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

Cafe’s storied history outlined, preserved

The Hollywood Café, both at its current site and its original location in Hollywood, Miss., earned fame as a Delta dining institution but has also shared in the area’s musical history. Pianist Muriel Wilkins performed at the restaurant for years, and she and the Hollywood were immortalized in the Marc Cohn hit song, “Walking in Memphis.” Legendary bluesman Son House also performed at this site when the building housed the commissary of the Frank Harbert plantation, where House once resided.

The Hollywood Café had neither live music nor a kitchen when Bard Selden opened the business as a bar in the summer of 1969. But over the years the café began to offer dinnertime music as the menu expanded to steak, catfish and the Hollywood’s signature dish, fried dill pickles (a specialty of Bard’s brother, Tait Selden).

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Arrest made in April 25 shooting in New Sub

The Tunica County Sheriff’s Department has announced the arrest of Tarrance D. Hibbler, 19, in a “Safe Street Operation” last Wednesday night, April 30, in connection with the shooting of a woman in late April.

A release this week states that the Sheriff’s Office was “dispatched to the City Limits of Tunica” on April 25, “in reference to a female being shot in the New Sub area.

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Town seeks utility grant

The Town of Tunica is applying this week for Community Development Block Grant funding to upgrade utility service to 60 homes in Nellie Johnson Village.

The $450,000 grant would rework an aging pumping station south of Beat Line Road and east of the town’s corporate limits, acccording to Granville Sherman, program specialist with North Delta Planning and Development District.

“The pumping station there is not adequate for the number of homes it is serving,” Sherman said at a public hearing on the matter April 30.

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Arena draws crowds, but not profits

Some local citizens and business owners say officials need to look further than the bottom line to see the impact Tunica Arena & Expo Center has on the county, after District 4 Supervisor Henry Nickson, Jr. recently expressed concern for how much the county spends on it.

“We spent millions on an arena that’s supposed to bring horse shows,” Nickson said.  “We’re not even breaking even on that.”

The arena is a 48,000 square foot, climate controlled, state-of-the-art facility featuring horse shows, truck and tractor pulls, dog shows, farm equipment shows, and more.  It cost the county over $10 million to build the facility.

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