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Local History: The Cotton Picker and the Exodus

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 October 27, 1994 issue.

Fifty years ago this October people from across the region came to Hopson Farms outside of Clarksdale for a farm equipment demonstration.  It was not as mundane an event as it sounds: the repercussions of this demonstration changed this country, for good or ill, forever and the change is still going on.

The mechanical cotton picker was not the product of any one person’s inspiration; it evolved over the years.

International Harvester had begun testing pickers at the Hopson plantation in 1927.  The fleet of red pickers that harvested the Hopson fields in 1944 were significant because they not only could pick cotton (others had done so before them), but because they could become profitably reproduced.

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Board seeks Rx for clinics

Healthcare in Tunica County could undergo reconstructive surgery in the near future, but who will be operating is yet to be determined.

In separate appointments with the Tunica County Board of Supervisors of Nov. 7, Denise Pratt and Gene Osbourne of the Tunica County Healthcare Authority discussed plans for the Tunica and Tunica Resorts clinics. Supervisors tabled a decision until their next meeting, which is set for Nov. 21.

Pratt said she had been reviewing data related to the clinics and could help them become profitable.


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Lending a helping hand

A group of employees from Goldstrike Casino Tunica spent Nov. 3 working on a beautification project in the Town of Tunica.


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October Surprises

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Open House, Veterans Day program next week

Major Lee Greco of the Mississippi National Guard’s 198th Armored Regiment in Senatobia will give the keynote address of the annual Veterans Day program in downtown Tunica next week.

The program will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 11, in the Veterans Memorial Park.

Maj. Greco is currently serving as the Executive Officer for his unit. He started his military career in 2002 and has since served overseas twice, earning a Bronze Star and several other medals. He was promoted to the rank of Major in 2012.

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