Tuesday, August 19, 2014

David King Announces Candidacy for Warren City Council

David King has announced his candidacy for Warren City Council Ward 2 Position 2.  King, the current director of the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce, says he is running in an effort to “help mold and shape our community in a way that reflects the town’s assets and potential.”

He currently serves on several local boards and committees, as well as the Arkansas Kidney Disease board to which he was appointed by Governor Mike Beebe.

King, a lifelong resident of Warren, holds a BA in Political Science from UAM.   He lives with Julie, his wife of 24 years.  They have two children, Katie Kuhn and Sara King.  Katie is the elementary music educator for the Warren School District.  Sara will be attending Arkansas Tech University this Fall.

Zachary Burks Announces for Re-election

Zachary Burks has announced for re-election to the Warren City Council, Ward 3 Position 2.  Mr. Burks stated that being a member of the Warren City Council has been a privilege and an honor.  He desires to continue to serve the citizens of Warren, Ward 3 Position 2.

"My goal as alderman is to represent the tax payers in a fair and efficient manner.  That has been my commitment over the years I have served, and it continues to be,"  says Mr. Burks.

"I ask for your support for re-election as Alderman, Ward 3 Position 2."

"I am and always will be a taxpayers' representative for the citizens of Warren."

Volunteer Ombudsman Needed

Do you have a caring heart and a willing to listen to someone in need? If so you can make a difference in a resident’s life in the Nursing Facilities.  Ask about the Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas Ombudsman Program.

A training workshop will be held August 29, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

All interested individuals, please contact:

Brenda Brown /Regional Ombudsman or Rose Garland, Volunteer Ombudsman Coordinator at 870-543-6311 or 870-543-6327 or 1-800-264-3260.

Quorum Court Discusses Applying For State Prison

In a very quick meeting the Bradley County Quorum Court meet Monday August 18th for their monthly session.  Normal reports were approved and Judge Neely provided an update on county road work.  He also stated that plans are under way to close out cells at the county landfill that are full.  He asked if any JP had any new information relating to a new county jail.  No member responded.  The Judge said he had no new or additional information.

The last few minutes of the meeting consisted of a discussion about a notification the county had received from the state asking if the county had an interest in having a state prison located in this area.  Judge Neely indicated there had been some brief talk among local officials in southeast Arkansas about looking into pursuing the project but nothing has been decided.  He indicated it would likely take a joint effort of several counties and cities to have a chance.

Rotarians Hear Dennis Cooper

The Warren Rotary Club met Tuesday at noon in the First United Methodist Church.  Jimmy Sledge was the program chairman for the meeting.  He introduced Dennis Cooper who spoke to the Rotarians on UAMS Pre-Health Recruiter Program.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hundreds Turn Out To Apply For Jobs

Hundreds turned out to apply for a job at Blue Rooster.
It appears the good news about new jobs coming to Warren has been well received.  Over 300 people went through the application process Monday August 18th at the old National Guard building on Martin Street.  During a heavy rain, individuals were standing in line before 8:00 A. M.  All filled out an application and were interviewed for consideration.  Employees of the Arkansas Workforce Department took the applications and help those in attendance sign up.
Mayor Martin visits with many of those who turned out
to apply for a job.

During the morning Warren Mayor Bryan Martin visited the site and offered assistance to the Workforce employees.  He visited with a large number of those seeking employment.  Blue Rooster, LLC has publicly stated that Mayor Martin played a key role in facilitating the location of the new plant to Warren.  Channel 10 news out of Eldorado was also on hand and interviewed a couple of people who were applying.

Applications will continue to be accepted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:00 A.M. till 4:00 P.M. for the next three weeks.  The company hopes to start production October 1st

Health Department Director Visits Warren

Dr. Nathaniel Smith,M. D., the Director of the Arkansas Department of Health, was in Warren Friday August 15th to pay a visit to the Bradley County Health Department on Bragg Street.  Traveling with Dr. Smith was Dena Poteat theSoutheast Regional Director, who oversees 14 counties in south Arkansas and Jill Bayles the Director of Public Health Marketing for the Department.  They visited with local Administrator R. Alicia Outlaw, R.N.  The purpose of the visit was to check on programs and facilities in Bradley County and to see first hand the services being provided to improve health in the area.  Dr. Smith and his staff meet the local press and discussed the mission of the health Department.

The Bradley County Health Unit provides more than 800 women's health visits per year, inspects food service establishments, test water for public water systems and swimming pools, investigates diseases, provides preventive health services such as immunizations and vaccinations and inspects hospitals.  In-Home care is also provided for the elderly and others with serious medical conditions.

Other areas of concern for the department include obesity, tobacco use, dental needs, lack of health insurance and a variety of other health related needs. During Dr. Smith's visit the Unit was busy providing services to a large number of families.

Home Evacuated by BC Rural Fire Dept. After Gas Leak Discovered

On August 11 at 9:55 a.m., the Bradley County Rural Fire Department responded to a call from T. W. Morris who reported a natural gas leak.  Upon arrive to 760 Highway 63 North, the department determined that the leak was on the main distribution line.  They quickly evacuated the nearest home and notified Centerpoint Entergy which arrived and took necessary measures.

Representatives of Pizza Hut Deliver School Supplies to Warren SD

Representatives of Warren Pizza Hut delivered school supplies to the Warren School District's Central Office Friday, August 15.  The supplies were collected to help students in need in the district.  

Hometown Health Coalition to meet Wednesday

The Bradley Hometown Health Coalition Meeting will meet Wednesday 8-20 -14 in the SEACBEC Community Room.   Organizers want to remind everyone that the time has been changed from 11:30 to 12:00.   If this time is your lunch hour then feel free to bring your lunch to the meeting!  Also if you know of anyone who would be interested in attending this meeting then please invite them to come!

The Coalition has many items to discuss!  Just to name a few….

* a follow up on the insurance discussion from the last meeting. It’s good news!!
The Warren Library did say we could use their facility one evening if or when the Coalition decides to do an Insurance Enrollment Event.  This will be discussed at the meeting.

Cornerstone Coalition seeks communities to participate in S.E.E.D. Initiative

"Monticello's Market in the Park has grown
 from a UAM student's idea into a Saturday
 morning shopping stable, through
 Cornerstone's SEED Initiative.
Photo courtesy of Patty Wooten."

The Southeast Arkansas Cornerstone Coalition is now accepting applications for communities, and community projects, to participate in the Cornerstone Leadership Development Institute’s S.E.E.D. Initiative. The S.E.E.D. (Student Engaging in Economic Development) Initiative is a partnership developed between the University of Arkansas at Monticello and the Cornerstone Coalition where college students, in participating courses, engage with the region’s communities to provide assistance and help brainstorm solutions to address community needs as a part of a for-credit curriculum-based course model. “The Cornerstone connects S.E.E.D. participating communities and UAM faculty together to coordinate service learning engagement into college courses,” Coalition Director Zack Tucker explains. “The purpose of the program is to encourage and inspire college students to become engaged to their region's communities.”

Fair Catalogs Now Available

It’s Fair time in Bradley County and the 2014 Bradley County Fair and Livestock Show catalogs and entry tags are ready.  Catalogs are available at the Bradley County Cooperative Extension Office, located at 100 E. First Street, or at the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce, located at 104 N. Myrtle St. in Warren.  Pre-registration for the Home Economics Division Exhibits is encouraged and may be done at the county Extension Office from 8:00 a.m.-noon and 1:00-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.  Something new this year is that all food preservation entries must have a food label attached with the date of food preservation and method of preservation.  Method must state whether canned in water bath, pressure canned or other, the process time and the pounds of pressure where appropriate.  Entries without required labeling will not be judged.  Labels will be provided for you at the Bradley County Extension Office.  Also, a new category added this year is for Tomato Art.

For more information, you may contact the County Extension Office at 870-226-8410.  The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.  If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your County Extension office as soon as possible.  Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

UAM COT-McGehee Seeks Students For Early Childhood Classes At SEACBEC In Warren

           MONTICELLO, Ark. — The UAM College of Technology-McGehee has openings for students in its early childhood education program being offered at the Southeast Arkansas Community-Based Education Center (SEACBEC) in Warren, according to Amanda Kuttenkuler, project coordinator for the McGehee campus.

            The program teaches students to educate infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Courses are offered during the day as well as in the evening to teach students to understand the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical growth and development of young children.  Fall semester classes began August 20.

Babysitting Basics, Fall Vegetable Gardening and Gourmet Cooking Classes are Additions to UAM Community Education Courses For Fall 2014

            MONTICELLO, Ark. — Non-credit courses in topics ranging from babysitting basics to Japanese art will be offered this fall by the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Department of Community Education.
            “We have a lot of exciting new classes for our fall session,” said Memorie Dickson, program coordinator.  The new offerings include Babysitting Basics, Healthy Aging: What Does that Mean, Couponing Made Simple, Gardening 101: The Fall Vegetable Garden, Dynamic Life Drawing, Sumi-E, Holiday Pies Made Easy and several other cooking classes.  “Some of these classes will fill quickly,” said Dickson, “so early registration is encouraged.”

Arrest Report: August 18, 2014

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Masiver Pacheco, 215 East Central, Warren, AR., age 24, charged with no driver's license and fictitious  tags (8-9-14)

Ramon Torrex, 317 Shelby St., Warren, AR., age 27, charged with no insurance, driving on suspended license and expired tags, arrested on warrant (8-13-14)

Ontario Mosley, 511 Boyd St., Warren, AR., age 22, charged with endangering the welfare of a minor x2, criminal mischief (8-14-14)

Ontario Mosley, 511 Boyd St., Warren, AR., age 22, charged with criminal trespassing and fleeing on foot (8-14-14)

Ubal Cabregra, 513 N. Myrtle St., Warren, AR., age 57, charged with driving on suspended license and arrested on warrant (8-15-14)

Kasey Green, 1023 E. Shelton Ave., Monticello, AR., age 25, charged with speeding and driving on a suspended license (8-16-14)

Luis Chavez-Maximano, 600 Bond St., Warren, AR., age 22, charged with no driver's license and public intoxication (8-17-14)

Tyronurus McClain, 5122 Hover St., Pine Bluff, AR., age 34, charged with driving on suspended license (8-17-14)

LaTasha Newton, 1003 Pierson St., Warren, AR., age 33, charged with batter 3rd x2 (8-17-14)

YMCA Has a Lot to Offer

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Carolyn Curry Honored for 50 Years of Service to Warren Bank and Trust

Mayor Bryan Martin reads a proclamation honoring Carolyn Curry's 50 years of service to Warren Bank & Trust.
Warren Bank and Trust held a special celebration Thursday, August 14, at 5:30 p.m. at the bank to honor Carolyn Curry for her 50 years of service to the bank.

Carolyn Curry has been a loyal employee of Warren Bank and Trust Company since June 1, 1964.  In over 50 years of service, Carolyn served the bank in various capacities including:  secretarial work, telephone operator, loan teller, loan processor, Assistant Cashier, Personnel Officer, Loan Officer, Vice President & Assistant Secretary.  Her dedication is to be commended.  The Warren Bank management, directors, and staff joined together to congratulate Carolyn Curry for a job well done.

The celebration included presentation of gifts and hors d'oeuvres by Jackie White and Opal Pully.

Hermitage Hires New Personnel

During the Hermitage School Board meeting conducted August 11th, several employees were hired .
Upon recommendation by Superintendent Tucker, the following were hired by the Board:
Gwen Huitt-Part-Time G/T coordinator/teacher
Ken Goodwin-Part-Time general labor
Tyler Day-general labor

Hired as bus drivers were-Danny Kelley, Mable Castleberry, Matt Huitt and Lee Campbell.

Cindy York resigned as a bus driver.

Property leases were discussed and the board voted to try to sell school owned rental properties except for the superintendents house and the principals house.  It is board policy not to allow pets in any school owned rental property.

Friday, August 15, 2014

148 Photos From Jacks' Friday Practice

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Warren Lions Club Votes To Support Railroad Depot Rennovation

During its August 13th meeting, the Warren Lions Club voted to support the effort of the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce to renovate and utilize the railroad depot on Cedar Street.  This will include helping raise money and providing labor to conduct work on the facility.  The Chamber is trying to secure sufficient funding to make repairs and improvements to the building.  Armstrong Foundation has contributed $2000.00.

The program for the meeting was provided by Lion Jody Currence who is the Dry End Superintendent for the Southern Mill owned and operated by Potlatch Corporation.  Mr. Currence introduced Bill Nocorrion who is the Senior Sales Manager for the Warren mill.  He reported that Potlatch business is very good and the Warren plant is the most productive of all of Potlatch's mills in the United States.  Mr. Currence stated that the Southern currently works 165 hourly employees and plans are being pursued to invest millions in the Warren plant.

It was stated that about 30% of the lumber shipped from Warren is delivered by rail.  The Warren mill generates around 200 million board feet annually.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Warren Branch Library to Hold Storytime on Thursdays

The Warren Branch Library will have storytime on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. for ages two to four and at 4:15 p.m. for ages K-five.

The library says, "We will read a short story, and they will participate in an arts and crafts activity.

Remember-Help Available at Tech Petting Zoo August 19 Warren Branch Library

Donovan Mays, with Arkansas connect will be here at the Warren Branch Library August 19 from 10-3 to present the Tech Petting Zoo.  He will bring a variety of devices and explain how to use them and how to get ebooks onto them, as well as assist with any devices you may want to bring in and ask questions about. (You can bring your laptop, phone, Ipad, Kindle, ect.)

Armstrong Foundation Makes Donation to Train Depot Restoration

Pictured from left to right: David King of the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce, Marty Reep of the Armstrong Witt Plant, and Keith Van Dee of the Armstrong Witt Plant
The Armstrong Foundation presented a check today, August 14, for $2,000 on behalf of the Witt Plant to the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce President David King as a donation to go towards the restoration of the Old Train Depot.

Making the presentation of the check to Mr. King was Marty Reep and Keith VanDee of the Armstrong Witt Plant.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

4-H Livestock Judging Team Competes in State 4-H O'Rama

The Bradley County 4-H Livestock Judging Team recently competed in the annual State 4-H O’Rama competition.  The results are as follows:  Team, 1st place; unofficial high point overall winner, Samantha Clanton; official high point overall winner, Baxter Harrod; 7th overall, A’Kay Wardlaw.  Other team and individual awards are as follows: Swine Team, 1st Place; Baxter Harrod, 1st Place Individual; A’Kay Wardlaw, 2nd Place Individual; Sheep Team, 2nd Place; Baxter Harrod, 2nd Place Individual; Emily Williams, 6th Place Individual; Cattle Team, 1st Place; Ali Hollingsworth, 1st Place Individual.  Reasons placement overall individual awards were:  Ali Hollingsworth, 1st Place;

Richardson Seeks City Council Position

Official Press Release from Tommy Richardson:

Warren businessman Tommy Richardson has announced his intention to run for Warren City Councilman, Ward 3, Position 2.  He has lived his entire life in Warren, except for schooling and military duty.

On graduating from Warren High School and then the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1968 majoring in general management, Tommy, in the meantime married his wife Cathy, who later served 20 years as Bradley County Circuit Clerk.

Tommy entered the logging business first with his dad, as manager, and later on his own until retirement in April 2013.

During this same 45 year period he served 37 years in the Army National Guard, including over a year in Iraq.  He retired from the Guard in 2005 as a Lietenant Colonel.

He and Cathy raised four children in Warren, and now spend much of their retirement time "doting" on their twelve grandchildren.  They are members of Immanuel Baptist Church where they are active in the choir.

Tommy's concern now is improving the city and community he has always called home.  "So much could be done for so little," Tommy says.  "First impressions(appearance) are important.  We need to work on this and go from there if we expect to attract new industry.

Tommy feels he can now best serve his community as a City Councilman.  An infusion of new personalities, ideas, experiences, and opinions is paramount to keeping up with the constant challenges of modern government.

Tommy would be running as an independent, as he believes local government cannot be labeled as that of one or two political parties.  "I'm for the Warren Party," says Tommy.  "My dad would be great as a Councilman," says Carole Lee Little, his daughter and another lifelong Warrenite.  Her husband Ben agrees.

Richardson states, "With several other such endorsements, I submit my name for Ward 3, Position 2, for consideration for city councilman this fall."

BREAKING NEWS: Mayor Martin Releases More Details About Poultry Plant

The Blue Rooster poultry deboning operation coming to Warren will serve Ozark Mountain Poultry, a company which specializes in quality, cage free, and all natural chicken products.
According to a press release sent out by the Mayor of Warren, Bryan Martin, a large scale poultry deboning operation called Blue Rooster will be opening soon in the City of Warren Industrial Park, creating an initial 100 jobs in the community.

The following is the official press release from Blue Rooster

WARREN, Ark., August 12, 2014 – Blue Rooster is finalizing plans to open a poultry deboning operation at 110 Industrial Park Drive in Warren, Ark.  Previously that facility had been operated by H&L, but it has been closed for four years.  Initial estimates are that there will be approximately 100 new jobs associated with this opening.  Work is already underway to get the facility ready for production in October of this year.  Mayor Bryan Martin has been instrumental in facilitating this opening.

Starting August 18, persons interested in employment may pick up an application at the Old Warren National Guard Armory located at 101 South Martin St.  The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services will take applications Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 8am to 4pm starting on August 18.  The company will also be taking applications at the Arkansas Department of Workforce office in Monticello, Arkansas Monday through Friday each week starting on August 18.

"Blue Rooster's decision to locate a poultry facility in Warren is great news for Southern Arkansas," Governor Mike Beebe said.  "We appreciate the City of Warren, the Arkansas Development Finance Authority and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission for working together to make this project possible."

Blue Rooster’s operation will primarily focus on deboning poultry for Ozark Mountain Poultry (OMP), a family-owned company based in Rogers, Arkansas. OMP produces more than 3 million pounds of antibiotic free poultry per week for the restaurant industry and its products are also available at a variety of grocery retailers throughout the country through its consumer based brand Forester Farmer’s Market.  OMP will also be a majority owner of the newly formed company.

Ronnie Hightower will serve as plant manager of the new facility and Jeff Coffman will be facilities manager.  Hightower and Coffman are also part owners of Blue Rooster.

Blue Rooster is leasing the former H&L facility through an agreement with the Arkansas Development Finance Authority(ADFA).  "ADFA is excited and Blue Rooster's and OMP's commitment to Warren and Bradley County," said Gene Eagle, ADFA President.

Mayor Bryan Martin stated, "this is a good day for Warren and a good day for Southeast Arkansas.  We welcome Blue Rooster LLC and it's parent company Ozark Mountain Poultry to our community."

OMP is a unique company.  According to their website, they operate by a strict "Growing Protocol."  They use "No Antibiotics - EVER."  OMP also states that they never feed their chickens animal by-products.  None of their chickens are ever given added hormones.

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"Our chicken is 100% all natural. We believe you should consume only what nature intended. There are no added chemicals, hormones or artificial ingredients in our chicken that you bring home to your family," states the OMP website.

The website continues, "We believe a low-stress environment results in healthier, tastier chicken. That’s why all of our chickens are raised at local family farms where they freely roam their barn. Our farmers must pass  rigorous third-party audits and animal welfare certification standards because key to living our philosophy is keeping flocks healthy. With clean houses, fresh water available at all times, healthy ventilation, a steady stream of natural nutrients, lighting to mimic the natural environment and climate controls (complete with a backup generator), we’ve found it’s not necessary to medicate our flocks to keep them healthy and growing. Our barns provide a top-of-the line home where our chickens can comfortably do as chickens do—flock together."


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

School Board Makes Personnel Moves, Begins Neurocognitive Testing of Athletes

The Warren School Board met Monday night for their regular monthly meeting.  The board listened to a presentation giving an update on Adult Education.

After returning from executive session, the board voted to accept the resignations of Anita Swift as Student Affairs Secretary, effective July 23 and Lucille Cherry, Brunson Cafeteria Position effective August 11.  The rescinded the offer of contract to Lt. Col. Craft as a result of officials of the Army letting the district know that he was not eligible for certification required by the army to be a JROTC instructor.

They approved the transfer of Marion Thomas from 5 hour cafeteria worker at WMS to 7 hour cafeteria worker at Brunson.  They also approved the transfer of Cindy May from WHS Media Aid to Student Affairs Office Secretary, and Marilyn Rauls from ABC Floater to ABC Para Pro.

"Let's Get Jazzed Up for Back to School" Event Held in City Park

A Back to School Jazz Fest was held in the Warren City Park Saturday, August 9 with special concert performance by Jubilation Jazz.  The event was free to the public and featured not only the concert but booths and other activities.

The Big Band sound has been enjoyed by listeners and performers for decades and seemingly is experiencing a revival as the younger generation is exposed to an interesting sound that is not common to their ears. Jubilation Jazz is  in  it’s tenth  year  of  providing a Christian witness in a non-traditional format. The purpose statement reads: To use the idiom of the big band sound as a means of presenting the gospel message to those who might never hear it otherwise.

Since the bands inception in 1997 they have been privileged to   perform in a wide variety of settings including outdoor festivals, concert halls, and church auditoriums.   Performances include:    Annual Springtime On The Mall, Blytheville; Daze Of Praise, Conway, in conjunction with Toad Suck Days; Sunday Concert, Humboldt, TN; The Southern Baptist Church Music Conference, Nashville, TN; Pink Tomato Festival, Warren; Freedom Celebration, Cabot & White Hall; White Hall Fall Festival; Lakewood Village Christmas Lighting; Arkansas State Capital Christmas Festivities; Two years at Silver Dollar City, Branson, MO; Church Outreach in Benton, NLR, Eureka Springs; Springfest, Heber Springs Arkansas; Church outreach Fort Smith, Arkansas;  Mid-Continent Bi-vocational Ministers Conference, Paducah, KY; Arkansas Bandmasters Convention; River Market Outreach,  Camp Aldersgate Ministries,  LR;  Church Concert and Outreach, Jacksonville, Texas

In June of 2002 & 2004, Jubilation Jazz participated in the Arkansas/Brazil Linkup through the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.  Each time the ten day trip centered around the city of Aracatuba, in the state of Sao Paulo, where the band traveled out each day  presenting concerts in churches, city parks activity centers and public and private schools, passing out hundreds of tracts and bibles.

In June of 2007, in cooperation with Global Missions Projects, the band traveled to Amman, Jordan to do musical outreach to the Muslim community and working with the band program of the Baptist School of Amman. The band presented three public concerts in the city of Amman.

Randall Herring of Warren is a member of Jubilation Jazz.


Warren Fire Department Responds To Cloverdale Fire

Two engines of the Warren Fire Department responded to a house fire at #13 Pinewood Dr. around 11:00P.M. August 9th.  The home, occupied by Jesus Torrez, was severely damaged inside.  Firemen estimate it suffered 50 to 75 percent damage.  No one was injured.

The cause is not determined but candles are suspected.  Twenty Warren Fire fighters were on hand to put out the fire.

Earlier in the day the Department was called to the helicopter pad just west of the hospital to wash up some fuel that leaked.  There were no injuries or serious problems from the incident.

Chief Howard Edwards reported that with school starting, the Fire Department will be conducting safety inspections.

Warren Police Chief Urges Caution As School Begins

It's time for school as Warren students, teachers and administrators go back to work for the 2014-2015 school year.  Teachers went to work August 11th in preparation for the year and students report August 18th.  Chief Randy Peek of the Warren Police Department is urging everyone to be aware of the increase in traffic, especially near and around the school campuses.  There will be more cars, buses and pedestrians moving around.  Please be careful and obey the speed limits and stop at all stop signs.  Be vigilant and keep an eye out for kids both driving and walking.

Parents and those transporting children to school should make themselves aware of where to drop off and pick up the students and the traffic flow near the schools.  Warren Police will be watching the school zones as the new year begins.

The Chief says to be alert and careful.