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

Revival this Saturday aims to unite Tunicans

Everyone is welcome to attend a unique event at the Henderson Rec center April 11 with a mission to “make us one.” The Great River Revival will kick off at 1:45 p.m. with a program of music and inspirational messages from local ministers and conclude at 3:45.

“The ministers here in Tunica have come together...to bridge the gap of racism,” Pastor Roman Fullilove said in an interview this week. “We worship the same God, and we should not be divided.”

“Our desire as members of this committee, after prayer and planning, is to issue a clarion call to our county population to come together in God’s presence through worship and His Word,” Danny Smith of Tunica’s First Baptist Church said.

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Plan for natural gas service up for vote in May

White Oak residents are one step closer to having access to natural gas service for their homes.

Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley told about 50 people – most from White Oak – that the Commission is slated to vote next month on a plan from Atmos to extend service to neighborhoods and subdivisions not being currently served. Presley was in town last week to conduct a town hall meeting, the 136th such meeting for Presley during his terms on the PSC.

“This is a plan unlike anywhere in America,” Presley said. “We’re trying to do something that should have been done 70 years ago.”

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Funding cuts threaten future of Tunica Airport

Asked to comment during the county meeting this week, airport director Cliff Nash was blunt.

“This is the last month for the airport to operate without funding,” Nash said. “We will close the doors at the end of next month (April).”

Nash said in an interview Tuesday that only $54,225 has been paid to the airport since October 2014, despite the airport being budgeted for $320,000 for Fiscal Year 2015.

“That was 57 percent less than what (the airport) asked for, and as of March 31 this year, we have received 16.9 percent of that $320,000.”

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New judge, new date in town vs. co.

A new judge has been assigned to consider competing motions for preliminary injunction by the town and county, and since last week, a new court date has been assigned.

Chief Justice William L. Waller, Jr. of the Mississippi Supreme Court issued an order on March 25 appointing Senior Status Judge Henry L. Lackey of Calhoun City as special judge in Case no. 14-0169, Tunica County, Mississippi vs. Town of Tunica and Tunica County, Mississippi School District, at the request of the judges for the Circuit Court here.

“...this request is necessitated by the recusal of the Judges for said County by virtue of an Order of Recusal executed ... on March 24, 2014.”

Chief Justice Waller’s order follows on the heels of the order of recusal issued last week by Senior Circuit Court Judge Albert B. Smith III.

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