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Reminder: Sales tax holiday this weekend

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - This weekend Arkansans will be flocking to the stores as the Natural State participates in a sales tax holiday.

The Arkansas legislature passed the sales tax holiday during last year's session to eliminate the state and local sales tax the first weekend of August each year.

In its first year officials with the Department of Finance and Administration branded it a success. This year, with a few changes and a little more explanation on what qualifies, officials expect another big weekend.

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Crews contain fire on Hot Springs Mountain

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- Crews contain a fire in Hot Springs on Hot Springs Mountain.

According to the Arkansas Forestry Commission, the fire was located behind the Arlington Hotel, below Pagoda Overlook.

We're told that AFC had two dozers on it.  Also, crews from U.S. Forestry Services, Hot Springs National Park Services and the Hot Springs Fire Department assisted in containing the 1.5 acre fire.

Sheila Doughty with AFC says the cause of the fire is unknown at this time.  She says it was in a wooded area, and no homes were threatened.

Stay with Today's THV and todaysthv.com as we continue to follow this developing story.


Volunteers needed for MS bike benefit

Volunteers needed for MS bike benefit

The National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society-Arkansas is looking for volunteers to help with the Bike MS: Rock’n Hot Ride. On September 8 and 9, more than 150 cyclists are expected to ride and help raise the goal of $95,000. Funds raised will support direct services and programs for the more than 2,900 people living with MS and their families in Arkansas and national MS research to find a cure for this chronic disease of the central nervous system. But they will not be able to do it without the help of people like you!

Volunteers have a variety of motivations fo r involvement. Dawn Sanders from Bryant, Ark., is involved this year because she has made a resolution to stay involved in her community. "It is so rewarding to see the event come together," said Dawn.

Stardust Big Band Dance

Stardust Big Band Dance

The Stardust Big Band will play at the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, 239 Central, on Sunday, August 19, starting at 3pm. This tradition has been a once a month event for the past 14 years. Admission is $8 with no admission for high school students. Attire necessary but optional.

All are welcome; watchers, listeners and dancers get inspired with this excellent rendering of the big band arrangements by the coolest Big Band in Arkansas. Bring your guests for a real treat in the cool comfort of the Arlington Resort Hotel renovated Crystal Ballroom, the only venue in Arkansas where elegance and Big Band music join to inspire an afternoon of musical enjoyment.

Call 501-767-5482 for more info.

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Senator Pryor hosting tele-town hall meetings today

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mark Pryor will hold town hall meetings over the phone Wednesday to discuss job creation, the economy and other issues affecting Arkansas.

Arkansans are invited to visit Pryor's Twitter and Facebook pages and ask questions using the hash tag #AskPryor.  Pryor will answer callers' questions, as well as Twitter and Facebook users' questions throughout the call.

Pryor will host two sessions at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

To be a part of the first session, call 1-888-886-6603, Ext. 19464; for the second session, call 1-888-886-6603, Ext. 19465.

Garland Co. deputy suspended in jail sex inquiry

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Garland County Sheriff's Department placed Jason Carr, 40, on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.

A department representative says Carr is accused of having sexual relations with a female inmate. Her name is not being released.

Carr worked at the detention center.

Garland Co. wildfire keeps rekindling

GARLAND COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - A wildfire in Garland County keeps rekindling, keeping firefighters hard at work.

Right now, the fire has burned around 100 acres and is not contained. The state Forestry Commission and has three dozers and a single-engine air tanker fighting the fire along with several volunteer fire departments.

The U.S. Forest Service is also going to send additional help.

Right now there are no evacuations. This fire started Saturday.