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

Local History: The Story of Leo Lesser

This week continues a summer long series of history stories by the late Ashley Harris that were first published in 1994 and 1995. This story appeared in the June 30, 1994 issue of The Tunica Times.

On April 25, 1913, the Town of Tunica woke up to a disastrous surprise.  The Bank of Tunica was forced to close its doors, as was the Memphis firm of Lesser-Ely.  Both were headed by a man named Leo Lesser, who came to Tunica from Tate County in 1888.

There is a blueprint for those who want to become indispensable, and Leo Lesser followed it.

He went to work as a clerk in the store of Hugo Cahn, his brother-in-law.  Lesser soon became the owner of his own mercantile store.  He invested his profits in real estate.

He was Treasurer of Tunica County for four years, then Treasurer of the Town of Tunica.

He became a member of the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta Levee Board and of the Yazoo-Coldwater Drainage District.

He was a Shriner, a Knight of Pythias, and a 32nd degree Mason.

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Donald ready to roar with RFHS Lions


He trained young athletes, equipped them with knowledge and love of the game and sent them on to the next level for nine years. Now, like his players before him, Eiyessie Donald will transition from Tunica Middle School to Rosa Fort High School.

In late May, Donald was named Head Football Coach at Rosa Fort for the 2016 season. He brings to the field two undefeated seasons with the TMS Lions and a 40-10 overall record. His win percentage is 80. Despite those impressive numbers, Donald said it’s a desire to give back to a sport that gave him so much that has brought him to the head of the Lion’s Den.

“I have a natural love for football, a love for the game and a love of competition,” Donald said. “I played in high school and wanted to give back by coaching.”

Donald spent his high school career as a corner back and running back for Saltillo High School.

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Board considers future of healthcare


The prognosis for local healthcare is improving, Dr. Gene Osborn told supervisors on June 20.

Osborn, who was hired as a consultant in May, said an analysis of the clinics has been performed and has produced some very good news. The operating loss at both the Tunica clinic and the Tunica Resorts clinic has been reduced by more than 50 percent under the leadership of Barbara Conway and Penny Harrison.

“They are doing an excellent job,” Osborn said. “We still have a ways to go, but they’ve made great improvements in a short period of time.”

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