Friday, December 14, 2018

Library to Host Craft Night



Students Earn Chairs in Region Junior Band

These students participated in the ASBOA Region 3 Junior Band Auditions on December 1, 2018 in Sheridan and earned chairs in the Region Junior Band. They will participate in the clinic December 14-15, 2018 and perform a concert at 2 pm on December 15, 2019. The clinic will be held at El Dorado High School and the concert will be held at the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium. Chandler Haynes placed third chair, first band on baritone, Landon Jennings placed fifth chair, second band on baritone, Josef Rawls place twelfth chair, second band  on percussion, Harley Latta placed second chair, first band on trumpet, and Olivia Brown placed twenty-sixth chair, first band on clarinet.

FOR MORE SCHOOL NEWS BE SURE TO GO TO THE SCHOOLS PAGE.

Student Tour to Greece Being Organized


"Grecian Odyssey" students' educational tour traveling for 9 days in June 2019.  Students from ANY school district are eligible to travel.  Parents and family members are eligible to travel as well.  Students in grades 6-12 and college students will visit Athens where they will tour the Olympic Stadium, before heading up to Acropolis, home of the Parthenon and Temple of Athena Nike.  Next, students will visit Greece's oldest ruins (circa 1600 B.C.) as they explore Mycenae.  Also, Epidaurus' 15,000 seat Asklepieion.  On to Olympia to stand on the ground where legend holds Hercules founded the Ancient Olympic Games nearly 2,800 years ago.  On to, to Delphi to climb the ruins of Temple Apollo- just as Socrates did when he consulted the Oracle.  Last, to Cape Sounion to see the Corinth Canal and visit the Temple of Poseidon.  An excursion will be on a private island for lunch and swimming.  Please contact Eva Jenkins Arrington, Drew Central teacher, if interested at 870-224-6545.

SEACBEC Business & Industry Annual Meeting


Staff of the Southeast Arkansas Community Based Education Center meet with business and industry leaders, local guest and others to conduct the school's annual "business & industry" meeting.  The meeting consist of a working lunch and a discussion of how SEACBEC can improve the development of the future local work force.  The welcome and introductions were done by SEACBEC Director Devin McDiarmid.  The program was provided by Bradley County Economic Development Corporation Director Len Blaylock, III.  He talked about the "ACT Work Ready" program and the efforts to develop a trained work force that can provide capable and dependable workers for local jobs and assist the workers in gaining good paying jobs.

Those present were allowed to make comments and suggestion about the program and the efforts of SEACBEC.  A tour of the school was provided for anyone wishing to observe.

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Eddie Cheatham

December 14, 2018

LITTLE ROCK – A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau had good news for Arkansas. The percentage of adults with a college degree has gone up by 2.9 percent.

In 2010 the percentage of adults in Arkansas with the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree was 19.1 percent, and last year it was 22 percent.

In spite of the improvement Arkansas is still below the national average. In 2017 the number of adults aged 22 or older who had a bachelor’s degree was 30.9 percent. In 2010 it was 27.9 percent.

Leaders in business, government and education have been working on policies that increase the rate of students who finish college with a degree, for the general prosperity of the state. On average, adults with a college degree earn more income over their lifetimes and they tend to lead healthier lifestyles.

GFWC Womans Club Visits Guest House


Recently,The GFWC Warren Woman's Club visited residents at the Guest House. While there, they participated in a Christmas craft project.  Many residents were unable to participate and the club members made their crafts.  After the projects dried, they were hung on the resident's doors.  Club members participating were Judy Braswell, Jonalyn Reep, Glenda Cross, Jane Powell, Jan Smalling, Je Nelle Lipton, Diane Purvis plus Joen Bryant and Diane Parnell, whom are not pictured.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Immanuel Baptist Church to present Cantata

Immanuel Baptist Church will present a Christmas Cantata Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m.  Everyone is invited to attend "The Joy of Christmas".  The church is located on West Pine Street.

Cancellation Notice

The Hometown Health Coalition and the Bradley County Health Fair Committee meetings that were scheduled for today, Thursday, December 13, have been cancelled.

Power House Church/Freds Team Up To Provide Hoodies

Martha Reed, Pastor James Yarbrough, and Elisa Parham
The Power House Church of God In Christ has teamed up with Fred's to provide warm hoodies to needy families and individuals.  The program is part of the church's holiday project of providing  coats for those in need.  They call the effort, "Warm coats from warm hearts."

According to Fred's Warren Store Manager Elisa Parham,  the store's valued customers paid for over 90 hoodies that are being donated to Power House to be provided to local residents in need.  Power House Pastor James Yarbrough expressed the church's appreciation to Freds and their supportive customers.

Anyone wishing to contribute a new or gently used coat is urged to get it to Power House by December 21st.  For more information contact Missionary Stacey Worthen, Missions President.  She may be researched by calling 870-226-5496.

Coats will be distributed Saturday, December 22nd from 10:00 A.M. till 2:00 P.M. at the Church located at 815 West Central Street.

Alma Harrod to be Honored

The public Retirement Reception honoring Mayor Alma Harrod Friday December 14, 2018 from 12-2. Come and go at Hermitage City Hall. Our Mayor-elect, Tonya Kendrix, will also be present to meet and greet the public.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Parks and Tourism Director Resigns/Interim Named

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced that Kane Webb will resign his position as director of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism (ADPT) at the end of the year to take the position of Director of Executive Communications at Walmart in Bentonville.  The governor has named Cynthia Dunlap as interim director of Parks and Tourism. Dunlap is the current Chief Fiscal Officer at the agency.

Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement:

Farm Bill Passes House-Headed to President's Desk

WASHINGTON – On Tuesday afternoon (December 12), the House of Representatives passed the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2, the Agriculture Improvement Act. The legislation, better known as the Farm Bill, will now go to President Donald J. Trump for his signature after passing in the Senate earlier this week.

The only member of the Arkansas delegation to vote against the Farm Bill was Senator Tom Cotton.

Marcus Miller Named Farm Bureau 4A Defensive Player of the Year

Marcus Miller awarded the Farm Bureau 4A Defensive Player of the Year is pictured with local State Farm Agent Reid McKinney.  To learn more about this and another Lumberjack who was named a runner up for 4A Offensive Player of the Year go to the Sports Page of salineriverchronicle.com.

December Commencement Set For Friday, December 14




Scheduled to be on the program are UAM Chancellor Dr. Karla Hughes and Dr. Peggy Doss, Vice Chancellor for academic affairs. The university will present academic credentials ranging from master's degrees to technical certificates during the ceremony.

The clear bag policy will be in effect for Commencement.  Only clear bags and clutch purses are allowed to be carried into the event. Please advise any family and friends that will be attending.

            For more information, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at (870) 460-1033.

Chapel Woods Holds Holiday Token Shopping Day

Chapel Woods Health & Rehabilitation recently held Holiday Token Shopping Day.  Residents received tokens for participating in activities, that they may use to "buy" Christmas gifts for loved ones.  Pictured is Martha Weaver with items she selected for her family.

City Council Makes Changes

The Warren City Council has voted to make changes in the city's economic development program.  As previously reported by salineriverchronicle.com, the council adopted the 2019 budget and did not renew contracts with the Chamber of Commerce or the Bradley County Economic Development Commission.  The council and Mayor Martin have been contemplating a change for some time and discussing the need to make major improvements in the rate of pay for police officers.  Based upon the legal requirements for training and capabilities, city officers have been underpaid and keeping turnover as low as possible has been a challenge.  While the approximate 9% increase is not excessive, it does treat the officers better and makes Warren much more competitive in hiring and retaining good, qualified policemen.  When the new pay scales are combined with state required holiday pay, uniform pay and hazardous pay, the officers will be much better compensated for the work they are asked to perform.

During the detailed report given by Ways & Means Chair-person, Council Member Dorothy Henderson at the December 10th meeting, she pointed out that since the city one cent sales tax went into effect in the mid 1990's, the city has paid the BCEDC around $2.5 million.  She indicated the city council is not withdrawing from economic development efforts but thinks some new ideas are worth pursuing.  It was pointed out that the city has spent more than the $2.5 million on economic development when money spent on industrial park development, spec building construction and assistance to industry is counted.  Those efforts will be continued.  Also the council voted to pay off the existing spec building loan in the amount of over $42,000.00.

Several council members have voiced their belief, publicly and privately, that a well trained and motivated police force, to protect the life and property of the residents and businesses of the City of Warren, is essential to economic growth as is well managed city services such as solid waste, fire protection, code enforcement, parks and recreation and street improvements.  The council members say they understand this does not solve all problems or guarantee new jobs, but it does give the city a fighting chance if recruitment is actively pursued.

Both the Chamber of Commerce and the BCEDC are not governmental agencies or divisions of city government.  Both may continue to operate, within their means, according to state law.  Both are allowed to raise money and charge membership dues. The city may work with them for any appropriate project to help bring in new industry or assist local business to expand.  According to comments made by more than one council member, efforts will proceed to consider alternative options for job recruitment, in conjunction with the new administration.

Ferrell Named BCMC September Employee of the Month

Thelma Ferrell receives certificate from CEO Steve Henson.
WARREN, Ark. (12/11/18) – Bradley County Medical Center is pleased to announce Thelma Ferrell, who works for our Environmental Services Department, has been named the Employee of the Month for September.

Ferrell received multiple nominations from her co-workers, all describing her as excellent at her job, friendly and just a great person to be around. Her role in the Physical Therapy Department is very important, and does not go unnoticed by our patients there. They are also always complimenting Thelma on the job she does. Thelma’s smile is also something we at BCMC look forward to everyday as it lights up a room. Thank you Thelma Ferrell for a job well done and helping to make BCMC great!





Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Warren Board of Education Adopts Addendums to Contracts

The Warren School Board met Monday, December 10, for their regular monthly meeting.  After approving consent items and the minutes of the Nov. 12 meeting, the board heard minute messages from building principals and administrators.  They then moved into executive session.  Upon returning, they approved addendums to the following contracts in order to be in compliance  the new minimum wage requirement which goes into effect in 2019:

Pamela Adams, Timothy Cloclough, Margaret Marshall, Hannah Richey, Jordan Rose

(Students)  Mallory Barnes, Osbaldo Covarrubias, Cobe Muldrew, Caleb Watson

After approving the financial report, the board head a brief report from Superintendent Bryan Cornish.  In the report he told the board that he is pleased with the progress recognized by the "Beating the Odds" awards they have received for growth in student achievement.  He told them the buzz in cameras have been installed on the campuses.

City Council Adopts Historic Budget

Aldermen Joel Tolefree, Emily Moseley, Mayor Bryan Martin, Aldermen Dorothy Henderson, Janzy Cobb, and Zach Burks commemorate Mayor Martin's service to the City o Warren.
The Warren City Council meeting in regular session Monday, December 10th adopted a budget for 2019 by a vote of 5-0, with one member absent.  The total budget, including the general fund, the street fund and all special funds, amounts to $6,738,685.00.  It consist of funding for all city employees, all city services and all city facilities. The budget provides a 2% raise for all employees and elected officials, except the members of the city council.  No raise was included for the council.  Council Member Dorothy Henderson, Chair-person of the Ways & Means Committee went over the budget and the budgetary process in detail.  She stated Mayor Martin worked closely with the committee to finalize the proposal and the committee, consisting of council members Moseley and Cobb, unanimously approved the recommendation.  She stated a lot of work and several meetings went into developing the budget.

In addition, the final budget provides an 7% salary increase for police officers and some raises for city department heads.  Also included is money for holiday pay, uniform pay and hazardous duty pay for police and firemen.  It amounts to a major upgrade in pay for the city police department and brings Warren into a more competitive status with law enforcement in Arkansas.  Mayor Martin and the six member council worked hard to shape the budget to better pay law enforcement personnel and first responders.
Mayor Martin presented Councilmember Janzy Cobb a paque
for her service to the City of Warren.

The budget did not provide funding for renewing contracts with the Chamber of Commerce or the Bradley County Economic Development Commission.  It did provide $5,000.00 for the Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival, which is an arm of the Chamber.  Council Members stated they are going to consider different and innovative ways to recruit industry and jobs and are committed to continuing an economic development program.  The budget as approved includes $42,444.34 to pay off the note on the spec building located in the city industrial park.

In other action the council voted to renew the city's "Legal Defense Agreement" with the Arkansas Municipal League at a cost of $21,470.71 for the year.  This amounts to insurance to cover the city when sued.

After approving the minutes of the November council meeting and the financial statement, the council members, led by Council Member Dorothy Henderson, adopted a proclamation honoring Mayor Bryan Martin for his years of service to the city as mayor and a council member.  Mayor Martin then presented Council Member Janzy Cobb with a plaque of appreciation for her service on the city council.  She did not seek reelection.  A large crowd was in attendance to show appreciation to Mayor Martin and Council Member Cobb.

Reports of all departments and boards and commissions that met during November were presented to the council for information and review.  The council also adopted an ordinance increasing garbage fees for both residential and commercial accounts. The new rates go into effect in January of 2019.

Also approved during the meeting was $640.00 for fire fighter dues on behalf of the Warren Fire Department.  The members voted to amend the city personnel policy to include the  firemen's holiday pay within their regular salary since the firemen work shifts.

It was noted early in the meeting that local sales tax revenue is up 5% on the year.  The council also voted to sell 1.70 acres in the industrial park to Robert's Welding & parts, to allow them to expand in the park.

After voting to pay the bills for November, 2018, the council agreed to meet January 14th at 5:30 P.M.    

Monday, December 10, 2018

Santa Claus to Visit New Edinburg

Santa will be visiting New Edinburg this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (13th, 14th, & 15th) from 5:30-7:00 p.m.  at the New Edinburg Community Center come have your picture made with Santa for free and he will also be handing out candy and toys to all the good little boys and girls. For more information you can contact Melody Spears 870-510-6388.

Chi Eta Phi provides Support to Backpack Ministry


Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority Inc. Mu Chi Chi Chapter a professional nursing organization whose mission is to provide service to Humanity, in conjunction with UAM School of Nursing, provided non-perishable food items to support the Backpack Ministry in the Warren School District.

Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority, Inc. was established in 1932 by Registered Nurses in Washington DC to provide service to communities and promote the profession of nursing.

Members of Mu Chi Chi Chapter presenting items were A’Seneque Daniels, Anita Shaw, and Bobbie Webb. UAM School of Nursing Student Nurses’ Association is made up of Junior and Senior Nursing Majors. This group provides many community service activities throughout the school year to the surrounding areas.

Pictured are : Bobbie Webb, Blaze Fellows, Colton Steen, Jude Cathey, Carter Cessor, Anita Shaw, and A’Seneque Daniels.

Arrest Report: Dec. 10, 2018

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

DaQuan Daniels, 1119 Old Kingsland Rd., Warren, AR . age 22, arrested on warrant (123-18)

Deveante Davis, 1121 Deer St., Warren, AR . 21, charged with charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver (12-3-18)

Franki Smith, 1009 W. Central St., Warren, AR . age 58, charged with possession of firearm by certain person, theft by receiving (12-3-18)

Orland Granados, 410 S. Myrtle St., Warren, AR . age 48, charged with public intoxication (12-8-18)

Four Honored at Retirement Reception

Mrs. Helen Boswell and Mayor Bryan Martin
A large crowd gathered in the foyer and courtroom of the Warren Municipal Building Friday, December 7th to honor four city servants, who are retiring January 1, 2019.  Mayor Bryan Martin, one of those being honored MC'd the event and joked that it was kind of like speaking at his own funeral.  The audience consisted of city staff, local citizens and out of town guest, along with family of the retirees.

The retirees were as follows:
*David Chambers,City Attorney - Mr. Chambers has served as Warren City Attorney since 2003.
According to Mayor Martin, Mr. Chambers did an outstanding job as City Attorney.
*Fire Chief Howard Edward- Chief Edwards has served as Warren Fire Chief since 2001.
During Chief Edwards time as Chief the city has lowered its insurance fire rating and has continued to upgrade the city's fire fighting capabilities with new equipment and training for firemen.
*Renious Harton, Parks & Recreation Director, Mr. Harton has served in this capacity since.  The job oversees the City Baseball/Softball Complex, the city park on Martin Street, the city park on John Scobey Drive, the Warren Shooting Range, the Warren Cultural Center and the Old National Guard Armory on Martin Street. Mayor Martin stated that Mr. Harton always got the job done.
* Mayor Bryan Martin-Mayor Martin served as a Warren City Council Member for 14 years and has served as Warren Mayor for another 14 years.  In addition to managing the city's daily operations and keeping the city budget balanced, he helped secure over $7 million in grants for the city.  The Warren Shooting Range was built under his tenure.  He has also been instrumental in expanding water and sewer for industrial development and the renovation of the Rail Road Depot.

Mayor Martin thanked his staff for a job well done and indicated he enjoyed working for the people of Warren.
Mayor Martin presents Renious Harton with a plaque.
Fire Chief Edwards receives plaque from Mayor Martin.
City Attorney Chambers accepts plaque from Mayor Martin

Chamber Releases 2019 Board Roster

Members of the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce Board meet  Monday, December 10th in the board room of the Bradley County Economic Development Commission.  Attendance consisted of seven members present.  Jane Harris presided.

Minutes of the previous meeting and the financial report were approved.  Reports were given on the recent  "Trunk & Treat" event and the "Christmas Parade."  Debbie Spencer stated both were successful and she talked about future plans and ways to make both even better.  She also mentioned plans to have activities for Easter and back to school next fall.  Prior to her remarks concerning the events, Mrs. Spencer also asked questions about efforts to get the Chamber better organized with an up to date list of members, regular collection of dues and how to find out what members expect from the Chamber.  Jane Harris and Densia Pennington both commented on work underway to better organize and recent efforts by the Executive Committee.  There were several comments made about the need for more diversity within the Chamber's membership.

New Chamber President ( Executive Director ) Sarah Wehland reported on her plans for the future including visiting with all current members and talking to other businesses and individuals about joining the Chamber.  There was discussion about securing a better and less expensive phone system.  Ms. Wehland also talked about efforts to recruit industry to the area.

The following hand out of Chamber Board Members was presented:
Class of 2019-
Kim Tillman
Patrick Marshall
Jane Harris
Sandy Doss
Shelly Ashcraft
Patricia Wilkerson
Cathy Rice
Class of 2020-
Cathy Richardson
Learnet Daniels
Curtis Blankenship, Jr.
Brooke Hatch
Maribeth Frazer
JeNelle Lipton
Ken Simmons
Class of 2021-
Tim Kessler
Derek Grice
Michael Sparks
Debbie Spencer
Terri White
Two current vacancies

Jane Harris thanked Denisa Pennington for working for no pay over the past months to help keep the Chamber operating and also expressed appreciation to Logan Adams for all his help.

The next scheduled Chamber Board meeting is planned for January 14, 2019.  The location is yet to be determined.

Faculty members win award at 2018 Ouachita Society of American Foresters Conference

Dr. Matthew Pelkki
Dr. Matthew Olson

MONTICELLO, AR — Two faculty members, Dr. Matthew Pelkki and Dr. Matthew Olson, of the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources at UAM, won awards at the 2018 Ouachita Society of American Foresters Conference held recently in Hot Springs.

Dr. Matthew Pelkki, the George H. Clippert Endowed Chair and professor of forestry, received the Ouachita Society of American Foresters Forestry Educator Award. Dr. Pelkki joined the UAM faculty in 2001. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, and both a master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Matthew Olson, an assistant professor of forestry, received the Arkansas Division of the Society of American Foresters Tim Ku Young Forester Award. Dr. Olson joined the UAM faculty in 2016. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine, a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maine.

“These awards are well deserved,” said Phil Tappe, Dean of the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources.  “The recognition by the Society of American Foresters is a testament to the commitment and passion both Dr. Pelkki and Dr. Olson have for student engagement and the forestry profession.”

For more information, contact the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources at (870) 460-1052.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

20 Years of Service For Arkansas Center for Health Improvement

Over three hundred people, including three former Governors of Arkansas and current Governor Asa Hutchinson, met December 3, 2018 in the Wally Allen Ballroom of the State House Convention Center in Little Rock to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of Arkansas Center for Health Improvement.  The event was sponsored by the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.  Gov. Hutchinson gave the welcome.

The Dr. Tom Bruce Arkansas Health Impact award was presented to Dr. Kent C. Westbrook and Mr. Ben E. Owens, Sr.  Dr. Westbrook has served at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences since 1961.  He has served in several capacities at UAMS and is currently a distinguished professor of surgery at the medical school.  Mr. Owens spent 37 years at the helm of St. Bernards Hospital in Jonesboro, Arkansas.  Mr. Owens served as the president of the Arkansas hospital Association from 1967-1968.

After the presentations, James L. "Skip" Rutherford, Dean of the Clinton School of Public Service introduced Gov. Mike Huckabee and Gov. Mike Beebe to take part in a "Healthcare Discussion."  The program was moderated by Dr. Joe Thompson, President & CEO of the Arkansas Center For health Improvement.  Dr. Thompson served both Governor Huckabee and Governor Beebe as the Surgeon General for the State of Arkansas.

Led by Dr. Thompson, both governors talked at length about health initiatives pursued by their respective administrations.  Governor Huckabee dealt with tobacco settlement funds and smoke free legislation.  Governor Beebe promoted numerous health care legislation including the tobacco tax to help fund over 20 health care programs, including the trauma system, and guided the medicare expansion program into existence which provides health insurance to many Arkansas residents who never had access to affordable insurance.

The two former governors talked freely about the importance of good health care policy and they did so in a very friendly manner.  They seemed to mostly agree on a progressive health
agenda.

A number of legislators and former legislators were present for the event and enjoyed visiting with both former governors and each other.  Also in attendance was former Governor Jim Guy Tucker.

In attendance was Gregg Reep of Warren, representing salineriverchronicle.com.  Mr. Reep is a former St. Representative who served on the Public Health Committee of the House of Representatives during Governor Huckabee's final two years in office and the first term of Governor Beebe.  Reep was Chairman of the Public Health Committee during the 2009-2010 legislative session and was the House sponsor of the "Tobacco Tax" that funded some twenty health programs, including the trauma system.  Reep visited with all three former Governors after the program along with former Senator Cliff Hoofman, Senator Will Bond and former Speaker of the House Bill Stovall, III.

Friday, December 7, 2018

HDC Volunteer Council Seeking Members

The Volunteer Council That serves the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center in Warren is seeking individuals that are willing to become a member of the Council and help promote and support the Human Development Center.  The Council meets monthly and works to raise private funds to help the clients and employees of the Center in ways the state cannot.  It also works to promote the Center and educate the public concerning the work provided by the facility.

The Council is a non-profit 501 organization that is set up solely to benefit the individuals served by the Human Development Center and their families and to assist the employees from time to time.  All money contributed to the Volunteer Council is tax-deductible. 

Funds raised by the organization have been used to create a large garden that is worked by the clients and staff and efforts to develop a farmer's market.  The council has bought fire works for the clients to enjoy during the holidays and 4th of July.  Future plans include sponsoring floats, dances and a farmer's market/bazaar and other activities for those served by the HDC. 

Members of the Volunteer Council help plan activities to raise money and make decisions as to what is to be funded.  There is no cost to be a council member. 

If you are interested and willing to participate, contact Council Chairman Gregg Reep at 870-226-2403 or Dana Harvey at the Human Development Center at 870-226-6774.  We will be happy to answer questions and further explain the function of the council.  Any one who resides or operates a business within the Southeast Arkansas area is eligible to become a member of the Volunteer Council.

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Eddie Cheatham

December 7, 2018

LITTLE ROCK – The 35-member Senate held its organizational meeting to elect leadership and formalize the rules for the 92nd General Assembly of the legislature, which convenes in regular session on January 14.

The changes in Senate rules will affect which committees will consider proposed legislation affecting alcohol, tobacco, firearms and medical marijuana.

Previously, bills that affect gun laws would go to the Senate Judiciary Committee. However, under the new rules they will be referred to the Senate Committee on City, County and Local Affairs.

Bills affecting tobacco and alcohol used to be referred to the Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs, but now they will go to the City, County and Local Affairs Committee.

Medical marijuana bills be referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development. Arkansas voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2016 legalizing medical marijuana.

In the 2017 session, much of the enabling legislation that put in place the mechanism for cultivation and retail sales of medical marijuana was referred to the Senate and House Committees on Public Health, Welfare and Labor.

Are you Looking For A Live Christmas Tree?

Some people utilize artificial Christmas Trees and others desire a real tree to celebrate the Holiday.  If you are looking a for live tree, notice an ad currently running on salineriverchronicle.com for "Memory Lane Christmas Tree Farm" located in Bradley County.
The farm is located at 599 Bradley County Road 7 South, just west of Warren.  It is open from now until Christmas Saturday's from 8:00 A.M. to dark and Sunday's 1:00 P.M. to dark. There are trees ranging form 6 to 10 feet tall.  Take the short drive to the farm and take a look at the available trees.

The ad for "Memory Lane Christmas Tree Farm" is located on the front page of salineriverchronicle.com.  Take a look at all our ads on each page of the site.  The community of Warren has many retail products available and services to be provided at reasonable prices.  We also have products and services on the site for several businesses located in Monticello. 

Whenever possible buy local! It makes our communities stronger.  You may be surprised at the variety of options available right here at home.