February 14, 2007 Edition

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Overturned tanker truck causes
emergency response, evacuation

Nova Hancock (third, from right), manager of Walnut Ridge Manor, visits with Rev. Steve Trail of First Free Will Baptist and church members (from left), Glenda Spradlin, Judy Trail and Lou Scudder. Residents of Walnut Ridge Manor had to be evacuated because of their proximity to the accident. Several were taken to First Free Will Baptist, where they waited to be able to return home.
TD Photo ~ Amber Adams

What originally went out as a call for response to a motor vehicle accident at 10:25 a.m. on Friday became much more when it was discovered that the accident involved an 18-wheeler tanker truck carrying 10,000 gallons of propane fuel.

According to the accident report, the 2003 Peterbilt truck pulling a tanker trailer overturned at the entrance to a gravel lot near the intersection of Highways 412 and 91 on East Main Street in Walnut Ridge.

The driver, Larry J. Looney, 58, of West Memphis, told officers that he realized he had made a wrong turn and needed to get back to the bypass. When he attempted to pull into the lot to turn around, his back wheels went into the ditch causing the truck and trailer to turn over.

Economic development
discussed at town meeting

Hoxie Mayor Donnie Roberts discussed plans for economic development with citizens at a town meeting held last Thursday evening at the Hoxie Service Center.

Beds full at Lawrence
Memorial Hospital

For the last two weeks, Lawrence Memorial Hospital has been full, according to LHS president Leah Osbahr. Several patients have been sent to Jonesboro because of the shortage of beds. continued...

New mayor of BR
hoping for good things

Black Rock's newly-elected mayor, Bud McLaughlin, has began his first term as a city official. continued...

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