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

State notes progress in public schools

Last month’s statewide release of school accountability rankings brought good news and recognition from the state to the Tunica County School District. The district as a whole achieved a “C” ranking, or “successful,” one of 36 districts (out of 143) to do so.

TCSD also had the second highest math growth in the state for students in the lowest performing subgroup and ranked in the top 25 percent for students showing growth in reading for the lowest performing subgroup, according to statistics posted recently on the system’s website, www.tunicak12.org The site also noted that all schools in the district made significant improvements for its lowest performing students in both English Language Arts (ELA) and math.

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LAND OF THE FREE, HOME OF THE BRAVE

The Tunica County Sheriff’s Department Color Guard opened Tunica’s Veterans Day Program with the posting of the colors last Friday, as citizens gathered to honor and remember those who have served their country or are serving now.

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Jerry Gentry to be honored

The life and legacy of Jerry Lee Gentry, Sr. will be celebrated with an Appreciation Program on Saturday, November 19, at 4 p.m. at the Tunica Middle School gymnasium.

Mr. Gentry retired in 2009, after 46 years of service in public education, most of them right here in Tunica County.

He was born in 1934 in Noxapater, MS. His parents Coy and Beatrice Gentry believed strongly in God and in education and taught these core values to their eight sons and two daughters.

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Local History: The Cotton Picker and the Exodus

This week continues a series of history stories by the late Ashley Harris that were first published in 1994 and 1995. This story appeared in the October 27, 1994 issue.

Fifty years ago this October people from across the region came to Hopson Farms outside of Clarksdale for a farm equipment demonstration.  It was not as mundane an event as it sounds: the repercussions of this demonstration changed this country, for good or ill, forever and the change is still going on.

The mechanical cotton picker was not the product of any one person’s inspiration; it evolved over the years.

International Harvester had begun testing pickers at the Hopson plantation in 1927.  The fleet of red pickers that harvested the Hopson fields in 1944 were significant because they not only could pick cotton (others had done so before them), but because they could become profitably reproduced.

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