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Rankin County Multi-Purpose Arena committee formed

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Rankin County Supervisor Jared Morrison and Rankin First Economic Development Authority member Noel Daniels will be part of the seven-to-nine member committee that aims to preserve the arena. Rankin County Supervisor Jared Morrison and Rankin First Economic Development Authority member Noel Daniels will be part of the seven-to-nine member committee that aims to preserve the arena.
The advocates don't want to see the County and City of Brandon enter into any type of governmental swap that would allow the City to turn the arena into an indoor soccer complex. The advocates don't want to see the County and City of Brandon enter into any type of governmental swap that would allow the City to turn the arena into an indoor soccer complex.
Committee member Ellen Morgan says they will study ways to make the arena function more efficiently, to turn a better profit for the County. Committee member Ellen Morgan says they will study ways to make the arena function more efficiently, to turn a better profit for the County.
BRANDON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Those who want to maintain the current function of Rankin County Multi-Purpose Arena, showing and training livestock, have gotten formal approval to form an advisory committee.

Committee member Ellen Morgan says they will study ways to make the arena function more efficiently, to turn a better profit for the County. It's been estimated that the Pavilion cost the county $141,000 last year.

"Our evaluation committee will meet tomorrow at 6pm to begin the process of (discovering) what can be done to the building," said Morgan. "We believe with good management and stewardship, this building can be organized in a way that all of Rankin County can be proud of." 

Morgan disputes the money-loss estimate of $141,000, saying bookkeeping has been poor over the years.

The advocates don't want to see the County and City of Brandon enter into any type of governmental swap that would allow the City to turn the arena into an indoor soccer complex. The county-owed arena is located on Marquette Road in the city, and a city sports complex will soon be built around it.

Brandon Mayor Butch Lee has said he would find another use for the arena if a deal is struck with the County. He says the majority of City taxpayers would not support maintaining its current use.

"We're here to help the County, and the County is here to help us," said Mayor Lee. "So we're working together, trying to navigate through what's best for Rankin County as a whole." 

Rankin County Supervisor Jared Morrison and Rankin First Economic Development Authority member Noel Daniels will be part of the seven-to-nine member committee that aims to preserve the arena. 

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