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

Marking Memorial Day

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MS reports first West Nile case in the nation

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports the first human case of West Nile virus (WNV) in 2016, also the first human case of WNV in the nation so far this year. The reported case is in Lamar County.

The MSDH only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public. In 2015, Mississippi had 38 WNV cases and one death.

“While WNV can occur any time of the year, we see the bulk of our cases during peak season, which is July through September. Now that school is out and the weather is warm, it is time to be extremely vigilant when going outdoors,” said MSDH State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs.

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Local History: The Civil War in Tunica

This week continues a summer long series of history stories by the late Ashley Harris that were first published in 1994 and 1995. This story appeared in the May 19, 1994 issue of The Tunica Times.

“War is Hell,” said General William T. Sherman, and on May 24, 1862, Austin, Mississippi could testify to the truth of Sherman’s axiom.

Brigadier General James R. Chalmers was the head of Confederate forces in Northwest Mississippi.  His obsession at the time was to protect the ripening wheat crop in the area from Union depredation.

To this end Chalmers deployed his 1,200 troops in this fashion: colonel William Slemons’ brigade was sent to Senatobia.  Colonel Robert McCulloch’s was at Looxahoma.  The two colonels were to man four outposts covering roads leading to Memphis, LaGrange, Byhalia and Quinn’s Mills.

Captain Thomas Henderson’s scouts kept telling Chalmers that a federal invasion of the area was impending.  Chalmers was so worried about a Union cavalry raid that he wrote General Joseph Johnston, begging for more troops.  General Johnston replied that Chalmers needed to make an attack on Union shipping on the Mississippi.  This foolish order cost Tunica County the county seat.

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River Rd. repair to begin in June


Within weeks, the sound of vehicles coming and going along one of the town’s main thoroughfares – and that thoroughfare’s jarring ride – will be a distant memory. Town aldermen voted Tuesday to award a contract for repairs on River Road to correct a lingering problem with raised expansion joints that have become more like speed bumps.

The Board voted unanimously to give sole bidder Lehman-Roberts the go-ahead to remove layers of asphalt down to the original concrete pavement, mill out the joints and then cover each joint with a mat of asphalt.

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