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

Students protest firing of high school principal Chandler

The third straight year of low test scores and low graduation rates at Rosa Fort High School called for a change, says Tunica County Superintendent of Education Bernard S. “Steve” Chandler, and last week he acted, issuing a letter of termination to the school’s principal Derrick Dace.

“In four years, (Rosa Fort High) had ‘D’ ratings and a 60 percent graduation rate,” Chandler said in an interview this week. “Is that kind of progress adequate for your child?

“There is a reason why our ACT scores aren’t high and why graduation rates are low. I am just going to put it out front.”

Chandler said he did not recommend Dace to be rehired three times in the past due to the school’s poor performance.

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County library, other facilities feeling pinch of proposed budget cuts

Just weeks away from opening a second branch in Tunica County, First Regional Library director Ed Hughes revealed planned cutbacks in hours of operation in both the town of Tunica and at the new Robinsonville branch.

Citing a proposed 32 percent reduction in county funding, Hughes said the R.C. Irwin library in Tunica could open 30 hours per week – and only 10 hours per week for the new space in Robinsonville.

“I know we are all going through a difficult time,” Hughes told county leaders Tuesday night.  “This is quite a huge cut…. I ask you to reconsider.”

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Feuer employee makes U.S. home

Some oaths are so sacred they change lives.  That’s exactly what happened to Jessica Whitfield on August 27 when she swore the Naturalization Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America.

Whitfield journeyed from Germany to America eight years ago to further her education.

“I came here in the Fall 2006 as an exchange student through a scholarship between Congress and the German Bundestag,” she said.

Her assignment was to study at Jackson State University.  Her studies included traditional classroom work and an internship at a small accounting firm.  After graduation, she later found an opportunity to interview at Feuer PowerTrain North America, Inc., a German-based company planting its first American roots in Robinsonville.

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Rosa Fort announces 2014 Homecoming Court

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