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

Candidate Profile: ‘Customer service’ anchors Dace campaign

Former math teacher, coach, bus driver, and administrator in Tunica County School Districts, Derrick “Coach” Dace is now seeking to use his experience and skills to lead the county’s sole public school system in a positive direction filled with positive experiences as Superintendent.

His priorities all hinge upon offering excellent customer service to improve partnerships, academic achievement, and accountability and transparency throughout the district, he shared.

“I’m a big believer in customer service.  Our customers are going to be our students, our parents, and our community,” he said.

Dace shared that he plans to focus on the “PIE” to improve partnerships.  He explained that “PIE” stands for “Parents, Industry, and Educators.”  Getting each person in these groups to work together is his goal, he added.

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Rivergate Festival: Blues, BBQ & Brews

Break out your rain gear and get ready for the 2015 Rivergate Festival this weekend. From crawfish to crafts and Blues to BBQ, downtown is the place to be.

Now in its 23rd year, the two day festival coordinated by the Tunica County Chamber of Commerce is a mix of traditional favorites and new events.

Crawfish Alley opened Thursday at 6 p.m. in the lot just east of the Rivergate stage and runs through Saturday, April 18 – or until the mudbugs run out. Wristbands are $60 and are good for three plates of crawfish, corn and potatoes and all the soft drinks and water you want. Single platters are $20.

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Mayor updates town board on fire contract

An agreement on fire protection between the town, county and the Tunica Volunteer Fire Department has not been reached, Mayor Chuck Cariker told the Board of Aldermen on April 7.

“They wanted to make some changes,” Cariker said. Town officials met to finalize a draft of a contract for fire protection on Friday, April 3. It was submitted to the Board of Supervisors and rejected at their meeting on Monday, April 6.

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Smoke on the Mountain opens next week

Tunica will transform into Mount Pleasant, North Carolina for the musical Smoke on the Mountain at 7:30 on three nights – April 23, 24 and 25 – at the Tunica United Methodist Church.

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