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

THS gets boost from star’s foundation


When matchbox twenty frontman Rob Thomas appears in concert at Harrah’s Tunica on August 27, he will have a special announcement to make.
The Tunica Humane Society has been selected as one of the beneficiaries of the foundation established by Thomas and his wife.
The Sidewalk Angels Foundation is a New York-based nonprofit that works hand in hand with charities across America to address social issues for humans and animals. The Foundation has raised nearly half a million dollars since its founding in 2003, for organizations like Pets Alive, Blythedale Children’s Hospital and the Animal House in Jamaica.
Recipients are selected based on past program success, demonstrable use for future funds and resources and a shared charitable philosophy. According to Thomas’ web site, the Foundation typically chooses smaller, grass-roots organizations for assistance, believing they are more in touch with their community’s needs and have more impact.
“This is the most wonderful news for us,” THS Executive Director Sandy Williams said. “(The Foundation) has already sent us $2500 to assist us right now until the concert tour is over.

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Blues Gateway project exceeds estimates


The Gateway to the Blues will now go up in three stages, following action by the Board of Supervisors on Friday, July 30.
In mid July, supervisors received bids on the creation of the Gateway to the Blues Visitors Center. The low bidder, W.G Yates & Sons Construction of Memphis, estimated costs at $1.4 million.
On July 30, Dulaney said the bids exceeded the grant funding allotted for the project. Grant funds, awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, totalled $925,000.


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New store specializes in variety


Within minutes of walking into This & That in downtown Tunica, shoppers will find that the business is true to its name.
The newest retailer on Main Street offers apparel and accessories for men and women in a variety of styles and sizes. This & That is located at 1217 Main Street and open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Accident claims life of local firefighter

A motorcycle accident has left the North Tunica Fire Department mourning the loss of one of their own.
William Casey Brown, who worked part time for the department, was killed on July 24 in Conway, Ark. He was 34.
Brown served in the United States Marine Corps for 10 years, earning the rank of sergeant. He served all over the world including Korea, Okinawa and Israel. He also served two tours in Iraq, where he received a name for valor for his actions under fire.

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