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

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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California man finds shelter from the storm

It took Californian Mario Landeros over seven months and 1800 miles, but now he knows what real Southern hospitality looks like.
Last Tuesday, January 15, Landeros was warming up and using the Blue & White Restaurant’s wi fi connection, when Tunica Humane Society director Sandy Williams stopped in for a food order.
“I saw Landeros’ cart out front and the sign on it that reads ‘Walking across America for St. Jude,’ so I went up and introduced myself,” Williams said.
Landeros, pushing a cart across America to raise funds for St. Jude, landed in the restaurant on the worst weather night so far this winter. Sleet and freezing rain began pelting Landeros as he made his way west from Coldwater, MS and into Tunica County via Prichard Road.

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