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

Complex issues impacted schools, town, candidates in 2015

This Year in Review written by Meg Coker is a good summary of all that occurred in 2015.

Some might call 2015 the year of meeting rooms and court rooms.

The fate of Tunica County schools was decided in Jackson meeting rooms in July, when state officials opted to place the district under conservatorship. Dr. Margie Pulley, a native of Greenwood, was dispatched to Tunica in July to help the school system prepare for the coming school year and ultimately correct deficiencies.

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‘Neither snow nor rain nor heat...’

The mail won’t be the only outgoing items at the Robinsonville Post Office on Aug. 1. After 42 years with the US Postal Service, longtime postmaster Melvin Salters is retiring

Friends, customers and the community are invited to stop by that day to share stories and wish Salters well in his next phase. Salters said he already has an idea what his first act as a retired man will be.

“I plan to pull my alarm clock out of the wall,” he says with a laugh. “I want to know what it feels like not to go to work on rainy, stormy days or days when it’s snowing.”

Salters entered the workforce at 16, getting his start as a postal assistant at the Tupelo Post Office, just eight miles from his hometown of Belden. When he started there,  the Tupelo P.O. was a hub for around 100 post offices.

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Charlaine Harris finds new audience

July 24, 2017 marked another milestone for author Charlaine Harris. A new television show based on a series of books by Tunica native Harris debuted Monday night on NBC, bringing Harris’s work to a new audience after the adaptation of her Sookie Stackhouse vampire mysteries, HBO’s True Blood closed out its run in 2014.

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‘Star-crossed’ 2013

The Year in Review for 2013, first published on January 3, 2014, is a good recap of events.

If you believe that 13 is an unlucky number, then the year 2013 certainly bolstered that belief. Although the past year had some bright spots, for the most part those high notes were overshadowed by the declining fortunes of the area’s resort industry, as reflected in decreases in gaming tax revenues collected by the county.

For the sake of trying to look on the bright side, let’s start with the positives. The brightest note of 2013 has to be the announcement in September that a $140 million German automotive parts manufacturer, Feuer Powertrain, planned to build its first U.S. plant near Robinsonville. The announcement, held at the Tunica RiverPark, drew state and local economic development officials. The company plans to begin construction early in 2013 and will ultimately create 300 jobs.

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