October 12, 2016 Edition

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County Judge Ann Pulliam (center) called her first Quorum Court meeting into session Monday night. Pulliam led the meeting, which included County Clerk Tina Stowers (right) Justice Donald Richey and the other members of the quorum court, as well as several county employees and visitors.
TD Photo ~ Megan Heyl

Pulliam settles into
role as county judge

Ann Pulliam sat at the head of the table at Monday night's Quorum Court meeting in her new role as Lawrence County Judge. She was officially appointed as judge by the Quorum Court at a special meeting called Sept. 27 and is distinguished as the county's first female county judge.

"I feel honored to serve and will continue to do my best," Pulliam said.

Pulliam, who has been working in the county judge's office for 10 years, has adapted to the new position, which she will hold for the remainder of the year. She said that everyone has pulled together to keep the county running smoothly during this transition. Sheriff Jeff Yates is overseeing the 911 office during Pulliam's term, and she said Road Foreman David Slagley has been doing a wonderful job on the roads and keeping her informed.

Justices discuss district court, range, courthouse

The Lawrence County Quorum Court was approached again by District Court Clerk Joyce Roberts about back pay owed to her. Some of the money owed had been determined and the court agreed to pay it at Monday night's meeting, but there is still a raise Roberts said she did not receive.

Roberts said she would provide documents at the next meeting to show what she is referring to.

While under the topic of district court, Justice Lloyd Clark said during the budgeting for 2017, it may be good for the court to also review the district court agreement and determine if anything needs to be adjusted.

Annual Coffee, BPW Week events planned

Members of the Walnut Ridge Business & Professional Women's Club will celebrate National Business Women's Week Oct. 16-22. A week of activities has been planned, according to Kelly Aaron, club president.

Events will kickoff on Monday at 7 a.m. with members meeting for breakfast at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where their Woman of the Year will be revealed.

Perhaps the most popular event of the week is the annual BPW Coffee, which will be on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 9-11 a.m. at Main Street Church of Christ. This is a change of location for the Coffee, and members of the community are invited to come and enjoy a sampling of breakfast type foods, desserts, coffee and lots of good fellowship.

Thelma Smithee celebrates 104th

Thelma Smithee celebrated her 104th birthday on Thursday at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center with family and friends, including her three daughters, Sue Fallis of Ratcliff, Freda Wall of St. Augustine, Fla., and Geraldine Rogers of Hoxie.

A farmer's wife and mother of seven, when asked to what she attributed her longevity, she replied "just quiet living is all I know."

Daughter Freda laughed and said, "She had seven children, so her early living was not quiet."

But she and sister, Geraldine, agreed it was simple living.

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