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Arkansas Tech Business Index adds Benton

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (April 14, 2016)--The Arkansas Tech Business Index, a project created by the Arkansas Tech University College of Business and sponsored by Arvest Bank, has added Benton to its tracking matrix beginning with the January 2016 ratings.
    
Benton made its debut on the ATBI with a rating of 104.28, making it one of 10 cities with a rating above 100 for January 2016. By bringing Benton into the mix, the ATBI now tracks 19 Arkansas municipalities on a monthly basis.

The Arkansas Tech Business Index is a comprehensive measure that provides a snapshot of economic activity around the Natural State. It encompasses a labor index, housing market index, construction index and retail sales index. The index is based around 100. A city rating above 100 indicates that the city is currently doing better than the state average from 2009 to the present.

Officials fight spread of Chronic Wasting Disease

Officials fight spread of Chronic Wasting Disease

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Last month, The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission confirmed an elk was the first case of Chronic Wasting Disease in the natural state. Since then, two deer have also tested positive for the deadly disease.

While the disease can’t be contracted to humans, it is still something Arkansans should take seriously.

How to find out about road conditions; it’s not by calling 911

How to find out about road conditions; it’s not by calling 911

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – With more winter weather in the forecast, many will soon want to know about road conditions. Here is a look at different ways you can learn about the current road conditions in your area:

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Check out iDriveArkansas.com.

Arkansas Tech prepares 37,000 meals for local relief organizations

Arkansas Tech prepares 37,000 meals for local relief organizations

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. -- More than 300 volunteers from the Arkansas Tech University community and the surrounding area packed 37,000 meals for neighbors in need during an event coordinated by The Pack Shack Saturday morning at the W.O. Young Building Ballroom.
    
Those in attendance needed just one hour to pack the cheesy rice and vegetable meals, which were given to local service organizations for distribution to the food insecure in the Arkansas River Valley.
    
“This was a fun way to do something very useful for our community,” said Susie Nicholson, vice president for student services and university relations. “The students had a good time working together for a common cause. It was the perfect way to start our Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.”
    

Wildlife Habitat Improvement Work planned for Corps’ parks in Russellville

Wildlife Habitat Improvement Work planned for Corps’ parks in Russellville

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Corps of Engineers will be constructing two food plots about two acres in size on the south side of Bona Dea Trails and Sanctuary. 

A small dozer will prepare the ground for planting by removing small trees and underbrush.  Trees beneficial to wildlife such as oak, black cherry, and some maples will remain, while trees such as sweet gum, elm, black willow, and box elder will be removed. 

Removing unwanted vegetation allows sunlight to reach the food plots, while leaving beneficial trees to compliment the clover, rye, oats and winter wheat being planted. 

About two acres of food plots at Old Post Road Park in Russellville were recently planted for wildlife benefit and increased viewing opportunities near the campground and disc golf course.

Springdale leads Arkansas Tech Business Index for first time

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (September 24, 2015)--There is a new leader on the Arkansas Tech Business Index, a project created by the Arkansas Tech University College of Business and sponsored by Arvest Bank.
   
Springdale took the top spot for July 2015 with an index rating of 106.38, an increase of 1.09 points over June 2015. It is the first time in the 19-month history of the ATBI that Springdale has held the No. 1 position.
   
Three municipalities saw similar increases for July 2015. El Dorado (+1.50), Pine Bluff (+1.32) and Russellville (+1.28) also saw their ATBI rating jump by more than one point.
   

Four named Arkansas Teacher of the Year state finalists

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Four outstanding teachers were named 2016 Arkansas Teacher of the Year state finalists at a recognition event today with Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key. 

“Selecting just four teachers from an exceptional group of talented educators was a difficult process,” Key said. “The four state finalists chosen, however, have demonstrated leadership, knowledge and the ability to inspire students in the classroom. I congratulate them, as well as their administrators and fellow educators.”

The four state finalists are as follows:

Meghan Ables

11th Grade English/Literacy
Stuttgart High School
Stuttgart School District
Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative 

Brenda Galliher