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Center’s skill programs give students early start on careers students


For students interested in a trade career, the David Williams, Jr. Career and Technical Center is an affordable, easy way to get training while still in high school.  The center recently opened its doors for public tours on Nov. 12.  Inside were several programs for students to be creative, explore, and learn real-world skills for the 21st century.

Nearly 200 students from Tunica Middle School and Rosa Fort High School are currently taking advantage of the programs offered at the center, which is located between the high school and middle school campuses.  Skilled programs include Business Fundamentals, Construction Technology, Healthcare & Clinical Services, Automotive Services, Metal Fabrication, Cosmetology, Agriculture and Environmental Science Technology, Cosmetology, and Information and Computer Technology.

Beverlyn Daniels leads the Business Fundamentals program, which can serve as the economics requirement for students taking the course, Kabreca Henderson, student service coordinator, explained as she led a tour.

For the past couple of years, Robert Monroe has led the construction technology program, which consists of two classes over the course of two years.  Students can earn considerable hours toward becoming a licensed carpenter, mason, and/or plumber, he said.

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Coaches fight in front of students


Video, pictures, and multiple news reports surfaced November 11 of an altercation at Rosa Fort High School between Edwin Norwood, head football coach, and Trosiki Pettis, assistant principal and athletic director. The two were seen tightly wrapped up, almost as if they were aggressively hugging, in both film and pictures that circulated.

“Get him, Norwood,” one student screamed in the video’s background as the tussle continued for several minutes.

An incident report filed by eyewitness Lieutenant Lamarris Jones of the Tunica County Sheriff’s Office detailed the situation as it happened.  Jones wrote that he saw Pettis give Norwood a letter and heard words being exchanged about “students not being monitored.”

The argument in the cafeteria was just the beginning.

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Historic District

The Town of Tunica has installed signs at five locations to mark the local Historic District.

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News Briefs

Storms drench town, county

Over six inches of rain fell early this week, overflowing ditches and causing flooding in perennial problem areas in the county.

Several Verner Road residents reported Wednesday morning that they had to wade out to the road from their homes, after about four inches fell Tuesday night and into the early morning hours on Wednesday. Emergency management officials reported areas of the county receiving over five inches. Those totals were in addition to the two inches of rain that fell Monday night.

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Special election likely for District 5


It’s been a long battle just to get in the race, but Craig Jones would not be denied.

He sought to run for District 5 Supervisor, but the Tunica County Democratic Executive Committee disqualified him from the race after incumbent McKinley Daley challenged his residency on March 11.

During the hearing, Jones provided an electric bill, mortgage bill, and water bill as evidence to prove his residency.  Only one member for the D.E.C. approved his application.  The committee reported that it could not move forward with his application without reasonable doubt and, thus, rejected it.

Jones filed for a judicial review of the matter with the circuit court on March 17.  Much of what happened after that was not clear or public until the litigation process ended with an order for a new primary election from  Special Circuit Judge Henry Lackey to the D.E.C. on October 26.

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