Casino Resolution Passes

Casino Resolution Passes


adopted. nats of clapping ((ASHLEY)) A PACKED HOUSE IN POPE COUNTY AS PEOPLE VOICE THEIR OPINION ON CASINOSá TONIGHT á THE QUORUM COURT VOTED TO BRING ONE TO THEIR COMMUNITY. ((ASHLEY)) THIS HAS BEEN THE CENTER OF CONTROVERSY IN THE COUNTY FOR SEVERAL MONTHS. THANKS FOR JOINING US TONGIHT. I’M ASHLEY KETZ. ((BOB)) AND I’M BOB CLAUSEN. KARK 4’s MITCH MCCOY IS IN RUSSELLVILLE TONIGHT WITH WHAT ALL THIS MEANS. ((MITCH)) 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 WOULD REQUIRE LOCAL OFFICIALS TO SEEK VOTER APPROVAL. TONIGHT á THE COUNTY ATTORNEY SAYS HE BELIEVED STATE LAW TRUMPS THE LOCAL ORDINANCE… ((NATS)) 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. 05:36:33á41 ((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?” 06:09:04á15 ((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. 06:07:53á04 ((Kristy Holland, Lives in Pope County)) ” I voted against the casino because I’ve seen, my sisterlives up in Oklahoma,so I knowfirsthand theproblems I casino can bring:” 05:49:15á25 ((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. NATS 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. SOT (before 07:05:30) 07:04:19á28 ((Ben Cross, Pope County Judge) “The first question out of their mouth and it is what can we do to help you accommodate us& They were the first 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. ((BOB)) AND ON THE TOPIC OF CASINOS… IT WAS A BIG TURN OUT FOR THE SARACEN CASINO

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