Benton Advertising and Promotion Commission has selected Fairfield Inn & Suites as the hotel chain to anchor the development of the events center being built in Hickory Square Shopping Center.
The chain, a Marriott brand, unanimously was approved by members of the commission.
Commission chairman Mark Fikes said three different hotel chains had expressed interest in locating in Benton and each had initiated the paperwork required by the commission for consideration in the project.
A campaign letter circulated among Republican voters in Hot Springs Village last May created a controversy regarding the origin of the letter and the individual/individuals responsible its mailing.
The letter, appearing to be written on letterhead from the Myka Bono Sample campaign, contained statements regarding several political campaigns that were ongoing at the time.
Sample, who was challenging incumbent Dennis Milligan for the Saline County Circuit Clerk's position at the time, said she did not write the letter and it did not come from her campaign.