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

Town seeks utility grant

The Town of Tunica is applying this week for Community Development Block Grant funding to upgrade utility service to 60 homes in Nellie Johnson Village.

The $450,000 grant would rework an aging pumping station south of Beat Line Road and east of the town’s corporate limits, acccording to Granville Sherman, program specialist with North Delta Planning and Development District.

“The pumping station there is not adequate for the number of homes it is serving,” Sherman said at a public hearing on the matter April 30.

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Arena draws crowds, but not profits

Some local citizens and business owners say officials need to look further than the bottom line to see the impact Tunica Arena & Expo Center has on the county, after District 4 Supervisor Henry Nickson, Jr. recently expressed concern for how much the county spends on it.

“We spent millions on an arena that’s supposed to bring horse shows,” Nickson said.  “We’re not even breaking even on that.”

The arena is a 48,000 square foot, climate controlled, state-of-the-art facility featuring horse shows, truck and tractor pulls, dog shows, farm equipment shows, and more.  It cost the county over $10 million to build the facility.

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Shooting under investigation

Tunica police are accustomed to dealing with extra traffic during the town’s annual Rivergate Festival, but officers weren’t counting on a crime victim driving downtown Friday afternoon.

The woman driver was shot in the back on Beat Line Road east of Highway 61, when an unidentified suspect or suspects opened fire on her car about 4:30 p.m. April 25. The woman was able to drive herself to Magnolia Street in town, next to police headquarters.

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Information sought on robbery

The Tunica County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect in an April 28 robbery at Bally’s Casino.

The suspect is described as a black male, with medium build and a light complexion, wearing sunglasses, a black hoodie and skull cap and khaki pants.

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