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

Nonprofit seeks support for youth program


The head of a local nonprofit appeared before the Mayor and Board of Aldermen on Aug. 17 seeking help with an effort to receive a federal grant.
James Dunn, representing the Tunica County Community Development Coalition, said his organization recently applied for a grant from the Department of Planning and Safety.
“In order to make the application, we need an organization to agree to sponsor it,” Dunn said.
The grant would cover costs for a Youth Entrepreneurship program that exposes kids to writing a business plan and running a business, Dunn said. The program features guest speakers and hands on experience. It operates on a part-time basis.

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Times, it’s a changin’

On September 17, The Tunica Times will make history.
After 102 years as a Thursday publication, The Times will hereafter be published on Fridays.
“Many, many weekly newspapers have Thursday publication dates, harkening back to the days when new grocery stock was put on the shelves and advertised,” explained Times publisher Brooks Taylor. “With grocery stores primarily utilizing direct mail today, that reason no longer exists.

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Southern Gardening: Desert landscapes bloom with efficient irrigation


I spent last week in Palm Desert, Calif., where the daily temperatures were 110 degrees or more and the humidity was less than 20 percent.
The landscapes I saw there are completely foreign to our lush, green gardens. Yet the landscape was quite beautiful, not bleak as I had imagined. There were lots of flowering desert plants, and I quickly realized that one of the first things I needed to get was a desert plant guide.Read more

 

Town proposes $5 million budget


Officials with the Town of Tunica have proposed a budget of just over $5 million, down approximately $200,000 from last year’s projections.
Mayor Chuck Cariker attributes the reduction to the downward cycle in gaming revenue.
“Last year, we used $3 million as our number for gaming revenue. This year, we’ve lowered that  to $2.8 million,” Cariker said.
In 2006, the gaming revenue projected by the Town was $3.9 million.

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