Citizens Bank promotes Cash, Decker, and Duncan

Batesville-based Citizens Bank has announced the promotion of Amanda Cash and Curt Decker to universal banker and Jaime Duncan to relationship banker. As universal bankers, Cash (pictured above, left) and Decker (center) will take on more responsibility in these roles to ensure the smooth operation of their respective branches and offer client services, the bank …

Half of all U.S. adults have received COVID-19 vaccination as of this week

Half of all adults in the United States are expected to have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 this week, it was announced at a briefing of the White House COVID-19 Response Team. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says almost 130 million U.S. adults are now fully vaccinated — or about 49.8% of the adult …

Kristen Clarke confirmed as first black woman to lead Justice Department Civil Rights division

The Senate confirmed Kristen Clarke as the first Black woman to lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights division on Tuesday with a 51-48 vote following an additional procedural step as Republicans objected to her nomination. Clarke is a first-generation American whose parents immigrated from Jamaica West Indies, and she earned degrees from Harvard University and …

Philadelphia Phillies place Bryce Harper on 10-day injured list

The Philadelphia Phillies announced on Tuesday they have placed outfielder Bryce Harper on the 10-day injured list due to a left forearm injury.  Manager Joe Girardi told reporters about the move during a Zoom conference call before the Phillies played Miami Marlins in Miami. Harper missed the Phillies’ previous two games, and his placement on the injured …

Wayne Gretzky resigns as vice chairman of Edmonton Oilers to join TNT as broadcast analyst

After re-joining the Edmonton Oilers as its vice chairman in 2016, Wayne Gretzky released a statement Tuesday on Twitter saying that he intends to “step away” from his post. Gretzky’s departure comes less than 24 hours after the Oilers were swept out of the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs. Edmonton was favored …

GED student finds success through UACCB adult education program

When Taylor Lott moved from Memphis to Batesville in 2019 with his family, he did not have any clear goals set for himself, but one regret nagged at his conscience; he had not earned his high school diploma. “Frankly, I felt lost and quite depressed over the fact that I never got my GED. I …

Arkansas trans youth treatment ban now facing lawsuit

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is asking a federal judge to strike down a new Arkansas law that made the state the first to ban gender-confirming treatments or surgery for transgender youth. The ACLU on Tuesday filed a lawsuit challenging the new prohibition that’s set to take effect on July …

ARDOT: Structural damage closes bridge over Spring River at Ravenden

KAIT Region 8 News is reporting ARDOT (Arkansas Department of Transportation) shut down U.S. Highway 63/412 on Tuesday afternoon to make emergency repairs to a Lawrence County bridge over the Spring River at Ravenden. The Jonesboro television station reported inspectors found “structural damage” during a routine inspection of the bridge, which was built in the …

State to offer lottery tickets, hunting licenses to encourage vaccinations

Although fifty percent of Arkansas adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the state is still behind the national average on vaccinations, so on Tuesday, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced two incentives to encourage state residents to receive a shot. Hutchinson said beginning June 1, the state will offer the choice a …