Today the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians held a ground breaking ceremony to mark the beginning of a $110 million project to build a new casino in Cherokee County. The construction site for the new facility is located just outside the town of Murphy, about an hour’s drive from Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in the town of Cherokee. The casino will be owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (ECBI) and will be managed by Caesars Entertainment Corporation, and will feature 60,000 square feet of gaming space with slots and traditional table games; a 300-room full service hotel; and a variety of dining options. “Our winning partnership with Caesars Entertainment gives us a proven track record in the gaming industry,” said Principal Chief Michell Hicks. “This is an ambitious project, but we are confident that it will be a success – for our customers, our tribe and for the surrounding community.” The new gaming facility will is projected to create 900 jobs on-site and inject up to $39 million in wages into the surrounding area.