Paula Deen Pledges $1 for Every Harrah’s Tunica Paula Deen Buffet Sold in June to Tunica Cutoff Relief Fund
The queen of Southern cuisine, Paula Deen, has pledged to donate $1 for every Paula Deen Buffet sold at Harrah’s Tunica in the month of June to the Tunica Cutoff relief fund. Paula Deen’s minimum donation to the Tunica Cutoff relief fund will be $50,000.
Tunica Cutoff is a community of an estimated 370 homes that originated from small fishing villages along Tunica Lake, a Mississippi River oxbow lake. Approximately 700 people were affected when Tunica Cutoff was evacuated due to rising Mississippi River levels. The majority of the homes in Tunica Cutoff are expected to be condemned and uninhabitable upon final inspection.
Saturday, June 11 Paula Deen will be at Harrah’s Tunica for her “Personally Paula” stage show where she and various members of her family tell personal anecdotes and interact with the audience. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, online at ticketmaster.com, at casino gift shops, or the casino box office. The casino box office is open on performance days only. Guests must be 21 years or older.
Spending at home more important than ever
Tunica Main Street is launching a “shop at home” campaign in an attempt to spark retail sales and generate tax revenue which has dropped off significantly in the wake of the Great Flood of 2011.
As is the case along most river counties, Tunica has suffered great financial losses since the rising waters of the Mississippi spread from its banks due to the spring rise and record rains in the Ohio River Valley. However, unlike most other Delta counties, Tunica’s heavy dependence on gaming revenue and the fact that all nine of the market’s casinos were closed for more than two weeks due to the near-record flooding has had an especially-adverse affect on Tunica’s economy and its local governments.
Plan splits up Cut-off
Changes brought on by the Mississippi River are not the only ones Tunica Cut-off residents may face, according to a special meeting with the Board of Supervisors on May 20.
During that session, around 30 residents of the area learned that a proposed redistricting plan will impact them. The plan calls for dividing the area between two supervisor districts. Currently, all four camps are located in District Four.
Consultant Chris Watson said that District Five will take in Charlie’s Camp and Bordeaux. District 4 will keep Nel-Win and Carol’s Camp.
Music festival raises funds for evacuees
It didn’t showcase the big names of the Beale Street Music Festival. Nor did it feature many of the attractions of small town events such as the Tunica Rivergate Festival.
But on Saturday, the High Water Music Festival left an indelible mark on a community suffering from the effects of the rising flood waters of the Mighty Mississippi – the displaced residents of the Tunica Cutoff.
“Attendance-wise, I think we sold about 700 wrist bands,” said Tunica businessman and former Nashville music insider John Mohead, organizer of the festival. “It was mainly a local turnout, but we did have some folks here from DeSoto County, as well as Clarksdale and Coahoma County.”
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