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


The Tunica County Sheriff’s Department Color Guard opened Tunica’s Veterans Day Program with the posting of the colors last Friday, as citizens gathered to honor and remember those who have served their country or are serving now.

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Jerry Gentry to be honored

The life and legacy of Jerry Lee Gentry, Sr. will be celebrated with an Appreciation Program on Saturday, November 19, at 4 p.m. at the Tunica Middle School gymnasium.

Mr. Gentry retired in 2009, after 46 years of service in public education, most of them right here in Tunica County.

He was born in 1934 in Noxapater, MS. His parents Coy and Beatrice Gentry believed strongly in God and in education and taught these core values to their eight sons and two daughters.

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Local History: The Cotton Picker and the Exodus

This week continues a series of history stories by the late Ashley Harris that were first published in 1994 and 1995. This story appeared in the October 27, 1994 issue.

Fifty years ago this October people from across the region came to Hopson Farms outside of Clarksdale for a farm equipment demonstration.  It was not as mundane an event as it sounds: the repercussions of this demonstration changed this country, for good or ill, forever and the change is still going on.

The mechanical cotton picker was not the product of any one person’s inspiration; it evolved over the years.

International Harvester had begun testing pickers at the Hopson plantation in 1927.  The fleet of red pickers that harvested the Hopson fields in 1944 were significant because they not only could pick cotton (others had done so before them), but because they could become profitably reproduced.

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Board seeks Rx for clinics

Healthcare in Tunica County could undergo reconstructive surgery in the near future, but who will be operating is yet to be determined.

In separate appointments with the Tunica County Board of Supervisors of Nov. 7, Denise Pratt and Gene Osbourne of the Tunica County Healthcare Authority discussed plans for the Tunica and Tunica Resorts clinics. Supervisors tabled a decision until their next meeting, which is set for Nov. 21.

Pratt said she had been reviewing data related to the clinics and could help them become profitable.

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