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

Citizen, supes spar over clinics

Nagging staffing issues, slow reimbursement from insurance companies, and no consensus among members of the healthcare authority or among supervisors continues to plagues the county’s clinics.

Healthcare authority chairman Jimmy Eubanks came before the Board of Supervisors on October 29 to advocate for the hiring of Gene Osborne on a part time basis, backing the repeated requests of the clinics’ managers Barbara Conway and Penny Harrison.

Calling healthcare a “very complicated business,” Eubanks asked supervisors to reconsider and “let us (hire) Osborne.”

Eubanks said Conway and Harrison were doing their best in a difficult job, but that Osborne is needed to assist with recruiting physicians, nurses and aides and to stay on top of changes in laws and requirements.

“We will lose $1 million this year. Things are not running as efficiently as they need to run,” Eubanks admitted. “Healthcare is ever changing. We need some advice, and we desperately need some help from (the board).”

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Thank You, Mr. Neil

Cadet Staff Sgt. Jamille Gladney presented the American flag to Tunica’s oldest living World War II veteran Neil Block as part of the Town of Tunica’s Veteran’s Day program on Nov. 11, 2015. 

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RES staff focuses on teaching, learning



Robinsonville Elementary School is moving in a positive direction in its culture, accountability, and data, school leaders and staff say.

In its 14th week of this school year, student seems just as excited to come and learn as the first day.  Bright colorful walls illuminated the hallways as students line up for the next learning adventure at RES.  Teachers seem happy as they escort the young minds to and fro.

One student seems shy to tell her mom something special as she walks into the school’s office.

“Did you tell your mom you made student of the month?” a staff member asks the child in front of her mother.

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Lines, waits mark Nov. 3 vote

The clock was striking midnight in downtown Tunica when Tunica Countians finally learned the unofficial outcome of Tuesday’s general election.

The Tunica County Election Commission met Thursday morning to consider affidavit ballots and work to certify this week’s vote.

Unofficially, District 2 elected a new supervisor for the first time in 16 years, giving Michael Johnson, Jr. the nod from a field of five to replace longtime official Cedric Burnett, who did not seek re-election to the post. Johnson garnered about 55 percent of the total vote. The next highest vote-getter was the Democratic nominee Robert Leflore, Jr. with just over 30 percent of the vote.

In one of two other county posts without an incumbent still in the running, local attorney Wes Ryals got 61 percent of the total for Justice Court Judge in the Southern District to Democratic nominee Jacqueline Dishmon-Boykin’s 38.65 percent.

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