November 26, 2008 Edition

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The Green Tomato Restaurant on the Square in Pocahontas has localized its menu in a clever way that helps boost the tourism of this area. The restaurant menu states that it has Black River walnut coffee cake made with walnuts from nearby Walnut Ridge. The salads include such choices as The Current and The Eleven Point. Other Pocahontas names are also incorporated in the menu choices. The restaurant is one of several interesting establishments now located on the square. There is a museum, studio for art classes and several shops.

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The more we learn about the Northeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Facilities Authority the better it sounds. Wayne Gearhart and Tim Scott of Pocahontas did a good job of explaining the authority to attendees at the annual Chamber banquet. Milton Smith of Walnut Ridge is another key proponent of the effort to establish an authority at the Walnut Ridge Regional Airport Industrial Park.

The designation will help make us available for grants and incentives to land industry, and because several towns and counties are working to establish it, others in the state will see that we are working together as a region. The process is lengthy but could well be our hope for the future. We congratulate those who are working to make this happen.

The Chamber also had a neat way of recapping events of the past year. The presentation, narrated by Sherry Moore, asked the question "Where were you when? ... Elvis performed just down the highway, the Beatles landed at the airport, the Sharum Theatre featured Saturday matinees, downtown Walnut Ridge was crowded with people on a Saturday afternoon or evening and the Polar Freeze was demolished by teenagers. These historical moments were then tied in with Chamber events of the year, such as the Iron Mountain Festival, efforts to begin the Downtown Walnut Ridge organization, ribbon cuttings, Business After Hours and quarterly meetings.

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Another group also working together for good things is the Lawrence County Ministerial Alliance. By banding together, our clergy is able to take on big projects, such as the Shepherd Care clothing ministry and the Angel Food Ministry that provides quality food at low prices. The Ministerial Alliance also uses offerings from the annual Community Thanksgiving Service to help people in need throughout the year.

If you would like to help support these projects, please contact any of the local clergy.

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Happy Thanksgiving to our readers everywhere!

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