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

State preps to extend I-69 west, south

The 2017-2020 Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan recently released by the Mississippi Department of Transportation includes funds for the engineering and design phase of an extension of Interstate 69 in Tunica County.

Project No. 720212 is the construction of four lanes of I-69 from the Desoto county line to Arkabutla Dam Road in Tunica County. The engineering phase is projected to cost $3 million and is slated to get underway this year. Eighty percent of the cost of this phase will come from federal funds.

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Utility district sets March 25 deadline to collect past dues

Approximately 500 customers of the Tunica County Utility District are 90 days or more past due on their accounts, and TCUD’s new managers are getting serious about collecting those revenues.

Letters went out in late February to notify those accounts with past due charges that TCUD has set a March 25, 2017 deadline for those accounts to be brought to a zero balance.

“The following past due amount must be paid in full (by the March 25, 2017 deadline) in order to avoid disconnection of service,” the letter states.

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Terror attack on U.S. soil defined the year 2001

[Editor’s note: The following is a reprint of the “Year in Review” story that ran in the January 3, 2002 issue of The Tunica Times. 2001 was an extraordinary year in so many ways, most of which are outlined in the story that follows.

On a personal note, the year began publisher Brooks Taylor’s term as president of the Mississippi Press Association. Also, Grand Casino hosted the MPA Summer Convention in June, a first for Tunica.]

The year 2001 will forever be defined by Sept. 11.  Terrorist strikes against New York City and Washington, D.C. are seminal events in our nation’s history, in the same way as the Civil War, Pearl Harbor and the assassinations of the 60s define their eras.

Tunicans, though far removed from the East Coast attacks and from the anthrax scare that followed, nevertheless, saw their lives altered in ways unimaginable prior to the fall of 2001.  Local ag pilots were perhaps hardest hit, as planes stayed grounded for weeks, federal investigations proceeded, and aviation administrators put new, more stringent security measures in place.  Local and regional merchants felt the effects of lower consumer confidence.  The stock market plunged, and savings accounts and mutual funds felt the effects of ever-lower interest rates.  Media finally used the work “recession” to describe the country’s economic slowdown.

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The Cat in the Hat unleashed at TMS

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