Conway Corp to flush city’s water mains

Conway, AR – Conway Corp is currently flushing the city’s water mains and will be working during April in the area of Centennial Valley east along Tyler Street to Harkrider Street. During the month, the area of Conway bordered on the south by Robins, the west by Farris Road to Prince Street, west to Country Club and north to Tyler will also be flushed.

Utility crews typically flush the water distribution system once a year to remove sediment and improve drinking water quality. When flushing, fire hydrants are opened, increasing the velocity of water moving through the pipes. Flushing removes sediments that may affect the water’s taste and color and is an essential preventive maintenance strategy for the water distribution system.

According to Water Systems Manager Lee Tedford, while a loss of water pressure is common, the process doesn’t typically interrupt water service. After flushing, tap water may appear “brownish.”

“Let your tap run for several minutes until the water released is clear,” Tedford said. “The colored water is unsightly, but still safe for consumption.”

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George Conway deletes tweets critical of Trump

Kellyanne Conway’s husband has begun deleting a series of tweets he posted in the last month that are critical of President Donald Trump.

George Conway, a conservative lawyer Trump once considered nominating as solicitor general, deleted several tweets that called attention to Trump’s legal woes, his difficulty in finding his next communications director and the White House’s later debunked denials of staff shakeups.

Most notably, Conway deleted a tweet that called Trump’s denials of reports that later turned out to be true "absurd" and sarcastically noted that "people are banging on the doors to be his communications director."

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His wife, counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, is among those who may take over as White House communications director — at least on an interim basis — following Hope Hicks’ departure.

"I have nothing to add," George Conway said when reached by phone Thursday.

Pressed as to why he deleted the tweets, he simply said, "no reason."

Conway also nixed a retweet of a clip of CBS’ "60 Minutes" piece on Stormy Daniels in which a former Federal Election Commission chairman Trevor Potter says the $130,000 payment to silence Daniels may have been an illegal campaign contribution.

He also undid a retweet in which a former associate counsel in President Barack Obama’s White House blasted Trump’s move to make White House officials sign nondisclosure agreements.

"Occasionally an official would ask us in the Obama White House Counsel’s Office if they could make their staff sign NDAs. We’d tell them no," Bassin’s tweet reads. "WH staff work for the public."

Conway also deleted a tweet in which he compared Trump’s later disproven denials of staff shakeup reports to former President Bill Clinton’s grand jury testimony amid his impeachment scandal.

"depends on what the meaning of the word ‘are’ is," Conway tweeted. The tweet was gone from his Twitter page on Thursday.

As of this report, Conway has not deleted the most recent tweet that drew attention to his Twitter feed, in which Conway referred to a report that Trump’s lawyer John Dowd discussed pardons with attorneys to Trump’s former aides.

"This is flabbergasting," Conway tweeted on Wednesday.

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Kellyanne Conway’s Husband Is Going Rogue

George Conway, husband of presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway and onetime candidate to be U.S. solicitor general, has historically not been a very active Twitter user. He joined the site over six years ago and has since sent just a few more than 500 tweets, including retweets. About 200 of those 500 tweets, though, have come this month — and of those, nearly half were written with the express purpose of castigating his wife’s boss, President Donald Trump.

Something has gotten into Conway, who most famously worked for Paula Jones in her lawsuit against Bill Clinton. The corporate lawyer tweeted not a single thing in 2015 (or if he did, he’s since deleted all those messages). Same goes for 2016. In 2017, Conway tweeted 31 times, none of which were retweets and six of which might be considered critical of President Trump. Those six received quite a bit of press at the time, since his wife’s vaguely defined role consists largely of defending the president at all costs.

After that, Conway tweeted mostly about sports or general government legal matters, steering clear of any direct Trump criticisms.

In January of this year, Conway shot off 10 tweets, all similarly benign. In February, however, he tweeted and retweeted a total of 43 times, starting with a retweet in praise of conservative columnist Mona Charen, who had blasted Trump from the stage of the Conservative Political Action Conference.

And this month so far, Conway has sent forth about 200 tweets and retweets, roughly half of which criticize Trump to varying degrees. The tweet below, in which Conway praises a thread questioning the timing of Trump’s ouster of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, seems to mark the beginning of the great George Conway Twitter reckoning of 2018.

Since then, Mr. Kellyanne Conway has been tweeting and retweeting like a lover scorned. Here’s just a small sampling of his weekslong pro-Robert Mueller, anti-Trump rampage.

And so on.

The March 23 tweet below received the most attention of the bunch, as it refers to a job that Kellyanne had been rumored to be under consideration for.

The Hill even briefly published a short post on the tweet, which can still be found in Google’s cache here. At some point in the hours that followed its publication, however, The Hill removed the story. The original link now takes you to a page reading, “Access denied.”

Whatever additional attention Conway has received over his flurry of Twitter activity certainly hasn’t slowed him down. Is George Conway so fed up with Trump’s assaults on the legal profession — his profession — that he simply can’t hold his feelings inside any longer? Would it be too wild a leap for a Trump Kremlinologist to think this might be a prelude to Kellyanne Conway’s own White House departure? What are dinnertime conversations like at the Conway household, one wonders?

We’ve reached out to George Conway and the White House for comment, but have not heard back. In the meantime, George, know you’re not alone.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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Tiny home community in the works to help homeless

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CONWAY, AR (KAIT/KATV) –

Tiny homes are a growing movement across the country, including right here in Arkansas.

A man from Conway is hoping that tiny homes will be a solution for homelessness in his community.

Phillip Fletcher is the founder of City of Hope Outreach (COHO), a non-profit organization that shelters those in need. He tells KATV there are around 200 homeless people in the Conway area.

"Every human being has this innate desire to have a place to live, to have some food in their stomach, and work," Fletcher said.

That’s why City of Hope Outreach is creating Hope Village.

Right now, it’s just an empty lot of land beside COHO’s building, but according to Fletcher, 10 tiny homes, all less than 1,000 square feet, will soon occupy the space.

Fletcher says the $30,000 plot of land is set to be home to nearly 40 people by the end of the year.

It could be the light at the end of the very dark tunnel for some homeless.

According to Fletcher, COHO has paid for about a third of the plot of land so far and the goal is to break ground fall of 2018.

Construction companies are currently placing bids for the tiny homes, meanwhile, COHO plans to start raising money for the project.

Go here to find out more about the project.

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Glen Davis Responds to Alleged Legal Troubles

After reports surfaced the Glen “Big Baby” Davis had been arrested on charges of drug possession and distribution last month, Davis released a video implying that he’s not guilty of what he was charged with.

“Don’t believe all that sh*t on the internet … they just mad because the black man got money.”

Glen Davis and his box of Popeyes responded to his alleged legal troubles. (via @DefPenHoops) pic.twitter.com/CF1ncX3Lyt

— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) March 17, 2018

Davis opens the video by stating:

It’s your boy Big Baby, man. Don’t believe all that shit on the internet. I will have my day in court, they’re just mad because the black man has money, man, just trying to keep a black man down, man.

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Does Home Bancshares Inc (Conway, AR) (NASDAQ:HOMB) Have A Place In Your Portfolio?

Dividends play a key role in compounding returns over time and can form a large part of our portfolio return. In the past 10 years Home Bancshares Inc (Conway, AR) (NASDAQ:HOMB) has returned an average of 1.00% per year to investors in the form of dividend payouts. Does Home Bancshares (Conway AR) tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis. See our latest analysis for Home Bancshares (Conway AR)

5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:

Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer? Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout? Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past? Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments? Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
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Home Bancshares (Conway AR) has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 44.66%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting lower payout ratio of 26.80%, leading to a dividend yield of 2.00%. However, EPS should increase to $1.76, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment. If dividend is a key criteria in your investment consideration, then you need to make sure the dividend stock you’re eyeing out is reliable in its payments. HOMB has increased its DPS from $0.04 to $0.44 in the past 10 years. It has also been paying out dividend consistently during this time, as you’d expect for a company increasing its dividend levels. These are all positive signs of a great, reliable dividend stock. In terms of its peers, Home Bancshares (Conway AR) generates a yield of 1.80%, which is on the low-side for Banks stocks.

Keeping in mind the dividend characteristics above, Home Bancshares (Conway AR) is definitely worth considering for investors looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, I urge potential investors to try and get a good understanding of the underlying business and its fundamentals before deciding on an investment. There are three fundamental aspects you should further research:

Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for HOMB’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for HOMB’s outlook.Valuation: What is HOMB worth today? Even if the stock is a cash cow, it’s not worth an infinite price. The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether HOMB is currently mispriced by the market.Other Dividend Rockstars: Are there better dividend payers with stronger fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.

To help readers see pass the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.

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California buyers pay $19M for west Little Rock apartment complex; Chenal retail space sells for $4.4M

The new owner of The Grove at Pleasant Valley Apartments in west Little Rock is planning upgrades.

RSJ Cameron, a limited liability company in Santa Cruz, Calif., plus about a dozen other entities also from California paid $19 million recently to buy The Grove at Pleasant Valley Apartments in west Little Rock.

Teresa Bruno, Canyon View’s regional manager for Arkansas, was familiar with The Grove at Pleasant Valley because she managed a nearby complex about 15 years ago.

"I remember what The Grove was like," said Bruno, who is based in Fayetteville. "Everyone wanted to live there."

Canyon View will make upgrades to The Grove, including cabinets, appliances, flooring and lighting fixtures, Bruno said.

Canyon View’s more than 200 investors are in California.

"You can buy a lot more with your money in the Midwest than you can in California," Bruno said.

The apartments previously sold for $16.5 million in 2003. The apartments, at 11900 Pleasant Ridge Road, were last appraised at $17.4 million.

The seller was Vintage Pleasant Valley LLC.

The three-story apartments, built in 1996, have 225 units, which means the price of The Grove at Pleasant Valley is equal to $84,444 per unit.

The buyers financed the purchase with a $13 million loan from Pine Bluff’s Simmons Bank. The mortgage has a maturity date of 2023.

Since about 2010, multifamily housing has become the "darling of commercial real estate," said Ted Bailey III, an owner of The Multifamily Group, which follows the Pulaski County apartment market and brokers sales.

"The market started to recover after the Great Recession," Bailey said. "If you look at the different property types, I think multifamily has outperformed even office properties. Historically, office properties had the most [properties sold]."

RSJ Cameron is affiliated with Canyon View Capital of Santa Cruz, an investment group that owns apartment complexes in Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

According to its website, Canyon View owns seven other apartment complexes in Arkansas — Chamberland Square in Fayetteville, the Cottages of Fort Smith, Country Meadows in Searcy, Crossing at Thornton Ferry in Hot Springs, Garden Park Apartments in Fayetteville, Southwind Place in Rogers and University Park Apartments in Conway.

Canyon View closed on another apartment complex recently, the Weddington Place apartments in Fayetteville, Bruno said. Weddington Place is the first independent senior living facility Canyon View has acquired, Bruno said.

CHENAL RETAIL

Haag-Brown Development LLC, an affiliate of Haag-Brown Commercial Real Estate & Development in Jonesboro, paid $4.4 million last month for 63,700 square feet of retail space, which now is home to a Marshalls, a Fit Factory and a vacant space next to the Kroger on Chenal Parkway, said Joshua Brown, who owns Haag-Brown with Greg Haag.

The Kroger Marketplace at 16105 Chenal Parkway opened in 2010.

Haag-Brown financed the deal with a $4.6 million loan from Batesville’s First Community Bank. The mortgage has a maturity date of 2023.

The property, which includes the building plus the land to the street, last appraised at $7.7 million.

The seller was Kroger Limited Partnership I.

Haag-Brown of Jonesboro normally operates as a commercial real estate broker in northeast Arkansas and as a buyer and developer outside its market, Brown said. Haag-Brown expects to close soon on a long-term lease with a national retailer not in central Arkansas, Brown said.

"We just love that area of Little Rock and felt like this was a good opportunity," Brown said.

Haag-Brown also develops real estate in Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.

EASTWOOD APARTMENTS

AndMark Eastwood Apartments LLC, a Los Angeles company, paid $2.8 million to buy a 96-unit apartment complex in Jacksonville last month.

The Eastwood Apartments are at 1011 S. James St. Included in the sale was 4.7 acres.

The seller was Carolyn J. Gray, Bartus M. Gray Jr., Gray Joint Revocable Trust and Carolyn Gray Trust II.

AndMark Eastwod Apartments financed the deal with a $2.3 million mortgage with Chambers Bank in Danville that matures in 2025.

The apartments were last appraised at $2.2 million. The Grays bought the apartments in 2012 for $657,000.

WAREHOUSE SOLD

OB CRE II LLC invested $1.1 million to buy Triangle Warehouse at 8001 Assembly Court in Little Rock last month.

It is near Baseline Road and Production Road.

The 91,000-square-foot warehouse was built in 1976. Included in the deal is 4.3 acres.

The warehouse and acreage was last appraised at $936,000.

BancorpSouth Bank of Tupelo, Miss., lent OB CRE II LLC $880,000 to help finance the purchase. The mortgage matures in 2038.

Richard O’Brien of Little Rock is the sole member of OB CRE II LLC, a Little Rock company. James Saxton is an officer of the business.

TRAMMEL GARDENS

Homebuilder Rausch Coleman Mid-Ark LLC sold six lots on Ridgemist Lane in the Trammel Gardens Phase I subdivision in North Little Rock to an affiliated company, ARG Little Rock LLC, for about $822,000 last month.

Rausch Coleman also sold six lots in the Graham Woods Phase II subdivision of Jacksonville to ARG Little Rock for almost $650,00 last month.

ARG Little Rock borrowed almost $1.5 million from Searcy’s First Security Bank for the Trammel Woods project. The loan matures in 2033.

ARG Little Rock also took out a loan on the Graham Woods development from First National Bank of Fort Smith for $2.2 million, with a maturity of 2020.

Rausch Coleman is the largest homebuilder in Arkansas, with homes in Northwest Arkansas, Sherwood, North Little Rock, Cabot, Beebe, Bryant, Alexander, Conway, Jonesboro and Jacksonville.

David Frye, an executive with Rausch Coleman, is also manager of ARG.

Rausch Coleman, which starts about 400 houses a year, has been in business for 60 years and built more than 20,000 houses. It also builds houses in the Kansas City, Mo., area, Oklahoma City, Tulsa and in Texas.

ROCK STREET UNITS

JCJ Holdings LLC of Memphis paid $430,000 last month to buy a five-unit apartment building at 920 Rock St. in downtown Little Rock.

The seller was GK Properties Inc., led by Glenn Kubeczka.

The building, constructed in 1961, last sold for $159,000 in 2000.

It was last appraised at $352,500.

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APSU Softball schedule changes this weekend due to rain

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Conway, AR – With the central part of Arkansas still getting heavy rainfall Saturday morning and into the afternoon, Austin Peay State University’s softball team will have a change to its schedule at the University of Central Arkansas Tournament.

Austin Peay Softball’s Saturday morning game was cancelled due to rain. (APSU Sports Information)

The Govs were to have played Kansas at 11:30am, but that contest has been cancelled and will be replaced with an 8:00pm contest — weather permitting — versus Stephen F. Austin.

Follow the Govs softball team on Austin Peay’s official athletics website Let’sGoPeay.com or on Twitter @AustinPeaySB for further information or updates.

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Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University men’s tennis team begins a seven-game road trip this weekend, starting with a 5:00pm, Saturday, February 3rd contest against Lipscomb and then traveling to Louisville for a 6:00pm start, Sunday.

Austin Peay Men’s Tennis travels to Lipscomb Saturday for 5:00pm match then heads to Louisville for 6:00pm Sunday game. (APSU Sports Information)
#18 Tennessee Vols vs. Oil Miss

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 | 5:00pm CT
Knoxville, TN | Thompson-Boling Arena | TV: SEC network

Tennessee Volunteers – UT Vols

Knoxville, TN – No. 18 Tennessee remains at home Saturday for a matchup with Ole Miss in Thompson-Boling Arena, where the Vols will look to extend their four-game winning streak. The game tips at 5:00pm CT and will be televised live on SEC Network and streamed online via WatchESPN.

The Vols (16-5, 6-3 SEC) are coming off an 84-61 victory over LSU at home, marking UT’s second 23-point win in as many games. Tennessee’s recent success has been a result of stellar defensive play, as the Volunteers are holding opponents to just 58.7 points per game over the last six contests. The group ranks as the No. 7 team in the country for defensive efficiency according to KenPom.

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Austin Peay (13-10 / 8-3 OVC) at Southeast Missouri (10-14 / 4-7 OVC)

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 | 4:15pm CT
Cape Girardeau, MO | Show Me Center

APSU Men’s Basketball

Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University men’s basketball looks to begin a road winning streak when the Govs travel to Cape Girardeau, Missouri to take on Southeast Missouri.

After back-to-back 90-point outings, the Govs defeated UT Martin, 59-57, in Thursday’s contest–their first win when scoring less than 60 points since January 24th, 2015.

Austin Peay Men’s Basketball looks to sweep Southeast Missouri Redhawks Saturday at the Show Me Center. (APSU Sports Information)
Nashville Zoo

Nashville, TN – Nashville Zoo is hosting a weekend job fair on February 11th–12th, 2018 from 9:00am–4:00pm for those interested in working at the Zoo during the 2018 busy season.

The Zoo is looking for quality employees who are available to work flexible hours on weekdays as well as weekends in the spring, summer and fall seasons

Representatives from the Zoo’s maintenance, horticulture, and guest services departments will be available to answer questions and receive resumes and job applications.

Seasonal positions include: guest services associates, groundskeepers, horticulture technicians and custodians.

Nashville Zoo Job Fair to be held February 11th-12th, 2018.
Austin Peay (12-10 / 5-6 OVC) at Southeast Missouri (11-12 / 6-5 OVC)

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 | 2:00pm CT
Cape Girardeau, MO | Show Me Center

APSU Women’s Basketball

Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team continues their four-game road swing 2:00pm, Saturday, February 3rd against Southeast Missouri.

The Govs are coming off a tough game at UT Martin, where the offense struggled to find production against the Skyhawk pressure.

Austin Peay Women’s Basketball travels to Cape Girardeau to take on Southeast Missouri Saturday afternoon. (APSU Sports Information)

Clarksville, TN – The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is featuring the mixed media art of Sloane Bibb in the exhibition Storied Elements.

The walls of the Crouch Gallery are a dreamland of wonders such as chickens in heels, women in dresses filled with flowers and birds, and a Bell jar of butterflies.

The Mixed Media Art of Sloane Bibb on display at the Customs House Museum.

Clarksville, TN – On Friday February 2nd, 2018, Clarksville Police Chief Ansley and The Red Cross recognized two officers, Donald Gipson and Darren Koski for their actions during an emergency situation.

Chief Ansley presented the officers with the prestigious Medal of Valor and Katy Hagstrom gave the officers a Red Cross Extraordinary Personal Action Certificate.

Clarksville Police Officers (L to R) Darren Koski and Donald Gipson with their Medal of Valors.
Michael McWhorter’s 45 years tops this year’s list
City of Clarksville – Clarksville, TN

Clarksville, TN – For Michael McWhorter, who’s worked for the Clarksville Gas and Water Department for more than four decades, the first day on the job remains among the most memorable.

“I was 18, just out of high school, and this was my first full-time job,” McWhorter said. “On the way to work that Monday, my car ran out of gas at the Kraft Street/Riverside Drive intersection., so I ran all the way to Gas & Water, which was on Public Square in those days. I was about five minutes late, but it turned out all right.”

Michael McWhorter, Materials Management Supervisor at Clarksville Gas and Water, accepts a 45-year service pin from Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan. He was the longest serving of the 285 City employees who received pins from McMillan during her annual employee service awards breakfast on Thursday.

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Clarksville, TN – Clarksville Gas and Water currently has water turned off on Seventh Street from Madison Street to Commerce Street to repair a water main leak. The road will also be closed to traffic. Area residents may experience low water pressure or water outage during the repair.

The road is anticipated to be reopened and the repair work complete by approximately 3:00pm.

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Clarksville, TN – During the winter break, a group of Austin Peay State University students and a staff member traveled to Flovilla, Georgia, for an Alternative Break Trip.

The group stayed in a cabin on Lake Macintosh in Indian Springs State Park.

APSU Students work with Park Rangers at Indian Springs State Park during Winter Break.Clarksville Montgomery County School System (CMCSS)

Montgomery County, TN – Montgomery Central Elementary is one of 63 U.S. schools to have been named a 2017 National Title I Distinguished School. Schools are selected either for exceptional student performance overall, for significantly closing the achievement gap between student groups, or for excellence in serving special populations of students. Montgomery Central was selected for excellence in serving special populations of students.

MCES recognized with Point of Pride at School Board meeting. From left, retired MCES principal Nancy Grant, Principal Loralee BeCraft, Assistant Principal Roshae Harrison, School Board member Josh Baggett.

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NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

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Greenbelt, MD – A slab of sandstone discovered at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center contains at least 70 mammal and dinosaur tracks from more than 100 million years ago, according to a new paper published January 31st in the journal Scientific Reports. The find provides a rare glimpse of mammals and dinosaurs interacting.

The tracks were discovered by Ray Stanford — a local dinosaur track expert whose wife, Sheila, works at Goddard. After dropping off Sheila at work one day in 2012, Stanford spotted an intriguing rock outcropping behind Shelia’s building on a hillside. Stanford parked his car, investigated, and found a 12-inch-wide dinosaur track on the exposed rock.

A model of a Nodosaur dinosaur sits inside what is believed to be the fossil of a Nodosaur footprint. The footprint was found by Ray Stanford a local dinosaur hunter. (NASA/Goddard/Rebecca Roth)Nashville Predators

Clarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators won an overtime thriller to begin their four game road trip tonight, against the New York Islanders, 5-4. Ryan Johansen tied the game with just under one minute in regulation, then THE captain, Roman Josi scored the game winner to earn the Predators the two points.

In what can only be described as one of the most exciting comebacks in Nashville Predators history, Nashville gets the win in a battle of goaltenders as Pekka Rinne and New York’s Jaroslav Halak put on a clinic.

Nashville Predators celebrate the game tying goal by center Ryan Johansen (92) against the New York Islanders during the third period at Barclays Center. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)
#15 Tennessee Vols at #24 Kentucky

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 | 6:00pm CT
Lexington, KY | Rupp Arena | TV: ESPN

Tennessee Volunteers – UT Vols

Lexington, KY – Playing its best ball of the season, 15th-ranked Tennessee heads to Rupp Arena on Tuesday night, February 6th for a showdown with rival Kentucky. The game is set to tip at 6:00pm CT and will be televised on ESPN for “Super Tuesday.”

The Vols (17-5, 7-3 SEC) enter the contest as winners of their last five games and eight of the last nine. During the stretch, defense has been the key for UT’s success. Tennessee has held its opponents to under 65 points in each of the last seven outings and now ranks 6th in defensive efficiency in the KenPom rankings.

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APSU Men’s Basketball

Brentwood, TN – Austin Peay State University men’s basketball team senior Averyl Ugba has been named adidas® Ohio Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Player and Newcomer of the Week.

Additionally, the forward from Silver Spring, Maryland was named College Sports Madness OVC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week.

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Clarksville Police Department – CPD

Clarksville, TN – The Clarksville Police Department wants to make the public aware, there is an illegal video being distributed through Facebook Messenger involving a young girl performing an illicit act with an adult male. It has been circulating across the country.

FIRST AND FOREMOST, DO NOT SHARE THIS VIDEO even if it appears to be coming from a friend. There is no purpose to forward, share, or view the video in an effort to catch to catch the perpetrator.

Child Pornography

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City of Clarksville – Clarksville, TN

Clarksville, TN – Leaders of the Clarksville Cycling Club met with Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan recently to discuss ways to promote bicycle-related activities in the Clarksville area.

Alex King, board member and past president, and Lawrence Mize also signaled support for the City’s efforts to create an advocacy group to promote a more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly community.

Clarksville Cycling Club members Lawrence Mize and Alex King present Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan with an official club riding jersey during a recent meeting at City Hall.

Clarksville, TN – On January 3rd, 2018, around 4:55pm, Clarksville Police Officers attempted a traffic stop in the area of Circle Drive when the tag on a maroon Blazer did not come back registered to the vehicle. The vehicle fled from the officers when the traffic stop was initiated.

It was later found behind a house on Woody Hills Drive. Officer Hudgin approached the vehicle, he heard voices, and started to yell verbal commands, at which time, Jason Evitts, appeared from the corner of the house with his hands up. When Evitts was told to get on the ground, he complied and was handcuffed by Officer McLaughlin.

(Top) Jason Ray Evitts and (Bottom) Levi Louis West

Clarksville, TN – Anyone passing through the Intercontinental Hotel in New Orleans last month might have paused at all the strange questions drifting out of the hotel’s meeting rooms.

“Are werewolves from Europe or Ancient Arabia?” “How did American soldiers fare during World War I?” “Why did Nashville legalize prostitution in the late 19th century?”

Austin Peay State University students give presentations at Biennial Phi Alpha Theta National History Conference.
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7th District of Tennessee

Washington, D.C. – At President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address, he invited a very important guest from our own Clarksville, TN. We all know that any person who signs up for the armed services already exhibits an extraordinary character.

The sacrifice that they, and their families, make to serve our country is beyond measure. Through their commitment to protecting our nation, we are forever in their debt. America is the greatest country on earth, but it can only remain so because of the selfless acts of those who serve in our military.

Honoring Staff Sergeant Justin Peck
Instant Peay Play – APSU Sports

Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s softball team will open its 33rd season of play this coming weekend, February 9th-11th, as it travels to Statesboro, GA, to participate in the Georgia Southern Eagle Round Robin.

This season-opening weekend will also mark the first games played under new Govs head coach Rodney DeLong, who was named the programs ninth head coach in June 2017 after serving on the coaching staff at Georgia Tech.

2018 Austin Peay State University Softball Team. (APSU Sports Information)
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Louisville, KY – Austin Peay State University men’s tennis team dropped a tough 7-0 decision against Louisville, Sunday.

The Govs (0-4) knew they had a challenge ahead with Louisville (4-3) boasting a ranked singles player and a ranked doubles pairing.

Austin Peay Men’s Tennis loses tough match to Louisville Sunday. (APSU Sports Information)

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15 Ineffective Areas Where You Might Be Wasting Your Ad Spend

It can sometimes be difficult to discern a clear return on investment with your marketing efforts. So many different activities now fall under the broad umbrella of marketing, and not all of them directly translate to sales.

While some indirect marketing efforts, like social media and blog posts, are worth their weight in brand awareness, other areas are simply a waste of time and money because they don’t resonate with customers. We asked Forbes CommunicationsCouncil members about the least effective advertising strategies. From non-targeted banner ads to vanity metrics, their best answers are below.

1. Offers That Haven’t Been Tested And Verified

Marketers who live by campaign schedules and promotions (as opposed to ongoing brand or inbound marketing) often find themselves burning their media dollars as they work to sell an offer that doesn’t hit home with their audience. Before the ads are bought and the emails are coded, it’s important to test the offer and learn if it’s compelling enough to warrant customer interest. – Clayton Root, XOR Data Exchange

In our extremely time-pressed world, it is helpful to schedule emails, social posts and promotions to deploy like clockwork. This efficiency is both a blessing and a curse. While we can keep communications flowing, we run the risk of becoming rote, not testing or listening to customers adequately and losing spontaneity in our communications. – Janine Robertson, Insect Shield Repellent Technology

3. Messages That Target Too Broad Of An Audience

Instead of focusing on one ad that will appeal to every person likely to use your service, define specific target personas for who you are trying to attract and cater each message to these individuals. Focus on attracting the right people with the right message — not casting a wide net. Targeted ads will help you spend less while driving a higher conversion rate. – Mandy Menaker, Shapr

4. Mass Sampling

Mass sampling is one of the hardest things to measure, as samples are often thrown away before they are ever used by consumers. Sampling is important and can be effective when done through networks that have loyal and engaged consumers who are excited to receive the samples, or through conferences and events. – Sherry Jhawar, Blended Strategy Group

5. Marketing Based Exclusively On Third-Party Data

Many marketers rely on third-party data from market research firms or trend analytics tools to determine what their targeted personas want instead of asking them. Strategically designed surveys that get to the heart of what your audience needs yield exponentially more engagement and conversions. Big data-based insights are unlikely to resonate with niche audiences. – Courtney Dale, ICM Consulting and Media Corporation

6. Non-Targeted Banner Ads

In the age of banner blindness, it’s hard for me to reconcile purchasing non-targeted banner ads, especially when social media channels like Facebook and search behemoths like Google make targeted digital advertising so lucrative — at no additional cost. – Amanda Hinski, Frost Valley YMCA

7. Marketing That Doesn’t Speak To The Customer’s Point Of View

As marketers, it can be easy to think of marketing in terms of the products we are trying to promote and the brands we are trying to build. In a connected world, interrupting customers to tell them all about our brands has become increasingly wasteful. Reaching modern consumers requires approaching them from their point of view — helping them solve their problems and connecting with their interests. – Serge Vartanov, AutoGravity

8. Unmemorable Branding Efforts

If you can put your competitor’s logo in your campaign and it would pass for one of their ads, you are not making the right impact. You need to make your campaign memorable and specific to your brand platform. That way, the brand recognition works harder for your money and not for your competitors. Don’t let your ad be one people can remember by the content but not the brand. – Heather Dueitt, Pescadero Marketing Group

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9. Vanity Metrics

Many great marketers waste money on ad words that bring impressions but not ideal customers. Vanity metrics based on clicks do not help the bottom line and do not allow companies to understand their ideal customers. Spending less on ads will allow you spend more money on campaigns that resonate with actual buyers. – Jennifer Mellon, Trustify

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Community Design Center Books Offer Solutions for Environmental Flooding, Senior Housing

This publication was selected for a 2018 Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design by the American Institute of Architects.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Two books published by ORO Editions in 2017 highlight projects developed by the University of Arkansas Community Design Center, an outreach program of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design.

The books are Conway Urban Watershed Framework Plan and Houses for Aging Socially: Developing Third Place Ecologies. The first fuses ecological engineering and urban design to address the water quality issues of an urban watershed, while the second focuses on the unique housing needs of an aging population.

Both were written and developed under the leadership of Steve Luoni, director of the Community Design Center and the Steven L. Anderson Chair in Architecture and Urban Studies in the Fay Jones School.

Conway Urban Watershed Framework Plan grew from a design project of the same name. The Community Design Center worked with the U of A Office for Sustainability to develop the plan, which addresses the impact of urbanization on the 42-square-mile urban sub-watershed that incorporates much of Conway in Central Arkansas.

Funded in part by a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency, the plan provides city planners and community designers with tools to retrofit a city with green infrastructure and open spaces that reduce the damages from increasingly frequent extreme rainfall events.

Such a plan would have helped the city of Houston and the Gulf Coast of Louisiana weather the effects of extreme flooding and a hurricane last year, Luoni said.

"Considering that city and watershed are distinct systems of flow, generating their own shape and structure across the landscape, how can city form fix the watershed when they occupy the same space?" he said. "City planners focus solely on the human element of design, while environmentalists ignore the issues cities face. We tried to reconcile those extremes in our plan."

The project was an interdisciplinary collaboration between architects, planners, engineers, economists and ecologists. The portfolio of infrastructural elements includes a sponge city gradient, green streets, water treatment art parks, urban eco-farms, conservation neighborhoods, parking gardens, riparian corridor improvements, lake aerators, vegetative harvesters and floating bio-mats, and a city greenway.

The plan won an international LafargeHolcim Acknowledgement Award in October and a 2017 Green Good Design Award for Urban Planning/Landscape Architecture by the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum for Architecture and Design. It also will be awarded a 2018 Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design by the American Institute of Architects during the AIA Convention and Expo in June.

Courtesy U of A Community Design Center

This publication received a 2016-17 Housing Design Education Award from the American Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the American Institute of Architects.

Houses for Aging Socially: Developing Third Place Ecologies grew from a concern that housing outside the nation’s urban centers does not adequately address the mobility, access and social needs of seniors.

"As Baby Boomers turn 65 at the rate of 10,000 per day over the next 20 years, we are finding that both the health care system and housing stock are overwhelmed by the scale of need," Luoni said. "Cooperative forms of living involving pocket neighborhoods, new types of housing fabrics and affordable design keep people in their houses so they don’t have to be institutionalized."

The book reworks components of the familiar single-family home to promote new levels of neighborhood connection — allowing residents to live alone but in close proximity to neighbors and friends. Design concepts such as connected hyper-porches, live-work patios and garage galleries used for pop-up businesses foster both neighborhood interaction and independent living.

"A majority of residents in senior homes are there due to social deficits rather than medical problems, as friends or family have moved on or their former homes were simply unaccommodating," Luoni said. "The key is to recombine housing types with care service platforms so that residents can ‘age in community’ while maintaining some independence."

The book is based on a housing master plan study for the town of Freeman, South Dakota, developed in part in a spring 2016 studio for Fay Jones School students. Funded by an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the project won a 2016-17 Housing Design Education Award from the American Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the American Institute of Architects.

Like all Community Design Center projects, the book uses a specific example to describe a larger transferable planning and design vocabulary that other communities can adapt to their needs, Luoni said.

"We’re offering a prototype for policymakers, city planners, designers and others to use," he said. "Both publications give us a vehicle to shape and codify design-based approaches to complex — or ‘wicked’ — social problems in which design has not yet been fully engaged."

An earlier book, Low-Impact Development: A Design Manual for Urban Areas, has sold more than 7,000 copies and has been translated into Chinese, Luoni said. That book was self-published with EPA funding in 2010.

The two books published by ORO Editions are the center’s first foray into work with a traditional publishing company. A third book for ORO, a monograph of Community Design Center work under Luoni’s leadership for the past 14 years, is under discussion, he said.

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