Native battling for USA
On a day when most Americans are enjoying the fun and festivities associated with the anniversary of our nation’s independence, one of Tunica’s native sons will be fighting it out for the good ole US of A.
Fortunately, this battle only involves the perils of cooking over a hot grill, with the only carnage being the pounds of pork and poultry being prepared for the “United States Versus Canada Barbecue Contest” held in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on July 4.
“We’re cooking about 670 pounds of ribs, roughly 180 butts and 5,000 pieces of chicken,” said John David Wheeler, whose “Natural Born Grillers” cooking team will be competing in the inaugural US Versus Canada international cook-off. “We’re going to be feeding about 4,000 people and competing against teams from Canada. It’s going to be a big deal.”
Candidates court votes for county posts
A debate organized by Roman Fullilove, pastor of Belmont M.B. Church in Prichard, drew a large crowd to the Henderson Recreation Center Tuesday night, as 26 incumbents and challengers made their case to county voters.
The format offered all those seeking election or re-election as county supervisors and superintendent of education a chance to introduce themselves and answer questions posed by a six-member panel.
The panel included Rev. Fullilove; Pastor Evelyn Hubbard of Commerce Boulevard Christian Church in Robinsonville; Dolly Hudson of Dundee; Betty Jo Dulaney, Tunica Literacy Council; Kerry Temple, First Security Bank; and this reporter. Neketta Dean served as the debate moderator.
Archaeologist maps early civilization
Since the early 1920’s, archaeologists have travelled to Tunica County to study one of the most significant archaeological sites in the region–the Hollywood Mounds Site.
Today, thanks to new developments in geomapping technologies, a Tulane University doctoral candidate is carrying that momentum forward to determine even more about the civilization of people that once called this site home.
“It is one of the biggest sites in the Delta,” said Bryan Haley, the researcher who will be spending the next five weeks in Tunica mapping the Hollywood Mounds Site. “It’s nearly a half mile north to south and maybe a quarter mile east to west. It’s one of the largest Mississippian sites we know of.”
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