Consolidated Grain bets on new Tunica port
A pioneer of gaming in Tunica County, Fernando Cuquet, once described the Mississippi as “El Rio de Oro,” or the River of Gold. And when Splash Casino debuted at Mhoon Landing as the county’s first casino in 1992 and Tunica County quickly became the U.S.’s third largest gaming market, Cuquet’s prognostication proved true. Splash’s heyday was a brief three years, and the site has lain dormant since 1995, waiting to be rediscovered and repurposed.
Now, Tunica County is poised to again reap riches from the river that is its western boundary.
Consolidated Grain and Barge of Mandeville, LA has started demolition of the last vestiges of Splash on the banks of the Mississippi about five miles west of the town of Tunica. The privately held company plans an $18 million port and grain elevator on 20 acres here to store and then ship out agricultural products grown within a 40 mile radius.
County ‘revisiting’ employee pay cuts
At least three members of the Board of Supervisors plan to donate 10 percent of their salaries back to county coffers.
District 5’s McKinley Daley said Monday that he, Henry Nickson of District 4, and Phillis Williams of District 3 planned to give back a portion of their $40,400 annual salary, as part of recent austerity measures.
Daley made the statement after hearing from Board attorney Ellis Pittman that Tunica County could not reduce salaries of elected officials.
Sharing the bounty
Resorts Casino donated 50 turkeys to the Tunica County Sheriff’s Department for distribution to county residents the week of Thanksgiving.
Main Street Shopping Spree ends next Sunday 14ing
Shoppers have just over one week to SHOP TUNICA and receive entries into a drawing for a $1,000 shopping spree in local stores and restaurants.
Eighteen businesses are participating this year (see the Shopping Spree ad on Page 10 for a complete list). For every $25 spent, customers receive one entry into the contest, with the drawing for the winner held on Dec. 15.
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