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

‘Sick out’ keeps public school teachers at home

In the remaining months of a four year term, Superintendent of Education Steve Chandler is fighting battles on several fronts.

In December, the Tunica County Committee for Educational Improvement in Tunica County, MS petitioned the Mississippi Board of Education, State Superintendent Dr. Carey Wright and the Mississippi Department of Education to remove Chandler as Tunica County Superintendent of Education. And last Friday, as the district’s spring semester was just getting underway, an undetermined number of teachers and administrators at Tunica Middle School and Rosa Fort High School staged a “green flu” sickout organized by the same committee.

Spokesperson Robert Hall, a retired public school teacher, said about 40 teachers and administrators from the high school and middle school participated in the sick out, about half of the faculty from each campus, he added.

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Miller clocks world’s fastest 60 meters

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – He had a season opener for the ages, and now Ole Miss’ Jalen Miller has been recognized as the Southeastern Conference Men’s Runner of the Week for his world-leading performance at the Gene Edmonds Invitational this past Saturday.

A sophomore from Tunica, Mississippi, Miller not only clocked the world’s fastest 60-meter time in 2015 but posted the top two times at Purdue’s indoor meet.

After running a 6.57 in the prelims, he clocked a 6.56 in the final to claim the world’s fastest time this season by five hundredths of a second. With his winning time, Miller set a personal best that is just one hundredth of a second off Mike Granger’s school record and also established a meet and facility record at Purdue’s indoor track.

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Chamber will continue Rivergate Festival

The Tunica County Chamber of Commerce is planning the 23rd annual Rivergate Festival, despite questions about whether it would continue last week during the Jan. 6 meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen. The event is set for April 17 and 18.

Mayor Chuck Cariker announced that the town would struggle to financially support the festival this year. He cited defense of the lawsuit between the town and county as a primary reason. Gaming revenues have been withheld by the county for three months.

Alderman Brad Beach suggested that representatives from the Crawfish Crew be contacted to discuss options.

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Year in Review: Actions by local governments dominate news

A “State of the County” report issued last February by newly appointed county administrator Michael Thompson set the tone for the entirety of 2014.

Thompson had raised the red flag about county “budget and cash flow issues” the month before.

“We are currently spending more than we’re receiving,” Thompson said in early January.

Then, during the first week of February, Thompson called the county “insolvent,” as he and the Board of Supervisors struggled to cover a reported $1.75 million deficit in the general fund.

Thompson’s February statement called for 10 percent cuts across all county departments and larger cuts to appropriations to other entities.

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