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

County proposes to manage arena

A county-owned facility that has brought visitors and revenue to both the county and local businesses came under fire at Monday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

A discussion that started small – county administrator Michael Thompson giving the Board an update about Battle Arena’s contract for credit card services – escalated quickly to a motion on the floor to terminate the county’s contract with a nonprofit board which oversees operations at the facility.

As the June 30 meeting opened, Thompson told supervsors that he, along with arena director Steve Sosebee, had been working to get a credit card terminal at the arena.

“I’ve been working with three vendors – First Security, Covenant and E Payment Services,” Thompson said. “I’ve been receiving push back from Steve Sosebee.”

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First Bloom of 2014

Christopher Hood (pictured with his dog Cash) discovered Tunica County’s first cotton bloom on June 25 in Dundee, Miss.

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Kirby families putting lives back together after June 16 fire


Barbara Berry describes herself as a heavy sleeper. So when she roused to pounding on her door early Monday morning, June 16, smoke had already filled her apartment.

But Berry, whose home and belongings were a total loss, is thankful that she and her eight year old autistic son escaped the blaze that ripped through Building 4100 in the Kirby Road Estates apartment complex near Robinsonville.

“We lost things that we can’t replace, but I’ve got my life,” Berry said.

Apartment manager April Montgomery Crumpler has spent every day since the Kirby fire trying to help the eight families who lost their homes.

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Summer fun gets physical for youth, adults

Families looking for a little action for children have plenty of affordable options in Tunica this summer.  From a new laser tag and bounce facility to low-cost golf sessions for beginners and the various programs offered by Tunica County Parks & Recreation, children can get physical and, perhaps, drop a few pounds while having fun.

The rain won’t stop Coretta Joiner’s business.  The owner of Tunica Party N Bounce said her company will open its doors July 1 at 8702 Highway 61 North.  The facility will feature laser tag, arcade games, bouncers, a party room, and snack bar with pizza, popcorn, nachos and cheese, hotdogs, smoked sausages, candy, drinks, chips, and pickles.

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