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

Two applications underway for local charter schools

Part two of a series

Dr. Willie Herenton said he revised his original letter of intent, which was to serve 100 students, all admitted at once, in grades K-5 from the year 2015 to 2020, after discovering legislation that might allow students to attend public charter schools beyond their district of residence.

“It was our understanding that there was some proposed legislation in the Mississippi legislature that would allow for students to cross districts to attend charter schools,” he said.  “We wanted to serve a broader community if the legislation was passed,” he said.

Though that legislation has not passed to date, Herenton said he is setting up his proposed charter school in such a way that it can accommodate students from other districts if that legislation is enacted in the future.

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Welcome Back

Tunica Main Street will mark the return of the Purple Martins with a special celebration today (March 14) at noon in Rivergate Park.

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Old Man Winter comes calling

Heavy rains Sunday night turned into sleet, freezing rain and snow Monday morning, causing power outages throughout the entire town of Tunica and most of the county, with areas near Robinsonville the worst hit.

Tunica Countians woke up to a frozen world, with temperatures hovering in the teens and no heat or lights, reminding many of the devastating ice storm of 1994. But unlike 1994, utility crews were able to isolate and repair a problem north of the town and get most town customers back up and running by noon Monday.

A few town residents along and near the intersection of Shady Lane and School Street were among the last in town to get power back about 5 p.m.

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Feds raid Pittman business

On Thursday, Feb. 27, agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation served a warrant on a business co-owned by Tunica County Board of Supervisors attorney Ellis Pittman.

The warrant sought Medicare records from Revelation Hospice and Palliative Care LLC in Clarksdale, Miss. It was initiated by the Department of the Inspector General for the federal Department of Health and Human Services, according to a March 4 article in the Clarksdale Press Register.

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