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Harrah’s Announces New Restaurants at Murphy Casino

Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel (HCVR) officials announced the line-up of its Food Market on Tuesday, Aug. 18.

“We’re excited to offer these five quality brands to the Food Market at Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel,” said Lumpy Lambert, HCVR general manager. “They represent a variety of freshly prepared menu options and will be complemented by terrific service from our team.”

Guests of all ages will have access to these outlets, which will be conveniently located between the hotel, main casino entrance and the gaming floor.

The following will be offered at the property: Starbucks, Panda Express, Earl of Sandwich, Papa John’s, and Nathan’s Famous.

Starbucks officials commented, “We believe that our stores, our partners (employees), our customers and our coffee can help bring people together and are proud to play a significant role in building awareness of the finest coffee around the world.  We’re excited to be opening a new location with Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino this fall and look forward to continue serving the community.”

Former Harrah’s Employee Convicted of Embezzlement

Keith Alan Franklin, 27, of Waynesville was sentenced to more than two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to embezzling more than $400,000 from Harrah’s Cherokee Casino while he was an employee. He must also pay $475,000 in restitution to the casino.

In a sentencing hearing Tuesday at the federal courthouse in Asheville, Franklin was sentenced to 27 months in prison. Franklin pleaded guilty to theft by an employee of gaming establishments on Indian lands.

Franklin was ordered to serve three years of supervised release after he leaves prison.

According to court records, Franklin embezzled money from Harrah’s from October 2013 to April 2014. Franklin was employed at Harrah’s and had direct access to the casino’s funds during this period, according to court documents.

Franklin was fired in April 2014 and pleaded guilty in October 2014 to the embezzlement charge.

Franklin is currently in federal custody and will be transferred to the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility. All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.

The U.S. Secret service handled the investigation, assisted by the Cherokee police.

Harrah’s Cherokee Donates $30,000 to MANNA FoodBank

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort donated $30,000 to MANNA FoodBank for the organization’s 2015 fundraising efforts. This is the 17th year Harrah’s Cherokee has supported MANNA’s mission to end hunger.

“When you examine MANNA’s more than 30 years in operation, their success is due to their interest and concern for the people they serve and the relationships they build with their corporate sponsors, volunteers, and generous donors,” Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Regional SVP and GM Brooks Robinson said. “We proudly support MANNA and their commitment to the communities our employees live in.”

The $30,000 donation from Harrah’s Cherokee was used to fund the Blue Jean Ball and will also support MANNA’s upcoming fundraiser, Empty Bowls in September. The Blue Jean Ball, this year themed “Bowl Full of Soul,” raised enough money to provide more than 283,000 meals to WNC families in need. The sold-out event was attended by 900 guests and was held on the MANNA campus along the banks of the Swannanoa River in Asheville on June 6. Empty Bowls, which will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton at Biltmore, celebrates community, art, and collaboration while bringing awareness to the problem of hunger in Western North Carolina.

“While many families are busy planning vacations, too many families in our region are busy trying to figure out how they will keep food on the table once the school year ends. In some of our rural communities this is especially difficult,” said MANNA FoodBank Executive Director Cindy Threlkeld. “We are especially grateful to Harrah’s for their generous monetary sponsorship and culinary sponsorship of the Blue Jean Ball and Empty Bowls. They bring a large team of culinary professionals to the event each year and provide first-class fare and service.”

The Blue Jean Ball is MANNA’s largest annual fundraising event. Every dollar raised or donated to the food bank provides enough food for 3 meals. Current estimates in Western North Carolina indicate that 107,600 people in the area sought food assistance last year. MANNA partners with 248 agencies throughout the region to get food to those facing hunger. In 2014, MANNA distributed 15 million pounds, or enough food to provide 34,000 meals a day throughout the 16 counties in Western North Carolina.

Harrah’s Cherokee Named Best Overall Gaming Resort, NS Region

476cc673c084f8a197123d7eae7a48b8 Readers of Casino Player Magazine recently voted Harrah’s Cherokee as Best Overall Casino Resort in the Native South region for 2013. The annual “Best of Gaming” issue of the magazine features the results of a reader survey ranking casinos in various parts of the country. Harrah’s Cherokee topped the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa and Silver Star Casino at Pearl River Resort in this category.

In addition, Harrah’s Cherokee also won for Best Casino, Best Video Slots, Best Video Poker, Best Players Club and Casino Where You Feel Luckiest. Amenities at the property were also awarded top spots for Best Rooms (Hotel) and Best Golf Course (Sequoyah National Golf Club). Rounding out the list of accolades for Harrah’s Cherokee was Casino With Best Facebook Page.

About Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort:

An enterprise of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort is celebrating 15 years of operation since opening its doors in November, 1997. The Casino has 150,000 square feet of gaming space, and offers traditional table games such as black jack, roulette and craps. The property also features over 1,100 hotel rooms, the Le Fu Men gaming area, 10 restaurants, the ESSENCE Lounge, the luxurious 18,000 square feet Mandara Spa and seven retail shops. In addition to the 56-acre property, guests have privileged access to the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation-owned Sequoyah National Golf Club, named one of Golf Magazine’s best new golf courses.




Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Donates $15,000 to NC Senior Games

Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort has sponsored the NC Senior Games state finals for the past 12 years. NC Senior Games President and Executive Director Brad Allen and Senior Games board member Sue Bent accept a $15,000 donation for the organization's state finals from Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort VP of Human Resources and External Relations Jo Blaylock and Community Relations Specialist Janna Hyatt.

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort has sponsored the NC Senior Games state finals for the past 12 years. NC Senior Games President and Executive Director Brad Allen and Senior Games board member Sue Bent accept a $15,000 donation for the organization’s state finals from Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort VP of Human Resources and External Relations Jo Blaylock and Community Relations Specialist Janna Hyatt.

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort donated $15,000 to the North Carolina Senior Games, Inc. (NCSG) for its annual Senior Games state finals. This year marks the 29th anniversary of the Senior Games state finals, and the 12th year Harrah’s Cherokee has sponsored the event.

“The support of Harrah’s is critically important to the western part of our state, but also to every corner of every community – all across North Carolina,” Brad Allen, NCSG president and executive director, said. “Once again, Harrah’s has shown its dedication to the ideals of health across the lifespan and a significant commitment to providing health and wellness opportunities for older persons.”

North Carolina has the largest Senior Games program in the nation with 53 local games serving all 100 counties and more than 60,000 year-round participants. The state finals in Raleigh will bring together over 3,200 qualifiers from the local games and more than 900 volunteers throughout September and October. Competitive categories include visual arts, literary arts, performing arts, heritage arts, as well as over 40 sporting events. The 2013 state finals is set to be one of the largest in history.

“We are proud to support Senior Games and look forward to state finals in a few weeks,” Jo Blaylock, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort VP of Human Resources and External Relations, said. “Being active is important to good health as we age, and the artists and athletes of the Senior Games inspire us all to do just that. Senior Games are important all year long, and we are proud to offer our support in many ways.”

A full schedule of events and volunteer activities can be found at www.ncseniorgames.org.