"People were getting their last check yesterday, not knowing if they are going to make money next week, have health insurance, get their kids the proper clothing and books in the fall. It's just a bad thing," Goodson said.
"To just close down Greenetrack is not in the best interest of the citizens of Greene County. You are more concerned with shutting down a bingo parlor versus protecting the citizens of Greene county," Pastor Joe Webb said in an interview with ABC News.
Webb said he had been meeting and praying with employees of Greenetrack as late as yesterday as he tried to help them deal with their loss of work.
"At least 400 people are without jobs. I was called up to do prayer with the people to encourage them," Webb said.
"That's the only job they have, and now it's taking food out of their children's mouths. Now they have to come to the church to help pay light bill, the water bill. This place is what you would call a poverty area, and you are taking the only jobs. Give us some jobs if you are going to take away this. I'm not saying gambling is the only thing, but it's what we have," Webb said.
Emerson, however, cites the fact that there is a Mercedes plant roughly 45 miles from Greene County and he thinks Greenetrack and the behavior of officials allegedly going against state law to keep the bingo machines are precisely why a similar car factory hasn't come to that area.
"They have said to the press, this county is nothing without Greenetrack and we disagree with that. We believe Greene County can aim higher," Emerson said.
"Companies don't want to move into that area because they don't trust local officials to enforce the law. If local officials don't obey the law, that is not good for your economic development," he said.
Goodson said the only thing hurting Greene County's economic development is the shuttering of Greenetrack, the timing of which he also calls into question.
"He chose the last year of his term to come after the main source of income for the residents of the county -- why now?" Goodson asked.
According to Goodson, Riley and his task force commander should be focusing their efforts on other areas.
"John Tyson should go back to Mobile where he's from and do something about the oil that's down there, and Governor Riley should meet him down there," Goodson said.
"Riley's got six months left. He's a lame duck and he's out for blood, and he got it," he said.