Crossroads Arena operations struggle to continue

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – Board members for the Crossroads Arena have been serving in and shuffling management roles in the almost two years since they had a full-time manager.
The departure of one of the three remaining full-time employees at the facility means more of the same, said Dr. Hardwick Kay in a presentation to the Corinth city board Tuesday evening.
Kay, joined by arena board members Alva Dalton, Phyllis Young, Sunny Phillips and Sam Tull, outlined recent arena operations, plans and projections in response to the city officials’ request to meet with various boards where they appoint board members.
Felicia Windham, who has been the contact person for the arena since the full-time manager left in late 2009, recently left her post as finance director, said arena attorney William “Bill” Odom.
The multipurpose city-county-owned facility opened in November 1999 as a venue for family-oriented entertainment but is limited by lack of funds in its potential to offer the kinds of shows to draw widespread local and tourist support, Dalton said.
Talks are ongoing with a Nashville-based promotions company that can provide the kind of management leadership and book the kinds of shows the facility needs, he said.
Work will begin soon to reinforce the structural foundation – which has been eroded by heavy rainfalls and faulty drainage systems – using about $350,000 from the bond fund that is paying off the arena’s construction bond.
The bond retirement fund is accumulated from half of payments of a 2 percent tourism tax in Corinth on prepared food and hotel rooms. The tax is shared by the Crossroads Arena and the Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
In late 2009, the arena board used about $100,000 from the bond retirement funds to perform almost a dozen other capital improvement projects.
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