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Breast Health Lunch-n-Learn at Forrest City Medical Center

Breast Health  Lunch-n-Learn at Forrest  City Medical Center


FORREST CITY — Breast cancer survival rates have increased dramatically over the past thirty years thanks to advances in screenings and treatment. Today, the chance of any woman dying of breast cancer is less than three percent, with more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the US. Awareness of the symptoms and the need for screening are vital pieces in increasing survival rates. That’s why Forrest City Medical Center is making this information available at an Oct. 1 Breast Health Awareness Lunch-n-Learn at East Arkansas Family Health Center in West Memphis.

This free program will be presented by Beverly Caruth, Mammography Technician at Forrest City Medical Center. A breast cancer survivor herself, Caruth will present information on breast cancer, risk factors, symptoms, and treatment options. The program is open to the public, but advance registration is encouraged. A light lunch will be served to all registered attendees. The Breast Health Awareness Lunch-n-Learn will be held in the Community Education Room at East Arkansas Family Health Center in West Memphis.

To register, or to learn more about the program, call (870) 735-3842, extension 6382, or register online under Events at ForrestCityMedicalCenter.

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Some Arkansas parks remain closed along the Arkansas River

LITTLE ROCK — The Army Corps of Engineers are reminding visitors that many of their parks remain closed due to record flooding from the spring.

“Several parks along the Arkansas River were severely damaged during the flood,” said Col. Eric M. Noe, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District. “We’re asking visitors to please be patient as we determine the way forward in making repairs and opening parks, as well as restoring the commercial navigation system and hydropower generation.”

The entrance to Toad Suck Park was severely damaged during the spring flood of 2019. Flows at Toad Suck Ferry Lock and Dam near Conway, Arkansas were around 549,000 c.f.s. at the height of the flooding event.

The restroom at Sheppard Island Park near Pine Bluff was swept off its foundation during the spring floods.

The following facilities along the Arkansas River will remain closed until the Corps has the resources to make sufficient repairs and the parks are determined to be safe: Sheppard Island, Rising Star, Toad Suck, Cherokee, and Riverview.

The following facilities will remain partially open with limited services: Old Post Park, Clear Creek, Tar Camp, and Notrebes Bend.

“The floodwaters destroyed roads, electric lines, RV power outlets, septic tanks and water lines in our parks,” said Noe. “The damage we know about is pretty extensive, some parks may not offer the same services when they reopen.”


LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas death row inmate who was spared from execution two years ago is asking the state Supreme Court to allow new DNA testing of evidence that his attorneys say could exonerate him.

Attorneys for convicted murderer Stacey Johnson and for the state appeared before the Supreme Court Thursday over the testing requested of evidence from the 1993 killing of Carol Heath. Johnson is appealing a lower court’s ruling denying the request for additional testing.

Johnson was one of eight inmates Arkansas sought to execute in April 2017 before the state’s supply of a lethal injection drug expired. Johnson and three other inmates were spared by the courts.

Arkansas doesn’t have any executions scheduled. The last of the state’s lethal injection drugs expired in January and the state has not replaced them.

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