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Interstate to
make travel to
Tunica easier By David Grisham
MISSISSIPPI — Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert has announced updates to several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) projects, including Interstate 269 in DeSoto and Marshall Counties, which will connect with Interstate 69 at Interstate 55. I-69 runs from I-55 to U.S. Route 61 in Tunica County. This development will help make travel to Tunica
casinos easier
for many as
I-269 is part of
a bypass around
running from
Collierville in
Tennessee and
into Mississippi,
where it will
travel east and south of Olive Branch to I-55, just north of Hernando.
According to the update, construction of the I-269 project is on schedule in North Mississippi. The largest active MDOT construction project in the state, dirt and bridgework for the entire I-269 corridor is complete. Crews are currently working on paving the sections of the project that have not been paved.
MDOT expects I-269 to be open for traffic in fall 2018, although portions of the interstate will open sooner. The first section of I-269, from State Route 302 to the Tennessee state line in Marshall County, was opened to traffic on Oct. 23, 2015. I-69 opened in Tunica County in October of 2006.
Webster Franklin, president and CEO of the Tunica Convention &
Webster Franklin
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8 Hurricane Relief Mississippi and Louisiana casinos provide assistance after Hurricane Harvey.
6 #VegasStrong
Showing support after shooting in Las Vegas.
12 Excellence Awards Educators recognized at L’Auberge Lake Charles.
4 From The MGHA Understanding possible lottery laws and consequences.
5 Gaming Revenues States have mixed bag of revenue results.
11 Added Attractions Tunica casino gets name change.
17 Cleaning Up
Housekeepers honored with fun, games — and a helping hand.
23 Celebration Time Employees treated to cotton candy, slot tournaments and more.
13 Moving Ahead
New president at Beau Rivage; promotion at Gold Strike.
14 People In The News Employees lauded across the region.
18 Contributions &
Helping community organizations have a lasting impact.
On the Cover
Pictured (from left) are Harrah’s Gulf Coast executives Amanda Hansen, director of casino operations; Kennedy Smith, vice president of marketing, hotel and spa; General Manager Jonathan Jones; Brooke Robbins, director of human resources; and Stephanie Talley, director of finance, with Michelle Wilson (center), regional philanthropy officer for the American Red Cross of Mississippi, and two Red Cross team members.

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