VILONIA, Ark. (AP) - Crews have resumed the construction of a Vilonia school after much of their work was destroyed in a tornado. KTHV-TV reports that the project was several weeks away from completion when hundreds of hours of labor were destroyed in just a few minutes. Project manager Lance Wright says construction of the 95,000-square-foot intermediate school was more than 90 percent complete before the tornado hit. The school was set to open its doors this week, but Wright says mother nature had other plans.
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - Fort Smith officials have announced the city will use a $1.8 million grant to add fluoride to its water system. The Southwest Times Record reports city officials authorized the execution of a fluoride grant agreement between Fort Smith and the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation. The grant stipulates that Fort Smith complete the project within 18 months.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Valley Authority's board has voted to retire the coal-fired Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis, Tennessee and replace it with a natural-gas facility. TVA had committed to install emission controls or retire Allen's coal units by December 2018 under a 2011 agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency.
SUCCESS, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas State Police say a Missouri man is dead after crashing his bicycle into an oncoming vehicle in northeastern Arkansas. State police say 72-year-old Johnie Brooks of Naylor, Missouri died Wednesday at Arkansas 328 and U.S. 67 in Clay County.
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