The Choctaw Indians reveal name of Jones County Casino

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Jones County, MS (WDAM) - The Choctaws have been tight lipped on plans to help Jones County with future infrastructure around the new Sandersville casino, but Tuesday,  they  revealed the name, Bok Homa Casino.

"Construction is ahead of schedule," said Director of Communications and Regulatory Compliance Warren Strain. In fact,  things are moving along so quickly that casino representatives are preparing to hold a job fair on Friday Oct. 22,  from 10am to 5pm at the Sawmill Square Mall.

Strain said  the casino is looking to hire more than 300 full and part time employees. Now that the Choctaw's moving forward with construction, Strain said, "we are now in a better position to talk openly about new infrastructure.

"It's not that we haven't wanted to communicate with the local people. The fact is,  we just turned the first shovel of dirt in mid June. Now that the building is in place, the interior walls have been determined and are going up,  we can better determine  what our needs are going to be and what we can do to assist with the infrastructure in the area."

Strain also said, despite what some people may think, the Bok Homa Casino will have a positive impact on the local economy. It will bring people into local businesses and open up doors for local vendors to supply the casino with various products.

"We understand their position, chances are we won't be able to change their minds. That's fine, they have their opinion and we have ours.  We are going to move forward."

The Bok Homa Casino should be complete by late December.

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