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

Board reverses on local and privates


What a difference a few days can make.

Last week, county supervisors couldn’t come to a consensus about requesting local and private legislation from the Mississippi Legislature, but this week, a vote was unanimous.

On Thursday, March 31, Board of Supervisors president James Dunn recommended submitting a bill that combined a stipulation about part of the gaming taxes that go to the Tunica County School District and an authorization to renew funding to the Tunica Museum.

“I have one recommendation regarding Tunica County School District gaming revenue,” Dunn said. “to earmark four percent to satisfy bonded indebtedness (from) the construction of a new high school, and for the Board to support the Tunica Museum (with) a one mill allocation for calendar years 2017 and 2018.”

Dunn clarified that the four percent set aside was part of the School District’s 14 percent overall allocation and that the Board could allocate up to one mill to the museum.

“We continue to ignore these other nonprofits,” District 4 supervisor Henry Nickson said. “Multiple people need to be involved, not just two entities.”

“They need to come and ask us,” District 2 supervisor Michael Johnson responded.

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Hooray for Rivergate!

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Student entrepreneur learns money management

I interviewed an interesting young lady by the name of Tamara Monique Washington.  She was born in Memphis, TN, and is a 14-year-old in the 9th grade at Rosa Fort High School.  As a child, Tamara lived with her grandparents.  As she grew older, she began to live with her mother.  She has one sister, three brothers, one stepsister, and one stepbrother.

She sees herself as being unique and intelligent.  Tamara said that one day she wants to be a doctor or join the Air Force.  Her decision has not been made yet, she said.  The reason for her wanting to possibly be a doctor is because in the future she wants to save other people’s lives.  She in now in Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) and enjoys it very much, which is why she is considering joining the Air Force.

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Book Review: Finely drawn characters mark debut

Tunica native Bill Riales’ new e-book The Ghost of Henry Cotton is the debut author’s bid to put his hometown as much on the national and international radar as best-seller Greg Iles’ efforts for Natchez.

The crime thriller, released just days ago, opens with the accidental death (or is it?) of its title protagonist, a young Mississippi Delta farmer whose long-buried secrets don’t die with him.

Two other mysterious deaths in the community get resolved in the course of the plot, thanks in large part to Henry Cotton’s intrepid young widow Sue, who takes over the book and becomes one of the strongest females characters in recent reading.

“I guess Sue is drawn partly from a former girlfriend and partly on my wife,” Riales explains.

But he’s quick to note that there’s only one character in the book who was a real person, the first teen victim Ray Woodard.

“This is a story from my imagination,” Riales adds, but the setting is certainly his memory of a very familiar Tunica County in the seventies, where men farmed, women stayed home to supervise the kids, and everyone escaped to Memphis on occasion.

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