A casino may be coming to Jones County

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The Mississippi band of Choctaw Indians is apparently moving forward with plans to build a casino in Jones County.

Surveyors and tribal members have been talking to area landowners on and near the Bogue Homa Indian Reservation east of Sandersville.

It has been rumored for years the Choctaw tribe wanted to build the casino in the area. The tribe opened Silver Star Casino in Philadelphia in 1994 and the Golden Moon in 2002. This would be the first casino built outside its tribal headquarters in Neshoba county.

Sources said it would be a class three small-scale casino with no gaming tables, no resort, and no hotel. It would offer video poker, video slots, and video bingo.

Tuesday, surveyors and workers from Yates construction company were doing site work on Choctaw Road, about five miles east of Sandersville.

Yates construction company has built numerous casinos including the Silver Star, Golden Moon, and the Beau Rivage on the coast.

A spokesperson for the tribe refused to comment on the possible location of a casino in Jones County, but a community meeting will be held on the Bogue Homa reservation Thursday night.

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