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

Eatery fills niche in local restaurant scene

For just over a month, a new Tunica restaurant has been serving up pizza pies and healthy food options to local patrons looking for some variety in their dining options.
Southbound Pizza, which opened its doors at the start of the New Year, is a partnership between Moon Lake resident John Mohead and Buddy Allen, Michael Johnson and Patrick Johnson of Tunica.
“We opened up on January 4 – the first weekend in January,” said Mohead, managing partner of Southbound Pizza. “We saw pizza as a void that needed to be filled in the community. But in addition to pizza, one of our goals was to offer a combination of healthy food option. We felt that was also a void that needed to be filled in Tunica.”
Mohead said the idea to start a pizza business in Tunica was spawned on a sandbar in Moon Lake last summer. He said he pitched the idea to the other investors, and the concept evolved into what is now Southbound Pizza.

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Board of Education: new school on horizon?

A new high school for Tunica County is being explored by the board of education and superintendent, following their meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 9.
Superintendent Steve Chandler introduced the matter, saying Rosa Fort’s campus “has reached its expiration date.” Chandler said the life expectancy for a school is generally 50 years.
Pointing to two questions on the agenda, he asked the board to answer, “What location is being considered to start construction on building a school?” and “How much money will be needed for this project, and how we will we secure the needed funds?”

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Up, up and away

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Auditor in initial phase

At last week’s county Board meeting, independent auditor Michael Thompson delivered a brief report on his work since being hired by Tunica County in late October.
Thompson said the audit was in the “scoping” phase. He’d been in contact with county administrator Clifton Johnson and comptroller Lawanda Knighten about needed documents such as organizational charts, budgets, and financial information. He’d also been meeting with various department heads.
Thompson said he anticipated he would have a final work plan ready toward the end of January, provided he was able to get department head meetings scheduled.
District 4 Supervisor Henry Nickson asked if Thompson would be going department to department, reviewing their internal budgets.

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