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

Delta Day: Eighth anniversary of fun

What makes the Mississippi Delta unique? Come see for yourself at a celebration of all things Delta on Oct. 16, 2010 in downtown Tunica’s Rivergate Park.
The free festival is sponsored by Tunica Main Street.
Delta Day begins early with a 5K run/walk at 8 a.m. For the second year, the Delta Dogs 5K benefitting the Tunica Humane Society will get people dashing from Veteran’s Park through parts of historic Tunica. Awards will be presented to the top three runners, the fastest runner in each age group and the fastest walker.

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WHEREAS, Betty Gayle Fields has served Tunica County as Tunica County Tax Assessor and Collector for over fourteen years and as an employee of Tunica County, Mississippi for over thirty years; and
WHEREAS, Betty Gayle Fields, throughout her public service to Tunica County, has displayed the highest degrees of professionalism and integrity; and
WHEREAS, Betty Gayle Fields has served as an example to the public officials of Tunica County, Mississippi and other counties; and
WHEREAS, Betty Gayle Fields has treated all persons with dignity and respect; and

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Breaking News: Johnson pleads guilty to manslaughter

A Tunica man has accepted a plea bargain for his involvement in the death of his wife.
Sylvester Johnson, 52, of Tunica will serve up to 20 years for manslaughter. Johnson was arrested and charged with murder in the June 2 shooting of Rhonda Layton Johnson, 47, of Tunica. He entered a guilty plea in Bolivar County on Oct. 13.

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Johnson's trial was slated to begin next week. He was being represented by David Tisdell of Tunica. Brenda Mitchell, the governor's appointee as district attorney, handled the case for the state of Mississippi.
Johnson was ordered to pay restitution of $8758 and $500 in court fees. Manslaughter also carries a $10,000 fine.
Johnson was arrested around 9 p.m. on June 2 after authorities discovered his wife's body in their home at 1075 Terrell Drive in Tunica. She was employed as the lead agent for the Transportation Security Administration at Tunica Airport prior to her death and was the mother of a son and a daughter.
Mr. Johnson was a longtime employee of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and had retired from his post.


A Hero's Homecoming

Today Tunica turned out in mass to honor Pvt. William Brandon Dawson who was killed in Afghanistan on Sept. 24. Thank you, Private Dawson for all you did to keep our nation free. We will never forget.

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