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

Century old downtown treasure gets new life

A venerable building dating back to the very founding of the Town of Tunica is getting a dramatic facelift, thanks to a local man with vision.

Home variously to Irwin’s Bank, the J.T. Lowe Law Offices, J.M. Owens Store, City Drug Store, W.F. McCain, BFJ Hardware, Tunica Pharmacy, and most recently, Lane’s Discount, the two-story brick structure at 1263 Main is becoming the Delta Minimall on the ground floor, with upscale apartments upstairs.

Bobby Gookin of Tunica purchased the building a year ago from Bud Lane, who had operated a store for new and used furniture and appliances for a number of years. Lane in turn bought it from Mrs. Elizabeth “Peekaboo” Hamlin, who had inherited the property from her mother Idella Lowe.

The building’s lineage reaches back from Idella, the wife of J.T. Lowe, to her mother Annie E. Irwin to town founder Robert C. Irwin and partner R.T. Lamb (Irwin bought out Lamb for $2,262.08 in March 1887) to the railroad’s Financial Improvement Company to E.L. Harris, who platted the town and pushed to make it the county seat.

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County board makes FY15 budget cuts


The past few weeks brought cuts in payrolls in several county departments and reduced appropriations to several agencies that receive county funding.

On February 12, supervisors approved amendments effective March 1 at the Tunica RiverPark (payroll reduced by $40, 792.44); in payrolls for the Maintenance Department (reduced $40,583.86) and Parks and Recreation (down $105,000); and in the budget for the Soil and Water watershed project ($41,614.42 in cuts). Reductions totaled approximately $227,000.

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Bad weather hits Tunica once again

Town of Tunica streets were coated with a “lasagna” of sleet, frozen rain and snow last week.

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Town board updated on festival, fire contract

The date has been set and the theme has been announced for what’s been called “the best little party in Mississippi.”

The annual Rivergate Festival is set for April 17 and 18, according to Tunica County Chamber & Economic Development Foundation President/CEO Lyn Arnold. Festival goers can prepare for Blues, Barbecue and Brews during the two day event.

Arnold told the Board of Aldermen that many favorite aspects of the festival will return. Organizers are booking entertainment for Friday night. The festival will include the Running of the Hogs, the William Brandon Dawson 5K Run/Walk, kids’ activities, Tunica Idol, the horseshoe tournament, and mechanical bull riding. Arnold said plans are being made to include a kids’ pedal tractor pull as well.

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