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Tunica Times

Officials, others scrutinize county’s past spending

While the Tunica County Board of Supervisors figures out how to pay the county’s current bills, some local citizens are digging through the county’s past for an understanding of its structure and finances.

Barbara Tuchel, member of Tunicans for Transparency in Government, and District 4 Supervisor Henry Nickson, Jr. are among those suspicious about past dealings of the county.  District 1 Supervisor James Dunn, who has been a board member for more than 30 years, said most major decisions have been and are still made with expert advice on hand.

Tuchel said members of her organization are curious about some component units of the county that are set up as nonprofits.  She said they are also seeking clarity about expenditures.

“The money isn’t coming in, and, to my understanding, it wasn’t handled properly in the past,” she said.


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Storm Damage

Town crews (above) work on a large, old oak tree and the top of a second tree on town property near Tunica United Methodist Church, following strong winds and heavy rain that moved through the area in the early morning hours Monday.



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Tunica gets Festival Ready (Schedule of Events)

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Rivergate gets the ‘arts treatment’

“Art you can sit in” is the catchy theme of the Tunica Arts Council’s 2014 partnership with the Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Rivergate Festival.

Colorfully-decorated Adirondack chairs are cropping up in downtown Tunica, as over 15 businesses and individuals get their creative juices flowing.

“Chairs were provided by the Chamber and Clayton Mercantile for participants to paint,” explained Arts Council president Keri Graves. “We are really looking forward to seeing the art displayed around town.”


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Tunica County School District banks on growth to improve rating

Teachers in the Tunica County School District (TCSD) say student growth is evident and key in advancing the district’s academic achievement rating, but data from the district shows most students are still behind in English Language Arts (ELA) and many in Math.

“The thing that we’re looking for basically is not passing or failing,” said Tiffany Foxx, a fifth grade math teacher at Robinsonville Elementary School.  “It’s showing growth in our proficiency.”

Proficiency is a measure of student performance, which is progressively categorized into minimal, basic, proficient, or advanced, according to scores from the Mississippi Curriculum Test, Second Edition (MCT2).  All 3rd through 8th grade students in the state will take the MCT2 May 13-15.


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