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

Survivor’s testimony filled with faith, hope

Anyone who’s been around Carmelita Barney for any time at all knows that she’s a woman of great faith.
That faith was put to the test nearly five years ago when she went in to see her doctor for a routine office visit.
“My doctor sent me to have a mammogram,” explained Barney, 71, who aside from spending 16 years in Chicago, has lived in Tunica her entire life. “That’s when I found out I had (cancer).”
Like most suspected breast cancer cases, Barney was ordered to undergo a biopsy following her mammogram. What happened next was anything but routine.
According to Barney, instead of having the mass in her breast biopsied, surgeons performed a partial mastectomy, removing nearly half of her left breast.

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Changes continue in county

Department head reports on drainage, operations and everything in between drew questions from county officials at the Board of Supervisors meeting on March 5.
Arena director Steve Sosebee said February had been a busy month, with three more just like it ahead. Sosebee said four site visits for new shows are planned in the next month or two; the events range from a coon dog event to a motorcycle rally. A horsemanship clinic by Chris Cox is among new events already committed to the Arena.
Board president James Dunn thanked Sosebee for the report.

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Tunica touted as bird capital

Editor’s Note: This information was compiled by Jeanine Walton and submitted on behalf of Tunica Main Street’s Promotion Committee. Information was obtained at

Did you know that Tunica, Mississippi is the Purple Martin Capital of the State of Mississippi?
To celebrate this auspicious title, Tunica Main Street is encouraging the residents of Tunica to get active in attracting and keeping these birds migrating to our community by putting up several Martin birdhouses in your yard.  

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Teacher charged with sexual battery

A former teacher is facing criminal charges in the wake of allegations by a student.
Melvin Glass, 55, of Hernando turned himself in to the Tunica County Sheriff’s Department last week, following an investigation into an incident that occured in December 2011. Glass has been accused of fondling a student on the campus of Rosa Fort High School, where he was employed as a teacher at the David Williams Career Technical Center.

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