Casino Resolution Passes

Casino Resolution Passes


((DONNA)) A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE TONIHT ááá A PACKED HOUSE IN POPE COUNTY AS PEOPLE VOICE THEIR OPINIONS ON CASINOS. TONIGHT á THE QUORUM COURT VOTED TO BRING A CASINO TO THEIR COMMUNITY. ((DONNA)) GOOD EVENING THANKS FOR JOINING US TONIGHT I’M DONNA TERRELL. ((KEVIN)) I’M KEVIN KELLY. FOR THE PAST SEVRAL MONTHS áá THIS HAS BEEN THE CENTER OF CONTROVERSY FOR THE COUNTY. ((KEVIN)) FOX 16’s MITCH MCCOY IS IN RUSSELLVILLE TONIGHT WITH WHAT TONIGHT’S VOTE MEANS MOVING FORWARD. ((MITCH)) VOTERS APPROVED AMENDMENT 100 LAST YEAR á ALLOWING THE STATE TO HAVE FOUR CASINOS, ONE HERE IN POPE COUNTY. POPE COUNTY VOTERS REJECTED THAT AND APPROVED AN ORDINANCE THAT REQUIRED LOCAL OFFICIALS TO SEEK VOTER APPROVAL. TONIGHT á THE COUNTY ATTORNEY SAYS HE BELIEVED STATE LAW TRUMPS THE LOCAL ORDINANCE… A STANDING ROOM ONLY á SHOULDER TO SHOULDER á IN POPE COUNTY AS THE QUROUM COURT DISCUSSES ONE OF THE COUNTY’S MOST CONTROVERSIAL DECISIONS: CASINOS. ((Ronnie Morris, Lives in Pope County)) How did Pope County get selected as one of the four sites for the casino resort without a vote from the citizens of this county?” ((Supporter)) ” we trust in your choice for the casino partner for Pope County and no no one knows better who pass benefits the residence of Pope County.” FOR MORE THAN AN HOUR á PEOPLE ARGUED FOR HOW THEY BELIEVE THE JUSTICES SHOULD VOTE. ((Kristy Holland, Lives in Pope County)) ” I voted against the casino because I’ve seen, my sister lives up in Oklahoma, so I know firsthand the problems I casino can bring:” ((Supporter)) ” if in fact the choice is based on economic development and nothing more than and I believe it is then we support our justices and our judge.” THE JUSTICES ENDED UP VOTING TO BRING CHEROKEE NATIONS á THE LEGENDS RESORT AND CASINO á TO POPE COUNTY. THE AGREEMENT SHOWS CHEROKEE NATION WILL BUILD AT LEAST A 225 MILLION DOLLAR FACILITY á WHICH WILL INCLUDE A CASINO AND GAMING BUILDING, A HOTEL, INDOOR AND OUTDOOR MUSIC VENUE, A RESTAURANT, WATER PARK, MEDICAL HELICOPTER LANDING ZONE AND A SUBSTATION FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT. THE COUNTY JUDGE SAYS HE STARTED TALKING WITH CHEROKEE NATION MORE THAN A YEAR AGO á HE SAYS THE RELATIONSHIP BUILT OVER TIME IS WHY HE WENT WITH THEM. ((Ben Cross, Pope County Judge) “The first question out of their mouth and it is what can we do to help youaccommodate us& hey were thefirst to came to that.” THE CASINO IS FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL CONSTRUCTION COSTS. ((MITCH)) THE COUNTY ATTORNEY SAYS NO MATTER THE DECISION á THE COUNTY WILL BE SUED OVER THE ISSUE. THE CASINO WILL BE REQUIRED TO PUT FORTH 38 MILLION DOLLARS TO VARIOUS CITIES, FIRE AGENCIES, ART AND EDUCATION ORGANIZATIONS. ((DONNA))) WILL ANY MONEY GO ((MITCH)) NONE OF THAT MONEY WILL GO DIRECTLY TO THE CITY OF RUSSELLVILLE BUT 27 MILLION OF THAT WILL GO TO POPE county á THE JUDGE SAYS THAT WILL BUILD A NEW JAIL, ENHANCE 911 AND FOR THE AMBULANCE SERVICE… WHICH THE JUDGE SAYS WILL BENEFIT RUSSELLVILLE AS WELL. ((KEVIN)) MORE THAN A THOUSAND PEOPLE SHOWED UP AT THE PINE BLUFF CONVENTION CENTER FOR THE SARACEN CASINO RESORT JOB FAIR. A SPOKESPERSON FROM THE

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