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

‘Work Ready’ is county’s new mantra

Tunica County employers are interviewing 100 or more applicants for every job opening, to find one potential employee who is “qualified, educated and trainable,” according to human resources managers who attended Monday’s launch of Tunica’s Work Ready Community Certification.

“We are known as an unskilled community,” said Tunica County administrator Adrian McKay, “(trying) to go to provide and sustain a workforce to tourism and manufacturing.”

McKay – along with Chamber CEO Lyn Arnold – is serving as co-chairman of a group of local elected officials, educators, Chamber and economic development officials and tourism and business leaders who accepted the challenge to bring ACT’s Work Ready program to the county. The official launch this week at Horseshoe Casino is the next step in a “multi-year, multi-dimensional” process, Arnold said.

“We’re involved because Frank Howell (Delta Council director of development) called, and we think it is a good fit and important for economic and workforce development.”

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Voters face election dilemma March 8

Tunica County voters must choose next Tuesday whether to vote Republican or Democrat. That is likely to be a tough choice for those who were anticipating voting in the Republican presidential primary but also wanted to make their choice for Yazoo Mississippi Levee Board commissioners from Tunica County for the next four years.

Voters won’t be able to do both, according to Circuit Clerk Sharon Reynolds.

Levee Board incumbents Clarence Cariker and David Williams, Jr. are seeking another four year term, but a third candidate has entered the race, A.L. Steele. Voters will be asked to vote for two people in the three-way race. All three will be on the Democratic Party ballot.

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Men charged in Feb. 5 shooting


Two men have been arrested and one man is recovering following a shooting on Feb. 5 in Tunica County.

According to a press release issued by the Tunica County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were dispatched to 1195 Bankston Road in reference to a shooting. When they arrived, they found an injured black male inside a residence. He sustained a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Medical personnel arrived to treat the victim. He was transported to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis. He has been released and is still recovering from his injuries.

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Flu, pneumonia claim child of former TA coach

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports the first confirmed pediatric influenza death for the 2015-2016 flu season.

The victim was 13 year old Cheyenne Hicks of Leland, Miss. Hicks was the daughter of Jimmy and Jarae Hicks, also of Leland.Jimmy Hicks served as the head football coach at Tunica Academy for the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

Hicks is survived by her parents and sisters, Carley Nicole Hicks, Carson Layla Hicks, Bella Reese Hicks, and Sophie Lynn Hicks, all of Leland; her grandmother, Debra Thompson of Daphne, Alabama; her grandparents, Danny and Cindy Gentry of Memphis, Tennessee; grandparents, James and Patt Hicks of Oakland, Tennessee; her grandmother, Cindy Payne of Southaven, Mississippi, and her birth father, Justin Payne of Millington, Tennessee.

A celebration of Hick’s life was held on Tuesday Feb. 23 at Immanuel Baptist Church  in Cleveland, Miss. with Dr. Steve Huber and Dr. Gary Crowell officiating. Graveside services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 24 in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn.

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