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

Local History: Rolling stores were a big hit in the 60’s

This week continues a summer long series of history stories by the late Ashley Harris that were first published in 1994 and 1995.

During the Fifties, Sixties and early Seventies a well-loved institution was born, matured, and finally died.  This rural institution was the rolling store.

The first rolling stores in Tunica County were those owned by two brothers, Ralph and J.C. Whittle, who operated a combination grocery and clothing store in Tunica.  The grocery store was managed by Ralph Whittle, and he saw the rolling store as an extension of the store in town.

The rolling stores carried what was referred to as “general merchandise.” This included items like soft drinks, candy, cookies and other snacks, lunch meats, and so on; but also items like charcoal and kerosene in 100-gallon drums at 15 cents a gallon.

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Resolution honoring Nicole Newson




WHEREAS, Nicole Newson has served Tunica County for twelve (12) years; and

WHEREAS, Nicole Newson, throughout her service to Tunica County, has displayed the highest degrees of professionalism and integrity; and

WHEREAS, Nicole Newson treated all persons with dignity and respect; and

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March of Hope

On July 11,  a group marched from the Old Sub park to the Tunica County Sheriff’s Department in solidarity with the national Black Lives Matter movement. Participants chanted and sang songs of hope, with Tunica County Sheriff K.C Hamp providing an official escort along the route.

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County board opens 2016 tax rolls to public

Tunica County taxpayers are invited to examine the 2016 tax rolls, which are now open for inspection in the Chancery Clerk’s office in the courthouse until August 1.

Tax Assessor and Collector Norma Anderson presented the rolls to the Board of Supervisors on July 5. Anderson said the rolls this year, which reflect the assessed value of real and personal property, public utilities, mobile homes and motor vehicles for the 2015 tax year, show the effect of the loss of the former Harrah’s Casino property. Harrah’s closed in June 2014 but remained on the rolls for that year.

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