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

Soliving A Cold Case: Cornes’ murder was top priority, Sheriff says

It was a humid summer day in July nearly 10 years ago when an employee of Tunica Grain Elevator made a grisly discovery. Just before 7 a.m., the  Sheriff’s Department learned that the body of a woman was hanging between two grain bins. Her clothing, including her shoes, was strewn around the scene.
The victim was identified as 45 year old JoAnn Cornes of Tunica, the mother of four. Coroner Glenn Grent pronounced her dead at approximately 7:21 a.m on July 23, 2002. She had last been seen the previous evening by her common law husband, Henry Neely, who said she had no disputes or problems with anyone.

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Survivor’s testimony filled with faith, hope

Anyone who’s been around Carmelita Barney for any time at all knows that she’s a woman of great faith.
That faith was put to the test nearly five years ago when she went in to see her doctor for a routine office visit.
“My doctor sent me to have a mammogram,” explained Barney, 71, who aside from spending 16 years in Chicago, has lived in Tunica her entire life. “That’s when I found out I had (cancer).”
Like most suspected breast cancer cases, Barney was ordered to undergo a biopsy following her mammogram. What happened next was anything but routine.
According to Barney, instead of having the mass in her breast biopsied, surgeons performed a partial mastectomy, removing nearly half of her left breast.

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Changes continue in county

Department head reports on drainage, operations and everything in between drew questions from county officials at the Board of Supervisors meeting on March 5.
Arena director Steve Sosebee said February had been a busy month, with three more just like it ahead. Sosebee said four site visits for new shows are planned in the next month or two; the events range from a coon dog event to a motorcycle rally. A horsemanship clinic by Chris Cox is among new events already committed to the Arena.
Board president James Dunn thanked Sosebee for the report.

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Tunica touted as bird capital

Editor’s Note: This information was compiled by Jeanine Walton and submitted on behalf of Tunica Main Street’s Promotion Committee. Information was obtained at

Did you know that Tunica, Mississippi is the Purple Martin Capital of the State of Mississippi?
To celebrate this auspicious title, Tunica Main Street is encouraging the residents of Tunica to get active in attracting and keeping these birds migrating to our community by putting up several Martin birdhouses in your yard.  

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