Red, White and Blue Rivalry
NDPDD head arrested
State and local authorities swooped in and arrested the longtime executive director of North Delta Planning and Development District, Glenn K. Brown, Thursday morning (July 1) at his office in Batesville.
Brown, 49, was booked at the Panola County jail at 8:25 and charged with fraud, according to the jail log.
Despite Brown’s arrest, employees of North Delta Planning are still at work and performing their jobs, said (Panola) Board of Supervisors president Gary Thompson.
“The doors are still open,” he said.
Blues gateway advancing
The Gateway to the Blues Visitor’s Center may soon be rising from the Delta soil as the Board of Supervisors opened bids in conjunction with that project on June 30.
Nine companies submitted bids for phase one of the two phase project. The first phase includes the relocation and renovation of a train depot owned by the Hood family and renovations to the existing Visitor’s Center in Tunica Resorts.
Engineer Mike Young read bids aloud to a crowd of over 20 citizens and contractors. Tunica Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Webster Franklin was also on hand for the bid opening.
Tunica Airport tapped for federal grant
The Tunica Airport was among three Mississippi airports receiving federal funding, according to a press release issued by Congressman Roger Wicker and Sen. Thad Cochran’s offices late last week.
The grants, issued by the Federal Aviation Administration, totalled $11.8 million. Tunica will receive $781,524.
“Each of the projects supported by this funding is designed to improve air service, which is important for economic development and tourism,” Cochran said. “I am particularly pleased that funding is being provided to support the growth of air service in the Tunica area.”
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