March 30, 2011 Edition

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Chamber members hear
update on Powhatan facilities

Monty Williams of Craighead Electric (left) visits with Brittni Wright of Medic One during the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce quarterly meeting at the Male and Female Academy in Powhatan on Thursday.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt
Gretchen Hunt

Tourism was the buzzword on Thursday as members of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce gathered at Powhatan for the group's quarterly meeting.

Lisa Perry, archival manager at the newly-opened Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives, shared that the facility has been busy serving patrons in its first few weeks of operation. A grand opening for the archives was held March 3.

"Although most of our visitors are from Arkansas, we have had visitors from many different states," Perry said. "To date we have had visitors from Ohio, Louisiana, Texas, Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida, Illinois and Michigan."

Perry stressed to Chamber members that the visitors from throughout the state, as well as other states, spend money in the county while they are here doing research.

"They are going to eat in the restaurants and buy gas at the gas stations," she said. "This is one way we can contribute to the local economy."

Powhatan Historic State Park Superintendent Corinne Fletcher also spoke at the meeting. She shared information about the park and how the archives facility came to be.

She told attendees about the different buildings located on the park grounds, including the Male and Female Academy, where lunch was served, and the Powhatan Courthouse.

At the conclusion of the meeting, guests were invited to tour the new NEARA facility.

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