Actress Joey Lauren Adams, a North Little Rock native, is set to begin directing her movie “Come Early Morning” April 25. It will be shot on both sides of the river. Ashley Judd will play the lead role, a 30-something woman with commitment problems who never left the small town in which she grew up.
Kris Kristofferson and Billy Bob Thornton have been mentioned, but unconfirmed, for the cast.
Producers are looking for a furnished house to rent for Judd for five or six weeks. Yeah, yeah. Us, too. We’ll provide her space free.
We hear that the Cornerstone Deli and Pub on Main Street in North Little Rock hopes to provide its upstairs lounge to moviemakers for a private VIP hangout. Celebrity watching will also be possible at the refurbished Hilton on University.
Familiar backdrops? Honkytonks and cheap motels figure heavily in Adams’ script.
An engineering consultant for Deltic Timber, which recently lost its bid in the state legislature to gain development control of land next to Little Rock’s major supply of drinking water, is seeking to punish a witness who testified against the developer.
Charles Campbell, a principal in GBMc & Associates, which has an office in Bryant, filed a complaint March 29 with the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors that Central Arkansas Water’s expert, Steve Roy, violated rules that prohibit engineers unlicensed in Arkansas from practicing. Offering expert witness is considered practicing, board executive director Joe Clements said Tuesday.
Roy, of Massachusetts-based GeoSyntec Consultants, testified in March before a state House of Representatives committee that eventually killed the bill.
Neither of Deltic Timber’s two expert witnesses who appeared before the committee is licensed in Arkansas either.
However, Central Arkansas Water chief executive Jim Harvey said Tuesday the utility would not “stoop to their level” by filing complaints against Deltic’s witnesses. The board’s office has notified Roy of the complaint and will decide whether to hold a hearing after receiving his response.
The Southwest Times-Record in Fort Smith broke an interesting story last week. Quoting his lawyer, the newspaper said former Fort Smith prosecutor and former Arkansas Attorney General Ron Fields (by appointment in 1990 and 1991) had been on leave from his job at the Homeland Security Department in Washington since last summer because of an FBI investigation into allegations that Fields had been involved in drug dealing and the 1995 slaying of a Fort Smith woman.
Fields isn’t talking. His attorney, Eddie Christian, says the charges are outrageous. It’s at least a little sticky politically because the man under investigation for drug dealing was brought to Washington as a top aide by Asa Hutchinson when he became head of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Fields made the move with Hutchinson to Homeland Security. Hutchinson also arranged Fields’ extended leave.
The AP reports that the Southeastern Conference, from which millions flow into University of Arkansas coffers, has asked the state to exempt college sports events from a newly expanded gun law that allows concealed weapons on college campuses, in the Capitol, in courthouses, in bars and in many other places.
Hog fans just can't quit blaming the refs for the NCAA men's basketball tournament loss to North Carolina. Now the Arkansas Senate has gotten in on the act, with this resolution introduced by Democratic Sen. Keith Ingram and getting bipartisan co-sponsorship from that brutish and short sandlot roundball player, Republican Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson.
Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ruled today that he had no choice based on a past Arkansas Supreme Court decision but to dismiss a lawsuit by Death Row inmates seeking to challenge the constitutionality of the state's lethal injection process.But the judge did so unhappily with sharp criticism of the Arkansas Supreme Court for failing to address critical points raised in the lawsuit.
Old habits die hard. We may have a new Republican majority in the legislature, but like the old Democratic majority, it still doesn't hurt to have a lawmaker spouse to land a part-time job during the legislative session.
When we first asked Gov. Mike Beebe about the "circuit breaker" idea out of Arizona (automatically opting out of Medicaid expansion if the feds reduce the matching rates in the future), he said it was fine but noted that states can already opt out at any time, an assurance he got in writing from the feds.
An interesting controversy is brewing in Conway Public Schools, periodically a scene of discord as more liberal constituents object to the heavy dose of religion that powerful local churches have tried to inject into the schools, particularly in sex education short on science and long on abstinence.