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

Aiming high for education

Superintendent of Education Steve Chandler has set new five-year goals for the Tunica County School District that he calls “ambitious” but attainable.
Chandler presented a summary of those goals at a Board of Education work session in late January. He said that the school board has not yet formally adopted the goals. He also outlined his plan at Tunica Rotary Club’s regular meeting last week, saying he is seeking community input and support.

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Meet Your Elected Officials: Anderson brings experience, vision

When the Pillowtex factory shut its doors in June 2003, Norma Jean Anderson was working in the plant’s ACAB department, making filler material used for stuffing pillows.
Four months later, after losing the job she had held for 10 years, she took a position with the Tunica County Tax Assessor’s Office, leading to a near-decade long career as a county employee.
“I came in under Mrs. Betty Gayle Fields, who was the tax assessor at the time,” said Anderson, sworn in as the county’s new tax assessor-collector in January. “I came in as a deputy tax collector and moved from there to office manager.

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Employee pay raises talks

County employee pay may soon change in the wake of discussions at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Jan. 31.
Road manager Joe Eddie Hawkins initiated talks when he asked the board for permission to realign pay for two employees. Both would have seen an increase in pay.
Board president James Dunn said pay adjustments are typically done while the county budget is being prepared. He suggested they revisit the matter in the future.

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Long running contest gets bigger, better

David Klimek and Jay Butler of Tunica Farm Supply and local hunters celebrated yet another record breaking season when they hosted their 26th annual TFS Big Buck Contest Awards ceremony last week. Prior to this year’s hunting season, contest founders, local landowners and fellow outdoorsmen and women nervously anticipated this year’s hunting season in the wake of the historic flooding during late summer 2011. River levels reached 47.9 feet on the Memphis gauge in early May last year, the third highest ever recorded, eclipsed only by the floods of 1927 and 1937, placing humans and wildlife within the levee system under extreme peril for several weeks. While there was no loss of human life in Tunica County, local wildlife populations suffered.

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