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

Blues legend James Cotton dead at 81

World-renowned blues harmonica master James Cotton, whom Rolling Stone called “one of the greats of all time, burning with brilliant virtuosity” died on March 16, 2017 of pneumonia at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas. He was 81. His overwhelmingly powerful harmonica playing was one of the iconic sounds of the blues. He toured worldwide for over 60 years.

According to a statement last week ftom Alligator Records, James Henry Cotton, known as “Mr. Superharp,” recorded nearly 30 solo albums, winning one Grammy Award, six Living Blues Awards and 10 Blues Music Awards. He was inducted into the Blues Hall Of Fame in 2006. The New York Daily News called him “the greatest blues harmonica player of all time.” NPR Weekend Edition said, “Conjure up a list of all-time great blues harmonica players, and high up on it you’ll see the name James Cotton.”

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Local History: Typhoid fever panics Tunica Countians in 1952

This week continues a series of history stories by the late Ashley Harris. This story first appeared in the January 19, 1995 issue.

Typhoid fever panicked Tunica County in the summer of 1952 after James Franklin, a tenant on the Clay Taylor plantation at Little Texas, died of the disease.

Tunica County received yet another nationally reported “black-eye” - only one in a long string - over the outbreak.

“Many comments were made by local people,” wrote then-editor Margaret Phillips, “about one fact it presented Tunica County as ‘a hinterland community,’ not the modern progressive county we do have.”

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State preps to extend I-69 west, south

The 2017-2020 Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan recently released by the Mississippi Department of Transportation includes funds for the engineering and design phase of an extension of Interstate 69 in Tunica County.

Project No. 720212 is the construction of four lanes of I-69 from the Desoto county line to Arkabutla Dam Road in Tunica County. The engineering phase is projected to cost $3 million and is slated to get underway this year. Eighty percent of the cost of this phase will come from federal funds.

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Utility district sets March 25 deadline to collect past dues

Approximately 500 customers of the Tunica County Utility District are 90 days or more past due on their accounts, and TCUD’s new managers are getting serious about collecting those revenues.

Letters went out in late February to notify those accounts with past due charges that TCUD has set a March 25, 2017 deadline for those accounts to be brought to a zero balance.

“The following past due amount must be paid in full (by the March 25, 2017 deadline) in order to avoid disconnection of service,” the letter states.

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