TOUGH TIMES IN TUNICA TONIGHT… ANOTHER CASINO FOLDING… A FAR CRY FROM THE 90’S WHEN THE AREA WAS BOOMING.. RESORTS CASINO … WILL BE THE THIRD TO CLOSE SINCE 2014. LOCAL 24 NEWS REPORTER REBECCA BUTCHER … SHOWS YOU HOW GAMBLERS ARE PLACING THEIR BETS ELSEWHERE. REBECCA BUTCHER/REPORTIN G: RESORTS CASINO TUNICA IS CALLING don’t we have anybody around here?” THATS WHAT LOCAL AND STATE LEADERS ARE TRYING TO ADDRESS…RESORTS CASINO TUNICA THE LATEST GAMBLING HALL SET TO CLOSE IN THE AREA. Vickie Hale, Florence, AL resident “I noticed the last few months that I’ve been coming there’s been fewer people in the casinos. It just doesn’t seem as busy. But people aren’t winning a great big deal SOUTHLAND CASINO AND RACING WILL BEGIN BREAKING GROUND FOR AN UPGRADED CASINO COMPLEX AND HIGH-RISE HOTEL AT THE END OF THIS MONTH. IN JANUARY, CAESAR’S ENTERTAINMENT CLOSED TUNICA ROADHOUSE. …AND HARRAH’S FOLDED WHEN IT WAS IN BANKRUPTCY IN 2014. Cecilia Derrington, Southaven Resident ” I think a lot of people are going to these casinos for various reasons. Not just for gambling but just to enjoy a nice meal. When you close one you’re going to close a lot of the jobs but areas people can visit.” AT ITS PEAK..CASINO EMPLOYMENT IN 2001 WAS AT 13,000…ITS NOW LESS THAN 5,000. CECILIA DERRINGTON, WHO VISITS FROM SOUTHAVEN, SAYS THE AREA IS A SHADOW OF WHAT IT WAS BEFORE. Cecilia Derrington, Southaven Resident “The outlet in Tunica, I shopped there before too and it’s sad to drive by and see a lot of vacant buildings.” RESORTS CASINO IS SET TO CLOSE ON JUNE 30TH.