Country Crossing developer Ronnie Gilley scheduled an 11am news conference on Thursday to talk to employees and the news media about this week's aborted plan to reopen the electronic bingo facility and entertainment complex.

Gilley thanked employees for their faith and vowed fight in a profound and robust way so employees are put back to work for good.

He said he planned to reopen Country Crossing today and said it's a travesty that they had to remained closed.

He said they are committted to reopening the facility.

Gilley says John Tyson, the head of the Governor's Task Force on Illegal Gambling made a statement night before last, strongly advising them against their decision to reopen.

About an hour and a half fter that statement, the gaming manufacturers who own about 20-million dollars in bingo machines in the facility contracted Country Crossing officials and asked them not to reopen in order to avoid having their equipment seized.

Gilley says he doesn't what's going to happen next week but told employees they will all get a full paycheck for this week so they can go into Memorial Day with some money.

Employees can come and get their paychecks tomorrow.

He says employees will be on a week-by-week notice on when the facility might reopen.

Gilley says he's confident that will happen soon.

Gilley apologized to employees for the stress on everyone involved in the situation.

He says the payroll for Country Crossing is about 150-thousand dollars a week.

Gilley encouraged employees to go to the polls on Tuesday and vote for a candidate that "encourages and supports democracy".

Gilley says millions of dollars has been lost by not only developers but also contractors who were working on expansion plans with the project.

He says they've been denied their day in court on multiple occasions.

A reporter asked about a report that the Houston Academy turned down Gilley's offer to give free 3-day passes to BamaJam to all Wiregrass graduating seniors.

Gilley says they first heard the school would particpate but then recieved a later call saying they would not.... he says special interests are controling those decisions, like they're controlling other parts of the state.

He said their phones have been ringing off the hook with Houston Academy seniors who want to know if they can get tickets on their own... Gilley says yes.

Gilley closed by telling employees he appreciated their faith and their efforts and promised to keep working hard to get them reopened.


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  • by Give up already RG Location: Enterprise on May 29, 2010 at 09:39 PM
    Lowell, you crack me up with your very short, simple but yet ignorant statement. Is that really all you have to say in Gilley's defense?? You are just as corrupt as the government may be for even thinking that there is a chance that CC will thrive. You might as well move to Mississippi or Georgia and support Ronnie there when CC moves outta town. You have no idea Lowell on the real big picture that is plain as day. The federal and the state supreme court SHUT RG DOWN. There aint no getting back up. Even when Riley moves outta office. With all the money RG has lost since CC closed its doors, its gonna be hard for him to recover. Im pretty sure many investors pulled out of his "project". Its kinda sad that the Bingo Hall has to be running to fund the rest of the CC phases. I mean there aint even any bathrooms in the restaraunts. You have to go into the bingo hall to use them. Sounds kinda money hungry to me. Support RG all you want Lowell, but you are wasting your time.
  • by Lowell Location: Dothan on May 28, 2010 at 07:52 PM
    Hey Give Up? Have you heard the fat "LADY"sing?Turn your tv,radio,and your computer off and put plugs in your ears.IT AINT OVER LOSER!!!!
  • by thebigpicture Location: D-town on May 28, 2010 at 02:31 PM
    Dear NRH from the "North", do you honestly believe that gambling alone provided all of the things you mentioned? Look around you, if all of the parents were so concerned about their children's education, something would be done about it. Have you NOT realized that education is clearly NOT important in the United States anymore? The curriculum has to be "dumbed down" so that every child has a chance. And reality check, this is not the North, this is the South, have you seen what gambling and the lottery has done for Florida and Georgia? Not a damn thing. Wake up, our school systems will only get the scraps thrown to them, if any, from having legalized gambling. There is just too much corruption and greed associated with gambling. Oh sure, I know Gilley will throw the community a bone every now and again, but hey you have to do that if you want a good little lap dog. My mind is not closed, but my eyes are wide open.
  • by citizen on May 28, 2010 at 01:17 PM
    GILLEY SHOULD RUN FOR GOVERNOR. HE IS FOR THE PEOPLE AND NOT AGAINST THE PEOPLE OF ALABAMA. GO GILLEY AND DONT EVER STOP. GOV AND TASK FORCE ARE BOUGHT AND PAID FOR BY THE INDIANS.................
  • by NRH Location: Dothan on May 28, 2010 at 05:49 AM
    Dearbigpicture...you're an idiot or maybe you're just ignorant. Either way you don't know what you are talking about. I am originally from the north however I have lived here for 5 years now. If you honestly believe that the tax revenue created by Country Crossing will not help schools, the unemployment rate and the economy in general in Alabama then you're delusional. In my home state we have had gambling and lottery ever since I was born. When you go into northern schools you can instantly tell the impact those dollars have to a community. Middle school kids there are learning Spanish, have typing courses, they have art education classes, they have music appreciation classes and learn how to play instruments. Do you honestly believe that our children do not deserve these things? Where do you propose to get the money to fund these things? I for one do not want my child to be behind the eight ball because of a few close minded people like yourself. Our children are so far behind its sad
  • by Give Up Already RG Location: Enterprise on May 27, 2010 at 09:19 PM
    Im tired of hearing all this bingo talk and im tired of seeing Gilley get into politics and im tired of hearing him encourage us Alabama citizens to vote for this person or that person. Stop trying to buy votes and accept the fact that Country Crossings is DONE. You didnt get the votes and you never will. Corrupt or not, the government made up their mind about bingo and YOU lost MR.Gilley. The supreme court made up their mind and YOU lost MR. Gilley. Thats it. Stop plugging the media with your nonsense and doing these "good deeds" to grab more support your way. And this aint to just Gilley, when are YOU Gilley supporters gonna realize there is nothing YOU can do anymore. The governor and his people got their way in the votes and thats it. This topic of bingo is getting old like hearing bout Tiger Woods cheating and this Oil Spill in the gulf. Stop putting your workers through this stress and put up the white flag RG. ITS OVER.
  • by JoeyI Location: Dothan on May 27, 2010 at 07:12 PM
    Im glad Mr Gilley is giving money to people who worked at his illegal place of business. I know that they need good jobs to feed their families. It doesnt seem right thought that he gives them money and asks them to vote out the ones who would enforce the law at the same time. If it were legal he wouldnt have been trying to have it legalized before he ever opened it. The original concept he presented was very good and would make lots of money. Just do that and reopen and wait til the gambling is made legal to do the bingo. The makers of the machines know they are illegal or they wouldnt have asked them not to open back up with them. Anyone who wants to support the schools please feel free to do so. We dont need bingo for you to write them a check or give them your cash.I truly feel bad for the people who work at country crossing. He has been so nice to them. Being nice though doesnt mean what you're doing is legal. I hope he opens it up with family entertainment and jobs come back
  • by Don't play if you can't pay on May 27, 2010 at 06:11 PM
    Boy Daphne, You sure put your foot up you own behind. You really didn't make any sense, and for the person that say we are hiding behind the revenue to the community. I say why not entertainment with your money it just money. For the people that put their in Country Crossing and they don't take care of home or necessities first, that is a problem the Country Crossing did not create nor will Country Crossing stop if they close. Trying to keep Country Crossing is the problem. All we can do is pray for the problems. The School need help. Now the people the was go to Country Crossing are going to Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee. Mr Gilley had nothing to do with that but if Country Crossing was open we would have that money and not the other states. I say the problem is on the hill in Montgomery. Because pray change everything. Don't use any about corruption to the communities or sin as a defense. The corruption is on the hill.
  • by JAMES Location: DOTHAN on May 27, 2010 at 04:43 PM
    I THINK MR GILLEY DONE THE RIGHT THING.PAYING HIS EMPLOYES.WHAT HAS ANYBODY DONE FOR THE ENPLOYES EXCEPT WHAT MR GILLEY DONE.THEIR LITTLE BIT OF UNPLOYMENY MONEY THAT THEY GET CAN RILEY TYSON THE SUPREME COURT.BEN LEWIS AND YOUR SO CALL CHRISTIAN CAN YOU LIVE ON THAT KIND OF MONEY.IF YOU CAN SWAP PLACES WITH THEM.I BET YOU RILEY TYSON SUPREME COURT OUR DA HERE IN HOUSTON COUNTY AND ESPECIALLY YOU BEN LEWIS YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE A GOOD LABOR DAY.LIKE MR GILLEY SAID BE SURE YOU GOT OUT AND VOTE.ESPECIALLY YOU PEOPLE OUT AT C.C.I WILL BE THEIR BRIGHT AND EARLY.GUESS HOW I AM GOING TO VOTE.YOU PEOPLE AT C.C KEEP YOUR CHIN UP AND TRY TO HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HOILDAY.GOD BLESS C.C AND ALL THE PEOPLE HERE IN THIS COMMUNIST STATE.GO BINGO GO BINGO AND HOPE WE GET THE LOTTERY TO.
  • by Tony Yoakam Location: Dothan on May 27, 2010 at 04:32 PM
    It appears obvious that their is a few easily influenced people in this area who buy everything some people say. When Brother *** ********screams about drugs and prostitution they rally against everyone involved in that enterprise. However the truckstop and wing restraunt are here and there has been no influx of unsavory people like was foretold. It's funny how someone can claim moral superiority after being forced to retire under a shadow of adulterous behavior. Jesus said in defense of a harlot "let him who is without sin cast the first stone." I challenge that any of you who have passed judgement on Mr. Gilley and his employees and supporters look deep into your hearts and souls and ask yourself," Am I really qualified?" For those who would deny seniors tickets to Bama Jam because they will be serving alcohol legally to consenting adults. My friend, Ronnie summed it up well saying " restaraunts all over Dothan serve alcohol will you keep kids from eating after graduation?".
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