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RES staff focuses on teaching, learning



Robinsonville Elementary School is moving in a positive direction in its culture, accountability, and data, school leaders and staff say.

In its 14th week of this school year, student seems just as excited to come and learn as the first day.  Bright colorful walls illuminated the hallways as students line up for the next learning adventure at RES.  Teachers seem happy as they escort the young minds to and fro.

One student seems shy to tell her mom something special as she walks into the school’s office.

“Did you tell your mom you made student of the month?” a staff member asks the child in front of her mother.

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Lines, waits mark Nov. 3 vote

The clock was striking midnight in downtown Tunica when Tunica Countians finally learned the unofficial outcome of Tuesday’s general election.

The Tunica County Election Commission met Thursday morning to consider affidavit ballots and work to certify this week’s vote.

Unofficially, District 2 elected a new supervisor for the first time in 16 years, giving Michael Johnson, Jr. the nod from a field of five to replace longtime official Cedric Burnett, who did not seek re-election to the post. Johnson garnered about 55 percent of the total vote. The next highest vote-getter was the Democratic nominee Robert Leflore, Jr. with just over 30 percent of the vote.

In one of two other county posts without an incumbent still in the running, local attorney Wes Ryals got 61 percent of the total for Justice Court Judge in the Southern District to Democratic nominee Jacqueline Dishmon-Boykin’s 38.65 percent.

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Judge orders new Beat 5 primary

Although the Democratic nominee McKinley Daley apparently lost in Tuesday’s general election to Independent Billy Pegram, Special Circuit Judge Henry Lackey ordered a new primary election for the position of Tunica County supervisor from District 5 on October 26, 2015, just days before this week’s vote. That order raises many questions that will have to be answered in the coming weeks.

“It is therefore ordered and adjudged that the election and nomination of McKinley Daley as the Democratic Nominee for Beat 5 Supervisor of Tunica County is hereby immediately vacated and the Circuit Clerk of Tunica County is hereby directed to immediately take any and all steps consistent with this Order,” the judge wrote.

Democratic candidate for the post Craig Jones petitioned the court on October 12 to “vacate” the August 4 Democratic Primary Election – from which McKinley Daley emerged as the winner – and to set a special primary election. Jones’s name should have been listed as a candidate on the August ballot but was not included, despite an earlier order by Judge Lackey to the Tunica County Democratic Executive Committee to do so.

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Unofficial Election Results

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Thompson case held for 180 days

The charge of disturbing the peace against Tunica County administrator Michael Thompson was “remanded” for 180 days in municipal court Monday.

Prosecutor Chuck Graves told Judge Jim McGarrh that comptroller Adrian McKay brought the original report to the city but had indicated that he now wanted to drop the charges. Graves, however, said he was reluctant to do so because McKay’s report made mention of a weapon.

“It’s my recommendation that the charges be remanded to the file for 90 days, and if there are no other problems, the charges can then be dropped,” Graves said.

“The thing about remanding...if there are future problems, it can be brought back up,” Judge McGarrh said.

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