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

Town votes Tuesday

With just one contested race on the ballot, turnout for next week’s municipal elections may turn out to be light.

Incumbent mayor Chuck Cariker is unopposed in his bid for a third term, as are aldermen Jack Graves (Ward 1), Brad Beach (Ward 2) and Brooks Taylor (Ward 4).

Ward 5 incumbent Marie Nickson is not seeking re-election. Billy Willis, director of the Tunica County Parks & Recreation department, was the only qualifier to run to replace Nickson.

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Last Monday in May

The Memorial Day Program on May 29 centered around a ceremony for honorably retiring U.S. flags, led by community veterans and members of the Jr. ROTC program at Rosa Fort High School.

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Variety of services puts focus on families


Their name says it all. Each day, through a variety of programming, they are working to put Families First for Mississippi.

William Walton and Marcus Richardson are the “feet on the ground” in Tunica County, looking to help as many locals as they possibly can.

“Our primary focus is Youth Development, but we also offer active parenting classes, job readiness, literacy and education.”

“We really want to expand our services in Tunica County,” Richardson added.

One way they are doing just that is through a partnership with Tunica County Schools, which has produced an after school program. The program, open to kids 12-17, focuses on mentoring/changing behavior for the better. Richardson said the kids are enrolled on a voluntary basis after being referred by school officials.

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Promise of community’s future transformation fills 2006 newspapers

For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: ‘It might have been.’”  - from the poem “Maud Muller” by John Greenleaf Whittier

As we work through 25 years of publishing The Tunica Times, the quote above has come to mind many times, but none so much as when reading back issues from 2006.

In August that year, a $2.7 billion theme park and planned community project won state backing in a special session of the Mississippi Legislature. Riverbend Crossing was envisioned for the extreme southwest corner of Desoto County, just north of the Desoto-Tunica county line.

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