Splash founder had varied career
A true pioneer of the gaming industry in Tunica and the state of Mississippi has died. Fernando Cuquet, 93, of Savannah, GA, one of the founding partners in Tunica’s first casino, died last Saturday, Jan. 12, in hospice care there. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
A native of New Orleans, where he was born April 8, 1919, Mr. Cuquet had pursued many careers – attorney, entrepreneur, FBI agent, and spy. Among his many business ventures were ownership of 50 oil wells in southwest Louisiana and a 3800-acre Florida muck farm; real estate holdings in metro New Orleans; industrial contracting, warehouses and ocean-going bulk carriers; and controlling interest in one of the largest banks in the New Orleans area. One of his biggest transactions – a billion dollar deal – was the purchase of the All American Pipe Line that stretched from Texas to Los Angeles.
The Big Chill
Tunica County escaped the worst effects of a predicted ice storm earlier this week, when moisture from the south collided in the region with a cold front from the north. Daytime temperatures plunged below the freezing mark Monday and on into Tuesday, causing local schools to close and a few other shutdowns.
Seminar combats cyber crime
Countering terrorism remains the number one priority of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but cyber crime is a growing threat, according to agent Scott Wells.
Wells presented a tutorial on cyber threats January 7 at the Tunica Museum, courtesy of Covenant Bank.
Wells said that 1.5 million people are selling information as part of a “cyber underground” that has become as sophisticated as more traditional types of organized crime.
Northwest alumnus to perform at pro football’s biggest night
U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant Stephen Howell, an alumnus of Northwest Mississippi Community College, will be one of two Marine drummers participating in the pregame festivities at Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3 in New Orleans. Howell, who is drum major for the Marine Corps Band New Orleans at Marine Forces Reserve Headquarters in New Orleans, will march with other members of the military in a multi-service color guard to perform the National Anthem.
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