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

Veterans Day speaker announced

Colonel Lee Smithson  of the Mississippi National Guard will be the speaker for the Town of Tunica’s annual Veterans Day program next Wednesday.

Col. Smithson began his 31 year military career through the ROTC program at Tulane University. He served overseas in Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina and in Iraq, before joining the Mississippi National Guard in 1993. He was Director of Military Support for the Guard during Hurricanes Katrina, Gustav, Ike and Isaac; the Mississippi River flood of 2011; tornado outbreaks in the state in 2010, 2011, and 2014; and the Deep Water Horizon oil spill in 2010.

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Election challenge dismissed

After carefully reviewing a convoluted set of circumstances, special judge James Bell ruled last Friday in favor of a motion by Jacqueline Dishmon-Boykin to dismiss a primary election contest by Louise Linzy.

Dishmon-Boykin’s attorney Michael Graves had argued that the court did not have “subject matter jurisdiction” in the case, and ultimately, Judge Bell agreed.

“I’m trying to liberally construe the pleadings,” Judge Bell said. “...I cannot proceed unless all requirements are met.”

Bell said Linzy had fulfilled some on a list of seven requirements for the case to proceed but not all.

“The statute is clear,” Graves explained to begin the October 9 proceedings. “A contest must be filed with the county executive committee before filing in this court. Linzy did not file a contest with the Democratic Executive Committee as required by the statute.”

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Passion for Pink

Pink is popping up all over the county this month, because every Tunican knows at least one Tunican who has been impacted by breast cancer.  As the month of October approaches its second half, several leaders and residents plan to continue to put on pink and raise awareness for breast cancer.

Breast cancer is a very common cancer, diagnosed in more than 220,000 women in the United States each year and claiming the lives of more than 40,000 annually, according to  It is the leading cause of death among women.  Symptoms can include lump or lumps in the breast, nipple discharge, and texture and shape changes in the breast or nipple, the website reports.

Earlier this month, the Tunica County Sheriff’s Office “arrested” several members of the community in its “Arrest for the Cure” campaign to raise breast cancer awareness as well as donations for the American Cancer Society, an organization working to find a cure for breast cancer and other cancers.   Commander Cedric Davis said close to $1,200 had been raised by Oct. 6.

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