February 1, 2017 Edition

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Derrick Harris (from right), new executive director of the Northeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Facilities Authority, visits with Corbet Clark, a Walnut Ridge representative, and Lloyd Clark, a Lawrence County representative, following a NEARIFA board meeting on Thursday.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt

Harris hits ground running
as Intermodal director

The Northeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Facilities Authority made the hiring of new executive director Derrick Harris official at its meeting on Thursday.

Following a short executive session, a formal job offer was presented with a salary of $40,000, a health insurance benefit and a $5,000 expense account.

The board, which is chaired by Nick Manatt of Corning, approved the salary package.

Harris reported that he had spent the previous two weeks meeting with as many of the stakeholders on the board as he could get scheduled.

Jones is new director of Emergency Management

Imboden Mayor and Walnut Ridge Assistant Fire Chief Chris Jones recently put on another hat as County Judge John Thomison named him the new Office of Emergency Management director.

Jones, a firefighter of 25 years, has hit the ground running with his new responsibilities coordinating resources and providing information to emergency response agencies across the county.

He is also working to clarify some misconceptions surrounding his position. "We're not there to take over, we provide a service," Jones said on the office's role when responding to incidents. He said he is there to ask what is needed and request equipment and additional responders if required.

Commissioner supports museum
events, reviews engineering firms

The Walnut Ridge Regional Airport Commission agreed to allow the Wings of Honor Museum to host an air show at the airport for the air base's 75th anniversary.

At Monday's meeting, museum board president Harold Johnson spoke with the commission about plans to host two events in 2017 to celebrate the anniversary.

The Annual Airfield Reunion and Wings of Honor Festival will be in May. In addition, the museum is looking to hold an air show in October. The Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce will provide assistance for both events.

WR gets $250,000 for roads

Walnut Ridge has been approved for $250,000 in State Aid City Street funds.

The grant will fund a project to overlay East Fulbright Avenue, Miller Drive, East Georgia Street, Northeast Front Street, Northeast Second Street, and West Poplar Street.

Minturn to receive funds from ANRC

The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission has announced approval of a grant for the town of Minturn, according to Commission Chairman Don Richardson.

A grant of up to $34,000 has been awarded to upgrade the sewer system in the community.

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