Fort Smith

The Fort Smith Police Department is naming the first two officers that will be part of its new Crisis Intervention and Mental Health Unit. The goal of the initiative is to be a bridge between people with mental illness and mental health resources in the community. The new unit will have four officers by the end of the year.

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Fort Smith City Director Keith Lau has recommended a new workforce initiative that would create a partnership between city hiring and organizations that help residents living in poverty. Lau says the city employs about a 1,000 people and some of those positions can be earmarked for residents seeking higher paying jobs.

The First 100 Families initiative in Fort Smith, which is spearheaded by Restore Hope Arkansas, aims to keep children out of the foster care system by bringing together organizations and agencies to provide wrap-around services to help struggling parents. The collaborative includes the Sebastian County Department of Human Services, as well as nonprofits that provide everything from shelter to parenting classes.

Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, examines the Fort Smith economy and offers thoughts on the city's economic future.

The U.S. economy lost $915 million following the historic flooding along the Arkansas River this year. That's according to Bryan Day, the director of the Little Rock Port Authority, who spoke at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service this week.

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Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, discusses the Fort Smith budget process, the latest tourism economic numbers and the legacy of Jack Moseley. Moseley, a longtime journalist in Fort Smith, died this week.

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As the second largest city in the state, city leaders in Fort Smith believe it is time to establish a city-owned city hall instead of continuing to lease space in the Stephens Production building downtown. City Administrator Carl Geffken says he is currently looking at an existing building that could be repurposed.

A Tale of Two Parks

Oct 25, 2019
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Michael Tilley, with Talk Business and Politics, discusses the possible sale of a failed park project in Fort Smith and the dedication of another park that had the city celebrating.

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When it became clear one of her students did not have the hygiene products she needed at home, Northside High School math teacher Paige Turney jumped into action. She created a Needs Closet where students can get everything from toothpaste to shampoo to laundry detergent to tampons and pads.

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Fort Smith's new police chief was sworn in Friday morning after six months of working in that position on an interim basis. Danny Baker says, going into the future, his focus will be on 21st Century Policing, diversity efforts, bettering the dispatch center and creating a crisis stabilization unit.