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

Arena’s impact on local economy is huge


The Tunica Arena’s 12th anniversary is shaping up to be a banner year, with 12 new events booked, including a trio of world events in the line-up.
Arena director Steve Sosebee said he and staffers Rebecca Fyfe and Leigh Watson have hit the road and the airwaves to attract new bookings. Arena staff also work closely with the Tunica Convention & Visitors Bureau. Now, the schedule is full on all but four weekends in 2013, Sosebee said.
For the first quarter, arena events have made an estimated $2.5 million impact on the local economy, Sosebee said last week at Tunica Rotary, on track to match Fiscal Year 2012’s $10 million total impact. The arena is bringing visitors to Tunica casinos, filling hotel rooms and restaurants, and adding to the bottom line at local gas stations and grocery stores, Sosebee said.

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Rivergate Festival organizers embracing stormy past


Rain and wind, thunder and lightning may have spoiled some festivals past, but this year, organizers are “going with the flow” and incorporating spring’s unpredictable weather into the 21st annual Rivergate Festival April 18-20.
“We’ve just decided to use the weather to our advantage,” Chamber CEO Lyn Arnold said. “We may even have to manufacture some raindrops if it’s sunny.”
Festival posters and advertising feature an outsize pair of rain boots decorated with symbols of all the things that make Rivergate fun: music, crawfish, barbecue, cars, bikes, and even a nod to an arena equine event that has coincided with the festival weekend for 10 years.

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Cowboy contest, sponsor fete join forces

The 2013 Rivergate Festival kicks off Thursday, April18, at the Tunica Arena with a sponsor reception.
This event marks the 10th anniversary of Cowboy Mounted Shooting at the venue.

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Citizens seek EPA review


The Board of Supervisors authorized lot clean-ups and took action on citizen concerns at their March 18 meeting.
County code enforcer Jewelie Brown had previously presented a list of properties in need of attention. County attorney Andy Dulaney said public hearing notices had been mailed to the physical address of the properties, the address on file at the tax assessor’s office or hand delivered by the Tunica County Sheriff’s Department. No one had responded to the notices by Monday, except property owner Eddie Lee Cole, who was present at the hearing.
Dulaney said Cole was in the process of correcting issues on his property and no action was required on his lot.

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