New terminal set to serve 80,000+
As promised, Tunica Airport officials welcomed guests to the freshly completed terminal on Wednesday, Sept. 1. Airport director Cliff Nash said that two sets of passengers had utilized the facility that morning and more were set to come through the doors with the holiday weekend.
Nash thanked C& M Builders and Allen and Hoshall for their work on the project. He noted that some small details remained before the building was deemed completely finished, but the airport staff was excited to support Harrah’s Entertainment and other casinos using air service to bring in customers. He said the terminal will be “more suited” for passenger use.
Robinsonville making strides
According to the preliminary results released by the Mississippi Department of Education, Robinsonville Elementary School has a good reason to give itself a pat on the back. RES has shown the greatest academic growth of all the schools in the Tunica County district for the 2009/2010 school year. The MCT2 (Mississippi Curriculum Test 2) scores from Robinsonville demonstrate that students met “adequate yearly progress” and No Child Left Behind requirements for both math and language (the only subjects currently tested) in the 3rd through 5th grades.
The high individual test scores translate into a cumulative QDI (qualitative distribution index) label of “successful.” This is a significant improvement over the previous two years, when the school had a QDI label of “at risk.”
RFHS loads up roster
A new school year always brings new faces. And that includes teachers. An enthusiastic crowd of eight newcomers gathered recently in the main office after a busy Tuesday. Sherrye Collins (biology), Najee Johnson (math), and Carey Johnson (Exceptional Children), all make the commute from Memphis every day to teach their respective subjects.
Police nab suspect
A Tunica County man has been arrested in connection with the mid-August armed robbery of Dollar General on U.S. 61.
Shortly after 9 p.m on Aug. 19, employees scrambled for cover as shots were fired into the business. A man, armed with a revolver, entered the store and removed an undisclosed amount of cash from one of the registers.
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