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

Supervisors approve new jobs, purchases

County jobs dominated discussion at the January 28 county Board meeting, and this week, road department issues were the primary topic, as supervisors moved through first of the month department reports and other business.

As Board president James Dunn moved down the agenda, he asked supervisors to appoint Alec Clark as director of Emergency Management. District 2 supervisor Michael Johnson immediately commented that he didn’t believe it was in the county’s best interests to “take on salaries we don’t have to,” since current EMS director Randy Stewart is paid out of the Sheriff’s Department budget. Stewart also serves as TCSO Chief Deputy.

“I see no reason to change,” Johnson said. “We have a 15 year employee who knows how to get things done.”

Dunn responded, “We are the only county where SO2 holds down both positions. The Attorney General says it is not a conflict but shared that there are major concerns.”

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Sunset over Beaverdam

A recent sunset over storied Beaver Dam Lake in Tunica County was captured in all its glory at the end of a day of duck hunting. The private lake was made famous by legendary outdoor writer Nash Buckingham and remains a premier spot for waterfowling.

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Town vehicle stolen, wrecked

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Tunica students struggling in reading, math

Nearly three quarters of Tunica County’s third grade public school students have minimal or partial understanding in English and language arts, according to last spring’s state tests.

That means 123 of those 177 students are already falling far behind many of their peers in Mississippi and nationwide.

The stakes are high: at the end of the 2014-2015 school year, over 30 Tunica third graders were almost held back due to lagging reading skills. Those who didn’t pass the Third-Grade Reading Summative Assessment the first time could retake the test; many of those 30 eventually were able to move on to fourth grade.

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