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

One man dead, three charged in Sat. shooting

Three Tunica men are in custody and charged with murder in the Dec. 7 shooting death of Anthony Vaughn, also of Tunica, who had just turned 24 that day.

Vaughn, shot multiple times at Nickson’s Disco nightclub in downtown Tunica, was transported to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, where he later died, according to Tunica police investigator Michael Nichols.

Travis Nickson, 38, Mario Nickson, 41, and Quinton Gates, 27, are being held in the Tunica County Jail, on charges of murder and accessory after the fact.

An altercation that began inside the club Friday spilled out onto Marie Street just after midnight Saturday, Dec. 7, Nichols said.


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Local History: Keeping the home fires burning

Christmas 1944 was, as Charles Dickens would have said, both the worst of times and the best of times. Tunica County and the nation were in the third year of World War II, and about to have the fourth Christmas since the bombing of Pearl Harbor. A spirit of optimism and pride was tempered by news from abroad, as the Allies pushed the Axis powers back both in Europe and the Pacific.

Only weeks before Christmas, Tunica County residents were surprised as they watched a B-17 bomber circle south of the town, apparently looking for a place to land. As they watched the airship turn and bank, they didn’t realize that it was being flown on autopilot. As the plane rose and descended, it abruptly turned south, and in just a few minutes, crashed into an open field on the Bonnie Blue Plantation just east of Clayton.


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Drive Sober campaign launches

Tunica County Sheriff K.C. Hamp has announced that the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign starts today (Friday, Dec. 13) and runs through January 1, 2014.

During this time, law enforcement officers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers. Various saturations and checkpoints will be set up throughout the county.


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Board attorney, county administrator fired, replaced

On successive split votes, the county Board of Supervisors voted Monday night to replace longtime Board attorney Andy Dulaney and county administrator Clifton Johnson.

Supervisor McKinley Daley, representing District 5, interrupted halfway through the regular meeting agenda to move that the Board “hire Ellis Pittman...to replace Dulaney Law Firm as Board attorney.”

District 4’s Henry Nickson quickly seconded, and before Board president James Dunn could get a handle on the developing situation, Phillis Williams of District 3 joined Daley and Nickson to oust Dulaney.

“Can you justify it?” Dunn broke in.


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