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

Hawkins headed to the pros

Lots of little boys dream of one day becoming the professional athlete they read about or see on t.v. For Donald Hawkins of Tunica, it’s no longer a dream. On Saturday, May 10, Hawkins committed to the Philadelphia Eagles and will wear number 78 next season.

In an interview on Tuesday, May 13, Hawkins said it had been a busy three days, but the team and the city had been very welcoming. He had previously met with team representatives in Austin, where he attended the University of Texas. He’d also participated in the Eagles’ Pro Day workout and said it just seemed like a natural fit.

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Town Board votes to enact garbage fee

After months of discussion on ways to increase revenue, town officials unanimously voted to enact a monthly garbage fee. It will appear on town water bills starting July 1.

At a meeting of the Board of Aldermen on May 6, Mayor Chuck Cariker recommended that the town continue twice a week garbage pick up for a rate of $10 per month. Each additional can will cost $5. Rates are the same for commercial customers as for residents.

According to town officials, the rate change will involve enacting a town ordinance. A public hearing will be set following the board’s next meeting on May 20.

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Insurance still being debated


Supervisors are expected to take up the issue of employee health insurance this week, after a discussion on May 5 failed to reach a consensus.

County administrator Michael Thompson told the Board that its current company Cigna had submitted a plan with three options, but said he was waiting to hear from the county’s agent of record Nick Floyd.

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Felony convictions complicate Tunican’s search for work

Finding a job to support her family is a puzzle 39-year-old Debra Smith has been determined to solve for nearly the past decade, she said.

It seems she has all the right pieces, according to her resume.  She has nearly a decade of experience in the gaming industry, working in positions such as hostess cashier, cage cashier, and blackjack dealer.  She also recently completed a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies from the University of Mississippi with minors in psychology, sociology, and history.

Smith said she is ashamed of what may be holding her back from better work opportunities.

“A year ago, I couldn’t see myself sitting here talking about this,” she said.

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