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Governor Bryant Names Three to Mississippi Gaming Commission

Posted: Mar 12, 2015

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has nominated three new members to the Mississippi Gaming Commission, subject to approval by the Mississippi Senate.

Two of the nominees, Alben “Al” Hopkins Sr. and Jerry Lester Griffith, both of Gulfport, Mississippi, will likely take their seats prior to the Mississippi Gaming Commission meeting on March 19 in Biloxi.  Hopkins is a long-time Mississippi attorney, and Griffith is retired from the Internal Revenue Service.

The nominees will take the positions vacated due to the recent resignations of John Hairston of Gulfport and Wally Carter of Ocean Springs.  Both resigned for business reasons.

Griffith’s term will expire Sept. 30, 2016, and Hopkins’ term will expire Sept. 30, 2017.

The Chairman of the Gaming Commission is Nolen Canon from Tunica County, whose term expires Sept. 30, 2016.

Governor Bryant has nominated Thomas Gresham of Indianola to replace Canon and he will likely serve as Chairman.  Gresham’s term will end Sept. 30, 2019.   Gresham is in the petroleum and convenience store business.  Interestingly, Gresham’s now deceased father, Bill Gresham, previously served as Chairman of the Commission.

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Tennessee Considers Poker Rooms

Posted: Mar 27, 2015

A new proposal in the state of Tennessee would allow for table games at gambling facilities, ushering in an era of gambling that the state and its residents have never seen before.

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