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

Town takes up closure, concerns

An alley closure and a potential public nuisance transformed the Board of Aldermen meeting into King Solomon’s court on Nov. 15.
Several weeks ago, officials considered a petition to close the alley between Georganne and Jerry Perry’s home and Eric and Jade Poff’s residence. Adjacent landowners had submitted a petition in favor of the closure.
The board held a public hearing to discuss the matter on Nov. 15 and Eric Poff was on hand.

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Fire destroys apartments

An early morning fire in the Nickson Apartments in downtown Tunica has displaced some 20 residents.
The Tunica Fire Department responded with two engines and 15 firefighters to the 6:45 a.m. call. Flames were visible when firefighters arrived. The blaze was quickly contained, but significant structural damage and a partial roof collapse occurred at the 22-unit complex, Fire Chief Scott Goff reported.
Goff said the fire apparently started in an electrical outlet in the third apartment from the south end of the building and spread rapidly to surrounding units.

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Meet Your Elected Officials: Chandler ready for reins of school district

One week after getting the nod from Tunica County voters, a former student and teacher is already anxious to return to Tunica County Schools. This time, he won’t just be leading a classroom. He’ll be the head of the entire district.
In January, Steve Chandler will take office as the Superintendent of Education. He succeeds longtime head Jerry Gentry Sr.
Chandler, who is filled with ideas and hope, said the district has a major strength he and his team will be building on.

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FEMA: residents recovering

It’s not back to normal, but progress is being made at the Tunica Cutoff, according to FEMA representative Janet Strickland.
Strickland updated the Board of Supervisors on Nov. 7 and said the process of long term assistance and recovery was underway. A group has been formed to take care of unmet needs in nine counties, she said.
“They are in the process of putting together all resources for individuals,” Strickland said.
Mark Hudson is representing Tunica County on the all-volunteer board of directors for the newly named North Mississippi Recovery Group.

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