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

Garbage fees start January 1

Garbage, trash, rubbish, waste...citizens of Tunica County can choose to call it whatever they like, but soon its removal will cost them.

Following a public hearing on Nov. 7, the Board of Supervisors approved a $6 per month garbage fee for county residents. According to county administrator Adrian McKay, the fee will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2017.

Before voting on the matter, supervisors considered a three tiered fee structure. Board attorney John Keith Perry said proposed fees were 27 cents per day for residents under the age 65, $3.99 for residents over 65 and veterans and $12 per month for businesses and churches in the county.

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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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