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

School ratings picture still murky

It’s hard to say if Mississippi schools are making the grade this year, although the Mississippi Department of Education recently released accountability information for school districts across the state.

Tunica County Schools was among 39 districts receiving a D, but a waiver issued by the state Department of Education has allowed districts to revert to their 2012-2013 rating if it was higher. Tunica County received an F rating the previous school year. The waiver was given statewide as districts implemented the Common Core Curriculum.

Results varied for schools within the district. Dundee received an A rating. Rosa Fort, Tunica Middle School and Tunica Elementary each received a D. Robinsonville Elementary was rated as an F.

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Potential for mix-ups looms

“Where do I go to vote?”

In this first general election Tuesday, November 4, since Tunica County redrew district lines and replaced several familiar polling places, Tunica County Circuit Clerk Sharon Reynolds believes she and her staff are well equipped to deal with voters seeking to answer that question.

“We’re putting new cards in the mail to every voter,” Reynolds said. “Your new card will have the precinct name and location.”

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Derelict building may come down soon

In response to a visit from several local merchants earlier this month, town officials unanimously agreed to hold a public hearing to decide a course of action for a property on Kestevan Alley.

The building, once an apartment complex, was damaged in a fire in the fall of 2011. Nearby business owners raised concerns about the safety of the structure, saying boards and caution tape over entryways had been removed.

Mayor Chuck Cariker said a public hearing would allow owner Hosia Nickson a chance to respond and the town to formally determine if the property is “a menace to the health, safety and wellness of the community.” The hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 10 at Town Hall.

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Police arrest two in recent break-ins

Law enforcement officials are asking for patience from the public in the wake of a rash of burglaries since early September.

In a neighborhood safety meeting in the municipal courtroom Tuesday night, Tunica Police Chief Richard Veazey said investigations into residential and commercial break ins are ongoing.

“(We have) pieces of a puzzle with no picture, and we have to put it together,” Veazey told citizens who attended. “It takes time.”

TPD investigator Michael Nichols said that two people have been arrested and other arrests are pending in burglaries at JA Motors and Tunica County Community Development Coalition offices. Nichols said there are several nonlocal persons of interest in a residential break-in and one in custody in another county. There are also persons of interest in several shed break-ins, he added.

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