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

Former star athlete inspires family, youth

In a rare, sentimental yet very appropriate occurrence, a standing ovation greeted Brady Vaughn as he returned to his seat.  He had just spoken to his family and others attending the funeral of his cousin, Anthony “Fester” Vaughn, who lost his life after an altercation turned deadly.

What Brady shared during those brief moments in front of a very distraught audience was heeded and recorded in the hearts of all who heard.  It was the story of letting go, the story of letting God handle things.  It was a story that Brady had learned to live out in his own life, he said.

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In the midst of a long discussion concerning the potential hiring of Larry Day of Malachi Financial as a consultant for Tunica County, reporter Brooks Taylor missed hearing a secondary motion offered by District 3 supervisor Phillis Williams. Henry Nickson, District 4 supervisor, made an initial motion to hire Day, but Williams asked that Board attorney Ellis Pittman review Day’s proposed contract first. Williams’ motion was seconded, and all five supervisors voted in favor of that motion, not Nickson’s.

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‘Hometown girl’ joining paper’s editorial staff

It may be long distance for now, but Monica Coleman hopes to make her association with The Tunica Times “up close and personal” in the coming year.

Coleman has already started conducting telephone interviews for a series of feature stories on people who have overcome adversity. Coleman’s stories will appear in The Times in the weeks to come, beginning this week with a feature on Brady Vaughn.

Prior to becoming a successful entrepreneur, Monica Coleman served nearly six years in the corporate health care industry.  During her tenure, she worked with several C-suite executives on the successful implementation of division-wide communications tools, employee relations and community relations initiatives.  She simultaneously enjoyed a professional freelance writing career with work published in community newspapers, niche magazines, national magazines, newsletters, blogs and Internet radio.

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Local History: Tunican witnesses history

[Editor’s note: This story first appeared in The Tunica Times in February 1995.]

Tunica Justice Court Judge R.T. Mottley, Jr. was an eyewitness to the pitched battle for the Japanese island Iwo Jima that began February 19, 1945. In 1995, Judge Mottley shared his memories of Iwo Jima with members of the Tunica Lions Club.

In 1945, Mottley was then Ensign R.T. Mottley, aboard the U.S.S. Cecil, one of a vast armada of ships that supported the Marine invasion. He remembers the preparations aboard the ship were intense.

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