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

Board to terminate Tunica Arena lease

A lengthy – and often heated – discussion at Monday morning’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors ended with a vote to bring management of the Tunica Arena & Exposition Center into the county fold.

County administrator Michael Thompson recommended that “the arena becomes an enterprise fund...terminate the lease (with Tunica County Arena & Exposition Center, Inc., a nonprofit) and renegotiate the lease or not.”

District 4 supervisor Henry Nickson moved to “bring the arena into an enterprise fund scenario to track revenues and expenses, become a county cancel the lease and move the bank account to First Security.” Supervisor McKinley Daley then seconded, but more discussion followed, until Board president James Dunn called the motion, and it was approved on a 3-2 vote, Dunn and District 2’s Cedric Burnett voting no.

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Celebrating America's birthday

Celebrating the birth of America with an Independence Day parade is a time honored tradition in the Town of Tunica.

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Melton is Tunica's newest Eagle

Garland Jacob Flowers Melton (center left) is the newest member of an exclusive group, Eagle Scouts.

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Self defense classes offer more than protection

An opportunity to earn income was the main reason, Sophia Byrd said, she signed up for self defense classes.  What she has learned in the last several weeks, though, has been priceless.

“Money wise, I had to do it,” Byrd said, explaining that she took the required course to prepare for her job as a security team member.

“But doing it was a relief from stress without hurting someone. It gave me knowledge of what I can do to protect myself without harming someone else.... It’s also a mental class.  I’ve learned patience, stability, and awareness.”

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