Rivergate Festival: 20 years of Tunica fun
From an event that almost didn’t get off the ground in its first year to one that is highly anticipated throughout the North Delta, Rivergate Festival has a compelling story of invention and reinvention in its 20 year history.
In 1991, then Chamber director Brenda Van Cleave and former mayor Bobby Williams hatched a plan for downtown Tunica to host an annual barbecue and arts & crafts festival in the spring. The two picked the third weekend of the month, April 19-20, for the inaugural festival, with a carnival to start on Thursday, April 18. The Chamber conducted a contest to choose a logo, and eventually, three winners were picked: Page Van Cleave, whose logo graced festival caps. Virginia Kittle’s entry went on aprons, and Paulette Ellison’s, tee shirts.
Jury convicts Cotton
Seventeen years after losing their mother in a long unsolved homicide, the family of Fannie Burks got closure. Joe Cotton of Tunica was convicted of Burk’s murder in Circuit Court in Tunica County on Wednesday, April 11, after a two day trial.
In a press conference on May 13, 2009, Sheriff K.C Hamp announced a break in Burks’ murder, which had been deemed a cold case. Burks was discovered by a relative at her home in Cottonland Village on April 9, 1995. She had sustained multiple gun shot wounds. At the time, no apparent motive was determined, and no arrests were made.
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Committee brings concerns to Board
Tunicans for Transparency in Government representative Barbara Tuchel raised a number of issues with supervisors at their mid-month meeting late Friday afternoon, but her time on the agenda was cut short when Board president James Dunn interjected, “I can’t turn every detail around in three months.”
Up to that point, Tuchel had presented a lengthy Transparency report on issues involving the Election Commission, the library, the Rec Center, and Tunica National.
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