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

Parks & Rec teamwork impacts citizens’ health

At Tunica Parks & Recreation, the name of the game is “partnering.”
Recreation director Billy Willis’ involvement with the Regional Health Council and its local affiliate is just one more way the recreation officials have found to reach out.
Even though membership for Tunica County Recreation has exceeded 1200, Willis isn’t satisfied.
“We want to engage the entire adult and youth populations,” Willis remarked at last month’s health council meeting.
He and other rec officials are reaching out to engage churches to “educate and encourage their congregations” to adopt healthy lifestyles. The Henderson Recreation complex most recently hosted a Clergy Walk.

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Relay for Life is June 21

Six teams with room for more are set to Relay for Life in downtown Tunica on June 21. The event supports the American Cancer Society.
ACS Community Representative Vic Sullivan said the event promises to be a fun filled night for a very good cause.
“Teams are encouraged to set up tents around the walking track in (Rivergate) Park and have on site fundraisers. On site fundraisers include selling food, games and activities for children and adults,” Sullivan said.
Teams can register online by visiting

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The anniversary of D-Day

Tunica Rotarians Ken Whittington (left), Curtis Berry and Charles Berry and Museum Director Dick Taylor were among those marking last week’s 69th anniversary of the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944.

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Part 3: The Burning of Austin

Before leaving, the General had instructed me to carefully search all the houses, since he had good reason to believe that medicines and hospital stores were finding their way through this town, into the Confederate lines.  I shall never forget my experience in executing the General’s order.  I tried to conduct the search of houses in such manner as might be least offensive to the women in the homes.  I took with me a sergeant and two guards.  Going into the houses, I would tell the occupants what I came for, and give the woman of the house the privilege of going with us, and, under my direction opening the bureaus, trunks, beds, etc., promising that if she would do this we would withhold our hands from her possessions; otherwise we would make the search ourselves and in our own way.  In most cases the women appreciated this offer, and complied with it  But in some cases they refused the courtesy, and in one or two cases well nigh spit in our faces.  It required a good deal of self-control to stand this, and more than once I wished myself with the main part of the Command, facing the husbands, sons, brothers and lovers of these Amazons.  The search, however, revealed nothing of importance, and no considerable capture of contraband stores was made.”

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