Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Breaks Ground on New Casino
Ceremonial Kick-Off Marks Beginning of $110 million project in Cherokee County, NC
MURPHY, N.C., Oct. 15, 2013
MURPHY, N.C., Oct. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A $110 million project to build a new casino in Cherokee County, NC is officially underway. A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Harrah's Casino was held today at the future site of the facility just outside the town of Murphy. The casino will be owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) and will be managed by Caesars Entertainment Corporation.
The EBCI already owns Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, which is located in the town of Cherokee, about an hour away from the new casino site. The Cherokee County facility will feature 60,000 square feet of gaming space with slots and traditional table games; a 300-room full service hotel; and a variety of dining options.
The casino will be located approximately two hours away from Knoxville, Chattanooga and downtown Atlanta and will serve the large and growing adult population living within that radius. In 2011, 7.4 million people age 21 or older lived within 2.5 hours of the casino site. Now, more than 7.6 million people adults live in that same area.
"Our winning partnership with Caesars Entertainment gives us a proven track record in the gaming industry," said Principal Chief Michell Hicks. "This is an ambitious project, but we are confident that it will be a success – for our customers, our tribe and for the surrounding community."
The games featured will include traditional favorites as well as the most popular slot products available on the market when the casino opens.
"The Cherokee County casino will certainly bear the high standards of the Caesar's name and brand," said Gary Loveman, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Caesars Entertainment Corporation. "We are an industry leader, and we implement the full expectations of that status into every facility we manage. Hopefully, that will translate into continued success for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the residents and other businesses of Cherokee County."
The casino will create an estimated 900 jobs on-site and inject up to $39 million in wages into the surrounding area.
Photos of the groundbreaking are provided courtesy of the Cherokee One Feather and are available at Twitter: https://twitter.com/GWYOneFeather or
About the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
The Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation is located in western North Carolina. It currently owns the Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, which is located in Cherokee, NC. The Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is a five-member board that oversees the tribe's current casino operations and will oversee the operation of the Cherokee County casino as well.
About Caesars Entertainment Corporation
Caesars Entertainment is the world's most diversified casino-entertainment company. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, more than 75 years ago, Caesars has grown through development of new resorts, expansions, and acquisitions, and now operates casinos on four continents. The company's resorts operate primarily under the Caesars®, Harrah's®, and Horseshoe® brand names. Caesars also owns the World Series of Poker® and the London Clubs International family of casinos. Caesars Entertainment is focused on building loyalty and value with its guests through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence, and technology leadership. Caesars Entertainment is committed to environmental sustainability and energy conservation and recognizes the importance of being a responsible steward of the environment.
SOURCE Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
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Free fishing set on July 4
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission invites anglers and would-be anglers of all ages to go fishing - for free.
From 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. Thursday, July 4, everyone in North Carolina - resident and non-residents, can fish in any public body of water, including coastal waters, without purchasing a fishing license or additional trout fishing privilege.
Although no fishing license is required all other fishing regulations, including size and creel limits and lure restrictions, still apply.
To give anglers a better chance of catching fish, the commission stocks a variety of fish in waters across the state, including trout and channel catfish.
The agency also provides access to fishing sites across the state, including public fishing areas and boating access areas.
The interactive fishing and boating maps on the commission's Web site list more than 500 fishing and boating areas, many of which are free and open to the public.
Authorized by the N.C. General Assembly in 1994, North Carolina's annual free fishing day always falls on the Fourth of July.
Complied from U.S. Forest Service and N.C. Wildlife Commission reports.
Cherokee Scout, Wednesday June 19, 2013.
White water BIG in western North Carolina
(By Scott Wallace-Cherokee Scout)
Of all the attractions that western North Carolina has to boast of, perharp non is more popular than whitewater rafting.
Both the Nantahala and Ocoee rivers are within easy driving distance of Cherokee County, and offer some of the most exciting rafting and kayaking in the country. Indeed, visitors can even raft the very river where the 1996 Olympic Kayaking trials were held. All skill levels are welcome by most rafting companies, with many hosting special rafting experiences for children.
The Nanatahala River is in the lovely Nantahala Gorge just east of Cherokee County, boasts a number of rafting companies that cater to adventurers of all skill levels. The Nantahala River flows into Fontana Lake at an elevation of more than 3,000 feet, so it can be invigorating, which is another way of saying it can be cold. Being fed a dam-controlled river, the Nantahala has good water flow all year long. The most popular section for rafters and kayakers is eight miles long and contains Class I, II rapids with an exciting Class III rapid at the end. Still, this is not a dangerous river and offers great fun for the entire family. Guided and unguided adventures are available.
The historic towns of Andrews and Bryson City flank the Nantahala Gorge, providing comfortable lodging, great restaurants, entertainment and a taste of mountain hospitality. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park also is nearby.
The Ocoee River is actually in Tennessee, but is just a short drive from Cherokee County. A tributary of the Hiwassee River, the Ocoee is served by three dams operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).
Open for creation April through August, the Ocoee offers adventures for nearly any skill level of rafter or kayaker. The middle section of the river boasts 20 names Class III and IV rapids. The rapids are big and tightly spaced, making this the most exciting river for adventurers east of the Mississippi. No wonder, then, that the Ocoee was the site of the 1996 Olympics.
Located less than an hour from Murphy NC, both the Ocoee and the Nantahala are easily accessible to adventurers who want to take advantage of both great rivers.
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Tribe OKs casino for County
Construction of local gaming facility could begin later this year
Cherokee – Work on a Cherokee County casino could begin this year after the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Tribal Council approved the $110 million project to be built on the Palmer land tract just outside the Murphy city limits.
Principal Chief Michell Hicks said Monday the size of the gaming area will be between 50,000 and 60,000 square feet. There also will be a VIP lounge, restaurant and a 300-room hotel. The casino would have about 1,200 electronic machines and 40-50 table games.
Harrah's Casino on the Qualla Boundary has more than 200,000 square feet and the hotel has more than 1,100 rooms but it began as a facility about the same size as the one planned for Cherokee County.
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