Community Voices Opinions on Casino Ordinance

Community Voices Opinions on Casino Ordinance


NEWS LEADER áá FOXá16 NEWS AT NINE STARTS NOW.” ((DONNA)) CASINO GAMBLING IS LEGAL IN ARKANSAS! BUT TWO COUNTIES á JEFFERSON AND POPE WILL HAVE TO BUILD FROM THE GROUND UP. BUT PEOPLE IN POPE COUNTY AREN’T EVEN CLOSE TO THE BUILDING STAGE áá BECAUSE TONIGHT THEY’RE STILL TALKING…. ((DONNA)) GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JONING US TONIGHT I’M DONNA TERRELL. ((KEVIN)) I’M KEVIN KELLY. TONIGHT áá AN OPEN FORUM WAS HELD áá TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THE BEST CASINO WOULD BE áá FOR THE COUNTY áá IF AND WHEN IT’S APPROVED ((DONNA)) FOX16’S RE’CHELLE TURNER JUST GOT BACK FROM THE MEETING IN POPE COUNTY. YOU HEARD FROM PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES. ((RECHELLE)) DONNA KEVIN GOOD EVENING TO YOU, SOME PEOPLE SAY HAVING A CASINO IN POPE COUNTY WILL BRING MORE JOBS AND TOURISTáááWHILE OTHERS SAY ITS GOING TO COST TAX PAYERS MORE MONEY. COUNTY JUDGE BEN CROSS SAYS IT’S IMPORTANT TO HEAR FROM BOTH SIDES BEFORE THEY WORK ON MOVING FORWARD A PACKED HOUSE AT THE POPE COUNTY COURTHOUSE TUESDAY. THE QUORUM COURT HOLDING AN OPEN FORUM FOR THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE SOá CALLED “LOCAL CONTROL ORDINANCE” Travis Story/Attorney for citizens of Pope County “The purpose of the ordinance is simply for the quorum court or county judge to decide on who they think would be the best casino to come to Pope County if it did. They are not required to put one forward.” TRAVIS STORY IS THE ATTORNEY FOR THE CITIZENS OF POPE COUNTY. HE’S THE AUTHOR BEHIND THE ORDINANCE. Travis Story/Attorney for citizens of Pope County “We want local control we want to know what would be coming to Pope County in the form of a casino.” BUT NOT EVERYONE’S SOLD… James Harbert/Lives In Pope County “I lived in communities where they had casinos in the past. I’ve seen the consequences of in our communities and family finances dealing with alcohol consumption.” Tami Alexander/Lives In Pope County “I came to this because I personally like the Hard Rock option and the reason being it will bring concerts, bring tourism.” POPE COUNTY JUDGE BEN CROSS SAYS HE’S ALREADY MET WITH 5 APPLICANTS BUT DOESN’T HAVE A TIME FRAME ON SELECTING A VENDOR Ben Cross/Pope County Judge “The quorum court and myself are citing with the voters on how they voted in November so as of right now there will be no resolution from the quorum court and no letter of support from me until there is some mechanism in place to show that the voters have changed their mind.” ((RECHELLE)) SO WHAT HAPPENS NEXT FOR POPE COUNTY. JUDGE CROSS SAYS THE QUROM COURT WOULD HAVE TO DRAFT AN ORDIANCE TITLE AND IT WOULD HAVE TO BE READ 3 CONSECTIVE TIMES IN COURT MEETINGS BEFORE MOVING FORWARD. ((DONNA)) THIS COULD GO UP FOR ANOTHER VOTE???? ((RE’CHELLE)) yes it actually could depending on the 3 CONSECTIVE TIMES the quorum court meets. so if everything went through the soonest they could vote is november 12th. HIGH AT THE STATE CAPITOL TODAY áá AS DOZENS GATHERED TO REMEMBER LINDA COLLINS áá WHO WAS FOUND DEAD ONE WEEK AGO

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