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Body of missing Hot Springs man identified


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- The body of a man that was found on Jan. 7 has been identified as a missing Hot Springs man.

The body of 29-year-old James Allen Brown was found just north of a shopping center located at 1540 Malvern Avenue in Hot Springs last Thursday morning.

Brown was reported missing by his father on Sept. 11, 2015. The last known contact that Brown reportedly had was a phone call he made to his mother during the late hours of September 6.

According to police reports, witnesses who were with Brown just prior to his disappearance stated that he had recently used illegal narcotics. 

At this time, the Hot Springs Police Department does not expect any arrests in this case. There is no indication of foul play in regards to Brown’s death.  

Which city is first in the Top 10 Most Stressed Cities in Arkansas?


HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, Ark. (KTHV) – Zippia.com recently release a list of the Top 10 Most Stressed Cities in Arkansas.

Which made first? Hot Springs Village.

Zippia created the list based on job availability, comfort, and balance of lifestyle.

City of Hot Springs approves Majestic Hotel cleanup


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- The city of Hot Springs has officially signed off on allowing cleanup efforts to begin on the Majestic Hotel site.

The city signed off on a contract to allow Spirtas Wrecking Company out of St. Louis begin cleanup on the abandoned hotel destroyed by a fire in February of 2014.

The city purchased the building for $600,000 from the previous owner last summer. This cleanup contract will cost $288,000.

According to the Hot Springs Mayor, Ruth Carney, it will take around six weeks to complete the cleanup. 

 

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Changes and hype surrounding Oaklawn 2016 season


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- After last year's cancelations from ice storms, Oaklawn is hoping for a smoother, warmer and bigger start to this season.

Presale tickets for this year's Arkansas Derby are nearly sold out, but more tickets will be released on Derby Day. 

Oaklawn plans to play off this fresh hype and offer some new things opening weekend. "Something this massive, he weighs 1,286 pounds and can run about 40 something miles per hour. He's that strong, but he's this cool," said Ron Moquett, a trainer, who has several horses at Oaklawn, including 'Right To Vote,' "He's usually popular in an election year."

Moquett is excited for this season, and a chance for his horses to run well.

"We all believe we have a derby horse, so fans get to come out and grab ahold of a horse and follow it all the way through," said Moquett.

Hot Springs PD discover body near shopping center


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The Hot Springs Police Department discovered a body just north of the shopping center located at 1540 Malvern Avenue Thursday morning.

Hot Springs police released a report stating that at approximately 8:51 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, they responded to the 1500 block of Malvern Avenue to investigate a report of a deceased person being located. When they arrived to the scene, they did find a body, but it was badly decomposed. Police were able to identify the body as a male, but were unable to determine the identity. The cause of death has yet to be released. 

The body has been transported to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy. Stay with THV11 and THV11.com for more updates. 

 


Facelift coming for iconic Hot Springs building


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- The skinny white brick building at Central Avenue and Bridge Street is a familiar sight to millions of Hot Springs visitors, but for 40 years, the old First Federal building on the route of the world's shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade has been gradually decaying.

"It was actually the city's first skyscraper," said Cole McCaskill, the Downtown Development Director for the Hot Springs Metro Partnership. "Rumor has it the original contractor went bankrupt mainly because he spared no expense."

Being solidly built using now impossible to find Tiffany brick may be why this seven-story structure doesn't look more rundown, despite being vacant since 1978 when First Federal Mutual and later Citizens Bank cleared out.

Now, owner Jason Taylor has big plans for the landmark.