Monday, December 11, 2017
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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

County takes first steps to sell or lease clinics

Tunica County supervisors agreed Tuesday night to begin a series of legal steps aimed toward the sale of its two healthcare clinics.

A notice to the public that the county is considering such a sale began running in The Tunica Times’ legal section this week (see Page 6). A hearing on the matter has been set for Tuesday, February 21, at 4 p.m. According to the notice, “any interested party may appear and present any relevant evidence or facts regarding this issue....”

Supervisors voted last month to consider a request for proposals, after hearing from Denise Pratt, a party who wants to take over ownership and operation of the facilities. Pratt appeared before the Board several times in 2016 to express her interest.

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Local bank salutes longtime employee

When a neighbor approached her about an open job at a local bank in the spring of 1975, she had no idea that it would lead to a career spanning four decades.

This week, Billie Ruth Sowell officially retired from First Security bank after serving as a teller for nearly 42 years. Co-workers, customers, friends and family saluted her at a reception at the bank on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

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Local History: Yazoo Pass, Part 4 - A Fort Is Erected

This week continues a series of history stories by the late Ashley Harris that were first published in 1994 and 1995. This story appeared in the December 8, 1994 issue.

We inadvertently skipped Part 4 of  the series, so we are also reprinting Part 5 this week and the final installment, Part 6, both found on Page 7.


General Pemberton did not learn of the Yazoo Pass Expedition until February 9, when he received a telegram from Commander Isaac Brown.

“The enemy have cut the Yazoo Pass levee;” it read, “contemplating, perhaps, assailing us down the Yazoo.”

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Layoffs signal uncertain future for GreenTech plant


Just after the workday began on Monday, Jan. 8, 2017 workers at Tunica County based GreenTech Automotive learned that some of them would be laid off.

“When we got off work on Thursday, we were asked to come to a meeting first thing Monday morning,” a former employee who asked not to be named said. “We thought that if we were getting laid off, they would have done it then.”

Instead, employees reported to the facility and were told by management that a planned merger with a Chinese company had fallen through. Employees were told that they would receive their last paycheck. They learned that they would not receive a bonus promised to them.

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