Archaeologist maps early civilization
Since the early 1920’s, archaeologists have travelled to Tunica County to study one of the most significant archaeological sites in the region–the Hollywood Mounds Site.
Today, thanks to new developments in geomapping technologies, a Tulane University doctoral candidate is carrying that momentum forward to determine even more about the civilization of people that once called this site home.
“It is one of the biggest sites in the Delta,” said Bryan Haley, the researcher who will be spending the next five weeks in Tunica mapping the Hollywood Mounds Site. “It’s nearly a half mile north to south and maybe a quarter mile east to west. It’s one of the largest Mississippian sites we know of.”
Airport poised for rebound
Numbers at Tunica Airport for the first half of 2011 are down about 46 percent from 2010, but airport director Cliff Nash is hoping for a rebound in the final half of the year, as Vision Airlines brings eight commercial flights each week into the facility.
“AirTran’s scheduled service ended May 2, and that left a void,” Nash said last week in an address to Tunica Rotary Club. “We were disappointed that AirTran elected not to stay.”
Transporting trash tacks on costs for town
With less than two weeks’ notice, the Town of Tunica will soon face a hefty bill for taking out the trash.
According to Mayor Chuck Cariker, Waste Management, who manages the Tunica County landfill, will begin charging the Town of Tunica $20 a ton on June 21 for trash such as tree limbs, grass clippings, sticks, etc. Cariker said that fee was included in the contract between the entities but had not been enacted until now. The Town will continue to haul residential garbage into the landfill at no charge.
Flood victims getting temp homes shooting
Twenty “Temporary Housing Units,” more commonly known as FEMA trailers, are now on site in Tunica County and ready for use by Tunica Cut-off families displaced more than a month ago by historic Mississippi River flooding.
FEMA officials say one of the units, located at Buck Island Mobile Home Park in northeastern Tunica County, is now occupied, with other families preparing to move in the coming weeks. FEMA has leased a total of 54 pads at the park and will bring in more THA’s as needed.
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