Faces of the flood: David Essery
The peaceful, close-knit Tunica Cut-off community is the last place David Essery ever thought he would live, but now that the epic flood has come, he has no plans of returning.
“I doubt seriously I will ever go back,” Essery said. “I just lost a whole lot of what I worked hard for. I can’t go through this again. My uncle has been down there for 36 years, and he’s 82 years old. This has really just killed him.”
Many Cut-off residents are retired, and living there has offered a quiet, peaceful, and inexpensive way of life. “I love all those people and that neighborhood,” he said.
Death of K-9 under review
The details surrounding the death of Atticus, a German shepherd serving with the Tunica County Sheriff’s Department, is now under review.
According to reports, Atticus left the home of his handler, Columbus Jones, in the late afternoon on Thursday, May 26. He traveled to a home on Austin Road, where he was allegedly shot by a citizen. Atticus reportedly sustained four gunshot wounds.
Citizens create plan to redistrict
The Concerned Citizens for a Better Tunica County presented an alternative to the county’s proposed redistricting plan at the Board of Supervisors May 31 meeting. No action was taken on either plan.
Robert Hall and Melvin Young introduced a plan, dubbed 1a.
“We’d like to go on record with our objections to the Alternate #1 plan,” Hall said. “We’re not here to attack Mr. (Chris) Watson’s plan but to present a community plan to the board.”
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