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

Event to foster positive interaction with police


The events in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014 have triggered emotions and reactions throughout the nation. In Tunica County, it has led to the creation of Police Encounter: How to Stay Alive.

Organizer Kenneth Davis Sr. explained that the event was born “out of compassion for the victims.”

“After the last event, Michael Brown, I felt compelled to do what police officers are trained to do, and that’s save lives by educating,” Davis said.

Police Encounter will be held at the White Oak Community Center on January 17 at 10 a.m. Davis estimates that it will last over two hours, depending on participants. It is open to ages 15 to adults.

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Construction begins at Mhoon Landing

Mhoon Landing is a beehive of activity, as Consolidated Grain begins construction on an $18 million grain elevator and port facility on the former site of Splash Casino.

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Betty Jo Dulaney named Community Foundation’s 2014 Woman of the Year

The 15th Crystal Ball will provide the backdrop to honor four outstanding Community Stars of Northwest Mississippi.  These regional Community Stars will be honored along with the gala’s Star of Hope, Marty Stuart, the five-time Grammy winner who conceived and was instrumental in creating the Country Music Trail throughout Mississippi.

Betty Jo Dulaney of Tunica is the Margaret Maddox Woman of the Year. She has 20 years of volunteer service in making a difference in improving education for individuals and families in Tunica County.  Betty Jo has helped people learn to read and/or improve their reading skills through her leadership at the Tunica County Literacy Council.  She broke away from the usual concept of a literacy council and expanded the services to ages birth through kindergarten.  Because of her work with these young children, the 2014 School Readiness Test placed Tunica County the second highest ranking in the state of Mississippi.  The driving force for Betty Jo is to see former students who are successful and improving their lives. She has also served as district governor for the Rotary Club and on the board of the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi.

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Local businesses collect for Toys for Tots

Fred’s and Clayton Appliance collected Toys for Tot in December for the county Community Affairs Department toy drive.

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