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Emma takes victory lap on Emma Day

Emma takes victory lap on Emma Day

QUITMAN, Ark. (KTHV) – If you entered the Quitman High School gym on Friday, you would have seen a winter wonderland. A carpet of snow blanketed the gym floor, a machine pumped snow into the air, and one very popular song from the movie “Frozen” belted through the speakers as students and faculty gathered together to celebrate Emma Day.

What is Emma Day? It’s a very special celebration of one tough little girl who is battling stage-four osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. The Panama, Okla., native has been receiving treatments at UAMS right here in Little Rock and happened to meet one of Quitman’s teachers—Theresa Hawks—who was undergoing her own therapy for cervical cancer.

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11-year-old captures essence of Arkansas through photos

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV)- Every day we pass hundreds, if not thousands of people. We see their faces, we see their clothes, but we don't always see beneath their image to their essence.

One young Arkansas girl is trying to change that, one picture at a time.

11-year-old Katie Chandler began the Facebook page Humans of Arkansas in July as a way to tell the hundreds of stories we don't see every day.

"Some people reject us and some people are glad to do it," Chandler said smiling.

"Essentially what's she's trying to do is to capture the essence of Arkansas through photographs, and anecdotes, and quotes," added Katie's mother Amanda Chandler.

Even though she's from the tiny town of Newhope, Katie has traveled all over Arkansas, cementing moments in time in Hot Springs, Little Rock and Fayetteville, introducing new characters, triumphs, and tribulations with each snap shot.

Nominees announced for Black Hall of Fame

Nominees announced for Black Hall of Fame

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - African Americans in the state are being recognized today for their outstanding achievements.

Chairman of the Black Hall of Fame, Charles Stewart, listed this year's nominees to be inducted.

Among them are educators, business men and women, entertainers and those involved in social and political life.

"We each year will receive a number of nominations and we are actually building a library of nominees," said Stewart.

Stewart also said this year they will hold a special tribute performance at the ceremony for those who have died this year. They expect a record turnout.

For a list of the inductees and how to purchase tickets: http://on.kthv.com/1lIjHe4


Baptist Health Medflight personnel receive prestigious awards

Baptist Health Medflight personnel receive prestigious awards

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Baptist Health) – During the 2014 Arkansas Emergency Medical Services Conference held in Hot Springs July 30 through August 3, two Baptist Health MedFlight employees received state recognition for their contributions.

Pat Hum, of Conway, a MedFlight flight nurse for 30 years, was presented with the 2014 AEMTA Air Medical Award of Excellence at the conference. This inaugural award was created to recognize individuals who have significantly contributed to local, state and national provision, development and/or improvement to the air medical industry of Arkansas.

Local racing fixture, Don Grisham, dead at 84

Local racing fixture, Don Grisham, dead at 84

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - There are people who walk this earth who contain an inner light, a spark, a glow. Some call it a vibe, and when you meet these people, you instantly like them.

Unfortunately, we have lost one of those people.

Don Grisham was a native of Hot Springs, a graduate of Henderson State, and spent most of his career writing for the Daily Racing Form.

He witnessed some legendary horses at Oaklawn. One of them we met for the first time together: Smarty Jones.

Oaklawn GM Eric Jackson said today of Don that there wasn't anyone anywhere who didn't like him.

Grisham was 84 years old.

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival announces new programming director

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival announces new programming director

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (HSDFF) – Prominent film critic and journalist Lauren Wissot will join the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival this year as programming director, combining forces with festival executive director Courtney Pledger to bring to Arkansas documentary film from across the globe.

Wissot is the former director of programming for the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, and still serves as its programming consultant, and is a member of the Bermuda International Film Festival's international advisory board. As a contributing editor at Filmmaker magazine, Wissot covers close to a film festival a month, both nationally and internationally. In fact, it was in this capacity as a journalist that she initially discovered and then fell in love with the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival.

My Town Hero: A Sister devotes her life to helping women in need

My Town Hero: A Sister devotes her life to helping women in need

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Every town has a hero with a remarkable story to tell and tonight we introduce you to one in Little Rock.  Tonight's My Town Hero has gone from teaching in the classroom to teaching behind bars, helping women embark on a second chance at life.

Inside a house on Garland Street in Little Rock, healing is taking place and lives are being transformed.

"I'm learning some things about myself that's so amazing. You know my life has a purpose now," said Jeanette Hollister.