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

California man finds shelter from the storm


It took Californian Mario Landeros over seven months and 1800 miles, but now he knows what real Southern hospitality looks like.
Last Tuesday, January 15, Landeros was warming up and using the Blue & White Restaurant’s wi fi connection, when Tunica Humane Society director Sandy Williams stopped in for a food order.
“I saw Landeros’ cart out front and the sign on it that reads ‘Walking across America for St. Jude,’ so I went up and introduced myself,” Williams said.
Landeros, pushing a cart across America to raise funds for St. Jude, landed in the restaurant on the worst weather night so far this winter. Sleet and freezing rain began pelting Landeros as he made his way west from Coldwater, MS and into Tunica County via Prichard Road.

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Fire sends one to area hospital

An early morning fire last Monday injured one Tunica man, who was airlifted to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis.

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Splash founder had varied career


A true pioneer of the gaming industry in Tunica and the state of Mississippi has died. Fernando Cuquet, 93, of Savannah, GA, one of the founding partners in Tunica’s first casino, died last Saturday, Jan. 12, in hospice care there. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
A native of New Orleans, where he was born April 8, 1919, Mr. Cuquet had pursued many careers – attorney, entrepreneur, FBI agent, and spy. Among his many business ventures were ownership of 50 oil wells in southwest Louisiana and a 3800-acre Florida muck farm; real estate holdings in metro New Orleans; industrial contracting, warehouses and ocean-going bulk carriers; and controlling interest in one of the largest banks in the New Orleans area. One of his biggest transactions – a billion dollar deal – was the purchase of the All American Pipe Line that stretched from Texas to Los Angeles.

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The Big Chill

Tunica County escaped the worst effects of a predicted ice storm earlier this week, when moisture from the south collided in the region with a cold front from the north. Daytime temperatures plunged below the freezing mark Monday and on into Tuesday, causing local schools to close and a few other shutdowns.

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