Tunica set framework for Weeden
Although miles and time now separate him from it, for Kenneth Weeden, Tunica will always be home.
Weeden was born in Tunica at Dr. Noble’s Clinic in November 1952, on the day before Eisenhower was elected. His parents were Rogers S. Weeden and Nellie Williams Bland Weeden.
They lived in the North Subdivision, which had recently been built to provide a place to live for blacks that didn’t work on a plantation. In fact, Weeden’s grandfather, who was a carpenter from a long line of highly skilled craftsmen, built several houses in the Old Sub, some of which still stand today.
Fallen soldier’s story illuminates greater mission
There is an old saying. The only two places you can have peace in your life is in your own home or in your grave. I have found that statement to be true.
Last year, the news of yet another casualty of war was reported in our area. Some were saddened and hurt because he was a young man, others because of who he was. But how is it that someone who has left this life on earth can still bring peace to the living?
Growing up, I never imagined losing my older brother. From the time we spent chasing puppies and arguing over which name to give them, to trying to cross frozen ditches in the winter time, he was my inspiration.
County’s election season now underway
Tunica County voters return to the polls Feb. 1 to help fill the unexpired term of the late Bill Minor of Holly Springs, Northern District Transportation Commissioner.
John Caldwell of Nesbit and Mike Tagert of Starkville were the top two finishers in the Jan. 11 special election, each garnering just over 20 percent of the vote. Warner McBride of Courtland ran third, but only the top two finishers advance to the run-off.
Long remembers the Alamo
I have stood on the street that was just a dirt lane that all the leaders of the Alamo traveled up and down every day: Lt. Colonel and Commanding Officer William Barret Travis, Colonel James Bowie, and honorary Colonel David Crockett. In fact, the hotel I’m staying in is on this path now known as Houston Street. I have to admit I’m a little confused about that because Houston was a wee bit late in showing up. But, he did have the overall picture in mind. He sacrificed the brave men at the Alamo for the bigger picture of winning Texas.
I’ll admit that I’ve always been curious about the Alamo, having grown up on Davy Crockett television shows, but when my good friend, Bard Selden, told me that I was actually kin to one of its heroes, my curiosity escalated. It seems that Mr. Cloud, who was a supervisor with my father, Paul Battle, told “Pop” how we were kin to Daniel William Cloud.
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