Choctaws meet with Jones County leaders about casino

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JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians met with Jones County Supervisors Monday morning after several requests.

Board President Andy Dial said it looks as if the Choctaws are moving forward with plans to bring gaming to Jones County.

Dial said, "We had a meeting with the people who represent the tribe yesterday and talked about what the infrastructure needs will be. We are getting some figures together right now to see what will be required to update the roads, fire protection, law enforcement. All these different things are being looked at right now to where the county will not be out of any money," Dial said.

On Monday, Governor Haley Barbour, along with Lieutenant Governor Phil Bryant, State Auditor Stacey Pickering, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, Treasurer Tate Reeves, The Commissioner of Insurance Mike Chaney, and The Commissioner of Agriculture, Lester Spell sent a united letter opposing the Mississippi Band of Choctaws bringing gaming operations to Jones County.

But Dial said, "Some work has to be done on roads, bridges, and fire protection and other things. In order to have this facility up there, if that what they are going to do, then they are going to have some costs to get everything ready and up to speed, he said."

The footing for the foundation has already been laid.

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