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

Gentry leaves on high note

The Tunica County Board of Education and district administrators honored retiring Superintendent of Education Jerry Gentry, Sr. last Wednesday, December 14, at the last meeting of his tenure.
School board members recognized Mr. Gentry with a resolution to spread on the minutes and a plaque presented in the meeting’s final moments.
Prior to the presentation, various retired and active administrators who have served with Mr. Gentry during his 46 years in Tunica County schools came to the podium to offer comments.

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Family seeks relief from water

Since 2000, landowner Robert Whalen has seen the rise and fall of water along Verner Road.
On Dec. 15, Whalen told the Board of Supervisors that he no longer wants to live in a flood zone.
“It is a flood area,” Whalen said. “The water is steady coming and you’ve got to do something about it.”
Whalen, along with his family, produced a book of photos and newspaper clippings detailing the high water struggles.
“I have pictures from when it rained last Monday and it got up to the kitchen door,” Whalen said. “Nobody is accountable. I am just trying to take care of business.”

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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History, traditions make Christmas season even more merry

Christmas is a favorite time for most, surrounded by longtime traditions and personal family traditions alike. We all know that this is a time to celebrate Jesus’s birth, and symbols of this can be seen in almost all the Christmas traditions we honor today. Grab the kids and gather them around to share with them the reasons we do what we do for Christmas.
December 25th – Although Jesus was not born on December 25th, we have celebrated his birthday on this day since as early as 273 A.D.  Many other festivals are celebrated on or around that day and Christmas is even celebrated up until January 7th in some countries.
The Christmas Tree – The Christmas Tree originated in Germany sometime during the 16th century. They used evergreen trees for their luscious green color and decorated them with apples, candies, and paper flowers. Apples were used to represent the apple from the Paradise Tree in the Garden of Eden. A fun tradition to start today is making apple ornaments for the birds. Simply cover an apple with peanut butter and roll in birdseed. Attach a string and hang it from branches in your yard or use them to create your own Paradise Tree.

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