Thursday, September 01, 2016
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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

Donald ready to roar with RFHS Lions


He trained young athletes, equipped them with knowledge and love of the game and sent them on to the next level for nine years. Now, like his players before him, Eiyessie Donald will transition from Tunica Middle School to Rosa Fort High School.

In late May, Donald was named Head Football Coach at Rosa Fort for the 2016 season. He brings to the field two undefeated seasons with the TMS Lions and a 40-10 overall record. His win percentage is 80. Despite those impressive numbers, Donald said it’s a desire to give back to a sport that gave him so much that has brought him to the head of the Lion’s Den.

“I have a natural love for football, a love for the game and a love of competition,” Donald said. “I played in high school and wanted to give back by coaching.”

Donald spent his high school career as a corner back and running back for Saltillo High School.

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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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