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Lorazell Tate (from left), County Clerk Tina Stowers, Tommy Holland and Pat Whitmire prepare to tally votes for county judge during the special convention of the Lawrence County Democratic Party.
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Thomison nominated
for county judge

The Lawrence County Democratic Party convened Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and nominated John Thomison of Smithville to be the Democratic candidate for county judge in the Nov. 8 General Election.

Following the passing of County Judge Dale Freeman on Sept. 17 it was determined by law that the party could make a nomination in vacancy up to 47 days prior to the election (which was last Thursday).

Pat Whitmire, who presided over the convention, estimated an overflow crowd of 300 people at the courthouse. Chris Burks, attorney for the Democratic Party of Arkansas, was present to explain the procedure of the convention and voting. Ted Dick, executive director of the state Democrats, was also present to lend support.

Trammel steps down as Intermodal chair

The Northeast Arkansas Intermodal Authority Board met Thursday morning at BRTC in Pocahontas and heard the resignation of Executive Committee Chairman Scott Trammel. Trammel will be replaced in the committee by BRTC President Eric Turner with Vice Chair Nick Manatt of Corning stepping into Trammel's position as executive chair.

While the Intermodal continues their search for an executive director, Trammel addressed the Board with a prepared statement: "I believe it is in the best interest of the NEA Intermodal Board for me to step down as chairman. I have served several years as chairman and have had a great experience with what has been accomplished.

Pulliam is new judge

The Lawrence County Quorum Court met Tuesday in special session to declare a vacancy and appoint an interim county judge to finish the term left open after the death of Dale Freeman.

Ann Pulliam, who has been serving as county judge since Freeman sustained injuries in a one-vehicle accident in August, was appointed by the justices. The appointment is history-making as Pulliam is the first female county judge in Lawrence County.

Chamber quarterly slated with Expo

The Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce will hold a quarterly meeting on Friday, Oct. 14, in the Ministry Activity Center at First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge in conjunction with the Business Expo and Job Fair.

Danny Games, executive vice president, Global Business, with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, will be the guest speaker. He directs the Business Development, Business Finance, Community Development, Existing Business and Small & Minority Business divisions at AEDC.

WR Airport making progress on cleanups

Walnut Ridge Regional Airport Commission Chair Don Cavenaugh reported on the progress of various clean-up projects at the airport during the Sept. 19 meeting.

While good progress has been made on brush and limb cleanup, work on certain buildings is delayed while the buildings are on short-term leases and costs can be assessed.

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