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Tunica Times

Missing remains prompt review


County officials are asking the public for input regarding updates and additions to current zoning on cemeteries. A hearing has been set for Tuesday, July 5, at 9 a.m.

The added scrutiny comes on the heels on an incident involving the county Road Department, cemetery owner Christopher Thomas, and Amanda Reed, the mother of a baby girl who was stillborn in 2007 and buried in Thomas’s cemetery.

The body of tiny Heaven Sent Reed is missing, after some work was done to a county ditch that abuts the cemetery, and the baby’s grave was disturbed.

According to news reports, neighbors saw county workers at the site trying to alleviate drainage issues in a subdivision.

Thomas said he did not give anyone permission to dig on the cemetery property.

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School district making progress

Almost a year after the state board of education recommended take over of Tunica County Schools, conservator Dr. Margie Pulley presented an update on the district in a community meeting on Tuesday, June 7 at Tunica Middle School.

Pulley announced that 25 standard violations have been cleared by the Mississippi Department of Education and less than five remain.

“I am happy to report that we will be writing the Accreditation Commission to request reinstatement of accreditation for Tunica County Schools,” Pulley said.

She anticipates that the correspondence will be sent in December or January.

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County may require employees to live here


Citing out migration due to lack of housing, Board of Supervisors president James Dunn said June 6 that he would like the county to consider requiring future employees to be Tunica County residents.

“Community development is moving to other counties,” Dunn said, then calling on Board attorney John Perry to report his findings in the issue.

“Several counties have similar provisions,” Perry said. “You would need to have a rational basis. Economic development and creating growth would be a reason.”

Perry then noted that a large number of people who are already county employees would be “grandfathered in,” that is, these employees wouldn’t fall under the provisions of any new policy.

“Future employees would be on notice,” Perry said.

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Local History: The Tunica Indians

This week continues a summer long series of history stories by the late Ashley Harris that were first published in 1994 and 1995. Part II of a four part series appeared on June 2, 1994.

In 1682 LaSalle claimed the Mississippi River Valley for France and travelled down to its mouth at the Gulf of Mexico, he named the territory Louisiana in honor of King Louis XIV.

The valley of 1682 was far different from the valley DeSoto had seen one hundred and fifty years earlier.  The rich, Quiz-quiz civilization, with a population in the thousands, had degenerated into a few powerful tribes like the Natchez, Choctaws, and Chickasaws and several small, weak tribes, like the Tunicas, Yazoos, and Ofos.

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