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Main St. umbrella may cover hwy.
To incorporate the highway or not to incorporate the highway. That was the question pondered by town officials, citizens and business owners at a special meeting on Wednesday, July 28.
Bob Wilson, director of Mississippi Main Street, presented a power point presentation highlighting possibilities for Tunica. Wilson said creating a highway district was possible, even though it would not encompasses the same design as downtown.
“Even though the area is not considered historic, there’s a way to make it look attractive,” Wilson said.
THS gets boost from star’s foundation
When matchbox twenty frontman Rob Thomas appears in concert at Harrah’s Tunica on August 27, he will have a special announcement to make.
The Tunica Humane Society has been selected as one of the beneficiaries of the foundation established by Thomas and his wife.
The Sidewalk Angels Foundation is a New York-based nonprofit that works hand in hand with charities across America to address social issues for humans and animals. The Foundation has raised nearly half a million dollars since its founding in 2003, for organizations like Pets Alive, Blythedale Children’s Hospital and the Animal House in Jamaica.
Recipients are selected based on past program success, demonstrable use for future funds and resources and a shared charitable philosophy. According to Thomas’ web site, the Foundation typically chooses smaller, grass-roots organizations for assistance, believing they are more in touch with their community’s needs and have more impact.
“This is the most wonderful news for us,” THS Executive Director Sandy Williams said. “(The Foundation) has already sent us $2500 to assist us right now until the concert tour is over.
Blues Gateway project exceeds estimates
The Gateway to the Blues will now go up in three stages, following action by the Board of Supervisors on Friday, July 30.
In mid July, supervisors received bids on the creation of the Gateway to the Blues Visitors Center. The low bidder, W.G Yates & Sons Construction of Memphis, estimated costs at $1.4 million.
On July 30, Dulaney said the bids exceeded the grant funding allotted for the project. Grant funds, awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, totalled $925,000.
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