Tunica County officials announce shelters

Tunica County officials Wednesday opened three of the county's recreation centers as relief shelters for those people who have fled the Gulf Coast areas of Mississippi and New Orleans as the result of Hurricane Katrina.

Tunica County Administrator Clifton Johnson ordered the G.W. Henderson Health and Recreation Center, 1165 Abbey Drive (off U.S. Highway 61), the White Oak Recreation Center at 1100 White Oak Road (off State Highway 4) and the Dundee Recreation Center at 9140 Dundee Road (off U.S. Highway 61) opened immediately.

"We recognize the need for livable space and want to make these facilities available to those unfortunate citizens from the devastated area who are in need of a place to stay," Johnson said.

People seeking shelter should call the centers prior to arriving. The Henderson Center can be reached at (6621) 357-0523; the White Oak Center at (662) 357-1463 and the Dundee Center at (662) 363-1415.

Anyone wishing to donate items such as blankets, mattresses, pillows, cots and/or toys and games for children should call Billy Willis, Tunica County director of recreation, at the G.W. Henderson Center.

Also, three casinos in Tunica Resorts, Hollywood Casino, The Grand and Sam's Town, have limited space available in their RV parks for displaced persons looking for places to park their recreational vehicles..

For more information during normal working hours, call Peggy Cannon, Tunica County Emergency Management Administrative Assistant at (662) 363-4012. After 5 p.m., call the Tunica County Sheriff's Dept., at (662) 363-1411.

The American Red Cross is helping to coordinate this effort in Tunica County.