As Pope County Citizens take legal action to Reduce the odds of a casino, plans for one in Russellville have begun to take shape.
A website for River Valley Casino Resort announces 2,100 slot machines, 100 table games and 600 hotel rooms by late fall of 2020. It also promises a $254 million investment and more than 1,600 new jobs in the community.
Citizens of Pope County filed a lawsuit and submitted an attorney general opinion request Thursday to reduce the odds of a casino opening in their neighbourhood.
James Knight seeks a restraining order to stop outgoing County Judge Jim Ed gibson for signing a letter to support, citing the county ordinance voters passed in November prohibits the judge from doing so without their approval. It took effect Nov. 14
KARK obtained a letter from Judge Gibson to the Arkansas Racing Commission dated Dec 21, that voices his support, said: “If a license is issued for a casino in Pope County Arkansas i give my support for Gulfside Casino Partnership.” The group based in Mississippi.
The Constitutional amendment, which Voters passed Nov 6, gives the commission the authority to develop rules for the licensing and operation of up to four new casinos. The Amendments dictates Jefferson and Pope must receive letters of support from the county judge and mayor before moving forward.