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

Insurance still being debated

 

Supervisors are expected to take up the issue of employee health insurance this week, after a discussion on May 5 failed to reach a consensus.

County administrator Michael Thompson told the Board that its current company Cigna had submitted a plan with three options, but said he was waiting to hear from the county’s agent of record Nick Floyd.


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Felony convictions complicate Tunican’s search for work

Finding a job to support her family is a puzzle 39-year-old Debra Smith has been determined to solve for nearly the past decade, she said.

It seems she has all the right pieces, according to her resume.  She has nearly a decade of experience in the gaming industry, working in positions such as hostess cashier, cage cashier, and blackjack dealer.  She also recently completed a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies from the University of Mississippi with minors in psychology, sociology, and history.

Smith said she is ashamed of what may be holding her back from better work opportunities.

“A year ago, I couldn’t see myself sitting here talking about this,” she said.


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County votes to sue town

 

Supervisors voted Monday to “proceed with litigation against the town on the issue of the use of gaming revenue.”

Board attorney Ellis Pittman said the Board had considered issues of gaming revenue and how it was being used in executive session. Board members voted again in open session, with District 4 supervisor Henry Nickson making the motion, District 5’s McKinley Daley seconding, and Board president James Dunn and Phillis Williams of District 3 voting in the affirmative. District 2’s Cedric Burnett voted no.


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Cafe’s storied history outlined, preserved

The Hollywood Café, both at its current site and its original location in Hollywood, Miss., earned fame as a Delta dining institution but has also shared in the area’s musical history. Pianist Muriel Wilkins performed at the restaurant for years, and she and the Hollywood were immortalized in the Marc Cohn hit song, “Walking in Memphis.” Legendary bluesman Son House also performed at this site when the building housed the commissary of the Frank Harbert plantation, where House once resided.

The Hollywood Café had neither live music nor a kitchen when Bard Selden opened the business as a bar in the summer of 1969. But over the years the café began to offer dinnertime music as the menu expanded to steak, catfish and the Hollywood’s signature dish, fried dill pickles (a specialty of Bard’s brother, Tait Selden).


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