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

Teaching history answered Robert Hall’s questions

A search for answers led one young and curious Robert Hall down a path of discovery that ultimately resulted in a 30-year teaching career.

“I had a few pressing questions.  I wanted to know why there were so many inequalities in the races,” he said.  “There were no Black elected officials in Tunica County when I was growing up.  There were no Blacks at the registers.  Blacks could not go in the front of restaurants.  The segregated South that I grew up in, it was confusing to me, but I believed that history had those answers.”

Hall said he has now well observed answers to his questions and local political encounters of historical significance.  He recently announced his teaching retirement and said he plans to spend his retirement with family, travelling, and, perhaps, writing a book.

Hall taught U.S. Government and economics as well as history in Tunica County School District.  He started teaching in the middle school but spent most of his years teaching at Rosa Fort High School, which is where he spent his final year, the 2013-2014 academic year, teaching.

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Town drainage issues outlined

Drainage issues mentioned in the most recent Planning Commission meeting spilled over to the Board of Aldermen at their May 20 meeting.

Ward 4 Aldermen Brooks Taylor said she attended the town’s Planning Commission on Monday, May 12, as the board’s liaison and to assist a citizen with concerns. Anna Spellan told commissioners that each time it rains, water from an adjacent property runs off onto her property. Her home is located along Turner Lane.

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Defining Moments

“There have been many defining moments in our nation’s history,” said Chaplain Captain Sean McMackin, “and in almost every instance, a conflict was involved.”

Keynote speaker Captain McMackin continued, “Defining moments show us who we really others who we really are...and define who we will become....

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Retiring educator guided, inspired students

Battles have been fought and won. Kings and queens have been crowned. Laws have been passed and new worlds discovered, all thanks to a man who’s been bringing history to life at Tunica Academy for over four decades.

As the school year came to a close, Richard Fullilove graded his last papers as a TA teacher. The school honored him with a plaque for his years of service at graduation on May 16 and held a faculty luncheon in his honor on May 21.

Fullilove said he can’t believe how fast the years have gone by since he and his wife Danna moved to Tunica as a young couple. He was teaching in Cleveland at Bayou Academy and she was teaching in Gunnison, Miss. when they decided to see if there was a school out there that both could call home.

“We were hoping to teach in the same school and sent some applications in,” Fullilove said.

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