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Joey the Garden Cat: A TV Sensation

Joey the Garden Cat: A TV Sensation

Doris James is a freelance writer and former broadcaster from Arkansas, and a big fan of Joey the Garden Cat. You can follow her online as MizBejabbers.

During an evening newscast at a local television station, a slender gray striped cat hops upon the news desk. Anchor Liz Massey smiles and says, “Oh, here’s Joey.” The cat sits on the desk and gives the camera a green-eyed stare as Liz and fellow-anchor Craig O’Neil carry on with the newscast. The privileged feline is Joey the Garden cat who is a staff member of KTHV, the CBS affiliate in Little Rock, Arkansas. Joey has become a big TV celebrity in Arkansas and his fame is spreading nationally.

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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.

2 arrested on multiple charges after fight

GARLAND COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) -- A local couple who reportedly had a fire burning Saturday in violation of the countywide burn ban are soon facing several other charges after allegedly fighting with Garland County Sheriff's deputies.

Nathan Roger Johnson, 28, and Brittney LeAnn Johnson, 20, both of 615 Elk Horn Loop, were taken into custody at their residence shortly before 9:30 p.m. and both charged with misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and obstructing government operations, punishable by up to one year in jail.

Brittney Johnson was also charged with a felony count of second-degree battery for allegedly striking a firefighter and Nathan Johnson was also cited for public intoxication, resisting arrest and violation of the burn ban ordinance.

Regular hours return to Hot Springs National Park

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Summer hours are coming to an end at Hot Springs National Park.

The park is to return to regular hours starting Sunday for its store and visitor center.

Regular hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., which apply to the Fordyce Bathhouse Visitor Center and Museum and the Bathhouse Row Emporium inside the Lamar Bathhouse.

Both are on Central Avenue.

Daily tours at the Fordyce Bathhouse will be at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and the park will conduct a fitness walk at 1 p.m.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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Yarnell's coming back to Purple Cow restaurants

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - When Yarnell's closed down last summer, the Purple Cow restaurants were more than sad to see it go. Yarnell's Purple Vanilla Ice Cream was used for their signature Purple Milkshake.

Now, more than a year after the business closed it's doors, its back up and running. Monday, Scoop and Told Gold, President of the Purple Cow, stopped by "Today's THV This Morning" to announce the partnership is back on!

Yarnell's Ice Cream is back again, this time in The Purple Cow Restaurants in Little Rock and Hot Springs.

Beginning Monday,Yarnell's purple vanilla - as well as Purple Cow exclusives orange sherbet and mint chocolate chip ice cream - will be back at all three locations.

To celebrate the occasion, the first 100 customers at each Purple Cow location Aug. 16-17 during the designated times will receive a free purple milkshake!

Thursday, Aug. 1611 a.m.-2 p.m.The Purple Cow, 1490 Hidgon Ferry Road, Hot Springs  

Ark. Dept. of Health pushes for child immunizations before school

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) --  We all want this school year to be a good experience for our children. Help keep your kids well and protect them against illnesses spread by other people. You can get vaccinations and check to see if their shots are up-to-date at your family doctor's office or at your local health unit.

While you're at it, this is the perfect time to make sure that everyone in the family is current on all the vaccine protections that they need.

Attorney General's office hosts missing person's event

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (August 10, 2012) - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and several state and federal law enforcement agencies will host an event this Saturday, August 11 in Little Rock to assist Arkansas families in their efforts to locate missing adult family members and loved ones.

Representatives from the State Police Criminal Investigations Division, the FBI and the National Unidentified and Missing Persons System will be at the event, called "Never Forgotten - Arkansans Take Action."

It is scheduled for today, August 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Arkansas State Police Headquarters, 1 State Police Plaza Drive, in Little Rock.

Families of missing adults are encouraged to attend and bring as much information as possible about their missing loved ones, including police reports, photographs and dental records.