Corinth Arena funding requests approved

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – Using guidelines clarified at a Friday joint meeting of the Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau/tourism council, the Crossroads Arena board and Alcorn County and city officials, the CVB board on Tuesday approved three funding requests from the arena.
They included:
• $39,700 for the Monsters, Mud and Tuff Trucks Show at the arena on Friday and Saturday. The event, the request says, draws visitors from Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee, and expected attendance this year is about 5,000.
• Reimbursing the arena for a recent Indoor Motocross event, which drew about 1,500 to the arena.
• $15,500 for the Lonestar Rodeo scheduled for April 12-13.
Mayor Tommy Irwin also announced during Tuesday’s special meeting that Luke Doehner would step down as board president, which Doehner had told the mayor from the beginning would be an interim role.
Doehner said he agreed to help with the transition from the former board to the new board, but his business demands had begun to increase and he needed to step back into his board member role.
With five of the seven board members in attendance, the group agreed to hold an election for the board president’s seat when all seven members are present.
The next regular meeting of the Corinth Area CVB is 8 a.m. March 19.
lena.mitchell@journalinc.com