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BBB: Watch for post-disaster 'red flags'

BBB: Watch for post-disaster 'red flags'

The damage caused by natural disasters such as floods and tornadoes can often bring out the best in people, as strangers reach out to help others in need. Unfortunately, the aftermath of a crisis also brings out persons who take advantage of those who have already been victimized.

Some of the most common "after-disaster" scams involve home repairs, clean-up efforts, heating and cooling equipment and flood-damaged cars.

The Better Business Bureau has the following advice for consumers:

It's not too late for Christmas deliveries

It's not too late for Christmas deliveries

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - If you still haven't sent out your holiday gifts yet, you still have some time, and a few options. Though the deadline for pre-Christmas delivery via FedEx Ground is December 17th, last-minute shippers still have options. More than 82 percent of all packages shipped via FedEx Ground are delivered in three business days or less. Plus, procrastinators have until Saturday, December 22nd to ship items via FedEx Express for delivery in the continental U.S. on December 24th.   

As online and in-store shoppers check off their lists, FedEx expects to see more than 280 million shipments pass through its worldwide shipping networks during the holiday season. To manage the extra volume, FedEx has increased its workforce by approximately 20,000 seasonal positions.

(source: FedEx)

D&S Produce earns Good Handling Practices Certification

D&S Produce earns Good Handling Practices Certification

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – D&S Produce, Inc., of Pine Bluff has earned Good Agricultural Practices and the Good Handling Practices certification making it one of the first produce companies in Jefferson County to pass the voluntary independent audit of produce suppliers by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Certification insures buyers that the fruits and vegetables they purchase from certified handlers are produced, packed, handled and stored in the safest way possible to minimize risks of microbial food safety hazards.

Simmons First succession announced

Simmons First succession announced

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - Dr. Harry Ryburn, Lead Director of Simmons First National Corporation announced the anticipated retirement of J. Thomas May to be effective December 2013.  Dr. Ryburn announced that George Makris, a longtime director, will succeed J.

Simmons announces stock repurchase program

Simmons announces stock repurchase program

PINE BLUFF, Ark. -- J. Thomas May, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ-GS: SFNC), has announced the substantial completion of the existing stock repurchase program and the adoption by the Board of Directors of a new stock repurchase program. The new program authorizes the repurchase of up to 850,000 shares of Class A common stock or approximately 5 percent of the shares outstanding. The shares are to be purchased from time to time at prevailing market prices, through open market or unsolicited negotiated transactions, depending upon market conditions.

Under the repurchase program, there is no time limit for the stock repurchases, nor is there a minimum number of shares that the Company intends to repurchase. The Company may discontinue purchases at any time that management determines additional purchases are not warranted.

Small business, micro-enterprise training offered

Small business, micro-enterprise training offered

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - Realizing the dream of small business ownership is within reach through Small Business/Micro-Enterprise training offered by the Economic Research and Development Center (ERDC) at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). Whether you want to jump start an idea or give your current business a boost, the Operation JumpStart: First Step program can meet both objectives.

Offered Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning June 5, the six-week course is a nationally-recognized, highly successful training model delivered to individuals considering starting or expanding a small business.  The Operation JumpStart: First Step curriculum teaches participants essential small business planning and preparation skills with practical hands-on training.  For information on Operation JumpStart, please visit www.operationjumpstart.biz.

Chambliss, McGraw elected to Simmons board

Chambliss, McGraw elected to Simmons board

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - Simmons First National Bank recently announced the election of Dean Chambliss and Johnny McGraw to the Board of Directors according to J. Thomas May, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

May commented, “We are honored that both Dean Chambliss and Johnny McGraw have accepted the nomination to serve on the Board of Directors for Simmons First National Bank. These two individuals bring a tremendous level of first hand experience to the board, especially in regards to the agricultural industry in Southeast Arkansas, which is an extremely important part of our business.”