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August 22nd, 2014

Lamont Cornwell accepts position with SCEDC

August 22, 2014

Mayor David Mattingly today announced a change to the city’s organization. Lamont Cornwell, the Director of Economic and Community Development is retiring effective September 5, 2014. He will be taking on a new challenge. He will become the Executive Director of the Saline County Economic Development Corporation.

“Lamont has been an important part of Benton’s success over the past 4 years,” said Mattingly, “and I am going to miss his daily presence, but I know he is not leaving our city, he is going to be working for all the citizens of Saline County.”

August 21st

Aid group: U.S. doctor who had Ebola has recovered

August 21, 2014

ATLANTA — At least one of the two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa has recovered and was to be discharged Thursday from an Atlanta hospital, a spokeswoman for the aid group he was working for said.

Alison Geist, a spokeswoman for Samaritan's Purse, told The Associated Press she did not know the exact time Dr. Kent Brantly would be released but confirmed it would happen Thursday. Emory University Hospital planned to hold a news conference Thursday morning to discuss both patients' discharge.

Jonesboro paper says police chief bullied reporter

August 21, 2014

JONESBORO — The publisher of the Jonesboro Sun newspaper wants the city police chief to quit, saying the chief bullied a reporter into quitting by making a series of derogatory statements about her on Facebook.

In a story published Wednesday, Sun Publisher David Mosesso said Chief Michael Yates had maligned Sunshine Crump's character and was interfering with The Sun's ability to conduct its business.

"Any other entity would have already fired or suspended an employee who made these types of vindictive comments," Mosesso said.

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