Walls rising on new LawCo. JailExterior walls are now rising on the construction site for the new Lawrence County Jail. Smith-Doyle Contractors, Inc., of Cordova, Tenn., a part of SouthBuild Team of Tennessee, is contractor for the project. SouthBuild focuses on building rural detention facilities.
A tentative completion date was set for January 2018.
The jail is being built on county-owned land, the former Sloan Gin property, in Southwest Walnut Ridge and near the courthouse. Construction began Sept. 12.
The total cost to build the new jail was previously estimated to be $8.3 to $8.4 million.
Cuts hit NEARA facilityUpon attending a meeting of the Friends of the Arkansas State Archives in Little Rock, Lawrence County Justice Lloyd Clark confirmed that the Department of Arkansas Heritage appears to have no intention of filling a vacant position left by Lisa Perry at the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives in Powhatan.
Clark said the cited cause for keeping the facility to a single employee is a job freeze. "This is just a ploy to reduce usage numbers so they can close it at a future date," Clark said.
Realistically, an archive facility should have at least two to three employees as those utilizing the facility are not supposed to be left alone with the documents.
Davis family has long history
While the family business may have changed, the principles that make a good businessman remain the same, according to Dirk Davis, owner of Davis Chiropractic in Walnut Ridge.
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