Missouri Gaming Commission Takes Active Role in Caruthersville Casino

NOVEMBER 6, 2006 - Posted at 3:43 p.m. CST

CARUTHERSVILLE, MO - The Missouri Gaming Commission is working in tandem with Casino Aztar in Caruthersville, and state and local government officials to preserve jobs and tax revenues in the Pemiscot County community.

On Friday, the Commission approved an agreement to appoint a supervisor to oversee operations of the riverboat casino.  The action was necessary after a new owner for the casino could not be licensed before a November 19 deadline.  Executive Director Gene McNary says "the Missouri Gaming Commission and Governor Blunt's office were concerned a lapse in operations would occur, jeopardizing jobs and revenue to the local economy."  Aztar employs 283 people in Caruthersville, and contributes more than $6 million per year in fees and taxes to the local economy.  "A shutdown would have a powerful effect on Caruthersville, surrounding Pemiscot County and the state," said McNary.

More details are expected to be revealed tomorrow.