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

Get out your wheelbarrows, potting soil and rakes


A new initiative by the town will award Yard of the Month titles to one resident each during the months of April, May and June.

The first winner will be announced at the Rivergate Festival on April 26, Main Street director Lynn Ryals said after the measure was approved unanimously by town aldermen on April 1. The project was proposed by Ward 2’s Brad Beach.

The town is also unofficially encouraging residents to “clean up, paint up, fix up” during the month of April. Citizens may call Town Hall at (662) 363-2432 to request extra pick-ups for yard trimmings and other trash.


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No reason to sing the blues

BLUES ENTHUSIAST Luc Borms of Belgium leads a harmonica workshop for Chevonne Dixon’s fourth grade class at Tunica Elementary on April 9. Student Taliyah Gordon  learned how to hold the harmonica and how to play notes using “puckering” and “tongue blocking.”


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Chamber plans ‘escape to the beach’ during Rivergate 2014

The Tunica Rivergate Festival, now in its 22nd year, continues its focus on family fun during its two-day run later this month.

Added for 2014 especially to appeal to kids are pony rides and a petting zoo on both days of the festival, Friday and Saturday, April 25-26. These join an already full line-up of child-oriented activities, including inflatables, the 5th Annual Children’s Bicycle Race, and the Skin & Bones Circus, returning from last year’s popular debut.


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Harrah’s Tunica announces June 2 closure

Tunica’s only true resort property, Harrah’s, announced March 26 that it will close June 2, throwing about 1,300 employees out of work. Three-quarters of those employees are Mississippians, with “something less than 400” living in Tunica, according to Chamber of Commerce CEO Lyn Arnold.

The announcement is another blow to a county that recorded the state’s highest rate of unemployment in February, 17.3 percent.

Company officials cited increased competition in the market, where 48 states now have some form of gaming.


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