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

County shows good growth since 2000

The population of Tunica County has increased 17 percent, or 1551 people since the year 2000, to 10,778 residents, according to census figures released this month.
The increase is slightly less than pre-census estimates, which pegged the county population at just over 11,000.
Meanwhile, the town of Tunica’s population has declined 102 people, from 1132 in the year 2000 to this year’s 1030.

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Judge cited for conduct

The conduct of a Circuit Court Judge for Tunica, Coahoma and Bolivar counties is now under review by Mississippi‘s highest court.
On March 2, the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance announced that a formal recommendation had been submitted to the state Supreme Court suggesting action against Circuit Court Judge Albert B. Smith. The suggested actions include a $1000 fine, assessed costs of $100 and a public reprimand. A press release issued by the commission says that the group “found that Judge Smith abused his contempt powers and exhibited poor courtroom demeanor.”

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Board: Times are tough

The March 8 meeting of the Board of Supervisors painted a picture of a still struggling economy.
Road manager Billy Watson reported that Harrah’s Entertainment had requested that Tunica County take over maintenance of medians along Harrah’s Boulevard. The medians include landscaping elements that would need to be mowed and kept free of weeds. Watson said there was a “gentleman’s agreement” between the organization and the county stating that upkeep of that area would be the casino’s responsibility many years ago. Now,  casino officials are seeking to change that agreement.
Supervisor Bobby Williams said he had concerns that Harrah’s would also want the county to take on lighting costs.

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Choir ready to share message with world

A pool of Tunica talent will share their abilities with the world on March 18 as they perform on the Bobby Jones Gospel Hour. The nationally televised program airs on Black Entertainment Television on Sunday mornings at 8 a.m. Central time.
The Tunica Gospel Choir was invited to perform on the program after one of the show’s co-hosts attended the Feb. 27 services at Commerce Boulevard Christian Church. Dr. Mardean Gales liked what she heard and asked that Tunica’s choir travel to Nashville to appear on the show.
The Gospel Choir is comprised of talent from all over Tunica County. It includes singers, musicians, and choir directors from a variety of local churches, who meet to practice and praise God each week.

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