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

Clinics adjust staff

Only one physician will remain at the Tunica County clinics after Dr. Aamina Shahid leaves at the end of March.

Interim Healthcare CEO Gene Osborne recommended, and supervisors approved, the change Monday, March 16. Osborne said the remaining doctor will cover both sites, with an additional nurse practitioner hired to fill any gaps.

“It’s too costly to recruit a physician,” Osborne told the Board.

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Adrina Williams (center) has been promoted to commander of patrol deputies and enforcement.

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Dems challenge three candidates

The candidate slate for this year’s local elections may not be so final after all.

Local Democratic Party officials have challenged the residency of three qualifiers: Jacqueline Dishmon-Boykin, running for Justice Court Judge, Southern District; Craig Smacks Harris, running for supervisor, District 4; and Craig Jones, running for supervisor, District 5.

The qualifying deadline for candidates passed on February 27, 2015.

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Century old downtown treasure gets new life

A venerable building dating back to the very founding of the Town of Tunica is getting a dramatic facelift, thanks to a local man with vision.

Home variously to Irwin’s Bank, the J.T. Lowe Law Offices, J.M. Owens Store, City Drug Store, W.F. McCain, BFJ Hardware, Tunica Pharmacy, and most recently, Lane’s Discount, the two-story brick structure at 1263 Main is becoming the Delta Minimall on the ground floor, with upscale apartments upstairs.

Bobby Gookin of Tunica purchased the building a year ago from Bud Lane, who had operated a store for new and used furniture and appliances for a number of years. Lane in turn bought it from Mrs. Elizabeth “Peekaboo” Hamlin, who had inherited the property from her mother Idella Lowe.

The building’s lineage reaches back from Idella, the wife of J.T. Lowe, to her mother Annie E. Irwin to town founder Robert C. Irwin and partner R.T. Lamb (Irwin bought out Lamb for $2,262.08 in March 1887) to the railroad’s Financial Improvement Company to E.L. Harris, who platted the town and pushed to make it the county seat.

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