Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

Drive by shooters target neighborhoods near town


A series of drive by shootings that may be tied to a January 1 nightclub shooting in North Tunica County is under active investigation by the Tunica County Sheriff’s Department.

On Thursday, January 5, officers responded to a shooting call at a home on Y Street in the New Sub. Davis said the victim reported the incident after the fact, so there are no descriptions of possible shooters or vehicles that may have been involved. The next night, January 6, in the early morning hours, officers responded to a drive by shooting in nearby Jacks Subdivision, followed by another shooting at the same Y Street location. Then, on Sunday, January 8, a vehicle in the neighborhood of Nellie Johnson Village was shot into.

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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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