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

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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Local History: The Tunica Indians

This week continues a summer long series of history stories by the late Ashley Harris that were first published in 1994 and 1995. Part III of a four part series appeared on June 9, 1994.

The pottery made by the Tunicas was different from that made by neighboring tribes because they added crushed mussel shells to the clay.  This made the pottery more durable.  A Frenchman described “earthen pots quite well made, especially little glazed pitchers, as neat as you would see in France.”

The same Frenchman, Father Jacques Gravier, gave this description of the Tunicas houses:

Their cabins are round and vaulted.  They are lathed with canes and plastered with mud from bottom to top, within and without with a good covering of straw.  There is no light except by the door, and no matter how little fire there is (the smoke of which has no escape but one door) it is hot as a vapour bath.  At night a lighted torch of dried canes serves as a candle and keeps all the cabin warm.

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Missing remains prompt review


County officials are asking the public for input regarding updates and additions to current zoning on cemeteries. A hearing has been set for Tuesday, July 5, at 9 a.m.

The added scrutiny comes on the heels on an incident involving the county Road Department, cemetery owner Christopher Thomas, and Amanda Reed, the mother of a baby girl who was stillborn in 2007 and buried in Thomas’s cemetery.

The body of tiny Heaven Sent Reed is missing, after some work was done to a county ditch that abuts the cemetery, and the baby’s grave was disturbed.

According to news reports, neighbors saw county workers at the site trying to alleviate drainage issues in a subdivision.

Thomas said he did not give anyone permission to dig on the cemetery property.

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