Author Archive: Meredith Martin-Moats

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The more things change, the more they stay the same

The more things change, the more they stay the same

It’s another hot, hot day in Yell County. All the garden weeding must be done before 8 a.m or after 6 p.m. when the sun isn’t directly overhead. When pulling out the thick Bermuda grass even our red clay soil is hot to the touch. Similarly, the first sprays of water coming out of the […]

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July 1, 2018 | By More
Johnson Regional Medical Center

Johnson Regional Medical Center

Johnson Regional Medical Center is locally owned and operated and has been serving Johnson, Logon, Franklin and Pope Counties since 1922. Michael Dorsey, CEO of JRMC, says that the services offered at JRMC are “tailored to the needs of the community. We have a strong primary care base of local physicians supported by a group […]

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A Man of Vision

A Man of Vision

Tom Cogan is working on a hand-built cedar canoe when I arrive outside the large geodesic dome he uses as a work space. His dog, Scout, comes up to say hello. Tom calls the large building the boat shed because his father used to build boats inside its angular walls. Now he’s building his own, […]

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Brookdale – Senior Living Solutions

Brookdale – Senior Living Solutions

Brookdale Russellville is a unique assisted living community serving the River Valley and is part of a national network of Brookdale facilities around the nation. Opened in 1996 and located near Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, the Veterans VA Clinic, Millard-Henry Clinic, and Russellville Family Clinic, the facility offers 80 apartments including one and two […]

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AR SAVES in the River Valley: stroke awareness and new technology saves lives

AR SAVES in the River Valley: stroke awareness and new technology saves lives

May is National Stroke Awareness month, a nationally recognized partnership between the National Stroke Association, the American Heart Association, and a myriad of nonprofits to educate the public about the prevention of stroke and to support stroke survivors. The National Stroke Association calls a stroke a “brain attack” occurring when blood flow to an area […]

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Luxury Pool and Spas

Luxury Pool and Spas

Jeremy Lawson, co-owner of Luxury Pools and Spas, grew up in the pool business. He says his grandfather first started selling pools decades ago when there was only one rectangular option. His family founded Luxury Pools and Spas back in 1976. With his father at the helm and he and his brother Shane grew up […]

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Home Waters

Home Waters

One early morning a few weeks ago I stepped onto my porch and heard a roar coming from under the hill. It took me a moment to realize that the heavy rains and regional flooding that had washed out the low water bridges and turned our front yard into a lake had also taken the […]

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Something new under the sun

Something new under the sun

Clarksville’s 42-acre solar plant is highly visible along Interstate 40, its twenty-thousand plus solar panels reflective and geometric. Once inside the plant’s gates, visitors find a surprisingly simple setup: the panels themselves are attached to steel beams, a few wires, and metal boxes connected to the city grid. The panels are lined up in long […]

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Central Beekeepers Supply

Central Beekeepers Supply

John Smith, owner of Central Arkansas Beekeepers Supply in Russellville, first learned bee keeping from his father when he was a young boy. “My dad would extract honey from wild bees,” he explains. “Later he turned to keeping them in captivity. World War II was the only time he didn’t keep them,” John adds. John […]

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Scott Dorminy – Farmers Insurance

Scott Dorminy – Farmers Insurance

Shopping for insurance can be confusing and overwhelming. That’s why Farmers Insurance agent Scott Dorminy focuses on educating clients and working with them to find the best possible policy for their lives. “Working in insurance has taught me that people often don’t know their plans until they have to file a claim,” he explains. With […]

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