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

Accident has happy ending for sweet Lady

Monday, February 6 started out as a typical day for John Allen and his loyal dog, Lady.  Some of you may have even seen them that morning traveling north on Highway 61 between Clarksdale and Tunica, John on his bicycle and Lady riding behind in her custom-made cart.  They didn’t seem to have a care in the world.  Just a man and his dog, enjoying life and the company of each other.
All of that tragically changed when John’s bicycle was struck by a northbound car at Clayton and he was critically injured.  The impact was so profound, it caused Lady to bolt in fear from the one person she loved more than anything.  She ran into the nearby woods.  As the emergency crew worked frantically to save John’s life and prepare him to be airlifted to The Med, I was told you could hear Mr. Allen crying out for his dog.  In a matter of moments, he was flown from the scene and Lady was left behind.

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Four charged in murder of Tunica County man

The life of a 32 year old Tunica County man was cut short on a roadway in northern Bolivar County last week. A farmer discovered his body just after 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31.
Quenton Deon McKay sustained two gunshots to the head and three to the chest. Investigators believe the shots were fired at close range, execution style.

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Board clashes over pay

For the second consecutive meeting, employee paychecks made their way to the county Board of Supervisors’ table.
District 5 Supervisor McKinley Daley called for action on a request for a salary increase for an employee that was initially made by Road Manager Joe Eddie Hawkins on Jan. 31. At that time, Hawkins asked that the employee receive a $6,000 per year raise to put him in line with others in similar positions.
Daley’s motion received a quick second from District 4 Supervisor Henry Nickson.

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Aiming high for education

Superintendent of Education Steve Chandler has set new five-year goals for the Tunica County School District that he calls “ambitious” but attainable.
Chandler presented a summary of those goals at a Board of Education work session in late January. He said that the school board has not yet formally adopted the goals. He also outlined his plan at Tunica Rotary Club’s regular meeting last week, saying he is seeking community input and support.

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