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

Service club sees beauty, poverty of island nation

A group of local teenagers shared stories, observations and images from a trip promoting “service above self” at the Tunica Rotary Club on Thursday, Sept. 19.

The Tunica Academy Interact Club traveled to the Dominican Republic in the summer of 2013 to provide water filters for citizens and help with the construction of a local hospital.

Rotary Club liaison Wes Ryals, who also traveled with the group, previously reported that they found “a desperate living situation” in the country.

Club sponsor Abbey Turner echoed Ryals’ remarks, saying that local water could not be consumed.

“We played cards at night and joked that the loser would have to brush their teeth with the water,” Turner said.

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Rosa Fort's Homecoming Royalty 2013

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Supervisors clash over internal audit

The county’s ongoing internal audit drew sharp disagreement among members of the Board of Supervisors last week.

CPA Michael Thompson complained to the Board that “the progress of the audit was held up due to not having access to (records of) the Tourism Development Foundation.”

Thompson said the nonprofit Foundation was “heavily intertwined with the Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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Schools slump in ‘13 ratings

Friday the 13th proved to be especially unlucky for the Tunica County School District, as the Mississippi Department of Education issued a failing grade to two public schools and the district as a whole last week in its 2013 accountability report.

Tunica Elementary earned an F grade for the second straight year, one of 50 in the state that are in danger of having their entire staff dismissed and replaced by the state. This drastic measure occurs when a school receives an F grade for three years in a row.

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