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

Crystal Ball spotlights Cobb; annual event nears sell-out

Tickets for the 16th annual Crystal Ball are already heading toward a sell-out. The gala raises funds for the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi and 200 local charitable programs it supports annually. This year’s theme of “Mr. Gatsby’s Crystal Ball” promises an elegant evening of fun.

Bradford Cobb – the son of a Tunica farmer who has managed Katy Perry to superstardom – will be honored with the annual Star of Hope award. After graduating from the University of Mississippi, he moved to Los Angeles and worked his way up to one of the Top 100 music executives in the nation, managing the careers of Adam Lambert, k.d. laing, the B-52s and others in addition to Katy Perry. Local Community Stars will also be honored at the gala.


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As year ends, supervisors vote to comply with court order

County supervisors came out of executive session Tuesday night to make a surprising announcement.

“Regarding Case No. 2014-0169, the Board voted to come into compliance with the judge’s order,” Board attorney Melvin Miller said without elaborating near the end of this week’s payroll meeting.

Case No. 2014-0169 is the county’s suit against the Town of Tunica and the Tunica County School District, claiming that the state law governing distribution of local gaming taxes is unconstitutional.


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More Holiday happenings

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From visits with Santa to Christmas programs that reveal the true meaning of the season to sharing toys, fun and fellowship, Tunicans are getting into the spirit. At left, Tunica Academy fourth graders present their version of “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.”



Eli Coleman passes along his wish list.


 Volunteers assist at Winterfest last Saturday.

 

State clarifies school leadership

The position of superintendent in the Tunica County School District does not exist.  Though this isn’t new information, it is something that officials from the Mississippi Department of Education travelled to Tunica to tell the community once again face-to-face during a district community meeting on December 14.

In addition to clearing up any questions about the status of leadership of the district, School Conservator Dr. Margie Pulley and officials from MDE spoke about personnel changes, the process of the conservator’s exit, student achievement in the district, and community involvement while mixed reactions were shared during public comments and questions from the community.

Earlier this month, Tunica County Chancery Clerk Rechelle Siggers invited the public to attend a December 29 swearing-in event that would have included Dace.  Yet, as of December 15, Dace said he was still not sure that he will attend, after MDE Chief School Performance Officer Pat Ross said the swearing in should not include Dace since the position no longer exists.

“What is there to be sworn into?” Ross said.

Ross said his office reached out to officials at the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office to have the race for superintendent removed from the ballot but were unsuccessful.  Despite the fact that the election happened, the position is still null and void, he said.

“There is not a position to pay,” Ross said.


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