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

Carlisle sees music success in the Delta

Choosing a career path took most of his life, Devin Carlisle admits.  But now that he has set his mind on becoming a professional music artist, doors are swinging open for the 21-year-old singer/songwriter, who is following the musical footsteps of his late grandfather, B.C. Carlisle of Tunica, MS.

“Most kids knew they wanted to do basketball, football, acting or politics… I didn’t really know what I wanted to do.  I wanted to know what I was passionate about, and I didn’t have that in high school or middle school,” Devin said.  “When I left for college and I was on my own, I was singing all the time.  I sang in front of strangers basically, and I got support from people.  They told me I would be good. It made me confident, and it made me know that this is what I want to do in life.”


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News Briefs

County Board gets updated salary survey

Research Associate Claudette Jones of the Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development at Mississippi State University gave county supervisors a preliminary report on the findings of the 2013 Salary Survey Update commissioned by the Board last June.

Jones said by phone earlier this week that she wooud attend this week’s Board of Supervisors meeting (Thursday, Feb. 27) to give officials an opportunity to ask questions and offer comments before the survey is finalized.


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Co. administrator arrest, Board action stirs controversy

Tunica County administrator Michael Thompson was arrested last Wednesday, February 12, by local sheriff’s deputies and held in the Tunica County Jail for several hours on an outstanding warrant from another county.

Thompson, 36, was booked into the jail at 7:39 p.m. for driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license and on a warrant from Montgomery County for Failure to Appear.

According to a Feb. 13 release from the Tunica County Sheriff’s Department, Tunica County Justice Court Judge Louise Linzy confirmed the warrant with a judge in Montgomery County, but “an arrest warrant was not sent and Michael Thompson was able to post bond on the charge of driving while license suspended.”


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Charter Schools in Tunica’s Future?

“This community deserves options in education and charter schools provide that,” Dr. Willie W. Herenton told a crowd of citizens, educators and elected officials at a community meeting on Feb. 19 at the Tunica Museum.

Herenton, a former mayor and superintendent of Memphis City schools, spoke on behalf of the W.E.B. Du Bois Consortium of Charter Schools, Inc. The organization has submitted a letter of intent to locate in Tunica County. He predicted it is the first of many to come.

Herenton said he was born in South Memphis in a household headed by his mother and grandmother. He and his sister were charged with getting the stove ready for his mother to cook each day.


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