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

Men charged in Feb. 5 shooting


Two men have been arrested and one man is recovering following a shooting on Feb. 5 in Tunica County.

According to a press release issued by the Tunica County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were dispatched to 1195 Bankston Road in reference to a shooting. When they arrived, they found an injured black male inside a residence. He sustained a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Medical personnel arrived to treat the victim. He was transported to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis. He has been released and is still recovering from his injuries.

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Flu, pneumonia claim child of former TA coach

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports the first confirmed pediatric influenza death for the 2015-2016 flu season.

The victim was 13 year old Cheyenne Hicks of Leland, Miss. Hicks was the daughter of Jimmy and Jarae Hicks, also of Leland.Jimmy Hicks served as the head football coach at Tunica Academy for the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

Hicks is survived by her parents and sisters, Carley Nicole Hicks, Carson Layla Hicks, Bella Reese Hicks, and Sophie Lynn Hicks, all of Leland; her grandmother, Debra Thompson of Daphne, Alabama; her grandparents, Danny and Cindy Gentry of Memphis, Tennessee; grandparents, James and Patt Hicks of Oakland, Tennessee; her grandmother, Cindy Payne of Southaven, Mississippi, and her birth father, Justin Payne of Millington, Tennessee.

A celebration of Hick’s life was held on Tuesday Feb. 23 at Immanuel Baptist Church  in Cleveland, Miss. with Dr. Steve Huber and Dr. Gary Crowell officiating. Graveside services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 24 in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn.

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Jones, Center committed to helping community

Region One Mental Health Center’s Tunica office has a new county coordinator therapist who also happens to be a familiar face.  Lela Jones, who was born and raised in Tunica, transitioned into the therapist position about a month ago after working for the center for almost a decade as case manager and program coordinator.

In her new role, Jones said she can focus more intensely on the work she wants to do in the community.

“It’s given me the opportunity to serve.  My focus is community social worker,” she said.  “I’m in a position to look beyond race. I look beyond sexuality, culture, economic status.  It doesn’t matter.”

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Mississippi honors fallen officer

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