Favorite

An item in last week’s Insider recounted the presence of an MTV crew in Little Rock to film a Sweet 16 party for Alyson Walker, daughter of Bill Walker, the state workforce education director and former state senator. It reported filming at Sissy’s Log Cabin of what we had been told by the store was the purchase of $167,000 in jewelry for the event.

Walker said he didn’t purchase the jewelry. He said the jewelry had been loaned for use on the show. “Even if I could afford that kind of purchase, I wouldn’t have spent it. My values are different than that.” He said all the jewelry listed was now “back in their possession.” A store spokesman told us, after Walker called, that he’d told us the items had been sold because that’s how the show would represent the transaction and he didn’t want to give away the plan.

The Sweet 16 party was held last Saturday at the Clear Channel Metroplex. A local DJ provided the music, Walker said. Sometimes big-name entertainers appear for segments of the MTV reality show.

Foodie alert

Plans are taking shape on the redevelopment of the former Rye Furniture building next to North Little Rock’s Wyndham Hotel. In addition to a bank and cleaners, the plans of the V3Partners apparently call for a full-service local grocery to serve the burgeoning residential community in downtown LR-NLR.

The grocer reportedly would be Jody Hardin, who sells fresh produce at Hardin Mercantile in the River Market, with expert advice from the founder of Beans and Grains and Things, the pioneering natural foods grocery. There’d be the same emphasis Hardin now has on local products and monthly food baskets filled with seasonal specialties.

The talk is that the Argenta Market could open next spring.

Judicial opening

Still no word from U.S. Rep. John Boozman on the recommendations he’ll send to President Bush on a replacement on the federal bench for the late Judge George Howard. Republicans kick these names around, all Little Rock lawyers: Kevin Crass, who’s been Mike Huckabee’s personal attorney; Patricia Hays, who had an interim appointment as a district judge from Huckabee, and Jonann Chiles, a former hand in the Huckabee administration who’s been mentioned for some other judicial openings. None is African-American. Sens. Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln, though they won’t control the nomination, have urged appointment of a black person since Howard was the only black on the district court bench in Arkansas.

Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

More by Arkansas Times Staff

  • New episode of Rock the Culture: "Juice In Your Own Life"

    In this week’s episode, Charles and Antwan provide perspective and conversation on the Little Rock Mayoral Election and State Board of Education’s consideration of the anticipated request to waive the Fair Teacher Dismissal Act. In addition, Charles and Antwan discuss all things happening in the Little Rock School District with Superintendent Michael Poore.
    • Dec 11, 2018
  • End of the week headlines and your open line

    Alderman candidate misses chance to cast deciding vote for himself in runoff election; Dem-Gaz to phase out print delivery in El Dorado, Camden and Magnolia; Rapert threatens UA Fort Smith over 'Drag Queen Story Time' event; The Van seeks to raise $35,000 in three weeks for new warehouse facility in South Little Rock.
    • Dec 7, 2018
  • New episode of Out in Arkansas: "Boy Erased"

    Out in Arkansas’s hosts Traci Berry and Angie Bowen talk about all the things because all the things are LGBTQ things. This week T & A talk about “Boy Erased” and their own emotions during and after the movie. Thank you for listening! #outinarkansas #beinggayinthesouth #dontbeadouche #beadecentperson
    • Dec 7, 2018
  • More »

Latest in The Insider

  • All in the family

    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.
    • Jan 30, 2013
  • 'Circuit breaker' legal

    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.
    • Jan 30, 2013
  • Church goes to school in Conway

    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.
    • Jan 23, 2013
  • More »

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation