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

New musician mini, but mighty

His dreams may be bigger than his body right now, but one local isn’t letting that stop him.
Eight year old Kendarius Laird of Tunica is starting a promising career in music with his rap single “Yeen Heard Bout Me.” Under the stage name “Lil Sipp Shawty”, Laird raps about what he knows including making money for ice cream, being out of school for the summer and staying out of trouble.

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County paves way for GTA

Following a lengthy executive session on July 15, Board of Supervisors attorney Andy Dulaney said Tunica County would play a role in the funding for GreenTech Automotive.
The company, whose headquarters are located in Tunica, plans to make and distribute hybrid and electric cars. They will build the first products at a facility in DeSoto County, with plans to relocate to Tunica County in 2012.

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Chance vaults Tunica’s Ward into gymnastics

Not everyone’s dream falls in his or her lap, but every now and then someone gets an opportunity of a lifetime that just doesn’t happen twice. For native Tunican Janis Ward, that golden opportunity came by way of a grandparent hard-pressed for time.
Ward was born in Tunica and graduated from what was then Tunica Institute of Learning, before moving to Houston.
In the summer of 1984, after the deaths of both grandparents just days apart, Ward and her family were really down. She remembers turning on the television in the weeks to come and distracting herself with the Olympics.
“I had never really watched the Olympics,” Ward claims, “but I watched Mary Lou Retton hit a perfect vault twice and fell in love with the sport.” Although she had never stepped foot on a gymnastic floor or strapped on a leotard, Ward began craving gymnastics like a starving man wants a steak.

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Event offers forum for candidates

Day in and day out, law enforcement agencies across the nation fight the war on crime. On Aug. 1, the Tunica County Sheriff’s Department will bring to light their efforts and rally community support with a National Night Out Against Crime event at the G.W. Henderson Rec Center.
Neketta Dean of the Tunica County S.O. stresses that the event is open to everyone community wide. She reports that the night will include many fun and informative activities, as well as refreshments. It will take place from 5 to 9 p.m., and citizens are invited to drop in for all or part of the event.

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