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

Variety of services puts focus on families


Their name says it all. Each day, through a variety of programming, they are working to put Families First for Mississippi.

William Walton and Marcus Richardson are the “feet on the ground” in Tunica County, looking to help as many locals as they possibly can.

“Our primary focus is Youth Development, but we also offer active parenting classes, job readiness, literacy and education.”

“We really want to expand our services in Tunica County,” Richardson added.

One way they are doing just that is through a partnership with Tunica County Schools, which has produced an after school program. The program, open to kids 12-17, focuses on mentoring/changing behavior for the better. Richardson said the kids are enrolled on a voluntary basis after being referred by school officials.

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Promise of community’s future transformation fills 2006 newspapers

For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: ‘It might have been.’”  - from the poem “Maud Muller” by John Greenleaf Whittier

As we work through 25 years of publishing The Tunica Times, the quote above has come to mind many times, but none so much as when reading back issues from 2006.

In August that year, a $2.7 billion theme park and planned community project won state backing in a special session of the Mississippi Legislature. Riverbend Crossing was envisioned for the extreme southwest corner of Desoto County, just north of the Desoto-Tunica county line.

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Ratings go up for Tunica, North Tunica fire departments

Good news for local fire departments could mean a break in insurance rates for Tunica County property owners.

Both the North Tunica Fire District and the Tunica Fire Department were notified late last week that fire classifications have improved one step – from seven to six – effective March 24, 2017.

Field Rating Representative for the Mississippi State Rating Bureau Richard Parham wrote TFD Chief Scott Goff and North Tunica Chief Jimmie Neal last week, saying, “We are pleased to advise that the fire defenses have improved…and an improved fire insurance classification of Sixth Class has been confirmed….

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Local History: Death on the River, Parts 1 and 2

This week continues a series of history stories by the late Ashley Harris. Part 1 of this story first appeared in the February 16, 1995 issue; Part 2 on February 23.

In 1858 a terrible disaster occurred n the Mississippi River off Ship Island in Tunica County.  The boiler of the steamboat Pennsylvania exploded with great loss of life.  One of those killed was Henry Clemens, the younger brother of Mark Twain.

A few days before the accident Mark Twain and Henry Clemens had sat up until midnight “on a freight pile on the levee” at New Orleans.

Neither of the men had been involved in a steamboat disaster and they discussed how best to cope with one should it happen.

“We doubted if persons not clothed with authority were of much use in cases of disaster and attendant panic,” Twain would later write,”...still they might be of some use; so we decided that if a disaster ever fell within our experience we would at least stick to the boat, and give such minor service as chance might throw in the way.”

It was to be a fateful decision.

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