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BNPD in full force for month of March

BNPD in full force for month of March

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - Speeding might be a small concern for some travelers, but for the Benton Police Department, it's a problem that needs to be handled. 

The Benton Police Department is constantly creating new ways to ensure the safety of those they were hired to protect. A new initiative they are conducting is “NØ Need to Speed.” Throughout the month of March, Benton officers will be out in full force to make sure motorists are maintaining the appropriate speed limits, especially within school zones. 

Not only will officers be raising awareness to speeding in a school zones, but they also want to make it known that it is illegal to use a cell phone while passing a school building. According to state law (House Bill 1049), it is illegal for a driver of a motor vehicle to use a handheld wireless telephone while passing a school zone during school hours and when children are present.

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Bryant now offers online pet license renewal

Bryant now offers online pet license renewal

BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) - Instead of going through the hassle of renewing your pet's license through mail or making a visit to your local veterinarian, Bryant citizens now have the option of doing it online.

Obtaining a license tag for your pet is one of the easiest ways to ensure that your pet finds his or her way home, should they ever become lost.  A pet license provides much more information than an identification tag for animal control officials if your pet is found, especially if located after normal business hours. 

"We are delighted to announce that the online pet licensing option is now available to our residents," said Tricia Power with Animal Control Director. "This portal will allow citizens to license their pets from home at any time, and they no longer have to come into the office on our schedule."

Pulaski Tech presents 'An Evening with Graham Gordy'

Pulaski Tech presents 'An Evening with Graham Gordy'

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Actor and playwright Graham Gordy, who is also the co-creator and executive producer of the new Cinemax drama "Quarry," will be the guest speaker at Pulaski Technical College's Big Rock on the Map series on March 10.

The event will include film clips from Gordy's well-known work such as The Love Guru (2008), War Eagle, Arkansas (2007), and Spanola Pepper Sauce Company (2010). Gordy's short films have won awards at the South by Southwest festivals, Austin Film Festival, Nashville Festival and Slamdance. He also was a writer for the Sundance Series "Rectify."

The Big Rock on the Map event will begin at 6 p.m. in the college's Center for Humanities and Arts Theater located at 3000 West Scenic Drive in North Little Rock.

This event is free and open to the public. 

Survey names Maumelle as #1 laziest city in Ark.

Survey names Maumelle as #1 laziest city in Ark.

MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) - According to a report released by Zippia, Maumelle was ranked as the laziest city in Arkansas. 

The report was developed by taking into consideration the number of hours worked per week, commute times and the average number of workers per household. 

The full top-10 list is as follows:

1. Maumelle

2. Centerton

3. Bryant

4. Cabot

5. Lowell

6. Sherwood

7. Benton 

8. Greenwood

9. Marion

10. Farmington

The data for this information was gathered from the latest American Community Survey.

In case you were wondering which city is the hardest-working, Osceola took 1st place. 

For more information visit: http://www.zippia.com/advice/laziest-places-in-arkansas/

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Benton police continue to make DWI arrests

Benton police continue to make DWI arrests

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - From February 1 to February 17, officers with the Benton Police Department have made 11 DWI arrests. 

As part of the "Be Someone's Sweetheart and Rethink Your Drink" initiative, Benton police are trying their best to keep intoxicated drivers off city streets. 

According to the Benton Police Department, every year, more than 10,322 people are killed by drunk drivers in America. In Arkansas in 2013, of the 499 fatality accidents, 41 percent – 203 fatality accidents - involved alcohol and/or drugs.

The most current arrests include:

PTC Anthropology Club to host documentary screening

PTC Anthropology Club to host documentary screening

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Pulaski Technical College's Anthropology Club invites the community to watch a screening of the documentary "The Anthropologist" at noon on Friday, Feb. 19. 

The documentary is a follow-up to Seth Kramer, Daniel Miller, and Jeremy Newberger's Sundance Film Festival hit "The Linguist." The Anthropologist chronicles the lives of pioneer Margaret Mead and environmental anthropologist Susie Crate as told through the view of their respective daughters.

The 81-minute documentary premiered at the DOC NYC Film Festival in November and is currently screening at film festivals around the world.

The Little Rock screening will be in the Celebrity Chef Theater at the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute located at 13000 Interstate 30.

The screening is free and open to the public.

Raymar on/off ramp Project moves ahead in Bryant

Raymar on/off ramp Project moves ahead in Bryant

BRYANT, Ark. - Bryant residents will soon have a new gateway into the city located at the Echo Lake Blvd. overpass, formerly known as Raymar Overpass. 

Optimistically the completion date could be as early as late in 2017.

According to Mayor Jill Dabbs, the City Council voted last year to enter into a partnership with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department to “fast track the project that will improve traffic flow and spur economic development for the city.”

Bryant’s growth over the past four years, according to Metroplan, has almost reached 20 percent.  

“The vision of the city council and Mayor to invest in this project in an expedited manner will greatly benefit Bryant by creating additional traffic flow options and lead to additional job growth in Bryant,” said Planning Commissioner Jonathan Long.