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EPA selects Pine Bluff site for investment grant to boost economy, leverage job creation

EPA selects Pine Bluff site for investment grant to boost economy, leverage job creation

DALLAS (EPA) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that the city of Pine Bluff, AR, will receive $200,000 to clean up a downtown site. Nationwide, 171 communities will receive 264 grants totaling $67 million in brownfields funding to clean and redevelop contaminated properties, boost local economies and leverage jobs while protecting public health and the environment.

“Over and over again, we have seen how Brownfields grants can kickstart the revitalization of a neighborhood,” said EPA Regional Administrator Ron Curry. “These grants will help Pine Bluff’s economy and increase the sustainability of the downtown community.”

‘THV in Your Town’ feature: Pine Bluff

‘THV in Your Town’ feature: Pine Bluff

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - I spent the day visiting Pine Bluff, walking around and going to different visitor centers. Before I visited the area, I posted on Facebook that I was going to Pine Bluff (See original post: http://on.kthv.com/1jbwVrA). Based on some comments left by folks there, I half-expected to find a city in shambles, with decrepit buildings and sporting a mere shadow of a by-gone era. I was pleasantly surprised to find exactly the opposite.

‘Stamp Out Hunger’ This Saturday, May 10th

‘Stamp Out Hunger’ This Saturday, May 10th

This Saturday, May 10, 2014, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) joins forces with the Arkansas Foodbank, United Way, the AARP Foundation and others to help Stamp Out Hunger in Little Rock and throughout Arkansas.  Letter carriers will fan out across the nation to pick up donated food on doorsteps and beside mailboxes as they deliver the mail.

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive, held annually on the second Saturday in May, has become the nation’s largest single-day food drive benefitting Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, and its network of food banks. Last year’s drive brought in 74 million pounds of food and provided assistance to the millions of Americans struggling to put food on the table.

Pine Bluff man overcomes misfortune, earns achievement award

  Pine Bluff man overcomes misfortune, earns achievement award

Thomas Hill Jr. of Pine Bluff has been named the area’s Department of Human Service Division of Services for the Blind (DSB) Consumer of the Year.

Because of his determination to overcome adversity and succeed at work, DSB Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Audrey Veasey nominated him for the award. “Mr. Hill has had misfortune after misfortune, but he keeps on.” He has persevered to become vocationally rehabilitated and employed again.

Hill almost lost his life when he was a passenger in a car accident. “It was July 5, 2001, and the doctor told my family I wouldn’t live to see July 6. They flew me by helicopter from Pine Bluff to Memphis.”

“I feel like I have a second chance,” Hill said. The car wreck caused him to have a traumatic brain injury that causes seizures. “The frontal lobe has a lot to do with your vision. I’m completely blind in my right eye and partially blind in my left eye.”

Arkansas Strong - How to Help

Arkansas Strong - How to Help

Following the deadly and devastating tornado that ripped through central Arkansas Sunday night, the following churches/businesses are accepting donations and recruiting volunteers to help victims:

DONATE to the Arkansas Dream Center Relief Fund: http://www.ardreamcenter.tv/give/

DONATE to the Arkansas Strong - Disaster Relief Fund through the local chapter of the American Red Cross: http://on.kthv.com/1iDi6m5

DONATE to the KSSN 96 Storm Aid Fundraiser:http://www.kssn.com/pages/stormaid.html

How to help in Center Hill, Ferndale, Saltillo, Black Oak

How to help in Center Hill, Ferndale, Saltillo, Black Oak

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Many THV11 Facebook viewers have asked how they can help in the recovery process in areas such as Black Oak Ranch, Saltillo, Center Hill, and Ferndale. The details are listed below:

Black Oak Ranch & Saltillo

To assist in these areas, visit the Liberty Fire Department on Highway 64 in Conway. Representatives at this location will direct volunteers. For information on what's needed, call (501) 328-9900.

Center Hill

To help in Center Hill, visit the Center Hill Fire Department on Highway 36 in Searcy. Representatives will direct volunteers from there.

Arkansas Foodbank's Empty Bowls event

Arkansas Foodbank's Empty Bowls event

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The 12th annual Empty Bowls event was held Thursday in Little Rock.

It's the Arkansas Foodbank's largest running and most consistently successful fundraiser. Our very own Tom Brannon emceed the event, where Arkansas artists create works of art for the auction.

Along with great art, there was also a food court of sorts featuring some of Little Rock's top-rated restaurants.

The Foodbank is celebrating 30 years of feeding the hungry this year.