Country Crossing Attorney's statement on plans to reopen

By: PRESS RELEASE: Will Matthews
By: PRESS RELEASE: Will Matthews

DOTHAN, Ala. – Country Crossing will reopen its doors.

We are confident that our electronic bingo games are legal under the test announced by the Supreme Court in the Cornerstone case, and we look forward to the opportunity to defend their legality in court.

We have sought a declaratory judgment in this matter since the antics and drama of the Task Force escalated in early January. We applaud Attorney General King's decision to seek a civil declaratory judgment to resolve this issue in a court of law. We will, of course, abide by any decision that the court renders, but as we have stated from the beginning, we are confident that our machines are legal based on the Houston County Amendment and the Alabama Supreme Court’s six-point test.

Officials of Country Crossing are working with managers of the establishment to reopen. Employees will be contacted once plans are finalized and underway.

Will Matthews, lawyer for Country Crossing said, “We are putting people back to work and will once again generate tax revenue for Houston County. We will also begin making preparations for concerts at the facility. This is a great day for the people of the Wiregrass, the state of Alabama and the rule of law.”

Matthews will leave open his invitation to the attorney general and district attorney of Houston County to come to Country Crossing and perform a civil investigation of the machines.

Lorrie Morgan’s Hot Chicken, Darryl Worley’s Worley Bird Saloon and John Anderson’s Cafeteria will reopen soon. Managers will be contacting employees of the restaurants regarding when to report to work.

The Grascals Bluegrass Hollow RV Park and George Jones Possum Holler Bed and Breakfast will also be open for business.


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