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Penn National Gaming to buy 2 Tunica County casinos for $44M

Bally’s Casino Tunica and Resorts Casino Tunica are changing hands. Penn National Gaming of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, said Tuesday that it will pay $44 million to buy the two Mississippi gambling halls, which had been handed over to creditors after bankruptcy. The company already owns three Mississippi casinos, including Hollywood Casino Tunica. Penn National CEO Timothy Wilmott says it will centrally ...

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Cities gain national accreditation

The following Main Street communities in Mississippi have been designated as accredited Main Street America programs for meeting standards set by the National Main Street Center: Aberdeen, Amory, Baldwyn, Batesville, Belhaven, Biloxi, Booneville, Canton, Carthage, Cleveland, Clinton, Columbia, Columbus, Corinth, Crystal Springs, Greenville, Greenwood, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Hernando, Holly Springs, Houston, Indianola, Kosciusko, Laurel, Louisville/Noxapater, Macon, Meridian, New Albany, Ocean Springs, ...

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Gold Strike adds 3 directors

Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica has named three to its executive leadership team. Sean Hopkins was named Director of Casino Operations. Hopkins oversees the overall direction of Casino Operations in both table games and slots departments. His responsibilities include maintaining the security and integrity of casino games along with evaluating, recommending, and implementing necessary changes to improve operations of ...

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Melonie Ducre Johnson GM at Gold Strike

Melonie Ducre Johnson joins the MGM Resorts International team as the new general manager of Gold Strike Casino Resort near Tunica. She is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations while providing strategic direction for all divisions. She began her career in finance with Jazz Casino Co. in New Orleans, where she gained meaningful experience in setting the financial reporting and ...

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Drop in casino revenue means tax hike likely by levee board

CLARKSDALE — The Yazoo Mississippi Delta Levee Board has scheduled a public meeting July 9 on a proposed tax increase. Since 1996, levee board has not raised taxes. The Clarkdale Press Register reports that’s likely to change. The levee board — which is tasked with maintaining the levee system in 12 counties — got its revenue from casino rentals. The ...

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Judge: Caesars can demolish Harrah's casino in Mississippi

JACKSON — A Chicago bankruptcy judge has blessed plans to dismantle the former casino at the shuttered Harrah’s complex in Mississippi’s Tunica County. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Benjamin Goldgar authorized the dismantling March 30. It’s one facet of a massive bankruptcy case involving Caesars Entertainment Corp. and its attempt to restructure or shed almost $20 billion in debt. It’s unclear when ...

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Visitors' center in Tunica offers intro to blues heritage

TUNICA — Mississippi has a small new museum dedicated to the state’s blues heritage. Gateway to the Blues Museum opened this past week inside a visitors’ center on U.S. Highway 61 in Tunica. It’s in a new building attached to a restored train depot that dates back to 1895. Webster Franklin, president and CEO of the Tunica Convention and Visitors ...

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Communities awarded national Main Street accreditation

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Main Street Association has designated cities as accredited National Main Street Programs for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. The cities are Aberdeen, Corinth, Pascagoula, Amory, Greenville, Philadelphia, Baldwyn, Greenwood, Picayune, Batesville, Gulfport, Pontotoc, Belhaven, Hattiesburg, Ripley, Biloxi, Hernando, Senatobia, Booneville, Indianola, Starkville, Canton, Kosciusko, Tunica, Carthage, ...

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NY Times: Tunica's casino closing impacts more than gambling

Apparently, Mississippi’s successful venture into the casino industry 20 years ago was so outstanding that it ultimately led to the industry unraveling in the Tunica market — once the third-largest casino market in the country. “No one knew in 1993 or 1994 what it was going to be like, and then Mississippi showed the world that it could be a ...

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