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

Kirby families putting lives back together after June 16 fire


Barbara Berry describes herself as a heavy sleeper. So when she roused to pounding on her door early Monday morning, June 16, smoke had already filled her apartment.

But Berry, whose home and belongings were a total loss, is thankful that she and her eight year old autistic son escaped the blaze that ripped through Building 4100 in the Kirby Road Estates apartment complex near Robinsonville.

“We lost things that we can’t replace, but I’ve got my life,” Berry said.

Apartment manager April Montgomery Crumpler has spent every day since the Kirby fire trying to help the eight families who lost their homes.

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Summer fun gets physical for youth, adults

Families looking for a little action for children have plenty of affordable options in Tunica this summer.  From a new laser tag and bounce facility to low-cost golf sessions for beginners and the various programs offered by Tunica County Parks & Recreation, children can get physical and, perhaps, drop a few pounds while having fun.

The rain won’t stop Coretta Joiner’s business.  The owner of Tunica Party N Bounce said her company will open its doors July 1 at 8702 Highway 61 North.  The facility will feature laser tag, arcade games, bouncers, a party room, and snack bar with pizza, popcorn, nachos and cheese, hotdogs, smoked sausages, candy, drinks, chips, and pickles.

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Mississippi voters return Thad Cochran for seventh Sen. term

Six term incumbent U.S. Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi held off a serious challenge by State Senator Chris McDaniel in the June 24 Republican Primary run-off to keep his seat in Congress.

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County expanding healthcare

Tunica County’s healthcare system will add satellite clinics in two locations in an effort to better reach citizens in rural areas.

Healthcare CEO Seandria Cobbins got the go-ahead  for Project Outreach from supervisors last week to offer medical services at the Dundee and White Oak rec centers. Cobbins said there are many diabetics in Tunica County who are not following physicians’ plans of treatment and that extra education and monitoring is needed. Cobbins said the extra cost would be $3,000 to $4,000 per month, but that the clinics are running “well within the budget.” She added that she was applying for a National Institutes of Health grant that may pay for some of the extra costs.

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