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Tunica casinos now employ about 4, workers, less than a third than they did at their peak. After two hours behind closed doors, no decision was reached. But the year-old bartender is increasingly hedging his bets on the future. Most nights the kitchen behind the bar is closed. Times Store. Meanwhile, officials in Memphis are discussing legalizing sports betting on Beale Street. Many in this predominantly African American county of just 10, residents, about 30 miles southwest of Memphis, worry they are moving backward. Inside the Roadhouse, a Western saloon-themed casino improbably positioned within a faux Bavarian castle with a moat, the blackjack and poker tables are dim and without dealers. Still, most everyone agrees there are still more opportunities than before the casinos came, when there were no paved roads, limited water and sewage lines, and few jobs outside agriculture. Get all the day's most vital news with our Today's Headlines newsletter, sent every weekday morning. Amid a whir of giddy beeps and chimes, just a smattering of players tap buttons and pull levers on penny slots and video poker machines. Lavish monuments to gaming — a gleaming high-rise tower, an Irish medieval castle, an art deco movie house — rose up amid the cotton and rice fields, flooding the impoverished Mississippi Delta county with tourists, money and jobs. Along the four-lane highway next to the abandoned complex, a Valero gas station and Sonic Drive-In also are shuttered. Before glitzy casino palaces were built along the Mississippi River in the early s — state legislators hoping to revive the ailing economy passed a law in that allowed dockside casino gambling in counties along the Mississippi River and the Gulf Coast — Tunica was the most impoverished county in the nation. A practice soccer field? Downtown Tunica in , long before the casinos came. Reporting from Tunica County, Miss. On the outskirts of Tunica, where some residents of Sugar Ditch Alley were relocated to mobile homes in the s, Larry James said casinos had transformed the county, offering many residents a path out of the old Southern agrarian way of life. Most shifts run from the late afternoon to the early hours of the morning — a tough gig for parents, particularly those without cars or an adequate salary to pay for baby sitting. In , the Rev. Still, Hawkins does not place all the blame on former leaders. But the year-old retiree, who worked as a restaurant manager and chef for a string of casinos for nearly two decades, said his dirt-poor neighborhood had little to show for all the casino money. Joe Eddie Hawkins, a longtime community activist in Tunica. Follow Us. In November, voters in neighboring Arkansas passed a constitutional amendment authorizing four casinos, including one 35 miles from Tunica in West Memphis. While there are some signs that the economy has diversified — in the last decade, a pair of German companies have opened new plants manufacturing stainless steel pipes and crankshafts, creating more than jobs — residents worry that more casinos may go out of business as the market becomes more competitive. In Old Sub, an African American neighborhood north of the city of Tunica, wooden shacks strain under the weight of sagging roofs, and ramshackle trailers are patched with strips of corrugated metal. Enter Email Address. About Us. Young hopes to work with casinos and county officials to set up a hour daycare and transport system that can span the rural area to ferry workers without cars. He shrugged when asked what he would do next. Sign Me Up. Everyone enjoyed the tax breaks, he said, and residents should have done more to pressure officials to channel the money toward needy residents. At the end of the month, the casino will shut down and Hall is unsure whether he will find a secure job at one of the seven surviving casinos. You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. Brand Publishing. The death of George Floyd in police hands has pushed the U.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} But casino revenue here has plummeted in the last decade as major casino markets have exploded in dozens of cities from Chicago to New Orleans. Tunica Roadhouse casino in Tunica, Miss. While neat subdivisions of brick homes and condo complexes now dot the flat rural county of cotton fields, some areas show little sign of progress. More than half its residents live below the poverty line. Many workers here are tired of job conditions and insecurity, said Marilyn Young, who leads the Tunica County Workforce Development Center. Firefighters worry county officials may switch to a volunteer fire system or cut the number of full-time firefighters by half. Jenny Jarvie. 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