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Casino Planned For Cherokee County
by John Madewell
A new law makes live poker, black jack and roulette available within a three hour drive to North Carolina.
That same agreement opens the door for even closer gambling.
North Carolina and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation have agreed to live casino dealers at Harrah's in the town of Cherokee, North Carolina.
And the table's now open for a new casino in Cherokee County just across the Polk County, TN line.
Steve Coleman lives in Murphy and is 1/16th Cherokee. He has also been involved in acquiring the land for the proposed casino in Marble.
Coleman motions to a forested peak off of Highway 74 and explains the plan, "It's going to go back in there because it's on trust land. The tribe brought this front part so we could have access to the trust land."
The casino itself has to be on trust land. Coleman says there are two tracts of "trust land." One is 205 acres, the other is 250 acres. The tribe bought another roughly 340 acres to provide highway, rail and direct entrance to the proposed casino.
"It means a whole lot to us as far as being able to have another gaming facility."
But there is opposition in Cherokee County and neighboring Polk County. Carol McPherson opposes the casino morally and for financial reasons. "It takes money away from families."
Yvette Welch also stands against the casino. Welch said, "Health care, education reform, we've got a lot more issues and not only in Polk County, North Carolina, Georgia, but all across the United States."
The compact also opens the table for live dealers at Harrah's in the town of Cherokee, which is about an hour down the road.
Supporters say that move will bring in 400 jobs. Back at the proposed Marble casino, in Cherokee County, live dealers will not work the floor at first but may down the road.
Snowbird council member Diamond Brown said long range plans envision a resort destination. The compact allows two more casinos in the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation.
Tribal chief Michell Hicks said Marble is first priority. Coleman is good friends with the chief and his father used to be a tribal council member.
He knows the 796 acres of land well and believes a casino will add a major boost to the local economy. "It'll mean a whole lot. When you start bringing in gaming, I'm not so big on the gaming, but it's going to bring a lot of jobs with it."
The U.S. Department of Interior still has to sign off on the compact but that is expected.
The state receives 4 percent of gross receipts in the first five years. That percentage progressively rises up to 8 percent over the last 10 years of the compact.
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"NON-STOP" - JULIANNE MOORE
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Here's something you may not have known about Julianne Moore: she's scared of the devil -- or as she puts it, "VERY scared of the devil." Moore says really good movies will play on fears like that, which is how her latest movie, "Non-Stop," works. It's about an air marshal who is trying to stay one step ahead of a killer on an airplane. Moore says the film's makers have turned ordinary circumstances and turned it into something Hitchcockian. Moore says "Non-Stop" reminds her of the classic disaster movies like "The Poseidon Adventure" or "Towering Inferno" that she loved as a kid.
Julianne Moore says the director of "Non-Stop" made a film that had what she used to love about watching movies.
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Julianne Moore says she found "Non-Stop" appealing because the characters had layers to them.
<<CUT ..011 (03/11/14)>> 00:14 "I've been there"
Julianne Moore says when she gets recognized in an airport, she doesn't try to hide.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Only four slots are left on this season of "The Voice." Each of the coaches has just a single opening to fill on their teams as the blind auditions continue tonight. Last night, Team Adam picked up Josh Kaufman, a soulful college prep tutor from Indianapolis. He had three of the coaches turning their chairs. But Adam Levine didn't stand a chance with the country duo Alaska and Madi. They're from Blake Shelton's home state of Oklahoma. They also won the same state singing competition that started Shelton on his career. Shelton says they were just meant to be together.
Adam Levine knows he has no chance, when he learns that Alaska and Madi are from Blake Shelton's home state. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Blake Shelton tells Alaska and Madi they have common roots in a singing competition in their home state. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Josh Kaufman, performing "One More Try"
Josh Kaufman, performing "One More Try." COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))
<<CUT ..016 (03/11/14)>> 00:13 "awesome, you're incredilble (cheers)"
Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Josh Kaufman
The coaches give Josh high marks on a difficult song. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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The coaches and Josh Kaufman
Adam Levine has a convincing argument for Josh. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))
"THE BACHELOR" FINALE
UNDATED (AP) -- There was no ring and no proposal on last night's finale of "The Bachelor." Juan Pablo told Nikki he had a ring, but wasn't going to give it to her. He gave her the final rose instead. Nikki says she loves Juan Pablo but all he would say is that he likes her a lot and didn't want to let her go. Earlier Juan Pablo told Clare she wasn't the one. Clare fired back that she had no respect for Juan Pablo. She said she would never want her children to have a father like Juan Pablo.
Clare tells Juan Pablo she has no respect for him. COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Juan Pablo Galavis
Juan Pablo Galavis tells Nikki he won't propose. ((note length of cut)) COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit))
<<CUT ..004 (03/11/14)>> 00:21 "final rose ... absolutely"
Juan Pablo Galavis and Nikki Ferrell
Juan Pablo won't say that he loves Nikki. ((note length of cut)) COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit))
"THE BACHELOR"-LIVE REUNION
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- So, does Juan Pablo love Nikki? We still don't know. Last night, on "The Bachelor" live reunion show host Chris Harrison pressed Juan Pablo on his feelings toward Nikki. Juan Pablo said he wouldn't answer the question. Nikki says she loves Juan Pablo but isn't sure how he feels about her. They both say they're happy they can continue their relationship in public now the season is over.
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Clare says Juan Pablo played her. COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit))
<<CUT ..006 (03/11/14)>> 00:15 "I don't know"
Nikki Ferrell and Chris Harrison
Nikki tells host Chris Harrison she's happy her relationship with Juan Pablo can now be out in the open. COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Juan Pablo Galavis and Chris Harrison
Juan Pablo won't say if he loves Nikki. COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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