death of his wife on June 2.
Sylvester Johnson, 51, was arrested around 9 p.m. on June 2. As of presstime on June 8, he remained in custody at the Tunica County Jail on a $1 million bond. He has been charged with murder.
Chief Deputy Randy Stewart of the Tunica County Sheriff’s Department said the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is now handling the case, but two deputies with the SO were initially summoned to the scene at 1075 Terrell last week.

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Board sets sights on housing


Tunica County Housing Project Inc. once again made its way  on to the agenda at the Board of Supervisors’ meeting on June 7.
John Schmidt, the director of the North Delta Regional Housing Authority, appeared before the board to answer questions about the local housing program. Supervisors asked about the  program’s procedures on how a home is rehabbed and the application process.
Schmidt explained once an application is approved, home owners are asked to put down everything that needs to be fixed in a home.
“We tell people to bid on it as if everything could be done,” Schmidt said.
From there, everything that can be corrected before meeting the $25,000 limit is fixed. The homeowner signs off on what will be fixed before any work is done, Schmidt noted.

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New projects keep the focus on Main Street

Tunica Main Street has a lot going on, and director Lynn Ryals wants everyone to know about it.
Just after the first of the year, the local organization successfully rejuvenated lighting in the downtown area. The previous lighting system had outlined the  commercial buildings along Main Street and Edwards, from Delta Street on the north to Hickory Lane on the south. But the thousands of small, individual bulbs were often a maintenance nightmare.
Last year, Tunica Main Street embarked on an effort to repair or replace the lighting. A new LED system has replaced the individual bulbs, easing maintenance while still giving downtown’s silhouette a real flair after dark.
Early this year, Main Street also produced postcard sets of Tunica scenes, which are sold in local businesses for $6 per package. Featured sites are the downtown clock, the Tate Log House, town churches, the Veterans Memorial, the blues marker, the courthouse, and the downtown shopping district. A cotton scene is included in one packet.

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