State representatives Marshall Wright, D-Forrest City, and Reginald Murdock, D-Marianna, each said they are happy to see the fiscal session coming to an end and the 2014 debate over private option in the Legislature’s rearview mirror.
Daylight Saving Time is coming on Sunday, and Forrest City Fire Chief Johnny Ruffin reminds residents to take the opportunity to inspect smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
Parts of Forrest City and St. Francis County are returning to some sense of normalcy after Sunday’s winter storm dropped freezing rain, sleet and snow across the area, canceling classes at area schools and causing logjams on most area roadways.
State Sen. Keith Ingram, D-West Memphis, is requesting a joint meeting of the Senate Transportation, Technology and Legislative Affairs Committee and the House Public Transportation Committee to review and discuss the highway problems that occurred across the state following Sunday’s ice storm.
Area emergency officials had their hands full for another day on Tuesday, providing motorists stranded on Interstate 40 with an assortment of items as they waited for area roadways to clear.
The winter storm that snarled traffic, left many residents without electric service and closed area schools is now forcing a delay in garbage collection for customers of the Forrest City and St. Francis County solid waste departments.
State senators Ronald Caldwell, R-Wynne, and Keith Ingram, D-West Memphis, say they are happy the private option issue is now behind the Legislature and are looking forward to the end of the fiscal session next week.
Forrest City Lady Mustangs coach Bobby Harris didn’t practice his team over the weekend and on Monday wasn’t sure if he was going to be able to get in a practice session before the Class 5A state tournament starts play on Thursday.
Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department officials are doing what they can to make area roadways passable, but still urging motorists to stay home until this most recent round of winter weather clears the area.
Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe is sending in National Guard units and the Arkansas Game and Fish Department to assist Arkansas State Police troops in Eastern Arkansas with motorists who are stranded on area roadways.