East Gadsden Golf Course Sold to Alabama Cherokees

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) - A golf course in East Gadsden has been sold
to the Cherokees of Alabama, which says it plans to develop the
property with commercial, residential, entertainment and other

The deal was closed shortly after the course's shareholders approved the sale of River Trace Golf Course 445 to 17 on Tuesday.

A statement from the tribe Tuesday night said it plans a development that will include a "Living Indian Village," along with a dinner boat ride, fishing tournmanents, a rodeo and animal ring and an RV park, hotel and restaurants.

Joe Huddleston, a spokesman for the tribe, said it was "loosely organized" until 2002, when the Cherokees of Alabama was formed.

Huddleston and the chairman of the golf course board, Bennett Tucker, did not immediately return calls for comment Wednesday on terms of the transaction.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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