accountable, mommy took responsiblity for it and now it’s been given back to her and the debt to society has ((BOB)) AS MANY AS 2 DOZEN CASINO AND GAMBLING ISSUES WERE VOTED ON THIS MORNING BY THE ARKANSAS RACING COMMISSION. ((ASHLEY)) ONE MAJOR DISCUSSION áá THE PROPOSED CASINO AND RESORT IN POPE COUNTY. KARK 4’S STEPHANIE SHARP WAS AT THAT MEETING.. THIS HAS BEEN A HEATED TOPIC FOR MONTHS. ((STEPHANIE)) IN NOVEMBER á ARKANSAS VOTERS PASSED THE CASINO AMENDMENT. IT WOULD EXPAND OAKLAWN AND SOUTHLAND GAMING. IT WOULD ALSO ALLOW FOR A CASINO TO BE PUT IN POPE there are strong feelings on both sides AS THE ARKANSAS RACING COMMISSION MEETS á THE ROOM IS PACKED… MANY HERE ááá TO LISTEN TO WHAT’S NEXT FOR CASINOS IN THE RIVER VALLEY. is going to do great harm to our community ONE OF THE ISSUES BEING DISCUSSED BY COMMISSIONERS THE LANGUAGE OF ONE OF THE RULES…. THEY VOTED THAT THE CURRENT COUNTY AND CITY ADMINISTRATION MUST WRITE A LETTER AT THE TIME OF A CASINO APPLICATION. ESSENTIALLY INVALIDATING LETTERS OF SUPPORT WRITTEN BY THE FORMER RUSSELLVILLE MAYOR AND POPE COUNTY JUDGE. (Ben Cross/ Pope County Judge) I do appreciate this process being transparent. I feel like that’s been the issues in Pope County all along (Richard Harris/ Russellville Mayor) We want to make sure we have a level playing field in whomever comes into our community to operate a casino if that happens WHILE THERE IS STILL CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING A CASINO BEING PUT IN POPE COUNTY.. THEIR NEIGHBORS TO THE WEST áá JOHNSON COUNTY áá HAD REPRESENTATION AT THE MEETING. clarksville regional economic development organization We look at the casino as an economic development issue that could diversity our workforce week THROUGH LITIGATION OR LEGISLATION áá ALL PARTIES WILL WAIT TO SEE WHAT DICE IS ROLLED NEXT. ((STEPHANIE)) A STATE REP áá WHO COVERS BOTH POPE AND JOHNSON COUNTY áá SAYS HE PLANS TO SOON INTRODUCE A BILL áá THAT WOULD MOVE THE CASINO FROM POPE TO JOHNSON COUNTY.