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

Personnel changes ripple through schools

Several changes in leadership have cascaded through the Tunica County School District as the holiday break approaches, conservator Dr. Margie Pulley confirmed.

The district had announced last month that personnel actions were taken after two of its employees had an altercation on the Rosa Fort High School campus on Nov. 11.  The two parties involved in the fight were former RFHS football head coach and teacher Edwin Norwood and Trosiki Pettis.  Pettis was assistant principal and athletic director at the RFHS at that time.

“The Tunica County School District has investigated the altercation that took place between two district employees on Nov. 11 and has taken the appropriate personnel action. It is unacceptable that this incident occurred during instructional time and in the presence of students, whose safety and security remain the district’s primary concern,” Pulley wrote after the incident.


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Lady Lions aiming to pick up game pace

Rosa Fort High School Lady Lions fell to Aggie during their first game at home on Saturday, Dec. 5.  The Lady Lion were hoping to end their losing streak.  Their record is now 1-4.

The ladies looked strong early in the game and ended the first period 16-12 at the buzzer.  During the second period, the scoreboard shifted deeply as Aggie put up 20 while the Lady Lions only added 6.  Aggie had a 10-point over the Lady Lions at the halftime break, but the Lady Lions held tight in the third and fourth periods putting up 35 while Aggie also put up 35.  Ultimately, Aggie beat the Lady Lions in the second period, as the final score was 57-67.


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Freeman jet makes bumpy landing

A private jet with actor Morgan Freeman aboard made an unplanned – and rough – landing at the Tunica Airport Saturday night. The Syber Jet SJ30 skidded off the runway, sustaining minor damage. Neither Freeman nor the pilot, the only individuals on the flight, were injured.

“While we were surprised to be alerted of the unplanned landing, I am relieved to report there were no injuries to Mr. Freeman or the pilot. Our team is trained for all potential emergencies and our expert ground team at the Tunica Airport was ready for the situation,” said Eric Konupka, Executive Director of Tunica Airport.


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Johnson draws praise as future county leader

Michael Johnson Jr. is no stranger to working with others to get a job done.  He does it every day with Fred Byrd and others at Michael E. Johnson & Son Farms, where Johnson owns and operates a farming business on 4,500 acres.  It’s a big job, but one that he manages well, employees who work with him said.

Johnson will soon take the lessons he’s learned from the farm on working hard, listening to others, and being honest to the political arena as he’ll join the Tunica County Board of Supervisors in January.  It will be his first stint at politics, but he’s not planning to do anything other than what he and others said he’s done all his life – help other people.

“That’s the way he was raised,” said Ivory Fennell, who has worked on farms owned by Johnson and Johnson’s family for more than 20 years.

Johnson was raised in Tunica and graduated from Tunica Institute of Learning (now Tunica Academy) in 2000.  While young, he often helped his father on the farm, he said.


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