CORINTH – The Crossroads Arena board has discharged general manager Reggie Churchwell, effective Monday, an Alcorn County official said.
A recent special audit of of the arena’s books revealed a shortfall, said Board of Supervisors President Gary Ross. He did not say how questions about the arena’s finances arose.
Engagements for the facility through the end of the year are already set on the calendar, Ross said, and members of the arena board will manage the facility while a search for a replacement is under way.
The Crossroads Arena is jointly owned by the city of Corinth and Alcorn County, with most of its funding derived from half of a 2 percent tourism tax on prepared food and hotel rooms.
The multipurpose facility, which opened in November 1999, seats more than 9,000 for concerts, family shows and other events, and 3,200 for rodeos and other sporting events.
Since opening the Crossroads Arena has hosted trade shows, concerts, sporting events theatrical events and other programs, including John Michael Montgomery, George Jones, The Osmond Family, the Harlem Globetrotters, PRCA rodeo, wrestling, monster trucks, auto shows and others.
Churchwell worked as a Nashville-based talent producer before assuming management of the Crossroads Arena in 2003.
The attorney for the arena board could not be reached for comment.
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