Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

Hooray for Rivergate!

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Student entrepreneur learns money management

I interviewed an interesting young lady by the name of Tamara Monique Washington.  She was born in Memphis, TN, and is a 14-year-old in the 9th grade at Rosa Fort High School.  As a child, Tamara lived with her grandparents.  As she grew older, she began to live with her mother.  She has one sister, three brothers, one stepsister, and one stepbrother.

She sees herself as being unique and intelligent.  Tamara said that one day she wants to be a doctor or join the Air Force.  Her decision has not been made yet, she said.  The reason for her wanting to possibly be a doctor is because in the future she wants to save other people’s lives.  She in now in Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) and enjoys it very much, which is why she is considering joining the Air Force.

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Book Review: Finely drawn characters mark debut

Tunica native Bill Riales’ new e-book The Ghost of Henry Cotton is the debut author’s bid to put his hometown as much on the national and international radar as best-seller Greg Iles’ efforts for Natchez.

The crime thriller, released just days ago, opens with the accidental death (or is it?) of its title protagonist, a young Mississippi Delta farmer whose long-buried secrets don’t die with him.

Two other mysterious deaths in the community get resolved in the course of the plot, thanks in large part to Henry Cotton’s intrepid young widow Sue, who takes over the book and becomes one of the strongest females characters in recent reading.

“I guess Sue is drawn partly from a former girlfriend and partly on my wife,” Riales explains.

But he’s quick to note that there’s only one character in the book who was a real person, the first teen victim Ray Woodard.

“This is a story from my imagination,” Riales adds, but the setting is certainly his memory of a very familiar Tunica County in the seventies, where men farmed, women stayed home to supervise the kids, and everyone escaped to Memphis on occasion.

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Anchor turned author aims to put hometown on the map

Bill Riales’ near 40 year  career in broadcasting has taken him far from his hometown, but with the release of his debut novel last month, Riales (known in Tunica back in the day as “Billy”) is proving that you never truly escape your roots.

The son of local girl Carlene Dew, with deep and wide family ties in Tunica, and career Mississippi Power & Light employee Wayne Riales, Bill has mostly good memories of life in Tunica.

Although his parents have passed away, Riales’ sisters Carla and Jennifer have stayed closer to home. Carla, now Connell, lives in Tunica, and Jennifer is a nurse in Desoto County.

Bill graduated from Tunica Institute of Learning (now Tunica Academy) in 1978 and quickly started a career in radio and then in television that took him first to smaller markets in Clarksdale, Greenville and Yazoo City and then to larger ones in Indiana and South Alabama. For the past 15 years, he’s been the morning anchor for the CBS affiliate in Mobile, WKRG.

As his industry has evolved, Riales kept his skills sharpened and has ridden the tech wave that dominates print and broadcast journalism today. He shoots his own stories, writes and edits, and then gets them on air and on line.

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