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

Tapestry adds to heritage at Good Shepherd

When the tiny mission church in Tunica and a venerable but aging congregation in Walls, MS agreed to merge and build a new sanctuary in North Tunica County, the name that was ultimately settled on seemed just right for a place of worship rising from fertile cotton fields that surrounded the site.

Now, nearly seven years after its dedication in 2010, Good Shepherd Catholic Church has formally received a gift with special significance: a near one-of-a-kind tapestry depicting Christ as a shepherd in a rural setting, holding a lamb in His arms and stepping into a river.

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Garbage fees start January 1

Garbage, trash, rubbish, waste...citizens of Tunica County can choose to call it whatever they like, but soon its removal will cost them.

Following a public hearing on Nov. 7, the Board of Supervisors approved a $6 per month garbage fee for county residents. According to county administrator Adrian McKay, the fee will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2017.

Before voting on the matter, supervisors considered a three tiered fee structure. Board attorney John Keith Perry said proposed fees were 27 cents per day for residents under the age 65, $3.99 for residents over 65 and veterans and $12 per month for businesses and churches in the county.

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State notes progress in public schools

Last month’s statewide release of school accountability rankings brought good news and recognition from the state to the Tunica County School District. The district as a whole achieved a “C” ranking, or “successful,” one of 36 districts (out of 143) to do so.

TCSD also had the second highest math growth in the state for students in the lowest performing subgroup and ranked in the top 25 percent for students showing growth in reading for the lowest performing subgroup, according to statistics posted recently on the system’s website, The site also noted that all schools in the district made significant improvements for its lowest performing students in both English Language Arts (ELA) and math.

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The Tunica County Sheriff’s Department Color Guard opened Tunica’s Veterans Day Program with the posting of the colors last Friday, as citizens gathered to honor and remember those who have served their country or are serving now.

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