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

New Strangers Rest is rising from the ruins

Today there are only flags marking the footprint of what will become the new sanctuary and Sunday School rooms for New Strangers Rest Baptist Church in South Tunica County. But soon, the new building itself will rise from the site of a devastating tornado that damaged the original church beyond repair last December.

No one was injured in the storm, Lenair said.
“Our sure foundation is in Jesus Christ, who never fails.”

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Brazilian Dance to perform at televised gospel awards show

Local nonprofit dance company Brazilian Dance Inc. will soon grace the big screen as it is scheduled to perform at the televised 6th Annual Rhythm of Gospel Awards Show in Birmingham, Alabama on July 25 and 26.

Shamia Thomas, owner of Brazilian Dance Inc., said the opportunity came about through diligence and hard work.  She started Brazilian Dance, Inc. in 2010 to teach youth the art of dance.

After researching events that fit with her organization’s mission, she discovered the award show and reached out its staff to share information about her dance company.  Not too long later, she received an invitation for Brazilian Dance Inc to perform not once but twice that weekend.

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More acres planted in state’s major row crops than in 2013

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi producers planted more of the state’s major row crops than they planned in March, and the majority of them are in good condition.

Corn acreage is down in Mississippi this year, but the other major row crops saw increases. This field was photographed July 1, 2014, at Mississippi State University’s R.R. Foil Plant Science Research Center in Starkville, Mississippi. 

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Assessed value of property down slightly

Tunica County Tax Assessor/Collector Norma Anderson delivered the 2014 tax rolls to the courthouse last Monday, but she and tax consultant Bill Bryant also brought sobering news to supervisors: the assessed value of real and personal property in the county is down.

In 2013, the total assessed value of property was just over $255 million, but for 2014, that value has declined to $251 million. Personal property took the biggest hit, dipping to $68 million from $90 million.

“We have to depreciate personal property every year and real property every four years,” Bryant told the Board of Supervisors. “Personal is $68 million, a decrease from $90 million because of depreciation.”

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