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

County board makes FY15 budget cuts


The past few weeks brought cuts in payrolls in several county departments and reduced appropriations to several agencies that receive county funding.

On February 12, supervisors approved amendments effective March 1 at the Tunica RiverPark (payroll reduced by $40, 792.44); in payrolls for the Maintenance Department (reduced $40,583.86) and Parks and Recreation (down $105,000); and in the budget for the Soil and Water watershed project ($41,614.42 in cuts). Reductions totaled approximately $227,000.

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Bad weather hits Tunica once again

Town of Tunica streets were coated with a “lasagna” of sleet, frozen rain and snow last week.

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Town board updated on festival, fire contract

The date has been set and the theme has been announced for what’s been called “the best little party in Mississippi.”

The annual Rivergate Festival is set for April 17 and 18, according to Tunica County Chamber & Economic Development Foundation President/CEO Lyn Arnold. Festival goers can prepare for Blues, Barbecue and Brews during the two day event.

Arnold told the Board of Aldermen that many favorite aspects of the festival will return. Organizers are booking entertainment for Friday night. The festival will include the Running of the Hogs, the William Brandon Dawson 5K Run/Walk, kids’ activities, Tunica Idol, the horseshoe tournament, and mechanical bull riding. Arnold said plans are being made to include a kids’ pedal tractor pull as well.

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Rape alleged at local high school

Facts are still emerging about an alleged rape at Rosa Fort High School in early November, nearly four months after the incident occurred.

News reports began to surface late last week concerning a 15 year old special needs student at the school who said she was raped in a classroom during school hours.

Attorney Stephanie Morris of Cleveland, who is representing the victim’s family, said as many as four or five male students may have been involved.

“It was a big to-do at the school,” Morris said of the November 10 incident. “Someone ran to get help, and an ambulance responded.”

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