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NAACP asks for Pine Bluff Alderman's resignation


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV)- The state NAACP is demanding a Pine Bluff Alderman step down over what they say was a racist remark on social media. While discussing crime rates on Facebook, Alderman Bill Brumett misspelled a person's last name.

Members of the NAACP say it was intentional. The group officially announced Tuesday that Alderman Brumett deliberately used the term toward Pine Bluff native and author, Jimmy Cunningham.

The incident happened last week on Facebook after both Cunningham and Brumett discussed crime rates statistics in the area. Cunningham's mother read part of the comment aloud. "You don't know all you say is not happening Mr. Cooningham- as I said I know the details and use of data-don't talk down to me you pompous.."

Just days after his partially collapsed building was condemned by the city of Pine Bluff, Garland Trice is firing back telling THV he has no plans to tear it down.


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – Just days after his partially collapsed building was condemned by the city of Pine Bluff, Garland Trice is firing back telling THV11 he has no plans to tear it down.

Trice's 100-year-old former Sahara Temple building sits virtually untouched after the roof caved in last July, but he says he is planning to restore it in the future. "I have not physically drawn up any plans," he told THV11. "What I have done is I've spoken with various contractors so the rush to judgment here…there's no reason for it."

New rankings show Benton Co. is healthiest county in Arkansas

New rankings show Benton Co. is healthiest county in Arkansas

Arkansas (KTHV) - The 2015 annual rankings for healthiest county in Arkansas have been released.

Rankings announced by the American Heart Association show that Benton County is the healthiest in Arkansas, while Lafayette ranked the least healthiest. 

According to County Healthy Rankings, the five healthiest counties in Arkansas, starting with most healthy, are Benton, Washington, Boone, Saline and Faulkner. 

According to recent studies, the counties that have the highest rank in health also have higher college attendance, fewer preventable hospital stays and better access to parks and gyms. The least healthy counties tend to have more smokers, more teen births and more alcohol related car crash deaths. 

According to the Rankings reports, following national trends were also revealed:

Pine Bluff police searching for gas station car thief

Pine Bluff police searching for gas station car thief

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – The Pine Bluff Police Department is searching for locating a man responsible for a stolen vehicle at a local gas station on Sunday, March 15.

The incident occurred at the 2500 block of Cherry St at about 6:18 p.m.

According to police, the victim stopped at a gas pump and went inside the establishment. However, when he returned, his vehicle was gone.

Pine Bluff student travels through history


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - A look back on history turned into an incredible experience for one Pine Bluff teenager. From the natural state to the nation's capitol, he retraced the footsteps of those before him.

"In order to know where you're going, you have to know where you've come from," Fells said.

High school senior William Fells knows that those before him had a long road to travel.

"Everything they fought to give us and all of their blood shed- it will be for nothing if we don't try to uphold that in today's period of time," he said. 'The decisions they made back then, they're still impacting us today."

It's a trip that not everyone gets the chance to take. Sponsored by the National Alliance for Faith and Justice, Fells was one of just two Arkansas students in the state to attend. His mentor, Jesse Turner, joined him on the journey.

More details on history of attack dogs in Pine Bluff


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Documents are pointing to more reports of vicious dog attacks that occurred at CJ's Garage in Pine Bluff within the past year.

The most recent was on March 15. Unfortunately for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, that victim was not cooperative in providing much information. Major Lafayette Woods explained, "Refused to identify himself and provide a name. He did indicate however that the dog attack occurred at 300 Thomas Road, CJ's Garage."

The attack before this occurred in July of 2014. Roger Frazier explained, "Five of the dogs, the pit bulls came under his gate and just tore me up." Authorities responded and the business owner was cited. "During that instance, Mr. Smith was cited under our vicious animal ordinance," Woods added. This violation required the owner of the dogs to pay a fine of $165 and pen his dogs up for 10 days.

Body of missing man found near Gurdon

Body of missing man found near Gurdon

CLARK COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Clark County Search and Rescue crews have found the body of a missing person.

Sheriff Jason Watson said the body of 24-year-old Wesley Livingston was found Tuesday sometime around 7:30 p.m. five miles from the Georgia Pacific plant in Gurdon where he worked.

Livingston was reported missing March 10. Following the issue of the missing person report, Clark County Sheriff's Office along with Ashley County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Game and Fish Department, Arkadelphia Police Department, Gurdon Police Department, the Clark County Office of Emergency Services and other law enforcement agencies throughout southwest Arkansas joined efforts in the search for Livingston. 

According to police, the initial discovery of Livingston's body suggested that his death was self-inflicted.